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SP – Lion new authorized dealer in Brazil

International Forest Industries - Fri, 17/09/2021 - 12:46

SP has announced that Lion Equipamentos has been appointed as authorized SP dealer for the Brazilian states of Parana, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul.

Headquartered in Curitiba/PR, Lages/SC, and Guaiba/RS, Lion performs its activities with 20 years of experience in the forestry business.Within its varied areas of performance, Lion stands out in the forestry market by its high-quality technical assistance and fast spare parts supply. With a high focus on customer service and field maintenance carried out by highly skilled and experienced staff members Lion is able to offer a great level of customer support.

“We are very happy to welcome Lion to the SP dealer network,” says Anders Gannerud, SP International sales manager. “Lion is a perfect match for us and exactly the type of company and partner we are looking for when expanding our dealer network. Not only do they have a good experience from working with harvester heads and highly technical forest products, but they also share our commitment to putting the customer first by focusing on parts supply and customer support.”

To learn more about Lion visit, www.lionequipamentos.com.br

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Wood and furniture technolpogy: An extraordinary semester

International Forest Industries - Fri, 17/09/2021 - 12:15

The development of the pandemic has certainly impacted all the economic trends, including the machines, tools and equipment for woodworking and furniture production. This trend has some “peculiarities” that have been clearly identified in the analysis by the Studies Office of Acimall, the association of industry companies, about the first half 2021.

In the January-June 2021 period, the orders of wood-furniture machinery and tools increased by 100.3 percent compared to the same semester of 2020. The demand from international markets – reaffirming the industry’s traditional export vocation – recorded an 88.7 percent increase, while the domestic market was even livelier, with orders up by 190.8 percent. These results are quite significant, but we have to consider that they compare with the first half of 2020, i.e. the period when the Covid 19 pandemic had its strongest impact on the world’s entire economic and production system. Nevertheless, this growth trend is significant, not just a simple “rebound” but a significant structural expansion.

On a semester-on-semester basis, the first half 2021 showed a positive trend compared to the previous six months, from July to December 2020, with orders growing by 42.2 percent (plus 31.9 percent for international demand, plus 49.2 percent in Italy).

“These figures are encouraging and help us forget the troubles we have been going through in our industrial and economic life”, said Luigi De Vito, president of Acimall. “If we add that the January-June 2021 period recorded a 40.2 percent growth compared to the first half 2019, we cannot really this this is just a “rebound”, but an organic and structural trend, witnessing to the global competitiveness of our industry and our role of reference partner for the Italian manufacturing industry, an established model of style and quality”. “Unfortunately, there are still a few doubts about the near future, mostly due to the scarcity of raw materials, components and aggregates. This situation is negatively affecting the lead time of material supplies, a problem that must be solved as soon as possible to stop the rising trend of prices”, De Vito concluded.

The furniture wood machinery industry and the furniture industry has overcome this very difficult season thanks to solid engineering, industrial, financial and business foundations to support the rally of recent months. This result has also been supported by the incentives of the new Italian plan 4.0 Transition, and similar measures introduced in many countries. The Italian industry keeps offering very advanced technology, as a result of its capacity to innovate and make business, which has always distinguished the players of “made in Italy”.

For more information:
Luca Rossetti
+39 351 9098189 – press@acimall.com

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Australian Premier announces softwood investment

International Forest Industries - Fri, 17/09/2021 - 11:39

The Forest Products Commission (FPC) has  welcomed the announcement by the West Australian Premier, The Honourable Mark McGowan MLA, to invest a record $350 million to expand Western Australia’s softwood plantation timber industry.

This record investment is expected to provide at least an additional 33,000 hectares of softwood timber plantation, with up to 50 million pine trees planted, sequestering between 7.9 and 9.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent.

It is estimated that around 60 direct timber industry jobs and 80 indirect jobs will be created as part of the expansion plan, with the new jobs initially associated with the plantation establishment program.

The expansion plan will also protect 860 direct jobs and 1,120 indirect jobs, mostly in the South West timber industry, as well as support the many thousands of jobs in the State’s construction industry that depend upon the reliable supply of softwood timber.

The softwood processing industry currently supplies the majority of pine products used in the State’s housing and construction market. It also supports a range of other markets such as particle board, pallet timber, fence posts and power poles.

The State government also announced at the conclusion of the current Forest Management Plan 2014 – 2023, all timber taken from native forests will be limited to forest management activities that improve forest health and clearing for approved mining operations. It is expected these activities will produce a limited volume of native timber that will be subject to the normal tender processes of the Forest Products Commission.

Government have committed $50 million to support a Just Transition Fund, that will assist workers, businesses and communities, of the South-West in this transition. The FPC will work with industry to make the necessary adjustments for the future.

The FPC’s role is to deliver sustainable management and development of Western Australia’s forest products industry. While our industry will look different into the future, our role remains. The FPC look forward to supporting the expansion of the plantation sector and continuing to deliver sustainable forest management activities for the State.

For more information contact:

Rebecca Miniken
Communications Branch
Email:         media@fpc.wa.gov.au
Phone:       (08) 9363 4600
Mobile:      0438 903 289

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McDowell Lumber adds vision & Deep Learning technology

International Forest Industries - Fri, 17/09/2021 - 10:13

McDowell Lumber at Asheboro, NC is adding vision technology to its existing BioLuma Trimmer Optimizer. The company implemented BioLuma sensor technology in 2019 with laser profile sensors in their existing scan frame. Now the company wants to increase its grade recovery and value by replacing the sensors with BioLuma 2900LV units. This upgrade also adds Deep Learning AI technology to the mix.

McDowell processes a mixture of hardwoods into lumber and pallets. The mill trusts USNR‘s experience with vision technology for hardwood production; the optimizer platform is designed to allow for both shop and appearance grade scanning. This technology is scheduled to be installed in mid-2022.

