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ANDRITZ to supply a pressurized refining system for production of sustainable insulation to Switzerland

International Forest Industries - Di, 26/03/2024 - 14:58
International technology group ANDRITZ has received an order from Lignatherm AG to supply a pressurized refining system for a new insulation board production plant in Küssnacht am Rigi, Switzerland

This greenfield plant will use exclusively wood chips from local forests to produce eco-friendly insulation board.

Tobias Osterwalder, Bereichsleiter Weiterverarbeitung, Lignatherm AG, says: “’We are looking forward to offering insulation based entirely on natural building materials that bind CO2. This will significantly enhance our product range. Having an experienced partner like ANDRITZ on our side is crucial to making this important project a success.”

The new line, with a capacity of 10 bdmt/h, will comprise a pressurized refining system with a 44-1C(P) single-disc refiner and a pressurized digester with counter flow and steam regulation including a C-feeder at its core. A 14” ANDRITZ plug screw feeder will ensure excellent dewatering leading to improved fiber quality at reduced electrical and thermal energy consumption.

ANDRITZ will also be responsible for supervision of erection, commissioning, and start-up. The new production line is scheduled to commence operations in the third quarter of 2025.

With a track record of supplying 16 fiber preparation systems for insulation material production, this order further strengthens ANDRITZ’s position as a leading supplier to the global insulation board industry.

Lignatherm is a subsidiary of Schilliger Holz AG, a company operating sawmills and wood processing plants at three locations in Switzerland and France. The company’s products primarily serve the construction and packaging industry in Switzerland, France, and Italy.

International technology group ANDRITZ offers a broad portfolio of innovative plants, equipment, systems, services and digital solutions for a wide range of industries and end markets.

Photo: ANDRITZ 1CP single-disc refiner for superior fibre quality at reduced energy consumption

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MiCROTEC’s Cutting-Edge Technology Across North America

International Forest Industries - Di, 19/03/2024 - 14:16

In the upcoming months, MiCROTEC is excited to showcase its latest technology at several conferences across North America. The journey begins with BC Council of Forest Industries’ Convention April 10-12 in in Vancouver, Canada, where you can find MiCROTEC’s solutions at booth 13, from log to final product.
In June, you can discover our Goldeneye and Lucidyne solutions for softwood at the Mississippi Lumber Manufacturers Association’s Annual Convention in Mississippi, June 20-23.
Another chance to learn more about MiCROTEC’s softwood solutions awaits in Marco Island, FL, at the Southeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association’s Annual Convention July 21-25. Take the opportunity to find out more about CT Log, Goldeneye, Lucidyne and Logeye Stereo.
Meet the MiCROTEC team on the following dates to discuss the newest innovations in scanning and optimization solutions.
COFI – Vancouver, CAN – April 10-12
MLMA – Mississippi, USA – June 20-23
SLMA – Marco Island, USA – July 21-25

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Women in the Brazilian Forestry Sector

International Forest Industries - Di, 12/03/2024 - 12:29

My first professional experiences related to the forestry sector occurred during the early years of college, in the internship period. I was 18 years old, and I quickly realized that it wouldn’t be easy, starting with the commute to the workplace. Harassment was present on the bus, on the subway. I also had the opportunity to intern outside of Brazil, in the United States. And there, it was no different. Being a young woman, different from the profile of others in the same environment, seemed to condone any inappropriate behavior from colleagues.

Now, I am completing 15 years in the forestry market, and what I can confirm is that these instances of prejudice and harassment do not reflect the stance of a particular company or region but rather of individuals. I also perceive that this is something that is becoming a thing of the past. Today, we see female executives not only in the forestry sector but also in other areas. As the new generations take on leadership roles, the environment becomes more inclusive. Men assist women in combating harassment, understanding that opportunities should be given equally.

When I entered college, my class was almost 50% male and 50% female. However, in the workplace throughout my career, on average, only 5% were women, with rare exceptions in leadership positions.

