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International Forest Industries - Wed, 22/11/2023 - 11:01

Fourteen years ago, the Upper Austrian machinery company Westtech Maschinenbau GmbH introduced the first felling grapple to the market. Technical finesse and in-house know-how led to a product series that sets new standards. But that’s not all! Just in time for Agritechnica 2023, a new flagship is being introduced:

The largest felling grapple to date, the Woodcracker® C650!

In this field of machinery, the cutting diameter is not the only crucial factor. Since this type of felling grapple was designed, for example, for road safety measures, the grapple also plays an important role. Accordingly, it has been further developed, and the gripping force has been significantly increased. This allows for a secure grip on the cut material during the cutting process and enhances worker safety. The 3-finger grapple also closes synchronously and offers a wide opening.

At Westtech, the robustness of the machines is always one of the highest priorities in development – as is the case with the new Woodcracker® C650. Given the ability to cut trees with a diameter of up to 70cm, the rest of the machine must be designed to handle the corresponding weight of the cut material. Therefore, only very high-quality and strong bolt bearings have been used to further increase robustness.

This felling grapple is also made of durable and wear-resistant Hardox® steel, and the body is cathodic dip-painted (KTL primed), as is customary in the automotive industry. The advantage of this type of primer is good corrosion protection and an even coating in all cavities. A powder coating is baked onto this primer, making it ideal for outdoor use.

Naturally, this felling head also possesses all the excellent features found in the entire product series. The cutting unit consists of a high-strength blade that is easy to sharpen. If the blade needs to be replaced due to significant wear, it can be quickly disassembled and exchanged thanks to the patented blade attachment.

Only two double-acting control units on the carrier vehicle are required for all functions of the Woodcracker® C650, including all expandable options. The hydraulic lines are protected, well-sized, and lead to a well-positioned attachment frame.


The Woodcracker® C650 presents itself with unprecedented dimensions, such as a very high cutting diameter of 70cm. With this incomparably high cutting diameter, this machine stands out from the crowd! The required operating weight of the carrier vehicle should be between 28 and 40 tons.

An optional Power Tiltator is available. This makes the felling head more powerful when removing large trees, with double rotation and holding torque at a consistent speed.


At the Woodcracker® Demo Day, which will take place on Thursday, November 30th, in Knüllwald, Germany, it will be demonstrated live for the first time!

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Forest Sector Outlook – September 2023 Quarter

International Forest Industries - Wed, 08/11/2023 - 13:02

The September 2023 quarter edition of the Forest Sector Outlook was released in October 2023 by the Global Consulting Alliance. This report continues to highlight the impact of the ongoing Russia/Ukraine war on the global forest sector. It also considers the impact of rising interest rates and the slowdown of global economic growth on global forest products trade.

Key highlights for China/Asia

– Factories in China reported their first expansion in activity in September, providing a spark of optimism for the global economy. The nation’s manufacturing sector’s Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) rose to 50.2, signaling expansion. Similarly, the non-manufacturing sector saw growth, boosted by consumer spending on services and increased construction activity.

– The real estate market continues to face a downturn, with new home sales at major developers falling 29% in September compared to the previous year. China Evergrande Group, a major developer, faces financial troubles and regulatory hurdles, adding uncertainty to the sector. Country Garden is even bigger and it has some financial issues as well.

– China’s exports are shrinking, and tensions with the US-led West over trade and technology remain. Local governments are burdened with heavy debts. Economists suggest that Beijing needs to implement more stimulus measures to ensure a stronger and more durable recovery.

– Looking ahead, economists anticipate a challenging transitional period for China’s economy as the government aims to shift from a property-driven growth model to one fueled by advanced manufacturing. Most economist groups have lowered their economic growth forecasts for 2023 to around 5.0%, highlighting the need for successful rebalancing to establish a healthier economic footing. – China’s softwood log imports were lower for the first eight months in 2023 by 7.9% at 20.5 million m3 compared to the same period one year ago.

Top 5 suppliers to China/Asia were:

– New Zealand 11.5 million m3 +2.2%
– Germany 2.5 million m3 -34.5%
– Japan 877 000 m3 +16.6%
– USA 857 000 m3 +5.8%
– Poland 739 000 m3 +208%

The Forest Sector Outlook covers regional market updates from Australia, New Zealand, China/Asia, Europe, Russia, North America, South America and Africa.

Source: Margules Groome


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4th Green Triangle Timber Awards celebrated

International Forest Industries - Wed, 08/11/2023 - 12:35

Statement from the GTTIA committee-

The atmosphere was nothing short of spectacular as the 4th Green Triangle Timber Awards Gala Dinner unfolded on 27 October 2023 at The Barn Mount Gambier, South Australia. With a backdrop of perfect weather, 500 guests including The Hon. Peter Malinauskas MP, Premier of South Australia and The Hon. Clare Scriven MLC, Minister for Forestry gathered for an evening of celebration and recognition of industry’s highest achievers.

With Australia’s funny man Dave Thornton opening the evening with his hilarious comedy, a total of ten awards were presented to industry leaders, recognizing their outstanding contributions to their respective fields. Among the recipients, the prestigious Timber Legend Award was given to Dr. Jim O’Hehir.