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Metsä Group plans to build a new EUR 200 million Kerto® LVL plant in Äänekoski

International Forest Industries - Thu, 16/09/2021 - 10:27
Metsä Group press release 16 September 2021 at 10 a.m.

Metsä Group is planning to build a new Kerto® LVL plant in its expanding factory area in Äänekoski. The actual investment decision requires the completion of the town plan for the area. The value of the investment would be approximately EUR 200 million. The annual use of subsidies from Finland at the new Kerto LVL plant would be approximately 375,000 cubic metres.

The new Kerto LVL production would be sold to construction industry customers mainly in Europe and Asia. The market outlook for light, environmentally friendly and construction-accelerating Kerto LVL products is excellent, especially in industrial prefap manufacturing, modular construction and traditional project construction. The development of a hybrid element structure combining concrete and Kerto LVL products is also at an advanced stage and will further improve demand.

The annual Kerto LVL production capacity of the plant to be built in stages during 2022-2026 would be approximately 150,000 cubic metres. With the new plant, Metsä Group’s Kerto LVL production capacity would increase by approximately 50 per cent. The factory to be built is a pioneer in its technology and efficiency in the world.

The direct impact of the new plant on employment would be around 140 new jobs. In addition, the new plant would add about 200 man-years directly to its value chain. The employment impact of the construction phase is estimated to be around 1,000 man-years.

“We create profitable growth by processing Finnish wood. Our operations are guided by responsibility. In the coming years, we will increase the production of carbon-sequestrant products, and the next phase will be the new Kerto LVL factory. Wood is the most environmentally friendly building material and we believe that demand for the resource-efficient and high-quality Kerto LVL will continue to grow strongly. Finland needs more investment and faith in the future,” says Ilkka Hämälä, President and CEO ofMetsäGroup.

Metsä Group is in the process of planning with the City of Äänekoski with the aim of expanding the production of mechanical wood products for the Äänekoski factory integration. A town plan for the area of approximately 150 hectares south of Metsä Group’s existing factories is being prepared as an industrial area. The area currently has a master plan and is mainly owned by Metsä Fibre, part of Metsä Group. The planning process is expected to last until early 2022.

The area to be zoned will enable the production of a significant mechanical forest industry to be increased even after the planned new multiplication plant.

Pictures: https://databank.metsagroup.com/l/QVmKkt8PK_R9

Inquiries and interview requests:
Juha Laine, Communications Director, Metsä Group, tel. +358 10 465 4541
Group www.metsagroup.fi

Metsä Group is showing the direction of the bioeconomy. We invest in growth, bioproduct development and a fossil-free future. The raw material for our products is renewable wood from sustainably managed forests in the north. In our business, we focus on the growth sectors of the forest industry: wood procurement and forest services, wood products, pulp and first fibre cartons, as well as soft and sealed papers.

Metsä Group’s annual turnover is approximately EUR 5.5 billion, and we employ approximately 9,200 people in 30 countries. Our international group has its roots in finnish forest – our parent company is metsäliitto Osuuskunta, which has approximately 100,000 forest owners.

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Big forest road cost reductions realised

International Forest Industries - Wed, 15/09/2021 - 13:46

There are massive pay offs when you think outside of the box

By adding PolyCom Stabilising Aid, TPMS cut the metal requirements by a massive 54.2% over their standard pavement design, decreasing the build costs of this 3.2km by 15.9% and saving three days of standard construction time.

Last year (May 2020), TAML Forestry of Hawera, South Taranaki approached Total Pavement Maintenance Systems Ltd (TPMS) to upgrade some forestry roads in a remote part of Taranaki, New Zealand. The task was to work with the onsite roading contractor to improve the dry strength of the clay sub-grade and save metal costs by adding PolyCom Stabilising Aid to a recently completed road lining project. The cost of getting metal to this remote site was crippling and a more cost-effective way was needed moving forward. The road was to be stabilised to a depth of 200mm.

The savings to the forestry company have been significant; 105 less truck and trailer movements, 90% less maintenance over two wet Taranaki winters and significant savings in construction.

For full details on the roading project specs and results, click here. More information can also be found here.

Source: TPMS

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Foundation stone of Metsä Group’s Kemi bioproduct mill laid

International Forest Industries - Wed, 15/09/2021 - 13:14

The Kemi bioproduct mill project of Metsä Fibre, part of Metsä Group, is progressing according to plan and the mill’s foundation stone was laid on 13 September 2021. The foundation stone was laid to the area of fibre line of the new mill by Ismo Nousiainen, CEO of Metsä Fibre, Jari-Pekka Johansson, Project Director of the Kemi bioproduct mill project, and Mika Vuoti, the on-site contact person. To ensure safety in terms of the coronavirus, the foundation stone was laid without the presence of guests. See the video and images of the event.

Totalling EUR 1.6 billion, the investment in Metsä Group’s Kemi bioproduct mill is the largest in the history of the Finnish forest industry. Through its direct value chain, the new bioproduct mill will employ around 2,500 people in Finland once it is completed. This translates into some 1,500 more than the employment effect of the current Kemi pulp mill. The bioproduct mill project has a high degree of Finnish origin, approximately 70 per cent.

“The impact of this large-scale industrial investment is significant. The Kemi bioproduct mill will increase Finland’s annual exports by around EUR 0.5 billion and its annual positive income effect through the value of the wood raw material and the purchasing of Finnish labour is likewise roughly EUR 0.5 billion,” says Ismo Nousiainen, CEO of Metsä Fibre.

During the construction phase, the bioproduct mill’s employment effect will be approximately 10,000 person-years, more than half of which will be seen in Kemi. The total number of employees working during the construction phase is estimated to be about 15,000.

“We are proceeding purposefully towards the start-up of the new mill in the third quarter of 2023. At the moment, the project is focused on earthworks and this autumn, we will be moving on to the first equipment installations. Some 450 people are currently working on the site,” says Jari-Pekka Johansson, Project Director.

