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John Deere Unveils 900 MH-Series Tracked Harvester with Intelligent Boom Control

International Forest Industries - Thu, 12/05/2022 - 12:33
  • John Deere announces the 900 MH-Series Tracked Harvester with Intelligent Boom Control Technology.
  • Intelligent Boom Control provides intuitive operator assistance by providing consistent and smooth operation on the job.
  • Intelligent Boom Control is a result of worldwide focus and collaboration to implement field proven operator and machine performance features on Tracked products.

John Deere has announced its latest operator assistance control feature, Intelligent Boom Control (IBC), for the 900 MH-Series Tracked Harvester. The development of this model is a result of global collaboration between the John Deere Wheeled Cut-to-Length and Full-Tree Forestry teams, aiming to implement IBC’s field proven technology into MH-Series of tracked harvesters.

With IBC, operators no longer need to control each independent boom function separately. One joystick moves the boom tip horizontally, while a second guides it vertically, for faster cycle times and more precise control. IBC’s smooth and fluid motion actively dampens functional change of directions, protecting boom structures and increasing wear life. IBC also automatically controls swing speed based on the overall position of the attachment.

“The continuous product development, new features, and the updating of systems and solutions are an integral part of John Deere’s way of operating,” said Jim O’Halloran, product marketing manager, John Deere. “Intelligent Boom Control is an example of an important operator assistance feature that we will continue to evolve throughout full tree forestry. Developing solutions for our customers’ needs are our number one priority and investing in innovation like IBC is an example that helps the overall productivity and profitability for the whole machine life cycle.”

Improved productivity, compared to the same machine without IBC, is another benefit for customers. IBC allows the operator to focus on controlling the attachment, helping improve efficiency. The controls used for reaching and securing trees for harvest intuitively mirror how the equipment might function if it were the operator’s arm.

IBC is now available on the 953MH and 959MH. For more information, please visit www.deere.com/en/tracked-harvesters or contact your local dealer.

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Bria Rooney
VP, Public Relations, imre
briar@imre.com

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Peat is the Unsung Hero of Carbon Capture

NYT Logging Industry - Thu, 05/05/2022 - 14:05
Peatlands make up a tiny percentage of the Earth’s surface, but store more carbon than forests.

What Do the Protectors of the ‘World’s Lungs’ Get in Return?

NYT Logging Industry - Thu, 05/05/2022 - 13:55
The world is suddenly focused on a huge natural carbon store in the Congo Basin. Its guardians are asking what they're owed for keeping it intact.

BID Group to Partner with Yaskawa America for New Robotic Systems

International Forest Industries - Thu, 05/05/2022 - 13:25

BID Group recently announced it has entered into a strategic partnership with Yaskawa America, Inc, Motoman Robotics Division. The focus of the partnership is to implement robotic systems into BID’s operations and develop new wood processing innovations. Yaskawa Motoman is a leading industrial robotics company in the Americas. As the industry leader in Operational Lifecycle Excellence, this strategic partnership will support BID in its mission to deliver its customers top performance, innovation, remarkable service, and results through the continuous improvement of its operations, products, and services.

We continue investing in the modernization of our installations to maintain them at the leading-edge of technologies. This partnership will help us carry on our pursuit to deliver the highest-quality products to our valued customers. The application of the Yaskawa systems will also have a positive impact on our production capacity. We are very excited to be implementing these precise and quick robotic systems into our operations, and product solutions.”, said Simon Potvin, President of Wood Processing.

“BID Group has demonstrated excellence, leadership and innovation in the wood processing industry and this sector is well poised to take advantage of optimized and efficient robotics system.  Our strategic partnership with BID Group to provide innovative robotic solutions will enable customers to modernize and maximize the value of their assets,” stated Doug Burnside, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Yaskawa Motoman.

BID is also actively working on innovations for its customers using these new robotic systems. With its vast experience in the wood processing industry, combined with its already proven automation and optimization capabilities, the company has several ideas for applications that will help its customers deal with their daily challenges and maintain high security standards in their plants.

BID is actively recruiting team members specializing in these new technologies.

