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Carter Holt Harvey ’s NZ supply shakeup

International Forest Industries - Tue, 06/04/2021 - 13:59

A decision by Carter Holt Harvey to stop supplying wood products to major retailers could redefine how houses are built in New Zealand, an industry organisation says. Mitre 10 and Bunnings have confirmed to Stuff Carter Holt Harvey has stopped supplying them with wood products.

Mitre 10 chief of customer solutions Chris Peak said Carter Holt Harvey Woodproducts had told Mitre 10 that it could not supply it with structural timber for the foreseeable future. “This poses an industry-wide issue,” Peak said.

Mitre 10 had multiple supplier relationships and would be working to ensure it could continue to supply customers, he said. Bunnings head of merchandise New Zealand Cameron Rist said it sourced timber from a large number of suppliers and had a range of alternative options so did not expect the change would impact on its product availability.

“Carter Holt Harvey isn’t a major supplier to Bunnings and customers can be assured we will continue to work with our suppliers to meet demand for timber across our store network.”

PlaceMakers chief executive Bruce McEwen told Stuff it was advised by Carter Holt Harvey on Wednesday that it intended to make changes to how it supplied customers. BusinessDesk on Friday reported that Carter Holt Harvey had also stopped supplying ITM.

Building Industries Federation chief executive Julien Leys said it appeared as though Carter Holt Harvey had cut loose smaller retailers but was continuing to supply large customers including Fletcher Building-owned Placemakers and its own subsidiary Carters. “It certainly caught everyone by surprise,” Leys said.

A “perfect storm” had led to Carter Holt Harvey not being able to meet demand for a structural wood product called “wides” – 245mm wide timber used in a wide range of building applications, from flooring to trusses.

He said Carter Holt Harvey was the biggest manufacturer of wides in New Zealand, and it had been caught off guard by a rise in demand from multi-storey housing builds. “We’re seeing all these multi-storey units – two or three floors requiring much more timber. They just haven’t seen it coming. They haven’t been able to gear up their manufacturing capacity.”

Growth in log exports to China had also compounded the issue, he said. “The Chinese are paying top dollar for our logs.” Some timber mills in New Zealand may step in to fill the gap, but the more likely solution would be builders switching to alternative wood products, he said.

“It might mean we start having houses built a little bit differently.” Builders may need to make changes at short notice to building plans and those that were part way through a build would be looking at what the next best alternative to timber wides was, he said. “They might not necessarily go back to that wide timber.”

Source: Stuff

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New identity – for a stronger Holmen

International Forest Industries - Tue, 06/04/2021 - 12:49

You may have noticed that Holmen has changed colors, icons and a new logo in our digital channels, in the annual report and in social media. It is part of Holmen’s new brand identity and affects how we look and communicate.

The new identity is based on the interplay between nature and technology. Holmen creates a sustainable future for customers and society, and it is through nature and technology that they make it happen. The story of Holmen begins in the forest, in the meeting between the power of nature and man’s curiosity and engineering.

To clarify its story, they have developed a new brand platform and visual identity. The new identity draws inspiration from this duality – the meeting between nature and technology. Soft shapes meet sharp corners and earthy tones contrast with energy-rich, stronger colors. A living brand that can proudly represent the whole of Holmen – from Forest and Energy to Wood Products, Cardboard and Paper.

“The entire group is part of our circular business and our new sharp brand expression that clearly reflects Holmen today; a future-smart, circular business with the power to make a difference and which drives the transition to a sustainable society. ”

Stina Sandell, Sustainability and Communications Director at Holmen

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UK’s most advanced Sawmill Planing Line begins production

International Forest Industries - Tue, 06/04/2021 - 11:57

North Lincolnshire-based timber importer and timber products manufacturer Arbor Forest Products has begun production on its new sawmill planing line – thought to be the most advanced system of its kind in the UK.

Last year the company announced it was investing £6 million in the new facility which features unique timber scanning technology, allowing Arbor Forest Products to eliminate defects in lengths of timber – reducing waste and saving time for Arbor Forest customers.

The planing line was developed in conjunction with Swedish company System Hall AB, which designs, manufactures and supplies many different types of mechanical handling systems and conveyors for the woodworking industry, primarily – up to now – in its neighbouring Nordic countries.

Arbor Forest Products collaborated closely with System Hall to devise the production line that best suited its needs, and which would offer the best possible value to end users – which would include shed manufacturers, those building farm and equine facilities, and the general construction market.

Phil Yell, operations director at Arbor Forest Products, and Phil Bott, sawmill production director, worked closely with System Hall’s Jaokim Blixt to agree the design and layout of the facility, travelling to Scandinavia in late 2019 to see how similar sawmills, where facilities operate with faster line speeds and higher levels of automation than has hitherto been available in the UK.

With the line now fully operational, it is now processing up to 200m of timber per minute. The technologically led process involves each piece of timber being scanned as it runs through the line, allowing defects such as splits and knots to be identified and trimmed out, with the result being more useable lengths of timber in each load that arrives with customers.

Commenting on the new line, Phil Yell said: “This new facility represents a significant investment for us at Arbor Forest Products, and a large leap forward in terms of the standards being achieved in the UK timber market. Technology like this has so far only existed overseas, and we’re very proud to have worked with System Hall to bring this level of processing power to the UK for the first time.

“We are now able to accurately assess each piece of timber that passes through our facility and can therefore guarantee a specified level of quality for each batch, in line with our customers’ expectations. With some industrial users  reporting wastage levels of around 10 per cent due to faults with the timber, this is a genuine game-changer for UK timber.” This is the first phase in the company’s biggest investment in a single year, with upcoming plans for additional storage taking the total investment to around £12 million.