Operating entirely without fossil fuels, the Kemi bioproduct mill will produce annually some 1.5 million tonnes of softwood and hardwood pulp, as well as many other bioproducts. It will also produce 2.0 TWh of renewable energy a year, which is equal to approximately 2.5% of Finland’s total annual electricity production.

Progress on the bioproduct mill’s construction site can be followed via real-time webcams at www.metsafibre.com/webcamskemi.

Further information and interview requests:

Anna-Liisa Pennanen
Communications Manager
Metsä Fibre
tel. +358 50 574 8071


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Metsä Fibre& Lehto sign an agreement to build an ecological operating office for the Kemi bioproduct mill

International Forest Industries - Wed, 15/09/2021 - 12:46

Metsä Fibre, part of Metsä Group, and the construction company Lehto Group have entered into an agreement to build an ecological operating office from wood for the Kemi bioproduct mill in Finland. The operating office will have a high degree of Finnish origin, approximately 80%, Finnish wood and high-quality products made from it will play a major role in the construction project.

Kerto® LVL wood products from Metsä Wood, part of Metsä Group, will be used in construction. They are made from Finnish wood in Finland. The future office building will be an impressive, four-storey wooden structure, comprising the main control room for the bioproduct mill, office and social facilities, as well as a cafeteria and conference rooms. The total area of the building will be 4,235 square metres. Lehto is currently also building a 40,000-square-metre product warehouse for the bioproduct mill in the Ajos harbour in Kemi.

“We appreciate how Lehto Group utilises renewable wood products and are pleased to be able to continue our collaboration not only to build the harbour warehouse, but also the bioproduct mill’s operating office. We’re building a modern mill complex in Kemi with the best professionals in their field,” says Jari-Pekka Johansson, Metsä Fibre’s Director of the bioproduct mill project.

“Lehto and Metsä Fibre have previously agreed to build a pulp warehouse for the Kemi bioproduct mill in the Ajos harbour. The agreement on the wooden operating office is a great and natural continuation of our existing cooperation,” says Perttu Haapalahti, Area Director of Lehto Tilat Oy.

The Kemi bioproduct mill project is progressing according to plan. During the construction phase, the mill’s employment effect will be approximately 10,000 person-years, more than half of which will be carried out in Kemi. The total number of employees working during the construction phase is expected to be about 15,000. Around 450 people are currently working at the site. You can follow the progress of the construction at the mill site and the product warehouse being built in the Ajos harbour via real-time webcams at www.metsafibre.com/webcamskemi.

Totalling EUR 1.6 billion, the Kemi bioproduct mill is the largest investment in the history of the Finnish forest industry. Through its direct value chain, the new bioproduct mill will employ around 2,500 people in Finland, some 1,500 more than the employment effect of the current Kemi pulp mill. The bioproduct mill project has a high degree of Finnish origin, approximately 70 per cent. The fully fossil free bioproduct mill will start up in the third quarter of 2023. In addition to pulp, the new mill will produce other bioproducts such as tall oil, turpentine and bioelectricity. The bioproduct mill will produce 2 terawatt hours of renewable electricity annually, which accounts for 2.5% of Finland’s total annual electricity production. The mill will have an electricity self-sufficiency rate of 250%.

More Information:
Jari-Pekka Johansson
Project Manager
Metsä Fibre

Anna-Liisa Pennanen
Communications Manager
Metsä Fibre
Tel. 050 574 8071

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PRODESA, to start commissioning the pelleting extension for Enviva pellet plant

International Forest Industries - Wed, 15/09/2021 - 11:25

The extension of Enviva pellet plant in Greenwood (SC) will add an extra production of 14 tons per hour to the 70 tons hour existing line, which PRODESA also implemented.

PRODESA is responsible for the design, development and construction of the project. The Company will ensure the performance of the additional equipment providing technical assistance from their after sales center in Atlanta (GA).

As a major player in biomass production plants, PRODESA provides complete turnkey solutions for a wide range of pellet production capacities. This project is a significant step forward on its portfolio of high capacity plants in the US.

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PRODESA completes the commissioning of a new pellet plant in the US

International Forest Industries - Tue, 14/09/2021 - 13:58

PRODESA commissioned a new pellet production plant in Georgia (USA) with a capacity of 70,000 industrial pellet I1.

Not only PRODESA carried out the engineering, manufacturing, construction and commissioning of the grinding and milling line, but also they have been responsible for the development of the dry storage and feeding system, pellet storage and train loading system.

This success confirms the quality and competitiveness of PRODESA that remains very active with projects under design and construction and already in operation in the US, where its subsidiary PRODESA North America has been operating from for over 10 years.

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Major retrofits continue at Gilchrist Forest Products

International Forest Industries - Tue, 14/09/2021 - 13:38

Neiman Enterprises is continuing its investments in Gilchrist Forest Products to bring it up to world-class standards, in line with Neiman’s other mills in Hulett, WY, Spearfish, SD, and Montrose, CO.

In March it was announced about the investments the company was making to its mill at Gilchrist, OR that included trimmer optimization with BioLuma 2900L scanning system, end-dog carriage optimization, and a new Stick-N-Fork stacker. Now it is adding to the Gilchrist mill with an 8″ Horizontal Shape Saw (HSS), a clamshell-style trimmer, a Transverse High Grader (THG) automated grading system with Deep Learning AI, and additions to its existing tray sorter.

These orders will be delivered through the end of 2021 and into 2022.

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Production cutbacks at B.C. sawmills

International Forest Industries - Fri, 10/09/2021 - 13:45

Production will be cut back to approximately 80% at all of Canfor’s mills across B.C., starting last week, impacting over 200 workers in the East Kootenay. According to Canfor, the reduction in hours is in response to an unstable lumber market.

“Due to challenging market conditions, we are implementing reduced operating schedules at our B.C. sawmills that will remain in place until demand and pricing meaningfully improve. We recognize the impact that volatile lumber markets have on our employees, contractors and communities and we will make efforts to mitigate the negative effects,” said Stephen Mackie, Executive Vice President, North America, Canfor. “We will also leverage our global operating platform to minimize disruptions in supply to our customers.”

