Friday Offcuts – 6 December 2019

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As we go to print, the fires in Australia just keep on burning. Our thoughts go out to all of our readers, friends and families who have been affected, involved or are tied up in fighting the bush fires. Many of them have been out on the front line since September. Reports out this week say that around 40% to 50% of the timber from pine plantations and native hardwood forests on the north coast of NSW has been lost to bushfires in November, and they’re still burning.

NSW to date has taken the brunt of the fires. Aside from the catastrophic impact that they’re having on some regional communities, the ongoing supply, harvesting, transporting and processing of timber at the moment in some regions is also in dire straits. Two million hectares of land have been burnt since July with more than 7,000 fires raging across NSW in what’s been described as the “most challenging bushfire season ever”. Six lives have been lost while 673 homes and 1,400 other buildings have been destroyed. Make no bones about it, it’s going to be one hell of a fire season this summer.

Leading news this week includes the announcement that the NZ based wood products company that owns six manufacturing sites across the country, the Claymark Group, has been put into receivership, the more positive news that the company behind recent negotiations with Claymark is planning to fast-track construction of a new sawmill and manufacturing operation in Northland, the ACCC has ruled that they have no opposition to the proposed acquisition of the Tasmanian forestry assets of funds managed by Resource Management Service by Global Forest Partners and funding has just been secured for the construction of what could be NZ’s first commercial bio plastics facility.

For the many of you involved in the recent ForestTECH 2019 series run in New Zealand and Australia, details on how you can access and download the many presentations made as part of the series were sent out last week. If you haven't received notification from us on how to get access to the information, please get in touch. A montage of images taken over the series can now also be accessed via foresttech.events/ft19.

The latest issues of monthly news and tech updates for the three of the industry’s leading newsletters, harvesttech.news, woodtech.news and foresttech.news were also sent out to many across the industry yesterday. All three newsletters are now providing more regular communication amongst specific interest groups within the Australasian forestry and wood products industries. Within a very short space of time, the newsletters are now being sent out to over 15,000 subscribers from across the region. Interest and reader contributions continue to grow every month. So, if you’re currently not receiving them and are keen on subscribing to any of the three (all are free), just sign up by clicking on any of the above links.

And finally, for those planning on advertising in this newsletter before Christmas, next week will be the last issue for 2019. Normal service will be resumed with the first issue for Friday Offcuts planned for Friday 17 January 2020. If you have any questions regarding the placement of adverts in the lead up to or immediately after the Christmas summer break, please make contact with kerry.apthorp@fridayoffcuts.com. And that's it for this week. Enjoy this week's read.



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Claymark Group into receivership

The wood products company Claymark Group has been tipped into receivership. Grant Graham, Brendon Gibson and Neal Jackson of financial advisory firm KordaMentha on Wednesday were appointed as receivers to the companies included in the group.

The business currently employs 510 workers across six manufacturing sites in New Zealand in the Bay of Plenty, Thames and Auckland, producing radiata pine wood products for export. According to the receivers, the company has an annual turnover of around NZ$160 million.

The receivership is limited to New Zealand and does not affect any of Claymark's US-domiciled businesses which continue to trade as normal. The receivers said their intention is to continue to trade the business while they work through the key issues.

The receivership follows on from a failed deal announced in late August that would have NZ Future Forest Products take over Claymark Group. "As a result of NZFFP not yet settling, the group came under increasing working capital pressure to stabilise the business and fund future growth," the receivers said in a statement.

"The Group has been unable to secure additional funding and, as a result, the board of Claymark has had to take the unfortunate step of requesting its senior debt provider to appoint receivers." The receivers say the contract with NZFFP remains in place and they will attempt to see that through. Failing this, they will look for an alternative buyer.

Claymark managing director Mark Clayton confirmed he is committed to working with receivers to maximise the return to all stakeholders. He said his immediate focus is to help the receivers to focus on the protection and realisation of assets and communicate with employees, creditors, customers and stakeholders.

Source: NZ Herald, KordaMentha

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2020 Technology Events – mark your diaries

Again, after an incredibly busy year, the Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA) has in conjunction with a wide cross section of industry on both sides of the Tasman, developed an Events Planner for next year. With again record turnouts at FIEA technology events this year, we’re really excited with what 2020 holds.