Source: Timber Construction

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NatCapMap by NatCap Research Ltd. Is a comprehensive online environmental mapping tool

International Forest Industries - Wed, 31/03/2021 - 11:52
New, comprehensive, online tool helps landowners build their biodiversity and net zero carbon strategies, as well as navigate post-EU subsidy regimes. (Oxford, March 2021) New tools help to identify and measure the natural capital of assets to develop future carbon strategies and access post-Brexit environmental subsidies.

As landowners, estate managers, renewable energy and traditional farm businesses adapt to the new post-EU subsidy regimes across the UK, they must prepare to provide robust evidence of environmental improvements and enhancements. To demonstrate this, they need an accurate natural capital baseline.

To meet this need, Oxford-based NatCap Research Ltd. has launched NatCapMap, the first comprehensive online environmental mapping tool in the UK to help landowners, estate managers, farm businesses and others to quickly and easily identify and measure their natural capital assets, and then report improvements over time. This baseline then provides a rock-solid basis for the development of ESG, biodiversity and net zero carbon strategies.

NatCapMap can be accessed at https://www.natcapresearch.com/latest-tools

Created by internationally reknowned academics using world-leading modelling and data techniques, the online tool enables users to map their natural capital assets, and receive the information in a downloadable report. The tool also maps the ‘ecosystem service flows’ provided by those assets – that is, the benefits for human wellbeing provided, such as carbon storage, CO2 sequestration, flood risk reduction, recreation, biodiversity, and others.

New subsidy frameworks require robust evidence

According to Professor Kathy Willis, founder and director at Natural Capital Research, “Post-EU subsidy arrangements are still evolving across the UK, but it’s already clear that landowners, estates and farmers will need the highest-quality evidence of natural capital assets and ecosystem system flows to access public funding. NatCapMap provides such evidence for land across England, Scotland and Wales, providing a powerful environmental business planning tool for estates and farms of different sizes.”

One key focus of the team at NatCap Research is to help landowners and land managers prepare for the Agriculture Act 2020, which sets out the new post-Brexit approach for agriculture support in England. For landowners and farmers in England, it represents the biggest change to the subsidy regime since the 1970s, with the EU’s per hectare basic farm payment (BFP) being superseded by the principle of “public money for public goods” and the transition to the Environmental Land Management Scheme in 2024. NatCapMap also then sets a solid baseline for the development of landowners’ environmental enhancement strategies going forward.

Professor Sir Dieter Helm, founder and Chair of Natural Capital Research, continues, “Under this new framework, landowners will need to evidence their natural capital baseline to claim subsidies effectively. The private sector too – from shareholders to ESG investors to carbon markets – as well as NGOs and other stakeholders will increasingly want rock-solid evidence of natural assets and environmental baselines and enhancements. With our reports providing accurate detail down to 25 metres, NatCap Map provides the credible evidence base that is needed for all these different audiences. And it then provides the credible starting point for initiating and monitoring environmental enhancements over time.”

Adrian Dolby, Head of Agriculture at Buccleuch, adds, “Buccleuch recognises the importance of applying robust evidence to underpin our environmental and land use strategies.  Through Natural Capital Research we have expertise that substantiates our environmental, carbon and biodiversity enhancement plans to external observers.”

Key benefits and features

NatCap Map has been created for a range of users from landowners and land agents to property developers, allowing them to:

  • understand their natural capital assets and best options for environmental enhancement and improvement
  • prepare for new subsidy opportunities, such as England’s Sustainable Farming Incentive and Environmental Land Management Scheme
  • report robustly to government departments and agencies in England, Wales and Scotland, and to investors and other stakeholders

Key features of the tool include:

  • downloadable baseline reports of natural assets and ecosystem service flows, with options for opportunity mapping and valuations
  • mapping covers any user-defined area in England, Scotland Wales, to 25m resolution
  • report details include landcover; forest, trees & hedges; and topographical variations
  • service benefits mapped range from carbon storage and CO2 sequestration to flood risk prevention, landscapes important for biodiversity and pollination services

For further press information, please contact Josephine Ornago at josephine@outspokenpr.com or call: +39 3662250305

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James Jones & Sons launches new ‘Fence Master’ app

International Forest Industries - Fri, 26/03/2021 - 14:10

James Jones & Sons Ltd has launched a new fencing app to help customers with their fencing projects.

The new app guides users through an easy step by step process, from choosing the fence design to working out an exact specification of the fencing components needed and creating a 3D model of their fence, through to listing their nearest James Jones & Sons stockist.

Graham Blyth, Sales Director of James Jones & Sons, said “When it comes to designing a garden fence, working out the number of fencing components that are needed can be quite complex and time consuming. The new app has been developed with both the end user and merchant staff in mind, making it a much easier process for users of the app to quickly and easily specify what is required.

The app also uses geographical location, so directs the end user to their nearest stockist of James Jones & Sons materials, thus generating sales enquiries for fencing and merchant customers. The app can be adapted to incorporate additional applications and further enhancements are planned”.

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James Jones & Sons Ltd announces the acquisition of GT Timber Ltd & Kerr Timber Products Ltd

International Forest Industries - Fri, 26/03/2021 - 13:09

James Jones & Sons Ltd has announced the acquisition of GT Timber Ltd, the holding company of Taylormade Timber Products Ltd and Kerr Timber Products Ltd which operate sawmills at Sherburn Hill, Durham and Annan respectively. The acquisition will increase James Jones & Sons Ltd’s annual sawn output to 800,000m3 thereby consolidating its position as the UK’s largest privately owned sawmill, timber engineering and pallet manufacturing company.

