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Swedish forest industry develops tomorrow’s sustainable forest machine

International Forest Industries - Wed, 06/04/2022 - 17:02

A new type of forest machine is currently driving around the forests of Sweden. It combines a low-impact approach, increased productivity and an improved operator environment and is the result of a major cooperative project that has been under way since 2019. The concept machine is called Centipede and it has been developed by eight Swedish forestry companies and a forest machinery manufacturer. The machine is currently being test driven and the results are promising.

Swedish forestry is facing major challenges and the issue of sustainability is the focus of attention. For this reason, Södra, Sveaskog, SCA, Holmen, Norra Skog, Mellanskog, Stora Enso and BillerudKorsnäs, as well as the forest machinery manufacturer Komatsu Forest, have jointly developed a new forest machine for low-impact forestry. With its innovative technology, the machine – called Centipede – is designed to ensure the most sustainable possible management of forests for both the environment and people.

Low-impact, productive and comfortable work environment

Centipede has been developed to meet the challenges of forestry and offers three important benefits: Lower soil compaction, increased productivity and better work environment.“This is a comprehensive project, in which the parties are taking a long-term approach to promote sustainable forestry. In the project, we have fundamentally challenged today’s technology and taken a step into the future,” says Erik Nilsson, CTO of Komatsu Forest.The machine is built to reduce the risk of ground damage, to increase transport speed and to reduce whole-body vibrations for the operator. The machine has a newly developed forestry track system, with a large support surface to minimize ground impact. It also has a fully suspended chassis to handle uneven ground conditions, enabling the speed of the machine to be increased significantly without the corresponding increase in vibrations.With this newly developed technology, Centipede can be driven both on sites that are normally regarded as winter sites and on sites that are significantly impacted by precipitation. In addition to being able to satisfy timber supply throughout the year and thus provide better prerequisites for profitable harvesting operations, Centipede has a number of characteristics that will directly increase production.As a result of its innovative design, Centipede can move around the terrain significantly faster and can carry a larger load than the Komatsu 855, which was used as the benchmark. Both of these characteristics create conditions for significant increases in productivity. In addition, Centipede has demonstrated in simulations that fuel consumption is reduced by up to 15 percent in soft terrain, which is also positive for both the environment and profitability.An extensive preliminary study was implemented and a new machine concept was developed during the project. The machine has been thoroughly evaluated through simulations and test drives. The comprehensive testing will continue in spring 2022 and decisions will thereafter be made about the project’s continuation.

Participants’ views on Centipede, tomorrow’s forest machine

Magnus Bergman, manager for technique and digitalization at SCA Skog and Chairman of the project’s steering committee:“The forest industry and Komatsu are now jointly taking a major technology leap with a machine that is more gentle on the environment and the operator, at the same time as it enables a more efficient flow of timber. With Centipede, we can meet the challenges arising from increasingly shorter periods of frozen ground and, for this reason, the machine is one of the most important development projects in forestry.”Magnus Petersson, Head of Contractor and Technology Development at Södra:“Those of us who are active in forestry know how important it is to cultivate the forest without damaging the ground. Our members who own their forests want to hand over land to the next generation that is managed with a low-impact approach. This enhances the forest’s financial, social and cultural values. By being involved in the development of the next generation of forest machine, we are doing something that is highly valued in family-owned forestry.”Anders Järlesjö, Head of Forest Technology at Sveaskog:“Minimizing ground impact in our managed forests is an important issue. This is therefore a significant and long-awaited development and it is also fully in line with Sveaskog’s long-term orientation for more sustainable forestry. With this, we can see an opportunity for us in the forest industry to jointly take a major step forward with an efficient forest machine that is gentler on both the environment and the operator.”

For further information, please contact:

Magnus Bergman, manager for technique and digitalization at SCA Skog and Chairman of the project’s steering committee:E-mail: magnus.bergman@sca.comTel: +46 (0)60 19 34 75Annelie Persson, head of Communications, Komatsu ForestE-mail: annelie.persson@komatsuforest.comTel: +46 90 70 97 32For more information, please visit:www.centipede.komatsuforest.comSödra, Sveaskog, SCA, Holmen, Norra Skog, Mellanskog, Stora Enso, BillerudKorsnäs and Komatsu Forest

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CRJ Services Ltd is announced as the exclusive dealer for JENZ GmbH throughout the UK & Ireland

International Forest Industries - Wed, 06/04/2022 - 16:23

CRJ Services Ltd announces an exclusive dealership agreement with German machine manufacturer JENZ GmbH Maschinen- und Fahrzeugbau, for the UK and Ireland. This announcement comes off the back of a period of sustained growth for CRJ Services, and further establishes them as a market leading recycling machinery solutions provider. The new dealership agreement commenced on the 1st February 2022.

