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Just to spice up the budget announcement yesterday, the gist of New Zealand’s “Well Being” budget had already been well telegraphed with an early leak mid-week by the opposition. Of immediate interest to the forestry sector though was the announcement of NZ$49 million allocated to Forestry New Zealand to get more trees into the ground, a significant boost to the country’s rail network and funding to implement an ETS auctioning platform. Details and reaction on yesterday’s budget last night can be found in the story below.

For good news this week we cover one of the many Wood Council awards evenings that are running across New Zealand at the moment. This time it’s the Southern Wood Council that have marked training and business success across the region last Friday. In addition to nine major awards that were presented on the night, harvesting apprentices that had gone through new training schools set up to address the shortfall of skilled workers in the region and over 100 national training certificates were handed out to forestry workers (29 of them from one logging company alone). Well over 300 contractors, forestry companies, transport operators and their families came together in Dunedin to celebrate the success of individuals and companies that had really gone that “extra mile” over the last year.

From Australia, we cover a sponsorship programme set up by FWPA which is enabling engineering students from across the country to attend the World Conference on Timber Engineering. It’s one of the world’s most prestigious events in timber engineering, engineered wood products and the design of timber structures. In addition to networking and exposing students to global timber technology and expertise, on returning to their universities they give presentations about what they’ve learned to their peers. Great concept. We’ve also included a positive human-interest piece on a worker who’s helped a forestry nursery in South Australia grow nearly 8 million trees this year which are going to be planted across OneFortyOne’s and other Green Triangle forests during winter.

And finally, in the technology space this week we detail the introduction of a new type of mass wood panel system (LVL panels, marketed as the Kerto Panel System and produced by Metsä Wood) being introduced into Australia and New Zealand and we take another look at the world's largest firefighting aircraft. It’s a converted Boeing 747-400 series passenger jet which was used to great effect last year battling the devastating wildfires across California. Some of the stats are eye-opening. The plane can dump up to 72,678 litres of water or retardant in just six seconds, it can fly as low as 61 metres above the ground and it can be refilled in just 13 minutes. Go on – take a look at the short video we’ve added this week. On that uplifting note, enjoy this week’s read.

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Forestry training success celebrated in the South

Last Friday saw an outstanding turnout by local forestry companies, contractors and transport operators from throughout the lower South Island of New Zealand. The function was the 2019 Southern Wood Council Forestry Awards.

The Council, representing all major forest owners and wood processing companies in Otago and Southland ran the 2019 Awards programme in conjunction with the country’s industry training organisation, Competenz.

In addition to profiling the contribution that forestry and those working within the industry are making to the economic and social well-being of the region, the night was really designed to celebrate the success of those that had achieved formal training qualifications over the year. Through a series of nine major awards, the event also recognised the forest industry’s top performers from across the lower South Island.

The industry certainly rallied on the night. Like the previous four years, over 300 forest managers, forestry contractors, transport operators and product and service suppliers to the industry from throughout the lower South Island attended the awards evening at Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium.

“The turnout by forestry workers, their families and supporters on the night reflects the momentum that’s been building over the last year or so with training and safety in this region” says Grant Dodson, Chairman of the Southern Wood Council. In addition to increased on-site training, two training courses in the region are now fully operational”.

“Mike Hurring’s Training School is running five one-week block courses in Balclutha for new entrants to the industry complete with hands-on training using harvesting machines located on site, leading to the first qualification of their apprenticeship. A new course, Tokomairiro Training, an initiative that’s been set up by Tokomairiro High School and Johnson Forestry Services, with support being provided by local forestry companies, is also now running 32-week courses for selected school students who are looking at forestry as a future career opportunity”.

“As well as recognising the training achievements of forestry workers and crews that have really stood out over the past 12 months, the industry was able to come together at one place to celebrate the industry along with training and business success” says Mr. Dodson.

“The message on the value of the awards evening has certainly found it’s mark with many companies bringing through all of their staff and workers, from Invercargill through to Timaru. One local contractor for example brought through close to 40 of their workers to celebrate their achievements in picking up training qualifications over the year as well as rewarding the harvesting crews for their efforts over the year”.

