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Big opportunities for a high-value, low-carbon forestry future

International Forest Industries - Mi, 09/09/2020 - 13:01

Big opportunities for a high-value, low-carbon forestry future – A New Zealand wood fibre futures stage one report published last week identifies key wood processing technologies that could help drive a high-value and low-carbon economy.

Te Uru Rākau (Forestry New Zealand) director sector investment Jason Wilson said the report, by an international consortium led by BioPacific Partners, focused on how New Zealand could build on the forestry industry’s current strengths to create a low-carbon future.

The report identified possible alternatives to concrete and steel, and biofuels made from woody biomass.

“We know forests have a big role to play in carbon mitigation, but forestry can play an even bigger role in both the economy and meeting environmental goals if it is used to create new and innovative high-value, low-carbon products including liquid fuels and replacements for coal,” said Mr Wilson.

“The questions for New Zealand are what products do we need the most, what technologies are available to help us create these, and, importantly, how do we attract investment to make it happen?”

“New Zealand is considered one of the best places in the world to do business and we have a large amount of Pinus radiata which gives us a comparative advantage, but we need to start working with technology investors to produce high-value, low-carbon products.”

Mr Wilson said the report identified 15 technologies out of 108 found globally that New Zealand could prioritise and laid out ways to attract investors.

“Both biocrude and liquid biofuels are favoured by investors, have the most potential for export, and are being actively developed globally by high-tech firms.”

Mr Wilson said the report represented the culmination of stage 1 of the project and Te Uru Rākau was now progressing with stage 2.

“Stage 2 focuses on building an attractive investment case and undertaking a detailed feasibility study for the priority technologies. It will involve discussions with key industry partners, including those in forestry, transport, construction, and energy. We are also working closely with other agencies, including the Ministry of Transport and MBIE, to identify policy tools to incentivise investment.”

This next phase of work will come under the umbrella of the Forest and Wood Products Industry Transformation Plan, and as part of the broader Fit for a Better World initiative.

“A high-value low-carbon future for the forestry sector that will deliver economically and environmentally is an exciting prospect and I am looking forward to working with New Zealand industries to achieve this.”

To download the report click here.

Photo:Te Uru Rākau (Forestry New Zealand) director sector investment Jason Wilson

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Market Update: China Log Imports

International Forest Industries - Mi, 09/09/2020 - 11:51

US no longer largest log supplier – The main countries supplying more than 1 million cubic metres of logs to China in the first half of 2020 were New Zealand, Russia, Germany, Australia, PNG, Czech Rep, US and Solomon Islands. Shipments of logs to China from all main suppliers fell in the first half of the year. The decline of more than 70% in shipments of logs from the US was the most significant.

In the first half of the year New Zealand was the main log supplier to China accounting for 26% of total log imports. Imports from New Zealand totalled 6.33 million cubic metres, down 64% from the same period of 2019. The second ranked supplier of logs was Russia at 3.29 million cubic metres, down 56% from the same period of 2019 and accounting for about 13.5% of the national total.

The third ranked supplier of logs was Germany at 3.29 million cubic metres, down 22% from the same period of 2019 and accounting for just over 13% of the national total. Germany has become the most important supplier of China’s log imports.

Major entry ports for log imports from Germany – Over 90% of China’s log imports from Germany in the first half of 2020 were through Qingdao Port in Shandong Province which handled around 45% of all log imports.

The other major entry points for logs were Yanshan in Shanghai, Dapeng Port in Guangdong Province, Tianjin Port and Xiamen Haicang Port in Fujian Province.

The average price for China’s log imports from Germany through Qingdao port was the lowest at US$96 per cubic metre just below the average price for logs of US$100 per cubic metre. Logs supplied to China from Germany arrived via the China-Europe Railway Express.

Source: ITTO TTM Report 31 Aug

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FinnMETKO filled the venue – trade was booming

International Forest Industries - Mi, 09/09/2020 - 10:23

The FinnMETKO 2020 annual professional exhibition for the heavy machinery industry attracted 9,950 visitors over its three exhibition days. 

