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Södra Cell continues investments in wireless condition monitoring with Airius LTE-M

International Forest Industries - Wed, 19/10/2022 - 14:12

Following a successful first phase, Swedish forestry group Södra is now investing in another one thousand wireless Airius LTE-M vibration sensors for its pulp mills in Mönsterås, Mörrum, and Värö. Transmitting vibration and temperature data over Telia’s 4G network, the sensors are also 5G-ready.

The LTE-M communication technology is part of the 5G standard. It enables energy-efficient data transfer from the Airius wireless sensor via existing cellular networks, thus eliminating the need for companies to build and maintain their own Wi-Fi networks. In addition to superior coverage and penetration, LTE-M provides robust, built-in security because they operate within dedicated, operator-managed licensed spectrum bands. This minimizes the risk of interference.

In 2021, Södra Cell completed the first stage with one thousand sensors of Airius LTE-M at its three pulp mills with successful results. They are now moving on to acquire one thousand additional sensors to cover even more equipment. Airius measures triaxial vibration, using acceleration enveloping to detect problems such as gear and bearing faults, imbalance, and misalignment. The sensor is ideal for remote monitoring of standard production equipment such as fans, pumps, and motors and supports several different vibration measurement tasks per sensor with a user-defined number of time-based measurements per day.

The measuring results are saved in a database in the analysis and diagnostics software Condmaster Ruby residing in Södras Cell’s network. The results, which can be integrated into other systems and IoT platforms via SPM’s REST API, are handled by Södra Cell’s newly formed group of data engineers who have overall analysis and monitoring responsibility for all production units’ measurements – work that takes place in close collaboration with local technicians at the respective facility.

Commenting on this recent investment, Thomas Håkansson, Head of Technology Development at Södra Cell, said: “Our ambition is to take advantage of the new technology that gives us more input while we also continue to develop our working methods to get the maximum benefit.

Södra Cell mainly produces market pulp for paper and textile production in its three modern pulp mills. In addition to pulp, green electricity, district heating, and bio-products are produced, such as green methanol. Södra Cell is a business area within Södra, Sweden’s largest forest owners’ association, with 53,000 members. Södra has about 3,000 employees and an annual turnover of approximately SEK 20 billion. Södra Cell is committed to being one of the world’s leading pulp manufacturers with high productivity and energy efficiency. Condition monitoring and condition-based maintenance of production equipment are essential in this work.


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Smurfit Kappa to invest $100 million to drive down emissions in Colombia

International Forest Industries - Wed, 19/10/2022 - 13:34
State-of-the-art biomass boiler to be powered by organic residue from the paper-making process

Smurfit Kappa, world leader in paper-based packaging, is investing almost USD100 million in a sustainable biomass boiler which will reduce its global Scope 1 and Scope 2 CO2 emissions by approximately 6%.

The ambitious project is the latest example of the circularity that permeates every aspect of the company’s operations. Smurfit Kappa has successfully implemented biomass boilers at several other locations including the Nervion, Piteå and Sangüesa paper mills in Europe.

The boiler, which will be constructed at its paper mill in Yumbo, Colombia, will replace the fossil fuels currently used with different types of organic waste to generate cleaner energy. The organic waste will be comprised of pine and eucalyptus bark from the company’s own forestry plantations, waste from its wood treatment plant, and ashes and sludge generated during the paper-manufacturing process.

When the new boiler is operational, the mill will significantly reduce the site’s fossil fuel usage and deliver significant cost savings.

Laurent Sellier, CEO of Smurfit Kappa in the Americas, said: “This investment reinforces our commitment to Colombia, a strategic growth market, and to our sustainability targets. The commissioning of this state-of-the-art biomass boiler is a further material step towards our 2030 and net zero emissions targets and to protecting the environment and creating a greener world.”

Alvaro J. Henao, CEO of Smurfit Kappa Colombia, added: “The construction of this boiler reflects the circularity that is the foundation of our sustainability strategy and runs through all of our operations, as we are finding another use for our own waste. It is also a very important project for the region, as it will contribute to expanding the use of renewable energies and is a timely response to the increased global demand for paper.”The new boiler is expected to be operational by the end of 2024.


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Glennon Brothers & Balcas Timber invest in USNR equipment upgrades at the Enniskillen mill

International Forest Industries - Tue, 04/10/2022 - 12:44

USNR is to supply a new Shape Chipper Canter with profiling, Bandmill Monitoring Systems for 10 bandmills, and a Multitrack Fence for the trim line at the Balcas Timber mill in Enniskillen, Nothern Ireland. This mill is now owned by Glennon Brothers and the new equipment will improve processing accuracy, produce more volume, and facilitate delivery of higher quality products to market.

Glennon Brothers has been manufacturing high-quality timber products since 1913 in Ireland and the UK. The Glennon Brothers mills in Longford and Fermoy, and now the Balcas Timber mill in Enniskillen, along with Windymains Timber and Troon in Scotland, supply the Irish and UK markets with products for the construction, pallet wood, and fencing industries.

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Torgerson’s takes Tigercat Montana

International Forest Industries - Tue, 04/10/2022 - 12:10

Early in 2022, Tigercat dealer Titan Machinery sold its Montana branches to Torgerson’s LLC, a Case IH and New Holland dealer in Montana. One of the affected branches in Missoula is an active Tigercat dealer location with full parts supply and service capability for Tigercat machinery.

Torgerson’s is a privately owned family dealership that has been in business for 110 years. In regard to the Missoula location, fourth generation CEO, Brion Torgerson comments, “Torgerson’s has kept the forestry sales team and the parts and service support teams intact. We will maintain continuity of service in all aftermarket functions to the customer base. Torgerson’s has committed to the forestry industry and the Tigercat brand by expanding parts and service. We have substantially increased our on-hand Tigercat parts inventory to support our area’s fast-growing customer base.”

“We have hired additional experienced service technicians and added field service vehicles to assist us in fast and efficient responses to our customers’ needs,” Brion continues. “Tigercat factory training is ongoing and a very important part of supplying top-rate service and support. Tigercat is a core part of our business, and we look forward to growing with Tigercat and our Tigercat customers.”

