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New Nisula Forest Distributor in UK

International Forest Industries - Mi, 19/01/2022 - 14:08

“Nisula Forest Oy and SB Forestry Ltd have signed a dealership agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, SB Forestry will sell Nisula Forest products and parts and offer customer service in United Kingdom.

““We are very excited about our new cooperation with SB Forestry! Scott Burton and his team have a lot of experience in the forest machinery sector.

“Located in Lauder and Melksham, our new distributor will guarantee the satisfaction of our customers in UK.

“If you are in the need of Scandinavian quality forestry products and looking for top-notch customer service, call SB Forestry right now!”, says Timo Savornin, Sales Director at Nisula Forest Oy.

Scott Burton
Managing Director at SB Forestry Ltd
Edinburgh Road, Lauder, UK
+44 7795 438341

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Minister of Transportation to attend railroad timber terminal opening at Hauerseter

International Forest Industries - Mi, 19/01/2022 - 13:17

Norske Skog at Saugbrugs, in collaboration with Nortømmer and Viken Skog have established the company Tømmerterminal Hauerseter AS, a privately owned railroad terminal for loading timber by rail. On Wednesday 19 January, the official opening will be attended by Norwegian Minister of Transport Jon-Ivar Nygård.

The green transition requires that our inbound and outbound transport from the mills takes place with emission-free transport solutions. While we achieve lower carbon emissions and costs, there will now also be fewer heavy trucks transporting timber on our roads. A further development of the railway network and the terminal structure until 2050 will be a prerequisite for the implementation of the green transition in the industry and the fulfillment of Norway’s emission obligations in the Glasgow agreement, says Sven Ombudstvedt, CEO of Norske Skog.

Between 100,000 and 150,000 cubic meters of timber will be transported annually via the timber terminal, mainly spruce pulpwood to Norske Skog Saugbrugs in Halden. This amounts to somewhere between 2,500 and 3,750 timber truckloads a year.

Geographically well located 

The terminal at Hauerseter is located just north of Gardermoen. It is thus geographically well located compared to other timber terminals. Hauerseter will relieve the other terminals, contribute to a sharp reduction in the number of timber trucks on the roads and reduce the transport distance from the forest in the area around the terminal.

The background for the establishment of the terminal is, among other things, a challenging capacity situation at Norsenga timber terminal in Kongsvinger. In addition, there are bottlenecks with driving a large number of timber trucks via Oslo.

First timber delivered 

The terminal, which is located at Hauerseter in Ullensaker municipality, has been established by a private initiative. Recently, we have put in place the necessary approvals from both Jernbanetilsynet and BaneNor to be able to load and transport timber by railway, says general manager Tor Henrik Kristiansen in Viken Skog.

The first timber transporters delivered timber to Hauerseter on 23 December, and the first timber train is scheduled to run during January.

Now we are looking forward to the official opening, and we are very happy that the Minister of Transport comes to attend, says Kristiansen.

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Ponsse opens new service centre in Joensuu

International Forest Industries - Mi, 19/01/2022 - 12:53

This €2.5 million investment is based on growing Ponsse’s market share and machine base in Eastern Finland as well as a desire to better serve their customers

The modern service centre in Joensuu will further improve the quality and efficiency of maintenance and service in Finland. The ca. 1,000 m2 service centre includes field and information system maintenance, spare parts and machine sales, technical support as well as a well-stocked spare parts storage and Ponsse Shop. The maintenance shop and spare parts storage are in the same facility to ensure a quick turnaround and thus the most uninterrupted harvesting services possible.

There are a total of 13 employees at the Joensuu service centre. Along with the new facility, they will focus more on personnel training with an option to increase their volume of personnel if necessary.

“The new service centre allows us to provide an even better level of service to our customers and ensure a fast turnaround for machine maintenance. On the spare parts side, we can now provide a delivery service, making it possible for our customers to sign a service agreement on equipment purchases,” explains Ponsse Finland’s country director Jani Liukkonen.

The service centre is located in Joensuu’s Papinkangas, near route 6, roughly six kilometres south of the city centre.

“We chose a location that is easy for our customers to access from any direction,” adds Liukkonen.

There are a total of 24 locations in Finland, with roughly 190 professionals in total working for them. Ponsse’s market share in Finland is currently 45 percent.

The international Ponsse maintenance network consists of 235 service centres. All PONSSE service centres are situated in central locations considering it’s customers’ operations and logistics.

Ponsse Finland, Jani Liukkonen, country director,
Tel. +358 40 095 3847, jani.liukkonen@ponsse.com

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A Large-Scale Delivery To A New Junnikkala Sawmill

International Forest Industries - Fr, 14/01/2022 - 13:41

Jartek Invest Oy delivers a modern sorting facility to Junnikkala Oy’s sawmill in Oulu. The delivery consists of both green sorting and dry sorting plants with peripherals. Automation installation for the sorting system is delivered by Jartek AI Oy.  The delivery is the biggest domestic project in the company’s history, being worth about twenty million euros. When finished, the need for pine and spruce logs of Oulu sawmill is about 700 000 cubic meters.