  • Thanks to all participants, visitors, exhibitors and the volunteers who helped to organize the exhibition. Together we achieved a successful event in good spirits amid this unprecedented situation, which required special arrangements, says Markku Suominen, Chair of the exhibition management group.
  • The feedback from participants has been positive. Exhibitors said that they had reached their target audiences and had traded well at the exhibition, Suominen adds.

Teemu Sillanpää wins the Ykköskuski competition

Teemu Sillanpää came first at the Ykköskuski Finnish championships for earthmoving machinery drivers, organized on the last day of the exhibition. Jaakko Hannula took second place and Kim Lehkonen came in third.

The competition tested the drivers’ skills with two earthmoving machines: a front loader and an excavator. The winner was decided based on a total score. The competition was organized by GRADIA Jyväskylä.

The FinnMETKO exhibition is organized every two years. FinnMETKO 2022 will be held from 1.–3.9.2022.

The FinnMETKO 2020 professional and sales trade fair is Finland’s main event for the heavy machinery industry. The organizer responsible for FinnMETKO 2020 is Finnmetko Oy. The organizations behind the exhibition are the Trade Association of Finnish Forestry and Earthmoving Contractors and Keski-Suomen Koneyrittäjät ry.


More information is available from:
Chair of the exhibition management group Markku Suominen, tel. +358 (0)44 079 4977

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Australia – New Victorian Forest Products Association formed

International Forest Industries - Di, 08/09/2020 - 14:21

The newly formed Victorian Forest Products Association (VFPA) yesterday announced 23 foundation members and elected its Interim Governing Council. The new Association will span Victoria’s forest industry value chain including plantations, native forestry operators, sawmills and pulp and paper making.

The eight members of the Interim Governing Council are:

• Sarah Harvie: Opal Group
• Rob Hescock: Hancock Victorian Plantations
• Paul Heubner: Allied Natural Wood Exports
• Mike Lawson: SFM Environmental Solutions
• Phil Mason: New Forests
• Darren Sheldon: Australian Bluegum Plantations
• Tony Price: Midway Limited
• Owen Trumper: AKD Softwoods

The Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Forest Products Association Ross Hampton said, “Forest industries employ thousands of men and women in Victoria. At a time when so many jobs are being lost, our industries can play a big role in Victoria’s post – pandemic economic recovery if they are enabled to.”

“This new body will turbo-charge representation for all our industries and help make the case to policy makers that now more than ever our sustainable, renewable forest industries should be backed to deliver vital growth and prosperity.”

The Chair of the Victorian Association of Forest Industries inc (VAFI) Craig Dunn said, “We are entering a new era for the Victorian forest products industry. VAFI has been the voice of the industry for many years. This new peak body is being formed on the strong foundation laid by VAFI through the perseverance of its members”.

“The VFPA will bring a new approach and broader industry representation during these challenging times. VAFI will continue to operate in parallel until the VFPA is up and running to ensure a seamless transition,” Mr Dunn concluded.

Source: AFPA

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NZ – East coast sawmill set to create 50 jobs

International Forest Industries - Di, 08/09/2020 - 13:51

Kiwi Lumber is to set up permanent operations following the successful trial of a sawmill at Matawhero, Gisborne. The operation will create 50 jobs and pave the way for NZ$15 million of capital investment over the next three years and a substantial investment in systems and teams.

Kiwi Lumber managing director Adam Gresham is confident the Matawhero mill can be highly successful. “Kiwi Lumber wouldn’t take this site on unless we were confident we could make a go of it,” Mr Gresham said.

“Gisborne will be our fourth sawmill site in the North Island. We are pleased with the results of the trial and excited about making our arrangements permanent through a lease with Trust Tairawhiti.”

Trust Tairawhiti chairman Dr Paul Reynolds reinforced the significance of growing wood processing to the region. “The trust invested in local infrastructure to act as a catalyst for growth in the wood processing sector. Tairawhiti currently processes 6 percent of wood, compared to 39 percent nationally.

“Kiwi Lumber will not only employ locals, they will also contribute to a more diverse wood industry and a more resilient Tairawhiti economy,” Dr Reynolds said. Trust Tairawhiti commercial general manager Richard Searle has worked closely with Kiwi Lumber during initial discussions and the trial period.