This comes after lumber producers were benefiting from a high-priced market. “As close as two months ago, they were getting record-high prices for their products into the U.S. market. Then the supply and demand law of economics came into play and a lot of supply came back onto the market from the mills,” said Jeff Bromley, Wood Council Chair with United Steelworkers. “Then the market crashed, it actually fell off a cliff. They were fetching anywhere in the neighbourhood of $1,500 U.S. or more per 1,000 board feet a few months ago, and now that number is down to between $500 and $600.

Bromley said stumpage fees are also making an impact on Canfor’s bottom line, as they are still priced based on market conditions of about four months ago. The union, however, feels this cutback is unjust to sawmill employees. Bromley added that the cutbacks will likely be in place until the market rises once again.

Source: myeastkootenaynow.com

About Canfor Corporation

Canfor is a leading integrated forest products company based in Vancouver, British Columbia (“BC”) with interests in BC, Alberta, North and South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana, as well as in Sweden with its majority acquisition of Vida Group. Canfor produces primarily softwood lumber and also owns a 54.8% interest in Canfor Pulp Products Inc., which is one of the largest global producers of market Northern Bleached Softwood Kraft Pulp and a leading producer of high performance kraft paper. Canfor shares are traded on The Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol CFP. For more information visit canfor.com.

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White-tailed eagles successfully returning to the English landscape

International Forest Industries - Thu, 09/09/2021 - 13:34

A further 12 white-tailed eagles have been released on the Isle of Wight in the next stage of one of England’s landmark conservation projects. Begun in 2019 the project, led by Forestry England and the Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation, is closely monitoring these iconic birds as they successfully return to the English landscape.

The project, based on the Isle of Wight, released six birds in 2019 followed by a further seven last year. Evidence from similar reintroductions suggests that the rate of survival to breeding age is around 40%. Ten of the 13 birds previously released have survived and are doing well.

White-tailed eagles are Britain’s largest birds of prey with a wingspan of up to 2.5 meters and were once widespread across England until human persecution wiped them out. The reintroduction project is bringing them back after an absence of over 240 years by releasing up to 60 birds over five years. It aims to establish an initial population of six to eight pairs with breeding activity not expected to start until 2024 at the earliest.

Each bird is fitted with a satellite tracker to enable the team to monitor and track their progress. Three years into the project, this data and considerable field observations are showing encouraging signs of the birds developing key skills and improving their understanding of the landscape around them.

As expected, the previously released birds have explored widely, taking many journeys across Britain as they build up their knowledge of the landscape. One bird released in 2020 crossed the English Channel earlier this year and has since spent time in France, The Netherlands, Germany and Denmark. There have also been several sightings in southern England of white-tailed eagles from Europe, raising hopes that some of these wandering birds will pair up with those released on the Isle of Wight in years to come. Connecting white-tailed eagle populations in this way, is a key long-term aim of the project.

However far the birds travel, the tracking data clearly shows that the birds consistently return to the Isle of Wight, their release point. This means they see the Island and the surrounding coastline as their home and is an encouraging indicator for potential successful breeding conditions in the future.

Two birds in particular, G324 and G274 have already formed a close and lasting pairing and are showing some signs of territorial behaviours with other eagles. Whilst it too early to predict, the team are hopeful that these early signs may lead to breeding activity over the next few years.

Between their explorations, the data and field observations have also shown how the birds have honed their hunting skills as they learn more about their surroundings and the availability of prey. Last winter fish remained a key prey item, with the eagles catching bass off the south-west coast, as well as pirating fish from gulls and cormorants.  Grey mullet is plentiful during the spring and summer in the estuaries around the south coast and has been an important prey item through the past two years. These abundant food supplies around the coasts of the Isle of Wight were one of the key reasons the area was selected for the reintroduction project.

With each year’s releases there is an opportunity for the youngest birds to observe and learn from those who are more mature. Whilst the older birds will gradually become more territorial, there are still many chances for the younger birds to identify key feeding locations and skills from their older cohort. Over time it is expected that the birds will establish more formal territories and disperse across the south coast of England.

Bird enthusiasts and members of the public across the country have supported the project by reporting sightings of the eagles and sharing these via @seaeagleengland on social media or via the Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation website.

Roy Dennis, MBE, Founder of the Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation said:

“We are now three years into this reintroduction project, and it is extremely encouraging to see just how successfully white-tailed eagles are settling into the English landscape. Highlights for me have included watching the birds learn how to successfully fish all year round and the growing interactions between the birds. I am also always fascinated in tracking some of their huge exploratory flights across England and Europe and their ultimate return back to the Isle of Wight.” 

“We have seen from other reintroduction programmes that returning lost species offers real benefits for the health of our environment, and to people and local economies. None of this would be possible without the support of many people and I would like to thank everyone who has helped us again with this year’s release and ongoing monitoring of the birds.”

Steve Egerton-Read, White-Tailed Eagle Project Officer, Forestry England, said:

“Over the last three years we have closely tracked the progress of these incredible birds. It’s been brilliant to see how well they are fitting into the landscape and we are hopeful that before too long they will breed in England again.”

“It’s been particularly rewarding to hear from people across the country who are delighted to have seen the birds in their local area. It’s still a real thrill for me to see these incredible birds in the skies above the Isle of Wight and I look forward to the day that they are re-established right across southern England.”

The reintroduction of white-tailed eagles is being conducted under licence from Natural England, the Government’s wildlife licensing authority. All of the young birds involved in the project are collected under a NatureScot licence from the wild in Scotland and brought to the Isle of Wight.

Natural England Chair, Tony Juniper, said:

“Today’s release marks another important milestone on the road toward the restoration of these magnificent birds as a breeding species in England. I’m so encouraged to see this project go from strength to strength, with this third release enabling white-tailed eagles to strengthen their foothold on the Isle of Wight.” 

