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Scottish timber initiative plants seed of sustainability for UK construction

Di, 24/11/2020 - 14:37

Scottish timber initiative – Pilot project could result in more mainstream use of UK-grown wood in construction and the country’s first engineered timber manufacturing plant.

Greater use of home-grown timber in UK construction is taking a significant step forward through a new demonstrator project, which could lead to a major boost for Scotland’s economy and the industry’s environmental impact.

A consortium of partners – comprising of Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC), Edinburgh Napier University (ENU) Centre for Offsite Construction and Innovative Structures (COCIS), Scottish Forestry, Confederation of Forest Industries (Confor), and SNRG – has secured funding from Innovate UK’s Sustainable Innovation Fund to prove the business case for using Scottish timber to create the structural elements of buildings.

The initiative will manufacture the first Scottish-sourced cross laminated timber (CLT) and nail laminated timber (NLT) housing unit – including wall, roof, and floor – using the UK’s only vacuum  press at CSIC’s 35,000 sq. ft. innovation factory in Hamilton. The demonstrator project could ultimately lead to the mainstream use of home-grown timber in Scotland and the rest of the UK construction, as well as the development of the country’s first engineered timber manufacturing plant.

Set to complete by the end of 2020, the CLT and NLT superstructure will be showcased at next year’s COP26 United Nations conference on climate change, set to take place in Glasgow between November 1st and 12th 2021.

Sam Hart, innovation manager at CSIC, said: “The project is an important milestone in the move towards more mainstream use of home-grown timber in the UK’s construction sector, the majority of which is grown in Scotland. Research has proven that, with the right treatment and processing, our timber can be used for a wide variety of higher-value purposes beyond its relatively limited set of current applications. Through its increased use in commercial construction and housebuilding, we can also reduce our reliance on imported timber.

“The next step from there will be to make the industry aware of this transformational potential and make it a reality. Greater use of our natural and renewable resources will deliver a range of environmental, cost, and economic benefits for Scotland and the wider UK. COP26 is a once in a generation opportunity to showcase what can be achieved.”

Among a range of benefits, using more home-grown timber is expected to significantly lower costs for the construction industry – initial figures suggest a potential reduction of as much as 10% compared to imported CLT – cut carbon emissions through reduced need for transportation, and open new markets to the UK-based timber sector.

Analysis has suggested that around 85% of all new homes in Scotland are built using timber and recent UK Government statistics show that, in 2018, the UK was the world’s second largest net importer of forest products – including timber – behind only China[1].

Timber grown in the UK has historically been used for non-structural applications, such as fencing and palettes. However, ENU COCIS has led on research and development to determine the viability of using home-grown timber for the production of mass timber products and systems, such as CLT, NLT, Glue Laminated Timber (GLT), and Dowel Laminated Timber.

As a result, a number of UK-sourced mass timber products have been pilot manufactured, tested, and analysed. The latest project is a natural progression to trialling home-grown timber in a live environment, demonstrating the investment case for developing a Scottish manufacturing facility that can offer an alternative to products currently imported from Europe.

Professor Robert Hairstans, Head of the Centre for Offsite Construction and Innovative Structures, said: “Scotland has the renewable resource , internationally recognised expertise and technical capabilities necessary to be at the forefront of a new approach to delivering a sustainable built environment in response to the climate crisis. Leveraging this potential Scotland can deliver the human capital and built assets necessary to form the fabric of a circular economy. Digitally enabled, these assets can instigate an ecosystem of organic growth unlocking the potential of a sector that can lead the way in making the new normal a sustainable future.”

Jason Hubert, head of business development at Scottish Forestry, said: “Scottish Forestry, and the wider Scottish Government, recognises the importance of increasing Scottish timber in construction as a means of storing carbon for the long term as well as generating green jobs for the country. This project will provide the springboard for the sector to start manufacturing a great engineering product which can be used in large-scale buildings using home-gown timber.

“The Scottish Government is committed to getting more Scottish timber into construction and aims to increase the current 2.2 million cubic metres to 2.6 million cubic metres each year by 2021/2022.”

[1] Source: https://www.forestresearch.gov.uk/tools-and-resources/statistics/forestry-statistics/

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West Fraser to acquire Norbord, creating a diversified global wood products leader

Di, 24/11/2020 - 13:25

· Complementary OSB business expands product and geographic diversity

· Greater scale and customer relevance unlocks and de-risks growth opportunities

· West Fraser and Norbord shareholders to benefit from a stronger value creation platform

·  Joint investment community conference call today at 7:00 a.m. PT / 10:00 a.m. ET

West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. (“West Fraser”) (TSX: WFT) and Norbord Inc. (“Norbord”) (TSX and NYSE: OSB) announced November 19 that they have entered into a strategic business combination pursuant to which West Fraser, a leading North American diversified wood products company will acquire all of the outstanding common shares of Norbord, the world’s largest OSB producer, in an all-stock transaction valued at approximately C$4.0 billion (US $3.1 billion) (the “Transaction”). Following closing, the combined company will operate as West Fraser.

With a complementary range of products, increased scale, and greater geographic and end-market diversification, West Fraser will be a global wood products leader, with established and growing positions in both North America and Europe. With low cost and profitable operations in complementary sectors, West Fraser is expected to generate more stable and resilient earnings through the cycle, with a best-in-class platform for future growth and value enhancement. At the close of this Transaction, West Fraser will be a top global producer of both lumber and OSB.