Presenters and speakers at this year’s awards evening included Jamie MacKay, Host of NZ’s New Zealand’s flagship rural radio show, The Country and the awards guest speaker Davey Hughes, founder of the well-known NZ outdoor clothing brand, SWAZI. As well as being a businessman, Davey is a mad-keen hunter, conservationist, adventurer and was able to relate well to his audience and entertain all on the night with just a few of his life stories.

Around 160 National Training Certificates that had been achieved in Forestry & Wood Processing were awarded to top local contractors and forestry and wood processing employees. Eight harvesting apprentices that have been involved in the Balclutha training school were also recognised at the awards ceremony. All are anticipated to finish the course in October, with another course anticipated to start in August.

In addition, nine major industry awards for the year were presented on the night. These were;

Training Excellence Award - Apprentice of the Year (Sponsored by South Wood Export) Award Winner; Paige Harland, Harland Bros

Training Excellence Award - Forestry Trainee of the Year (harvesting) (Sponsored by Rayonier/ Matariki Forests) Joint Award Winners; Hemi Pickett, Ferris Logging & Logan Bennett, Mike Hurring Logging

Training Excellence Award - Forestry Trainee of the Year (silviculture) (Sponsored by Port Blakely): Award Winner; Adam McLennan, Johnson Forestry Services

Skilled Professionals Awards – Forestry Excellence Award (establishment, silviculture, fire, harvesting) (Sponsored by Wenita Forest Products): Award Winner; Billy Tredinnick, Forestry Training Services

Skilled Professionals Awards – Wood Processing Excellence Award (Sponsored by UDC): Award Winner; Jamie Carr, Pan Pac Forest Products (Otago)

Skilled Professionals Awards – Forest Products/Logistics/Transport/Port Award (Sponsored by Pan Pac Forest Products (Otago): Joint Award Winners; Stephen Gray, NFA Holdings & Craig Unahi, NFA Holdings

Industry Excellence Awards – Forestry Environmental Management Excellence Award (Sponsored by Otago Regional Council): Award Winner; Matt Winmill, Gillion Logging

Industry Excellence Awards - Training Company/Contractor of the Year (Sponsored by City Forests): Award Winner; Johnson Forestry Services

Industry Excellence Awards - Forest Products Health & Safety Award (Sponsored by Ernslaw One): Award Winner; Dynes Transport

Harvesting Apprentices – Otago Southland Around 160 National Training Certificates that had been achieved in Forestry & Wood Processing were awarded to top local contractors and forestry and wood processing employees.

Eight harvesting apprentices that have been involved in the Balclutha training school were also recognised at the awards ceremony. All are anticipated to finish the course in October, with another course anticipated to start in August.

Congratulations go to all the winners, the nominees, their employers and families. This year’s awards programme with strong support from the wider industry, supporting organisation’s and major equipment and product suppliers has again been another important milestone for the forestry industry in the lower South Island. Like other Regional Wood Council awards evenings, it’s firmly established as the major fixture each year on the local forestry calendar.

A full series of images taken on the evening can be found on the SWC website.

Photo: Mike Hurring and employees picking up National Training Certificates earned during the Year as part of the SWC Forestry Training Awards on Friday 24 May

Source: Southern Wood Council

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Real time saw monitoring systems profiled

Real time saw monitoring systems profiled As part of the upcoming WoodTECH 2019 series running in September for local sawmilling companies, new systems for non-contact real time saw performance monitoring will be profiled. As part of the practical programme set up, Josh Bergen from Precision Machinery, Canada and Justin Williams, Williams & White, Canada will be outlining their systems, both of which will increase your mill profitability and reduce your operating costs. The systems predict saw performance issues, cut back on unpredicted saw changes, reduce oil usage and can lead to mill speed increases.

In the video below, Precision Machinery’s President Josh Bergen outlines their non-contact, real-time saw temperature monitoring system, introduced to the market at the BC Saw Filers Association convention in Kamloops, B.C., a couple of months ago. The small, puck-like wireless sensor is integrated directly into an existing saw guide where it transmits temperature readings in real time via the cloud to allow for remote viewing.

Williams and White have partnered with FP Innovations to offer new technology to the sawmill industry. Williams and White SMARTGuides powered by SAWSense saw performance monitoring system accurately measures, in real time, the performance of the saw when in the cut for both circular and band saws. This is able to provide real-time feedback of saw performance data to the user to inform the mill of the effect of varying sawing parameters.