The Events Planner will enable; forestry and wood products companies to pencil the dates into your own calendar for next year and industry associations, research organisations and those involved in setting up your own programmes for 2020 to take note of the dates (and ideally look to dovetail in to the tech events timing and location to add value to the industry and those likely to attend).

For product and service suppliers, we hope this forward planning will also enable you to schedule your involvement and to budget early on in the year to the relevant tech event and for overseas suppliers, it will enable you to lock in a time to plan visits to your key customers or distributors in Australia and New Zealand and to link in to the relevant technology events in this part of the world next year.

FIEA forestry or wood products and Innovatek led technology events being planned for 2020 include;

1. ForestTECHX
17-18 March 2020, Vancouver, Canada
www. www.foresttechx.events

2. MobileTECH AG 2020
7-8 April 2020, Rotorua, New Zealand
www. www.mobiletech.events

3. ProteinTECH 2020
4-5 August 2020, Sydney, Australia
www. www.proteintech.events

4. Forest Industry Safety & Technology Conference
20-21 May 2020, Rotorua, New Zealand
27-28 May 2020, Melbourne, Australia
www.forestsafety.events

5. WoodTECH 2020 – Timber Manufacturing, Dry-Mill Optimisation, Robotics & Automation
19-20 August 2020, Rotorua, New Zealand
25-26 August 2020, Melbourne, Australia
www.woodtech.events

6. HarvestTECH 2020 – Wood Transport, Log Scaling, Automation & Robotics
16-17 September 2020, Melbourne, Australia
22-23 September 2020, Rotorua, New Zealand
www.harvesttech.events

7. WoodWorks
20-21 October 2020, Auckland, New Zealand
www.woodworks.events

8. ForestTECH 2020 - Forest Data Collection – Remote Sensing – Inventory Management
11-12 November 2020, Rotorua, New Zealand
18-19 November 2020, Melbourne, Australia
www.foresttech.events

Mark the dates into your 2020 calendars. At this early stage, if interested in either presenting or exhibiting, let us know early on and if appropriate, we can look to build you into the planned programmes.

Attached for your information is a PDF of 2020 Technology Events which provides you with further information on the schedule of tech events planned for next year.




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Drones to plant hundreds of trees in minutes

At the recent ForestTECH 2019 series run for New Zealand and Australian foresters, a US company, DroneSeed, outlined their work with forestry companies using swarms of drones for both planting and spraying. Trials with planting have just been completed in New Zealand.

Another company has also been working behind the scenes on a similar concept. Two drone enthusiasts have devised a new invention that allows drones to plant large numbers of seeds in minutes. South African Andries Louw and Australian Andrew Walker built a pneumatic firing module that shoots seeds into soil.

It can spit out two seeds per second at velocities of anywhere between 150 and 300 metres per second. This is faster than the cruising speed of a passenger jet. The module, called it Podder, can attach to the bottom of popular drone models.



Louw and Walker estimate that a team of two, flying 2 drones, can plant up to 40,000 seeds into the ground in a day. In just ten minutes they can plant what the average human can plant. They have built a pneumatic firing module capable of shooting 8,000 seeds into the ground in a day, ten times faster than the average human can plant them.

The first module was built in a garage in Hermanus, but since then Louw, a certified drone pilot, and Walker, a mechanical engineer based in Sydney, have founded a company called AirSeed Technologies, and hope to use their technology to address deforestation.

It's not the first-time seed-planting has been done by air, but the success rate of germination is low. Drones have also been used, but Louw says payloads have been limited to 150 seeds per flight due to the weight of the seeds, which also needed to be pre-germinated. So, AirSeed designed a carbon seed pod made from a soil additive called biochar to make them lighter. This highly compressed charcoal is made from the thermochemical conversion of biomass.

The balls come out looking like black paintball bullets. They’re light, weighing as little as 5 grams, and strong - which also means there can be up to a thousand seeds in a single payload. By compressing seeds into the biochar, the pods act like a natural fertiliser. The seeds also don't need to be pre-germinated as the carbon is nutrient-rich and can be infused with land-specific microbes and fungi.