“Norbord’s OSB production is a perfect complement to the West Fraser portfolio, enabling us to deliver a wider range of wood products, and making us a more complete, efficient and valuable partner for our customers,” said Raymond Ferris, President and Chief Executive Officer of West Fraser. “Norbord is the largest global OSB producer with a well-earned reputation for cost and margin performance, and for expanding the use of OSB in new applications and industries. The Norbord business will also bring additional geographic diversity, and an expanded opportunity set, from its well-established positions in the United Kingdom and Western Europe. This Transaction gives us additional financial flexibility to pursue strategic growth opportunities, and better positions our company to deliver value to shareholders through the cycle. Our companies have complementary operating cultures, with a common priority on safety, sustainability and cost management, and we are thrilled to welcome Norbord’s talented employees to West Fraser. We look forward to drawing from best practices across the operations as we pursue the significant strategic opportunities this Transaction will unlock.”

“This Transaction recognizes Norbord’s global OSB position and is a very exciting opportunity for our customers, our employees and our shareholders,” said Peter Wijnbergen, President and Chief Executive Officer of Norbord. “Joining West Fraser will allow us to expand our profile with our core new home construction customers, and provides a stronger platform to pursue our industrial OSB products strategy. Norbord shareholders will have meaningful participation in a more diversified and resilient wood products leader with a superior ability to accelerate growth, and an impressive track record of cost leadership, margin performance, and shareholder returns. For our team, this will provide expanded opportunities as part of a larger company with common values and a shared priority on safety. Our Board and executive team have great respect for West Fraser, and we look forward to being a part of a much broader business with the West Fraser team.”

The companies have entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which West Fraser will acquire all of the shares of Norbord. Norbord shareholders will receive 0.675 of a West Fraser share for each Norbord share, which equates to C$49.35 (US$37.78) per Norbord common share, based on the closing price of West Fraser common shares on November 18, 2020. This represents a 13.6% premium to the closing price of Norbord’s shares on the TSX on November 18, 2020, and a premium of 8.0% based on the 10 day volume weighted average trading prices of both companies. Upon closing current West Fraser shareholders will own approximately 56% of the company, with current Norbord shareholders owning approximately 44%.

West Fraser shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol: “WFT”.

For more information:

Chris Virostek, Vice-President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer
(604) 895-2700, media@westfraser.com

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James Jones & Sons invests GBP 3 million in Stevens Croft site extension

Fr, 20/11/2020 - 11:11

James Jones & Sons commences GBP 3 million extension to Stevens Croft site in UK. A four acre extension to Lockerbie mill 1 log yard is well underway, with phase one of the project on schedule to be completed by Christmas.

The northern extension will provide a larger storage area for unsorted and sorted logs, increasing the range and flexibility with which the logs can be cut in mill 1.

The extension includes the construction of a perimeter road and concrete slab for log storage. It will be serviced by a purpose built Sustainable Drainage System (SuDS), including solids and oil interceptors to handle all surface water drainage. The project has been supported by design engineers, Asher Associates, while the principal contractor on site is Hardie Engineering.

James Jones & Sons Ltd is the UK’s most diversified, family owned timber processor. The company today operates from 20 sites across the UK.

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Sveaskog’s initiative in corona times

Do, 19/11/2020 - 12:44

The corona pandemic affects the whole society and our ambition has always been to take responsibility and create security in this difficult time. I feel proud that we have taken many initiatives to support and secure everyday life for all our employees, entrepreneurs and customers, says Hannele Arvonen, CEO of Sveaskog.

Sveaskog is Sweden’s largest forest owner with just over 800 employees, 300 contractors and just over 40 offices across the country. The corona pandemic affects the whole world and also us. We have therefore carried out a number of initiatives for our own staff, customers, contractors and those who operate on our land, such as hunters, fishermen and nature tourism companies.

Below is a selection of the initiatives that the company has implemented so far:

Customers

A rapid change in Sveaskog’s timber production has meant that sawmills in northern Sweden did not have to lay off during the pandemic. By focusing on Asia, sawmills continue to export. When Europe closed down in the spring, Sveaskog’s sawmill customers had major concerns.
– Our customers have a very large share of their exports exposed globally, but the competition is extreme, says Erik Levén, customer manager at Sveaskog.

Asia was ahead of Europe in the progress of the pandemic and had begun to reopen, so the sawmills focused their focus there.
– Different parts of the world have different needs. In consultation with the sawmills, we changed how we cut timber to suit Asia. Lengths and dimensions of the wood have been specified and adapted, Erik Levén explains.

– We have previously discussed a similar flexibility when we are going to produce, but with the corona pandemic we had to switch quickly out in the woods so that customers could deliver their products. The way of thinking has taken hold and now we are on the cutting edge and checking which markets are doing well for our customers and how we should act to help them, Erik Léven continues.

Entrepreneurs

Sveaskog developed a support package that creates the conditions for survival and management of the Corona pandemic for the company’s contractors in felling, forest management and transport. The “Sveaskog package” has provided support to our important forest and transport contractors.

