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HarvestTECH 2021

International Forest Industries - Wed, 02/09/2020 - 10:02

Early expressions of interest are being called for to present at next year’s major wood harvesting and log transport event, HarvestTECH 2021. Early details on the planned event can be found on the event website.

If you’re involved in wood harvesting, you’ll remember well the major harvesting event, HarvestTECH 2019 that ran in Rotorua, New Zealand last year. The event SOLD OUT well in advance of it running. It was the largest gathering of its type ever seen in New Zealand with close to 500 harvesting contractors, harvest planners, forestry managers and equipment and technology suppliers into the region’s logging industry attending.

In addition to most major New Zealand contractors being at HarvestTECH 2019, a large contingent of contractors and forest managers came across from Australia, Canada, the USA, Brazil, Chile, Finland, South Africa and Papua New Guinea. HarvestTECH 2020, with a focus on wood transport and logistics had been scheduled to run in September 2020, both in New Zealand and Australia. However, because of COVID-19 restrictions, the event had to be postponed.

The plan is to now run HarvestTECH 2021. It will run on 13-14 April 2021. However, the format, because of the uncertainty still surrounding travel internationally and between New Zealand and Australia (and even across state borders in Australia), for April next year has been changed.

So, what’s being planned?

1. One location. Like the 2019 event, the physical event (on-site presentations and trade exhibitions) for HarvestTECH 2021 will again be run in just one location, Rotorua, New Zealand. This enables delegates and exhibitors to plan with some degree of certainty.

2. LIVE + Virtual On-Line Event. Live links from the New Zealand event will be set up for those unable to travel into Rotorua.

3. Alignment with the Forest Safety & Technology 2021 event. As an added bonus, the very popular forestry safety event run by the Forest Industry Engineering Association is also being held at the same venue on the first day, Tuesday 13 April. This will enable delegates from both events to network during the breaks and to capitalise on the large number of trade exhibitions that are anticipated to be present in Rotorua.

Changed format and content:
With the theme of the postponed HarvestTECH 2020 series being on wood transport and log measurement and scaling technologies, this will still be forming an integral part of the planned two day-event in 2021. Day One of HarvestTECH 2021 will focus on log scaling, log segregation and loading, wood transport, logistics and technologies allowing data integration through the wood supply chain.

Day Two of HarvestTECH 2021, like the sold out 2019 event, will detail new equipment and operating practices being used to increase the mechanization, productivity and the safety of steep slope logging, new technology being rolled out by local wood harvesting contractors, the integration of automation & robotics into wood harvesting operations and best practices around ensuring environmental sustainability (roading, stream crossings and harvest residues management) in felling and in extracting wood from the forest.

So, if interested in saving a speaking space within the programme, best get back to the organisers to avoid missing out this time around. E mail your interest through to brent.apthorp@fiea.org.nz BEFORE Wednesday 23 September.

As yet, they haven’t called for interest for those wishing to exhibit at the event. If wishing to express interest in receiving exhibition information as soon as it becomes available, please get in touch with gordon.thomson@fiea.org.nz.

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Exports – Port of Tauranga Offers Safe Harbour in a Global Covid-19 Storm

International Forest Industries - Wed, 02/09/2020 - 09:32

Exports decreased 8.0% in volume to nearly 15.8 million tonnes and imports decreased 7.8% to just over 9.0 million tonnes for the year ended 30 June 2020.

In the first half of the financial year, log volumes were hit by lower international prices and demand. By March positive signs were emerging in China, New Zealand’s major log export market, as business there returned to normal and demand increased.

However, forestry was deemed a non-essential industry during New Zealand’s Level 4 lockdown from late March. Log inventory stored at the Mount Maunganui wharves could be shipped to make way for essential cargoes, but cart-in did not resume through the port gates until early May.

Overall, log volumes decreased 21.5% compared with the previous year, to 5.5 million tonnes. Sawn timber exports decreased 10.4% in volume. Pulp and paper exports increased slightly over the full year.

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Reliable Komatsu S132 in a new version

International Forest Industries - Tue, 01/09/2020 - 11:09

The 2021 version of the Komatsu S132 introduces a number of functions and improvements that make an already well-adapted harvester head even more versatile and suited to demanding logging assignments. The reliable and service-friendly design has been updated with new features such as Constant Cut as standard, improved length measuring and a reinforced frame.

Together with the twin feed rollers, the sturdy build makes the Komatsu S132 a highly reliable head, with the frame now reinforced exactly where needed, such as around the vertical knife and the end stops for the wheel arms.

With Constant Cut as standard, the Komatsu S132 delivers a steady maximum chain speed of 40 m/s. The saw unit design ensures that the saw motor does not run too fast while reducing the risk of cutting cracks and thereby increasing productivity.

To ensure the best possible measurement accuracy, the length measuring function has been improved and reinforced. The measuring wheel cylinder, the hydraulics and the measuring wheel arm and its mount have been updated, and the head also boasts a brand-new measuring wheel unit, complete with a larger measuring wheel.
“These changes enable the measuring wheel to better follow the contours of the stem, thereby providing even better measurement accuracy,” explains Tobias Ettemo, product manager at Komatsu Forest.

The Komatsu S132 has a brand-new rotator that has been redesigned to meet market demand for functionality, performance and service life. What’s more, the head has a larger tilt angle. The generous 133-degree angle affords the head greater manoeuvrability while reducing loads when working in steep terrain.

