Friday Offcuts 7 March 2014
A new report looking at manufacturing and the common issues underlining successful New Zealand businesses has also just been launched. The findings I think will be of interest to companies on both sides of the Tasman. High growth manufacturing firms in the survey emphasised skills shortages and other constraints on talent-driven growth as being much more important than any effects of costs or exchange rates. The full report can be downloaded in this week’s story.
For new investments, six central North Island iwi announced this week that they’ve joined forces to buy a 2.5% stake in New Zealand’s largest forestry business, Kaingaroa Timberlands making it one of the country’s largest ever investments involving an iwi collective. In Australia, it’s been reported this week that Sydney-based New Forests may be picking up another block of forests and land for more than AU$50 million from Australian Sustainable Forestry Investments, a fund currently being managed by Mirvac.
The story last week we ran on new research from the University of Melbourne on bushfires in young ash forests and the link drawn to forest management practices certainly drew a flurry of reader’s comments over the week. A new study by Deloitte Access Economics commissioned by the Australian Forest Products Association has just identified the significant economic benefits of using mechanical fuel removal in conjunction with prescribed burning in key fire prone areas in Australia. Despite other countries taking fuel out of the bush to reduce fire risk, Australia has for a number of reasons continued to ignore the practice. The study it’s hoped will again renew the push to review the country’s bushfire management policies and to encourage a trial program of fuel reduction practices.
The bad news this week was the announcement of the receivership of one of New Zealand’s largest wood processing companies, Southern Cross Forest Products. The company operates four sawmills and a wood manufacturing operation with four of the mills located in the lower South Island. Issues of a log export boom, difficulties by local wood processors in securing a steady log supply and the high exchange rate - which have all been covered in recent issues of Friday Offcuts - were the principal reasons put forward by the receivers for this week’s action. The receivers are hopeful that it can be sold as a going concern.
This week we have for you:
NZ announces first major panelised building factoryCanterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says Canterbury is leading the way for how the construction sector will work in the rest of New Zealand with innovative approaches to housing manufacturing starting to appear.
Mr Brownlee and the Prime Minister John Key yesterday attended the announcement of a joint venture between two Christchurch-based companies to build and operate New Zealand’s first major panelised building factory.
Major building manufacturer Spanbild, and New Zealand’s largest privately owned group home builder Mike Greer Homes, have announced that their new company, NZ Panelised, will manufacture pre-constructed walls, floors and roof panels that will significantly increase the productivity and efficiency of buildings.
Mr Brownlee says New Zealand is facing unprecedented construction demand, half of which is housing. “It makes sense for the construction sector to start looking more closely at alternative building methods to manage demand without compromising on quality.”
NZ Panelised is making a significant investment in a world-class factory using German equipment. The factory, to be completed by December 2014, will be built at Rolleston’s Izone industrial park and progressively employ up to 75 staff supporting production of up to 1000 houses and buildings a year.
Mr Brownlee says although the opportunity for building innovations and solutions always exists, there’s no doubt the Canterbury earthquakes have provided the impetus for traditional building methods to evolve.
Iwi join forces to buy into Kaingaroa TimberlandsSix central North Island iwi have joined forces to buy a 2.5% stake in New Zealand’s largest forestry business, Kaingaroa Timberlands. The investment is one of the biggest ever involving an iwi collective.
The six iwi representative organisations, Ngati Rangitihi, Ngati Whakaue Assets and Te Arawa River Iwi Limited Partnership, Ngati Whare, Raukawa, Te Arawa Group Holdings Limited and Tuwharetoa, have formed Kakano Investment Limited Partnership (Kakano) and purchased the stake from the New Zealand Superannuation Fund (NZ Super Fund) for an undisclosed price.
