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25 Apr 2017 | New Chinese particle board plant announced for Kawerau NZ

International Forest Industries - Di, 25/04/2017 - 12:25

A Chinese company has announced plans for a new particle board plant for Kawerau that is expected to bring 100 jobs to the district. The Chinese-based Guangxi Fenglin Wood Industry Group has announced plans to establish the plant, to be built on Putauaki Trust land adjoining SH34, within two years.

It will produce 600,000cu m of panel boards a year for exports mainly to China. The announcement comes following a recent visit to China by representatives of Kawerau District Council, the Putauaki Trust, Toi-EDA, Eastern Bridge, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The delegation visited the Fenglin Group’s Mingyang MDF (medium-density fibreboard) and Huizhou particle board plants, and met group founder Mr Liu, chairman Mr Cui and chief executive officer Mr Wang. Council economic and community development manager Glenn Sutton said a number of factors led to the group’s decision to invest in Kawerau.

Overseas Investment Office approval and other consents now need to be obtained, but if everything goes to plan the plant should be fully operational by 2020. The Fenglin Group is a leading wood industry group in China, listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange.

It has four large-scale wood-based panel plants in Guangxi’s Nanning and Baise cities and in Guangdong’s Huizhou City, including two medium-density fibre board (MDF) facilities and two particle board (PB) facilities (one PB facility is in construction) with a total capacity of 1.1m cu m a year. The company also owns 14,000ha of fast-growing eucalyptus plantations for industrial use. More >>.

Source: Rotorua Daily Post

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25 Apr 2017 | ARDCO Equipment is new dealer for Barko Forestry Products

International Forest Industries - Di, 25/04/2017 - 12:12

Barko Hydraulics, LLC has announced ARDCO Equipment as its new dealer for logging and land clearing equipment in Louisiana.

“ARDCO Equipment is a great addition to our dealer network,” said Alecia McKay-Jones, dealer development manager for Barko. “We look forward to them representing Barko and serving our valued forestry customers in the Gulf Coast region.”

Based in New Iberia, Louisiana, ARDCO Equipment will handle sales and service of Barko loaders, industrial wheeled tractors, harvesters and feller bunchers. The dealership was recently established after several years of operating a rental fleet in the area alongside ARDCO’s manufacturing operation.

“We’re thrilled to be the official dealer in the region for Barko,” said David Langley, director of business development and operations for ARDCO Equipment. “Their rugged lineup of forestry and logging machines is a perfect complement to ARDCO’s long-standing reputation as The Off-Road Standard.”

Barko Hydraulics, LLC is part of the Pettibone, LLC Heavy Equipment Group. Founded in 1963, Barko has consistently led the industry with innovative solutions to the forestry, scrap and construction markets, including industrial tractors, crawlers, handlers, loaders, forwarders, chippers and harvesters. For more information, call 715-395

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Get your cameras and phones ready – Become the 2017 PEFC Photographer of the Year!

GFIS - Di, 25/04/2017 - 11:19
How do forests make a difference to your life? How do you experience the many benefits that forests provide? Whatever forests mean to you, we want to know. Express yourself through your photos and compete for the 2017 PEFC Photographer of the Year Award! For the first time ever, our members have...

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Zambia announces indefinite ban on “In Transit” timber

GFIS - Di, 25/04/2017 - 11:13
Zambia, 20th April 2017—In an encouraging move for East African forestry management and timber trade, the Zambian government has announced a ban on all “In Transit” timber within the country. The declaration, passed today, takes place effective immediately until further notice.

Collective forest tenure reforms: Where do we go from here?

GFIS - Di, 25/04/2017 - 10:33

A scientist’s reflection on the 2017 World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty

24 Apr 2017 | Hiab’s first LOGLIFT forestry crane equipped with HiVisionTM delivered to customer

International Forest Industries - Di, 25/04/2017 - 10:25

Hiab, part of Cargotec, has delivered to its customer in Sweden the first LOGLIFT forestry crane equipped with the camera-based HiVisionTM control system. HiVision moves crane operation to the truck cabin. It has four cameras on top of the forestry crane that provide the operator with a realistic 270-degree view. This enables the crane operator to see the working area and operate the crane from the truck cabin using virtual reality goggles.