I am sure that with CRJ we have a strong partner by our side and I am pleased that we can guarantee our British and Irish customers exceptional support.” – Hans Heinrich Hermeier, Managing Director at JENZ GmbH

JENZ GmbH is a leading manufacturer of mobile and static high-speed shredders and chippers. The addition of these machines to the CRJ Services sales portfolio will allow them to offer a comprehensive range of machinery solutions to the forestry, waste management, recycling, and biomass industries.

Speaking on the announcement, CRJ Services Director, Ben McQuaid said; “CRJ Services is looking forward to supporting new and existing JENZ customers with machinery requirements, including equipment sales, servicing, and parts. The JENZ brand is renowned for its quality and has a dedicated customer base that we will look to support and expand over the coming years.”

The JENZ high-speed shredders and mobile chippers will complement CRJ Services existing shredder offering alongside the HAAS TYRON which has long been a market leading slow-speed shredder.

Aside from the addition of JENZ to their sales portfolio, CRJ Services will be adding the JENZ high-speed shredder range to their existing hire fleet of over 100 mobile machines.

“We are very pleased to be adding the JENZ brand to our machinery portfolio, in both our sales, hire and parts divisions. As a company, we have a lot of experience with high-speed shredders having run them in our hire fleet for many years, and the expansion into the chipper market is something we are all very excited for. – Rob Symons – Director at CRJ Services Ltd

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John Deere 904 P-Tier wheel loader fills trucks in two passes

International Forest Industries - Wed, 06/04/2022 - 15:52

John Deere’s new 904 P-Tier wheel loader, on display for the first time at World of Asphalt 2022 in Nashville, is designed to load trucks with aggregate in just two passes.

Available soon, the new 904 P-Tier provides the durability and reliability to take on processed aggregate stockpiles and more efficiently load trucks or rail cars all day long.

The 904 P-Tier replaces John Deere’s 844L aggregate handler.

“It gets trucks in and out of the site a lot quicker,” said Luke Gribble, solutions marketing manager, John Deere. “This machine has increased counter weight. It’s got larger tilt cylinders, the engine’s got more horsepower and it’s got more breakout force. With all that, it’s more capability to really do handle truck-loading applications.”

Based on proven components and designs, the new 904 P-Tier offers obstacle intelligence features, such as the Advanced Vision System — an industry first for loaders, according to John Deere. This allows increased visibility to sides of the machine by integrating two digital cameras on the rearview mirror platform and combines views into a dedicated single display in the cab.

The 904 P-Tier also offers an improved rear object detection system. This feature overlays a projected vehicle reversible path within the same dedicated monitor, enhancing the operator’s situational awareness.

“We’re introducing dynamic reversing line, similar to what you’d see in the automotive industry,” Gribble said. “So if you’re articulating back, the lines are going to move with you instead of staying straight the whole time.”

The 904 P-Tier comes equipped with 9.8- and 9.3-cubic yard material-handling buckets with integrated spill guards and curved side cutters, and seat-mounted hydraulic controls for easier and more intuitive operation.

High-capacity, heavy-duty axles with standard axle cooling filtration deliver durability in difficult conditions compared to previous models. With advantages such as fuel-efficient engines, lockup torque converters and a dedicated steering pump, the machine is designed to help operators do more while burning less fuel.

In addition, the 904 P-Tier is JDLink compatible, providing real-time machine data and alerts, leveraging a suite of dealer and factory tools to deliver increased productivity, uptime and lower daily operating costs. JDLink is now available without a subscription and no cost.

The machine will be available later this year.