“We are delighted to have concluded this transaction,” commented Tom Bruce-Jones, Chairman of James Jones & Sons Ltd, “and are really pleased that the existing management team are staying on within the enlarged group to provide continuity, facilitate the integration and to help realise our long term strategic plans.The sawn output from both mills will complement our portfolio and will allow us to offer increased product opportunities for our existing, and newly expanded, customer base.”

“On behalf of our shareholders and employees, I am very pleased that GT Timber Ltd will become part of the James Jones Group.” said Jilly Wentworth, Managing Director of GT Timber Ltd, “Their extensive timber industry experience and financial strength will allow the investment programme that we have already started to reach a successful conclusion. The sale process was completed quickly and smoothly, reinforcing our long-held views that James Jones & Sons Ltd is a family company, who shares the same values, ethos and philosophy. We are very excited about the future.”

The combined group will now operate eight sawlines, supplying the most technologically advanced secondary processing facilities in the UK, offering quality, value added products and employing 1,225 people. The Group’s Timber Systems Division manufactures JJI-Joists from its operation at Forres and has the capacity to supply engineered floors for 200,000 new house builds per annum.The Pallet and Packaging Division has 16 sites located across the UK and manufactures pallets and packaging as well as inspection and repair sites for each of the major pallet pools in the UK.

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Chinese imports of softwood and hardwood wood products will be significantly altered in 2022 if Russia’s log export ban is implemented

International Forest Industries - Fri, 26/03/2021 - 12:29

China is the world’s largest importer of softwood and hardwood logs, and for many decades, Russia has been a significant log supplier for them. This relationship may change in 2022 if Russia implements their proposed ban on exports of softwood logs and valuable hardwood logs, while also introducing export taxes on green lumber. All these policy changes are designed to encourage increased domestic production of higher-valued forest products.

The Russian parliament has not yet announced the final legislative proclamation, so it is not clear if there will be a complete or phased-in ban, a significant export tax, or even the possibility of a state-owned export monopoly. However, a signal has been sent to the marketplace that Russia will no longer be a major supplier of softwood and hardwood logs.

One consequence of this decision is that Chinese wood manufacturers will need to explore new long-term log supply regions.

In 2020, China imported almost 6.5 million m3 of logs from Russia, predominantly softwood species. The trade was substantially less than in any year during the past two decades. Nevertheless, Russia was still the largest supplier of hardwood logs to China in 2020 (more prominent than any other source of temperate or tropical logs) and the third largest supplier of softwood logs.

It is crucial to keep in mind that China has shifted from sourcing logs from Russia to European suppliers the past few years as insect-infested timber in Central Europe has been in temporary abundance. From 2018 to 2020, softwood log imports from Europe increased from 1.3 million m3 to 12.3 million m3, while Russian-supplied logs fell from 7.8 million m3 to 4.2 million m3. However, shipments from Europe are not sustainable long-term.

According to the just-released study by the consulting firms Wood Resources International and O’Kelly Acumen (Russian Log Export Ban in 2022 – Implications for the Global Forest Industry), China is expected to source more sawlogs from Oceania, Europe, and the US short-term. Longer-term, the study anticipates that China is likely to shift further from importing logs to lumber, thus creating opportunities for lumber manufacturers, mainly in Europe and Russia, to increase shipments to this growing market.

The excerpt above is from the just-released Focus Report “Russia Log Export Ban in 2022 – Implications to the Global Forest Industry”, published by Wood Resources International LLC and O’Kelly Acumen. For more information about the study or to inquire about purchasing the 60-page report in easy-to-read slide format, please contact either Hakan Ekstrom (hakan@woodprices.com) or Glen O’Kelly (glen.okelly@okelly.se). A Table of Contents of the report is available on our website. 

Contact Information

Wood Resources International LLC
Hakan Ekstrom, Seattle, USA
info@WoodPrices.com

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Nina Pärssinen to join Metsäliitto Cooperative’s Board of Directors

International Forest Industries - Thu, 25/03/2021 - 13:54

At a meeting held on 24 March 2021, the Supervisory Board of Metsä Group’s parent company, Metsäliitto Cooperative, elected Nina Pärssinen, Bachelor of Law, as a new member of the cooperative’s Board of Directors.

Pärssinen has extensive work experience from various labour market organizations. She was the labour market director of the Finnish Forest Industries Federation in 2015-2019. She is currently working as the administrative director of the city of Alajärvi.

METSÄ GROUP

For further information, please contact:
Miika Arola, Group General Counsel, Metsä Group, tel. +358 10 465 4205

Metsä Group
www.metsagroup.com

Metsä Group leads the way in the bioeconomy. They invest in growth, developing bioproducts and a fossil free future. The raw material for its products is renewable wood from sustainably managed northern forests. They focus on the growth sectors of the forest industry: wood supply and forest services, wood products, pulp, fresh fibre paperboards, and tissue and greaseproof papers.

Metsä Group’s annual sales is approximately EUR 5.5 billion, and has around 9,200 employees in 30 countries. It is an international Group with its roots in the Finnish forest: its parent company is Metsäliitto Cooperative owned by 100,000 forest owners.

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Construction of Metsä Spring and Valmet’s demo plant for 3D fibre products progressing

International Forest Industries - Thu, 25/03/2021 - 12:44

Metsä Group’s innovation company Metsä Spring and Valmet are building a demo plant in Äänekoski. The plant will manufacture new 3D fibre products for food packaging and other purposes.