Dr. O’Hehir’s exceptional dedication to the forestry sector, his relentless commitment to the delivery of ground-breaking research projects, and his efforts in implementing technology advancements throughout the region earned him this honour. Jim’s passion for forestry and his tireless efforts in mentoring the next generation of industry leaders has left an indelible mark on the sector, making him a deserving recipient of the Timber Legend Award.

In addition to celebrating the winners, the Committee also extend their congratulations to the award finalists. Their nominations alone are recognition of their unwavering commitment to the industry, showcasing their exceptional talent and dedication. Their contributions serve as a testament to the remarkable progress and innovation taking place in our community. 2023 Award Winners

Operations – Harvesting and In-Field Chipping Excellence
Jamie Marlow – Merrett Logging

Operations – Silviculture and Timber Support Services Excellence
Jason Whyte, Berry & Whyte Surveyors
Highly Commended – Josh Praolini from Green Triangle Forest Industries Hub

Logistics Excellence – Port Operations, Marshalling and Timber Haulage
Adam Merrett – Merrett Logging

Sawmilling and Processing Excellence Award
Andrew Burston – OneFortyOne

Safety Excellence Award – Individual Achievement
Ryan Cassar – Tabeel Trading Nominees
Deb Kuhl – Timberlink Australia & New Zealand

Trainee Award
Grace Tse – Timberlands Pacific
Highly Commended – Amelia Harris of Van Schaik’s BioGro

Environment & Sustainability Award
Wendy Fennell – Fennell Forestry
Highly Commended – Levi Bateman of HVP Plantations

Safety Excellence – Less than 30 Staff
Glenara Transport

Safety Excellence – More than 30 staff
Merrett Logging

Timber Legend Award
Dr. Jim O’Hehir

The Green Triangle Timber Industry Awards and Gala Dinner would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors and suppliers. Their commitment and contributions continue to play a pivotal role in ensuring the awards success, creating the space and opportunity for industry leaders, government officials, and community members to come together and celebrate excellence.

We extend our thanks to all our sponsors for their invaluable support, our distinguished guests for joining us for the occasion, and the nominees, finalists, and award winners for their tireless efforts in shaping the future of the industry.

Source: GTTIA

Photo: Jamie Marlow – Merrett Logging    Operations – Harvesting and In-Field Chipping Excellence


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Ford Reveals 2024 F-150 Lightning “Flash” with Extended Battery Range

International Forest Industries - Tue, 31/10/2023 - 13:20

Ford will launch the F-150 Lightning Flash for 2024, a new variant of the electric pickup truck with more technology, including extended battery range.

The Flash, which expands on the XLT model line, gets an EPA estimated range of 320 miles, up from the standard range of about 300 miles, according to Ford. Other tech on the Flash: Ford BlueCruise hands-free highway driving, which requires a subscription, and a standard 15.5-inch touchscreen.

Ford says it is offering the Flash at a “more accessible price” of $69,995 MSRP. It is the lowest-priced 2024 Lightning with extended battery range.

The company also named the other models in the 2024 lineup, with online orders at Ford.com starting in early 2024:<?p>

  • The F-150 Lightning Pro with standard range starting at $49,995
  • The F-150 Lightning XLT with standard range starting at $57,495
  • The F-150 Lightning Lariat with extended range starting at $77,495
  • The F-150 Lightning Platinum with extended range starting at $89,995
  • The limited-edition F-150 Lightning Platinum Black with extended range, $97,995.

Ford notes that all of its Lightning pickups can access its BlueOval Charge Network, with over 84,000 public chargers in North America. Next year, those drivers will also be able to access Tesla Superchargers, of which there are more than 12,000. Ford says that will give it “the largest integrated fast-charge network across the U.S. and Canada.”

Ford also offers its Mobile Charger, which can charge overnight on the owner’s home 240-volt wall outlet. The Ford Connected Charge Station is also available for sale.

The version 1.2 BlueCruise on the Flash features Lane Change Assist, which allows the driver to change lanes hands-free by tapping the turn signal when the lane is clear, and In-Lane Repositioning, which helps keep the vehicle in its lane while subtly shifting position away from vehicles in adjacent lanes.

Ford is offering a 90-day free trial on the hands-free highway system with vehicle purchase.

Other features on the Flash:

  • 15.5-inch LCD Capacitive Touchscreen with Swipe Capability.
  • B&O Sound System with HD Radio with eight speakers and subwoofer.
  • Intelligent Access with Push-Button Start – includes Approach Detection and SecuriCode Keyless Entry Keypad, Driver’s Side.
  • Wireless Charging Pad.
  • Power Tailgate.
  • Tailgate Step with Tailgate Work Surface.
  • Tow Technology Package, which includes Pro Trailer Backup Assist, Trailer Brake Controller, Smart Hitch, On-Board Scales, Smart Trailer Tow Connection and Trailer Reverse Guidance.
  • Heat Pump, which is to optimize the vehicle’s energy consumption.


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Jartek to supply high speed drysorting line to Ipowood

International Forest Industries - Wed, 18/10/2023 - 09:30

Turnkey delivery includes Jartek in-house mechanical and automation solutions. The objective of the concept design was to combine effectiveness and simplicity. Ipowood wanted to build a new modern drysorting line, since the existing one was at the end of its technical era and didn’t meet future expectations. With this investment Ipowood ensures that the new line will be ready for future demands for example sawing capacity increase.