Photo: The John Deere 904 P-Tier has increased counter weight and larger tilt cylinders than the 844L it replaces

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Ponsse’s solutions for processing operations

International Forest Industries - Wed, 06/04/2022 - 11:18

Productivity and reliability are key properties in Ponsse’s harvester heads. Harvester heads must withstand constant stress in varying conditions and operate accurately without damaging stems. Continuous research and development together with customers and decades of experience have made our wood processing solutions productive and reliable. Ponsse provides highly advanced harvesting solutions, and we are one of the leading manufacturers in the markets.

Sign up to the PONSSE Studio online event to hear our customers’ experiences and Ponsse employees’ thoughts of harvester heads that are ideal for base machines used for processing wood.

Date and time: 6 April at 7 pm EESTThe event will be held in English, and it will be subtitled in Spanish, Portuguese, French and Finnish.

Sign up here

https://www.ponsse.com/ponsse-studio-presents/processing-operations#/

FURTHER INFORMATION:

Janne Loponen, product manager, harvester heads, janne.loponen@ponsse.com,

tel. +358 40 502 8018.

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SEPPI M. completes new HQ and manufacturing facility

International Forest Industries - Fri, 01/04/2022 - 13:23

SEPPI M. completes new HQ and manufacturing facility.
Increased Production Is Projected for Worldwide Distribution

Caldaro BZ, Italy (03/28/22) – The Italian based company Seppi M. recently announced the completion of its new headquarters in Mezzolombardo, Italy. The company is planning to relocate to the new facility over the next few months. With this expansion, the company will be positioned for consistent growth to meet the increasing demand worldwide for its mulching equipment.

“Seppi’s strong point has always been to focus on what we really know how to do best and to get better at it,” notes Lorenz Seppi, president of the company. “For this reason we offer more than 70 models of mulchers, stone crushers and tillers to professionals across a variety of industries across the world. We restrict our products to only implements and attachments. Our goal is to provide greater power, longer life, and increased productivity for our customers.”

The new 270,000 ft² (25,000 mq) facility will provide greater automation and improvements in efficiency to increase the availability of Seppi products. A large prototyping area will be included to serve the R&D department, so that ideas can quickly be converted into products. The number of employees at the new facility is projected to exceed 120.

About Seppi M.

Founded over 80 years ago in Italy, Seppi M. specializes in manufacturing mulching equipment for the agriculture, forestry, vegetation management, and construction industries. The company operates a distribution center near Cincinnati, OH to serve its North American customers. For more information on the product line, visit the website at www.seppi.com or email the company at marketing@seppi.com.

New address:
SEPPI M. SpA
Via Trento, 111
38017 Mezzolombardo (TN)
Italy

 

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SPM Instrument Finland delivers Leonova Diamond to Koskisen

International Forest Industries - Thu, 31/03/2022 - 13:01
Finnish wood products and processing company Koskisen has chosen Leonova Diamond and Condmaster Ruby as its new condition monitoring tools at the chipboard mill in Järvelä, near Lahti in southern Finland. System implementation took place in December 2021.

In competition with another supplier to replace existing instrumentation and software, SPM Instrument Finland was awarded the contract because of the many advantages in the SPM product portfolio, including HD technologies and the possibility of combining handheld measurement, online, and wireless sensor data into one system. Koskisen has had separate handheld and wireless sensors systems, which they want to upgrade in the coming years.

In addition to the Leonova Diamond, SPM Instrument Finland also recently delivered a LineLazer alignment set to replace Koskisen’s outdated alignment sensors.

Regarding the reasons Koskisen found SPM a good choice for them, Heikki Sutinen, Maintenance Supervisor at the chipboard factory, said: “We now have capable equipment for our condition monitoring needs for years to come. The solution offers a greater resolution, more functions, and much better software than our old system. Its versatility also enables us to commission new equipment. We can now monitor slow rotating machines, and balancing tools are also a new feature for us. The new software is a huge improvement to its predecessor.

 

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Koskisen exits its operations in Russia

International Forest Industries - Thu, 31/03/2022 - 12:16

Koskisen has decided to discontinue its operations in Russia. The company will run down it’s Russian’s sawing operations and stop importing sawn goods and logs from Russia.

The discontinuation of operations will be carried out with personnel and local regulations in mind, and a more detailed schedule will be announced as the process moves forward. The share of the Russian business in the company’s net sales is minor and the financial impact of the decision have been estimated insignificant.