MAIN PHOTO: Doug Burnside, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Yaskawa Motoman.

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New Artificial Intelligence Enabled Robotic Trim Block System, BID Partners with Westervelt to modernize Moundville, AL

International Forest Industries - Thu, 05/05/2022 - 12:27

BID Group announces it has received a new turnkey order from Westervelt Lumber to modernize their existing planer mill in Moundville, Alabama. Through its industry-leading wood processing technologies and integrated solutions offering, BID will manage, design, build, equip, install, and provide full start-up services for the project. The new operation will incorporate the full spectrum of BID’s best-in-class wood processing technologies.

“We are excited to partner with the BID team again to continue expanding our manufacturing capacity and modernizing our lumber facilities in the U.S. South,” said Joe Patton, Westervelt Lumber’s Vice President and General Manager, Wood Products. “This project will employ the best complement of modern technologies to meet our growing consumer demand for the highest quality product, in a facility that has been recognized as a top performer. Working with an industry leader like BID provides the confidence that this major project to further enhance our capabilities will be done right and delivered on time.”

The modernization will incorporate the full spectrum of BID’s best-in-class wood processing technologies including equipment, software, and automation systems. It will feature the very first robotic trim block management system, BID’s latest innovation. Through its strategic partnership with Yaskawa Motoman, BID has become the first industry Original Equipment Manufacturer to offer robotic solutions using Artificial Intelligence.

“We would like to thank the Westervelt team for their ongoing trust in BID.  We are excited to partner with them to commission the first Artificial Intelligence enabled robotic system. The innovative combination of technologies behind this system will generate a new level of operational efficiency within the wood processing industry.”, said Simon Potvin, President Wood Processing.

Start-up will be in the first quarter of 2023.

Photo: Simon Potvin, President Wood Processing.

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TCi: Tigercat Industries develops purpose-built forestry dozer and launches new brand

International Forest Industries - Thu, 05/05/2022 - 11:29

Tigercat Industries has developed a forestry dozer. The new TCi 920 will be making the rounds at several US forestry industry tradeshows this spring.

The dozer will be branded under the new TCi badge, as Tigercat Industries continues to design machines for applications beyond forest harvesting systems. All products falling under the TCi brand are, and will continue to be designed, manufactured, and supported by Tigercat Industries.

Seeking to overcome shortcomings that harvesting professionals have experienced when applying standard-build, mass production dozers to forestry operations, the new 920 is designed specifically for use in logging applications.

The 920 is powered by the Tigercat FPT N45 Tier 4f engine rated at 101 kw (135 hp). It is equipped with a 190 mm (7.5 in) pitch heavy duty undercarriage, a responsive and efficient closed loop track drive system, strong, impact-resistant belly pans, and durable structural components throughout. The 920 provides the power, durability and versatility for deck clearing, road building and clean-up activities on logging sites.

The carefully designed forestry cab offers the operator clear sightlines augmented by the sloped front hood and rear-mounted exhaust. The cab is quiet and comfortable with a heated and cooled air ride seat, ergonomic armrest mounted joysticks, and a large touchscreen machine control system interface.

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BID to Deliver a New State-of-the-Art Turnkey Facility for Claw Forestry Services

International Forest Industries - Wed, 04/05/2022 - 14:12

St. George, South Carolina, April 28, 2022 – BID Group announces it has received an order from Claw Forestry Services to deliver its first greenfield sawmill complex project in the southern United States. Through its industry-leading wood processing technologies and integrated solutions offering, BID will manage, design, build, equip, and provide full start-up services for the project, located in Gloster, MS.

“We are excited to partner with the BID team to expand our manufacturing capacity with our first state-of-the-art turnkey lumber facility in the U.S. South,” Claw CEO Billy Van Devender said. “This project will employ the best complement of modern technologies to meet our growing consumer demand for the highest quality product, in a region where we own significant timberland acreage. Working with an industry leader like BID provides the confidence that this major project to further enhance our vertical integration will be done right and delivered on time.”