Both green sorting and dry sorting lines are equipped with the latest mechanics, automation and machine vision innovations. The delivery will utilize solutions based on artificial intelligence. The plant represents modern technology, including automatic load and stick transfer equipment.

“It is an honour to be able to participate in construction of a new Finnish sawmill with such a large delivery. Junnikkala clearly appreciates a local partnership. Jartek would like to thank for your trust!”, says Kari Puustinen, Sales Director of Jartek.

The project was quickly taken from the initial concept to the contract phase. “Jartek was helping us since the initial plant concept, which was a big factor for us. The choice of Jartek was supported by good domestic references and local expertise”, says Kalle Junnikkala, CEO of Junnikkala Oy.

The project has got off to a fast start and the design phase has already started. The installations will begin in the last quarter of 2023. It is also planned to saw the first log as early as 2023.

Additional information: Kari Puustinen

Picture. On the left, Kalle Junnikkala, CEO, Junnikkala Oy. On the right, Teemu Uimonen, Chairman of the Board, Jartek Invest Oy.

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Jartek Delivers Green Sorting & Dry Sorting Lines For Onega Ldk Modernization In Arkhangelsk Oblast

International Forest Industries - Fr, 14/01/2022 - 12:43

In the past year 2021 JARTEK INVEST OY signed a contract for delivery of green sorting and dry sorting lines for Segezha Group which has begun a complete modernization of JSC Onezhsky LDK wood processing facility in Arkhangelsk Oblast.

The preliminary planning has been completed in January this year and the designing is under way.

New green sorting and dry sorting lines handle 300,000 m3 of lumber per year.

The lines are fast and modern – a symbiosis of mechanics and automation. The lines are equipped with e.g., the necessary equipment for the careful handling of timber and machine vision equipment.

According to plans of Segezha Group, a large-scale investment in a modernization project that includes new green sorting and dry sorting lines is to make operation more efficient, develop wood processing and improve product quality.

“For Onega LDK, the decision to implement the project is a long-awaited development. Modern technology is developing quickly and the use of old sawmill techniques with high production costs have a negative impact on the company’s competitiveness”, says Alexander Varakin, CEO of Onega LDK.

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John Deere expands its attachments family with new Mulchers and Brush Cutters for excavators

International Forest Industries - Fr, 14/01/2022 - 11:38

John Deere has introduced new additions to its attachment family for excavators with the ME36 and ME50 Mulchers, and the RE40 and RE50 Rotary Brush Cutters.

The ME36 and ME50 mulchers are equipped with knife-style cutting teeth on a split ring rotor. The spiral, double helix tool pattern and innovative tool shape allow for fast, efficient cutting for mulch up to 5-inch material. A controlled and metered cutting depth allows the operator to maintain high rotor revolutions per minute (RPM) and a productive mulching rate. The teeth may be sharpened and easily flipped for a fresh cutting edge, extending the tool’s life. The mulcher attachments are ideal for right-of-way maintenance and fire/fuel reduction, clearing standing or felled trees and brush along fencerows, roadsides, waterways, and other hard-to-reach places.

The RE40 and RE50 brush cutters bring more versatility for excavators. These brush cutters are ideal for embankment and ditch management, over-fence brush management, rail right-of-way maintenance, and otherwise difficult to reach areas. Three swinging blades mounted to a blade carrier can fell and cut material up to 6 inches in diameter. A heavy-duty hinged debris shield retracts when the head is engaged with trees and brush, exposing the blades, and allowing for aggressive cuts.

The RE40 and RE50 brush cutters directionally beveled blades push material into the head of the cutter, creating fine debris for recycling. The blades are also reversible, so when the leading-edge wears, they can be unbolted and flipped over for a fresh cutting edge. An automatic hydraulic braking system quickly stops the blade rotation after the machine is turned off, so operators can exit the cab.

Equipped with a bolt-on mounting system, the RE cutters offer flexible configuration to a variety of coupling systems. If coupling requirements change, units can be quickly and easily reconfigured.

“Both attachment lines offer customers a means to step into the growing vegetation management segment of machine use,” said Jason Simmons, Project Manager of Global Attachments at John Deere Construction and Forestry Division. The features of the mulchers and cutters deliver value to customers so they can achieve high productivity, uptime and low operating costs. These attachments are tested in the toughest applications, ensuring they will get the job done and are durable enough to last.

The attachments are tested and optimized to work with John Deere excavators, but the mulchers are also compatible with many competitive 5–10 ton excavator models, and the brush cutters are also compatible with many competitive 3–10 ton excavator models.