“Without the seeds the entire project would mean nothing…We had to come up with a solution for the payload that was light; that was viscus, in other words smooth; that was durable and would not break on impact; and that protected the seeds from animals.” A secret to their success is specially designed carbon seed pods – made from a soil additive called biochar, which is highly compressed charcoal made from the thermochemical conversion of biomass.

The seeds don't need to buried deeper than 2.5 cm into the ground and can be dropped onto the soil. What’s more, every time a pod is planted, they can log its GPS. This allows them to measure the success of every seed they've planted.

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Source: Business Insider South Africa



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Finalists for 2020 NZ Timber Design Awards

Judges have completed the difficult task of selecting 48 finalists from the many entries received for the 2020 NZ Wood-Resene Timber Design Awards. Following the finalists’ more detailed submissions, the second round of judging will take place on December 10 and winners will be announced at a gala function on 26 March, at the Grand Millennium Hotel in Auckland.

The jury for this year’s programme includes New Zealand Institute of Architects president Tim Melville, New Zealand Timber Design Society president David Carradine, sustainable architect at Scion Andrea Stocchero, and NZ Wood Design Guides’ manager Andy van Houtte.

This year’s crop of entries has shown more prefabricated and panelised designs, both in mass timber and cassette form, as well as some post and beam formats with strong consideration of design for manufacture and assembly (DfMA) processes. New wood products have been developed and commercialised, along with the uptake of environmentally friendly, exterior-use products.

“The quality of entries is once again exceptional,” say judges. “More and more novel, innovative applications of timber are submitted every year. The quality, design, materials and build philosophies employed demonstrate the evolving and imaginative use of timber in New Zealand and indeed, around the world.”

“These technologies are opening up new opportunities for designers,” explains NZ Wood Promotions Manager Debbie Fergie. “More and more new and interesting applications of timber are being showcased, which shows that timber buildings are once again coming into their own. We look forward to even more architects and engineers confidently specifying timber for a wide range of applications within the built environment.”

Details and images for this year’s finalists can be seen here.

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NSW endures longest spell of air pollution

Queenslanders had been warned to expect a tough bushfire day yesterday as Sydney and large parts of New South Wales continue to struggle with “the longest and the most widespread” period on record of poor air quality and hazardous levels of pollution.

Temperatures in many parts of Queensland were forecast to soar yesterday, with Brisbane expecting 36C and Ipswich as high as 39C. The south-east of the state was blanketed in smoke in many parts, as Sydney and large parts of NSW faced the “longest period” of air pollution on record.

The Bureau of Meteorology said heavy smoke billowing from bushfires surrounding Sydney would linger in the city basin until Saturday. The NSW environment department said this season’s bushfire emergency had caused “some of the highest air pollution ever seen in NSW”.

“NSW has experienced elevated levels of pollutants as a result of smoke from the bushfire emergency, and dust caused by the severe drought,” a spokesman said. “NSW has experienced other periods of poor air quality that lasted several weeks, including the 1994 Sydney bushfires and the Black Christmas bushfires of December 2001 to January 2002. This event, however, is the longest and the most widespread in our records.”

The Rural Fire Service had issued widespread total fire bans for Thursday, with hot and windy conditions expected to worsen across the state. For the very latest updates on the fires, check out the NSW Rural Fire Service link.

Source: The Guardian

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NZFFP announces fast tracking of sawmill plans


NZ Future Forest Products Ltd (NZFFP) has announced it will fast-track a new sawmill and manufacturing capacity at Ruakaka following the completion of its strategic transaction with North Sawn Lumber Ltd (NSL). The Managing Director of NZFFP, David Henry, said the expansion will create 30 new full-time equivalent jobs in Ruakaka, providing new high-quality and long-term employment opportunities in the Northland region.

The expansion will allow for additional premium wood products to be containerised and shipped from Northport. It will generate an additional NZ$40 million in annual export receipts for New Zealand, mainly from NSL’s existing markets in South East Asia and also to new customers in Europe. This export growth strategy is in addition to continuing to service all of NSL’s existing domestic customers to the same high levels.