“Project is a great continuum for other sold Finnish projects”. Preparation for the project started years ago and activity increased past year. Positive investment decision is a good example for long term business and courage to invest in challenging market situation. Project consists of proven standard and with few new innovative solutions, which we tell more when the time is right. Big thanks for Ipowood. Important and great project ahead”, says Kari Puustinen, Director, Sales and Development.

”At final meters there was intense competition with suppliers from several different countries. Above all, we are looking for high capacity and we believe that Jartek will deliver us the best package”, says Tommi Lähteinen, CEO IIsalmen Sahat Oy.

Installation will start in end of 2024 and line will start on spring 2025.

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Valmet to supply a biomass power plant to Göteborg Energi in Sweden

International Forest Industries - Fri, 13/10/2023 - 11:32

Valmet will supply a biomass plant to Göteborg Energi AB in Gothenburg, Sweden. Göteborg Energi is building a new plant to produce electricity and district heat from renewable and recovered sources by 2025.

The order will be included in Valmet’s orders received of the fourth quarter 2023. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

“The new plant is a milestone for us and the last step in our conversion of district heating. With the new facility, we will get rid of natural gas and can offer our customers 100% renewable and recovered energy in our district heating. We look forward to cooperating with Valmet in this key project,” says Per-Anders Gustafsson, CEO of Göteborg Energi.

“We are very proud to continue our long and close cooperation with Göteborg Energi. The plant itself will certainly be a state-of-the-art showcase of how sustainable resources can be turned into energy with the highest efficiency. It is great to work together with Göteborg Energi and take its operations forward,” says Antti Laaksonlaita, Director, Energy Plant Solutions, Valmet.

Information about Valmet’s delivery

Valmet’s delivery will include a 140 MWth Valmet BFB Boiler plant utilizing bubbling fluidized bed technology as well as a flue gas cleaning system and a flue gas condensing system. The primary fuels will include forest residues and recycled wood chips. Start-up of the plant is scheduled for 2025.

Additionally, Valmet will deliver a boiler building and piping to connect the new boiler to the existing steam turbine. Operations and maintenance services including Valmet Industrial Internet solutions will maximize reliability and optimize performance, thereby ensuring safe and more sustainable production throughout the plant lifecycle.

Information about the customer Göteborg Energi AB

Göteborg Energi AB is fully owned by the city of Gothenburg in Sweden. Besides developing and supplying new solutions within energy production and broadband connections, the company is also working toward a bigger goal – a sustainable Gothenburg. Göteborg Energi has almost 1,000 employees who work to make the city more sustainable.


Valmet is a leading global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. With our automation systems and flow control solutions we serve an even wider base of process industries. Our 17,500 professionals around the world work close to our customers and are committed to moving our customers’ performance forward – every day.

The company has over 220 years of industrial history and a strong track record in continuous improvement and renewal. In 2022, a major milestone was achieved when the flow control company Neles was merged into Valmet. Valmet’s net sales in 2022 were approximately EUR 5.1 billion


Illustration of the Göteborg Energi’s biomass power plant. Photo: Göteborg Energi

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Hughes Pacific Expands Timberland Holdings in Canada

International Forest Industries - Thu, 12/10/2023 - 12:42

Hughes Pacific, a (owned by the Hughes Family Trust of Washington State, USA) is an innovator in sustainable forestry and LiDAR carbon offset project development solutions, has announced a significant expansion of its operations in Canada.

The company has successfully acquired mature timberlands in Alberta and British Columbia and unveiled plans to acquire up to an additional 4,000 acres of mature timberland from private landowners across Canada. This expansion will not only support the production of renewable wood fuel products but also bolster the company’s precision forestry management capabilities.

“Our commitment to sustainable forestry and carbon offset project development innovation is at the heart of this strategic move. By acquiring these timberlands, Hughes Pacific is positioning itself to play an innovative role in the development of carbon offset projects throughout Canada while helping provide renewable energy solutions.” – David Hughes

Key Highlights:

  1. Timberland Acquisitions: Hughes Pacific has completed the acquisition of mature timberlands in Alberta and British Columbia, securing a solid foundation for its operations in Canada. The company is actively seeking additional opportunities to acquire up to 4,000 acres of mature timberland from private landowners across the country.

  2. Timber Rights Leases: Hughes Pacific intends to issue timber rights leases to local wood fuel product producers, facilitating the responsible and sustainable harvest of timber resources. This approach ensures that the land is used efficiently and supports the growth of the renewable wood fuel industry.

  3. Reforestation Commitment: After harvesting tracts of timberland, Hughes Pacific is committed to implementing reforestation efforts, contributing to the long-term health and sustainability of Canada’s forests. The revenue generated from timber rights leases will also be reinvested into acquiring more land over time, creating a sustainable cycle of forest management.

  4. Precision Forestry Management: Hughes Pacific is set to enhance its precision forestry management solutions by incorporating LiDAR services into the carbon offset market through means of easier accessibility to land owners. This technology will provide better accuracy in monitoring and managing timber resources, enabling the company to optimize its operations and minimize environmental impact. With its expanded presence in Canada, Hughes Pacific is well-positioned to assist in the development of carbon offset projects using LiDAR. Historically, LiDAR critical has weak points & strong points for providing data for carbon offset projects.