“Kiwi Lumber are experienced in running very successful timber processing businesses, taking on troubled sites, turning them around and growing them as part of their group,” he said. They have demonstrated 70 percent revenue growth in their sawmilling businesses over the past five years. We welcome that experience and track record to our region.”

Mr Gresham described Kiwi Lumber as a growing, progressive sawmilling company marketing radiata pine to the USA, Australia, Europe, Asia and New Zealand customers. The group consists of sawmills in Masterton, Dannevirke and Putaruru — employing 275 staff — and now Gisborne.

About 50 people will be employed at Kiwi Lumber Gisborne, increasing permanent employment in the region through the creation of a range of roles. Mr Gresham said Kiwi Lumber was pleased to be creating jobs at a time when the impact of Covid-19 was contributing to job losses and a lot of uncertainty in businesses and the workplace.

Source: Gisborne Herald

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What Wood You Do – the LIVE final

International Forest Industries - Di, 08/09/2020 - 13:06
Global forest innovation competition is being decided 24 September

The What wood you do competition was launched in March to find new solutions that accelerate the transition to a fossil-free society. After more than 50 entries from 10 countries, six finalists have been selected from with ideas ranging from new uses for cellulose to high-tech drone solutions. Read more about the innovations below.

On September 24, the six forest innovations compete for €25,000 and the opportunity to realize their climate-smart business concept. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the final of the ”What wood you do?” innovation competition will now have limited be broadcast live online: https://whatwoodyoudo.eu/thefinal

At the final, the contestants pitch their ideas to the jury, which consists of industry experts representing Paper Province, Gunnar Sundblad Foundation, Business Värmland, Stora Enso and Sveaskog. Watching live online, you’ll see the finalists pitch their forest solutions to accelerate the transition to a fossil-free society. You’ll be able to send in questions, take part in live surveys, and interview the contestants before watching the winner announcement and prize ceremony.

While the finalists are honing their competition pitches, please save the date of September 24th. If you want to participate remotely, you will find the live feed at whatwoodyoudo.eu/thefinal. It is also possible to book individual interviews with the finalists and jury during the day, either on site or online via Zoom.

To book an appointment, get in touch you to a.aman@paperprovince.com.

WHEN: 24 September at 13.00 – 17.00 CET, with a 45-minute break between 15.15 and 16.00 for jury deliberation.

WHERE: Värmland Museum in Karlstad or online via whatwoodyoudo.eu/thefinal

CONTACT: Julian Reisz, innovation manager and final moderator julian@reiszandshine.com, +46731035818

The entries that compete in the final are:

Biosorb: A cellulose-based technology that absorbs fat, bacteria and oil from air and water

Wood Tube: Patented paper studs that can replace steel studs in interior walls – save money, reduces emissions and improves the working environment for carpenters.

FineCell: New technology for producing nanocellulose in the form of a dry powder – easier to integrate and use in packaging and other industries.

Nordluft: A drone-based distribution system for forestry and agriculture, which combines high-capacity drones, a ground truck and AI-powered control system.

Arboair: A forest scanning technology with 4K cameras and color shift analysis to detect infected or stressed trees.

Silvibio: A new bio-based seed coating, which provides a source of moisture and long-lasting nutrition to increase plant germination rate of up to 40 percent in dry conditions.

Read more about the competition and the finalists on whatwoodyoudo.eu

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Morocco discovers planting trees slows climate change

International Forest Industries - Mi, 02/09/2020 - 10:32

Climate change – Humanitarian crises have recently been declared in Sudan, Yemen, Niger, Mali, and Somalia—affecting at least 450,000 people—due to flash floods and landslides. Areas with low tree coverage and poor soil quality are more likely to experience flood and drought, as the soil is less able to retain excess rainwater.

Countries like Morocco, which are highly susceptible to long periods of drought, are welcoming reforestation efforts to improve agriculture. In partnership with civil society, the Moroccan government will plant 800,000 trees across the country by 2024.

Like Morocco, many are turning to agroforestry, or tree-farming, as an eco-friendly solution to climate issues. Globally, at least 650 million hectares of land (13.3% of total farming land) are used for agroforestry systems.