– In the current situation, it is especially important that contractors receive support in financial and personnel matters. We have therefore offered shortened payment times on invoices temporarily and offered our contractors the opportunity to use our channels for recruitment, says Mats Oja, Purchasing Manager at Sveaskog.

Tourism and hospitality industry

The new situation has also hit the tourism and hospitality industry hard. Therefore, the contractors who rent buildings from Sveaskog, during the spring and summer, have been given three months rent-free.

– The hospitality industry is important for Sweden and our local entrepreneurs that we work with have a very tough period now. We want to help as best we can so that our tourism entrepreneurs will remain when the situation turns around, says Ola Söderdahl, head of marketing communications at Sveaskog.

Staff and security

Since mid-March, all employees who have the opportunity have been encouraged to work from home. The company has also reduced travel and for the most part refrains from all physical internal and external meetings in favor of digital meetings instead.

– In these times, it is important to be sensitive to both emotions and practical help, we should and we want to take responsibility, says Fredrik Bergström, HR partner at Sveaskog.

For more information contact:

Sveaskog’s press service
Tel: 08-655 90 50

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Sveaskog’s 3Q net sales decreased by 16%

Do, 19/11/2020 - 12:23

Sveaskog’s 3Q 2020 net sales decreased by 16% to SEK 1,307 million, compared to SEK 1,547 million. Prices of wood raw materials were down by 9% on average while total delivery volumes declined 7%. High stock levels with customers in the pulp and paper industry combined with shutdowns of maintenance have restricted deliveries during the quarter.

3Q 2020 operating profit decreased by 55% to SEK 136 million ($15.8 million), compared to SEK 301 million ($35 million) in the 3Q 2019. The decrease in profit can be attributed primarily to lower prices, lower volumes and increased costs of forest management, nature conservation and IT development. Deliveries have been lower, both from our own forests and from externally acquired raw materials.

Sveaskog’s President and CEO Hannele Arvonen said: “A dip in earnings was expected, as prices of our products declined gradually in 2019, and the trend has continued into 2020. Sveaskog has conducted its forestry operations to date with no operational disruptions during the coronavirus pandemic. Sveaskog contributes to the recovery of society by supporting local contractors through unchanged employment and by refraining from collecting rent from companies that are dependent on tourism. September saw the launch of Entrén, a new web portal aimed at all our contractors. This is a unique initiative that is intended to provide our key contractors with a series of benefits and to strengthen our shared business.”

Sveaskog’s  net sales decreased by 9% to SEK 4,916 million in January–September 2020.

Operating profit decreased by 28% to SEK 812 million ($94.4 million) in January–September 2020. The decrease in profit can be attributed primarily to lower prices and increased costs of forest management, nature conservation and roads, but has been partly offset by higher delivery volumes from its own forests. However, deliveries from externally sourced wood raw materials were lower.

Sveaskog is Sweden’s largest forest owner and sells timber, pulpwood and biofuel

Main Photo: Sveaskog’s President and CEO Hannele Arvonen

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Waratah Forestry Equipment enhances TimberRiteTM H-16 with mapping technology option

Mi, 18/11/2020 - 15:04

Waratah Forestry Equipment has announced the addition of a mapping technology option to its TimberRiteTM H-16 control system. The all-new mapping feature provides customers with a new jobsite perspective to increase operational productivity and precision.

“The new mapping technology option on the TimberRite H-16 benefits our customers’ bottom line,” said Brent Fisher, product marketing manager for Waratah. “TimberRite H-16 is already the ultimate measuring and control system, but now with mapping capabilities, our customers have a new vantage point to see their jobsite work progress, eliminate operational guesswork and improve productivity and efficiency.”

More productivity

One of the key benefits of the mapping technology option on the TimberRite H-16 system is how it enables visualization of production on the jobsite. In conjunction with H-16, the mapping links valuable production data and information to location – improving productivity and operational precision.

Operators benefit from the mapping technology option with improved jobsite planning for harvesting routes and increased awareness of jobsite progress. The mapping system tracks productivity and provides capabilities to mark boundaries and area as well as identify points of interest such as hazards, obstacles, soft ground and challenging terrain.

“What I like about the mapping solution is being able to identify hazards onsite,” said Jamie Cross, JSX Harvesting owner and S&R Logging operator. “The automatic alarms are a great reminder, especially when working around powerlines and roads.”

More precision

TimberRite H-16 complements the new mapping technology option with its powerful Windows PC. Controlling the head for accurate measuring and precise log control, it also serves to display the mapping technology, records production information, tracks productivity and packages appropriate files in the latest format to ensure data interchanges virtually with any professional system in the forestry industry.

The touch-screen display or wireless keyboard and touch pad mouse assist the user in setting boundaries, area or points of interest – and make any necessary adjustments.

The mapping technology has compatibility with all map formats including shapefiles, pdfs, standard satellite or topographical imagery, and it’s capable on all carrier brands with a new or existing TimberRite H-16 system.

For more information about Waratah, please visit Waratah.com or contact Sarah Larson at slarson@mindfirecomm.com.

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PONSSE Firefighting equipment for forwarders

Mi, 18/11/2020 - 13:55

Ponsse is introducing firefighting equipment to be installed in the load spaces of forwarders for extinguishing wildfires.