According to Tigercat district manager James Farquhar, “I have been very excited to work with the Torgerson’s group. The family business has a long, successful history. Brion and his team have been very proactive in entering the forestry market. The Tigercat family and I look forward to helping Torgerson’s support existing and new Tigercat customers.”


Torgerson’s LLC, CEO, Brion Torgerson


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BID to deliver new state-of-the-art Turnkey Composite Pallet Block Facility for ArbaBlox Inc.

International Forest Industries - Tue, 04/10/2022 - 11:25

BID Group has announced a new partnership with ArbaBlox Inc. to build its first state-of-the-art turnkey composite pallet block plant in Winona, Mississippi.  Through its industry-leading wood processing integrated solutions offering, BID will manage, design, build, install, and provide start-up services for the $53 million project, the largest of its kind in the country.

The new operation will incorporate BID’s OPER8 platform, the only purpose-built, out-of-the-box industrial IoT solution in the wood processing industry. Wood panel expert, IMAL-PAL Group will provide the equipment and technology for the project.

ArbaBlox is pleased to have BID Group as its turnkey partner for its new state-of-the-art composite pallet block manufacturing facility. We chose BID because of their excellent track record in delivering integrated projects within the wood processing industry and we are delighted to have them on the Winona project with us” said Ed Milburn, CEO at ArbaBlox.

Work on site will begin in the fourth quarter of 2022 and commissioning of the facility is scheduled for the first quarter of 2024. Fiber supply for the plant will come from Biewer Lumber’s Winona, MS facility which commenced operations in January 2022.

ArbaBlox and the BID Biomass team will begin the development phase of a second project late in 2022.

We would like to thank ArbaBlox for their trust in our people and integrated solutions. We are humbled that they have chosen to partner with us for their significant capital investment strategy” said Travis McDonald, Executive Vice President, Integrated Solutions at BID.  “The ArbaBlox projects will be the first of many for the BID Biomass Division which intends to deliver value-added solutions for sawmill residual products.

Photo: Travis McDonald, Executive Vice President, Integrated Solutions at BID Group

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John Deere introduces new FR27 Disc Saw Felling Head

International Forest Industries - Mon, 03/10/2022 - 13:27

John Deere has announced its newest forestry attachment offering with the FR27 Disc Saw Felling Head. Now standard on the John Deere 953M and 959M feller buncher models, and available as an upgrade on the on the 853M, 859M and 903M feller bunchers, this felling head attachment has a larger cut capacity compared to previous felling head models. Building upon the success of the FR24B, John Deere has successfully designed the durable FR27 as a solution aimed to increase productivity on the job.

  • The new FR27 Disc Saw Felling Head offers increased cut and accumulation capacity compared to previous models.
  • The FR27 is now standard on the 953M and 959M models and is available as an optional enhancement on the 853M, 859M, and 903M with special boom and track option configurations.

“We are always looking for ways to enhance operator efficiency and machine capacity. By introducing a larger felling head solution to our line-up with the FR27, we are providing our customers with a larger, more durable attachment to help increase their bottom-line,” said Jim O’Halloran, global product marketing manager, tracked feller bunchers and harvesters & disc saw felling heads, John Deere. “The newly designed FR27 enables loggers of all experience levels to tackle even the most ambitious jobs with confidence knowing their machines are built to endure larger timber and excel in a variety of forestry applications.”

The FR27 Disc Saw Felling Head is designed to take on a variety of timber applications, from large single stem cutting to mid-sized accumulation, and boasts an all-new design­ and overall rebranding from previous John Deere felling head models. In addition, this robust, high rotation felling head features excellent cut and accumulation capacity, offering top-of-the-line productivity compared to previous models. The FR27 features an impressive cutting capacity of up to 27.2 in. and an accumulation capacity of up to 7.5 ft, improving capability in the woods.

Building upon the success of the field proven FR24B, the FR27 features an updated frame and wrist design, which includes a tall horn, long harvesting arms and continuous hose routings that promote easy machine clean-out. The hardened saw housing wear plates are now standard and offer improved saw housing wear resistance.

Additionally, the FR27 offers bolt-on saw housing for improved serviceability, with three separate saw housing sections with integrated skis getting you back on the job sooner. The incorporated large side chip exhaust chute minimizes build up and plugging, keeping your machine up and running. The side chip exhaust chute also includes a cover that can be added or removed depending on application.

Starting now, the FR27 are available for purchase on the 800 and 900 M-Series Feller Bunchers models. To learn more about the FR27 Disc Saw Felling Head or the full line-up of John Deere forestry solutions, contact an authorized John Deere dealer or visit www.JohnDeere.com/.

Contact: Sam Guinan Senior Account Executive, imre samg@imre.com

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Stora Enso & Huhtamaki launch industrial scale recycling programme for paper cups in Europe

International Forest Industries - Tue, 20/09/2022 - 14:04

Huhtamaki and Stora Enso have joined forces to launch a new paper cup recycling initiative, The Cup Collective. The programme, which is the first of its kind in Europe, aims to recycle and capture the value of used paper cups on an industrial scale. Initially the programme will be implemented across the Benelux. With the aim of setting new standards for paper cup collection and recycling in Europe, The Cup Collective has issued an open invitation for partners from across the supply chain to get involved in working towards a systemic European solution.

The EU has set recycling target for paper and board packaging of 85% by 2030. Paper cups are recyclable but need to be collected before they can be turned into new paper products. The Cup Collective initiative will create the necessary collection infrastructure to significantly increase the recycling rate of wood-fiber in paper cups. Above all, the programme will make it as easier for consumers and businesses to collect used paper cups to be regenerated into valuable recycled raw material.

The first paper cup collection bins will be available in restaurants, cafés, office buildings and transport hubs in the Brussels and Amsterdam metropolitan areas. The Cup Collective aims to recycle half a billion paper cups in the first two years and, as it is designed to be scalable, has the capacity to significantly increase recycling volumes in Europe. The programme is managed by Co-cre8 – co-cre8.earth, a UK-based firm with over a decade’s experience in designing and implementing recycling programmes across Europe.