Hughes Pacific will utilize its new timberland as test sites to develop hybrid strategies and techniques to overcome weak points of LiADR solutions in the carbon offset market. These projects are crucial in addressing climate change and preserving the natural beauty of Canada’s landscapes.

Hughes Pacific’s dedication to sustainable forestry practices and innovation, coupled with its commitment to supporting the renewable wood fuel industry and carbon offset projects, underscores its mission to be a responsible steward of Canada’s forests.

About Hughes Pacific:

Hughes Pacific is a leader in sustainable forestry and carbon offset solutions, with a strong commitment to environmental stewardship and responsible land management. The company operates with a vision to create a sustainable future for Canada’s forests while contributing to global efforts to combat climate change. Through its timberland acquisitions, precision forestry management, and participation in being a liaison during carbon offset projects, Hughes Pacific is actively working towards a greener, more sustainable world.

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BID Group’s acquisition of YGE Inc.

International Forest Industries - Thu, 12/10/2023 - 11:48

BID Group’s acquisition of YGE Inc. has been announced. This strategic transaction further enhances BID’s product offering within the wood processing saw and tooling sector, while also extending BID’s industry-leading product and service offerings across the entire operational life cycle.

YGE Inc stands as an innovative supplier and service provider specializing in top-tier saw guides, grinders, and critical consumables catering to the wood processing industry. Located in St Raymond, Quebec, YGE is a trusted partner, having forged strong bonds with BID’S product lines, projects, and manufacturing facilities across North America.

We are excited to reach this agreement with our longtime partners YGE and the Guillemette family.  This marks another important step in meeting our valued customer demand for modern, high quality and innovative saw and tooling technology solutions. This partnership builds on previous investments in Smith Sawmill Services, BLADE cutting tools, and the recently announced acquisition of Industrial Cutting Solutions in Alabama. “, said Simon Potvin, BID’s President, Wood Processing.

I am pleased to be able to transition our business with the BID Group.”, said Yvon Guillemette, Owner of YGE. “I would like to thank our team for their dedication and hard work to build YGE over the years. I am confident this partnership will provide our employees, suppliers, and customers with enhanced opportunities and benefits.”

The transaction formally closed on Oct 1, 2023
Photo:  Simon Potvin, BID’s President, Wood Processing.

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NeXTimber by Timberlink presses first CLT Panel – begins taking orders

International Forest Industries - Fri, 06/10/2023 - 10:50

Timberlink’s NeXTimber facility has pressed its very first Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) panel, marking another significant milestone in the construction of Australia’s only combined CLT and GLT (Cross Laminated and Glue Laminated Timber) radiata pine mass timber facility. The commissioning of this CLT line follows production of the facility’s very first GLT beam in August 2023.

David Oliver, Timberlink Chief Marketing, Sales & Corporate Affairs Officer said “The entire team has been working towards this moment since we announced construction of the facility in 2020. To see the hard work of so many come to fruition is very rewarding.”

Patrick Dark, Timberlink CLT/GLT Operations Manager, said “There was such an air of positivity when the panel came off the line. Everybody who has been involved in the installation, testing and commissioning of our NeXTimber equipment should be proud of what we’ve accomplished.”

The newly commissioned CLT line, co-located at Timberlink’s Tarpeena, SA, manufacturing facility, can produce panels up to 16M long and 3.5M wide and will unlock significant capability to manufacture mass timber building products in Australia. Mass timber products like CLT and GLT offer an alternative to traditional construction materials and can help to reduce the embodied carbon of a project.

The NeXTimber by Timberlink team are now accepting orders for CLT and GLT as the facility is scheduled for full production by the end of this month. To learn more visit www.nextimber.com.au.

Photo: David Oliver, Timberlink Chief Marketing, Sales & Corporate Affairs Officer

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SCA & Holmen see good opportunities to develop the sawmill in Rundvik

International Forest Industries - Tue, 03/10/2023 - 13:02

On October 28, 2022, SCA and Holmen communicated that the companies intended to carry out a feasibility study for a jointly owned sawmill in Rundvik, Västerbotten County in Sweden.

SCA and Holmen have now conducted the feasibility study regarding a jointly owned sawmill. The study shows that the conditions to jointly create a large-scale and competitive operation are good. Work now continues to evaluate the different development options that have been identified.

Holmen produces sawn and refined wood products for joinery, construction and builders’ merchants. Following the acquisition of Martinsons in 2020, Holmen also offer customised solutions in CLT and glulam for climate-smart, large-scale wood construction.

SCA is Europe’s largest private forest owner with 2.7 million hectares and, with its forest holdings at its core, has developed a well-invested industrial operation with sawmills, pulp mills, and manufacturing of packaging paper.

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SCA becomes sole owner of Gällö Timber AB

International Forest Industries - Tue, 03/10/2023 - 10:56

SCA and Persson Invest began their collaboration around Gällö Timber and the sawmill in Gällö, Jämtland in 2010. Since 2010, significant investments have been made in the sawmill to develop its operations and strengthen its competitiveness. Today, the sawmill has 115 employees and a capacity of 370,000 cubic meters of sawn timber.

SCA is Europe’s largest private forest owner with 2.7 million hectares and, with its forest holdings at its core, has developed a well-invested industrial operation with sawmills, pulp mills, and manufacturing of packaging paper. By acquiring Persson Invest’s share in Gällö Timber, SCA strengthens its position as one of Sweden’s leading producers of sawn timber.

