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Interfor appoints Rick Pozzebon as CFO

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

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

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

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

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Strongco now offering Eco Log forwarders & harvesters

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

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

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

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

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

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

MAIN PHOTO – Oliver Nachevski, Strongco President and CEO

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Materials and specifications are subject to change without notice.

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Komptech Terminator – “V” for Versatile

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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SCA has confirms new harvesting plan

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

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

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

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

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Morbark announces leadership change

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Komatsu Europe launches WA800-8 Wheel Loader

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quick Specs

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


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

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

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


Komatsu WA800-8 Wheel Loader – New features & benefits

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

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

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Timo Ylänen appointed Vice President, Worldwide Forestry, Deere&Company

International Forest Industries - Di, 11/08/2020 - 10:55

Timo Ylänen, Director, John Deere Forestry Oy, has been appointed Vice President, Worldwide Forestry, Deere&Company. In his new position Ylänen will be responsible for full-tree and cutto-length machine business globally and will be a member of the Construction & Forestry senior leadership team. 

In June 2020 Deere announced a new Smart Industrial operating model targeting the development of production systems, technology solutions and support capabilities across the full lifetime of products.

The new operating model is designed to generate clear added value for customers and support their profitability. In line with the operating model, product development capital will be allocated to the most promising, most profitable technologies that drive value creation for customers in an effort to integrate smart technology innovations also into existing production. Also organizational structures will be renewed to support the new operating model.

In his new position Ylänen will report to Construction & Forestry President John Stone. Timo’s strong sales and marketing experience, expertise in the global forestry industry, and sound business acumen are solid qualifications for the new responsibilities.

Ylänen will work from the Tampere location.

John Deere Forestry Oy’s Finance Director Tarja Tuomela has been appointed to lead Deere&Company´s Forestry business financials management globally. Tarja also will work from Tampere.

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