Additional information:

Jukka Pahta, CEO, jukka.pahta@koskisen.com +358 50 389 4499

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Hekotek supplies equipment to Finland’s leading wood processing company

International Forest Industries - Thu, 31/03/2022 - 11:44

As a result of long-term cooperation, Hekotek AS has entered into a supply agreement with Koskisen OY, one of the largest privately owned wood processing companies in Finland. Equipment for feeding logs to the sawmill, together with a conveyor system for transporting sawdust (bark, wood chips and sawdust), will be delivered to the new wood processing unit in Kärkölä, Järvelä.

Koskisen will carry out an investment in Kärkölä worth EUR 48 million, with production scheduled to start up in summer 2023. The new unit’s annual production will initially be 400,000 cubic meters of softwood sawn timber. The investment is a continuation of the further processing capacity expansion carried out in 2020 and the power plant investment in which heat production was converted entirely to biofuel.

The equipment supplied by Hekotek ensures the supply of logs at different speeds, first to the log peeler and then to a state-of-the-art saw line. Log handling speeds range from 70 to 200 m / min, which corresponds to a feed of up to 40 logs per minute. The entire set of equipment supplied by Hekotek is designed and manufactured on the basis of particularly high technological requirements, where the share of human labor in the entire production process has been minimized.

Koskisen’s production facilities in Järvelä form Finland’s biggest mechanical wood processing integrate, where almost 100% of the wood raw material is used in its own processes. Koskisen’s products are shipped to quality-conscious customers around the world.

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UK bandsaw blade manufacturer unveils plans for £10m expansion project

International Forest Industries - Wed, 30/03/2022 - 12:50

Dakin-Flathers, bandsaw blade manufacturer and manufacturer of the Ripper37 sawmill blades, has unveiled plans to expand their existing state-of-the-art facility by over 7,500m2 covering 3 floors at its current premises in West Yorkshire, England.

Due for completion in early 2023, the Featherstone site will allow Dakin-Flathers to service its customers, in over 100 countries globally, more effectively. The new scheme will allow Dakin-Flathers to maximise production capacity and improve efficiencies across the product range.

The new extension, which can accommodate over 150 employees, will also boast charging points for multiple electric vehicles, improved staff facilities, flexible workspaces and a much larger warehouse that utilises new picking and storage systems.

Oliver Garside, managing director of Dakin-Flathers, explains “Dakin-Flathers has enjoyed rapid and sustained growth, doubling in size three times over the last 20 years, which has led us to become a market leader in our sector.

“We have invested heavily, and will continue to do so, in the business and our employees. Our continued growth will be supported by a range of exciting new ventures and an investment programme in excess of £10m over the next 24 months.

“These really are exciting times for Dakin-Flathers, our employees, customers, and for UK manufacturing.”

Dakin-Flathers’ growing green credentials will also benefit from an expansion of our PV solar range. Renewable energy generation will increase from 265,000 kWh per annum to more than 900,000 kWh. Making their factory as environmentally efficient as possible.

Have a requirement for sawmill blades? Speak with a member of their team, either call +44 (0) 1977 705 600 or email info@dakin-flathers.com.

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New H225E harvester head for Eucalyptus tree harvesting

International Forest Industries - Wed, 23/03/2022 - 11:58

John Deere introduces the new H225E harvester head for eucalyptus tree harvesting. The purpose-built harvester head for eucalyptus debarking has been designed for use with the larger size-class 1270G or 1470G wheeled harvesters equipped with an 8.6 m boom and with tracked harvesters. It features excellent single-pass debarking with the patented Vario feed rollers.

John Deere harvester heads are known for their productivity and reliability. The excellent measuring accuracy and ease of maintenance are properties valued by forest machine professionals. John Deere harvester heads are designed to operate seamlessly with John Deere harvesters. The harvester hydraulics, automation and engine properties enable maximum harvester head performance.

225E is an excellent tool for efficient eucalyptus tree harvesting

The H225E is a completely new harvester head designed for eucalyptus tree harvesting. The range of the new H225E head is 30-450 mm and the optimal diameter at breast height is 150-300 mm. It features excellent single[1]pass debarking and can easily process also crooked trees. It has the same PEvo harvester head valve found in most John Deere harvester heads as well as the recently introduced SC100S saw unit.