The demo plant reached its full height on 23 March 2021 with construction work proceeding as planned. The main equipment delivered by Valmet will be installed in the autumn 2021, and the first test runs should begin at the end of 2021 – approximately 12 months after the start of the construction.

“The demo plant will test the production of new 3D fibre-based packaging. New packages will be tested with different partners to receive feedback on their market feasibility,” says Veli-Matti Hulkko, Technology Manager at Metsä Spring.

The advanced production process is efficient and flexible. Wood fibre from Metsä Group’s mills could be used to produce large volumes of completely ready packages for different purposes.

“We’ve chosen technologies that help us minimise the consumption of raw material and energy in production. The plan is that nothing goes to waste. The demo plant is located in an industrial production site operating in Äänekoski, which ensures the availability of the raw material and entirely fossil free energy. It also enables the wise use of water and other resources. And there is no need to transport materials from distant locations,” says Hulkko.

The combination of Metsä Group’s expertise in production and packaging design, Metsä Spring’s innovative organisation and Valmet’s experience as a technology supplier enables the demo plant to create a foundation for significant future business.

“Metsä Group has expertise in packaging materials, production requirements and growing markets. As a leading global equipment and machine manufacturer in the forest industry, Valmet is capable of delivering a highly automated, resource-efficient manufacturing process to the demo plant using the latest technology,” Hulkko continues.

“It’s been great to see how bold visions of the future have rapidly turned into practical measures with Metsä. Seamless cooperation with the partners has been crucial in rapid product development. We’ll be able to receive results at the end of the year thanks to the successful demo start,” says Sampo Immonen, head of Line R&D at Valmet.

The demo plant will manufacture wood-based packages, which can replace plastic and aluminium packages. Products are renewable, recyclable and biodegradable, and their raw material comes from sustainably managed forests, which are primarily owned by Finnish families. There is already now significant demand for the products, and the demand is estimated to grow in the future.

If it is possible to prove that the manufacturing method and the product function well, a larger production unit could be built next to Metsä Group’s bioproduct mill, for example.

For further information, please contact:
Juha Laine, Senior Vice President, Communications, Metsä Group, tel. +358 10 465 4541

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Lunawood investing in safety and sustainable growth

International Forest Industries - Thu, 25/03/2021 - 12:14

For Lunawood, safe working environment and sustainable business growth are key factors in building the future and ensuring customer satisfaction. As a result, Lunawood will invest in automatic fire extinguishing system at the beginning of the year, as well as in rebuilding and increasing production capacity.

An automatic fire extinguishing system covering all production departments will be installed at both Lunawood mills in Iisalmi and Kaskinen during the spring of 2021. The extinguishing system at Iisalmi plant will be commissioned by the end of March, and the extinguishing system at the Kaskinen plant will be completed during May. The main supplier of the equipment is an expert company Afire Oy from Lahti.

A new sticking and stacking plant will also be completed at Kaskinen plant in the spring, with Lunawood’s long-term partner BioCone Oy as the main supplier of the equipment. The actual building facility will be built by the City of Kaskinen. Production at the new sticking and stacking plant is scheduled to start in mid-May.

In addition to these large investments, the thermo-treatment capacity of the Kaskinen plant increased by one kiln during the winter, and production at Iisalmi plant will restored when, in addition to one repaired kiln, one new kiln will start its production during May. The kilns are supplied by Jartek Invest Oy from Lahti.

The combined value of the mill’s extinguishing systems and sticking and stacking plant investments is over EUR 4 million and they have a significant impact on both the fire safety of the Lunawood mills and the availability of increased thermo-treatment capacity.

More information:

MATTI LEHMUSKORPI
Vice President Operations+358 50 583 7822
matti.lehmuskorpi@lunawood.com

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Guararapes orders new plant for MDF production from Siempelkamp

International Forest Industries - Thu, 25/03/2021 - 11:32

The convincing overall performance of Siempelkamp’s No. 1 plant leads to a “remake” of the successful concept: Once again, the Brazilian wood-based materials producer Guararapes Paineis, S/A. placed an order for an MDF plant with its German partner.

Top availability and low production costs – Guararapes, one of the most important MDF producers in South America, is fully satisfied with the performance of its first Siempelkamp plant. For its Caçador location, the company therefore currently ordered an almost identical copy of its successfully operating existing plant. Guararapes thus represents the largest MDF site in America.

The core component is a ContiRoll® Generation 9 for MDF in the 9′ x 48.7m format. The daily capacity of the plant is designed for 1,500 m³ and thus exceeds that of the first Siempelkamp plant, which was ordered in 2014 and started up in 2016, by 400 m³. The scope of supply for Guararapes includes all components from the debarking and chipper line to the packing line. Also included is the EcoResinator glue blending system for MDF, which convinces with high glue savings and low operating costs.

The expanded production range of the company, founded in 1984, will be supplied mainly to the domestic market, but also to export markets. Assembly in Caçador is scheduled to start in the first quarter of 2022.

“The overall performance of our first Siempelkamp plant is absolutely convincing. So there is no question that we will realize the new investment again with our German partner,” says Ricardo Pedroso,  CEO of Guararapes Paineis, S/A. Jürgen Philipps, Spokesman of the Management Board of Siempelkamp Maschinen- und Anlagenbau GmbH, adds: “We are proud to be able to support our Brazilian customer with the increase of its production capacities through another plant and are looking forward to the upcoming cooperation.”