Raukawa chairperson Vanessa Eparaima has been appointed chairperson of Kakano. Ms Eparaima said the investment was a major strategic and commercial step forward for iwi, and a win-win that ensured iwi were involved in the forestry business itself as well as being the land owner. Ninety per cent of the Kaingaroa Timberlands tree crop is on the 176,000ha of land returned by the Crown to eight central North island iwi in 2008, in the largest single Treaty settlement to date between Crown and iwi.
“Kaingaroa Timberlands is a successful enterprise which provides not only significant annual returns to shareholders, but which now, through our investment, also further enhances iwi participation at all levels of the forestry business,” Ms Eparaima said. She said there was excitement and pride among iwi in investing collectively with neighbouring tribes in a commercial venture that provides significant ongoing benefits for the tens of thousands of iwi members that the collective represents.
“This investment shows the value in working collaboratively with like-minded and appropriately structured and resourced iwi,” Ms Eparaima said. “Individually we could not make this deal happen - collectively we have.” Ms Eparaima says that, unlike most forestry investments, the size and maturity of the Kaingaroa Timberlands forestry operation means immediate cash returns will be generated for Kakano from its investment – a key investment advantage for the collective.
Adrian Orr, Chief Executive of the NZ Super Fund, said he was delighted to welcome Kakano as a co-investor in Kaingaroa Timberlands. Mr Orr said there was a strategic benefit to Kaingaroa Timberlands in having the underlying landowners take a stake in the forestry business itself. Kaingaroa Timberlands is New Zealand’s largest forestry operation, covering 190,000ha of land located east of the area between Lake Taupo in the south to the Rotorua Lakes in the north.
The deal, which was settled on 28 February 2014, reduces the NZ Super Fund’s stake in the forest from 41.25% to 38.75%. The Fund remains the largest Kaingaroa Timberlands shareholder. The other shareholders are the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (30 per cent), a Canadian Crown corporation investing funds for the pension plans of the Canadian public service, the Canadian Forces, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Reserve Force; and an affiliate of the President and Fellows of Harvard College (28.75 per cent).
NZ log export updateExport prices at the wharf gate are continuing to increase, which is drawing big increases in supply. Export volumes in 2013 were up 21% year-on-year, to 16.5 million m³. Prices for February were up to NZ$125/tonne for A-grade at the wharf gate in Tauranga, and the high end of the spread has reached $140/ tonne. Average prices for NZ exports are up 4-6% for export logs this month, the biggest rise since April last year. This is a record price level for A-grade exports, and the highest prices for K-grade logs since 1994.
The value of logs exported from NZ in 2013 was the highest ever for a full year. This was contributed to by both a record volume of logs being exported, and near to record prices sustained throughout the whole year. Demand from China is the single biggest driving force of this increase. The value of logs exported rose by NZ$777 million to NZ$2.35 billion, with average export log prices increasing 24%. Log exports contributed 46% of the total export value from forestry, up from 35% in 2012 and 20% five years ago. Exports to China made up 73% of the value of NZ’s log exports.
Activity in China is in a bit of a lull currently due to the Chinese New Year holiday. China imported close to 33 million m³ of softwood logs during 2013, up 23% on 2012. Lumber imports increased 20% to 17 million m³. NZ was the largest supplier, with over 11 million m³, followed by the US at 5.3 million m³.
There was a 55% increase in imports from the US, though the total increase in volume was 1.9 million m³, compared with an increase of 2.5 million m³ from NZ. There was a big increase in supply from destinations outside of ‘the big three’ of NZ, Russia and PNW during 2013. There was 4.4 million m³ imported to China from outside these countries in 2013, much greater than the 1.8 million m³ in 2012 and 3.0 million m³ in 2011.
The big increases came from Eastern Europe, in particular Ukraine, where supply increased by almost 1 million m³ year-on-year. This volume now represents 13% of China’s imports, and could grow further as prices hold at levels this high.