The harvester head’s four moving delimbing knives, the fixed upper and lower knives, together with the fixed debarking tools in the frame and two feed rollers, ensure excellent debarking and delimbing regardless of tree diameter. Long component life, protected hose routings and ease of daily maintenance add to the high reliability of the H225E.

The new casted delimbing knives are now a standard feature. The casted homogenous knives and their design bring high strength and durability. The delimbing knives make it easy to pick up logs from the ground for processing. The steel-covered feed roller arm cylinder is well protected from the eucalyptus juice and branches. The tilt cylinder frame end bearing is also protected.

H225E main tech specs:

  • Weight 1690 kg
  • Max. cutting diameter 550 mm
  • Max. feed roller opening 550 mm
  • Max. feed force 21-26 kN • Max. feed speed 6-7 m/s

PEvo harvester head valve

The H225E’s PEvo-harvester head valve minimizes the cavitation tendency in varying loads and thereby reduces stress on components. It also offers excellent performance and operational control. The valve maximizes the durability of the harvester head components, fuel economy and productivity.

Optional patented Vario debarking rollers

With the Vario feed rollers, debarking eucalyptus trees is efficient and is done in a single pass. The patented surface pattern of the Vario feed rollers and the variable rib angle rotates the tree trunk at different speeds based on the diameter of the trunk. This results in maximal debarking of eucalyptus trees Thanks to the Vario feed rollers, there is hardly any need for back and forth feeding and the quality of debarking is excellent with a single pass. With the Vario feed rollers, the feeding speed is faster with the smaller tree diameters.

Reliable and accurate length measuring

In 2020, all John Deere harvester heads switched to the new SuperCut 100S saw unit. The saw unit’s next[1]generation chain tensioning unit, automatic chain tensioning, and mechanical bar locking give it added efficiency and reliability. The improved chain release makes it easier to replace the saw chain. The new saw unit enables also a bigger selection of saw motors and saw bars.

Design goals and new look

The H225E harvester head product development and product improvements were made based on customer feedback in the eucalyptus market. The design goals were ease of use, durability, performance, efficiency, carefully considered hose routings, and easy access to service points. The new and modern look was designed by BMW Design Works.

Further information: Elina Suuriniemi Communications Specialist John Deere Forestry Oy Tel. +358 400 466476 SuuriniemiElina@JohnDeere.com

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PONSSE services in Chile have been transferred to Ponsse Chile S.p.A

International Forest Industries - Tue, 22/03/2022 - 14:22

Ponsse Plc has completed the sale of asset items related to its business activities in Chile. On 5 November 2021, Ponsse announced that it will move its sales, spare parts and maintenance services in Chile under its new subsidiary Ponsse Chile S.p.A. To this end, Ponsse and its local retailer F.C. Ventas Y Servicios Limitada (hereinafter “FC Ventas”) signed, on 5 November 2021, an asset purchase agreement related to Ponsse’s forest machine operations.

The conditions set for completing the transaction have been fulfilled, and the sale has now been completed. The FC Ventas service centre in Chillan, including its spare parts stocks and maintenance vehicles, has been transferred to the ownership of Ponsse Chile S.p.A, Ponsse Plc’s subsidiary in Chile.

Ponsse’s business in Chile amounts to approximately ten million euros. The purchase price was not made public by the parties’ mutual agreement, and the purchase price has no impact on the valuation of Ponsse.

Area director Martin Toledo to run Ponsse Chile SpA’s operations
Area director Martin Toledo will run the operations of Ponsse Chile SpA, Ponsse’s new subsidiary in Chile, being responsible for Ponsse’s operations in Uruguay, Argentina and Chile. Toledo started as the managing director of Ponsse Uruguay in 2010. He started his career at Ponsse in 2005 working as a sales manager at Ponsse Latin America Ltda in Brazil, and transferred to run Ponsse Uruguay’s operations in 2007 when the company started operating in Uruguay.

Vieremä, Finland, 17 March 2022

PONSSE PLC
Juho Nummela
President and CEO

FURTHER INFORMATION
Juho Nummela, President and CEO, tel. +358 400 495 690

Photo: Area director Martin Toledo will run the operations of Ponsse Chile SpA, Ponsse’s new subsidiary in Chile

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Komatsu Forest AB – Relocation of spare parts warehouse

International Forest Industries - Tue, 22/03/2022 - 12:59

Komatsu Forest AB will move its spare parts warehouse to a new address on April 19.