Photo: Guararapes site in Caçador

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Capacity and quality in focus when Högland invests in Valutec kilns

International Forest Industries - Wed, 24/03/2021 - 13:44

Höglands Såg & Hyvleri invests in two continuous kilns from Valutec for its sawmill at Anundsjö, Sweden. After the investments, the company’s drying capacity will reach 375,000 cubic meters (158,916 MBF) annually.

“With the sawmill in full operation, we have experienced the lumber drying kilns as a limiting factor. This investments main benefits are the improved flow on our production line and the increased quality of the finished product,” says David Markusson, CEO of Höglands Såg & Hyvleri.

Höglands Såg & Hyvleri is a family-owned company comprised of the sawmills, Höglandssågen and Anundsjösågen, in addition to the grading department located at Domsjö. The sawmill saws both fir and pine, mainly for use as construction lumber and primarily sold on the Swedish and UK markets. Together, the sawmills produce approx. 320,000 cubic meters (135,608 MBF) of lumber products annually.

“Valutec has a long-standing collaborative relationship with Höglands and has previously supplied kilns to both Anundsjö and Höglands. It’s an honor for us to be able to supply the new kilns for Anundsjösågen. It’s an excellent testament to our collaborative relationship and we look forward to starting the project,” says Jon Lindberg, Sales Manager at Valutec.

Anundsjösågen invested in two similar kilns from Valutec as late as in 2015, which helped facilitate their choice of supplier this time around.

“The kilns we bought in 2015 have worked well and, of course, the operators having experience in using and operating the machines has its advantages,” says David Markusson. “We know Valutec and how they work, while at the same time we feel a sense of security in knowing that the company, like us, has its headquarters up in the north of Sweden.”

The kilns Anundsjösågen invests in are FB continuous kilns, built in stainless steel with an annual capacity of approx. 50,000 cubic meters (21,118 MBF) per kiln. They are equipped with pressure frames, for minimal deformation of the uppermost lumber layer, and Valutec’s heat recovery system. The delivery also includes the Valmatics 4.0 control system.

Installation of the new lumber kilns will begin in August 2021.

More information

Jon Lindberg, Sales Manager, Valutec
jon.lindberg@valutec.se
+46 910 879 50

David Marcusson, CEO, Höglands Såg & Hyvleri AB
david@hoglandssagen.se
+46 340 66 65 60

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Segezha Group joins UN Global Compact

International Forest Industries - Wed, 24/03/2021 - 13:09

Segezha Group, a subsidiary of Sistema PJSFC and a leading Russian vertically integrated holding company in the forest industry performing a full cycle of operations from logging to advanced wood processing, has joined the United Nations Global Compact (“UN Global Compact” or “Compact”), the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative.

With this commitment, Segezha Group is demonstrating its long-term support of the Sustainable Development Goals as outlined in the UN Global Compact’s ten principles.

“Segezha Group is fully aligned with the UN Global Compact’s Ten Principles, not only in word but in deed; these principles are integrated into the Group’s policies, strategic initiatives and day-to-day work. Joining the Global Compact is not simply a chance to share our positive experience internationally, but to learn first-hand from our peers about best international practices in sustainability,” said Managing Director for Government Relations and Forestry Policy Nikolay Ivanov.

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Segezha Group recently launched Russia’s first industrial production line for CLT panels

International Forest Industries - Wed, 24/03/2021 - 11:58

On 25 February, Segezha Group President Mikhail Shamolin visited Sokol in Vologda Oblast to oversee the grand opening of Segezha Group’s cross-laminated timber (CLT) plant. The plant is the first industrial-scale production facility to manufacture the innovative building construction material. The factory is located at Sokol Woodworking Plant (S-DOK JSC), a leading producer of laminated wooden structures in Russia. Segezha Group, a Sistema Company, has invested over RUB 3 billion in the new manufacturing facility. The production capacity of the new line is 50,000 cubic meters of finished products per year. The production line is equipped with machine tools from leading European manufacturers, including Ledinek, Imeas and SCM Group. The line is highly automated, and the processes are immaculately synchronised. The plant has created 50 new jobs.

Although relatively new, CLT is popular with Russian buyers. The large-scale rollout of high-quality CLT panels onto the construction market will contribute to the development of private residential construction with wood. This may also give rise to an entire sector of multi-storey wooden housing using hybrid technologies in Russia. The use of CLT panels as building blocks significantly accelerates the construction of buildings, which is expected to be a significant advantage in coping with the fallout from natural disasters, emergency relocation of people from dangerous structures and implementation of projects to renovate buildings and improve the urban environment. One of the key advantages of this material is its exceptional environmental qualities — it has a minimal carbon footprint. This new product is also fire resistant and demonstrates excellent physical and mechanical characteristics.

At the grand opening of the plant, the industrial site was visited by Yury L. Vorobyov, deputy chair of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation; Oleg Kuvshinnikov, governor of Vologda Oblast; Nikolai Shmatkov, director of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Russia. Viktor Evtukhov, state secretary and deputy minister of industry and trade of the Russian Federation, joined the opening ceremony via video link.

The guests were taken on a tour of the CLT panel production line. The grand finale of the ceremony was the moment the finished products came out from under the press.

“CLT panels have a tremendous advantage: they enable the urgent construction of accommodation in areas that have suffered from floods or fires. If a site has been adequately prepared, a house can be erected in two to three months,” explained Yury Vorobyov. “We are expanding the deep processing of wood. Russia ought to sell high value added products. CLT panels are the perfect fit for that. We have learned how to deep process sawn timber into high-quality panels fit for housing construction. That was the goal set for the forestry industry by the President and the government.”