Squeezing efficiencies out of harvesting & wood transportTransportation costs – from the bush to the processing plant or export port – constitute the lion’s share of delivered log costs. An increase in truck utilisation will reduce both the transportation costs along with the number of trucks needed for any operation. Logistics can centralise truck dispatch and control, reduce transport costs, improve the utilisation of trucks and reduce traffic generated by logging and log hauling operations. The opportunities to improve efficiencies - and returns - in the wood supply chain are significant.
The return on investment through the adoption of real time dispatching and mobile technologies to assist in communications between landings, truck fleets, dispatchers and customers are already well documented. Results from Chile have shown eight companies involved in wood haulage have collectively been able to reduce their transportation costs between 15 and 35% (a US$8.5 million per year saving) by introducing a wood transport logistics system. In making the saving, the average work day reduced from 14 to 11 hours – which of course improved worker safety – and they were also able to reduce the fleet size for the operation.
In Sweden collaborative wood transport logistics has also been trialled. In one example, a 9% saving for eight companies involved in a collaborative project were achieved. Other recent studies from New Zealand and the US forest products industry show similar results. As well as the benefits already outlined, these examples pointed out that working collaboratively within a region takes time to build up the coalition, to establish fair and efficient contracts for each of the participating companies, to overcome resistance to change and to set up decision support systems that can keep sensitive information protected.
To really capitalise on the opportunities available to local forestry, wood harvesting and transport companies, Wood Flow Logistics 2014 is being run, both in Australia and New Zealand in mid-June. “This series builds on the outstanding support we had for the Steep Slope Wood Harvesting and Forestry Safety Summit run in November 2013 (over 400 forest managers, owners and harvesting contractors came in from New Zealand, Australia, the US, Canada and South America) and a transport and logistics event run for forestry companies in the Pacific North West in October last year”, says Brent Apthorp, FIEA Director.
For the June event, the largest forestry companies in Chile will be presenting to local companies on how they plan and run their harvesting and hauling operations (10 and 15 million m3 each year) and case studies will be given where local competing companies have joined forces to optimise their wood transport operations. Harvesting innovations – on steeper and flatter terrain will be provided, including a run-down on new equipment and innovations that are being used in South American harvesting operations.
A look at wood procurement systems and their selection, on-line and real time measurement of wood flows, GPS and vehicle fleet performance tools, a new Smartphone App for measuring wood volumes, innovations being used to effectively manage storage, handling and marshalling at our ports and road and shipping trends impacting on forest products companies”, will all be covered in this year’s Wood Flow Logistics 2014 series says Brent Apthorp.
Wood Flow Logistics 2014 will run in Rotorua, New Zealand on 11-12 June and again in Melbourne, Australia, in the following week on 17-18 June. Further details - including draft programmes for both venues - can be found on the event website, www.woodflowlogistics.com
New insights for New Zealand manufacturingA new report launched on the 26 February reveals common traits of New Zealand’s most successful manufacturers, how important the manufacturing sector is to our economy and how it measures up internationally.
Independent researchers Castalia, who compiled the report on behalf of ManufacturingNZ (a division of BusinessNZ), interviewed some of New Zealand’s most successful high growth manufacturing firms to see if their lessons and experience can be applied to the whole of manufacturing.
These firms provided an insightful picture of modern manufacturing – including factors such as family/private ownership, market knowledge, niche domination, being export orientated and going beyond just producing goods.
Alex Sundakov, Chief Executive of Castalia, says “The manufacturing sector remains a key part of New Zealand’s economic future. It is the largest contributor to the New Zealand economy, and is holding ground compared to other OECD countries. This study revealed how the changing nature of business requires a modern interpretation of manufacturing. This includes successful manufacturers reshaping their businesses by providing services.”
A copy of the report can be viewed here.
PM welcomes foresters to CanberraAustralian Prime Minister Tony Abbott opened parliament's doors to the "frowned upon" forestry industry, saluting them as the nation's "ultimate conservationists" reports the Australian this week. Mr Abbott announced on Tuesday the Government would be establishing a forestry industry advisory council to be co-chaired by Rob de Fegely, the president of the Institute of Foresters of Australia. The council was necessary because too little is known about the industry, Mr Abbott told a forestry industry dinner in parliament house in Canberra.