 “We will continue to work closely with Roy Dennis and his team, Forestry England and various stakeholders to ensure this project serves as a guide for further successful species reintroductions in England, which are a vital part of achieving our overarching goal for nature recovery.”

This year the project again received valuable support from pilot Graham Mountford, and his daughter, Helen, who flew a cohort of birds south from the Outer Hebrides in his plane, thereby greatly reducing the transit time for the birds.

The Isle of Wight was chosen as the location to reintroduce the white-tailed eagles, also known as sea eagles, as it offers an ideal habitat for these coastal loving birds with plentiful sources of food in the surrounding waters. It also offers a central position on the south coast allowing the birds to disperse and link with other populations in Scotland, Ireland and on the continent.

A comprehensive feasibility study and public surveys were conducted prior to reintroduction and a steering group made up of local organisations and members of the community are helping to guide the project.

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Forestry England takes part in 25-year Norway spruce provenance planting trial

International Forest Industries - Thu, 09/09/2021 - 13:00

A provenance trial studying Norway spruce trees growing from seeds sourced from 16 different European locations has got underway in a long-term project to identify trees likely to be resilient to climate conditions 50 years from now. Forestry England, a partner in the Conifer Breeding Co-operative, has recently planted 2,300 trees in Delamere Forest, Cheshire, as part of a total 17,200 trees planted across five sites in England, Scotland and Wales by co-op members.

The trees were grown in Scotland from orchard seeds from Sweden, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany and France, and a Forestry England selected-quality seed stand near the Forest of Dean. Used extensively for construction, Norway Spruce produces strong timber with a straight grain and fine texture, as well as being used for paper milling.

The provenance trial will compare trees from the 16 different sources as they grow to identify which have the best overall performance and show the strongest growth and good form. The trees will be monitored at different times over the next 25 years with the first two years assessing survival rates at each site. After that the height, diameter, stem form and density of plants from each of the 16 seed provenances will be compared. Co-op members involved in the trial will do additional assessments on their planting sites after extreme events like flooding, drought, or pest invasions to see how the trees have fared.

Norway spruce was chosen for the trial because it has high drought tolerance compared to Sitka spruce, and can cope with upland acid soils making it ideally suited to a more uncertain future climate in the UK. Some areas where Sitka spruce thrives now are predicted to become too dry for it to be a suitable species as they won’t provide its high demand for soil moisture.

The Conifer Breeding Co-operative has a long-term ambition to develop an improved domestic population of Norway spruce to meet national demand and is working to a 30-year timescale carrying out selection and testing. This 25-year Norway spruce provenance trial is running alongside as an interim project to see which existing widely available European orchard and UK select seed sources are the best to grow before the domestic improved seed becomes available.

Nicola Rivett, Forestry England Seed Resource Manager spokesperson said:

“Being able to compare Norway spruce trees growing from such a diverse range of seed sources in this provenance trial will give valuable information about which seed is genetically best suited for future soil and climate conditions, and help Forestry England and partner organisations focus seed and plant supply on those varieties. We’re working long-term on this, and it will be 2046before the trees we’ve all planted this spring reach maturity. But the information they give us along the way will be crucial in helping steer the right course in adapting and planning our future Norway spruce growth and supply.”

As well as focusing on Norway spruce, The Conifer Breeding Co-operative is also looking at Douglas fir, Sitka spruce, Scots pine and hybrid spruce, identifying the best genetic planting material, and selecting trees growing in good quality stands to create new seed orchards for future planting stock.

Visitors to Forestry England’s planting site in Delamere Forest will have the chance to see the trial progress over the coming years as the trees mature.

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Koskisen fire-protected spruce panels at Keravanjoki community centre

International Forest Industries - Thu, 09/09/2021 - 12:17
The Keravanjoki Community Centre, commissioned by the City of Kerava, is to be completed in the autumn of 2021. The construction of the building was realised with the alliance model and adaptability, health factors and low energy costs were key considerations in its design. Wood is used in both the building’s facade and interior spaces.

In the alliance model the property developer, designers and builders join together to form the project organisation. In addition to the City of Kerava, the project involved Lukkaroinen Architects, YIT and WSP Finland, among other partners. The fire-protected spruce panels and support structures of the facades were supplied by Koskisen Oy.

The thicker than usual 28 x 95 mm UTS panels with grooved and tongued ends were fire protected at Koskinen’s factory using translucently toned NT DECO fire retardant. The fire-protected support structures required by the panels were also treated and delivered by Koskisen. The products fulfil the requirements of the fire class B-s1, d0 in accordance with the SFS EN 13501-1 standard.

“The quality of our products is crucial for our competitive edge. Our fire-protected products have a Euroclass fire rating and CE certification. This was the first target that we supplied with products that were fire-protected using NT DECO. Nordtreat’s precise consumption counter was very accurate, and we received excellent on-site technical support for our first time using this product.”

Argo Vinkman, Department Manager, Saw and Log Sorting, Koskisen

The demand for wood products is constantly on the rise, which also increases the demand for fire-protected products. Koskisen’s fire-protected wood products are currently shipped to public building projects in Finland as target-specific deliveries.

“We like to develop new surface-treated products and their industrial processing methods in cooperation with production and sales departments and product manufacturers. We have been in communication and cooperation with Nordtreat for a good while now and everything is very smooth.”

Argo Vinkman, Department Manager, Saw and Log Sorting, Koskisen


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Komatsu’s PC78US-11 excavator delivers versatility & efficiency

International Forest Industries - Thu, 09/09/2021 - 11:41

For work on roadways, bridges, urban areas, or anywhere space is limited, contractors need an excavator designed for confined spaces. Komatsu’s tight tail PC78US-11 provides an ideal combination of performance and versatility in a compact and easy-to-transport package.