The WoodTECH 2019 event this year has a series of practical workshops built into the two-day events being run in both New Zealand and Australia which will appeal to wide cross section of operational and production staff from mills. Details on the sawmilling tech series can be found on the event website,

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How did forestry fare in NZ’s budget?

Some key points relating to forestry from yesterday’s “Wellbeing Budget” announced by the New Zealand Government includes;

- Over NZ$49 million has been allocated to help transform the forestry sector. Combined with existing funding, this equates to an investment of NZ$58 million in Te Uru Rākau (Forestry New Zealand).

The funding will allow Te Uru Rākau to increase its regional presence to ensure foresters and landowners have the support they need and will also see the agency focus on the Government’s goal of developing a sustainable, domestic forestry workforce,” Forestry Minister Shane Jones says.

“A key part to achieving our vision for the sector will be delivering in the regions and we will see new premises built in Rotorua – the heart of the forestry sector – showcasing the use of wood in construction and accommodating Te Uru Rākau’s growth.”

- A NZ$1 billion funding boost to support a long overdue redevelopment of KiwiRail. This includes NZ$375 million for new wagons and locomotives, NZ$331 million to invest in track and other supporting infrastructure and NZ$35 million to begin the process of replacing current ferries that are nearing the end of their lives. This funding package includes NZ$300 million from the Provincial Growth Fund allocated for investment in regional rail initiatives.

- A NZ $229 million Sustainable Land Use Package that will invest in projects to protect and restore at-risk waterways and wetlands and provide support for farmers and growers to use their land more sustainably.

- NZ$107 million to ensure the economic transition required to deliver the country’s greenhouse gas emission reductions. The Budget also includes funding to implement an Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) auctioning platform.

- A new NZ$300 million fund to help fill the 'capital gap' for New Zealand firms that expand beyond the early start-up phase

- NZ$20m over four years the fund strategic research to combat kauri dieback

Further information can be found here. Full details on the budget itself can be found on the website.

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Independent audit planned of log supply agreement

South Australia’s State Government has appointed BDO Advisory (SA) Pty Ltd to undertake an independent audit on the Plantation Lease Agreement with OneFortyOne Plantations Pty Ltd. Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone said BDO has partnered with specialist forest sector advisory firm Indufor to undertake the independent audit.

"The audit is a comprehensive process which will focus on their compliance with conditions attached to the Plantation Lease Agreement it has with the state, particularly those relating to domestic sawlog supply” said Minister Whetstone. "I have met with the South Australian Timber Processors Association and heard the concerns of small processors regarding lease term compliance”.

"As I committed to the Association last year, the scope of the 2018 audit specifically targets the conditions in the lease agreement relevant to those concerns. This once-off audit represents an important opportunity to reset in a positive way the relations between industry and the community. OFO has agreed to fully cooperate with this audit which will be conducted under the ASAE 3100 standard, set by the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board."

Areas to be covered in the audit will include whether OFO has met the following requirements during 2018; area weighted average clearfall age, tender process for uncontracted sawlog in excess of planned viable domestic supply, sale contract lengths for sawlog exports and the amount of sawlog and pulplog exported and if those logs were appropriately classified.

In addition, a review of ancillary confidential documents between the State and OFO (including agreements, deeds, contracts or similar) will be undertaken.

Source: Primary Industries and Regions South Australia

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Forest industries welcome new Ministers

Australia’s forest industries congratulate the new Minister for Agriculture, Victorian Senator Bridget McKenzie and Assistant Minister with responsibility for Forestry and Fisheries, Tasmanian Senator Jonathon Duniam.

Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA), Ross Hampton said, “Prime Minister Morrison’s new Cabinet demonstrates a mix of seasoned Ministers as well as promotions for some talented backbenchers. In relation to forest industries we are delighted to welcome to these vital roles our first female Minister for Agriculture in Senator McKenzie and new outer Minister Senator Duniam”.

“We are confident Senator McKenzie and Senator Duniam will hit the ground running thanks to the strong work done over the last few years by outgoing Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud and Assistant Minister for Fisheries and Forestry Senator Richard Colbeck”.