The head has smart hose routing and protected head components and is very service-friendly, with easy access to service points, the valve assembly and other important parts. The colour marking tank has an improved design for easier filling while its hose routing has been moved to the inside of the frame to avoid unnecessary wear.

One new option for the Komatsu S132 is the Find End Laser, a function that resets the length measurement without the need for a new cut. This maximises timber length and increases production capacity. Further to this, the head now has several options that enable it to be mounted on an excavator, such as a choice of two different felling links and a reinforced base plate.

“Together, this all makes the Komatsu S132 a productive and reliable head suited to all kinds of forests,” Ettemo concludes.

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Mechanised tree planting technologies profiled

International Forest Industries - Fri, 28/08/2020 - 15:48

Mechanised tree planting technologies profiled – For the first time since the annual ForestTECH series started back in 2007, this year’s event will involve two separate themes over the two days. ForestTECH 2020 runs in Rotorua on 18-19 November 2020. This year, it’s being run live and as a virtual on-line event for Australian and international delegates.

The usual focus for the end of year series is on remote sensing, data capture, GIS and mapping and forest inventory technologies. One of the two days this year will again be providing insights into new data collection technologies that have been developed and are being used operationally out in the forest. Advances that have been made on processing and better interpreting the big data streams now routinely being collected out in the field is also a key component this year.

ForestTECH 2020 has also set aside a full day to cover new technologies around forest establishment, mechanised planting and silviculture. A significant number of presentations given at last year’s ForestTECH series covered research and trials that had been undertaken on planting with drones, seedling deliveries onto planting site by drones and survival counts of tree seedlings using satellites, hyperspectral and multispectral imagery and deep learning. As these new remote sensing technologies are being rolled out, there is an obvious cross over between forest data collection and cutting-edge research and trials around tree crop management.

Recently, there has also been a resurgence of interest being shown by forestry companies in Australasia on mechanised or automated operations for planting and silviculture. The economics are starting to stack up and the technology can address the growing issue of labour shortages that are being faced over the planting season. Mechanised or machine planting is already successfully being used across Scandinavia and in South America. Operational trials have been undertaken in the central North Island of New Zealand last planting season with more extensive plantings using the mechanical planting systems planned for this year.

Aside from addressing the shortage of planters this year because of COVID-19 restrictions, some of the advantages being seen of mechanised planting using planting heads mounted on an excavator are much better soil cultivation (ripping and mounding) for the young trees and greater consistency in the quality of the tree planting. Fertiliser granules can also be integrated into the planting process, along with herbicides or insecticides if required.

In drier climates or at the end of the planting season, tree planting can also be extended by the application of water (or slow release irrigation) at the time of planting. This feature, particularly with eucalyptus plantings in countries like Chile, Brazil, South Africa, China and Indonesia, has been used successfully and is being trialled this season in northern NSW.

Each of the main mechanised planting head manufacturers; Bracke, Sweden, Risutec, Finland and the M-Planter, Finland (represented in this part of the world now by a CNI land preparation contractor) will be presenting as part of ForestTECH 2020. Early trial results and lessons from trials by some of the larger companies in both New Zealand and Australia will also be detailed to ForestTECH 2020 delegates as part of the November event.

Full details of the programme for both days can now be viewed on the event website and here.
Photo: Risutec

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HAIX Launches Evolution of Trusted Forestry Boot – Protector Forest 2.0

International Forest Industries - Fri, 28/08/2020 - 14:19
Few work environments present such a variation of potential hazards as the forestry, arboriculture and outdoor work sectors. From extreme weather to difficult underfoot terrain, working with cutting tools to working at height, wearers in these industries demand more from their protective footwear than any other.

Specialist functional footwear manufacturer HAIX understands that the exceptional demands on forestry workers require exceptional footwear. That’s the reason why the Protector Forest 2.0 has been designed from the sole up to provide the comfort and protection that forestry workers and tree surgeons need, no matter the job.

Based on the tried and trusted design of the original, the Protector Forest 2.0 boasts the comfort and safety features wearers have come to expect along with upgraded and enhanced elements to provide even higher levels of protection, support and fit; all day, every day.

The Protector Forest 2.0 features the same Class 2 Cut protection as the original, protecting wearers operating chainsaws and cutting tools up to 24m/s, giving peace of mind when undertaking challenging felling and clearing tasks. The anatomically designed, Protective Toe Cap provides added protection from stubs and falling object hazards, while the sturdy VIBRAM/PU sole provides confident grip and traction in slippery underfoot environments, while ensuring excellent impact absorption and correct toe-to-heel movement.

Working in all weather conditions means forestry and outdoor workers need boots that can protect them from the elements, keeping feet dry and at an optimum temperature. The Protector Forest 2.0 includes a GORE-TEX® Performance inner lining which is water proof, abrasion proof and highly breathable. Offering enhanced climate comfort, no matter the weather conditions, it works with the hydrophobized, breathable suede-leather upper to keep feet dry.

The HAIX 2-zone lacing system enables separate adjustment of the fit around both foot and calf, allowing the wearer to adjust the boot to provide a personalised best fit. The HAIX Climate System uses the pumping movement of the wearer’s steps to permit air circulation through vents at the top of the boot, creating a consistently comfortable internal temperature.

The addition of a full rubber rand around the boot ensures even greater protection and durability, and the updated red/fluorescent yellow colour scheme gives the boot a striking visual profile and works to keep wearers easily noticed and safe in poor-visibility environments like dense underbrush or low-light forests.