For more information about John Deere attachments, as well as the full range of construction equipment and technology solutions, visit https://www.JohnDeere.com.

Bria Rooney
Vice President, PR, imre

Photo: The mulcher attachments are ideal for clearing standing/felled trees and brush

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Kamps, Inc. Acquires Gorgo Group, Strengthening It’s Capabilities In The North-East Region

International Forest Industries - Fr, 14/01/2022 - 10:44

On December 22, Kamps acquired Gorgo Group (“Gorgo”). The Gorgo Group is a collection of companies that provide pallet, packaging, and logistics solutions across the North-East. Gorgo has two asset-based locations in Southern New Jersey, and one in Harrisburg, PA. The acquisition of Gorgo expands Kamps footprint in the North-East and builds upon their core mission of providing customer-centric pallet solutions on a national scale.

Headquartered in Vineland, NJ, Gorgo began as a single pallet division in 1979, with Anthony Gorgo as the founder. Gorgo was sold to Louis Chini in 1994, who then ultimately sold to partners Bryan Kruysman Jr. and Nick Biagi in 2011. Gorgo Group’s Pallet Division specializes in full-service pallet recycling and custom pallet manufacturing. The packaging and logistics divisions provide auxiliary support for supply chains in the region.

Across the three divisions, Gorgo employs over 200 individuals and operates close to 400 trailers. All employees, along with the owners, will stay onboard.

Gorgo Group’s facilities are located in:

  • Vineland, NJ
  • Millville, NJ
  • Harrisburg, PA

Bryan and Nick have grown Gorgo Pallet significantly over the past decade due to their entrepreneurial spirit, uncompromising customer service, and ability to build a strong team. We appreciate their additional product and service offerings which have provided extra value for their customers. We look forward to parlaying these additional services to our customer base in the North-East region and beyond.

Kamps, Inc. President, Mitchell Kamps

Kamps’ commitment to maintaining a family atmosphere, while having such a large footprint intrigued us the most. As the industry continues its move towards national versus regional coverage, choosing a partner who aligns with our core values and local focus was of the utmost importance

Gorgo Group Vice-President, Nick Biagi

Joining such a great organization, that shares the same principals, will ensure we continue serving our communities and allow our employees to grow in their careers. We are looking forward to continued success within the North-East market.

Gorgo Group President, Bryan Kruysman Jr.

The addition of the Gorgo Group grows Kamps’ national presence to 45 asset-based locations across five regions. The additional assets, inventory, and systems, will provide customers in from both organizations with a superior experience. The acquisition also allows them to reach more supply chains directly with its customer-centric approach to pallet solutions.

About Kamps, Inc.

Kamps, Inc. is a full-service national pallet company delivering innovative pallet solutions to customers since 1975. Kamps specializes in supplying high quality recycled pallets, new custom pallets, and comprehensive pallet recycling services to diverse supply chains across the nation. With over 400 locations in its pallet network and over 40 asset-based locations, Kamps is the national leader in customer-centric pallet solutions.

To learn more about Kamps, Inc. visit https://www.kampspallets.com/

About Gorgo Group

Gorgo Group, based out of vineland, NJ, is a collection of companies providing pallets, packaging, logistics services and landscape mulch throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland. Gorgo has two locations in Southern New Jersey, and one location in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Gorgo is the largest pallet recycler in the Philadelphia/Baltimore region, and services most of the fortune 500 companies in its service area from retail and foodservice distribution centers to E-commerce companies.

To learn more about Gorgo Group, visit https://gorgogroup.com/

Photo: Kamps Inc.

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New app launched to give more accurate picture of Storm Arwen impacts

International Forest Industries - Do, 06/01/2022 - 13:11

Forest Research has launched a new citizen science app combining England and Scotland windblow data to increase the knowledge of the full impact of Storm Arwen.

The app is easy to use and allows anyone to validate and improve the information available.

Confor members are urged to sign up and give the feedback requested, which can include verification of windblow  identified using satellite imagery. The app also offers the option to state if it is the correct area, whether new or old, what extra felling area will be required up to the windfirm edge and what species are involved.

Richard Hunter, Confor’s Technical and Industry Support Manager, said: “This is an opportunity to identify some windblown areas that might have been missed, and to enhance what we know already. This will be very important as we try to manage the situation and maintain as stable a market for timber crops as possible.”

The app will remain open until 23 January and the information collected will be turned into a report to support the industry.

The app launched on Friday 17th December at 4pm and by Monday 20th December at 9am, already had more than 100 hectares validated, much of that removing false positives produced by satellite imagery. New information is fed back into the algorithm that reads the satellite data and turns it into a shape file. The system learns and  therefore the next imagery reading is more accurate – so the more area validated, the more accurate it becomes.