“Huhtamaki is a world leader in developing and manufacturing recyclable fiber products. For us, every cup counts. We want to go to the next step and ensure that recyclable cups also get effectively recycled. We have combined the best expertise from Huhtamaki and Stora Enso to create this new vision for industrial scale cup collection and recycling,” says Eric Le Lay, President, Fiber Foodservice EAO at Huhtamaki.

“Stora Enso wants to accelerate the circularity of all packaging materials and we have an excellent foundation to make that happen. The paperboards we make are designed to be recycled and our own production sites, including Langerbrugge in Belgium, can process and recycle paper cups into new fiber-based products. By partnering with Huhtamaki and Co-cre8 we will now be able to provide a platform to collect and capture the value of paper cup fibers on an industrial scale,” says Hannu Kasurinen, EVP, Stora Enso Packaging Materials division.

Call for action

The Cup Collective will work with partners throughout the supply chain, from the largest restaurants and café chains, retailers and transport hubs to independent coffee shops, collection partners, waste management operators and policymakers across Europe to address the challenges to recycling and deliver a viable scalable solution for Europe. Initially, The Cup Collective is being financed by the two companies but a key factor in the success of The Cup Collective will be its ability to become self-funding in the future.

Those with an interest in taking part in this exciting new programme should contact Co-cre8 via the Cup Collective – https://thecupcollective.eu. Join tem in the bid to develop the right solutions for recycling, leaving no cup behind.

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Stora Enso
Mandi Alaterä SVP, Communications & Marketing, Division Packaging Materials

About Huhtamaki

Huhtamaki is a key global provider of sustainable packaging solutions for consumers around the world. It;s innovative products protect on-the-go and on-the-shelf food and beverages, ensuring hygiene and safety, driving accessibility and affordability, and helping prevent food waste. They embed sustainability in everything they do. They are committed to achieving carbon neutral production and designing all our products to be recyclable, compostable or reusable by 2030.

About Stora Enso

Part of the global bioeconomy, Stora Enso is a leading provider of renewable products in packaging, biomaterials, wooden construction and paper, and one of the largest private forest owners in the world. They believe that everything that is made from fossil-based materials today can be made from a tree tomorrow. Stora Enso has approximately 22,000 employees and our sales in 2021 were EUR 10.2 billion

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New managing director for Ponsse’s subsidiary in Russia

International Forest Industries - Tue, 20/09/2022 - 13:43

A new managing director has been appointed for OOO Ponsse, Ponsse’s subsidiary in Russia. Jaakko Laurila, the company’s current managing director, will transfer to another position in Ponsse Group, and Mihail Menshikov will start as the new managing director.

In its release issued on 28 June 2022, Ponsse announced that it has signed a deed of sale regarding the sale of all shares in OOO Ponsse to the Russian company OOO Bison. While the process to complete the transaction is continuing, it has not yet been approved by the Russian authorities. The delay is caused by a regulation entered into force in Russia on 8 September 2022, relating to the approval of sales of companies owned by foreign parties.

Ponsse aims to complete the sale as soon as possible, depending on the approval process of the Russian authorities, The company has previously announced that it will complete the sale of its Russian subsidiary by the end of the third quarter of this financial period. Ponsse’s export and service operations in Russia have been suspended since 2 March 2022.

Mihail Menshikov, OOO Ponsse’s new managing director, has previously worked as the deputy managing director of OOO Ponsse and been a member of OOO Ponsse’s management team.

Ponsse Plc specialises in the sale, production, maintenance and technology of cut-to-length method forest machines, and is driven by a genuine interest in its customers and their business operations. Ponsse develops and manufactures sustainable and innovative harvesting solutions based on customer needs.

The company was established by forest machine entrepreneur Einari Vidgrén in 1970 and has been a leader in timber harvesting solutions based on the cut-to-length method ever since. Ponsse is headquartered in Vieremä, Finland. The company’s shares are quoted on the NASDAQ OMX Nordic List.

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Stella-Jones signs agreement to purchase wood pole manufacturing business of Texas Electric Cooperatives, Inc.

International Forest Industries - Tue, 20/09/2022 - 12:51

Stella-Jones Inc. (TSX: SJ) (“Stella-Jones” or the “Company”) has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase substantially all the assets employed in the wood utility pole manufacturing business of Texas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (“TEC”) for a total purchase price of US$28M plus inventories of approximately US$4M.

Stella-Jones signs agreement to purchase wood pole manufacturing business of Texas Electric Cooperatives, Inc.TEC produces southern yellow pine utility poles using Creosote and CCA preservatives at its wood treating facility in Jasper, Texas. Wood pole sales for the year ended December 31, 2021, totalled US$28 million. “This acquisition, which adds a 43rd manufacturing facility to our network, will enhance Stella-Jones’ offerings and expand our capacity to supply the growing needs of North America’s utility pole industry, while optimizing the overall efficiency of our continental network”, said Eric Vachon, President and CEO of Stella-Jones. “We look forward to welcoming the Jasper facility employees to our team of over 2,400 employees across North America.”

Stella-Jones signs agreement to purchase wood pole manufacturing business of Texas Electric Cooperatives, Inc.The transaction is scheduled to close prior to the end of 2022 and is subject to customary closing conditions. Stella-Jones intends to finance the transaction with its existing credit facilities.

Photo:  Eric Vachon, President and CEO of Stella-Jones.

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Hiab Announces Second Next Generation Loglift Forestry Crane And Panorama Cabin

International Forest Industries - Tue, 20/09/2022 - 12:02

Hiab, part of Cargotec, announces the introduction of the next generation forestry crane, LOGLIFT 18S, with greater and safer performance, and improved uptime. The company will also show a prototype of the PANORAMA cabin in Pavilion P35 from 20 to 25 September at IAA TRANSPORTATION in Hannover, Germany. The PANORAMA cabin and the LOGLIFT 18S will be available to order in Q1 2023.