The expansion, previously scheduled not to start until late 2020, will now commence in Q1 2020 with commissioning due to occur in Q4 2020. As previously indicated, NSL’s Garth Mortensen and Grant Syminton have now joined the NZFFP board as Director of Operations and Non-Executive Director respectively.

Mr Henry said NZFFP was strongly in growth mode. A further announcement on changes to NZFFP’s capital structure, including a widening of its shareholder base, will be made in due course.

Linked to this story, we include another story this week on the receivership of the Claymark Group, the sale of which was being negotiated with NZFFP.

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Sustainability leader re-elected to FWPA board

The Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA) Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Friday 29 November saw Tony Arnel re-elected to the board, as the organisation looks to continue growing the forestry and wood industry into the future. Hosted in conjunction with Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) in Canberra, the AGM provided an opportunity for stakeholders to learn about FWPA’s successes over the year, as well as gain an insight into upcoming plans.

Professor Arnel was re-elected as a Non-Executive Director, who brings excellent leadership credentials from the building and sustainability industries. He is currently a professor at Deakin University and the Global Director of Sustainability at engineering consultancy, Norman Disney & Young. He has also held numerous prominent board positions in the past including on the Green Building Council of Australia, The Climate Institute, Energy Efficiency Council and the Deakin University School of Engineering.

“Having Tony Arnel continue his position on the FWPA Board is incredibly positive for both our organisation and wider sector,” said John Simon, FWPA Chairman. “As a leader in sustainability, including being one of the founding directors of the Green Building Council of Australia, he provides invaluable knowledge and experience to help lead FWPA.”

Candidates to the FWPA board are selected by an arms-length director selection committee, which includes representatives from three national associations. The candidates are then voted on by the company members at the AGM.

Source: FWPA



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Trifecta for Women in Forestry in awards

They say its woman’s intuition and having that natural ability to relate to tree fallers in the forest that has been a real skill that Kere Elliot from Elliot Logging has and that has gone a long way to backing her win as the Skilled Forestry Professional of the Year for 2019 at the Hawkes Bay Forestry Awards.

Kere has been involved in Pan Pac harvesting operations for many years and is now a well-respected and trusted tree felling and auditing specialist. To achieve this, she has worked her way through all aspects of harvesting operations firstly as a worker and employee, to running a harvesting contracting crew with her husband Grant, as well as providing auditing and training services to our wider contract workforce.

“The tree felling auditing and training that Kere carries out is a key component of ensuring that all our tree fallers are working at the safest and highest possible level in one of the most hazardous tasks to be completed.” confirmed Tim Sandall, General Manager, Forests at Pan Pac, Napier.

It is her vast experience, her vigilance, her care and natural ability to relate to our people on the ground that enables her to be so effective in this area. Kere is a humble recipient with a strong backbone and has a superb talent in communicating with bushmen, with an outstanding reputation. Showing commitment to the industry and to the development of her colleagues, she has likely saved lives under her direction and unwavering resolve to improve standards so that the job is completed safely.

Kere is the third female recipient of the top award for forestry awards this year. Heather Arnold of Nelson Forests took out the top award in the Top of the South Forestry Awards and Michelle Harrison of Wise on Wood took out the top award in the Northland Forestry Awards earlier this year, so it highlights how these three very successful and capable women have deservedly been recognised.

Winners representing a broad selection of forestry companies took the stage, to a sell-out crowd at the Napier Conference Centre, in celebration of the inaugural forestry awards which were managed by master of ceremony and TV celebrity, Pio Terei. The audience was a makeup of very enthusiastic foresters, regional service providers, sponsors and community VIP’s, who see this event as a chance to lift the profile on the industry and those people that work in it.

James Powrie from Redaxe Forestry Intelligence, representing the judges, was very complementary about all nominees and winners and as a judge in this first award campaign was impressed with the calibre across all the fifteen categories making it difficult in some to assign a clear winner.

Keith Dolman, CE for the Hawkes Bay Forestry Group confirms, “Our decision to implement these awards was on the back of the other regional campaigns being such a positive success for the regions and their people. Hawkes Bay is an area for growth in this sector and it’s important that we celebrate our own successes.”