The prime minister was "pleased" foresters were able to attend parliament after many years without feeling like they were in "hostile territory". "For three years you were officially frowned upon in Canberra because we had a government that was over-influenced by the Greens," Mr Abbott told the 600-strong gathering, which was also attended by Labor ministers. "I look around and I don't see people who are environmental vandals, I see people who are the ultimate conservationists”.
A copy of Tony Abbot's speech can be found here.
Source: The Australian & The Age
Removing fuel reduces bushfires costsA newly commissioned study by Deloitte Access Economics has shown that removing fuel from the bush by mechanical removal, combined with prescribed burning of trees and understorey biomass, could dramatically reduce the devastation caused by bushfires and save the community tens of millions of dollars each year.
The cost benefit analysis forms part of a scoping study commissioned by the Australian Forest Products Association to look into the benefits from increased fuel reduction in key fire prone areas.
The Deloitte study suggests that, for example, in New South Wales’ Blue Mountains area removing fuel from as little as 5% of the area each year could halve the extent of bushfires and save the community as much as AU$34 million per year in insurance claims, property loss and fire-fighting costs. This is a benefit-cost ratio of around 4.6. This is a stunning result. We need a national conversation which gets serious about severe bushfires while the smoke haze from a very difficult summer of fires is still in the air.
“For too long the idea of taking fuel out of the bush to reduce fire risk has been ignored in Australia despite being a widely accepted practice elsewhere in the world. Instead we watch as the bush goes up in flames in out of control mega fires,” said CEO of AFPA Ross Hampton.
The Deloitte study identifies a number of areas where a full cost benefit analysis would better inform bushfire policy, including the Melbourne fringe and Gippsland regions in Victoria, south-west WA, the Blue Mountains, the Pilliga and north and south coastal areas of NSW, and Tasmania.
The report identifies the benefits of using mechanical fuel removal in conjunction with prescribed burning also noting the narrow window of good weather days for undertaking prescribed burning, and the need to control fuel loads in bushland areas close to population centres or other important assets.
“The Abbott government is to be congratulated for allocating an additional AU$15 million for bushfire reduction measures in Australia,” said Hampton. “This study provides the impetus to conduct a more detailed CBA of bushfire management policy and a trial program of fuel reduction practices.
“This would help inform more effective bushfire management, rather than the usual expenditure on suppression using more tankers and water bombing helicopters. The latter approach merely treats the symptoms and fails to treat the cause.”
SCA opens its NZ$60M expansion of its tissue facilityA NZ$60 million expansion of the SCA Kawerau Tissue Facility in New Zealand was officially opened by Prime Minister John Key last month, marking a new era for the iconic Bay of Plenty facility.
The Kawerau site has a long history of manufacturing Tork® tissue products, including toilet paper and hand towel for the Australian and New Zealand market. The expansion includes a new 14,500 square-metre tissue conversion hall, a 50 metre long state-of-the-art ‘wide-winding’ machine and robotised packing and dispatch. These investments increase production of tissue products at the site by the equivalent of 22 forty foot containers each week. This follows the company’s investment in converting the site’s electricity-driven turbines to geothermal steam in 2009, contributing to a 45 per cent reduction in annual C02 emissions.
“We have a long history of supplying locally made Tork tissue to Australians and New Zealanders, and our $60million investment to upgrade the Kawerau site will ensure we continue to provide world-class Tork products for years to come,” Executive General Manager for Tork Professional Hygiene said. In addition to the expansion of the Kawerau facility, SCA has also invested $65million in upgrades to the production facilities at its Box Hill site in Australia.