The S boom crane LOGLIFT 18S has a maximum outreach of 11.2 metres and a lifting capacity of 18 tonne metre. This is the second next generation LOGLIFT forestry crane following the launch of the Z boom model LOGLIFT 18Z.

“Forestry is a tough business that requires tough equipment like our reliable LOGLIFT 18S crane that is suited for extreme weather conditions, rugged environments and remote locations. The new crane will help operators lift more timber comfortably and without unexpected downtime,” says Davide Pernice, Director, Global Product Management, Forestry, Hiab.

The next generation S boom has a longer outreach with improved hosing, fully protected oil distribution and cables to reduce the chance of unexpected downtime. It also has a new modular design for speedier installation of the new cranes, which can be installed with forestry crane accessories.

Like the LOGLIFT 18Z, the crane has an improved high seat with better ergonomics and sturdier ladder access. Once seated the operator has an improved field of vision and several new safety features like an illuminated emergency stop button and better illumination.

Providing full weather protection, Hiab’s new PANORAMA cabin offers market-leading visibility and improved ergonomics, providing operators with safe and comfortable working conditions. The cabin has double glazing on the side windows and better insulation to give the operator a quieter working environment.

Operators will benefit from more feedback about the forestry cranes’ conditions, customisable output and safety features such as overload protection indication and stabiliser activation with the operating system SPACE X4 that is customised for forestry cranes.

Customers can benefit further from Hiab’s digital and service offering that is available for the LOGLIFT 18S. Hiab’s HiConnect service and ProCare service agreements are available to enhance performance, safety and improve uptime.

About Hiab 

Hiab is a leading provider of smart and sustainable load handling solutions. Hiab’s premium equipment includes HIAB, EFFER and ARGOS loader cranes, MOFFETT and PRINCETON truck mounted forklifts, LOGLIFT forestry cranes, JONSERED recycling cranes, MULTILIFT skiploaders and hooklifts, GALFAB roll-off cable hoists, and tail lifts under the ZEPRO, DEL and WALTCO brands

Hiab is part of Cargotec Corporation. Cargotec (Nasdaq Helsinki: CGCBV) sales in 2021 totalled approximately EUR 3.3 billion and it employs around 11,500 people. www.cargotec.com

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Canfor Curtailing Operations in Sweden

International Forest Industries - Tue, 13/09/2022 - 11:19

Canfor Corporation (TSX:CFP) is announcing reduced operating schedules effective September 12, 2022 at its Swedish facilities due to a decrease in market demand. The reduced operating schedules will result in a 15% decrease in production capacity and are anticipated to be in effect through the fourth quarter.

“Rising inflation and mortgage rates in Europe, which are expected to persist into the fall, is impacting demand for lumber and as a result we are reducing production capacity. We are committed to continuing to meet the needs of our customers,” said Don Kayne, President and CEO, Canfor.

The decrease in production capacity will be achieved through reduced shifts. The Company will continue to assess and make adjustments to operating schedules based on changes in market demand.

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Red Stag purchases TimberLab

International Forest Industries - Tue, 13/09/2022 - 10:47

Surging interest in sustainable construction has seen one of New Zealand’s oldest mass timber businesses combine with one of the youngest. After 64 years in McIntosh family ownership TimberLab Solutions has joined the Red Stag group following a share sale completed last week.

TimberLab has been the company behind many of the iconic large-scale glulam and laminated veneer lumber projects in New Zealand’s history. The company also has a significant portfolio of impressive projects internationally. Recognising the need from external investment to develop and grow TimberLab, discussions were initiated with Red Stag in late 2021.

“The purchase of TimberLab was a logical fit”, says Red Stag group CEO Marty Verry. “In many ways, it brought the missing pieces of a puzzle that Red Stag has been building over the last two decades.”

Red Stag runs the country’s largest sawmill, Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) factory and a frame and truss operation, whilst TimberLab brings mass timber glulam, LVL and CLT capacity and expertise. Whilst TimberLab has been operating in Auckland since 1958, Red Stag only opened its CLT factory in Rotorua last year.

“The merger allows Red Stag to get a jump start on its growth path by combining two very capable teams and leveraging off TimberLab’s long history and institutional knowledge in the mass timber space.

“This is an exciting merger for the New Zealand building design and construction community,” adds Verry. “It means building designers and developers will be able to work with a single source for the entire building structure, and benefit from early supplier engagement to fully optimise the engineering of wooden structures to maximise advantages. This will make design and supply far simpler and more efficient than dealing with multiple suppliers.”

Verry says the group is seeing strong uptake of mass timber, driven by the desire by government and private developers to address climate change and build sustainably.

The name of the company will become ‘Red Stag TimberLab’.

Photo: Red Stag and TimberLab collaborated on the just-completed Clearwater Quays luxury apartment development

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Hancock Lumber to acquire Madison Lumber Mill

International Forest Industries - Fri, 09/09/2022 - 11:35

Two of New England’s top performing eastern white pine manufacturing facilities will join forces reports LBM Journal, as Hancock Lumber has announced its plans to acquire Madison Lumber Mill. Hancock Lumber’s eastern white pine operations will expand to four mills with its first sawmill acquisition in over 20 years.

While Hancock Lumber will be purchasing Madison Lumber Mill following an expected Sept. 30 closing date, the Madison, New Hampshire based location will continue to operate under the Madison Lumber Mill name. The plan is to keep Madison Lumber’s employees, manufacturing systems, customer relations, and products unchanged.

“The addition of Madison Lumber is filled with synergy for both companies. The current owners, Kim Moore and Jim Smith, have built an exceptional company. When you find caring owners that are looking for an exit strategy that can preserve and perpetuate their love for their business, employees, industry, and customers — well, it’s a win-win,” said Hancock Lumber CEO, Kevin Hancock. “Hancock and Madison combine to offer a dynamic set of capabilities within the eastern white pine industry for log suppliers, customers, and employees. This is a rare opportunity, and we are excited to maximize its full potential for the benefit of everyone associated with both companies. Our commitment to eastern white pine takes a long view and this partnership enhances that view.”