The awards will be reviewed with the concept to run them as an annual event going forward with the objectives to benefit the region’s forest industry by attracting skilled employees to the region as valued forestry industry players, to up skill and lift the standard of the skill base of the forestry workforce and to provide an opportunity for the forestry industry to celebrate its skilled professionals. There has been a strong sense of collaboration and a chance to create a healthy and challenging competition amongst the industry.

A full listing of award winners on the night can be seen here.



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BC Forest Industry really struggling

It seems barely a day goes by without an announcement about layoffs, temporary closures or permanent mill shut downs in British Columbia’s struggling forest industry. As a result, thousands of workers, their families and many communities have been left facing uncertain futures.

The layoffs and shutdowns are causing widespread economic and social pain, says B.C. Liberal forestry critic John Rustad. “It’s unfathomable to think of the carnage that’s already happened, let alone what will happen this winter,” he said in a recent interview. “It’s going to be a very bleak winter.”

Rustad said on a visit to Campbell River a car dealer told him he repossessed 10 vehicles from forestry workers who were out of work. One laid-off worker asked him if he could keep his vehicle until Christmas and sold the dealer a load of firewood to make a payment, Rustad said.

On Vancouver Island, where Mosaic Forest Management announced an early winter shutdown of timber harvesting operations, 2,000 people are out of work indefinitely.

Among those affected are also about 175 workers at a mill owned by Tolko Industries in Kelowna where the plant will close permanently on Jan. 8, while Canfor’s decision to permanently close its mill in Vavenby, north of Kamloops, resulted in the loss of 172 jobs in the community of about 700 people.

“Basically, I would say 80 per cent or more of the coastal forest sector is down,” Rustad said.” It’s not good. It’s really, really tough.” Finance Ministry budget numbers show forest revenues are down 11 per cent so far this year and projected harvest volumes of 46 million cubic metres are the lowest in years.

Photo: The Nelson Daily

Source: North Island Gazette



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Mill chapter closes for Kangaroo Island

KPT has entered into an agreement that it expects to lead to the sale and removal of the main sawmill equipment that comprises the green mill, dry mill and drying kilns at its Heartland Hub (former Timber Creek Mill) site, along with various associated machinery. The sale proceeds will have no material effect on the Company’s finances. However, the sale is significant as the closing of a chapter for the timber milling industry on Kangaroo Island.

The Company has retained equipment that may be of value when log and woodchip export operations begin, such as various generators, as well as several large sheds. The sale of surplus equipment is part of the preparation of the Hub to act as a base of forestry operations for harvest, haulage, replanting and maintenance. In due course, the Hub may also be a suitable site for a bioenergy plant using forestry waste.

The post peeler and treatment plant at the Hub were operated in the recent past and remain available for operation. There are no plans to sell this equipment, which is capable of being used to produce poles and fence posts from pine thinnings.

Previous owners of the mill invested many millions of dollars in the saw milling enterprise, which has operated only sporadically and, as far as the Company is aware, has never made a profit. The mill was last operated by the Company, on a limited basis, in 2013, but was heavily loss-making at that time. It has since been in care and maintenance.

At its peak, the Mill employed more than 30 people, producing a variety of products from pines grown on Kangaroo Island. The Company is now focused on exporting softwood logs and eucalypt woodchips, an enterprise that will be profitable and sustainable, and will create about 250 full-time jobs, directly and indirectly, on Kangaroo Island.

Source: Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers



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NZ bio plastics facility step closer

Councils across the Manawatū-Whanganui region in New Zealand have welcomed the Government’s commitment of NZ$380,000 funding from the Provincial Growth Fund for ground-breaking research on whether Radiata Pine could be used in developing a bio-degradable alternative to single-use plastics. This research will help catalyse the development of a high-tech bio plastics pilot plant in the region.

This would be New Zealand’s first commercial bio plastics facility, which will use world-leading technology to create biodegradable, compostable and renewable alternatives to petroleum-based plastic products from under-utilised forestry resources.

The facility is to be developed by NZ Bio Forestry Ltd, a new entity that combines local and international expertise and works with regional partners to unlock further productivity in the forestry sector and build a bio economy.