Efficiency and versatility come standard

With standard high flow auxiliary hydraulics and proportional joysticks that offer incredible job versatility, the 67.7 HP (50.6 kW) PC78US-11 provides precise attachment control. Its standard grading blade with new moldboard profile improves backfilling and light grading efficiency. The conventional boom design has a greater raising angle to reduce front bucket swing radius.

Faster cycles and custom modes

Its faster boom up/swing speed, combined with responsive quick arm speed, is designed to make excavating and leveling work easier and more efficient with the PC78US-11. The six working modes allow operators to tailor the machine to the required tasks, whether for fuel savings or performance.

Fuel efficient, low-cost power

The new high-efficiency power package and viscous fan clutch on the PC78US-11 work to lower overall fuel consumption by up to 13%. Its smart, simplified catalytic system removes soot without a diesel particulate filter, lowering maintenance costs and cost of ownership.

Quick and easy maintenance

Large service access doors and grouped service points with ground-level access make periodic maintenance accessible and efficient.

Maximum operator comfort

Operators work in a quiet, climate-controlled cab featuring an air suspension seat, Bluetooth radio, and high-resolution monitor with rearview camera. The sliding cab door of the PC78US-11 makes entry and exit easier in confined spaces and LED lights provide excellent vision at night.

Note: All comparisons and claims of improved performance made herein are made with respect to the prior Komatsu model unless otherwise specifically stated. Materials and specifications are subject to change without notice.


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International Forest Industries - Thu, 09/09/2021 - 11:09

Growing a productive forest requires work and commitment. Correctly timed thinning operations improve the forest’s growth conditions and make trees grow sturdier more quickly.

Register now to the online PONSSE Studio event to hear more about their solutions for thinning sites.

At the online event, their customers and specialists will discuss why the smaller sized Ponsse harvesters and forwarders are popular for effective thinning operations.

• The Finnish-spoken online event held on 29 September at 10 am (EEST) will be subtitled in Swedish, English, and Russian.

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GreenFirst Completes Acquisition of Rayonier Forest and Paper Product Asset

International Forest Industries - Tue, 31/08/2021 - 14:59

VANCOUVER, BC, August 30, 2021 – GreenFirst Forest Products Inc. (TSXV: GFP) (“GreenFirst” or the “Purchaser”) has announced that on August 28, 2021 it closed the previously announced purchase of a portfolio of forest and paper product assets (the “Purchased Assets”) from Rayonier A.M. Canada G.P. (“RYAM GP”), Rayonier A.M. Canada Industries Inc. (“RYAM Industries”) and Rayonier A.M. Canada Enterprises Inc. (collectively with RYAM GP and RYAM Industries, “RYAM”), each a subsidiary of Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc. (NYSE: RYAM).

GreenFirst acquired the Purchased Assets for an aggregate purchase price of approximately US$234 million (the “Purchase Price”) which was comprised of a base amount of US$140 million plus approximately US$87.5 million which reflected the value of the inventory on-hand at the time of closing (the “Closing”) and other adjustments. Approximately US$193 million of the Purchase Price was paid in cash (the “Cash Purchase Price”), approximately US$34 million was paid in common shares in the capital of GreenFirst (each a “Common Share”) and C$7.9 million was paid through the issuance of a chip offset credit note (the “Set-off Note”).

Strategic Benefits to GreenFirst

The acquisition of the Purchased Assets establishes GreenFirst as a significant player in the Canadian forest products industry. The Purchased Assets include six lumber mills which are located in Chapleau, Cochrane, Hearst and Kapuskasing in Ontario and in Béarn and La Sarre in Québec as well as one newsprint mill located in Kapuskasing, Ontario. The Purchased Assets have an annual production capacity of 755 MMFbm and are capable of producing a wide range of forest products used in residential and commercial construction, including SPF lumber, wood chips and by-products. The newsprint mill has an annual production capacity of 205,000 MT/year. Collectively, the Purchased Assets rank as a top ten producer of lumber in Canada, based on recent publicly available industry rankings.

GreenFirst believes that there are significant operational efficiencies to be gained by optimizing operations and making capital investments, in the future, in the Purchased Assets. The Purchased Assets also include the rights to access approximately 3.29 million m3 of guaranteed fiber supply in Ontario and Québec and include a twenty year chip supply agreement with RYAM (the “Chip Purchase Agreement”) and established chip supply agreements which will provide steady support and demand for the chips produced by the lumber operations.

Management Commentary

“We are excited to announce the closing of this transaction and to begin working to invest in and optimize the lumber mills,” said Rick Doman, Chief Executive Officer of GreenFirst. “Our experienced management team has developed a plan which we believe will allow us to significantly reduce cash costs and potentially increase lumber capacity. We also intend to make improvements to the mills’ management structure, sales processes and supply chains which we expect will generate meaningful operational improvements.”

Paul Rivett, Chairman of GreenFirst, commented that “The closing of this transaction is a significant milestone for GreenFirst representing the culmination of a year of hard work and tremendous effort by all those involved. GreenFirst is now well capitalized to begin the first chapter of its plan to become a premier lumber producer in North America. We would also like to thank our financial partners, Senvest and Blue Torch, and our external advisors, KPMG, Norton Rose Fulbright, NordStar Capital and RBC, for supporting us in this transformative acquisition”

Sustainability Commitment

Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) is central to everything GreenFirst does.

GreenFirst makes environmental stewardship a priority through leading sustainable forest management practices, while promoting energy efficiency and carbon reduction through the production of lumber. GreenFirst is also committed to sustainable forest management and to maximizing biodiversity and forest health as part of its operations. GreenFirst’s operations are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) (FSC-C167905)..

Mr. Doman added, “GreenFirst is focused on being a responsible steward of forests and on playing a positive role in the communities that we operate in, through our commitments to sustainability and inclusivity.”

Asset Purchase Agreement

The Common Shares issued to RYAM GP pursuant to the transaction are subject to a four month hold period in accordance with applicable Canadian securities laws. RYAM GP has agreed not to sell its Common Shares for a period of six months following the Closing.