“Forest machine is the most natural and effective way to access a forest fire area. Operations in difficult terrain come as second nature to them, and they have more than enough capacity in their hydraulic system for demanding conditions”, says Juha Haverinen, Ponsse´s product manager of forwarders.“ When the rescue authorities asked us if we were willing to develop this product together, we were ready right from the beginning, because rescue professionals and our customers had a clear demand for firefighting equipment”, Juha continues.

The firefighting equipment is available for PONSSE Buffalo and PONSSE Elephant forwarders. The minimum loader requirement is PONSSE K90+.

There when needed

The firefighting equipment is delivered to the fire location as a single package – and after it has been connected to forest machine hydraulics, the equipment is ready to operate. The 10 m³ water tank of the firefighting equipment can be filled with its own pump from a natural water source or the tank of a fire truck. The water cannon has a range of 47 metres and a turning radius of 360 degrees.

A carefully thought-out system

  • An economical solution – the forwarder can be engaged in productive forest operations when the firefighting equipment is not needed.
  • The water tank withstands the use of various chemicals mixed with water, as well as seawater. It is also light enough to be lifted into the machine load space.
  • The powerful pump can fill the water tank from a natural water source or the tank of a fire truck.
  • The wireless remote controller can adjust the water spray direction vertically and horizontally, as well as the spray pattern.

The local rescue department is responsible for planning firefighting activities. A properly trained rescue employee is responsible for the safety of firefighting. Rescue personnel operate the firefighting equipment and guide the forest machine operator’s actions when putting out fires.

At the video you can see how it works. Video

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The webinar will be held in English, Spanish, Swedish, Portuguese, Russian and Finnish.

PONSSE firefighting equipment complies with the requirements of the European Union Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC. Before the firefighting equipment is placed on the market outside the EU the local distributor (e.g. subsidiary, authorized dealer) needs to ensure that the equipment fulfills the local laws and regulations.

Further information

Juha Haverinen, Ponsse Plc, Product Manager, Forwarders,
juha.haverinen@ponsse.com, tel. +358 40 839 8529.

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Miika Soininen appointed to Ponsse Plc’s management team

Mi, 18/11/2020 - 13:26

Miika Soininen (38), student of technology, has been appointed Director of IT and Digital Services in Ponsse Plc’s Management Team. He will start in his new position on 1 December 2020. Soininen will report to Ponsse Plc’s President and CEO Juho Nummela, and his location will be in Vieremä.

“The significance of digitalisation for the company’s operations has increased considerably, and data-based services will be a significant part of Ponsse’s future solutions and service range. The aim is to use the opportunities offered by digitalisation in developing Ponsse’s operations throughout the group. Ponsse will use modern technologies in the development of solutions provided for customers. Ponsse will invest heavily in the development of digital solutions in the next few years”, says Juho Nummela, President and CEO of Ponsse Plc.

Miika Soininen will transfer to his new position from the position of Manager of Ponsse Plc’s IT and Digital Services. Soininen started working at Ponsse in February 2018 as an IT Manager, and he has also been responsible for the company’s digital services starting from the beginning of September 2020. Before transferring to Ponsse Plc, Soininen was the Managing Director of Qentinel Finland Oy.

In addition to Miika Soininen, other members of Ponsse Plc’s eight-member Management Team are President and CEO Juho Nummela, Chair of the Management Team; Petri Härkönen, CFO and Deputy CEOJuha InbergTechnology and R&D Director; Marko Mattila, Sales, Marketing and Service Director; Tapio Mertanen, Service Director; Paula Oksman, HR Director; and Tommi Väänänen, Supply Chain Director.

Vieremä, 17 November 2020

PONSSE PLC
Juho Nummela
President and CEO

FURTHER INFORMATION
Juho Nummela, President and CEO, tel. +358 400 495 690

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John Deere adds industry-exclusive technology to GP-Series Motor Graders

Mi, 18/11/2020 - 12:51

John Deere expands the capabilities of its popular  Grade Pro (GP)-Series of motor graders with new technology, including two industry-exclusive features, Blade Stow and Auto-Gain for Cross Slope. The new features, which also include Machine Damage Avoidance, deliver higher productivity, increased uptime and lower daily operating costs during operation.

“Our customers challenge us to find new ways to incorporate smart technologies into Deere products. They are looking for solutions to help make equipment easier to run and more efficient,” said Luke Kurth, product marketing manager, motor graders. “These new features allow new operators to come up to speed more quickly, and all operators can take full advantage of the productivity of Deere graders. We are committed to delivering a differentiated customer experience by bringing innovation to the always-evolving construction industry.”

The technology updates include two industry-exclusive offerings, Blade Stow and Auto-Gain, providing greater simplification for the operator. Blade Stow, standard with machine presets or Automation Suite, adds a configurable setting to automatically stow the blade with the touch of a button.

With Auto-Gain, the machine automatically adjusts the Cross Slope gain setting on the fly based on the operating conditions, eliminating the need for operators to make manual adjustments. Auto-Gain improves productivity for operators by ensuring accurate blade movement in ever-changing conditions.

The GP-Series motor graders can be further enhanced with optional Machine Damage Avoidance. When activated, the feature reduces the chance of downtime by preventing the moldboard from inadvertently contacting the tires, the cab steps or frame and the saddle from contacting the table. With this feature, operators can focus on the job at hand, improving productivity.