“Minister Littleproud and Assistant Minister Colbeck last year launched a major growth plan for our national forest industries, pledging a range of measures, to deliver over the next ten years, one billion new trees to provide the vital resource we need to secure forest industry jobs into the future. Our industries thank both Ministers for their hard work and belief in our future”.

“Forest Industries have been especially well served by the Assistant Minister who has had direct responsibility for forestry, Senator Richard Colbeck. Senator Colbeck has been one of the most passionate, determined, resolute Ministers in the history of forest industries. The Government made significant announcements during the election campaign which will help us move into a new era of growth, especially as we seek to grow the ‘right trees, in the right places, at the right scale”.

Source: AFPA

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NZIF awards and scholarships open

Applications are invited for the awards and scholarships offered by the NZIF Foundation for 2019. The total value of awards offered is NZ$39,500.

The awards open for application are:

- Two Future Forest Scholarships for post graduate research of up to NZ$10,000 each
- The New Zealand Redwood Company Scholarship of NZ$5,000 for an undergraduate scholarship at the University of Canterbury School Forestry
- Chavasse Travel Award of up to NZ$3,500 to assist a mid-career person to travel overseas or to bring an overseas person to NZ
- Jon Dey memorial award of up to NZ$3,500 to assist research projects in the areas of work study or new technology aimed at improving forest engineering and harvest productivity
- Otago Southland Award of up to NZ$3,000 to assist a project of relevance to forestry in the Otago/Southland region
- Mary Sutherland Scholarship of NZ$1,000 for a polytechnic student
- University Undergraduate Scholarship of NZ$1,000
- Frank Hutchinson Postgraduate scholarship of NZ$1,000
- Student poster prizes at NZIF Conference (1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes of NZ$800, NZ$500 and NZ$200)

Applications are now open. Further details on the Foundation web page available through, (link on lower right hand side of page).

Applications must be received by the Foundation administrator ( no later than 5pm on Tuesday 17th July 2019. The awards will be announced at the Awards Dinner of the joint conference of the NZ Institute of Forestry and Institute of Foresters of Australia being held in Christchurch from 25th to 28th August 2019.

Enquires to the Foundation chair or phone +64 274 733 262

Note: Membership of NZIF is not a requirement for application.

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Emerging leaders learning timber construction

Engineering students from across Australia have been benefiting from exposure to the most up-to-the-minute technical developments and innovations in timber construction from across the globe.

As the latest episode of WoodChat explains, Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA) regularly sponsors students to attend the World Conference on Timber Engineering (WCTE) – one of the world’s most prestigious event in timber engineering, engineered wood products and the design of timber structures.

For the last eight years, FWPA funding has allowed outstanding post-graduate students engaging in timber-focused research to apply for financial support for their attendance. In 2018, eight students were selected and awarded an AU$3,500 bursary to attend the event in Seoul, South Korea.

Alastair Woodard from FWPA’s WoodSolutions education program, said the initiative accelerates the career paths of emerging leaders amongst Australian engineering graduate and postgraduate students, through transfer of knowledge from leading global timber talent.

“We had meetings with each of the students about what they wanted to learn and who they wanted to meet, before introducing them to the relevant international timber experts. Knowing they can call upon these people right throughout their careers makes this such a valuable networking experience,” said Alastair.

“Once back in Australia, the students returned to their universities and gave presentations about what they learned. There has been a great flow-on effect from bringing back their excitement, enthusiasm and knowledge and sharing it with their peers.”

Our WoodChat hosts also caught up with a number of students for a rundown of their experiences. Kristopher Orlowski (photo), student at the University of Melbourne, said the knowledge gained through his attendance proved invaluable for informing his current research project.

Kristopher is working with an industry partner on the development of a post-tensioned (strengthened or reinforced) timber-based prefabricated panelised structure. The aim of his research is to understand the limitations and develop solutions to advance the use of this novel form of construction.

“This system was originally developed to tie the structure down to the foundations for construction purposes,” explained Kristopher. “From the advanced research in this area presented at the conference, I’ve learned you can use this technology as a method of self-centering for earthquake design, which is a benefit we hadn’t considered. “From a personal perspective, it was valuable to see the way people present their final work, because I’ll be presenting the findings and conclusions of my own thesis soon,” said Kristopher.