Their warehouse will therefore be closed between 15-18 April.

Soon, their supplier DSV’s new state-of-the-art logistics center in the north of Stockholm, Sweden, will be ready for use.

The facility is close to Arlanda Airport, railway, port and highway and has been built with high standards and high demands on sustainability.

More information about how customers are affected by this, can be obtained from their local contact at Komatsu Forest.

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Manufacturers halt business in Russia

International Forest Industries - Tue, 22/03/2022 - 11:40

Construction equipment manufacturers are joining the surge of companies shutting down their operations in Russia.

CaterpillarHitachi Construction MachineryKomatsu and JCB have all announced decisions to suspend operations in the country until further notice.

In a statement, Caterpillar announced it’s suspending manufacturing in Russia.

“Operations in Russia have become increasingly challenging, including supply chain disruptions and sanctions, and we are suspending operations in our Russian manufacturing facilities,” the statement reads.

“We are deeply saddened by the tragic events continuing to occur in Ukraine and hope for a peaceful resolution to the crisis. Through the Caterpillar Foundation, we are donating more than $1 million to support both urgent and long-term needs of the Ukraine humanitarian crisis.

Meanwhile, the company says its complying with all applicable laws and evolving sanctions, while remaining focused on employees, dealers and customers.

“We recognize this is a time of incredible uncertainty for our valued employees, and we will continue to look for ways to support them,” the company stated.

Hitachi Construction Machinery said it is ceasing operations, but will continue to monitor developments in Russia and Ukraine, in the hope of a peaceful resolution.

“Our highest priority is on the safety of our stakeholders, including our group employees and their families, customers, dealers and supply chain partners,” Hitachi said in its statement.

“Hitachi Construction Machinery has made decisions to gradually stop production at Hitachi Construction Machinery Eurasia LLC, its regional headquarters responsible for manufacturing and sales in Russia and the Commonwealth Independent States (CIS), and halt exports from Japan to Russia until further notice, because of the potential risks associated with the business.

“We are committed to making the appropriate decisions as possible based on collection of information and close communication with our bases worldwide.”

Pressure grows on Russia

Komatsu said it was suspending shipments to Russia because of “the current supply chain disruption and the uncertainty of the financial and economic situation.”

The company has set up an emergency task force, headed by its president and CEO, Hiroyuki Ogawa, to gather information and discuss any future measures.

The company said, “Komatsu is deeply concerned about the current situation in Ukraine and is closely monitoring developments. The company sincerely hopes that the situation is settled peacefully as soon as possible.”

Earlier last week, JCB said it had “paused all operations [in Russia], including the export of machines and spare parts.”

For more information on the unfolding situation in Russia and Ukraine and its effects on construction, visit this rolling news from our colleagues at KHL here.

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New study finds greater greenhouse gas reductions for pickup truck electrification than for other light-duty vehicles

International Forest Industries - Fri, 18/03/2022 - 14:02

A University of Michigan and Ford Motor Company study evaluates the reductions in greenhouse gas emissions relative to gasoline-powered pickup trucks as part of the decarbonization of the transportation industry.

Sedan, SUV, and pickup truck battery-electric vehicles have approximately 64% lower cradle-to-grave life cycle greenhouse gas emissions than internal-combustion-engine vehicles on average across the United States.

Replacing an internal-combustion-engine pickup with a battery-electric pickup results in a reduction of 74 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent over the lifetime of the vehicle on average.

While battery-electric vehicles currently have larger greenhouse gas emissions in their manufacturing than internal-combustion-engine vehicles, due to battery production, this impact is offset by savings in their operation.

Major automotive manufacturers are ramping up the production of electric trucks as a key strategy to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of their fleets. Light-duty vehicles, including sedans, SUVs, and pickup trucks, are currently responsible for 58% of U.S. transportation sector emissions. Pickup trucks accounted for 14% of light-duty vehicle sales in the United States in 2020, and the market share of both pickups and SUVs has grown in recent years.

But what does pickup truck electrification mean for the decarbonization of the transportation industry?

University of Michigan and Ford Motor Company researchers addressed this question in a new study and evaluated the savings in greenhouse gas emissions relative to gasoline-powered pickup trucks.