The Set-off Note issued pursuant to the transaction is non-interest bearing and has a principal amount of C$7.9 million. The principal amount is payable in five equal annual installments on the anniversary of the Closing and GreenFirst may elect to set-off the principal amount of the Set-off Note against amounts owing by RYAM under the Chip Purchase Agreement.

Conversion of Subscription Receipts

On July 30, 2021, the Company completed its offering of rights and issued 111,665,880 subscription receipts (the “Subscription Receipts”) at an exercise price of C$1.50 per right for gross proceeds of C$167,498,820. In connection with the Closing, the Company delivered the release notice to Computershare Trust Company of Canada constituting confirmation of the satisfaction or waiver of all of the conditions to the completion of the transactions. As a result, each Subscription Receipt was automatically exchanged, without payment of additional consideration or further action by the holders thereof, for one Common Share on the Closing. The gross proceeds of the offering of rights less the expenses and costs relating to the offering of rights, and all interest thereon, was released to the Company with a portion directed to RYAM to pay a portion of the Purchase Price.

Following the exchange of the Subscription Receipts for Common Shares and the issuance of 28,684,433 Common Shares to RYAM G.P., GreenFirst has a total of 177,737,061 Common Shares issued and outstanding (or 209,489,679 on a fully-diluted basis, assuming the exercise of all outstanding options, warrants and other convertible, exchangeable or exercisable securities).

This press release is not an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy Common Shares or other securities of GreenFirst. Such securities may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements.

Debt Financing

Concurrently with the Closing, a wholly owned subsidiary of GreenFirst (the “Borrower”) entered into a financing agreement among the subsidiary, as borrower, GreenFirst and its subsidiaries as guarantors, Blue Torch Finance LLC, as administrative agent and collateral agent and the lenders party thereto, pursuant to which the lenders made available to the Borrower a term loan in an aggregate principal amount of US$100 million. On Closing, the Borrower drew down the full amount of the senior secured term credit facility, less fees and expenses, to pay a portion of the Cash Purchase Price and certain related expenses.

The Borrower also entered into a credit agreement, among the Borrower and Lumber Assets Holdings LP, as borrowers, GreenFirst and its subsidiaries as guarantors, Royal Bank of Canada (“RBC”), as administrative agent and collateral agent, and the lenders from time to time party thereto. on Closing pursuant to which the lenders made available to the borrowers a senior secured asset-based revolving credit facility in the aggregate principal amount of C$65 million. The proceeds of the revolving credit facility are expected to be used to provide working capital, for capital expenditures and permitted investments and acquisitions from time to time and for other general corporate purposes (including the payment of fees and expenses related to the acquisition).

About GreenFirst

GreenFirst is a forest-first business, focused on environmentally sustainable forest management and lumber production. We believe that sustainable forest planting and harvesting, coupled with the long-term green advantage of lumber, provide GreenFirst with significant cyclical and secular advantages in building products. GreenFirst’s long-term pursuit is to be a global leader in environmentally sustainable lumber. For more information, please visit: www.gffp.ca.


Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP acted as legal counsel to GreenFirst, RBC Capital Markets acted as financial advisor to GreenFirst, NordStar Capital acted as transaction advisor to GreenFirst and KPMG Transaction Services provided due diligence assistance to GreenFirst.

For further information: Larry G. Swets, Jr., 630-824-8199

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Södra’s green investment continues – with switch to recycled material in packaging

International Forest Industries - Tue, 31/08/2021 - 10:44

Södra’s investment in circularity continues. Through a new partnership with Swedish company Trioworld, Södra’s timber packaging will now contain 30 percent recycled plastic, which will reduce annual emissions from the packaging by around 23 percent.

“With the new packaging, we are ensuring high-quality deliveries for our customers, while also taking an additional step towards a more circular business model with lower emissions. This is a trend we will continue to pursue. On the challenges with sustainability, there is no finish line to pass and we are constantly working to be the market leader and develop our processes. This will help Södra and our customers contribute to a sustainable climate transition,” said Andreas Jonasson, Sales & Marketing Director at Södra Wood.

Reduce emissions by 23 percent

The new timber packaging is called Trioworld Loop and will be used for all Södra’s timber deliveries – both domestic and exported. The material contains at least 30 percent Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) Plastics. As a result, Södra expects to cut its emissions by nearly 385 tonnes of CO₂ equivalents per year, corresponding to 23 percent of annual emissions from the packaging.

Södra is first to offer timber packaging with PCR plastic in larger scale. The development is in line with Södra’s targets for reducing its emissions and building a climate-positive business.

“Trioworld believes in long-term partnerships. When developing sustainable solutions for tomorrow, ambitious partners such as Södra are a key lever for minimising the environmental impact of packaging without compromising on transport safety or the protection of the timber. Our solution with 30 percent post-consumer recycled content will significantly reduce the environmental impact of the packaging – and that’s just the beginning of sustainable packaging for the forest industry from Trioworld,” said Adam Fransson, Senior Account Manager, Trioworld.

Södra’s timber products will be delivered with the new Trioworld Loop packaging from September.

For more information, please contact:

Andreas Jonasson, Sales & Marketing Director, Södra Wood
E-mail: andreas.jonasson@sodra.com
Tel: +46 (0)470-892 77

Adam Fransson, Senior Account Manager, Trioworld
E-mail: Adam.Fransson@trioworld.com
Tel: +46 (0)76 130 3106

Casper Danielsson, Press Officer, Södra
E-mail: casper.danielsson@sodra.com
Tel: +46 (0)470 890 90

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Woodgrain Inc. to create 100 new jobs in Grayson County, Smyth County

International Forest Industries - Fri, 27/08/2021 - 13:34
Woodgrain Inc., a manufacturer of wood moulding and trim, will invest nearly $9 million to expand its operations in Smyth County and invest more than $8 million to purchase and expand the former Independence Lumber sawmill in Grayson County reports Augusta Free Press.

These projects will create 100 new jobs, save 80 existing jobs, and increase purchases of Virginia-grown forest products.