The new operation will incorporate the full spectrum of BID’s best-in-class wood processing technologies including equipment, software, automation systems, AI-enabled optimization, and its plant-wide Industry 4.0 solution, OPER8. BID’s Integrated Solutions Team will provide the design, engineering, planning, fabrication, and installation services for this Turnkey project. The sustainment of the plant’s operational life cycle excellence will be supported by BID’s Aftermarket team which will provide its Reliability Program, parts, consumables, and services.

“We would like to thank the Claw team for their trust in BID, gained through a rigorous and extensive evaluation process, to deliver this project. We are humbled and honored that they have chosen to partner with us for their next major growth investment and ongoing operational excellence” said Travis McDonald, Executive Vice President, Integrated Solutions at the BID Group.

Work on site will begin late in 2022 and startup of the sawmill is scheduled for the first quarter of 2024.

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Main photo: Travis McDonald, Executive Vice President, Integrated Solutions at the BID Group.

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BID to Partner with Canfor for its Urbana Facility Sawmill Modernization

International Forest Industries - Wed, 04/05/2022 - 12:25

St. George, South Carolina, May 2, 2022 – BID Group announces the continued partnership with Canfor to deliver a sawmill modernization project for its Urbana, Arkansas operation. Through its industry-leading wood processing technologies and integrated solutions offering, BID will manage, design, build, equip, install, and provide start-up services for the project.

“We are excited to partner with the BID team again to apply their industry-leading turnkey solutions to the Urbana modernization project,” said Stephen Mackie, Executive Vice President, North American Operations at Canfor. “This project will deploy the best complement of BID’s state-of-the-art technologies to modernize the work environment for our valued employees and significantly increase our ability to produce sustainable wood products that will meet the growing needs of our customers.”

The scope for the sawmill modernization will incorporate the full spectrum of BID’s best-in-class wood processing technologies including, a 31’’ VTO Debarker with flare reducer, a high-speed canter line that will allow for increased efficiency processing a broad log profile, software, automation systems, and Artificial Intelligence enabled optimization. BID’s Integrated Solutions Team will provide the design, engineering, planning, fabrication, and installation services for this Turnkey project. The sustainment of the plant’s operational life cycle excellence will be supported by BID’s Reliability Solutions which will provide comprehensive service, parts, consumables, and upgrades.

“We would like to thank Canfor for their continued trust in BID. This is the second large turnkey project announced with Canfor within the past year and we are humbled and honored that they have chosen to partner with us again for their next major growth investment and ongoing operational excellence,” said Alistair Cook, President and CEO of BID Group.

Work on site will begin in the third quarter of 2022.

Photo: Alistair Cook, President and CEO of BID Group.

Photo: Stephen Mackie, Executive Vice President, North American Operations at Canfor

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Koskisen Oy and Koskitukki Oy merger

International Forest Industries - Wed, 04/05/2022 - 11:44

Koskitukki Oy’s and Koskisen Oy’s Boards have registered the merger plan between the companies with the Finnish Patent and Registration Office. According to the plan, Koskisen Oy will merge with Koskitukki Oy, and after the merger the name of the new company will be Koskisen Oy. The business ID of the new company will be the current Koskitukki Oy’s business ID, 0148241-9.

The companies’ shareholders decided on the merger at the spring General Meetings on 26 April 2022. The technical preparations for the merger are underway, and the goal is to have the merger take effect on 31 May 2022, whereby the new merged company will start operating on 1 June 2022.

The merger being prepared will support Koskisen’s new brand and will harmonise its operations. The merger will simplify the company structure and bring immediate operative benefits, such as doing away with invoicing between the companies and simplifying transfer pricing.

The merger will not have personnel impacts. The personnel of the current Koskisen Oy will transfer to the new Koskisen Oy under their previous employment terms.

More information
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karri.louko@koskisen.com

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Hampton Lumber & Family Forests completes purchase of approximately 18,000 acres of timberland

International Forest Industries - Wed, 04/05/2022 - 11:15

Portland, OR, April 22, 2022 – Hampton Lumber & Family Forests has completed the purchase of approximately 18,000 acres of timberland from a fund managed by Campbell Global, LLC in Southwest Washington.  These high-quality, well-managed forestlands are located in Pacific and Wahkiakum counties in close proximity to lands currently owned by Hampton. These timberlands will provide immediate and long-term fiber supply for Hampton’s sawmills in Warrenton, Oregon and Washington’s Cowlitz Valley.