“Our forestry and arborist wearers really put HAIX boots through their paces, and it’s their feedback we turned to when evolving the Protector Forest 2.0,” says Simon Ash, HAIX UK Sales Manager.

“We’ve worked hard to increase levels of comfort, protection and durability while maintaining the features that wearers relied on from the original version. By using smart materials and enhanced design and manufacturing processes, we’ve made sure that the Protector Forest 2.0 will provide wearers with high levels of comfort and safety, not just this year, but for many years to come.”

To find out more about the Protector Forest 2.0, or HAIX’s full range of safety and work footwear, head to www.haix.co.uk

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Koppers to invest in North Little Rock plant over next two years

International Forest Industries - Fri, 28/08/2020 - 13:26

Koppers, a global provider of treated wood products, plans to invest a minimum of $23 million and increase the number of workers at its North Little Rock facility in Arkansas over the next two years.

The investment will be used for new construction and to purchase equipment that will allow Koppers to upgrade and modernize the company’s processes and further improve its environmental footprint.

The North Little Rock facility, built in 1907, sits on 157 acres and currently employs approximately 80 people. The plant processes and treats more than 1.5 million wooden railroad crossties each year. The plant also produces switch ties, road crossings, and framed bridge timbers.

Koppers is an integrated global provider of treated wood products, wood treatment chemicals, and carbon compounds.

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New: Grapple saw with Total Tree Control

International Forest Industries - Fri, 28/08/2020 - 12:11

The Dutch company GMT Equipment is about to introduce a new product: the GMT TTC grapple saw. TTC stands for Total Tree Control. The products will enter the market as GMT035 TTC and GMT050 TTC. With the existing generation of grapple saws (GMT035 and GMT050), the branch will always tilt- down in a controlled manner after sawing. TTC combines the advantage of grasping the tree flexible with the ability to keep or hold tree sections in position when removing them. This ‘tilt-blocking’ method is unique and the system is patented.

Working safer
The mechanical felling of trees with a felling grapple is gaining in popularity. The biggest advantage is that the process is safer and more efficient than with traditional techniques. The new models of GMT Equipment’s grapple saws have been specially developed to make it possible to hold tree parts after the moment of sawing. Not only is the tilt cylinder of the grapple blocked, but so is the movement in all directions in the cardanic suspension. That means: flexible installation and fixed removal at the push of a button! There is no limit to the holding of the sawn tree sections, but for safety reasons, they are set at the factory to the maximum permitted loads of the crane on the load-bearing vehicle. The design and operation have recently been patented.

TTC: more possibilities with less manpower
Director Michel Gierkink of GMT Equipment provides the technical explanation: “We have fitted a double knee joint above the rotation section and the attachment to the crane or telescopic handler. Each knee joint has a hydraulic cylinder and a number of brake linings. These brake linings are clamped in place by the hydraulic cylinder pushing both suspension lugs toward each other. One push of a button suddenly transforms our pivoting grapple saw into a fixed grapple saw. This makes it possible to pick a branch from the tree exactly in the position in which it is attached. This allows you to work much cleaner when picking apart and removing entire trees.”

GMT Equipment noticed some customers need more control when removing branches. TTC combines the advantage of movement flexibility with the ability to keep or hold tree sections in position when removing them. The crane or telescopic handler operator can now bring the felled timber to the ground with even more control. This creates more possibilities when felling sick or dead trees or when there is little or no room to maneuver, particularly when there are surrounding objects such as houses, above-ground power and telephone lines or other obstacles. As a result, little loose wood ends up on the ground, which also saves a lot of manpower.

The Total Tree Control system will be introduced on 1 September 2020 and will become available in two variants: a 16 inch (GMT035 TTC) and a 20 inch (GMT050 TTC) felling diameter.

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Western Forest to purchase Monterra Lumber Mills Ltd.

International Forest Industries - Thu, 27/08/2020 - 12:10

Western Forest, one of North America’s leading full service distributors and remanufactures of softwood and hardwood lumber and specialty products, located in Mississauga Ontario, has announced an agreement to purchase Bolton, Ontario-based Monterra Lumber Mills Ltd.

Monterra is one of the most respected lumber re-manufacturers in Ontario. Producing a wide range of high-quality lumber products for home centers in Canada and the U.S., as well as a diverse range of industrial products for the crating and packaging industry. The acquisition is targeted to close September 30, 2020.


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F.H. Stoltze Land & Lumber company announces formation of Stoltze Timber Systems Inc.

International Forest Industries - Thu, 27/08/2020 - 11:19
The oldest family owned lumber company in Montana, F.H. Stoltze Land and Lumber Company has announced that they are joining forces with a group of key partners to form Stoltze Timber Systems, Inc. to build North America’s first mass timber production facility aimed at using small-diameter trees to build large format, cross-laminated timber panels. Currently, Montana forests are saturated with small-diameter timber. In terms of resource management, this is proving problematic — the majority of timber sales require the timber’s removal as a fuel-reduction measure, but the over-supply isn’t matched by a readily available or economically viable marketable demand.

The intent of Stoltze Timber Systems, Inc. is to use Montana’s vast supply of small-diameter trees to create large format panels and, ultimately, green and efficient building systems with high demand. Stateside production is slated to begin early next year with a phased-out, integrated manufacturing plan emulating the practices of mass timber production that has shaped European buildings landscapes for decades, while Stoltze’s existing sawmill will be used to process the supply of small timber — which has little value at the lumberyard — to produce large-format mass timber.