Hiab’s long-standing customer Ackestens Åkeri AB chose a LOGLIFT forestry crane with HiVision on their new Scania truck. “We have always been eager to try new things in our business,” says Mr. Johan Ackesten, the owner and founder of the company. “We were one of the first companies in this business in our area to buy a cabin-equipped forestry crane in the 1990s. When we saw and tested HiVision last year, it was quite obvious for us to go for this innovative solution. Also, my sons working with me in the company were very eager to acquire the next generation forestry crane”, Mr. Ackesten explains. 

The criteria for Ackestens Åkeri buying LOGLIFT forestry crane with HiVision were safety, ergonomics and better economy. “Climbing into the cabin especially in harsh weather conditions can be dangerous. There is no need to do that anymore. Also, our customers in the forest industry appreciate that we can load more timber when we save on the weight of the cabin”, Mr. Ackesten says.

 “We are very happy that customers have shown an interest and trust in the HiVision control system. We will continue the close cooperation also in the future in order to gain the customer’s insight for further development”, says Martin Klyver, Sales and Product Business Manager, Hiab.

 During the spring Hiab will continue HiVision deliveries in Europe and Japan.

 Video link:  https://youtu.be/u8eYfMH2zaY

 For more information, please contact:

Martin Klyver, Sales and Product Business Manager, Hiab; tel. +46 706 260 660, martin.klyver@hiab.com

Hanna-Kaisa Talvensaari, Senior Communications Manager, Hiab; tel. +358 40 758 1572, 


Hiab is the world’s leading provider of on-road load handling equipment. Customer satisfaction is the first priority for us. Around 3,000 professionals at Hiab work to provide high-performance products and services that meet customer needs globally. Our product range includes HIAB loader cranes, JONSERED recycling and forestry cranes, LOGLIFT forestry cranes, MOFFETT truck mounted forklifts and MULTILIFT demountables, as well as DEL, WALTCO and ZEPRO tail lifts. www.hiab.com

Hiab is part of Cargotec. Cargotec’s (Nasdaq Helsinki: CGCBV) sales in 2016 totalled approximately EUR 3.5 billion and it employs over 11,000 people. www.cargotec.com


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Ahead of NAFTA talks, U.S. sets 20 pct duties on Canadian softwood lumber

Forest Products IIII - Di, 25/04/2017 - 03:43
[Reuters] - The United States will impose preliminary anti-subsidy duties averaging 20 percent on imports of Canadian softwood lumber, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Monday, escalating a long-running trade dispute between the two neighbors. The move, which affects some $5.66 billion worth of imports of the construction material, sets a tense tone as the two countries and Mexico prepare to renegotiate the 23-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement. Canada denounced the U.S. action and vowed to protect its lumber interests through litigation.

U.S. to impose 20 pct duties on Canadian softwood lumber -Ross

Forest Products IIII - Di, 25/04/2017 - 01:57
[Reuters] - U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Monday his agency will impose new anti-subsidy duties averaging 20 percent on Canadian softwood lumber imports, a move that escalates a long-running trade dispute between the two countries. Speaking to Reuters by phone a day ahead of the expected announcement, Ross said that the duties would affect $5 billion worth of softwood lumber imports from Canada. "It's about 31.5 percent of the total U.S. market, so it's a pretty big deal in terms of the Canadian relationship," he said.

U.S. to impose 20% duties on Canadian softwood lumber-Ross

Forest Products IIII - Di, 25/04/2017 - 01:16
[Reuters] - U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Monday his agency will impose new anti-subsidy duties averaging 20 percent on Canadian softwood lumber imports, a move that escalates long-running trade dispute ...

Do trees need people?

GFIS - Di, 25/04/2017 - 00:18

The world's oldest tree, a 9,550 year old spruce, was recently discovered in Sweden.

Some USDA scientists say their work has been tampered with — maybe for political reasons

GFIS - Mo, 24/04/2017 - 23:58

In late 2014, a whistleblower scientist rocked the Agriculture Department with a charge that it retaliated against him because his research found that a popular and lucrative farm pesticide might harm pollinators such as bees.

Mass timber requires sustainably managed forests

GFIS - Mo, 24/04/2017 - 23:40

At the International Mass Timber Conference last month in Portland, Jason McLennan of McLennan Design, the architect who designed the Bullitt Center in Seattle and the creator of the stringent green building certification the Living Building Challenge, gave a keynote address. In his speech, he stated that he believes we are at a tipping point where wood construction will take over the commercial building industry much the way the automobile replaced the horse and buggy in the early 20th century. But there is a catch. Jason says that for this to happen, architects need to know that forest management practices are sustainable. For general information on mass timber construction in Oregon, review recent and future blogs by Director of Forest Products Timm Locke. For a discussion of whether Oregon forests are being sustainably managed, read on.