Persson Invest is a family-owned conglomerate based in Östersund. The group has a turnover of about SEK 8 billion and employs around 1,350 people. The company has six business areas where the sale of cars, trucks, and buses are the two largest in terms of turnover and number of employees. Persson Invest owns approximately 140,000 hectares of forest and operates timber processing in the company Valbo Trä, with three facilities that together have a turnover of about SEK 1 billion.

SCA and Persson Invest will continue to collaborate after the transaction, including by delivering sawn timber to Persson Invest’s operations and purchasing raw forest materials from Persson Invest’s forest holdings.

“By acquiring the remaining part of Gällö Timber AB, we further strengthen SCA’s sawmill operation and continue the strong collaboration we have with Persson Invest. Through the investments we’ve made in Gällö together with Persson Invest, we have enhanced the operation’s competitiveness and secured local jobs” says Ulf Larsson, CEO of SCA.

“The collaboration around Gällö Timber has been and continues to be fruitful. Together with SCA, we have developed an almost 150-year-old sawmill business into one of the most competitive in Sweden. We look forward to continuing our collaboration as a customer and supplier for a long time to come,” says Bob Person, Chairman of Persson Invest.

Before the transaction, SCA owns 50 percent of the capital in Gällö Timber AB. SCA acquires the remaining 50 percent from Persson Invest AB. The transaction will take place during the first quarter of 2024.

Photo: Ulf Larsson, CEO of SCA

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Combilift celebrates 25 year anniversary

International Forest Industries - Tue, 03/10/2023 - 10:29

IFI had the pleasure of visiting Combilift at the headquarters in Ireland for their 25th Anniversary celebrations. The event comprised of press conference, a full factory tour, meeting employees, launch of new products, and a celebratory dinner.

In its 25 years, the company had built its own community, whilst also strengthening the one surrounding it. Heather Humphreys, Minister for Social Protection and Minister for Rural and Community Development, spoke on the companies ‘achievements’ and dedication to the community, and commented on its rapid growth over the years.

The company specialises in multi-directional forklifts and long load handling solutions. Combilift prides itself on providing a unique customer experience as they explained the custom experience each customer receives. Their product, which is fully customisable, comes with a complimentary space utilisation consultation, where Combilift assess the customers work space, suggests a machine, and assesses how to utilise the space a customer has in the most efficient way possible.

New products:


Combilift announced its move into the offshore wind sector with the launch of a new product designed to meet the load handling demands of largescale offshore wind manufacturers. The Combi-LC, designed at Combilift’s HQ and Manufacturing plant in Ireland, in collaboration with Siemens Gamesa, allows for the movement of wind turbine blades and towers through production stages and on to storage locations.


They also announced the new Combi-AGT Autonomous Guided Forklift Truck, which aims to deliver long loads in narrow aisles safely and reliably, around the clock. Their autonomous truck solutions combine sophisticated innovative technology to provide the highest levels of productivity and safety. The Combi-AGT can operate autonomously in guided aisles and free-roaming while also featuring a manual driving option.


Combi-Connect is a telematic software product that provides customers with greater levels of insight into fleet management and usage, providing real-time data on fleet performance, including location tracking, usage analytics, and maintenance alerts. With this invaluable information at their fingertips, businesses can improve and enhance operational performance.

Multiple awards were awarded at the celebratory dinner, to employees and distributers for their hard work, support, and dedication to the company. The dinner also provided the audience with an insight into Irish culture, as it entertained attendees with an array of Irish music and dance.

In 1998, the company founders Robert Moffett and Martin McVicar pooled together their expertise and shared vision to design the world’s first internal combustion engine powered, all wheel drive, multi-directional forklift. From two innovators selling 18 machines in year one, to exporting to 85 countries and with more than 60,000 trucks in use worldwide, Combilift has grown into a global company.

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New TCi Dealer in France

International Forest Industries - Wed, 27/09/2023 - 09:58

Tigercat Industries recently announce that Cuoq Forest Diffusion (CFD) based in Saint Pal de Mons is now representing the TCi equipment brand at the national level in France. Previous TCi dealer for France, Clohse Group, will continue to service the Benelux region and northwestern Germany.

Founder and CEO, Jean-Marie Cuoq has been involved in the French forest sector as a forester and contractor since 1984 and has used mechanized equipment in his harvesting operations since 1990. In 2005 Jean-Marie started an equipment repair business. In 2016 he expanded into equipment sales, naming the new entity Cuoq Forest Diffusion. CFD has developed strong service capabilities and a focus on parts support and availability.

“I am grateful for the trust that Tigercat Industries has placed in me and my team,” says Jean-Marie. “We are ready to work diligently, promoting the TCi brand and establishing a strong presence throughout France.”

COO, Philippe Wion adds, “This partnership marks an important step for Cuoq Forest Diffusion. Tigercat Industries is renowned for its robust and high quality forestry equipment. To be entrusted with such a renowned brand is of course a great satisfaction. The arrival of TCi products is consistent with our strategy of representing only premium quality brands.”

Matt Roberts, Tigercat Industries sales manager for Europe comments, “We are excited to work with such an exceptional organization as Cuoq Forest Diffusion to grow our population of TCi products in France. We are confident in the team’s abilities to support the forestry professionals of France. We look forward to a long and successful collaboration.”