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Sales specialist for Tigercat AB in Sweden

International Forest Industries - Thu, 27/08/2020 - 10:55

Tigercat has announced that Stefan Carlsson based in Nas, Sweden has taken on the role of sales specialist for Tigercat AB.

Stefan is covering the mid-region of the country, specifically the areas of Värmland, Dalarna, Gavleborg, Örebro, Västmanland, Uppsala, Södermanland, and Stockholm.

Stefan has an extensive forestry background with over 20 years’ experience as a machine operator as well as a heavy equipment technician. Stefan has a strong understanding of cut-to-length harvesting systems and the Swedish forestry equipment market.

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John Deere expands Excavator lineup with new 200G Model

International Forest Industries - Thu, 27/08/2020 - 09:58
  • The 145-horsepower 200G Excavator reduces the amount of fuel burn without sacrificing power or productivity.
  • Adjustable power modes can be set by the operator based on the job, engaging the machine automatically to change the engine and hydraulic pump settings.
  • This model boasts a faster swing speed due to efficiencies with the hydraulic system, increasing productivity in applications that require swing movements.
  • The 200G is compatible with a broad portfolio of bucket options, couplers and attachments, enabling it to meet the demands of several different applications.

New for 2020, John Deere introduces the 200G model to its excavator lineup. Designed to decrease the amount of fuel burn without sacrificing power or productivity, the 200G Excavator enables operators to quickly complete tough jobs while also lowering overall operation costs. Combined with John Deere’s broad bucket portfolio, coupler options and attachments, and accelerated swing speed, the 200G machine is ideal for many applications, including site development, roadbuilding, earthmoving and irrigation work.

The 200G machine features a 145-horsepower (108 kW) Final Tier 4 John Deere PowerTech™ PSS 4.5-liter engine. One of the most notable features on the 200G model is the low fuel burn: 11% less than the 210G. Adjustable power modes, including ECO and POWER settings, can be set by the operator based on the job, engaging the machine to automatically change engine rpm and hydraulic pump calibration. With fuel savings in mind, the ECO mode setting allows the machine to automatically adjust to arrive at the best balance of fuel consumption and productivity.

“Many of our customers are balancing tight budgets with the need for maximum power and productivity on the job,” said Jonny Spendlove, excavator product marketing manager, John Deere Construction & Forestry. “With the new 200G Excavator, we are giving our customers the best of both worlds. This machine is built with fuel saving at the forefront of its design, while also incorporating several productivity-boosting features to help operators efficiently complete jobs.”

The 200G boasts a faster swing speed due to efficiencies with the hydraulic system. As a result, productivity is increased in applications that require swing movements, such as truck loading and trenching operations. Additionally, this machine is compatible with a broad portfolio of bucket options, enabling it to meet the demands of several different applications. With options ranging from 0.55 cubic yards to 1.34 cubic yards, the bucket design allows any operator to maximize productivity, regardless of the type of job. Additionally, customers can opt for a hydraulic coupler to quickly change between attachments for even more versatility.

The design of the 200G machine focuses on increased uptime. The John Deere-exclusive double-sealed swing bearing system has enhanced internal grease retention, improving the machine’s overall reliability. This helps to reduce the risk of contamination by materials like dust and water. Additionally, reinforced arm-to-bucket joints maximize front-joint durability and reduce maintenance intervals for axial clearance adjustment. The tungsten carbide-coated ear flanges provide high-wear resistance and long service life, while steel bushings with grease groove channels increase resistance to abrasion and reduce pin wear.

Finally, similar to the rest of the G-Series Excavator line, the 200G features ground-level service access. This design ensures most filters can be accessed from the ground, allowing periodic maintenance to be completed with ease and reducing unwanted downtime. To learn more about the 200G Excavator, as well as the entire John Deere excavator lineup, visit www.JohnDeere.com or contact your local dealer.

About John Deere
Deere & Company (www.JohnDeere.com) is a world leader in providing advanced products, technology and services for customers whose work is revolutionizing agriculture and construction – those who cultivate, harvest, transform, enrich and build upon the land to meet the world’s increasing need for food, fuel, shelter and infrastructure.

Worldwide Construction & Forestry Division
Mailing:  P.O. Box 8806
Moline, IL 61266-8806

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Phone: 410-821-8220
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Photo: The new 200G model reduces fuel burn without sacrificing power or productivity.

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John Deere Launches Mulcher Hydraulics Conversion Kit for the 843L and 843L-II Wheeled Feller Bunchers

International Forest Industries - Tue, 25/08/2020 - 17:05

John Deere now offers a dealer-installed Mulcher Hydraulics Conversion Kit for the 843L and 843L-II Wheeled Feller Bunchers.

The base kit, which includes a new hydraulic pump and component updates, equips the machine for mulching applications, such as land clearing and right-of-way maintenance.

Additionally, attachment manufacturer Fecon has worked with John Deere to launch a new mulching head designed specifically for the 843 machines, available for purchase through the Fecon sales channels.

To maximize the versatility of its machines, John Deere announces the availability of its Mulcher Hydraulics Conversion Kit for the 843L and 843L-II Wheeled Feller Bunchers. Installed by the dealer, the kit allows customers to equip their machines for mulching applications, expanding the capabilities of the 843 models. The field kit can be used with compatible mulching heads, such as the new Fecon RK8620 Mulching Head, which was built specifically for use on the John Deere 843L and 843L-II machines.