Over the years, we have witnessed changes. We see women taking on roles of greater responsibility with great competence. I feel well-represented by the women who are reaching these positions. I feel honored, as a woman, to be in the executive direction of the Paulista Association of Producers, Suppliers, and Consumers of Planted Forests, an entity that brings together 11 important companies in the sector in São Paulo.

I can mention other women who are doing fantastic work, such as Tatiana Kalman, Senior Vice President and General Manager in Latin America at Sylvamo; Mariana Lisboa, responsible for the Corporate Relations department at Suzano and also president of the Bahian Association of Forest-Based Companies; Adriana Maugeri, CEO of the Minas Gerais Forestry Industry Association.

According to the Gender Panorama report from the Forestry Women’s Network, in 2021, only 4% of women held leadership positions in the Brazilian forestry sector. Last year, this number increased to 7%.

In an ideal scenario, the issue of gender equity wouldn’t need to be discussed. It could be something natural, where recruitment and decisions are made based on the professional and technical capacity of each person, regardless of gender. Questions directed at women about marriage, children, or family dynamics wouldn’t need to be part of a selection interview.

Much is changing, and women entering the workforce now find an environment less tainted than previous generations encountered. The persistence of women (and men) in seeking equality is yielding results, and I am optimistic that this will continue to evolve.

photo: Fernanda Abílio  Executive director Florestar São Paulo


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Nova Scotia’s forestry sector generates $1.8 Billion in economic impact

International Forest Industries - Fr, 01/03/2024 - 10:16

In 2022, Nova Scotia’s forestry sector generated $1.8 billion in economic impact, according to a new report authored by Gardner Pinfold.

The Forestry Economic Task Force – a collaboration of forestry sector stakeholders whose purpose is to design and implement a strategic economic roadmap for Nova Scotia,  commissioned the report with funding from the Forestry Innovation Transition Trust.

“Even after all the challenges our sector faced, it generates nearly $2 billion of economic impact every year,” said Forest Nova Scotia executive director Stephen Moore. “This shows that the forestry sector is still part of Nova Scotia’s engine.”

“We can generate this kind of economic impact while being the province’s greenest sector – we take more carbon out of the environment than we emit.”

Forestry employs over 6,400 Nova Scotians – 2,700 direct full-time positions and 3,700 spinoff jobs, including about 900 in wood supply and support services. These jobs generate $380 million in income:

  • The direct employees at the mills are well-paid, with an average income of $66,500.
  • The average income for those employed in indirect activities, including forestry and support services, is $58,200.
  • Nova Scotia’s average income is just over $43,000.

Additionally, the sector generates $171 million in tax revenue for the provincial and federal governments – $84 million provincially and $87 million federally.

“We employ thousands of people and pay them well above the provincial average,” said Moore. “The average pay cheque is $43,000 in Nova Scotia. We pay as much as 54 percent more than that.”

Northern Pulps’s closure in 2020 carried a substantial impact, resulting in multiple cases of job loss and financial hardship to those most closely tied to the mill’s operation.

“The closure of Northern Pulp was hard on many forestry families,” said Moore. “It also cost people their jobs, families their livelihoods, and the province revenue.”

Between 2018 and 2022, the sector’s GDP declined by 15 percent, exports by 18 percent, and employment by 14 percent.

“500 families lost their jobs and income because of the mill’s closure,” said Moore.

The Forestry Economic Task Force has created an economic roadmap that looks to sustain and unlock the significant growth potential of the forestry sector.

“We believe the forestry sector has immense potential for sustainable growth,” said the Forestry Economic Task Force executive director Harvey Gray. “Building upon the strength of our foundational manufacturing segments and supply chain, we are focused on finding and capitalizing on growth opportunities that will create green jobs and prosperity for generations.”

“An economic contribution that approaches $3 billion annually is within reach.”

The task force has identified several opportunities, including:

  • The replacement of petroleum-based products with wood-based products, including bio-fuels, bio-chemicals, and bio-coal, and
  • The expansion of residential, commercial, and industrial construction using mass timber


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