Photo: The Cuoq Forest Diffusion team. (L-R) Adrien Leaute, Matthieu Rivière, Charlotte Ribeyron, Jean-Marie Cuoq, Bertrand Defarges, Florian Debard, Philippe Wion, Laure Rivière, Damien Portail.

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Ledinek to deliver a new generation planer line to Moelven Edanesågen AB, Sweden

International Forest Industries - Wed, 13/09/2023 - 09:32

For a long-standing customer Moelven Edanesågen AB from Sweden, part of the Norwegian-Swedish Moelven Group, which produces wood elements and systems for the construction sector, Ledinek will manufacture and deliver a new planer line for exterior elements. As part of a major investment at the Edane site in Sweden, a new production line for planing and sorting will also be built.

They were chosen as a strategic partner in this project because of their ability to provide all key equipment from their own production along with the entire design, implementation and optimization process. The new line will replace the two older lines at this site and will take over the production programme of the adjacent site. The products from this line will go to the Norwegian and Swedish markets.

Ledinek has been manufacturing some of the fastest planing machines for 25 years. The new generation of machines, called Stratoplan, allows four-sided planing and profiling of boards up to 300 mm wide. The new fourth generation Stratoplan, introduced this year, offers even greater profiling capacity for larger cross-sections of external profile elements.

High automation and integration and a new higher capacity machine will increase the productivity of the new line. The centrepiece of the line is the Stratoplan, with a machining speed of up to 400 m/min. The 10 spindles, combined with the integrated tool measuring and positioning system, allow short set-up times and rapid flexibility of the entire line. To improve efficiency in smaller cross-sections, the Splitcut machine, which allows horizontal cutting of workpieces into thinner boards, further increases the capacity of the line.

Due to the high processing capacity of up to two boards per second, the entire line is optimized for automatic operation, including the evaluation and sorting processes. Additional processing by profiling the ends of the boards will increase the value of the products. Stacked packages will be automatically bundled and protected.

This new line will allow faster flexibility and greater capacity for a variety of products, enabling the customer to produce high volumes of products at lower cost. The planned line will be the most powerful production line for this type of product once it is operational.

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The ideas behind the new Komatsu 951XC

International Forest Industries - Wed, 13/09/2023 - 09:06

Demand for an eight-wheeled harvester for final logging has been great, and finally it is here, in the shape of the new Komatsu 951XC. A machine that combines tried and tested innovations with new solutions. Joakim Johansson, Product Manager Harvesters at Komatsu Forest, reveals more about the ideas behind the new eight-wheeler.

The Komatsu 951XC is a final logging specialist and the third addition to Komatsu’s eight wheeled harvester range.

“We now have a complete range of eight wheeled machines specially designed for demanding conditions,” says Joakim Johansson, Product Manager Harvesters at Komatsu Forest.

Compact yet strong

Demand for an eight-wheeled harvester for final logging has been great, and the idea of an eight-wheeled 951 has been around for some time. The challenge was to design a machine for harvesting large trees without making it too cumbersome.

“What’s special about the 951XC is that it combines the strength of a 951 with an extremely compact design. It actually has about the same dimensions as a 931XC and so can even be used in denser stands,” Joakim explains.

The Komatsu 951XC is optimized for use with the Komatsu C164 – a harvester head specially designed for logging large trees.

“However, naturally, it works just as well with our highly popular C144 head. This makes it a versatile machine with the capacity to harvest extremely large trees,” says Joakim.

Low ground pressure and great stability

Thanks to the eight-wheel design, the 951XC delivers lower ground pressure, meaning less impact on the forest floor. It is mainly intended for final logging in hilly terrain and on soft ground. Another important factor when working in steep terrain is stability. The Komatsu 951XC has a number of features that make it one of the most stable harvesters on the market. In addition to the tried-and-tested Komatsu concept, the eight-wheeled XC series harvesters have a bogie on the rear frame with two suspension systems – comprised of the swinging rear axle and a bogie – giving the machines completely unique handling characteristics.

“Our bogie with twin suspension systems is an innovation of which we’re extremely proud. As well as increasing stability by lowering the machine’s centre of gravity, the machine follows irregularities in the terrain in a forgiving manner while delivering excellent manoeverability in challenging terrain conditions,” Joakim explains.

A workplace to long for

The cab is one of the most important parts of a machine – after all, this is where you spend your working day as an operator. Just like all Komatsu harvesters, the 951XC has a comfort- able operator environment with a spacious cab, excellent visibility, and a pleasant cab climate. Thanks to the machine’s stability and leveling cab, the operator is always seated level without the need to stretch and strain to maintain a good seating position.

“A relaxed operator can keep their energy level up as well as maintain their focus and a high production rate for longer. And if you choose the Smart Crane option, you get an even more easily manoeuvred crane that delivers amazing precision,” Joakim comments.

Based on tried-and-tested solutions

In the development of the Komatsu 951XC, the engineers at Komatsu Forest have been able to turn to innovative, tried-and-tested solutions devised in the development of previous models. Over the years, these have been refined by means of continual improvement. One example is the parallel crane, which thanks to its clever design is fast in its outward movements, when the head is unloaded, and powerful in its return movements, when the head is heavily loaded. Another example is the levelling function for the cab and crane that makes the machine a strong performer even on inclines, which is, of course, especially advantageous when harvesting in hilly terrain.