“This offering is exciting for our customers, as it expands the versatility of the equipment in their fleet so they can take on new jobs, such as land clearing or right-of-way maintenance,” said Brandon O’Neal, product marketing manager, John Deere Construction & Forestry. “Additionally, this kit is installed and supported by the John Deere dealer network, so customers can feel confident in the durability and reliability of the kit and its components.”

The Mulcher Hydraulics Conversion Kit includes a new hydraulic pump in addition to plumbing and valve updates. While the base kit allows for a single function and float, those needing a second function can upgrade with an add-on kit. Customers can purchase a kit through their local dealer, which can convert their existing 843L or 843L-II into a mulching head-ready machine.

Built with the John Deere 843 models in mind, the Fecon RK8620 Mulching Head is constructed from a stronger, lighter steel and features an 86-inch cutting width. The RK8620 is available with an FGT- or DCR-style rotor to enhance the cutting performance. With the DCR rotor, the reversible Viking knives are ideal for fast cutting in all materials. The knife performance is further enhanced by depth control rings, which provide fast cutting durability. The heavy-duty RK8620 offers a broad range of motion for felling and below-grade work. With this attachment, operators are able to process material faster with fewer passes. The RK8620 Head is available as a standalone purchase through the Fecon sales channels.

To learn more about the new Mulcher Hydraulics Conversion Kit, as well as the full line of John Deere forestry equipment, visit your local John Deere dealer.

Worldwide Construction & Forestry Division
Mailing:  P.O. Box 8806
Moline, IL 61266-8806

For Media Inquiries, Contact:
Amy Jones
Phone: 410-821-8220
E-mail: amyj@imre.com

Photo:  The Mulcher Head Conversion Kit is compatible with the 843L and 843L-II machines

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Komatsu 911 – Nine new harvesters to Belarus

International Forest Industries - Mon, 24/08/2020 - 10:17

Thanks to the efforts of SpektrTrading, the Belarus dealer for Komatsu forest machines, Komatsu Forest is to deliver nine Komatsu 911 harvesters to companies at the Ministry of Forestry in Belarus.

The Komatsu 911 harvester is an agile machine that can be used in different conditions. Especially when it is equipped with the Komatsu C124 harvester head, that has 4 feed rollers for high feeding force and quite impressive working range from 50 to 480 mm DBH.

“911/4WD equipped with C124 is a powerful machine in a relatively small “package” which gives the owner a good opportunity to have a profitable machine. Operator comfort is a key to have the highest possible production and with the Komatsu concept we can guarantee that operators have the best possibility to achieve good production figures”, says Tobias Ettemo, Komatsu Forest Product Manager.

SpektrTrading has been a distributor of Komatsu CIS, LLC for Komatsu forest machines since 2011 and during this time the Belarus customers have got nearly 100 Komatsu and Valmet units. Much of it thanks to the reliable support and good cooperation with SpektrTrading.

“To deliver nine harvesters to different logging companies in various locations means that we must plan service and maintenance well and train the operators both in theory and practice, as Komatsu equipment is really advanced. With the help of Komatsu CIS, we recently delivered a new simulator to Belarus Technical University and this is a good support to train the operators”, says Alexander Gursky, SpektrTrading.

“10 years ago, I got a Valmet 901.4 with a 350.1 head to our company. I am very happy that after a decade I will get an absolutely new machine with even bigger productivity and a larger harvester head”, says chief mechanic of Slonim Leshoz, Mr. Dmitry Rubets. The contract for nine units is further proof that Komatsu has a strong and trustworthy position in the Belarus market to provide forest machines and all-around services.

Photo: The picture shows Alexander Gursky (to the left) handing over one of the machines in Belarus to Dmitry Rubets

Tobias Ettemo, Komatsu Forest Product Manager.

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Interfor appoints Rick Pozzebon as CFO

International Forest Industries - Fri, 21/08/2020 - 11:35

Interfor – Board of Directors appointed Rick Pozzebon as Senior Vice-President & CFO, effective August 6, 2020. Mr. Pozzebon joined the company in January 2014. As Vice President, Corporate Controller, he has led the company’s corporate finance and tax functions.

He has more than 18 years of experience working with one of the big four accounting firms in both the US and Canada and in various senior corporate finance roles.

Interfor is a growth-oriented lumber company with operations in Canada and the United States. The company has annual production capacity of approximately 3.0 billion board feet.

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Strongco now offering Eco Log forwarders & harvesters

International Forest Industries - Fri, 21/08/2020 - 10:42

Strongco Corporation, a Nors Group company, has recently announced that it has entered into an agreement with Eco Log Group as the exclusive dealer for their forwarders & harvesters product lines throughout all of Canada.

Strongco’s construction equipment division has been supporting customers in the forestry industry for many years with their extensive industry knowledge and solid product support infrastructure from their 25 branches located in Alberta, Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic Provinces. This agreement will strengthen both Eco Log’s and Strongco’s geographic reach in the forestry market in Canada.

“The addition of Eco Log as a complementary line to our construction equipment division is a great fit. We’re now able to offer our forestry based customers across Canada a more vertical product offering to help with all activities from harvesting at the stump and forwarding to roadside to the many material handling solutions we already offer at the mill yards,” says Oliver Nachevski, president and CEO for Strongco.

“We’re proud to partner with Strongco and we’re confident that their deep industry knowledge of the forestry market and their strong parts & service capabilities will exceed customer expectations and help our business grow throughout Canada,” says Anders Gustafson, CEO for
Eco Log Group.