SmartGrade™ motor grader models received additional enhancements to the industry’s first mastless motor grader for greater flexibility and productivity, including a larger file-processing capability, up to 20% faster file transfers and increased real-time kinematic (RTK) radio stability. SmartGrade machines are now compatible with network RTK and local positioning system (LPS) technology.

In addition, John Deere now includes the factory-installed Premium Circle on all new SmartGrade motor graders. The fully sealed bearing and pinion help reduce maintenance costs and downtime by eliminating wear inserts and ensuring the circle remains tight during operation, maximizing accuracy while also significantly boosting circle torque and speed.

The addition of the package, combined with the power of the SmartGrade technology, will boost machine productivity and uptime, positively impacting contractors’ bottom lines.

Photo: Exclusive features and factory Premium Circle enhance the SmartGrade models

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BSW acquires Dick Brothers Forestry Ltd

Di, 17/11/2020 - 10:59

The BSW Group has acquired Dick Brothers Forestry Ltd, the UK’s largest timber harvesting company.

Established over 25 years ago and headquartered in the Scottish Borders, the business boasts state-of-the-art forestry equipment and market leading capabilities to harvest some of the largest and most complex forests in the UK.

Dick Brothers represents a cornerstone acquisition for the BSW Group, strengthening its vertical integration of the timber supply chain and securing in-house harvesting capabilities for its forestry and harvesting management division Tilhill.

Davy Dick, Managing Director of Dick Brothers, said: “We are delighted to be joining the BSW family. Whilst it is very much business as usual, we are excited to be working with the BSW team to continue the growth of the business and enhance the services we can bring our customers. We would also like to thank our previous owners, Faro Capital, for their support and investment in the business over recent years.”

Tony Hackney, CEO of BSW, commented: “This is fantastic news for BSW. Dick Brothers is a business with strong heritage and fantastic prospects, and one that we believe will bring huge value to BSW.

“The acquisition enables BSW to become a streamlined stump to sawmill operation, utilising the experience of Dick Brothers to develop smart solutions to timber breakout from the forest and match to sawmill and ultimately customer demands. This places us in a unique position within the UK domestic wood supply sector.

“Whilst operations at Dick Brothers and BSW will remain largely the same, there will be a number of areas for our businesses to support each other. We look forward to working with the Dick family to grow the business as part of the wider BSW Group.”

Tony added that it was important that the new acquisition also maintained and grew business with other players: “The sector is very interdependent and what might be one of our division’s customers might be another division’s supplier, so it is critical that Dick Brothers will retain the flexibility to trade across the industry.”

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High Volume, Automated Bale Processing

Fr, 13/11/2020 - 12:31

WSM’s Bale Processing System is an automated, high-volume processing system for baled agricultural residuals, delivering process ready feedstock for large scale bio-fuel, bio-refining, bio-power, and animal feed operations. A single line system consists of five integrated processing modules to process 40-50 bales per hour. Multiple lines can be installed additional capacity.

Bulk Receiving, Singulating, Orientation, and Inspection are the first stage of this innovative process. The unique QC inspection station with reject option provides an added layer of protection. WSM’s Bale Destringer removes twine, with an adjustable opening to handle various sized rectangular bales. The built-in disposal system removes string from the processing line. WSM’s Bale Chopper deconstructs the bale and performs the initial size reduction.

WSM’s Screening/Cleaning System reduces maintenance by pre-screening dirt, grit, ferrous metal, and other contaminants from chopped fiber and classifies sized material prior to milling for reduced power consumption. Produce process-ready feedstock, sized to work with your conversion technology, with WSM’s massive Super Shredders. These high capacity and high efficiency machines, suitable for 24/7 operations, ensure you get the finished product you need.

To learn more about WSM’s innovative Bale Processing System. 503-364-2213 | 800-722-3530 | info@westsalem.com | westsalem.com

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MTCC Receives Award from World’s Biggest Forest Certification Scheme for Outstanding Forest Certification Effort

Fr, 13/11/2020 - 12:00

Kuala Lumpur, 12 November 2020 – The Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) was awarded the Certificate of Appreciation from the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Scheme (PEFC) for the greatest increase in PEFC-certified forest area at the virtual PEFC Awards Ceremony yesterday. MTCC is the National Governing Body that implements the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS) endorsed by PEFC since 2009.

The recognition was given to MTCC for the marked increase of 957,583 ha of MTCS/PEFC-certified forest area from September 2019 to September 2020. The total certified forest area in 2019 was 4,315,151 ha and increased to 5,272,734 ha with the certification of 10 forest management units (FMUs) in Johor, Sabah and Sarawak. This is in addition to the existing 20 FMUs, many of which have been maintaining their certification for over 10 years such as the FMU for the states of Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Selangor and Terengganu, Anap-Muput FMU in Sarawak and Segaliud Lokan FMU in Sabah. Despite the overall increase, a number of FMUs have their certification suspended and withdrawn over the years due to non-conformity with the sustainable forest management standard.

The virtual award presentation ceremony was hosted by PEFC International in conjunction with its 25th General Assembly held on 11 November 2020. The Certificate of Appreciation was presented by PEFC International Chairman, Peter Latham and PEFC International Secretary General, Ben Gunneberg. Based in Geneva, PEFC is the world’s biggest non-profit, non-governmental organisation of forest certification system.