Mr Hunter thanked Confor members who provided valuable information through a windblow questionnaire sent out recently, adding: “This has now been superseded by the new app – produced by Forest Research, with the support of Scottish Forestry, Forestry Commission and Confor. We encourage members to engage fully with this app.”

Mr Hunter also reminded members to work with clients to understand that tackling windblow is potentially dangerous work – and should be mechanised wherever possible, by competent and experienced contractors.

This is the latest collaborative effort between Confor and the public forest bodies in response to Storm Arwen, which caused intensive damage to Scotland’s woodlands – especially down the east coast, across the Borders and East Lothian, stretching into Galloway. Another swathe of damage runs through Aberdeenshire, Angus and into Perthshire. There was also significant damage in northern England.

Scottish Government Environment Minister Màiri McAllan said: “Storm Arwen provided a salutary lesson of the power of nature and the challenge of climate change. Our people suffered and so, too, did our natural environment.

“The impact is evident in the distressing images of flattened forests and woodlands which will take decades, if not centuries to recover from. Their loss reminds us of the significant role trees play in our lives, communities, economy and wellbeing.

“Behind this is a monumental clear-up operation which is being undertaken by large and small woodland owners. Whilst this is being carried out, the message to the public is not to enter into affected forests until they are made safe.

“Forestry might be a long term business, but getting to grips with managing the windblown timber has already begun. As more accurate information becomes available, Scotland’s forest industry will be taking decisions on handling the extra volumes of timber that needs to be harvested.

”Through Scottish Forestry, advice, information and assistance is being made available to woodland owners and the forestry sector to help manage the aftermath of Storm Arwen.”

Andy Leitch, Deputy Chief Executive of Confor, said: “With new information emerging every day about the impact of Storm Arwen – from satellite data, localised aerial surveys and on-ground observation – it is vital that the industry and the public forestry bodies work together as closely as possible.

“The most effective way to ensure windblown trees are removed safely and quickly is to share information, identify opportunities for joint approaches – and deploy resources where they are most needed.

“The clean-up after the storm – and the work needed to remove the windblown timber, make safe the remaining trees and get the timber to wood processors – will take time and effort. However, Confor is fully committed to working in partnership with the public forestry bodies to make that happen in a speedy and efficient manner.”

Scottish Forestry, Confor and FLS will continue to work closely at both national and levels, taking into account the different timber markets.

Scottish Forestry has already deployed its staffing resource to the areas most affected, anticipating that woodland owners in the areas affected will require advice.

Action to fast track and simplify the paperwork around Felling Permissions and Forest Management Plans has been undertaken to help woodland managers tackle trees that were affected by windblow.

FLS began discussions with its timber customers straight after Storm Arwen hit to determine market availability, volume requirements and species demand. The agency, which manages the national forests, is also compiling more detailed information on areas, volumes, species and damage types in order to prioritise areas for harvesting and sale.

Most of the trees that have been flattened will be removed over the next year and sent to wood processors across Scotland. In time, the forests will be replanted.

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Positive news on forestry funding in Scotland

International Forest Industries - Do, 06/01/2022 - 12:20

Confor has reacted positively to the forestry funding announced in the new Scottish Government budget.

The budget describes “a further £69.5 million to be invested in woodland creation and sustainable management of Scotland’s woodlands” – and links the money directly to the target of planting 15,000 hectares of new woodland annually.

This figure is due to accelerate towards 18,000 hectares a year by 2024-25.

The funding was part of the Budget for 2022-23 announcement by the Scottish Government’s Finance and Economy Secretary Kate Forbes MSP. She said it was designed to make Scotland “more prosperous, fairer and greener”.

Stuart Goodall, Chief executive of forestry and wood trade body Confor, said: “I’m delighted to see the Scottish Government putting the additional money on the table required to meet its commitment to expand sustainable woodland creation in Scotland.

“Scotland is planting 80% of all new woodland in the UK – and it is doing so with a clear purpose. Scotland’s tree planting locks up carbon while creating jobs and economic growth in rural areas, as well as providing the future supplies of wood we need to build new, zero carbon homes and much more.”

Two Scottish Government Ministers, Mairi Gougeon MSP and Patrick Harvie MSP, visited the Zero Carbon House at COP26. Read more about it here.

Mr Goodall continued: “Scotland had been facing a reduction in wood supply in the run-up to its net zero target of 2045, but the continued creation of new productive woodland that also delivers places for people and wildlife will enable us to build more with home-grown wood. It’s great to see a real understanding of the multiple benefits of modern forestry at Government level – and the resources to support this.”

He said that Confor would continue to work closely and constructively with ministers and public forest bodies to help deliver a low-carbon, high value future for rural Scotland.