Swedish Forest Machine manufacturer Eco Log Group produces harvesters known by their unique pendulum arm technique, enabling outstanding ground clearance, mobility and high productivity in any terrain. Equipped with powerful engines from Volvo Penta, Eco Log offers reliable and high-effective harvesters and forwarders for the sustainable forestry.

MAIN PHOTO – Oliver Nachevski, Strongco President and CEO

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Komatsu upgrades XT-5 family of Tracked Feller Bunchers with performance improvements, Special Warranty Program

International Forest Industries - Thu, 20/08/2020 - 10:37

To better meet customer needs, Komatsu is upgrading its XT-5 family of tracked feller bunchers, adding performance and operator improvements, as well as covering the machines with a special 2-Year/5,000-Hour warranty program. The XT430-5, XT445L-5 and XT465L-5 models were introduced in 2018, and these advancements were made based on customer feedback.

Komatsu XT-5 machines let customers travel, operate the swing, arm and tool simultaneously, for maximum usability. To further boost multi-functioning performance for its customers, Komatsu added 7% more horsepower (331 hp vs. 310 at launch) to the Cummins QSL9 engine and increased the hydraulic flow, while maintaining excellent fuel efficiency.

Travel speed was increased by 25% to further improve productivity. The XT445L-5/XT465L-5 models now reach 3.3 mph (5.3 kph); the XT430-5 model, 3.2 mph (5.1 kph). Added lighting elements improve nighttime visibility of the right track and when using the rear camera, for a total of 13 LED lights brilliantly illuminating nighttime operations.

“Working with, listening to, and responding to customers is the cornerstone of our product development process, so when they said that our XT-5 machines would be even better with a boost in speed and multi-functioning performance, we got to work,” said Todd Miyake, vice president, forest division, Komatsu America Corp.

“We have also added a special 2-year or 5,000-hour warranty for a limited time period to offer customers an exceptional combination of performance, efficiency and peace of mind.”

The special warranty program covers new XT430-5, XT445L-5 and XT465L-5 tracked feller bunchers purchased through March 31, 2021, as well as those purchased since launch. This coverage is in addition to the standard Komatsu CARE® coverage which includes 100-, 500-, 1000-, 1,500- and 2,000-hour maintenance services for the first three years or 2,000 hours, whichever occurs first. All of these services are performed using genuine Komatsu filters and fluids.

The XT430-5, XT445L-5 and XT465L-5 Komatsu tracked feller bunchers were introduced in 2018 and were totally reengineered. Highlights include:

  • Outstanding serviceability with all service points easily accessible and gull-wing hood engine access
  • Increased power, torque – even while using up to 5% less fuel
  • Increased lift capacities and the ability of the XT465L-5 to readily operate the Quadco 24-inch (610 mm) cutting capacity disc saw head
  • Left-positioned modern forestry cab with exceptional visibility and comfort
  • Customizable operator controls via IQAN-MD4 digital control system
  • Komtrax® remote equipment monitoring and management telematics system, which can improve operator productivity and monitor machine health, a valuable tool for scheduling preventative maintenance and service

For more information on the Komatsu XT430-5, XT445L-5 and XT465L-5 Komatsu tracked feller bunchers and the special 2-year/5,000-hour warranty, go to www.komatsuforest.us.

All comparisons and claims of improved performance made herein are made with respect to the prior Komatsu models unless otherwise specifically stated. Up to 5% lower fuel consumption results are based on using the XT445L-5 prototype vs. the XT445L-3 model – each operator’s results may vary.

Warranty Terms: Complimentary 2-year or 5,000-hour standard product warranty coverage, whichever comes first, from the Machines First in Dirt (FID) Date. If the 5,000 hour limit is exceeded during the first year, coverage continues through the end of the first year. Cummins Base Engine Warranty, Extended Major Component Warranty and Emission Warranty will all be managed through Cummins. Please refer to the Cummins Warranty Terms document for coverage details.

Materials and specifications are subject to change without notice.

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Komptech Terminator – “V” for Versatile

International Forest Industries - Thu, 20/08/2020 - 10:00

With the new Terminator Type V, the Komptech Terminator family has become even more flexible and versatile, in terms of application areas as well as machine features. In future, it can be configured for any user need.

This is one of the most comprehensive new developments and was due to be one of the show highlights at the IFAT 2020  Komptech booth – the new Terminator Type V. The V stands for “versatile,” not just in terms of the materials this impressive machine can handle, but also its very wide range of applications.

The focus during development was on users who need to process many different materials, be they household or commercial waste, biomass like green and shrub cuttings, or used wood. The familiar advantages of the Terminator, such as its high throughput, had to be retained while meeting new challenges. For example, processing biomass requires a more aggressive shredding unit in order to ensure active and steady material intake. To achieve this, the shredding teeth were made about 50 percent higher.

Flexible for users
From the user perspective, as well as from a technical point view, the new Terminator Type V is a line extension, i.e. a new version of the existing shredders U, F, XXF. The modular idea played a major role in the development, and the ability to easily replace all major components was designed in from the beginning. Our development engineers succeeded in integrating all future variants into the basic layout. This guarantees maximum flexibility for customers, since they can combine individual components to get a machine that exactly meets their needs. With the Type V, for the first time an optional reshredding unit under the drum is available, that greatly expands the range of possible grain sizes.