“All of our forestlands represent a strategic investment in the future of our mills,” says Hampton Lumber CEO, Steve Zika. Founded in Willamina, Oregon in 1942, this year marks Hampton Lumber’s 80th year in business. “We believe that purchases like this, combined with continued investment in our sawmill infrastructure and our people, will help keep us successful for the next 80 years.”

Hampton Lumber is a fourth-generation, family-owned company headquartered in Portland, OR.  Hampton operates ten sawmills in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia and markets wood products all over the world. All of Hampton’s forestlands are certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), an independent, non-profit organization that promotes sustainable forest management. SFI certified forests play an important role in water conservation, wildlife habitat, and climate solutions.

Photo: Hampton Lumber CEO, Steve Zika

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El 20 por ciento de los reptiles están en peligro de extinción

NYT Logging Industry - Sun, 01/05/2022 - 09:00
El primer análisis global enfocado en esta especie ha descubierto que la tala y la agricultura están eliminando su hábitat a un ritmo insostenible, agravando el declive de la biodiversidad en todo el mundo.

Canfor Investing $130 Million to Modernize Urbana Facility Vancouver, BC

International Forest Industries - Thu, 28/04/2022 - 11:51

Canfor Corporation (TSX:CFP) has announced it will invest approximately $130 million USD to significantly upgrade and expand its sawmill and planer facility located in Urbana in Union County, Arkansas. The investment will capitalize on the abundant supply of high-quality fiber to enhance the manufacturing of high-value products, increase annual production at the facility by 115 million board feet, and result in a meaningful reduction in the facility’s cost structure.

The investment aligns with Canfor’s growth and diversification strategy to keep pace with growing customer demand.

“We are excited to be investing in our Urbana facility with state-of-the-art technology to modernize the work environment for our valued employees and significantly increase our ability to produce sustainable wood products that will meet the growing needs of our customers,” said Don Kayne, President and CEO, Canfor.

“With more than 19 million acres of forestland and a ready-made labor force, timber plays an important role in the Arkansas economy,” Governor Asa Hutchinson said. “It is only natural that Canfor chose to expand their operations in Urbana and invest in the workforce and the community.”

“I am pleased that Canfor has decided to invest in its Urbana mill,” Arkansas Secretary of Commerce Mike Preston said. “Arkansas has abundant natural resources and skilled labor in the timber industry that will help Canfor meet the growing demands of its customers.”

The upgrades include major improvements to the planer, sawmill and log yard and are expected to commence in the third quarter of 2022 and will take approximately 18 months to complete. The facility will continue to operate while the modernization project is underway.

Media Contact: Michelle Ward Senior Director, Communications & GR (604) 661-5225 communications@canfor.com

Investor Contact: Pat Elliott CFO and SVP, Sustainability (604) 661-5441 Patrick.Elliott@canfor.com

Dan Barwin Director, Corporate Finance (604) 661-5390 Daniel.Barwin@canfor.com

Photo: Don Kayne Chief Executive Officer, Canfor Corporation

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Stora Enso divests its sawmills and forest operations in Russia

International Forest Industries - Thu, 28/04/2022 - 11:16

Stora Enso has entered into an agreement to divest its two sawmills in Russia. The Company’s Nebolchi and Impilahti sawmills will be divested to local management. In addition, the divestment includes Stora Enso’s Russian forest operation which through its harvesting supplies wood to the sawmills.

Stora Enso’s assessment is that due to the uncertainties in the Russian market, local ownership and operation can provide a more sustainable long-term solution for these business operations and the employees working there.