To save forests, cut some trees down, scientists say

GFIS - Mo, 24/04/2017 - 23:32

Forests are feeling the heat.

Heavy precipitation speeds carbon exchange in tropics

GFIS - Mo, 24/04/2017 - 23:08
New insight into how forests globally will respond to long-term climate change has been gained by recent research. The new work suggests that climate-change driven increases in rainfall in warm, wet forests are likely to cause increased plant growth. Plant-growth declines are still expected in cooler forests with increased precipitation.

New era of western wildfire demands new ways to protect people, ecosystems

GFIS - Mo, 24/04/2017 - 22:56

“We know we need to learn to live with fire. And when we add climate change to the equation, all signs point to urgent shifts in policies and philosophies of fire in our natural and built landscapes,” said Meg Krawchuk, co-author on the report and an assistant professor in the College of...(more)

Additional Information: OSU Press ReleaseMeg Krawchuk

Pope Resources to Conduct an Investor Conference Call

Forest Products IIII - Mo, 24/04/2017 - 22:15
[PR Newswire] - POULSBO, Wash., April 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Pope Resources (POPE) announced today its plan to conduct an investor conference call on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time / 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. This conference call is planned as part of the company's commitment to continued transparency and facilitation of investor access to management. To listen to the conference call via telephone, dial 1-888-318-7469 (U.S. toll-free) or 1-719-457-2602 (International) and provide the passcode 3745952.

Boise Cascade Company to release first quarter results on May 3

Forest Products IIII - Mo, 24/04/2017 - 11:46
[GlobeNewswire] - For Immediate Release: April 24, 2017 BOISE, Idaho - Boise Cascade Company (NYSE: BCC) will host a webcast and conference call to discuss 2017 first quarter earnings on Wednesday, May 3, at 11 a.m. Eastern. ...

European paper industry lodges complaint against unfair Turkish import licensing on EU exports of office paper

GFIS - Mo, 24/04/2017 - 11:09

CEPI (the Confederation of European Paper Industries) has presented a Trade Barrier Regulation (“TBR”) complaint to the European Commission against the unfair non-automatic import licensing system established by Turkey concerning, inter alia, EU exports of uncoated wood free (“UWF”) paper, which includes office paper, books, envelopes and paper used for direct mail marketing.

Following an inconclusive safeguard investigation on UCWF imports in 2014-2015, Turkey extended in 2016 an existing import licensing system which targeted €150 million of EU exports of UWF paper products.

The Turkish non-automatic import licensing system with regard to UWF paper is based on an arbitrary price threshold and creates a significant and unfair obstacle to EU-Turkey trade. As such, the contested system poses a clear violation of WTO and EU-Turkey Customs Union Agreement which the Commission is currently seeking to strengthen.

The European pulp and paper industry exports more than 20% of its production worldwide. It is essential that the EU ensures with all its trading partners the full respect of free trade and fair competition rules we have in bilateral agreements like with Turkey and at WTO level” say Sylvain Lhôte

For more information, please contact Bernard Lombard at b.lombard@cepi.org or by phone at (+32) 2 627 49 22

For press related enquiries, please contact Ben Kennard at b.kennard@cepi.org or by phone at (+32) 487 39 21 82

Coming Home – The impact of bamboo on the migrant workers from Chishui

GFIS - Mo, 24/04/2017 - 07:17
“40 per cent of migrant workers in Guangdong are coming home to Chishui; three quarters of the returnees are involved in the bamboo sector” – the new phenomenon of urban-rural migration in China’s bamboo heartland Bamboo has always been an integral part of Chinese culture, traditions and the economy. As a world leader in utilising […]

From Bamboo to paper

GFIS - Mo, 24/04/2017 - 07:11
The journey of bamboo to a pulp paper factory in Chishui. From carvings on cave walls to etchings on stone and calligraphy on artistic sheets, writing has always been part of human history. Bamboo, closely intertwined with the Chinese culture, has been used to make good quality paper. With the constant innovation in the bamboo […]


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