Bee sensors take flight to help farmers and forestersThousands of honey bees in Australia are being fitted with tiny sensors as part of a world-first research program to monitor the insects and their environment using a technique known as 'swarm sensing'. The research is being led by CSIRO and aims to improve honey bee pollination and productivity on farms and forests as well as help understand the drivers of bee Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), a condition decimating honey bee populations worldwide.
Up to 5,000 sensors, measuring 2.5mm x2.5mm are being fitted to the backs of the bees in Hobart, Tasmania, before being released into the wild. It's the first time such large numbers of insects have been used for environmental monitoring.
The sensors are tiny Radio Frequency Identification sensors that work in a similar way to a vehicle's e-tag, recording when the insect passes a particular checkpoint. The information is then sent remotely to a central location where researchers can use the signals from the 5,000 sensors to build a comprehensive three dimensional model and visualise how these insects move through the landscape.
"Bees are social insects that return to the same point and operate on a very predictable schedule. Any change in their behaviour indicates a change in their environment. If we can model their movements, we'll be able to recognise very quickly when their activity shows variation and identify the cause. This will help us understand how to maximise their productivity as well as monitor for any bio-security risks," Dr de Souza said.
Understanding bee behaviour will give farmers and fruit growers improved management knowledge enabling them to increase the benefit received from this free pollination service. It will also help them to gain and maintain access to markets through improving the way we monitor for pests.
Mirvac to sell 20,000haA fund managed by Mirvac is according to an article in The Australian this week readying to sell 20,000ha of forestry land to New Forests Group for more than AU$50 million. The fund, Australian Sustainable Forestry Investments, purchased the portfolio from Timbercorp in 2004 and emerged as its largest landlord after the timber group's collapse in 2009.
Mirvac’s forestry portfolio comprises 68 parcels of blue gum plantations and farming land in the Green Triangle of Victoria and South Australia and in southwest Western Australia. Sydney-based New Forests, which has AU$2.1 billion of assets under management worldwide.
A detailed review of the current forestry investment market in Australasia is a key focus in both New Zealand and Australia in the upcoming Forest Investment & Market Outlook 2014 series which runs in mid-April. Further information and registrations to this major biennial event can be found on www.fimo2014.com.
More info on carbon units to help decide valueLast Friday New Zealand’s Associate Minister for Primary Industries Jo Goodhew and Minister for Climate Change Issues Tim Groser announced changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) which will allow for greater transparency.
“From April buyers and sellers of carbon units will be able to see where the unit has come from, so they know how the unit was generated,” says Mrs Goodhew.
“New Zealand units can be either generated by forests registered in the ETS or the Permanent Forest Sink Initiative (non-harvest forests). Or, they can be allocated by the Government to eligible sectors to reduce the impact of the ETS rules.
“By giving greater transparency over how the units were generated the Government is allowing buyers to decide if one is worth more than another. For example, some registered forests have added environmental benefits, or could be regenerating native forest”.
“Although there is not expected to be a significant shift in the price of units, this Government believes buyers should have as much information as possible so they can decide whether they want to pay a premium,” says Mr Groser.
How the unit was generated will be listed in the New Zealand Emissions Unit Register. The change follows discussions with account holders. For further information and a summary of feedback received regarding this proposal can be found www.eur.govt.nz
Innovative wood treatment gets building code approvalAn engineered wood product that has the potential to transform building construction has been included in the New Zealand Building Code. Laminated beams made from glued veneers of radiata pine are well known for their strength, stability and uniform sizing. Now improved durability can be added to the list.
Laminated veneer lumber (LVL) treated with Azotek, a novel product developed by New Plymouth-based Zelam Limited, has been included in the NZ Building Code as an acceptable solution for internal framing.
“This is a world-first,” says Zelam marketing manager Noel Coxhead. “It essentially makes wet solvent treatments for LVL and plywood obsolete and opens the door to much wider use of LVL framing in building construction. “LVL is the key to precision construction using wood. But because of the well-known difficulties associated with wet solvent treatment of LVL, wood processors have been reluctant to go down that track.