Researchers found that light-duty, battery-electric vehicles have approximately 64% lower cradle-to-grave life cycle greenhouse gas emissions than internal-combustion-engine vehicles on average across the United States.

“This is an important study to inform and encourage climate action. Our research clearly shows substantial greenhouse gas emission reductions that can be achieved from transitioning to electrified powertrains across all vehicle classes,” said study senior author Greg Keoleian, a professor at the U-M School for Environment and Sustainability and director of the U-M Center for Sustainable Systems.

“This study can help us to understand the potential impact of electrification from an emissions-reduction perspective, particularly as we introduce new electric vehicles, and how we can continue to accelerate our progress towards carbon neutrality. We’re proud to partner with U-M in this critical work,” said Cynthia Williams, global director of sustainability, homologation and compliance at Ford.

In the study, researchers conducted a cradle-to-grave life cycle assessment of pickup trucks and compared the implications of pickup truck electrification to those of sedan and SUV electrification.

With a focus on evaluating greenhouse gas emissions, researchers looked at three different model year 2020 powertrain options—internal-combustion-engine vehicles, hybrid-electric vehicles, and battery-electric vehicles—for midsize sedans, midsize SUVs, and full-size pickup trucks, accounting for differences in fuel economy, annual mileage, vehicle production, and vehicle lifetime across vehicle classes.

“This study expands upon previous studies that have focused on comparing battery-electric vehicle sedans to their internal-combustion-engine or hybrid counterparts,” said Keoleian. “We report emissions for vehicle production, use, and end-of-life stages on a per-mile basis and over the total vehicle lifetime. In addition, we analyzed the regional variation in emissions considering differences in electricity grid mixes and ambient temperatures, and we also explored the effects of the rate of grid decarbonization on emission reduction.”

The study offers key findings. Researchers, for instance, found that switching an internal-combustion-engine vehicle to a battery-electric vehicle results in greater total tonnage of emissions reductions as the vehicle size increases, due to the greater fuel consumption of larger vehicles. “Though the percentage savings is approximately the same across vehicle classes, on average replacing an internal-combustion-engine sedan with a battery-electric sedan saves 45 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, replacing an internal-combustion-engine SUV with a battery-electric SUV saves 56 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, and replacing an internal-combustion-engine pickup with a battery-electric pickup saves 74 metric tons carbon dioxide equivalent over the lifetime of the vehicles,” said study first author and Center for Sustainable Systems Research Specialist Max Woody.

The researchers also found that battery-electric vehicles have larger greenhouse gas emissions in their manufacturing than internal-combustion-engine vehicles, due to battery production, but this impact is offset by savings in their operation. For battery-electric vehicles and internal-combustion-engine vehicles, the breakeven time is 1.2 to 1.3 years for sedans, 1.4 to 1.6 years for SUVs, and 1.3 years for pickup trucks, based on the average U.S. grid and vehicle miles traveled.

Vehicle emissions vary across the country, as different temperatures and different drive cycles affect a vehicle’s fuel economy. For electric vehicles, the emissions intensity of the local electricity grid is also an important factor. The study developed maps to show the lifetime grams of carbon dioxide equivalent/mile for each powertrain (internal-combustion-engine vehicles, hybrid vehicles, and battery-electric vehicles) and vehicle type (sedan, SUV, and pickup truck) by county across the United States. Researchers found that concerns about battery-electric vehicles having higher emissions than internal-combustion-engine vehicles or hybrids are largely unfounded, as battery-electric vehicles outperform hybrids in 95% to 96% of counties, while battery-electric vehicles outperform internal-combustion-engine vehicles in 98% to 99% of counties, even assuming only modest progress towards grid decarbonization.

Charging strategies can further reduce battery-electric vehicle greenhouse gas emissions. The study found that charging during the hours of the day with the lowest grid emissions intensity can reduce emissions by 11% on average. “Deployment of electric vehicles and expansion of renewable energy resources like solar and wind should be done at the same time; the benefit of each is increased by the development of the other,” said Woody.

The study, “The role of pickup truck electrification in the decarbonization of light-duty vehicles,” was published online March 1 in the journal Environmental Research Letters.