Located an hour west of Hancock Lumber’s headquarters in Casco, Maine, Madison Lumber Mill is estimated to be the sixth largest manufacturer of eastern white pine. In addition to producing pine boards and products, the company operates a significant wholesale division. Current co-owners, Kim Moore and Jim Smith purchased the former International Paper mill in 2001. Hancock Lumber last acquired an eastern white pine operation when the company purchased the Chadbourne Sawmill in Bethel, Maine in 2000.

Adding this fourth mill to its portfolio will make Hancock Lumber the largest eastern white pine producer in the United States, the company says, expanding not only their manufacturing capacity, but also their talent with the addition of Madison Lumber Mill’s sales, operations, and log procurement teams. General Manager John Fuller, along with all of Madison Lumber Mill’s employees, will remain part of the team while current owners Moore and Smith will remain during a transitional period.

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Europe Is Sacrificing Its Ancient Forests for Energy

NYT Logging Industry - Wed, 07/09/2022 - 06:15
Governments bet billions on burning timber for green power. The Times went deep into one of the continent’s oldest woodlands to track the hidden cost.

Logging in National Forests: A Crime or a Necessity?

NYT Logging Industry - Sun, 04/09/2022 - 17:30
Readers discuss an essay by Carole King calling for a ban on commercial logging in national forests. Also: Doppelgängers; cultural exchange with Russia; death row pardons.

Ponsse demonstrate new solutions at FinnMETKO 2022

International Forest Industries - Fri, 02/09/2022 - 13:49

The 19th FinnMETKO exhibition will be held in Jämsä, Finland on 1–3 September 2022. Finland’s largest professional and sales exhibition area in the heavy-duty machine industry will cover more than 200 hectares, both indoors and outdoors. Ponsse have an impressive presence at FinnMetko with its various new products.

Ponsse press release

We will demonstrate such new solutions as PONSSE EV1, our technological electric forwarder concept, the PONSSE Scorpion Giant harvester, the PONSSE Mammoth forwarder and the PONSSE H8 harvester head. We will also demonstrate PONSSE simulators, with which training professionals and students alike is economical, safe and ecological. What is more, we will present new product features and services, including the PONSSE Active Cabin suspension system, the Active Seat solution which improves the operator’s ergonomics, and new services in PONSSE Manager, such as satellite data transfers and API solutions. In addition, we will demonstrate the most modern services for sustainable harvesting and features that improve productivity and make life easier for forest machine contractors and operators.

We will arrange harvesting demonstrations every day at 10 am, 12:30 pm and 3 pm at our stand 862. The demonstrations will also feature our new products.

Ponsse and Epec demonstrate an electric forwarder

PONSSE EV1, a new technological concept, is a forwarder that is equipped with a fully electric powertrain and uses the advanced Epec Flow electrification system. Its noise and emission levels have been reduced, without making any compromises over performance. The forest machine equipped with an electric powertrain will be commercially available later, but this concept enables us to already demonstrate the new technology. EV1 is based on Epec’s technology which can already today be used in the electrification of utility vehicles and mobile heavy-duty machines. Ponsse’s technological concept leads the way in the development of future technologies and sustainable harvesting solutions. The PONSSE EV1 concept has been developed for forwarders with the 15-ton load carrying capacity, the most popular size category of Ponsse’s forwarders.

Ponsse demonstrates a technological concept for thinning sites 

For the first time in the history of forest machines, Ponsse’s technological concept enables the measurement of the standing tree stock in addition to harvested trees. The aim is to identify all trees around the machine and their exact position relative to the machine. The assisting system uses these data to help the operator find the correct thinning frequency that is ideal in terms of silviculture. As a result, the operator always has access to accurate data about the location of trails and standing trees, and the system will also document these data. With this concept based on the Lidar technology, we will demonstrate the opportunities offered by technology for future harvesting.

PONSSE Scorpion Giant harvester and PONSSE Mammoth forwarder – leading the way in modern harvesting   

PONSSE Scorpion Giant is a versatile harvester, also for demanding conditions. The harvester has been developed together with customers, listening to their requests. Scorpion Giant can be equipped either with the H8 harvester head or with any of Ponsse’s smaller harvester heads. Scorpion Giant features many solutions familiar from the Scorpion product range that have been developed even further, including increased tractive force and an even more powerful C50+ crane. The fork boom offers excellent visibility of the logging site from the crane, and the machine includes advanced active levelling and suspension systems.

PONSSE Scorpion Giant is equipped with a one-piece windscreen that extends to the roof of the cabin. As a result, visibility from the cabin is even better, and working is safe in all types of conditions. The cabin is like a practical and quiet office with a view, developed to support the operator’s comfort and wellbeing.

PONSSE Opti 5G – the most modern information system on the market

The PONSSE Opti 5G information system was introduced in 2021 alongside the new Scorpion generation, and it is now available for all harvester models. Using the advanced Opti 5G user interface, daily routines and adjustments can be done in a second without wading through menus, and frequently used functions are particularly easy to use. Opti 5G also enables the Harvester Active Crane feature, with which the operator can control the crane effectively. The data produced by Opti 5G are also used effectively in other digital services.

  • PONSSE Opti 5G is available for all harvester models from the manufacturing period of Q1/2023 onwards.

PONSSE Harvester Active Crane

Harvester Active Crane makes the crane even easier to use. The operator does not need to separately control different crane functions: they only need to move the harvester head in the desired direction at the desired speed. End damping makes operations smooth. Harvester Active Crane also helps new operators to learn economical working methods that save the machine. Available as an option, Harvester Active Crane can now be fitted not only in the C50/C50+ cranes, but also in the C44+ parallel cranes.

PONSSE H8 – the next generation’s harvester head

The new PONSSE H8 harvester head features powerful feed, a strong grip and an agile frame. The saw box area is even wider, giving the harvester head good properties in snowy conditions and making it an excellent choice for trees with a high butt diameter. The harvester head can be fitted in the PONSSE Ergo, Scorpion Giant and Bear, the largest harvesters in our product range. The new H8 harvester head also includes the new Active Speed feature as an option. It enables the harvester head’s feed speed to be adjusted based on tree species and stem diameters.