High throughput with top material quality
The new Terminator easily delivers high material quality at high throughput. Other compelling arguments are the revisions to the basic machine, which incorporates all the new developments that have already proven their worth with the new version of the Crambo, Komptech’s low-speed universal wood shredder. This includes further enhanced service access and a 750 kg weight reduction with no reduction in functionality.

In addition, for the first time an optional reshredding unit under the drum is available, that greatly expands the range of possible grain sizes. With this new machine Komptech has closed the imaginary gap between its specialists for waste processing, the previous Terminator line and the Crambo.


Main Photo: TERMINATOR TYPE V – Slow-speed single-shaft shredder for all types of waste and wood.

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SCA has confirms new harvesting plan

International Forest Industries - Wed, 19/08/2020 - 13:41

SCA has confirmed a new harvesting plan which shows that the harvesting level in it’s own forest will increase over the coming five years by an additional one million cubic meters per year more than the current level. The increased harvesting level gives an increased cash flow of 300-400 MSEK per year with full effect from 2025.

In 2019, SCA made a new forest survey which showed that the company’s forests had a higher standing volume and a higher growth rate than previously estimated. A higher growth rate gives higher long term harvesting potential.

The new harvesting plan is now confirmed and it is based on calculations of the development of the forest over more than one hundred years into the future. It shows that harvesting over the coming five year period can successively increase from todays level of 4.3 million cubics meter solid wood under bark (m3sub) to 5.4 million m3sub per year.

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Morbark announces leadership change

International Forest Industries - Wed, 12/08/2020 - 10:26

Morbark, LLC, a leading manufacturer of equipment used in forestry, recycling, tree care, landscaping, sawmill, and biomass markets, has announced the appointment of Bradley (Brad) Boehler as the successor to current Vice President of Alamo Group’s Forestry and Tree Care Business Unit and President of Morbark Holdings, Dave Herr, effective August 24, 2020.

Herr joined Morbark initially as a board director and then as its CEO in October 2016. He successfully led the Company through a period of intense growth, operational improvement, acquisition, and integration of complementary businesses, including Rayco Manufacturing, LLC, and Denis Cimaf, Inc., and finally, the transfer of ownership to Alamo Group in 2019.

“Dave will surely be missed, but we wish him continued success in the future and thank him for his many contributions to Morbark’s success and to Alamo Group,” said Jeff Leonard, Executive Vice President, Alamo Group, Industrial Division.

Herr said, “It has been an honour and privilege to lead Morbark and be able to work with so many talented and dedicated individuals during my time here. I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished during this time and extremely optimistic about the future. Brad is an exceptional and proven leader, and I look forward to working with him to ensure a smooth transition and the Business Unit’s continued success under his guidance.”

Before joining Alamo Group, Boehler was President of the Skyjack Group, a major Canadian manufacturer of aerial lift equipment, including scissor lifts and telehandlers. During his sixteen years at Skyjack, he led the Company through a period of very high growth and performance improvement. Before joining Skyjack, he worked for seven years at Tigercat International Inc., in various engineering and technical positions. Tigercat is a privately owned Canadian manufacturer of high-quality forestry equipment and specialized off-road industrial machinery.

He is a veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces, having served as an Engineering Officer in the Construction Engineering Section. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering Science in Civil Engineering granted by the University of Western Ontario and has completed the Executive Development Program at the Ivey Business School. Brad, who hails from Alberta Canada, and his wife Melinda, will be relocating to Central Michigan in the coming months.

Photo: Bradley Boehler to succeed Dave Herr as Vice President of Forestry and Tree Care Group and President of Morbark Holdings

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Komatsu Europe launches WA800-8 Wheel Loader

International Forest Industries - Wed, 12/08/2020 - 09:39

Komatsu Europe International N.V. announces the launch of the new WA800-8 wheel loader. Designed for maximum operating comfort, the WA800-8 proposes many customer advantages, among which a Modulation Clutch and Variable Traction Control, an Auto Kick Down and an RPM set. Combined with Komatsu’s redesigned extra-large 11,5 m³ bucket and its optimised maximum fill factor, the WA800-8 offers superior efficiency.

The all-new Komatsu WA800-8 rewrites the rules for stability, giving the operator a safe and comfortable work environment. With a 115 tonnes operating weight, the WA800-8 allows for 20,700 kg rated load capacity in a standard boom configuration.

Power, Performance & Efficiency
Environmental concerns are growing worldwide, along with a need for cleaner engines. The Komatsu WA800-8 meets the latest EU Stage V emission regulations with Komatsu-designed, developed, and manufactured engine and aftertreatment systems.

Two Diesel Particulate Filters, two Variable Geometry Turbos, a Heavy Duty and cooled exhaust gas recirculation system, new engine control modules, a Closed Crankcase Ventilation system – and no AdBlue® required, will allow WA800-8 customers to be competitive in tenders and keep their Komatsu machine at work for many years.

As standard, Komatsu offers up to 11,5 m³ buckets, that have a redesigned spill guard, increased radius and floor angle, and provide better penetration and higher fill factors to boost productivity and income. Their ultra-strong teeth and enlarged sweeper wings increase uptime and reduce tire damage to also reduce maintenance costs.

A standard high accuracy Payload Meter (PLM) lets you easily monitor and track your work’s productivity and efficiency within 1.5% accuracy, to avoid overloading dump trucks.