“In order to build this plant, we provided the company with a rated timber harvest area and state support, a package of documents was reviewed by the investment council and priority investment project status was granted by the Ministry of Industry and Trade, providing federal tax incentives. We have gone through all these challenging steps together with Segezha Group, and today the plant is starting operations,” said Oleg Kuvshinnikov. “I am happy that the company decided to build its new enterprise in our forest region. Here, they will be engaged in deep processing of wood and manufacturing high-margin products, while also contributing to the development of the construction industry in Russia and other countries. These CLT panels can become daycares, schools, hotels and multi-storey residential buildings.”

Mikhail Shamolin highlighted that this project was completed with the solid support of the Vologda Oblast Government: “The plant in Sokol is one of the most cutting-edge facilities in the world. Thanks to this plant, Russia can now start building innovative and eco-friendly housing. The construction of multi-storey, wooden, CLT-based houses will enable the Russian construction industry to open a new chapter. The arrival of the first Russian CLT plant in Vologda Oblast is a very important and symbolic event.”

“The Ministry of Industry and Trade is pleased that the construction of the Sokol CLT plant, which began in 2019, is complete. We are finally establishing high-tech production of this very important building material. I think I am not exaggerating when I put it like that. CLT panels are already in active use in housing construction worldwide. One of our current goals is to develop wooden residential construction in Russia. We have to increase the volume of such construction. We are the leading power in forest resources, and yet in this regard, we are lagging behind many other countries. That includes those with far fewer resources for the forestry industry to bring into production. Our current goal is not only to develop privately owned low-rise housing construction but also enter the segment of multi-storey buildings using these solid wood materials. These materials are also very eco-friendly, which is particularly important today. They provide durability, fire resistance and many other important qualities. I should mention that this enterprise was built by Segezha Group, a leader and driver in the forestry industry. The company has its own facilities in Siberia and the North-West and Central Federal Districts of Russia. For us, the establishment of a plant like this here and now is a real milestone,” Viktor Evtukhov commented.

About Segezha Group

Segezha Group is a Russian vertically integrated wood processing and pulp and paper holding, with facilities in 11 countries and more than 13,000 employees. The company exports its products to more than 100 markets worldwide. Segezha Group holds leased forest resources totalling 7.42 million hectares, of which 81% (6.36 million hectares) has achieved forest management certification from the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC). Learn more at https://segezha-group.com/en/ 

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Defra announces funding boost and new partnership with Forest for Cornwall

International Forest Industries - Fri, 19/03/2021 - 12:48
Funding boost and new woodland creation partnership formed between Defra and Forest for Cornwall. Trees are a precious natural asset and central to the fight against climate change.

Defra and Forest for Cornwall have today [19 March] joined forces to form an innovative new National Woodland Creation Partnership pilot to drive regional tree planting. This new partnership will be supported through an initial £120,000 uplift from the Nature for Climate Fund, the Forestry Minister Lord Goldsmith has announced.

Following on from the successful Northumberland Forest Partnership announced by the Environment Secretary in 2019, the Government is backing this Cornwall Council-led woodland creation partnership to help identify sites in Cornwall for woodland creation and bring local stakeholders on board. Partnership Forum members include Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Duchy of Cornwall, Forestry Commission, Environment Agency, Natural England, Woodland Trust, National Trust, Tamar AONB, ConFor, CLA, NFU, South West Water, Cornwall Association of Local Councils, and West Country Rivers Trust.

The ambition of Forest for Cornwall, set out and led by Cornwall Council as a key part of it’s Carbon Neutral Action Plan, is to ensure that the woodlands created are best suited for the needs of communities in Cornwall. A mix of targeted tree and woodland planting will be carried out to achieve this, including:

  • planting trees to provide shade in urban areas to help counter the high rates of skin cancer shown in the county
  • planting trees in areas of high deprivation to provide well-being benefits for local communities
  • enabling economic benefits for the county by developing well-designed woodlands of scale to encourage visitors
  • planting woodlands to enhance nature’s recovery and flood mitigation

Today’s announcement highlights the essential role that local authorities and their partners have to play in achieving the Government’s ambition to increase tree planting rates to 30,000 hectares per year across the UK by 2025. To meet this ambition, a locally led approach to tree and woodland creation is needed, and local partners are in a unique position to inform the delivery of tree planting on the ground.

Forestry Minister Lord Goldsmith said:

“This exciting new partnership in Cornwall emphasises the importance of working together and using a locally-led approach to help build back greener.

“I am pleased to announce that through the government’s Nature for Climate Fund, trees will be planted where they are most needed, allowing more communities in Cornwall to have access to nature and in turn, to experience real benefits for health and wellbeing.”

Forestry Commission Chair Sir William Worsley said:

“Trees are the backbone of our urban and rural environments and essential in tackling the climate emergency. As the largest land managers in England and the government’s expert forestry advisors, we are excited to be part of this new pilot. This partnership will be crucial for deciding where trees need to be planted in Cornwall to provide maximum benefits for people, climate and nature.

Councillor Edwina Hannaford, portfolio holder for Neighbourhoods and Climate Change at Cornwall Council, said:

“We are delighted that Defra is supporting our Forest for Cornwall Programme.

“As part of our commitment to tackle climate change, we are working with partners to appropriately plant hundreds of thousands of trees in our beautiful county. This funding will enable us to support more landowners and land managers who want to plant trees in different areas.