Source: FWPA

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Growing the next generation of trees

When people talk about someone who’s come a long way Peh Boo could be that person. A refugee from Burma, now working at OneFortyOne’s nursery at Glencoe. For Peh Boo it’s not just the opportunity to work with nature, outside in the fresh air, doing a good day’s work. It’s the chance to be free and build a life for him and his family.

Peh Boo sees it as a great place to work. And it’s easy to see why when you’re at the nursery on a sunny day in May. Set on over 90ha and surrounded by gum trees, for over 35 years the Glencoe nursery has grown the millions of pine trees used to replant the region’s forests.

This year the nursery team has grown nearly 8 million trees to be replanted across OneFortyOne’s and other Green Triangle forests during winter. In approximately 32 years-time, by 2053, these trees will be harvested and turned into timber used to build the houses of future.

And yet the nursery is more than just the start of the renewable forestry cycle, it does more than create jobs for people in the forestry supply chain – forestry, harvesting and mill workers, log truck drivers and everyone in between – it has also played an important role helping refugees comfortably settle into the Green Triangle region.

For Peh Boo working at the Nursery for the past 10 years has given him more than just a job. It has given him the opportunity to learn new skills, a new language, a new way of life and to feel like he and his family truly belong in this region.

“I came to Australia when I was 33 with my parents. I had spent 25 years living in a refugee camp in Burma. I had to learn English. I had to get a job. Living in a refugee camp all that time meant I didn’t have skills needed for working, so I had to learn”, he said.

Peh Boo came to Australia in 2009 and has worked at OneFortyOne’s nursery every year since then during the planting season. Like many of the other refugee workers at the nursery, this regular seasonal employment has enabled him to create a bright future here in the Green Triangle and feel part of the community.

After 10 years in Mt Gambier, Pee Boh knows that working outdoors at the nursery is not always sunny May days, and there are plenty of rain filled winter days to come, but he doesn’t mind at all. In fact, he is happy to be part of the nursery team. His reason is simple, “Here, I am free.”

Source: OneFortyOne

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Lobby group calls for pause on blanket forestry

The New Zealand Government needs to hit the pause button on policies which have led to thousands of hectares of hill country farmland being converted to blanket forestry in the last year, a newly-formed lobby group says. 50 Shades of Green spokesman Mike Butterick said significant land use change was happening and its speed and scale had caught everyone by surprise.

"It has snowballed so quickly that we need to hit the pause button and ask whether this is what we intended to happen. We are not against dealing with climate change, just the way we get there. Blanket forestry is only a 50-year solution to the carbon and climate change problem."

The group, which has gathered supporters from around New Zealand since forming about two weeks ago, plans to march on Parliament with its concerns. It said Government incentives to plant trees, to offset greenhouse gas emissions and meet reduction targets, were tilting the market too far in favour of both domestic and overseas forestry investors.

"We are not anti-tree, but it is all about moderation and having the right tree in the right place," Butterick said, who is a Wairarapa sheep and beef farmer. "We are some of the most efficient food producers in the world and the social, economic and environmental consequences of blanket forestry are significant."

Seven Wairarapa and Tararua farms have been sold in the last few months to be planted in trees. Farmland sales to forestry totaled about 10,000 hectares in Wairarapa and 6000 to 8000ha in the Pongaroa area of Tararua. At Wairoa, south of Gisborne, about 10,000ha had been purchased, 7 per cent of the district's pastoral land.

Three factors were believed to be skewing the market when hill country farmland came up for sale: grants available under the Government's one billion trees programme, Emissions Trading Scheme carbon credit income and the less stringent criteria overseas buyers must meet when investing in forestry versus farmland. More >>

Source: Stuff

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Vale Tony Haslett

As many of you may already know, Tony Haslett, a well-known identity within the timber industry and major contributor to the art and science of wood drying in Australiasia, passed away this week. We send our deepest sympathies to his family and friends.

Tony is fondly remembered by his remaining work collegues. From a difficut start in life he spanned the gamut of available career paths in our industry. With minimal schooling he began as woodsman cutting tracks for the NZFS, where he was soon picked as being capable of more and told to do ranger training. At ranger school he was told he should be a forester.