In the award acceptance remarks, MTCC Chairman, Kamaruzaman Mohamad dedicated the achievement to the concerted effort and commitment from the forest managers and stakeholders in managing the forest sustainably under the MTCS.

“We dedicate this award to everyone who has been working tirelessly behind the scene – the forest managers in particular, and all our stakeholders – civil society and governmental organisations, industry, unions and academician – who have been supporting our efforts to ensure sustainable forest management is implemented, independently assessed to the highest standards and continuously monitored for improvement. Without this shared vision and commitment to sustain our forests for the future, this achievement would not have been possible,” he said. Also present at the event was MTCC CEO, Yong Teng Koon.

Apart from certified forest areas, MTCC currently has 382 PEFC-certified timber companies under the MTCS.

Prepared by: Malaysian Timber Certification Council

For more information, please email Senior Executive Public Relations & Marketing, Muhammad Hasif Azizan at hasif@mtcc.com.

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Tigercat – Remotelog ® Improvements

Mi, 11/11/2020 - 14:38

Tigercat has released a new RemoteLog® portal with several enhancements.

New diagnostics dashboard
Mobile users may now easily review machine fault codes grouped in cards and colour coded by severity. Office personnel may view fault codes in an easy to sort and filter list. A single click brings up technical information for any fault code. The easily accessible engine troubleshoot guide gets you the answer you need quickly.

New machine summary report
A new one-stop machine summary report is now being sent to you weekly. It contains data that matters to your business such as operating time, production metrics, total fuel consumption, fuel rates, engine hours, machine utilization, and summary of fault codes.

Enhanced machine management
Easily access the control software version running on the machine. Get at the telematics firmware version to see if it needs to be updated. Quickly find your primary dealer contact.

New production metrics
Track how much you are producing with your machines. Mulchers now reporting mulched land area to give you a sense of their productivity. Harvesters and processors report production volumes and stem counts while forwarders report number of loads.

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A Sneak Peek At The Tigercat Prototype 865 Logger

Mi, 11/11/2020 - 14:11

A purpose-built logger, the Tigercat 865 will offer many advantages over excavator conversions, including better service access, stronger swing torque and superior operator visibility. The Tigercat FPT N67 engine delivers 165 kW (221 hp) at 1,900 rpm.

The 865 logger can be configured as a loader with boom options for various grapple types, or as a high capacity processor, capable of running large harvesting heads in demanding duty cycles. Dual swing drives will provide ample torque and speed for high-performance loading or processing.

Service access has been carefully thought out with the ability to step down into the centre of the machine for clear, unobstructed access to the engine and daily service points. Large enclosure doors and a spring assist side service platform provide a large, stable work area for performing maintenance on hydraulic components and changing filters. A large cast counterweight provides excellent stability with a swing-out door that allows access to the engine from the rear of the machine.

The rear entry elevated cab, full-length front window, and additional floor windows provide superior visibility with clear sightlines. LED lighting and the rearVIEW camera system further augment operator visibility. Stay tuned.

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New Eur 100 Million Invl Asset Management Fund Targets Sustainable Investments In Land And Forests

Mi, 11/11/2020 - 13:19

INVL Asset Management, one of the largest asset management companies in the Baltics, has established the INVL Sustainable Timberland and Farmland Fund II (STAFF II). An initial offering of the fund raised EUR 32.45 million from private investors. The target size is EUR 100 million. The fund will invest in sustainably managed forests and agricultural land in the Baltic Sea region and Central and Eastern Europe.

The new INVL fund is registered in Luxembourg and is administered by Apex Group, one of the biggest providers of fund services in Europe. The STAFF II is intended for institutional and private investors from EU countries.

“We see this fund as a continuation of the INVL Baltic Forests Fund I which started in 2017, but more universal and much broader in geography. The experience we gained and investors’ trust encouraged us to realize the idea of creating long-term portfolios of top-quality forests and agricultural land and managing them according to the strictest standards of sustainable forestry and agriculture. In acting on those goals we did not set any time frame for the fund – its length is unlimited,” said Vytautas Plunksnis, Head of Private Equity at INVL Asset Management.

He said the fund’s maximum size will be limited and may not exceed EUR 200 million, though its investor composition may change as some of its participants take advantage of the right to leave the fund within a certain period of time and others take their place.

“We’ll start the fund’s activities ‘closer to home’, looking for acquisitions in the Baltic countries. We will invest in Baltic coniferous forests and agricultural land with a high level of productivity and big consolidation potential. Later we plan to expand the portfolio in Eastern EU countries where investment returns are attractive and the regulatory environment is stable. We will heavily emphasize sustainable management of the forests and arable land, considering not just nature conservation but also social responsibility in investing in these asset classes. The fund will operate according to sustainable forestry standards, and we will implement sustainable farming principles on the agricultural land,” noted Martynas Samulionis, a partner of the INVL Sustainable Timberland and Farmland Fund II.

The STAFF II fund is regulated and will operate according to the laws of Luxembourg and will invest in different countries in keeping with the regulatory limits set by those countries but without deviating from the fund’s strategy. Currently the fund is not registered for public distribution in the Republic of Lithuania.