“It is difficult to get traditional treatments to penetrate the glue layers that bond the layers of LVL and plywood. The liquids involved also affect the dimensional stability of the finished product – which needs to be dried after treatment.
“In contrast, our new treatment takes place during manufacture, so the finished timber is dry and ready for use as soon as it rolls off the production line. Because the treatment compounds are present from the surface to the core of the timber, it can be drilled, sawn and notched during building construction without any loss of integrity or need for retreatment.”
Azotek-treated LVL has been available on the NZ market for more than 12 months, enjoying a steadily growing market share from designers and builders seeking precision wood products. Its first commercial use was in Christchurch’s cardboard cathedral, where LVL beams were used for the main structural elements.
But despite having Standards approval as a treatment, the previous lack of formal Building Code approval has been a barrier to the wider use of Azotek-treated LVL, says Nelson Pine Industries (NPI) Australasian sales engineer Andrew van Houtte.
Coxhead says Azotek is made up of two fungicides that are widely used on food crops, but are new to wood treatment – triadimefon and cyproconazole – plus bifenthrin, a standard wood treatment insecticide. Although Azotek-treated LVL has New Zealand and Australian Standards approval for H1.2 treatment, it is sold only in New Zealand, because the H1.2 standard does not apply in Australia. Trials of Azotek H2 and H3-treated LVL and plywood are now underway and Coxhead says these are looking very promising.
H2 treated framing is widely used in Australia, because this standard of treatment provides termite protection. When approvals come through for Azotek H2 and H3-treated LVL and plywood, these are likely to be well received by wood processors and builders on both sides of the Tasman.
“But the bigger prize is likely to be the United States, where a lot of engineered wood is used in housing construction. Already wood processors there are showing a lot of interest.”
New wood treatments including wood preservatives will be a focus for this year’s Wood Innovations 2014 event being run in both Australia and New Zealand in September. Early details on the event can be found on www.woodinnovations2014.com
Large NZ wood processor tipped into receivershipSouthern Cross Forest Products, which operates five sawmills across New Zealand, has been tipped into receivership as wood processors continue to struggle with global demand that has pushed up log prices.
KordaMentha’s Brendon Gibson and Michael Stiassny were appointed receivers on Monday of the Dunedin-based company, and will look to find a buyer for the profitable parts of its operations.
“The core business is profitable, but as with others in the sector, Southern Cross has suffered in a difficult industry environment,” Gibson said in a statement. “We are working with a very strong management team to keep the business trading profitably while we run a sale process.”
Some 40 sawmills have closed since 2003, according to the New Zealand Forest Owners Association. In October, the Tachikawa Forest Products sawmill in Rotorua was put in receivership with the loss of 120 jobs. KordaMentha’s Gibson said the receivers will be seeking new owners “who can continue to build on the company’s strengths” and expect to start the process in the next few weeks.
Major Australian sandalwood dealThe world's largest producer of Indian sandalwood has signed a major contract with a pharmaceutical company, expected to be worth half a billion dollars reports ABC Rural. Tropical Forestry Services (TFS), which has plantations in Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland, has secured a deal to sell sandalwood oil for $4,500 per kilogram for up to 20 years.
It's the first time the company has signed an official contract with a pharmaceutical company. TFS chief executive, Frank Wilson, says the agreement is great news for the company and the industry based in Kununurra.
"We've spent a lot of time and money in America with our research and it's been something we thought has a lot of potential and it's great to now realise that," he said. "Obviously the global pharmaceutical industry is a very large one and we believe it's both a very high volume market and also a very high price market."
The oil will be used in skin products, however the pharmaceutical company will remain undisclosed until it releases products later this year. Since the announcement of the deal Mr Wilson says TFS's share price has increased by 20%.
Source: ABC Rural
Next phase in WorkSafe NZ forestry safety work startsWorkSafe New Zealand inspectors will begin a new round of visits to forestry contractors this week focusing on the second of the two most dangerous jobs in the industry – tree felling.