He went back to school and ended up studying Forestry Science at Canterbury University, ending up as at NZFRI in Rotorua as fully fledged scientist in 1974. This unconventional path probably influenced him into developing into an effective and “unboffiny” researcher. His endless energy and enthusiam, penchant for practical solutions and unwillingness to take a backward step, eventuated in him running the NZFRI Wood Drying Research Group in the 1990’s taking over from John Kininmonth and Wayne Miller.

Although concentrating on wood drying,Tony had a varied career in most aspects of wood technology. With his renowned bull at a gate style he was instrumental in improving the way softwoods are dried and processed in this part of the world. As well as running the FRI/industry Multi Client Drying Research Group, which solved a vast range of practical issues for processing fast grown plantation softwoods, he contributed to international research and attended several IUFRO Wood drying confrences.

He also spent time on secondments to other organisations such as in Tasmanaia with eucalypts and in Samoa studying the utisation of tropical species. Upon leaving FRI in the mid 2000’s, Tony worked at Weyerhasuer Australia as the National Technical Manager and left a lasting legacy with still used operating procedures and best practice guides. He ended his career being a valuable contributor and organiser with WQI and SWI.

Throughout his career and even into retirement, Tony kept in touch with old collegues. His loyalty and sometimes hidden kind heartedness, his enthusiam …and his bluntness will always be remembered both those of us who worked with him. Vale Tony.

A celebration of Tony's life will be held at Tauranga Park, 383 Pyes Pa Rd, Tauranga at 2.30pm on Tuesday 4th of June 2019.

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Global super-tanker ready for US wildfire season

The Global SuperTanker, the world's largest firefighting aircraft, is ready for the upcoming wildfire season in the U.S. The Arizona Republic reports that the Boeing 747-400 series passenger jet converted for firefighting recently underwent maintenance at Pinal Airpark outside Tucson. The retrofitted aircraft has been used to fight wildfires in California, Chile, Israel and elsewhere.

The plane can dump up to 72,678 litres of water or retardant in just six seconds and fly as low as 61 metres above the ground to do its work. It can be refilled in just 13 minutes. The SuperTanker proved indispensable in 2018 helping battle some of the most devastating wildfires in California history.

"It's a force multiplier," chief pilot Cliff Hale said. "When you need to build containment lines fast, having that very large capacity can really help the guys out on the ground." Hale was a captain with now defunct Evergreen Airlines when he came up with the idea to turn a 747 into a tanker. An early version of the SuperTanker was first used during a 2009 fire in Alaska that burned more than 202,347 hectares.

That first SuperTanker was destroyed for salvage after Evergreen went bankrupt. Scott Olson, now vice president of maintenance for Global SuperTanker, later found a new plane. Olson and his team added four outlets to the belly of the plane that could dump 34,825 litres of liquid, along with a sprayer tank system.

Hale calls the pressurized tank system the "world's largest and fastest squirt gun." The SuperTanker was deployed in Israel in 2016 and in Chile in 2017. It currently has contracts in California, Oregon and Colorado. Costs can run as much as US$250,000 a day.

This clip was filmed outside of Stirling City, CA as the converted Boeing 747 drops fire retardant as a defensive line in the Camp Fire that devastated the city of Paradise, California last year.

Source: nytimes

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SmartStruct brings in new mass wood panel system

SmartStruct, a division of Tilling Timber and the Principal Partner of the 2019 Timber Offsite Construction conference and exhibition, has announced it is bringing a new type of mass wood panel system down under for the first time. Owned by Metsä Wood, Kerto-RIPA is a large-scale panel system for floors and walls, with superior stability, strength, acoustic and rigidity attributes.

The laminated veneer lumber (LVL) system will be offered exclusively by SmartStruct in Australia and New Zealand, marketed as the Kerto Panel System. It will provide a host of benefits for building designers, engineers and construction companies.

Leon Quinn, National Sales and Marketing Manager at Tilling Timber, said the company was delighted to sign this exclusive agreement with Metsä Wood. “Our multi-million-dollar investment in the latest European automation, combined with our team of three engineers, 45 designers and two experienced commercial Business Development Managers, demonstrate our commitment to this construction method in Australia.

“SmartStruct’s Kerto panels now enable designers, builders and clients to bring timber solutions into higher density residential and commercial buildings. The Kerto Panel System is made up of LVL panels with 20% of veneers bonded cross-wise. Structural gluing is a key feature of the system, allowing for efficiency gains by offering six times more stiffness than screws alone, decreasing timber volume by 30% and reducing timber height by up to 50%.