The OECD has estimated the potential contribution of a thriving bio economy to New Zealand’s GDP at up to US$124 billion in 2030. NZ Bio Forestry Ltd CEO Wayne Mulligan says New Zealand is well-placed to respond to growing global consumer demand for alternatives to petroleum-based plastics through the development of bio plastics, given the availability of natural resources.

“It’s estimated that there are millions of tonnes of forest residue in New Zealand that are currently under-utilised. By piloting commercial production of bio plastics using those under-utilised resources, we are taking a major step forward in realising our aspirations for the forestry sector and the country to play a leadership role globally in the development of a renewable circular bio economy,” says Mr Mulligan.

In the first stage of the project, NZ Bio Forestry Ltd and its Taiwan-based research and technology partners are planning to build a high-tech commercial pilot plant alongside new timber processing facilities at Marton. This will produce polymers from residual forestry biomass (such as waste material from timber processing), which can be used to make a range of bio plastic products, such as containers, packaging, and food service items.

The pilot plant is expected to be fully operational by early 2022. To make this happen, NZ Bio Forestry Ltd has worked with a regional alliance comprising iwi, local and central government, technology development partners and commercial investors.

Under Memoranda of Understanding signed late last year, NZ Bio Forestry Ltd has exclusive New Zealand and Australian rights to use technology developed in Taiwan, which is already in use there to produce bio fuels and bio plastics for commercial use. The intention is to scale to full production in Marton, before expanding to other key sites elsewhere across regional New Zealand.

The initial stage of the project is expected to create up to 200 jobs at the pilot facility, and hundreds more as expansion occurs across the wider central North Island region, including many high-tech roles. The production of bio plastics on a commercial scale is also a strong incentive for manufacturers of end-products that utilise bio plastics to establish operations, which would create hundreds more jobs and further drive the regional economic growth potential of this industry.

Critical to the success of this initiative will be the continual flow of logs for timber processing and the use of residual waste for producing bio plastics. NZ Bio Forestry is now actively engaging with potential partners across the forestry sector to build the supply pipeline.

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Purchase of Tasmanian forestry gets green light

The ACCC will not oppose the proposed acquisition of the Tasmanian forestry assets of funds managed by Resource Management Service LLC (RMS) by funds advised by Global Forest Partners LP (GFP). Both GFP and funds managed by New Forests bid for the RMS assets. On 26 September 2019 the ACCC raised preliminary concerns with both parties’ bids.

“Our strongest concerns related to New Forests bid, particularly the impact on competition for hardwood logs from private growers in north-western Tasmania,” ACCC Commissioner Stephen Ridgeway said. Following the release of the ACCC’s concerns, New Forests withdrew from the sale process.

“The acquisition by GFP also raised some preliminary competition concerns, but only in north-eastern Tasmania. However, after closely considering further information received from market participants, our view is that it is unlikely to substantially lessen competition,” Mr Ridgeway said.

“We had concerns the GFP acquisition could impact the viability of competing exporters of hardwood plantation chips in north-eastern Tasmania, which had the potential to lower prices paid to private growers of plantation logs. After further investigation we found that there is likely to be enough supply of chipping logs from private growers to provide a third export operator with sufficient volumes to attract international buyers,” Mr Ridgeway said.

“We also found that the volumes of private plantation logs for sale should increase over the next couple of years, giving competing buyers even more scope to increase their volumes.” Additionally, the ACCC considered that timber brokers also constrain the woodchip exporters to some extent by competing to buy logs from private plantation owners and on-selling them. Brokers can direct certain logs to be sawn or prepared for plywood manufacturers, generally achieving higher prices for plantation owners compared to chipping them all.

Further information is available at Global Forest Partners LP – proposed acquisition of Resource Management Service LLC’s Tasmanian hardwood plantations.

Source: www.miragenews.com




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Treemetrics launch innovative forestry App

Treemetrics, the pioneering forestry software company, has announced the official opening of its new Global HQ on the South Mall in Cork city.

An Tánaiste, Mr Simon Coveney, TD, Minster for Foreign Affairs and Trade, marked the occasion, as guest of honour, by unveiling a commemorative plaque and also by launching Treemetrics latest mobile product innovation. The HarvestSync App enables automated collection and transmission of key production data from machines working in forests around the world.