The transaction is, pending necessary approvals, expected to be concluded within Q2 2022 and will have no material impact on Stora Enso’s annual sales and Operational EBIT. Due to decreased business prospects on these businesses, an impairment loss of EUR 70 million has been recorded in the first quarter result. The additional loss on the transaction under IFRS will be approximately EUR 60 million, consisting mainly of currency translation adjustments to be recorded at the closing date. The expenses are considered as items affecting comparability.

The sawmill sites are located in Novgorod and Karelia employing approximately 330 people and have a total annual capacity of 350,000 m3 of sawn timber, including 55,000 m3 of processed timber and 65,000 tonnes of pellets. Stora Enso’s Russian forest operations employs approximately 170 people and manages long-term harvesting rights for around 370,000 hectares.

Stora Enso announced on 2 March 2022 that it would stop all production and sales in Russia until further notice. The Group is in a process to find a sustainable solution for the future of its three packaging plants in Russia.

For further information, please contact:
Carl Norell
Press officer
tel. +46 72 241 0349

 

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20 Percent of Reptiles Risk Extinction, From King Cobras to Geckos

NYT Logging Industry - Wed, 27/04/2022 - 18:01
The first global analysis of its kind found that logging and farming are taking away reptile habitat at an unsustainable pace, exacerbating a worldwide decline in biodiversity.

GreenFirst Offered Government Support for Relocating Kenora Mill

International Forest Industries - Tue, 26/04/2022 - 14:05

GreenFirst Forest Products Inc. (TSX: GFP) (“GreenFirst” or the “Company”) has announced that the Government of Ontario has declared  that it is prepared to offer a loan of up to $17.2M (the “Loan Facility”) to support the Company’s plan to relocate and redevelop the Kenora sawmill over the next 3.5 years.   Completion of the Loan Facility is subject to due diligence and negotiation of binding agreements.

If completed, the Company would be able to draw down on the Loan Facility to cover 20% of its eligible project expenditures provided that the Company meets certain performance parameters including but not limited to job-creation targets and other project milestones.

This strategic relocation would open the necessary expansion opportunities to ensure the mill is viable and sustainable.  The Company has identified potential locations for a new mill site within the City of Kenora. In doing so, the company would keep jobs in Kenora and could encourage full-time residents to move back to Kenora. All production from the relocated Kenora sawmill is expected to supply the Canadian market as well as the export market in the United Kingdom.

The Company purchased the sawmill out of receivership on October 5, 2020. GreenFirst owns the facility and associated assets, which include 114 acres of land on the shores of the Lake of the Woods.  The present site has limitations for sawmill development, and it is beneficial for the Company to relocate.

“Kenora is one of the most picturesque towns in Northern Ontario. We thank Minister Rickford and the Ontario government for their offer of support to relocate the mill,” said Paul Rivett, Chairman of GreenFirst Forest Products.  “The land value as a well-planned development far exceeds its value as a sawmill site.  We believe the relocation of the mill will unlock the land for redevelopment that would become a source of pride for the community.”

“The future of the forest sector depends on building success through local projects with big impacts,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry. “By offering to invest in GreenFirst Forest Products, we’re creating local jobs and investing in prosperity in Kenora – ensuring a strong and prosperous forest sector which can provide for communities across Northern Ontario.”

About GreenFirst

GreenFirst Forest Products is a forest-first business, focused on sustainable forest management and lumber production. The Company owns 7 sawmills and 1 paper mill across Ontario and Quebec.  GreenFirst is a significant lumber producer in Canada having an annual lumber production capacity of 905MMfbm, with a goal to increase. GreenFirst’s mills are located in rich wood baskets proudly operating over 9.2 million hectares of FSC® certified public and private Canadian forestlands (FSC®-C167905).

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West Fraser, Angelina mill complex going strong

International Forest Industries - Tue, 26/04/2022 - 13:25

Investors saw a great opportunity when they decided to build a new mill complex at Lufkin, TX.

The Texas A&M Forest Service assisted the company to validate this project that draws on logs from the region. The mill was started up in 2019, with USNR and Mid-South Engineering as major vendors in this endeavor. Today targets have been met, and production is rolling along as anticipated.