About INVL Asset Management

INVL Asset Management, one of Lithuania’s leading asset management companies, is part of the Invalda INVL group. The group’s companies manage pension and mutual funds, individual portfolios, private equity and other alternative investments. They have more than EUR 1 billion of assets under management, entrusted to them by over 200,000 clients in Lithuania and Latvia as well as international investors. Established in 1991, Invalda INVL has 28 years of solid experience managing private equity assets and developing market leaders in the Baltic States and the region of Central and Eastern Europe.

About Apex Group

Apex Group Ltd., established in Bermuda in 2003, is a global financial services provider. With 45 offices worldwide and 4,000 employees, Apex delivers an extensive range of services to asset managers, capital markets, private clients and family offices. The Group has continually improved and evolved its capabilities to offer a single-source solution through establishing the broadest range of products in the industry; including fund services, digital onboarding and bank accounts, depositary, custody and super ManCo services, corporate services and capital markets services, business services including HR and Payroll and a pioneering ESG Ratings and Advisory service for private companies.

Antonia Powell
Head of Media Relations
Apex Group Ltd.
www.theapexgroup.com |Tel:  +44 (0) 7789 902 279

 

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ITOCHU KENZAI Corporation and Timbeter sign agreement

Mi, 11/11/2020 - 12:37

Through the agreement, ITOCHU KENZAI Corporation will distribute and resell Timbeter’s solutions in Japan 

ITOCHU KENZAI Corporation, the first trading company in Japan focusing on construction materials, and Timbeter, an Estonian technology company that has developed digital workflow management solutions for the timber industry, have entered into a distribution and reseller agreement.

With this agreement, Timbeter’s solutions will be available to the Japanese forestry industry, and other sectors that use timber in their processes, through ITOCHU KENZAI Corporation. ITOCHU KENZAI Corporation engages in domestic trading, import/export, and overseas trading of various housing materials, wood products and materials, and design and construction, among other services and products.

ITOCHU KENZAI Corporation is a subsidiary of ITOCHU Corporation, one of the leading trading companies in Japan, operating in the textile sector, energy, metals, minerals, food and many others.

Japan is one of the leaders in sustainable forestry in the world, and actively contributes to sustainable forest management on an international level, as well as an example and knowledge sharing.

Timbeter’s state-of-the-art technology uses the capabilities of Artificial Intelligence, machine learning and cloud computing for measuring roundwood, to create inventories and reports, trace shipments precisely throughout the logistics chain, and control of volumes throughout the supply chain.The company works with some of the largest companies in the sector such as CMPC (Chile), International Paper (Brazil), Faber-Castell (Brazil), Siam Forestry Group (Thailand), Mekong Timber Plantations (Laos), SEQH (Australia)  and many others.

Timbeter’s solutions, which include mobile applications for iOS and Android, as well as a cloud Web platform, are all available in Japanese. Timbeter also offers support for the JAS (Japanese Agricultural Standard) formula, along with other formulas used around the world.

Mr. Yasuo Toyoda, ITOCHU KENZAI Corporation executive officer and senior general manager in the wood products division commented “It is a social responsibility to effectively use domestic forestry resources from the perspective of land conservation. We consider that the active domestic forestry and wood industry is relevant to the effective use of the forestry resources. This time we agreed with Timbeter Ltd. to be their reseller and distributor. We also believe that broad familiarisation of their technology will promote the digitalisation of the forestry and wood industry as well as the optimisation of operations, and help the industry active.”

Anna-Greta Tsahkna, CEO of Timbeter said “We are glad to cooperate with Itochu KENZAI Corporation to bring the innovative Timbeter technology to the Japanese market to help companies become more efficient and to manage  their timber sustainably. I think it is very important that Itochu KENZAI Corporation has validated Timbeter’s technology on its own operations to clearly understand the benefits and positive side effects it brings”.

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New and Improved Network Sawmill Camera

Mi, 11/11/2020 - 12:05

Opticom Technologies is pleased to announce the release of its new 3MP CC04 Series IP camera. (CC04-IP3MV) The new version offers both H.264 and H.265 video compression algorithms. H.265 compression reduces bitrates by approximately 50% which significantly cuts bandwidth and storage usage.

The 3MP CC04 delivers real time triple streaming that can be independently controlled in terms of resolution, bitrate and compression. Environmentally the camera is rated IP67 waterproof/dustproof. The built-in infrared (IR) array also ensures reliable video even in total darkness to a range of 65 feet.

Opticom’s CC04 Series industrial IP camera is designed to meet the tough environmental challenges that exist in wood processing mills and many other industrial facilities.  The camera features advanced vibration damping design right down to the neoprene equipped mount.  The camera installs in minutes in virtually any location and can be integrated with all major video management software (VMS) platforms.

Opticom Technologies Inc. was incorporated in 1973 and continues today as an industrial video camera company specializing in manufacturing application specific cameras for a variety of industries.  Our products are designed to solve the formidable challenges found in heavy industrial applications. For more information visit us at www.opticomtech.com or call us at 1-800-578-1853.

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CuNap treatment of bridge timber gaining traction from IWT-Moldrup

Mi, 11/11/2020 - 11:40

IWT-Moldrup, a 3rd generation company for designing and supplying processes and equipment for industrial impregnation of wood, including CCA, creosote, Copper-Organics as well as industrial wood modification, will now be supplying the worldwide first dedicated Cu-Nap plant as the environmentally friendly but effective future alternative to CCA and creosote.