“There are many good examples of innovations that have stood the test of time. My favourite probably remains the Komatsu concept, a feature that came about back in 1984 and means that even today we still have some of the most stable machines on the market,” Joakim ends.

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PONSSE services in Oregon transferred to PacWest Machinery

International Forest Industries - Tue, 12/09/2023 - 13:56

Ponsse Plc has completed an asset item transaction related to its business activities in Oregon. On 7 August 2023, Ponsse announced that it has signed a deed of sale, in which it undertook to sell its maintenance service operations in Coburg, Oregon, in the US to PacWest Machinery (hereinafter referred to as “PacWest”).

The transaction included the service centre in Coburg and its machine and spare parts stocks owned by Ponsse North America, Inc, Ponsse’s subsidiary in the US. At the same time, Ponsse North America Inc. signed a retail agreement with PacWest.

The conditions set for completing the transaction have been met, and the transaction was September 1st. PacWest will be responsible for the sale and maintenance of PONSSE forest machines in the states of Oregon, Washington and Idaho on the West Coast of the United States.  Ponsse North America Inc. continues to provide PONSSE sales and service in the other states together with its other retailers Chadwick-BaRoss Inc and Kleis Equipmentin LLC. Ponsse ensures the positive continuation of local business activities in close cooperation with PacWest employees and regional customers.

The transaction price was not made public by the parties’ mutual agreement, and the price has no impact on the measurement of Ponsse’s value.

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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Metsä Group to draw up biodiversity plans for its mill areas – Kemi the first in line

International Forest Industries - Tue, 12/09/2023 - 13:18

Metsä Group plans to boost biodiversity on its land areas in Kemi. Covering more than 650 hectares, the designated site encompasses Metsä Group’s mill area and other areas in the Kemi urban environment. Metsä Group’s operations in Kemi include a bioproduct mill, currently under construction, and a paperboard mill. The company aims to increase regional biodiversity at all its mill locations across Europe, which number more than 20.

The goal is to modify land use on the Metsä Group Kemi site to improve the state of nature in the industrial environment. The special features of local nature will be taken into account in the project, and the living conditions of endangered species will be improved. Biodiversity in the area will be increased experimentally and by adopting new operating methods.

For example, more than 12 hectares of meadows and sunlit habitats will be added to the Kemi mill area. Only local vegetation will be used in establishing open habitats, and these habitats will be made suitable for endangered species. Various other approaches to increasing the biodiversity of industrial environments will also be tested on the mill site.

The biodiversity plans will also extend outside the mill site to land areas owned by Metsä Group that belong to the Kemi built environment. Residents use these areas for recreational purposes. New ways to increase biodiversity are being developed collaboratively with the town of Kemi.

“Improving the state of nature is one of the goals of Metsä Group’s regenerative forestry approach, and the Kemi pilot project will expand its scope from the forest to the mill area and urban environments. Their biodiversity can also be improved if you have the will and competence and if things are done together. This could be a course adopted industry-wide,” says Ilkka Hämälä, Metsä Group’s President and CEO.

Metsä Group’s collaborative network will grow as the project progresses. One of the key partners is the Villi Vyöhyke association, a leading expert in the biodiversity of the built environment.

“Metsä Group is showing courage, as well as an impressive and high ambition in protecting biodiversity in Kemi. The scope of the new nature targets is exceptionally wide and varied, encompassing the built environment as part of regenerative land use. Metsä Group is a big operator, which gives our actions greater leverage for a wider cultural change towards the international mainstream of biodiversity protection,” says Jere Nieminen, Chair of Villi Vyöhyke.

“Metsä Group’s initiative is important for the town of Kemi. Together, we can develop and strengthen the pioneering role that the Sea Lapland region plays in protecting our nature. The coexistence of industry and nature benefits all of us,” says Matti Ruotsalainen, Mayor of Kemi.

The Kemi pilot project is now underway. The various measures concerning other Metsä Group mills will be carried out gradually over the next few years, using the operating models developed in Kemi.

Metsä Group intends to make the mill areas’ biodiversity plans part of the environmental reporting of mills.  In the next few years, the company also plans to collaborate with its stakeholders to develop the plans for the built environment into internationally approved criteria and standards.

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How much money is needed to save the rainforests?

International Forest Industries - Fri, 18/08/2023 - 10:55

How much money is needed to save the rainforests?

Estimating the exact amount of money needed to save the rainforests is challenging due to the complex and diverse nature of rainforest conservation efforts across different regions. The costs involved can vary significantly based on factors such as the size of the rainforest area, the level of deforestation and degradation, the implementation of conservation strategies, and the involvement of local communities.

However, it is widely recognized that significant financial investments are required to effectively address the threats facing rainforests and implement conservation measures. Some of the key areas that require financial support include:

Forest Protection and Law Enforcement: Adequate funding is needed to strengthen law enforcement efforts against illegal logging, land encroachment, and other activities leading to deforestation. This includes supporting ranger programs, surveillance technologies, and the implementation of stricter regulations.

Sustainable Livelihoods and Community Engagement: Engaging local and indigenous communities and providing sustainable livelihood alternatives are critical for effective rainforest conservation. Supporting community-led initiatives, promoting sustainable agriculture practices, and providing economic incentives for forest conservation can help reduce pressure on rainforest resources.