PONSSE Mammoth forwarder – an unprecedented load-carrying capacity

The PONSSE Mammoth forwarder ensures productive harvesting, also at the most demanding logging sites. Its advanced properties truly stand out at plantations, over long transport distances and in other challenging conditions. Equipped with the Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) system and the PONSSE K121 loader, Mammoth’s sturdy frame structures and super-strong hydraulics ensure that large stems and heavy loads can be transported effortlessly, even in the most challenging terrain. In the PONSSE Mammoth forwarder, the forest machine operator’s ergonomics has been addressed every step of the way, and it can be equipped with new features that improve the operator’s ergonomics, such as Active Cabin and Active Seat.

PONSSE Active Cabin suspension system

PONSSE forwarders (except for Bison) can now be equipped with PONSSE Active Cabin, an effective cabin suspension system with a simple structure. It helps forest machine operators keep going, even during longer shifts, by suspending any stress on the cabin. Active Cabin is available for the Buffalo, Elephant, Elephant King and Mammoth forwarders. PONSSE Bison is equipped with Ponsse’s advanced Active Frame cabin levelling system.

PONSSE Active Seat is a seat function developed based on forest machine operators’ requests. The new Active Seat improves usability, as it turns and follows the tip of the boon according to crane movements, increasing the forest machine operator’s productivity. PONSSE Active Seat is available as optional equipment for all PONSSE forwarders equipped with the PONSSE Active Crane loader control system.

PONSSE Active Crane is a loader control system for forwarders, with which the operator controls grapple movements instead of individual functions, allowing the operator to concentrate effectively on working with the loader. Active Crane is easily controlled using two levers, one of which controls the grapple height from the ground and the other controls the direction of movement.

PONSSE Forwarder Extra Display is an additional display for forwarders. It mirrors the view of the Opti display installed in the cabin, which remains hidden behind the operator’s back when driving in the engine’s direction. By fitting an additional display, the operator does not need to turn their seat to watch the display when the driving direction changes. This significantly improves the smooth progress of the forwarder and the safety of work.

PONSSE Active Manual service offers help and guidance through videos

Active Manual is an instruction and maintenance manual service with videos to support the daily work of forest machine operators. The visual PONSSE Active Manual is an owner’s manual service that runs on mobile devices and supplements the current Owner’s Manual by offering videos alongside the manual. PONSSE Active Manual is available on Apple and Android app stores. Currently, PONSSE Active Manual covers a limited number of Ponsse’s various products, and new models and materials are constantly added to the app through updates.

PONSSE Active Care service agreement maximises machine usability, productivity and efficiency   

Service agreements for new and used forest machines

Even the best forest machine in the world needs maintenance to operate productively and reliably from one year to the next. With a PONSSE Active Care service agreement customised for each operating environment and business, you let Ponsse’s professional maintenance network maintain your forest machine.

With the Active Care maintenance agreement, your machine will automatically have a Frame & Crane Care warranty of 10,000 hours. The warranty covers the frame structures, such as the front and rear frames, the middle pivot, the crane base, and the main, lifting and luffing boom frames.

PONSSE Active Care+ – first-class maintenance for new machines

You can add the excellent Active Care+ service to the maintenance agreement of your new forest machine. It covers all main machine components 100%. Extended care is valid up to 6,000 hours or 3 years.

PONSSE Manager is an operations management system for forest machine contractors

Manager is a next-generation digital service platform and forest machine management system that provides customers with valuable data on their machines. It keeps customers up to date on data that affects the profitability of their machines and helps improve the efficiency of operations.  Alongside its current excellent features, we are now introducing Satellite and API services.

PONSSE Manager Satellite and Satellite Report – key data about machine operations at all logging sites

The new PONSSE Manager Satellite service improves machine connectivity. Manager Satellite uses the machine’s Connectivity Unit. It is a telematics unit which collects data about machine movements, operations and performance, enabling extensive reporting features. With the Satellite service, the machine can communicate via a satellite connection in areas without any mobile coverage. The Connectivity Unit developed by Epec Oy, a technology company owned by Ponsse, operates fully automatically without any separate measures.

The PONSSE Manager Satellite Report tool helps contractors develop their operations. It reports assortment production volumes, engine hours, cumulative fuel consumption about your forest machines’ operations, even at the most distant logging sites. Data are collected and sent once a day as part of Ponsse Manager’s comprehensive reporting.

Using the PONSSE Manager Satellite Report tool, machine data can be transferred in areas without any mobile coverage. This helps forest machine operators, as the system collects data about machine, operator and work area production, engine hours and fuel consumption from the control system and updates them automatically in a cloud service once a day. The PONSSE Manager Satellite Report tool increases the visibility of harvesting operations. The data are available in PONSSE Manager Satellite reports.

The ground-breaking PONSSE Manager API service processes data in a cloud environment

PONSSE Data API is an innovative interface which produces important and accurate data for planning forest machines’ reporting, monitoring and resources. Using these data, customers can generate various reports to more effectively plan their resources and define schedules for their upcoming projects.

The ground-breaking idea behind the PONSSE Manager API service is to process data collected from individual forest machines in a cloud environment and then send it to the customer’s IT systems. Based on these data, various reports can be generated to more effectively plan resources and define schedules for upcoming projects. The API service enables manual routines to be automated, saving time and eliminating any risks of typing errors in the quality of data.  With PONSSE Manager API and its data processing features, key data are quickly available to support accurate interpretations.

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John Deere Forestry oy – in the spotlight at the Finnmetko 2022 exhibition

International Forest Industries - Fri, 02/09/2022 - 11:42

John Deere Forestry Oy has been meeting logging customers’ needs for the past 50 years. The company’s commitment to the development of logging solutions has created many pioneering, productivity-enhancing innovations that make the customers’ work easier. At the exhibition they will showcase the 1010G, 1110G, 1210G and 1510G forwarders, as well as the 1070G harvester with the H212 harvester head, the 1170G 6W with the H424 harvester head, the 1170G 8W with the H423 harvester head, the 1270G 8W with the H425 harvester head, the 1270G 8W with the H424 head, and the 1470G 6W harvester with the H425 harvester head. They will also showcase the TimberMaticTM Maps and TimberManagerTM applications. New in the spotlight are the advanced map layers and a logging plan tool.