“In 2019 Cornwall Council issued a climate emergency and has set the ambitious target of being carbon neutral by 2030. As it grows the Forest for Cornwall will help us towards reaching that goal and help us create a better, greener future for the next generation.”

By growing, protecting and restoring our trees, forests and woodlands we can help reduce carbon emissions, encourage biodiversity and nature recovery, grow our sustainable timber market, and improve people’s health and wellbeing.

Defra is committed to protecting and restoring our natural environment. This is part of a series of Nature for Climate Fund announcements this spring, leading up to the publication of the government’s action plan on trees, woodland and forestry.

In recent months, the government has announced £12.1 million of investment for tree planting in Community Forests across the country, as well as a new £3.9 million pot to support innovative planting schemes in towns and cities and near rivers to reduce flood risk.

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China and Finland to find alternative wood supplies

International Forest Industries - Fri, 19/03/2021 - 12:17

Russia has been one of the largest roundwood traders globally for many years by exporting roughly 15-20 million m3 per year between 2010-2020. The main importers of the Russian roundwood are traditionally China and Finland, importing around 90% of the total Russian export volumes.

Based on the announcement of President Vladimir Putin last year, instructing the country’s government to ban the export of untreated or roughly processed wood, the roundwood exports might be heavily limited from next year on, should the legislation take force as proposed.

According to the plans, the ban will apply to softwood logs and pulpwood, as well as possibly birch veneer logs. The final decision on assortments and species will be done later. Green sawn wood can also be part of the ban. Besides, the Government considers imposing limitations on the export of wood chips and some of the wood-based panels, such as OSB and particleboard.

These limitations might be in force already during this year. The consequences of the export limitations would impact the interests of trading partners and force them to find either alternative sources for the commodities or to buy more value-added products from Russia.

The implications of the roundwood export ban on the Russian forest industry were recently discussed here.

China is the main consumer of Russian roundwood. In 2020, the total imports from Russia accounted for about 7.5 million m3 of wood consisting mainly of high-quality softwood and hardwood logs. The import volumes are to be replaced, and among the main countermeasures discussed are increasing supply from other countries and shifting the exports towards more value-added sawn-wood products.

New Zealand and Europe as options

New Zealand is the largest roundwood supplier in China and the import volumes from there can be increased after the Russian export ban takes place. However, the increased volumes will highly depend on roundwood prices, which should be sufficiently attractive to access some of the higher-cost supplies. The prices are increasing in China and Russia’s export ban may bring them up further. The higher prices on roundwood will result in other suppliers coming to the market, too.

Recently, New Zealand has signed an upgrade to the China free trade agreement, offering some New Zealand value-added products a reduction in tariffs. Although the tariffs on logs (and sawn-wood) were already at zero levels, faster access to Chinese markets can be used in improving/extending partnerships in the log supply. However, the overall impact on increasing imports will be minor.

Besides, the existence of major regulatory barriers could adversely affect China’s ability to significantly increase the log supply from New Zealand. Importers still have to pay the VAT on timber. Getting radiata pine approved in the construction end-uses in China might be an uplift but this issue is still under development.

Source: induforgroup

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John Deere realigning its forestry technology

International Forest Industries - Fri, 19/03/2021 - 11:42

The advancement of forestry equipment has typically focused on generating more powerful machines. Now, John Deere has launched a new tech-driven initiative that will marry strength with intelligence.

Through the Precision Forestry initiative, Deere will reorganize its technology portfolio and increase its efforts in delivering solutions designed to increase efficiency and productivity in the woods.

“It’s not about getting bigger and stronger in the woods all the time,” said Graham Hinch, Deere’s sales and marketing director for the western hemisphere. “It’s about delivering more intelligent, connected machines that address our customers’ needs.”

Smart Industrial

The forestry tech initiative aligns with Deere’s overarching Smart Industrial operating model. The operating model, announced last summer, aims to accelerate its success via the integration of smart technology innovation with its legacy of manufacturing.

Precision Forestry is a more descriptive term for what customers can expect from the John Deere technology suite, including real-time, map-based production planning and tracking capabilities, along with new and evolving operator assistance capabilities.

“With technology, we believe that loggers need to embrace working smarter, not harder. The logging industry is built on hard work – it’s part of the industry’s DNA,” said Matthew Flood, product marketing manager for skidders and the Precision Forestry initiative at John Deere.

“We want to complement that work ethic with machine intelligence and system-level integration, delivering the tools loggers need to increase efficiency and performance in the woods.”

Note: Matt Flood will be presenting to local harvesting contractors on some of these new JD Smart Technologies as part of the upcoming HarvestTECH 2021 event running in Rotorua, New Zealand on 13-14 April.

A game changer

Flood explained technology is a game changer for the forestry industry. While forestry machines have become more powerful, there remains a 40 per cent variation in productivity on Deere’s machines.

“That variation comes specifically from the operator sitting in the seat. It comes from their experience level and the efficiency they have to offer on that machine,” Flood said. “We need to start to focus on having our machines easier to operate, and really allow an inexperienced operator to get the same productivity out of that machine as an expert operator.”

Machines will evolve to become smarter, and capable of adapting to various situations, regardless of who is seated in the cab. “We look to have machines that provide feedback and guide operators. Potentially, someday, they can prevent operators from making a poor decision,” Flood said.

As well, Precision Forestry will see an era where more accurate data can be harvested from machines. “As we have this accurate information and data, we can look at our machines as a system, rather than just individual machines and individual machine efficiencies,” Flood said.