The Modulation Clutch system gives operators precise control of rim pull, for fast work equipment speeds, and a smooth approach for truck loading. The Variable Traction Control system optimises rim pull on all ground conditions, minimises tire slippage and lowers maintenance costs.

On-board Komatsu SmartLoader Logic, a fully automatic engine control, yields precisely enough torque for each work phase, based on the application. By automatically switching between Economy & Power modes it considerably reduces fuel usage, with no loss of productivity.

The new generation WA800-8 wheel loader’s hydraulics are improved with a CLSS hydraulic system that delivers power on demand via the variable displacement piston pumps. It keeps the hydraulic oil cool and increases both your work speed and fuel economy. Fuel savings are further promoted through the Auto Idle Shutdown system and by ECO guidance tips on the in- cab monitor.

Combined with the unique Komatsu CARE support package, the WA800-8 offers truly unbeatable customer value.

Safety, Reliability & Durability
A new supersized ROPS/FOPS cabin provides a completely redesigned, spacious, sturdy and safe operating environment, with a wide and unobstructed view of the work area. After dark, visibility and safe maintenance are improved by 22 LED lights, a new standard factory-fit comprehensive package.

For increased safety and operating confidence, KomVision, a visual aid designed by Komatsu to help avoid contacts or collisions due to blind spots, reduces risks of machine damage and injury. On the WA800-8, five network cameras create a bird’s-eye view of the immediate surroundings on a dedicated monitor. An extra rear-view camera sends a colour image with a distance indicator line on the cabin monitor.

Catwalks and handrails on the counterweight provide an additional standard safe exit and easier maintenance. In option, Komatsu proposes a hydraulically operated 45° ladder to the cabin.

For easy servicing, even high up, technicians can attach lanyards to safe anchored tie-off points well-placed around the WA800-8. Standard safety lockout switches at the rear of the machine can be quickly reached from ground level, in an emergency or a critical situation.

Engine maintenance points are grouped, and various ladders, stairs and handrails provide safe access to all filters. The optional service centre enables the wireless download of KOMTRAX Plus data, along with faster and easier oil servicing and sampling.

The radiators have a swing-out reversing hydraulic fan, for safe access and easy cleaning with compressed air or water. To reduce clogging, the modular core radiator features widely spaced cooling fins.

Brake life was increased with an improved fully sealed hydraulic brake system. The front frame and the loader linkage were redesigned to be stronger and more durable.

Comfortable & Easy Operations
The redesigned interior of the new and enlarged cabin offers better ergonomics to reduce fatigue, for a happy and more productive operator. Sound insulation and a quieter engine keep noise levels low and help you stay focused and safe.

A new fully adjustable seat, air-suspended, heated and ventilated, with an adjustable bolster and integrated standard EPC levers, makes life on the jobsite easier, as do the colour TFT monitor and a range of new tools and functions. A new fold-up trainer seat allows in-cab operator training. For less experienced operators or just for easy operation, the Auto Digging system, the Semi-Auto Approach and the Semi-Auto Dump can assist to provide a consistent performance.

The new right-hand side console is integrated in the seat. Switches and Bluetooth radio are easily accessible on the overhead console, and the new front panel is styled with a similar look and feel as other Komatsu machines.

Available now at Komatsu Europe, the WA800-8 wheel loader offers unbeatable customer value, whatever and wherever the job.

Quick Specs

  • Engine Power – 638/854 kW/HP ü
  • Max Bucket Capacity – 11,5 m³ ü
  • Payload – 20,700 kg ü
  • Operating Weight – 115,5 tonnes


“Komatsu has set new standards for stability, comfort and safety and we are very proud to be able to offer this to our customers

“Our WA800 has always been well-appreciated for its reliability and productivity”, says Jo Monsieur, Group Manager for Large Machines at Komatsu Europe. “And this latest generation surely continues this legacy. Furthermore, Komatsu has set new standards for stability, comfort and safety and we are very proud to be able to offer this to our customers.”

Jo Monsieur, Group Manager for Large Machines at Komatsu Europe.


Komatsu WA800-8 Wheel Loader – New features & benefits

  • Best in class 20700kg rated payload, with 11,5m³ bucket as standard.
  • Superior performance – higher productivity through
    • Modulation clutch
    • Variable traction control
    • Rpm set function
    • PLM meter
    • CLSS & EPC control
  • A range of standard Safety features:
    • Komvision
    • Emergency Engine stops
    • Machine lock out switch for hydraulics, battery and starter
    • Starter receptacle
    • Certified anchorage (tie off) points
  • LED lamps all around – better vision for safer & more productive operation.
  • Auto Idle Shutdown System – helps reduce wasteful idling of machine.
  • Automatic functions – help reduce fatigue and help unexperienced operators
    • Auto digging function
    • Semi-auto dump truck approach system
    • Semi-auto dump system
    • Auto kickdown
  • EU Stage V emissions compliant
  • Komtrax Step 5 and Komtrax Plus, Peace of Mind, Cost Down, Profit Up through
    • Individual operator ID system
    • Usage and trend reports
    • Fuel abnormality (theft) reports
    • Auto idle ON/OFF records
    • Integrated communication antenna (includes wifi antenna)
  • Komatsu CARE – Peace of Mind, Cost Down and Profit Up
    KDPF systems included in the Komatsu CARE product support package

    • 3 year / 2000 hrs scheduled maintenance interventions
    • 5 year / 9000 hrs KDPF cleaning [every 4500 hrs]
    • 5 year / 9000 hrs warranty on the KDPF

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