Amazingly precise terrain layouts for machine operator and logging plan needs

Logging will now have a completely new dimension with the new map layers in the TimberMatic Maps application. The new, smart map layers have been developed specifically for the needs of forest machine contractors and machine operators. Previously, TimberMatic Maps served primarily forwarder operators because of the data collected by harvester’s sensors and the precise location of the felled trees. The new map layers provide the harvester operator with clear advance information about the terrain and the tree species at the logging site.

The map layers enable interesting and high-quality work planning. The map layers facilitate in the drafting of logging plans and in everyday logging in the planning of the driving route network and the direction of the driving routes, enabling also smooth forwarder operations. The information about the terrain’s contours, moisture, tree stand length and different tree species adds interest to the harvester operator’s work. Data-based planning streamlines the work, increases the profitability of logging and helps to carry out the work in a biodiversity-friendly way. Also, the driving distances in the forest are optimized to be as economical as possible, thereby reducing fuel consumption.

TimberMaticTM Maps and TimberManagerTM have been standard features in all new John Deere G-series harvesters and forwarders since autumn 2018. Customers always receive updated versions of the applications, free of charge. The system can be retrofitted also to older machines that meet the equipment requirements.

The maps have several layers, which can also be used as overlays in planning the work.

Notifications of forest use and Tree species map

Notifications of the forest use combined with a tree species map provides a good basis for planning natural locations for groups of retention trees or for game thickets. Information about the tree stands outside the logging area facilitates the harvester operator when approaching the logging area boundary. The tree species map also shows the driving routes of previous thinnings.

Terrain map with oblique view and Storage suitability map

The map shows the contours of the terrain. The terrain map with oblique view combined with the Storage suitability map displays the areas best suited for roadside storage.

Driveability map

In addition to moisture, the map also highlights the steep slopes. The map makes it easy to assess the suitability of logging during summer, e.g., or to select the best driving routes during logging and to plan the driving route network.

Visibility map

The map provides advance information about the need to clear the stand.

Length of trees

The map shows the length of the trees, right down to an individual tree. The length map also shows the driving routes of previous thinnings.

Thinning removal

The map shows the number of trees compared to optimum growing density. The colour scale indicates the need for thinning at the site.

Tree data

In the preplanning of the logging site and in scheduling, the tree cover of the area to be harvested is essential. The map shows the total volume and the cubic volume of the area to be harvested by tree species (fir, pine and hardwood). The type of logging (final felling, first thinning, second thinning, or thinning to extend the rotation) can be specified on the map and can show with considerable precision the estimated removal by a selected type of logging.

The advanced map layers are updated free of charge in the TimberMatic Maps software and in the TimberManager cloud service. John Deere Forestry customers in Finland are the first to benefit from the use of the new map layers developed specifically for the needs of machine contractors. The maps cover the entire area of Finland.

Assistive logging site planning tool

John Deere Forestry also offers its customers an advanced tool for logging site planning; the tool facilitates the use of a wide range of information provided by several different map layers. The logging site planning tool in the TimberMatic Maps facilitates the implementation of the logging plans made in TimberManager. If a logging plan hasn’t been made in advance, it can be drawn directly in the TimberMatic Maps application. Once the area has been drawn, the entire logging site’s tree species and total volumes can be viewed and the removal estimate adjusted.

The tool’s guided planning steps support the operator in decisions on thinning and final felling, making the logging faster and of better quality. Good planning of the storage sites and the more precise timing of the produced timber species distribution streamlines the entire production and logistics chain. The machine utilization rate improves and planning the operator’s own work is easier. Preplanning the driving routes reduces the driving distances and fuel consumption, and natural sites are taken into better consideration.

The logging site planning tool will be added to the TimberMatic Maps application in September-October and to TimberManager at a later date.

IBC, a forest machine technology milestone, is already on version 3.0

John Deere’s Intelligent Boom Control (IBC) is available for all John Deere WCTL forest machines. IBC was first introduced in 2013. The latest version, IBC 3.0, introduces several operator-assist features that guide operators to the correct work methods, increase productivity and improve the machine’s resale value.

  • Harvester head over-rotation prevention protects against hose damage
  • Feed assist guides the operator to avoid feeding stems towards the machine or the cabin

The feed function significantly slows down when feeding stems towards the machine and stops when encountering a defined safety zone. Saw assist guides the operator to avoid sawing towards the cabin. The harvester head’s over-rotation prevention protects against hose damage. The operator-assist features and the functions that guide operators to the correct work methods also protect the machine from external damage, decrease maintenance costs and improve the machine’s resale value. IBC 3.0 is available for 1270G (H425, H425HD and H424) and 1470G (H425 and H425HD) harvester models.

The latest IBC 3.0 version is again a technology milestone because it enables the launch of future intelligent functions that facilitate the operator’s work and improve productivity.

Presenting the new single extension folding jib boom

The XE folding boom is equipped with a single extension and external hosing; it is available for CF5, CF7 and CF7S 8.5 m loaders of small and mid-size forwarders.

The structure is simple and durable, with minimal welds and bolt holes. The good geometry of the boom makes it easy to control, and the newly positioned lights under the extension increase visibility to the boom tip. The boom is narrow and flat-sided so it doesn’t damage the trees left standing. The folding jib boom’s hose routing is also better protected. Because of the Y-link shackle, the hoses from the boom to the rotator and grapple are routed inside the extension. There are no external hose loops. Productivity is also improved, thanks to the excellent tractive force of 2850 kg. The extension will be available for sale in autumn 2022, and production will start in winter 2022-2023.

XI folding jib boom for small and mid-size forwarders

The XI folding jib boom is equipped with a hidden hose extension and is available for small and mid-size forwarders 910G, 1010G, 1110G, 1210G and 1510G. The boom’s maximum reach is 10 m. The folding jib booms for older CF7 and CF7S loaders can be replaced with the new XI folding jib boom.