Photo:  Stuart Goodall, Chief executive of forestry and wood trade body Confor

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BID to partner with Georgia-Pacific to modernize Pineland, Texas Lumber Complex

International Forest Industries - Do, 06/01/2022 - 11:15

BID Group recently announced it has received an order from Georgia-Pacific to deliver a new sawmill at its Pineland, TX operation which will replace the existing stud mill. The investment will also include the addition of new debarking, log processing line, a continuous dry kiln, and a new high-speed planer. Through its industry-leading wood processing technologies and integrated solutions offering, BID will manage, design, build, equip, and provide full start-up services for the project.

“We are excited to partner with the BID team again to continue expanding our manufacturing capacity and modernizing our lumber facilities in the U.S. South,” Georgia-Pacific Lumber President Fritz Mason said. “This project will employ the best complement of modern technologies to meet our growing consumer demand for the highest quality product, in a facility that has been a premier operation since the early 1900’s. Working with an industry leader like BID provides the confidence that this major project to further enhance our vertical integration will be done right and delivered on time.”

The new operation will incorporate BID’s best-in-class wood processing technologies including equipment, software, automation systems, and AI-enabled optimization.  BID’s Integrated Solutions Team will provide the design, engineering, planning, fabrication, and installation services for this Turnkey project.

“We would like to thank Georgia-Pacific for their continuing trust in BID, gained through a series of ventures together, to deliver this project.  We are humbled and honored that they have chosen to partner with us for their next major growth investment and ongoing operational excellence” said Alistair Cook, President and CEO of BID Group.

Work on site will begin early in 2022 and startup of the sawmill is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2022.

Photo: Georgia-Pacific Lumber President Fritz Mason

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John Deere Announces New Options & Updates to the M-Series Tracked Feller Bunchers, Harvesters, & Shovel Loggers

International Forest Industries - Mi, 05/01/2022 - 15:23
  • John Deere enhances Smooth Boom Control (SBC) system to M-Series Tracked Feller Bunchers, Harvesters, and Loggers.
  • John Deere also implements improved seat and new optional features including Heated Ventilated Seats (HVS) and a Premium XM radio option.

John Deere introduces new options and updates to the M-Series Tracked Feller Bunchers, Harvesters, and Shovel Logger. Enhancements have been made to the previously released Smooth Boom Control (SBC), as well as Improved Seat and Heated-Ventilated Seat (HVS) and Premium Radio that is XM ready.

Updated Smooth Boom Control (SBC) improves the amount of pressure needed to operate a function, giving the operator more feel and control of the movement, especially during fine metering. This allows for a wider tuning range for individual functions and improves the set-up for multiple Operator preferences and skill levels.

“A machine’s ability to adapt to any operator using equipment for extended periods is vital to productivity,” said Jim O’Halloran, product marketing manager, John Deere. ”Continuous improvement is always top of mind when it comes to our equipment, and enhancing the machine control and operator comfort levels are prime examples of offering a greater customizable functionality to operators.”

The new dual density foam seat provides more support and comfort during operation. With improved seat cushioning, built-in contoured lumbar and thigh support and additional clearance for their thighs, all sizes of operators can feel comfortable in any desired seating position.

Additionally, John Deere has added adjustable suspension dampers to reduce vibration and provide more variable dampening. Lastly, for improved overall comfort, a heated and ventilated seat option has been made available. All seat configurations come with either a standard wide lap belt, or optional four-point harness.

For more information about John Deere M-Series Tracked Feller Bunchers, Harvesters, and Shovel Loggers, as well as the full range of forestry equipment and technology solutions, visit https://www.deere.com/en/forestry/.

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Changes in management at Komatsu Forest in Brazil

International Forest Industries - Mi, 05/01/2022 - 15:02

Komatsu Forest would like to inform about changes in top management of Komatsu Forest Ltda Brazil.

The company’s current managing director (MD), Mr Felipe Viera has decided to leave the company in pursuit of other professional challenges in a different business segment. Mr Juergen Munz is temporarily taking on the role as MD for Komatsu Forest Brazil.

Mr Munz comes from Germany and has worked for Komatsu Forest since 2007, since 2018 he is MD for the German sales company.  Mr Munz assignment in Brazil is an interim solution until the company has recruited a new managing director locally.

“I look forward to work together with our Brazilian team. The Brazilian market has a strong, sustainable growth and Komatsu Forest has strong, long-term partnerships with our customers. My main focus will be to find the new MD for the company, and I will do my best to make the transition between Mr Viera and the future MD as seamless as possible,” Munz explains.

Komatsu Forest is also reinforcing its local product planning function. The range of forest machine models based on Komatsu crawler base machines, like PC200, PC350 and D61, increases and becomes more and more purpose built for forestry applications. Komatsu Forest will therefor reinforce the product planning function for Komatsu Crawler based products sold in South America.

Mr. Sandro Soares will be the new Product Manager, starting from 1 December 2021, based in Brazil. Sandro will work together with the Product Planning team of Komatsu Forest head office in Sweden.