“Forestry is the Commonwealth’s third-largest private industry, supporting more than 107,000 jobs in our rural communities and providing an economic impact of $21 billion annually,” Gov. Ralph Northam said. “Woodgrain continues to bring welcomed employment opportunities and capital investment to Southwest Virginia, supporting my administration’s goal to bring economic vitality to all corners of the Commonwealth. I’m thankful to Woodgrain for their commitment to Virginia forest products and look forward to continued partnership in the future.”

These two projects will lead to the creation of 100 new jobs in the region and will save 80 jobs at Independence Lumber, which is Grayson County’s largest private employer. When the sawmill upgrades in Grayson County are complete, it will become the primary supplier for the company’s Smyth County operation.

This will allow Woodgrain to source 90 percent of its new forest products needs from the Commonwealth, leading to the purchase of an additional nine million board feet of Virginia-grown forest products over the next three years.

Woodgrain, a family-owned business based in Idaho, is one of the largest millwork companies in the world. They produce and distribute high-quality lumber, mouldings, doors, and windows at 27 facilities employing more than 3,500 individuals nationwide. In addition to millwork manufacturing, Woodgrain owns and manages forestlands and several sawmills in the Pacific Northwest.

The dimensional sawmill in Grayson County will be the company’s first sawmill on the East Coast. Woodgrain plans to retain the sawmill’s existing employees and create 20 new jobs at the facility. In Smyth County, Woodgrain will improve its existing manufacturing facility and expand into another building, creating 80 new jobs and increasing that facility’s purchases of Virginia-grown forest products by nearly 20 percent.

“New and expanding markets for Virginia forest products are vital to the sustainable management of the Commonwealth’s 16 million acres of forestland,” said Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Bettina Ring. “These major expansions by Woodgrain will not only retain and create new high-paying jobs in Southwest Virginia, but also expand important market opportunities for our landowners, leading to a healthier forest resource.”

“For nearly thirty years, Woodgrain has been a valued contributor to the Commonwealth’s forest products industry,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball. “The company’s additional investment in Southwest Virginia reflects the strength of Virginia’s workforce and favorable business environment, two of the many reasons why the Commonwealth was just named America’s Top State for Business by CNBC. We look forward to continuing our strong partnership with Woodgrain.”

“We are excited about expanding our operations and furthering our commitment to Southwest Virginia,” said Woodgrain Eastern Region Millwork Manager Robb Hitch. “We believe this will have a significant, positive impact on the local economy and allow us to further leverage our vertical integration by supplying lumber to our millwork location in Smyth County and throughout the Southwest. It’s a win-win situation that will allow us to continue to provide best-in-class service and product.”

“We are very pleased to see this sawmill continue to grow and thrive in Grayson County,” said Grayson County Administrator William L. Shepley. “We look forward to working with Woodgrain and to the growth of employment opportunities for our citizens.”

“Independence Lumber has been a good partner with Grayson County for many years,” said Grayson County Board of Supervisors Chair Kenneth R. Belton. “And we welcome Woodgrain for many years to come.”

“Woodgrain’s continued investment at their Atkins facility shows how much they believe in their employees and our community as a whole,” said Smyth County Administrator Shawn Utt. “We want the company to know how much we believe in them, as well, and appreciate those investments. They have long served our County as a prime employer, and we look forward to many more years of progress and growth.”

“The Board of Supervisors are thrilled Woodgrain continues to show faith in Smyth County,” said Smyth County Board of Supervisors Chair Charles Atkins. “With Woodgrain’s expansion bringing 80 new jobs to our area, it will continue to support our citizens and grow our County. We look forward to continuing to work with such a strong employer in our community and wish them a long future of success.”

“Virginia’s Industrial Advancement Alliance is extremely excited to help finalize both expansions of Woodgrain Millwork in Grayson and Smyth Counties,” said Virginia’s Industrial Advancement Alliance Executive Director Josh Lewis. “These expansions will strengthen the supply chain in the region. Congratulations to Grayson County, Smyth County, VIAA Business Retention and Expansion staff, Virginia Economic Development Partnership project managers, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and the Tobacco Commission for helping deliver another big win for the region.”

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Virginia Economic Development Partnership, and Virginia’s Industrial Advancement Alliance worked with Grayson and Smyth Counties to secure the project for the Commonwealth.

Northam approved $350,000 in awards from the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development program to secure these projects for the Commonwealth. Funding and services to support the company’s employee training activities will be provided through the Virginia Economic Development Partnership’s Virginia Jobs Investment Program.

“This is an exciting day for Southwest Virginia,” said Tobacco Commission member Sandy Ratliff. “Woodgrain is an industry leader, and I am pleased that the Tobacco Commission was able to support their expansion in Smyth County that will bring new jobs and millions of dollars of investment to our region. I wish Woodgrain the best as they get their project underway, and I know they will continue to find success here in Southwest Virginia for many years to come.”

“Southwest Virginia is a great place to live, work, and raise a family because of companies like Woodgrain,” said State Sen. Todd Pillion. “This investment demonstrates a special commitment to the region that will add value to Virginia’s forestry industry while saving existing jobs and creating new opportunities. The local economy and entire community will benefit from this exciting expansion.”

“This investment by Woodgrain in Grayson County will have a tremendous impact on the County and all of Southwest Virginia,” said Del. Israel O’Quinn. “Independence Lumber has been a wonderful business partner in our area, and this purchase by Woodgrain will ensure that it provides more great jobs and economic benefit for our region.”

“I am pleased to take part in the announcement of Woodgrain’s second expansion in five years here in Smyth County,” said Del. Jeffrey Campbell. “Woodgrain has been an integral part of this community for many years, and is poised to continue to grow and prosper. The addition of 80 new jobs with this investment is welcomed as our economy continues to recover from the effects of the pandemic and I am truly thankful for the men and women who have worked very hard, every day, at Woodgrain to make this into reality.”

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