Meanwhile, the system’s cavity supports heat and ventilation, as well as providing a space for running services. The panels also provide great workability, as they are easy to fasten, nail and drill. Panels can be used for all roof, floor and wall elements, and will be made available to standard widths of 900mm, 1,200mm, 1,800mm and 2,500mm, with lengths of up to 12m.

Well-established in Europe and particularly in Scandinavia, the panel system has undergone progressive and extensive technical development since its introduction in the 1990s. The technology has been placed under rigorous testing over the decades and earned a European Technical Assessment ETA 07/0029 certification.

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Plan needed for competing wood demands

Wood is a viable industrial fuel in New Zealand but greater effort may be needed to ensure that new demand from processors doesn’t strip supplies from existing users, Fonterra says. Co-firing the firm’s Brightwater milk powder plant near Nelson on a wood-coal blend shows that wood is a viable means to reduce emissions from process heat, Tony Oosten, the firm’s energy manager, says.

Capital and fuel costs for new wood or coal boilers are now very close and the company could – were it to be building its Darfield 2 dryer in Canterbury again – do that with wood.

“The problem comes down to the amount of wood,” he told delegates at the New Zealand Minerals Forum in Dunedin this week. Fonterra believes it can get about 15 megawatts of wood into each of its plants, based on the local supply in each region.

At Darfield, that would require 50-60,000 tonnes of green wood “every single year,” he said. That is pretty much all the wood that is available in north Canterbury and would put the firm in competition with panel and board makers in the region.

“This is critical. This is transition engineering. This is about unintended consequences,” he said. “Do you just let the market go and he who can pay the most gets it? Or do you try and make sure that the Rangiora MDF plant can continue to source material?”

The vast bulk of New Zealand’s carbon emissions come from road transport and agriculture. Only about 5 percent comes from power generation and about 15 percent from heavy industry. The government is aiming to plant a billion trees in the next decade to help absorb emissions while also increasing the base of available waste wood that can be turned into renewable industrial fuel longer term.

Nelson-based Azwood Energy has said there is ample forestry waste in the hills that could be used, but that demand is being held back by the government’s emphasis on electrification of industry.

Fraser Jonker, chief executive of Alexandra-based Pioneer Energy, told the conference that there isn’t enough wood today and coal is likely to remain an important part of the industrial fuel mix for the next 20 years. His firm, which operates industrial heat plants in Timaru and Dunedin, is already competing with other wood processors for fuel for clients.

But he said more waste wood can be sourced from the forests if there is sufficient demand at scale to build up those logistics chains. Wood is almost competitive with coal in Dunedin now, he said, and his firm will next year supply the University of Otago with 150,000 gigajoules of wood energy to meet all its heating needs.

The firm is talking with other potential customers in the lower South Island and that demand could be up to 500-600,000 GJ in five years, he said. More >>

Source: BusinessDesk

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Buy and Sell

... and one to end the week on ... Spanish dining

First, a billboard advert sent in by a reader that builds on how Clive Palmer had spent AU$60million in the recent Australian election and was unable to win a seat.

Now back to Spanish dining. An Australian stopped at a local restaurant following a day roaming around in Madrid.

While sipping his wine, he noticed a sizzling, scrumptious looking platter being served at the next table.

Not only did it look good, the smell was wonderful. He asked the waiter, 'What is that you just served?'

The waiter replied, 'Si Senor, you have excellent taste! Those are called Cojones de Toro, bull's testicles from the bull fight this morning. A delicacy!'

The Australian said, 'I will have the same please.'

The waiter replied, 'I am so sorry senor. There is only one serving per day because there is only one bull fight each morning. If you come early and place your order, we will be sure to save you this delicacy.'

The following day he returned, placed his order, and that evening was served the one and only special delicacy of the day.

After a few bites, inspecting his platter, he called to the waiter and said, 'These are delicious, but they are much, much smaller than the ones I saw you serve yesterday.'

The waiter shrugged his shoulders and replied, 'Si, Señor. Sometimes de bull wins."

And on that note, enjoy your weekend - extended one day of course for the Kiwis, it being Queens birthday. Cheers.

Brent Apthorp
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