Planting trees also diversifies farming. Estimates claim forest-farms can be eight times more profitable than staple crops like grain, which can increase farmers’ incomes and reduce rural poverty.

Deforestation and poverty are linked

Almost 30 percent of the world’s 821 million malnourished people live in Africa, the highest prevalence by region. Despite socioeconomic improvements in Morocco (1.7 million Moroccans have moved out of poverty in the last decade), droughts continue to threaten agricultural production, which accounts for 20 percent of GDP and 30 percent of the Moroccan workforce. Low crop yield can exacerbate poverty, especially in rural regions, as two thirds of people who are in extreme poverty work as agricultural laborers.

However, African farmers are beginning to diversify their incomes, a method Morocco has been successful with in improving rural economies and reducing poverty throughout the region. For Moroccan farmers, this has meant investing in cash crops, such as fruit and argan trees, as opposed to producing principal crops, such as wheat and barley.

An oasis in the desert

Forest-gardens, or “food forests,” have been around since ancient times. These cultivated forests contain several layers. The top layer, usually fruit or nut trees, provides shade and traps moisture for smaller edible plants, such as shrubs and root crops.

One of the most well-known forest-gardens in Morocco, located in Agadir, is the Inraren forest, a strip of tropical fruit trees that covers approximately 65 acres. While the exact origins of the forest are untraceable, many believe that it has existed for at least 2,000 years.

The area began as a small gathering of plants, an alternative to transporting and cultivating food sources far away from home. Locals tended the area over thousands of years, creating a support system—beneficial insects, cultivation techniques, and traditional horticultural knowledge. The end-result was the creation of a “self-sustaining” ecosystem, a so-called oasis in the desert, where local produce—goats, chickens, pheasants—could live within and contribute to the survival of the trees and crops.

In addition to food staples and non-native produce, these forests provide shady spaces where cool, moist air can gather, keeping the surrounding land firm and water-retentive. The goal of food-forest developers is to create these forests in areas where the soil is prone to becoming loose and dry.

Resilience by planting trees

In order to combat the effects of global warming, governments are embracing reforestation initiatives. A simple initiative may involve tree planting as an activity. The Chinese government, for example, enacted a program in 1982 to combat the effects of climate change within the country, establishing that all able-bodied citizens between the ages of 11 and 60 have the obligation to plant three to five trees every year. Local governments are required to organize voluntary tree-planting activities that engage all citizens. This ensures that trees are not planted in unwanted areas that could harm the land or the people. Since the program began, a total of 42 billion trees have been planted across the country.

The High Atlas Foundation (HAF), a development nonprofit based in Marrakech, offers a method of reducing rural poverty by providing farmers with natural-grown fruit and nut trees to diversify and boost local incomes.

The approach connects three levels of stakeholders—individuals within the community, government, and local organizations—and provides a solution to barriers local farmers may face in trying to grow their own trees. Local farmers may not have available land or proper equipment to grow saplings from seeds, and nearby nurseries may be too expensive to purchase from.

HAF nurseries use land donated in-kind from donors such as the local Departments of Water and Forests, Ministry of Youth and Sports, and the Moroccan Jewish community. Locals grow seeds within these nurseries, keeping the process within the community. Then tree saplings are sold at reduced prices to local farmers, planted, and monitored for proper growth. In this way, the organization has planted 1.38 million tree seeds this year, partnering as well with Ecosia.

Similar support within the country has helped build women’s argan oil cooperatives, by providing argan trees, thereby reducing inequalities and bringing money back into local economies.

As climate change continues to affect communities around the world, reforestation and tree farming methods provide a solution. However, economic and political aspects of land ownership can challenge these initiatives. It will be important for those who choose to plant trees to do so in the right places.

Source: Scoop News

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HarvestTECH 2021

International Forest Industries - Mi, 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 - Mi, 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 - Di, 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 - Fr, 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 - Fr, 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 - Fr, 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 - Fr, 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 - Do, 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 - Do, 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 - Do, 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 - Do, 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

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

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 - Di, 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 - Mo, 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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