“Too many workers in our forests are being killed and injured as they cut the trees, and we have worked closely with the industry and worker representatives to develop Best Practice Guidelines for Safe Manual Tree Felling,” said Ona de Rooy, General Manager Health and Safety Operations.
“From the regulator’s perspective, these are really the ‘No Excuses’ guidelines. The industry knows what it must do and it knows what our expectations are – there are no excuses any more. More >>
NSW Government consulting on logging in State ForestsThe NSW Government is calling for the community’s feedback on proposed changes to the environmental regulatory framework for forestry operations conducted on public land in coastal NSW.
In May 2012 the NSW Government announced a remake of the Integrated Forestry Operations Approvals (IFOAs) for the Eden, Southern, Lower North East and Upper North East (coastal) regions of NSW. The IFOA remake is being undertaken jointly by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA), the Forestry Corporation of NSW (FCNSW) and Department of Primary Industries – NSW Fisheries (DPI).
The Government has released a discussion paper on the proposed changes for consultation, and will be holding public workshops during the consultation period. The discussion paper and information on the regional workshops is available at the EPA’s website
Political flavour for March forestry conferenceLike the gathering of Australian forestry leaders in Canberra this week, the New Zealand forest industry will be listening intently to what the country's political leaders have to say at a major election year conference in March.
"There are hundreds of thousands of hectares of marginal farmland that would deliver greater long-term returns to the land owners and the New Zealand economy if they were planted in trees. Similarly, New Zealand should be processing more of its logs at home and our nation's public buildings should be exemplars of the wonderful attributes of wood as a construction material," says conference convenor Jon Tanner.
"But they are not. And the answers to the "why not" ultimately lie in the policies adopted by successive governments. They create the playing field on which our industry plays a very long-term game." The biennial ForestWood conference being held in Wellington, will focus on the policies needed for the industry to achieve its economic and employment growth potential.
The conference is hosted on 19 March at Te Papa, Wellington, by the Wood Council of New Zealand in association with the Wood Processors' Association, NZ Forest Owners Association, Farm Forestry Association, Pine Manufacturers Association and Forest Industry Contractors Association.
It will follow two high-profile NZ Wood events on 18 March at the James Cook Hotel, Wellington: A seminar on the use of engineered wood products in commercial construction, held in conjunction with the NZ Timber Design Society, followed by the annual NZ Wood Resene Timber Design Awards dinner.
Truckies top safety tips now on TVThe Australian Trucking Association is calling on road users to share the road safely with heavy vehicles, with its animated road safety videos now on WIN TV Gippsland as part of the Truckies Lighting Up for Safety campaign.
Organised by the Gippsland Safe Freight Network, Truckies Lighting Up for Safety calls on trucking operators in Gippsland to turn on their headlights to reduce daytime collisions and draw attention to the ‘invisible truck’ phenomenon. Campaign spokesman Alan Pincott said there had been a drastic reduction in crashes involving heavy vehicles in Gippsland since the campaign started in January.
Local operator Nola Bransgrove from Branstrans is also sponsoring a visit by the ATA Safety Truck to Gippsland from 22 – 28 March 2014 as part of the campaign. “In regional and rural areas, there’s an intimate relationship between trucks and the community. Everyone knows someone with a truck or who drives one, and trucks deliver everything to the community.
The Truckies’ safety tips will run on WIN TV Gippsland for four weeks from Sunday 23 February. The videos can also be viewed on the ATA’s YouTube channel.
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....and one to end the week on...The Purina Diet
Yesterday I was buying a large bag of Purina dog food for my dog at Wal-Mart and was about to check out. A woman behind me asked if I had a dog. So since I'm retired, with little to do, on impulse, I told her that no, I didn't have a dog, and that I was starting the Purina Diet again.
And on those notes, have a great weekend. Cheers.
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