Enda Keane, Managing Director, Treemetrics, said “2019 has been a year of product refinement. Working with our key clients around the world, such as, Ireland’s state forestry company Coillte we have taken years of software code developments and built it into a pioneering mobile App to enable us to scale rapidly and globally.”

“Building on the success of our cloud-based data platform, ForestHQ, which has led to the digital transformation of the traditional forest industry, we have now perfected a cutting edge App – HarvestSync, which is designed to support Forest owners and managers through enabling easier collection of data and streaming this onto our ForestHQ platform.”

Enda Keane, Treemetrics Co-Founder, continued his comments: “Moving to this larger office premises, as well as opening satellite offices in Naas, Co Kildare and London, will facilitate the expansion we are planning in the coming year and beyond, which will allow us to better support our growing list of International clients. 2020 will be about rapid client acquisition and scaling our platform”.

Increasing amounts of relevant data from multiple sources, such as earth observation, drone, ground based lidar, traditional inventory and harvesting machines can now be processed and analysed in real-time for clients. This means they make informed decisions to reduce costs, increase efficiency and product recovery and therefore maintain and increase profitability.”

Mr Keane also alluded to the inevitability of Treemetrics opening in-market offices in key target regions, such as, North and South America, as well as, pending announcements regarding partnership agreements in Oceania.

Photo: L to R: Launching the new Treemetrics Machine-Link App - 'HarvestSync': Mr Enda Keane, MD Treemetrics, An Tánaiste Simon Coveney and Garret Mullooly, Treemetrics Sales Director

Source: Treemetrics

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New Forests appoints manager for NZ forests

New Forests has announced the appointment of Forest Enterprises Growth Limited (Forest Enterprises) as property manager for its New Zealand forestry assets in the Wairarapa and Southland areas. Forest Enterprises, based in Masterton, commenced its role on 1 December 2019.

Matt Wakelin, who recently joined New Forests’ Tauranga office as Manager – Operations and Investments for New Zealand, welcomed Forest Enterprises as the property manager for New Forests’ estates in Wairarapa and Southland. “With Forest Enterprises engaged to provide property management services, we are well placed for the next steps in implementing our strategic plans for these forestry estates,” Mr Wakelin said.

“New Forests continuously seeks to bolster the management of our estates by bringing sustainability into the core of forestry investment. We are confident that this new relationship with Forest Enterprises will align property management with our ongoing efforts to support and strengthen local industry and supply chains in New Zealand.”

New Forests’ Director of Operations, Matt Crapp, explained, “Forest Enterprises and New Forests share common objectives in the supply chain – to improve efficiency and safety through increased coordination and scale. We are grateful for the progress already made together with our peers in the industry, our stakeholders, and our service providers over recent years, while we anticipate a bright future for the full New Zealand forest value chain.”

Forest Enterprises’ CEO Bert Hughes looks forward to building on the existing strong relationship between the companies. “After collaborating with New Forests and forming Log Distribution Limited earlier this year, this is another great example of a partnership that will benefit both community and industry stakeholders,” Mr Hughes remarked.

“With more than 50 years’ experience in the market, we are eager to support not only New Forests’ operations but also its commitment to responsible investment and sustainable management of the land.”

Source: New Forests



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... and one to end the week on ... why, why, why?

Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are getting weak?

Why do banks charge a fee on "insufficient funds" when they know there is not enough?

Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?

Why doesn't glue stick to the bottle?

Why do they use sterilized needles for death by lethal injection?

Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard?

Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but ducks when you throw a revolver at him?

Why do Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?

Whose idea was it to put an "S" in the word "lisp"?

If people evolved from apes, why are there still apes?

Why is it that no matter what color bubble bath you use the bubbles are always white?

Why do people constantly return to the refrigerator with hopes that something new to eat will have materialized?

And, why do people keep running over a string a dozen times with their vacuum cleaner, then reach down, pick it up, examine it, then put it down to give the vacuum one more chance?

How do those dead bugs get into those enclosed light fixtures?






And on that note, enjoy your weekend and good luck with the Xmas shopping. Cheers.

Brent Apthorp
Editor, Friday Offcuts
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