Copper naphthenate (CuNap), has been used for many years in the United States and represents a well tested and well-documented alternative to both CCA and creosote and an improvement over newer Copper Organics.

IWT-Moldrup will supply the first dedicated CuNap plant worldwide for an American producer of wooden bridges in a few months (hansenbridge.com).

Stina Cecilie Moldrup, marketing manager, explains: ​“The timber to be treated is used for bridge construction where the wood durability is of utmost importance for road safety as well as an excellent environmental profile is required since many bridges pass over water-ways. We expect to see a surge in use of Cu-Nap for heavy construction use such as bridges, foundations for housing, and pilings, as wood is an attractive alternative to steel and concrete not only from a CO2 perspective but also ease and speed of construction all year around and not least due to the cost.”​ Cu-Nap is also a more cost effective alternative to using modified timber like IWT-Moldrup’s own unique sustainable resin treatment concept biobiowood. The Cu-Nap preservative is announced to be available from several preservative suppliers world-wide. The first exclusively designed plant in the US has been developed by IWT-Moldrup, in this case, in close cooperation with one of the market ́s chemical suppliers, Nisus Corporation, who is now the leading manufacturer of Cu-Nap in America. Mr. Moldrup, a more than 49 year veteran in the business, explains: ​”The treatment is a hot process contrary to cold processes using other copper-based products. Cu-Nap is not just a simple mixture of copper with naphthenate in an oil. It is a complex formula, and using simple acid-ingredients is not an option, if the durability is to be assured.”

www.moldrup.com

Main photo: IWT-Moldrup CuNap for bridge timber
Contact: Stina@moldrup.com

+45 61 60 59 00

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Maxam enhances it’s Forestry Series with the new MS93

Di, 10/11/2020 - 11:16

With the forestry series gaining a strong reputation in the industry, MAXAM has expanded the program to include the all-new MS930 to the lineup. The MS930 is engineered to provide the efficiency and strength of the LOGXTRA series while providing exceptional value to every site, making it a formidable solution for the forestry industry.

The all-new versatile MAXAM MS930 LOGXTRA is specifically developed for multiple forestry applications, featuring a deep and wide tread that is reinforced with a steel breaker belt package for maximum strength. Providing maximum protection from cuts, impacts and punctures, the MS930 is built tough for the application. Delivering value-added solutions to sites globally, the MS930 is built with the signature LOGXTRA high-strength, belt-stabilized construction. Offered at an aggressive price point, the MS930 is an added-value solution for the industry.

Manufactured with an extra-wide footprint that delivers exceptional flotation in muddy and wet ground conditions, the MS930 increases efficiency on all sites. To prevent common bead winding defects, the MS930 is manufactured with nylon-wrapped beads that outlast alternative options. Additionally, the adaptable MS930 integrates advanced compounding and enhanced features such as a heavy-duty shoulder and sidewall to eliminate downtime.

The MS930 LOGXTRA delivers maximum performance and extreme traction at an exceptional value. Available now in the below size range, the MS930 comes in a variety of ply ratings to meet the needs of the application.

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Size P.R. O.D.
(in/mm) S.W.

(in/mm) T.D.
(32nds/mm) 28L-26 20 64.2/1632 27.9/709 72/57 30.5L-32 26 72.7/1847 30.2/768 76/60 35.5L-32 26 79.3/2016 35.2/895 79/63

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PONSSE Opti 8 – the most modern forest machine computer in the markets

Fr, 06/11/2020 - 15:16

PONSSE Opti 8 is a state-of-the-art touchscreen computer designed for PONSSE forest machines. User-friendliness, a large high-resolution display, high ergonomics in the cabin and responsiveness form the basis of the technical and visual design of the PONSSE Opti 8 computer: all factors that improve the working conditions of forest machine operators.

The new Opti 8 computer offers more power and memory than the previous version, experienced by users in faster and smoother operations. The storage capacity of the hard disk has been doubled to ensure the operation of future applications.

“The design of PONSSE Opti 8 computer focuses, above all, on its use in a demanding forest machine environment. The computer is developed by Ponsse, together with the Group’s technology company Epec. Opti 8 computers are manufactured at Epec´s production facility in Seinäjoki”, says Markku Savolainen, Ponsse Plc´s Product Manager, equipment automation. “Opti 8 allows us to make the control systems of PONSSE forest machines more user-friendly than before”, Savolainen says.

The Opti 8 computer will come as standard in PONSSE harvesters and forwarders from the beginning of 2021.

The best properties for demanding conditions

  • Enables the research and development of machine information systems far into the future.
  • Designed to meet the high-quality requirements of PONSSE forest machines and forest companies.
  • Larger 15.6” display with first-rate brightness, resolution and viewing angle. 
  • Capacitive touchscreen used as on mobile devices.
  • Starts immediately, also in extreme cold.
  • Windows 10 operating system

Ponsse is an active developer of information systems for forest machines. The PONSSE Opti product range consists of machine control and measuring device systems for harvesters, forwarders and track-based applications.

Epec Oy is a system supplier that specialises in smart machine control systems and advanced electronics for electric machines. Epec Oy is responsible for the production planning and manufacturing of the Opti 8 computer. Epec Oy is a subsidiary of Ponsse Plc.

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