“Sandro has many years of experience working for Komatsu Forest Ltda, as a Service Manager and with Design engineering. This, in combination with his large network of market contacts will be valuable in the new role,” Munz continues.

Mr Viera who is leaving the company concludes “I’m extremely grateful to Komatsu for the opportunity given to me and honored to have served alongside a such committed team. I’m proud of Komatsu’s trajectory and certain that the company’s future will look bright. Komatsu has an inquisitive team that are restless to keep pushing for improvement and innovation. I wish Mr. Munz and all Komatsu’s team member all the best. Same feeling and thoughts to the forest market colleagues and friends.”

Mr Felipe Vieira left  the company on November 30 2021. Mr Juergen Munz has been on site in Brazil from December 6.

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Alamo Group successfully acquire Timberwolf Ltd

International Forest Industries - Mi, 05/01/2022 - 14:33

The Board and wider team at Timberwolf recently announced the Alamo Group had acquired Timberwolf Ltd.

Based at Seguin, Texas, the Alamo Group, known for its leadership in technology and production innovation, owns many of the world’s leading brands in the agricultural equipment and forestry sector.
Timberwolf’s established position as a leading designer and manufacturer of wood chippers makes this acquisition an excellent fit into Alamo Group’s newly formed Vegetation Management Division (which includes forestry and tree care operations).

“The completion of the sale provides enormous opportunity for the business,” said Timberwolf Managing Director, Chris Perry. “Joining such a prestigious organisation will allow Timberwolf to accelerate many of the strategic projects we have already identified. Alamo Group have a clear approach to sustainability which aligns to our own existing business values so we’re very excited about the opportunities that this acquisition will bring”.

Alamo Group is a leader in the design, manufacture, distribution and service of high quality equipment for infrastructure maintenance, agriculture and other applications.

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Cascade Hardwoods invests in Microtec CT Log Scanning technology

International Forest Industries - Mi, 05/01/2022 - 14:04

Cascade Hardwoods recently invested in Microtec’s CT X-ray Log Scanning and Logeye 900 Stereo Carriage Scanners for their ChehalisWA facility.

“The CT X-ray scanner utilizes Computed Tomography X-ray reconstruction to detect internal defects including knots, cracks, rot, and bruising. This information is then passed to the Logeye 900 Stereo Carriage scanners where each segment will be recognized via fingerprint technology, optimized for best rotation and breakdown, then sawn to achieve the most value-added solution.

“Microtec is very excited to partner with Cascade Hardwoods on this project, as it showcases cutting-edge CT technology in combination with Headrig sawing’s flexible breakdown capabilities. Even smaller sawmills are able to justify and take advantage of the considerable advancements in Microtec’s X-ray technology”, explains Norvin Laudon, CT Application Specialist at Microtec.

“Microtec’s Vancouver, Canada location specializes in delivering advanced Log Scanning and Optimization solutions to the North American Market, from bucking through to primary and secondary breakdown. Microtec, headquartered in Italy, is the world’s most trusted scanning and optimization provider for the sawmilling and wood processing industry.

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BID Group to increase its Production Facility in Mirabel, QC

International Forest Industries - Di, 04/01/2022 - 13:10

BID Group, the North American leader in sawmill equipment manufacturing, installation, and life cycle service announces it will invest over $1.5 million dollars at its existing facility in Mirabel to grow production capacity. The company will add 5,000 ft2 to its existing footprint, increasing production capacity over 50%.

“Digital Technologies continue to be a key driver in the transformation of the Wood Processing Industry and a differentiator in the performance of Comact equipment. This investment will allow us to expand production capabilities to continue providing our customers the assurance of leading-edge solutions built with the highest quality workmanship in the industry. This project is part of our long-term manufacturing strategy and we are pleased to announce this investment in our future.”  Simon Potvin, President, Wood Processing.

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JGA invests in lumber kiln from Valutec – aims to increase production

International Forest Industries - Di, 04/01/2022 - 12:22

Småland’s JGA invests in a lumber kiln from Valutec for its sawmill in Linneryd. It is a TC continuous kiln with an annual capacity of 80,000 cubic meters (33,900 MBF) that will be used for the entire board production of the sawmill. In the future, JGA plans to increase today’s annual production of 250,000 cubic meters (105,900 MBF) to 400,000 cubic meters (169,500 MBF), which is made possible by the new TC dryer.

“With the TC dryer, we are well equipped for the future,” says Magnus Ragnarsson, HR manager at JGA. “At the same time as it gives us high capacity, it also delivers a good drying result that lives up to the quality requirements of the future.”

JGA has been active in sawn and processed wood products since 1928 and produces 250,000 cubic meters (105,900 MBF) of sawn lumber per year. About 70 percent of the production is exported, mainly to Denmark, England, the Netherlands and Poland.