The other authors of the study are Parth Vaishnav of the U-M School for Environment and Sustainability and Center for Sustainable Systems and Robert De Kleine, Hyung Chul Kim, James E. Anderson, and Timothy J. Wallington of Ford Motor Company’s Research and Innovation Center.

This study was supported by Ford Motor Company through a Ford-University of Michigan Alliance Project Award.

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Photo: 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat. Pre-production model with available features shown. Available starting spring 2022.

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AFRY provides engineering services for sawmill renovation projects in Finland

International Forest Industries - Fri, 18/03/2022 - 13:07

Pölkky Oy, a Finnish wood processing company, has awarded AFRY an engineering and consulting services assignment for the renovation projects of its sawmills in Kajaani and Taivalkoski.

Wood is a natural, renewable, and durable raw material with unique material properties. Renewable, responsibly produced wood is the only sustainable building material. The use of wood as a raw material is increasing in the building industry as companies are encouraged to adopt more sustainable construction methods to reduce high CO₂ emissions.

Pölkky Oy is the largest private wood processing company in Northern Finland. As part of its long-term growth strategy, Pölkky’s production plant in Kajaani will be rebuilt in 2022–2024. The sawing capacity will increase to 450,000 cubic meters per year, amounting to a sawn wood usage of around 900,000 m3 per year.

Pölkky will also renew the sawing technology of the Taivalkoski unit. The sawmill capacity in Taivalkoski will increase to 300,000 cubic meters during 2023 after the first phase of investments.  About 600,000 m3 of sawn wood will be used per year.

AFRY will provide multidisciplinary engineering work for the modernization of the sawmills and new sawing lines. In addition, AFRY conducts various studies related to logistics, infrastructure, and emissions. The value of the order is not stated.

“AFRY, with its extensive expertise and strong industry-specific knowledge, was a safe choice for us as a partner,” says Petteri Virranniemi, Managing Director of Pölkky Oy.

“We are honored to be Pölkky Oy’s partner in this sustainable wood processing project of the future. Our operating model, where local presence and knowhow is supported by global competencies, enables us to deliver world-class consulting and engineering services to Pölkky,” says Kalle Rasinmäki, President, Process Industries Finland at AFRY.

For further information, please contact:

Nicholas Oksanen, EVP and Head of Process Industries Division
e-mail nicholas.oksanen@afry.com

Kalle Rasinmäki, President, Process Industries Finland and Asia
Tel. +358 40 566 4250
e-mail kalle.rasinmaki@afry.com

Media Contacts:

Marika Hahtala, Director Communications, Marketing & Business Development, Process Industries
Tel. +358 40 823 8986
e-mail marika.hahtala@afry.com

Quick facts: Wood as a building material is fully recyclable, and it sequesters carbon dioxide throughout the life cycle of the building. In Finland, forests are managed in accordance with sustainability and the forest produces more than is spent. AFRY has strong experience in the entire value chain of the wood processing industry. Read more about our services

AFRY is a European leader in engineering, design, and advisory services, with a global reach.

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Drax donates £280,000 to support humanitarian effort in Ukraine

International Forest Industries - Thu, 17/03/2022 - 13:30

Renewable energy company Drax Group is donating £280,000 to the Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal to support relief efforts for the Ukrainian people following Russia’s invasion.

The sum includes £30,000 of employee match funding from Drax’s employees based in the UK, US and Canada, maximising its collective impact to help those fleeing the conflict.

Drax CEO Will Gardiner said:
“Our first concern is for the Ukrainian people – for their safety and wellbeing. Drax stands behind and recognises their bravery and we hope this donation will go some way to helping those most in need.

“Like many others around the world, I absolutely condemn the Russian invasion. The resolute stance of NATO, the EU and many companies is heartening, but the situation for those in Ukraine is very worrying.”

The DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal aims to provide food, water, shelter, healthcare and protection to families fleeing the conflict who have left their homes.

Drax has ceased the supply of a very small percentage of Russian biomass used at its power station in Yorkshire to generate renewable electricity and is working with its suppliers and customers to identify any further links to Russia.

Drax’s biomass supply chain is large and diversified with the vast majority of its supply coming from long-standing allies, the US and Canada.

Media contacts:
Selina Williams
Media Manager
E: selina.williams@drax.com
T: 07912 230 393

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