West Fraser, Angelina is pleased with current performance throughout the operation. USNR’s support in our journey of process excellence is appreciated. The team is confident in the choice for our business relationship and has trust for our future.”  Wiley Quarles, mill manager.

Photo : Wiley Quarles Angelina Mill Manager

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Another RoSPA Award Win for Tilhill

International Forest Industries - Wed, 20/04/2022 - 13:06

Tilhill, the UK’s leading forestry, timber harvesting and landscaping company is celebrating after winning the Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing Sector RoSPA Award 2022, an internationally recognised award from RoSPA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) for demonstrating high health and safety standards.

This is the second year running that Tilhill has received the Award in recognition of the Company’s hard work and diligence in ensuring its staff and contractors get home safely to their families at the end of every working day.
Organisations receiving a RoSPA Award are recognised as being world-leaders in health and safety practice. Every year, nearly 2,000 entrants vie to achieve the highest possible accolade in what is the UK’s longest-running Health & Safety industry awards.

On winning the award Gavin Adkins, Tilhill’s Managing Director said: “I am delighted that Tilhill has been judged as Winners of the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing Sector once again. This is a proud achievement, and my thanks go to all our staff and contractors for embedding our rigorous safety and assurance culture into everything they do.

“It is wonderful that our Health and Safety culture and system has been judged by others to be of the highest quality in our sector. Whilst we are very proud of our achievement, we cannot stop or even pause in our drive to make the forest industry safer.”

Chris Pike, Tilhill’s Head of Safety & Assurance, said: “Tilhill launched its ‘Insist On Safety’ initiative back in 2009 and is now very much integral to our culture. Our staff and contractors have all played their part in sustaining our drive to improve health and safety over such a long period. This award is fantastic recognition for them of their continuing contribution to upholding the Company’s very high safety and assurance standards.”

Julia Small, RoSPA’s Achievements Director, said: “This is a fantastic and well-deserved accomplishment. All our award entrants demonstrate their unwavering commitment and passion for keeping people safe at work. By receiving this recognition, the winners join like-minded businesses and organisations worldwide, who represent the very best in their approach to Health and Safety. I would like to add my personal thanks for all the work that it has taken to secure this well-deserved award – congratulations to all those involved, who champion and drive-up Health and Safety standards every day. You are a fantastic example to others in your sector.”

For more information about the RoSPA Awards visit www.rospa.com/awards

Contact Information
sarah.clay@tilhill.com

Tilhill:

For more information contact the Marketing Team on 01892 861008 or email marketingteam@tilhill.com

Tilhill Forestry Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of the BSW Timber Group, was established over 70 years ago. It is a national company operating from a network of offices throughout the UK. The company provides a full range of consultancy and contracting services to the forest owner and forestry investor. Further information is available at www.tilhill.com

BSW is the most technologically advanced sawmill company in the UK employing over 1,200 people. The Company’s roots date back to 1848, and with seven sawmills in the UK and one in Latvia, has a production capacity of more than 1.2 million m3 of sawn timber which is distributed throughout construction, fencing and landscape markets www.bsw.co.uk

Together, BSW and Tilhill form a strong partnership in the forest industry that will deliver quality from beginning to end – from creating new forests through to producing timber end products.

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Russian sanctions may alter forest product trade

International Forest Industries - Wed, 13/04/2022 - 11:30

(WRI Market Insights) – Russian Sanctions: Sanctions against Russian exports will permanently alter the global trade of forest products.

Lumber trade flows changed almost instantly when Russia invaded Ukraine in late February. Trade sanctions and restrictions in financial transactions by Europe, North America, and major markets in Asia halted shipments from Russia and Belarus. In addition, exports from Ukraine were also disrupted.

Total lumber exports from the three countries in the war zone were 34 million m3 in 2021. Over 25% of that volume was exported to countries with current sanctions against Russia and Belarus. In addition, the two major wood certification organisations, FSC and PEFC, have labelled all timber from the two countries as “conflict timber.” The removal of the labelling means that the timber cannot be used in certified products, which will impact any country buying wood from Russia and Belarus and manufacturing certified products, eg – lumber, plywood, pulp, and paper for sales worldwide.

