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The president of VAB Solutions Inc. Mr Jean Berube recently announced the signing of two new contracts. The first contract covers the sale and installation of a complete Planer Mill Lineal Grading Optimizer for Eacom Timber Corporation mill located in Ear Falls Northern Ontario. “We are proud to have completed the sale and installation of this system for Eacom Timber Corporation. This demonstrates the effectiveness of our Scanner and the benefits it provides to our business partners, “says Jean Berube President of VAB Solutions.
The second contract involves the sales and installation of a complete Transverse Optimizer for Sexton Lumber Sawmill located in Bloomfield, Newfoundland. This new turnkey contract includes the optimization, the PLC & control and all the mechanical tasks related to this project. VAB Solutions Inc., is now proud to offer to its business partners a new transverse optimizer at the sawmill that will stand for its unique technology,delivering an incomparable reading precision at low cost of operation.
“These new equipment at the cutting edge of the technology will enable our two new business partners to significantly increase their production efficiency by increasing their productivity and the quality of their product,” says Marc Voyer, Vice President and General Manager of VAB Solutions Inc.
About VAB Solutions Inc.:
Created in 2004, VAB Solutions Inc. is a partnership between Marc Voyer eng. and Jean Berube eng. combining both more than 30 years in the lumber industry. The mission of VAB Solutions Inc. is to develop, manufacture, sell and commission vision instruments for the forest industry using the latest technology. Achieving outstanding performance and offering a fair competitive price are top priorities. The key feature of VAB Solutions Inc. line of products is the Lumber Grading Optimizer for planer mills. With 21 systems sold, its performance and simplicity to operate is accounting for its reputation across Canada. In 2014, VAB Solutions Inc. celebrates its 10th anniversary.
A Technological vision in the lumber industry
China understandably was a key focus for the just completed Forest Investment & Market Outlook 2014 (FIMO 2014) series run for senior forestry managers and institutional investors over the last two weeks by FIEA. Over 200 attended and the Australian leg of the series finished in Melbourne on Wednesday.
Johnathan Wu, Associate Director, Premium China Fund Management, Bill Liley, Managing Director and Bill Lu, Senior Consultant, China Operations, Indfor, Bruce Easton, Managing Director, Asia Pacific Resource Management Service and Jon Dey, Director, FORME Consulting reviewed investment options and trends in investing in China timberlands as well as providing an insight into the underlying trends and projections for the country’s growth.
Guigang was selected as one case study detailing just how the Guangxi region in Southern China has led a veneer revolution and is now a rising star in the country’s wood processing activities. Whereas just 10 years ago there was virtually no wood processing in the region, the Guigang processing centre has now over 2000 mills ( more than 3000 registered lathes) operating today.
Over 1700 veneer mills are concentrated on eucalypt veneer production with 270 plywood mills now producing plywood and concrete formwork. In 2013, Guigang’s plywood production reached 4 million m3 (which equates to 5.5 million m3 in round log form) of air dried veneer production. With each lathe needing 0.4 ha to air dry the veneer sheets, over 1200 ha is now required for a veneer drying field. The area is so large - it can be picked up quite easily on Google Earth.
As well as veneer operations the region now boasts large and modern MDF and Particle Board plants and is leading the trend in establishing new plantations, both regionally and globally. In total, Guangxi has approximately 1.4 million ha of eucalypt plantations, around 50% of China’s total eucalypt plantation area.
Guigang is an amazing new face of wood processing in China. New veneer mills will continue to be built - as there is a continued ramp up in harvesting activities. Details on how this presentation - and other presentations given as part of FIMO 2014 - can be downloaded by those participating in this latest series will be sent out to all delegates in the near future.