Research and Monitoring: Investing in scientific research and monitoring programs is essential to understand the dynamics of rainforest ecosystems, assess the impacts of human activities, and develop evidencebased conservation strategies. This includes funding for biodiversity surveys, ecosystem monitoring, and technological advancements in remote sensing and data analysis.

Restoration and Reforestation: Restoring degraded rainforest areas through reforestation and restoration projects requires significant financial resources. This includes efforts to plant native tree species, restore wildlife habitats, and rehabilitate degraded land.

International Cooperation and Funding Mechanisms: Global initiatives, partnerships, and funding mechanisms are crucial for supporting rainforest conservation efforts. International organizations, governments, and philanthropic institutions play a vital role in providing financial assistance and coordinating efforts across countries and regions.

While an exact figure is difficult to determine, a study published in the journal Science Advances in 2018 estimated that an annual investment of around $35 billion could be needed to halt deforestation in tropical regions worldwide. However, it’s important to note that this estimate includes broader tropical forests beyond just rainforests.

Ultimately, the financial resources required to save the rainforests depend on various factors and the scale of conservation efforts undertaken. Continued support and increased funding commitments from governments, private sector entities, and international organizations are crucial for achieving long-term rainforest conservation goals.

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Illegal cattle farming in the Brazilian Amazon

Illegal cattle farming has been a significant issue in the Brazilian Amazon for many years. The expansion of cattle ranching has been a leading cause of deforestation and environmental degradation in the region. While not all cattle farming in the Amazon is illegal, there are illegal practices associated with the industry that contribute to deforestation and other environmental problems.

Here are some key points about illegal cattle farming in the Brazilian Amazon: Deforestation: The expansion of cattle ranching has been a major driver of deforestation in the Amazon. Forests are often cleared illegally to make way for pastureland for cattle. This not only leads to the loss of valuable ecosystems but also contributes to climate change by releasing large amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

Land Grabbing: Illegal land grabbing is a common practice associated with cattle farming in the Amazon. People encroach upon protected areas, indigenous lands, or public lands, illegally claiming ownership and converting them into cattle ranches. This further exacerbates deforestation and undermines the rights of indigenous communities.

Violation of Environmental Laws: Illegal cattle ranching often involves the violation of environmental laws and regulations. These include clearing forests without proper permits, operating in protected areas, and using illegal means to obtain land titles.

Supply Chain Issues: The beef produced through illegal cattle farming can enter the formal supply chain, making it difficult to trace the origin of the meat. This creates challenges for companies and consumers who seek to avoid supporting deforestation and human rights abuses associated with illegal practices.

The Brazilian government has made efforts to address illegal cattle farming and reduce deforestation rates. Initiatives such as increased law enforcement, satellite monitoring, and the expansion of protected areas have been implemented. Additionally, consumer awareness and pressure have led some companies to commit to sourcing only deforestation free beef. However, tackling illegal cattle farming requires a comprehensive approach that includes stricter enforcement of environmental regulations, land tenure regularization, support for sustainable land use alternatives, and addressing the underlying socio-economic factors driving deforestation.

Also Read: Andrew Wasley, Elisângela Mendonça, Youssr Youssef and Robert Soutar in the Guardian


 Action urgently needed

The global warming crisis is increasing at an alarming rate. Rising temperatures are fuelling environmental degradation, natural disasters, weather extremes, food and water insecurity, economic disruption, conflict, and terrorism. Sea levels are rising, the Arctic and Antarctica are melting, coral reefs are dying, oceans are acidifying, and forests are burning.

Create a World Fighting force

Now is the time for the United Nations to make a radical decision. Create a fighting force that has to be adopted by Brazil, The Congo Basin countries and others to step up policing and putting an end to illegal logging, illegal cattle farming etc or face the dire consequences of intense global warming.

Glaring World Cost Anomalies

Positive: Glasgow COP 26

$12 billion donor support pledged to halt and reverse forest loss and protect land rights.

A new public finance pledge from 12 countries to support ambitious forest-related climate action in developing countries.


During a recent visit by President of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, President Biden pledged 1 Billion pounds towards Rainforest conservation. Da Silva went on to China but it is reported President Xi Jinping was unwilling to pledge any amount

  • Consider the cost of a nuclear submarine $3.45 billion
  • The war in Afghanistan is estimated to have cost upwards of 2.2 trillion dollars.
  • The HS2 UK rail extension is likely to cost upwards of 100 billion pounds.
  • The 2023 US defence budget is Circa $770 billion.
  • The 2023 Chinese defence budget is $224 billion dollars.
  • That’s around 1 Trillion dollars from 2 countries in 2023!

How much is needed to save the Amazon and The Congo basin et al?

Hardly anything in comparison.

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MiCROTEC Launches North American Website

International Forest Industries - Fri, 18/08/2023 - 09:05

Addressing the demand for innovative solutions within the wood industry, MiCROTEC introduced an interactive platform through the launch of their North American website following the global site launch in May.

This platform offers an opportunity to experience MiCROTEC’s complete product portfolio. Covering a spectrum of cutting-edge optimizations and enhanced support services, the website includes click-maps that interactively depict wood processing sectors, a range of customer care choices, customer testimonials, and a quick product finder.

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