Photo: Tracked Harvester 959MH Harvesting Heads FL100

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Komatsu’s PC88MR-11 excavator delivers higher productivity 

International Forest Industries - Fri, 19/03/2021 - 10:58

Faster boom and arm speeds make it ideal for confined spaces or urban environments

Contractors looking for a machine with performance and versatility in an easy-to-transport package, will want to take a look at the Komatsu PC88MR-11 excavator. The reduced tail swing radius on the PC88MR-11 makes it ideal for work on roadways, bridges, urban areas, or anywhere space is limited.

Versatility and efficiency come standard

The 67.7 HP (50.6 kW) excavator has standard high flow auxiliary hydraulics with proportional joysticks that offer incredible job versatility, while providing precise attachment control. Standard grading blade with new moldboard profile improves backfilling and light grading efficiency.

Designed to excel in underground utility or general construction in urban environments, the PC88MR-11 short tail swing excavator is more at home in confined spaces than a conventional excavator. Its swing boom design allows digging parallel to buildings or barriers.

Fuel efficient, low-cost power

The new high-efficiency power package and viscous fan clutch work together to lower overall fuel consumption by up to 13%. The smart, simplified catalytic system removes soot without a diesel particulate filter, for lower maintenance and lower cost of ownership.

Fast cycles and custom modes

Faster boom up/swing speed, combined with responsive quick arm speed, makes excavating and leveling work easier and more efficient with the PC88MR-11. Six working modes let you tailor the machine to the tasks required, whether for performance or fuel savings.

Maximum operator comfort

Operators work comfortably in a quiet, climate-controlled cab featuring air suspension seat, Bluetooth radio, and high-resolution monitor with rearview camera. The sliding cab door makes entry and exit easier in confined spaces and LED lights provide excellent vision at night.

Quick and easy maintenance

Periodic maintenance is accessible and efficient with large service access doors and grouped service points with ground-level access.

For more details on the new easy-to-transport PC88MR-11 excavator, go to komatsuamerica.com.

About Komatsu

Komatsu is an industry-leading manufacturer and supplier of equipment, technologies and services for the construction, forklift, mining, industrial and forestry markets. For nearly a century, Komatsu equipment and services have been used by companies worldwide to develop modern infrastructure, extract fundamental minerals, maintain forests and create technology and consumer products. The company’s global service and distributor networks support customer operations, tapping into the power of data and technology to enhance safety and productivity while optimizing performance. Learn more at komatsuamerica.com.

Note: All comparisons and claims of improved performance made herein are made with respect to the prior Komatsu model unless otherwise specifically stated. Materials and specifications are subject to change without notice.

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ANDRITZ to supply biomass boiler plant to Fjernvarme Fyn Produktion A/S in Odense, Denmark

International Forest Industries - Thu, 18/03/2021 - 11:16

ANDRITZ has received an order from the Danish energy company Fjernvarme Fyn Produktion A/S to deliver a new biomass boiler plant complete with auxiliary equipment for their “Bio Blok 2” project.

The plant will be located on Fjernvarme Fyn’s existing combined heat and power plant site in Odense, on the island of Funen in Denmark, some 170 km west of the capital Copenhagen. This new plant will supply district heat to the Odense area and is also prepared for electricity production at a later stage. Start-up of the boiler is scheduled for 2023.

The “Bio Blok 2” project is an important part of Fjernvarme Fyn’s goal of abandoning the use of coal at their combined heat and power plants by 2022 and contributing to the national objective of a 70 percent reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030. Fjernvarme Fyn delivers about 97 percent of the district heat requirement in Odense, providing heat for more than 100,000 households and large greenhouses.

The ANDRITZ scope of supply includes a biomass-fired boiler with flue gas cleaning and a flue gas condenser with absorption heat pump technology. Based on the ANDRITZ EcoFluid bubbling fluidized bed design, the boiler combines high efficiency with excellent environmental performance. The flue gas condenser with heat pump technology after the boiler significantly increases the district heat output and, therefore, improves the plant efficiency.

This new plant will be fuelled by wood chips as the main fuel and wood, olive and/or sunflower shell pellets as secondary fuel. The plant is capable of supplying close to 180 MW of heat to the district heating network and reaching record efficiency of almost 120 percent.

This order from Fjernvarme Fyn once again demonstrates ANDRITZ’s strong global position in the supply of state-of-the-art and environmentally friendly biomass boilers.

ANDRITZ GROUP

International technology group ANDRITZ offers a broad portfolio of innovative plants, equipment, systems and services for the pulp and paper industry, the hydropower sector, the metals processing and forming industry, pumps, solid/liquid separation in the municipal and industrial sectors, as well as animal feed and biomass pelleting.

Photo: 3D model of the Andritz EcoFluid bubbling fluidized bed boiler

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Jörgen Lindquist to leave Södra

International Forest Industries - Thu, 18/03/2021 - 10:40

Jörgen Lindquist, President of the Södra Wood business area, is to leave Södra. Peter Jhaveri will now take over responsibility for Södra Wood until further notice.

Lindquist has worked at Södra since 2015 and been a member of Group Senior Management. Jörgen also served previously as CFO of Södra.

“I want to thank Jörgen for these fruitful years at Södra. I also want to wish him the best of luck for the future,” said Lotta Lyrå, President and CEO of Södra.

Peter Jhaveri will take over responsibility as Interim Business Area President of Södra Wood until further notice. He has extensive and international experience of senior positions in several different types of businesses. These include serving as subsidiary president within the Tetra Pak Group in Asia and Sweden, as well as Consumer Board business area president at BillerudKorsnäs.

A recruitment process for a permanent appointment to the role of business area president of Södra Wood will be initiated later in 2021.

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