Further information: Elina Suuriniemi Communication Specialist John Deere Forestry Oy Tel. +358 400 466 476 SuuriniemiElina@JohnDeere.com

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Collins announces California land acquisition

International Forest Industries - Fri, 26/08/2022 - 10:19

CHESTER, California – Collins has announced a major acquisition of forestland in northeastern California.

On August 4th, a year after the Dixie Fire raced through the foothills of the Sierra’s, Collins Timber Company LLC completed an acquisition 58,000 acres of forestland from Shasta Forests Timberlands LLC and its affiliates. The primary tracts of land are near the towns of Westwood, Susanville, and Adin, and overall, the acquisition spreads across Lassen, Plumas, Modoc, Shasta, and Sierra counties.

“This acquisition is the largest timberland purchase in company history and is a significant post-Dixie Fire commitment to log supply for the Chester Sawmill, our employees, and the community,” said Eric Schooler, President and CEO of Collins. The acquired land will also support the Collins operation in Lakeview, Oregon.

Collins is a 167-year-old, family-owned, FSC-certified forest management and forest products company, with operations in California, Oregon, and Pennsylvania; it has operated in Chester and Lakeview since the 1940s. With this acquisition, Collins will now manage 188,000 acres in California and over 370,000 acres nationwide.“Shasta Forests Timberlands has managed these lands to the highest standard for most of the last century. We are excited and proud of the opportunity to continue stewarding these forests with a balanced focus on forest health, resiliency, and productivity. Collins suffered losses in the major 2021 fires, along with other landowners and community members, but this acquisition is an important achievement and commitment to the future of our employees, operations, and local communities,” said Galen Collins Smith, Vice President of Resources for Collins.

About Collins

Based in Oregon and family-owned since 1855, Collins produces these wood products: softwoods, hardwoods, NAF pine particleboard, TruWood Siding & Trim. Collins upholds their long-standing commitment to land and resource stewardship with more than 370,000 acres of FSC-certified forest lands, five manufacturing facilities in the US and one retail yard in California. Divisions are located in: Chester, CA, Kane, PA, and Lakeview and Klamath Falls, OR. You can learn more about Collins here: https://www.collinsco.com/

Photo:  Galen Collins Smith, Vice President of Resources for Collins.


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It Costs Nothing to Leave Our Trees as They Are

NYT Logging Industry - Thu, 25/08/2022 - 14:13
Biden should take all steps available to stop commercial logging on federal land.

Ponsse launches new technology: an electric forest machine

International Forest Industries - Thu, 18/08/2022 - 13:49

Ponsse and Epec are introducing the PONSSE EV1, an electric forest machine technology concept. While the forest machine will be commercially available later, Epec’s technology can already be used in electric or hybrid-electric commercial vehicles and non-road mobile machines. Ponsse’s technological concept is a peek into the future, paving the way for technological development and sustainable harvesting solutions.

Ponsse provides sustainable harvesting solutions by listening closely to customer needs, and it also aims to lead the way in the development of forest machine technologies. Ponsse is part of sustainable forestry and seeks carbon neutrality in its operations and solutions. This launch of a new technology concept is part of the company’s strategy and a tangible step towards the goal of carbon neutrality. Sustainable development guides all the company’s operations.

“Technological development is fast and offers us excellent opportunities to develop our solutions further, even in unexpected directions. We have worked hard with our technology company Epec to enable this concept. At the same time, both companies have developed their capabilities, and we have gained significant new knowledge during this project. This launch of a new technology concept is a peek into the future and one of the solutions offered by electric powertrains. Sustainable development is a significant future success factor for Ponsse. We want to strongly develop our solutions with Epec. Our strategy reform has been successful at Epec, and we’re very happy with Epec’s excellent development,” says Juho Nummela, President and CEO, Ponsse Plc.

PONSSE EV1 technological concept

The PONSSE EV1 concept has been developed for forwarders with a 15-tonne load-carrying capacity, the most popular Ponsse forwarder size category. The concept machine features a fully electric powertrain, as well as Epec’s power distribution unit and hybrid control unit. The machine’s powertrain operates fully with battery energy. Batteries are charged using a Range Extender, which is a combustion engine at this stage of development. Testing and development are advancing continuously. This technology provides significant improvements in fuel economy in this size category.

Ponsse has been studying and developing new technological solutions for several years now. The PONSSE EV1 concept took its first steps in 2019 when Ponsse and Epec started to investigate responsible power source solutions in line with sustainable development.

Epec Flow: a comprehensive electromobility system solution

The PONSSE EV1 features Epec Flow, Epec’s electromobility system solution. The solution is based on the Epec Flow Power Distribution Unit (PDU), to which electric motors, batteries and various devices can be connected. The PDU’s integrated safety solutions enable effective manufacturing and maintenance of the machines, as well as their operations in demanding conditions. The Epec Flow Hybrid Control Unit (HCU) controls the electric powertrain and includes software developed through simulations, enabling optimal energy consumption, productivity and usability.

“The Epec Flow solution is at the heart of everything. It has been developed for the electrification of various commercial vehicles and non-road mobile machines. The software can be developed using simulation models, and the solution can be agilely developed for the needs of different machinery. The different systems, including the transmission and control system, work seamlessly together, enabling the manufacture of safe and efficient zero-emission machines in the future,” says Jyri Kylä-Kaila, Managing Director of Epec.

Ponsse Studio: Transforming technologies

Juho Nummela, Ponsse’s President and CEO, and Jyri Kylä-Kaila, Epec’s Managing Director, will be talking about transforming technologies at the online Ponsse Studio event on 17 August 2022. A recording of the online event can be watched later on Ponsse’s YouTube channel.

Epec launched the Epec Flow on the Ponsse Studio.

Further information:

Juho Nummela, President and CEO, Ponsse Plc, +358 400 495 690, juho.nummela@ponsse.com
Jyri Kylä-Kaila, Managing Director, Epec Oy, +358 50 317 1178, jyri.kyla-kaila@epec.fi

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