The total volume of softwood lumber that is now unlikely to reach the market in Europe and Asia (outside China) because of sanctions is an estimated 10 million m3, or just over 30% of the total export volume shipped from Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine in 2021, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. In addition, lumber sold to customers in China that require certified wood for manufacturing forest products targeting Europe and North America will no longer be available from Russia. Europe, which imported 8.5 million m3 of softwood lumber from the three countries in 2021, will be the hardest hit, as the lumber import volume accounted for close to 10 percent of the total consumption on the continent in 2021.

Although the Chinese government has not set up any barriers to trade between them and Russia, it is still conceivable that there will be interruptions in shipments between the two neighbours.

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FAE’s RCU-55: the compact remote controlled tracked carrier

International Forest Industries - Wed, 13/04/2022 - 10:42

FAE is expanding its product line with the RCU series, a compact and professional, remote controlled tracked carrier that is the result of merging FAE’s extensive experience in designing tracked carriers for the PT series and remote-control systems for the vehicles in our Demining line.

The RCU-55 is designed to work on hard-to-access areas and steeply sloping terrain that requires dedicated equipment to ensure operator safety and operating efficiency. It’s excellent for working in hilly wooded areas, near railroad tracks, power lines, gas and oil pipelines, gardens, roadsides, highways, canals, rivers and lakes.

The new FAE tracked carrier is powered by the Kohler Common Rail electronic fuel injection engine — a compact, powerful and fuel-efficient 56-hp propulsion system that complies with the most stringent emission standards.

The heavy-duty undercarriage features a hydraulic extendable & retractable independent track system and an automatic tensioning system that is built to work in the toughest conditions, thanks to a rubber track structure, oscillating rollers system and triple-flange style idlers. High-tech solutions give the RCU unbeatable traction, enabling it to work on steep slopes up to 55°.

A dual hydrostatic transmission provides better traction and optimal management of the attachment. Electronically controlled piston pumps combined with a dedicated electronic control unit provide an integrated technological system. The result is high performance and reliability that lasts, plus simple and intuitive operation.

The RCU-55 is guided by an ergonomic remote control with a large 3.5” display for superior management of all vehicle and attachment functions and with customizable function keys. A 2.4 GHz transmission frequency ensures reliable communication.

The RCU-55 can be paired with two specialized FAE forestry mulchers. The BL1/RCU mulcher, designed to mulch vegetation up to 5” in diameter. This mulcher features a fixed tooth rotor and Bite Limiter technology that provides higher productivity with even less horsepower due to low power absorption. The PML/RCU is a swinging hammer forestry mulcher ideal for mulching vegetation up to 2” in diameter.

The FAE RCU product line will be further expanding in the coming months with the introduction of the RCU-75, FAE’s remote controlled compact tracked carrier that can take on the more demanding jobs.

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Meet MiCROTEC at the following Trade Fairs & Congresses planned for 2022

International Forest Industries - Thu, 07/04/2022 - 13:34

COFI – Vancouver, CAN – April, 27-29

WOODTECH – Rotorua, NZL – May, 18-19

MONTRÉAL WOOD CONVENTION – Montréal, CAN – May, 24-25

WWPA – Stevenson, USA – May, 24-26

LIGNA.CONFERENCE – Rosenheim, GER – June, 01-02

EUROBOIS – Lyon, FRA – June, 14-17

DEUTSCHER HOLZKONGRESS – Berlin, GER – June, 29-30

MLMA – Biloxi, USA – July, 16-18

SLMA – Colorado Springs, USA – July, 20-23

IWF – Atlanta, USA – August, 23-26

TRÄ OCH TEKNIK – Gothenburg, SWE – August, 30-September, 02

INTERNATIONALE HOLZMESSE – Klagenfurt, GER – August, 31-September, 03

NHLA – Cleveland, USA – September, 21-23

TIMBER PROCESSING AND ENERGY EXPO – Portland, USA – September, 28-30

SAWMILL INDUSTRY DAYS – Hämeenlinna, FIN – November, 02-03

 

See MiCROTEC here.

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