In 2018, they invested in four batch kilns from Valutec and at the same time took the opportunity to invest in Valutec’s control system Valmatics 4.0 for the entire drying fleet. Valmatics 4.0 is packed with intelligence that senses and adapts the drying process accordingly. Integrated in the system is the Valusim simulator, which optimizes new drying programs with regard to capacity, quality and electrical energy consumption, in order to avoid costly running-in times.

“We are very satisfied with Valmatics 4.0. The built-in simulator is fantastic and makes everything a lot easier. As long as I know the incoming moisture ratio and the desired final moisture ratio, it calculates the rest,” says Leif Gustafsson, drying manager at JGA.

“It’s an honor to be chosen by JGA once again. We know each other well and have had a good collaboration for many years,” says Jon Lindberg, sales manager at Valutec. “They are knowledgeable and provide useful feedback, not least in drying control, which contributes to our development work.”

The TC dryer to be delivered to JGA has eight drying zones and will be used exclusively for drying side boards. The annual capacity will reach approximately 80,000 cubic meters (33,900 MBF). It’s made of stainless steel and will be delivered with pressure frames for minimal deformation of the upper lumber layers and heat recovery.

“In the end, it was an obvious choice for us. We have good experience of Valutec both in terms of quality of the lumber dryer and the lumber that comes out. It’s also a security to be able to continue with the same control system,” says Magnus.

Installation of the new lumber dryer will begin in August 2022

For more information, contact:
Eric Johansson
Marketing Manager
Phone: +46 76 767 6968

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OneFortyOne to invest $11 million in Jubilee Sawmill

International Forest Industries - Di, 04/01/2022 - 10:50

OneFortyOne, Mount Gambier’s largest private employer, has committed to investing over $11 million in its Jubilee Sawmill over the next two years.

Jubilee Sawmill General Manager Paul Hartung said the modern manufacturing investment was a continuation of the re-investment program that started in 2016.

“OneFortyOne has invested close to $40 million since purchasing the mill in 2018, on state-of-the-art technology projects such as Sorter Bins, a Lucidyne Scanning System, reducing boiler emissions and upgrading to Continuous Drying Kilns,” Paul said.

“This most recent commitment will extend to an equipment and technology upgrade for Drymill A, replacing and modernising equipment as it reaches end of life.”

Paul said the new equipment will be manufactured in New South Wales under a licensing agreement, a first for Australia.

“We are really pleased we can be part of this initiative.”

“OneFortyOne is committed to ensuring we remain one of the most progressive and efficient mills in Australasia. By investing in new technology, we are continuing towards our objective of valuing every strand of wood fibre that we process.”

OneFortyOne estimates that through this upgrade Jubilee Sawmill will reduce its emissions by approximately 268 tonnes of CO2 equivalent annually. These savings will be generated by reduced electricity consumption.

“It’s an exciting project for our team here at Jubilee,” Paul said.

“The innovative technology that will be installed at the mill presents an amazing opportunity to train and upskill our people in robotics and automation.”

“One of the motivating factors for this project was the chance it provided to shift the Drymill team to a 4-day week. This development means that both Drymill A and the Greenmill will operate on 4-day weeks.”

“We know this has been an important issue for our Drymill team and we are really pleased to support their wellbeing in this way.”

The project is scheduled to begin in 2022 and will take 2 years to complete.

Fast Facts

  • OneFortyOne has invested $40 million since purchasing the Jubilee Sawmill in 2018.
  • OneFortyOne estimates that this investment will result in approximately 268 tonnes of CO2 equivalent savings annually will be generated due to reduced electricity consumption.
  • Drymill team will transition to a 4-day work week after consultation has been completed.
  • Jubilee Sawmill boilers run on biofuel. In FY2020, 78,000 tonnes of dry wood waste fuel was processed through two boilers, producing energy to dry every stick of timber that went through the kilns

Jubilee Sawmill General Manager Paul Hartung

Photo: The $11 million investment is a continuation of a modernisation program that started in 2016

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Junnikkala invests €75 million in new green field project in Oulu, Finland

International Forest Industries - Mi, 22/12/2021 - 13:42

Junnikkalan saha Oy is investing €75 million in building one of Finland’s largest and most modern sawmills in Oulu. When ready the sawmill will have a capacity of 350 000 cubic meters sawn timber and 70 jobs will be created directly and 200 indirectly in the Oulu region.
“We set the bar high for technic and process. Valutec has proven in previous deliveries that they can answer to our needs”, says Kalle Junnikkala, CEO Junnikkala Oy.

For Valutec, the Oulu order is the latest in a long line of deliveries to Junnikkala.
”We’ve worked together with Junnikkala very well for many years, and we see their choosing us again as a great honor” says Mikko Pitkänen, CEO Valutec Oy.

Valutec will deliver three TC-continuous kilns to Oulu including two traverse systems.
“We installed a TC kiln at our sawmill in Kalajoki 2019 and has good experiences from it. It offers high capacity and adapts well to the changes in production. It’s faster and more efficient way to dry wood with high quality and with lower energy consumption”, says Kalle Junnikkala.

“Today, we’re selling TC continuous kilns in markets all over the world. It’s the result of thousands of development hours during which we studied, evaluated, tested and reinvented every part of a type of lumber kiln which, in its original design, was first used back in 1927,” says Mikko Pitkänen.

The great technological leap forward in this new generation of TC continuous kilns is the individual temperature and air circulation control in different zones. Integrated simulator technology gives the user great freedom when choosing the dimensions of lumber for drying, thus optimizing processes and providing high capacity.

The TC dryers to be delivered to Junnikkala has ten drying zones and will handle all drying needs for the sawmill. The kilns are made of stainless steel and equipped with pressure frames for minimal deformation of the upper lumber layers and heat recovery. The delivery also includes Valutes´s control system for drying Valmatics 4.0. It is packed with intelligence that senses and adapts the drying process accordingly. Integrated in the system is the Valusim simulator, which optimizes new drying programs with regard to capacity, quality and electrical energy consumption, in order to avoid costly running-in times.

Sustainability is an important issue for Junnikkala who strives to minimize its´carbon footprint. One of the goals of the project is to minimize the environmental impact and secure bioenergy for the city of Oulu and industry.  As a part of it, the new sawmill will be using traverses instead of traditional fork-lifts.
“Junnikkala wants to be an example how the climate change can be restrained and by using an automatic traverse system we decrease our carbon footprint and production cost per manufactured cubic meter”, says Kalle Junnikkala.

Lumber drying is a quality-critical, energy intensive part of a sawmill’s processing operation, and as quality and environmental requirements increase, it is subject to ever greater attention.
“The new TC continuous kilns combine high capacity with continuity, which brings great advantages in terms of energy efficiency, adding heat recovery and a traverse system to that makes it a very energy efficient solution”, says Mikko Pitkänen.

After the investment, Junnikkala will have three sawmills with a total production close to almost 800,000 cubic meters of sawn timber and further processed products annually. About 80 percent of finished products are estimated to be exported. Production binds almost one million tonnes of carbon per year to sustainable wood products, making the company one of Finland’s most significant carbon sinks.

The assembly of the TC kilns will start in the spring of 2023.

Watch the video about Junnikkala’s investment in Finland’s first modern TC Continuous kiln to its sawmill in Kalajoki (youtube.com)

For more information, contact:  Mikko Pitkänen  CEO Valutec Oy  mikko.pitkanen@valutec.oy

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Dramatic rise of European logs into China

International Forest Industries - Di, 21/12/2021 - 10:40

China imported 30% of its total volume of softwood logs from Europe in 2020 and 2021, thus surpassing supply from Russia and North America.

European softwood logs were practically non-existent at Chinese ports five years ago. However, a combination of a never-ending hunger for more wood in the country, reductions in shipments from previously significant trading partners, and an oversupply of timber in Europe have altered the log flow into China over the past four years.

New Zealand, Russia, and the US accounted for almost 75% of the total import volume to China in 2017. However, throughout 2020 and 2021, there were sharp declines in supply from Russia and the US, while shipments from Europe and Latin America rose. During the first nine months of 2021, almost 80% of all imported logs came from New Zealand, Europe, and Latin America.

The European entrance into the Chinese market has been dramatic, increasing from less than 500,000 m3 of softwood logs in 2017 to an estimated 14 million m3 for the entire year in 2021, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly. Europe’s share of the total import volume is currently 30%, with Germany being the second-largest supplier to China, following New Zealand.

German shipments have surged from about 200,000 m3 of logs in 2018 to 3.8 million m3 in 2019, and estimates indicate import volumes may reach over 10 million m3 in 2021. Log imports from the Czech Republic grew rapidly in 2019 but have since levelled off, with the estimated volumes in 2021 likely to be substantially lower than in the two previous years.

Shipments from Germany and the Czech Republic have accounted for the vast majority of the European logs entering China. Several other countries have increased their presence in the past three years, including Poland, France, and Slovakia.

Europe’s oversupply of logs is beginning to diminish, and domestic demand is increasing. Thus, while the rise of European exports to China has been dramatic, the trend is unlikely to continue, making the high of almost five million m3 exported in the 4Q/20 a likely peak.

Source: Wood Resources International

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Inside the Campaign to Save an Imperiled Cambodian Rainforest

NYT Logging Industry - Mo, 20/12/2021 - 11:00
Deep in the Southern Cardamom Mountains, former loggers and poachers have assumed new roles as protective rangers and ecotourism guides. Can their efforts help preserve a vast stretch of wilderness?


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