Friday Offcuts – 18 April 2019

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We continue to profile a raft of research, initiatives, new standards, technologies and announcements being made around mid-rise construction and tall timber buildings. It’s good news for the industry, for the environment and of course, for wood. New Zealand is now finally starting to gain momentum after North America, Europe and Australia have led the way. Innovatek has run three very successful Changing Perceptions of Engineered Timber in Construction events in New Zealand showcasing the advances being made in this space to the country’s architects, engineers, developers, quantity surveyors and building consent officials. An ambitious and well-funded new programme was also launched late last year that’s aimed at boosting mid-rise building construction in New Zealand using engineered and panelised framing timber.

And now, the first of NZ Wood’s design guides has just been launched. It’s one of a number being planned. It’s anticipated that this first booklet Design for Fire Safety will be complemented by numerous other guides which will be produced over the next 18 months. They’re aimed at promoting the uptake of prefabricated timber components and engineered wood products as well as helping medium-rise timber buildings to be confidently specified. Details of the release of subsequent guides will follow and will be available on the WPMA website.

A number of forestry careers videos and links to videos with a careers component have also just been uploaded to the website that we profiled in this newsletter a couple of weeks ago. They’ve also been built into the story below. These can be used on your own company and organisation’s website to direct enquiries relating to future career prospects in our industry. Information on a number of resources that can be used and ordered for local careers initiatives is expected to be uploaded onto the website in the next couple of weeks. This means a raft of modern eye-catching and up-to-date careers collateral including banners, artwork, brochures …can now be ordered for future school visits, careers days and expos up and down the country.

This week unfortunately we had news of two well-known forestry identities that have passed away. Thomas Song, the founding Managing Director of Ernslaw One, passed away following a sudden illness while on business in Malaysia. Thomas moved to New Zealand with his family from Sarawak in 1990 following the purchase of state forests by the Malaysian based Tiong family. Then through a succession of purchases and development of new forests, he built up Ernslaw One to become one of the largest forestry companies in New Zealand. In Australia, John Gay, the long-time former Managing Director of timber company Gunns, also recently passed away, aged 75. John rose from a humble sawmilling background and will be remembered for building the Tasmanian based company into one of the largest hard-wood sawmillers in the Southern Hemisphere.

And finally, details on the eagerly awaited two-yearly tech update for sawmilling companies around the region have just been released. Most exhibition stands have already been taken up in both New Zealand and Australia. The line-up of technical and industry expertise being brought into the region is impressive. WoodTECH 2019 runs in Rotorua on 11-12 September and then again in Melbourne on 17-18 September. The programmes have just been added to the website. You can check them out now. Further details will be released and sent out to wood processing companies in upcoming weeks. That’s it for this week. Enjoy your Easter break.

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Call for NZ foresters to vote

The Chair of New Zealand’s Forest Growers Levy Trust, Geoff Thompson, says a positive vote in the current levy referendum is vital to maintain the support of government funding for the industry.

Forest owners are currently voting whether to renew the Commodity Levies Act Order which expires later this year after operating for the past six years. Voting closes this Saturday, April 20th.

Geoff Thompson says feedback from forest owners has been enthusiastic in support of renewing the order. “We’ve run meetings and conducted a formal survey of farm foresters’ opinions on how they regard the investment we’ve put mostly into forest research, but also harvest mechanisation, safety, industry recruitment, forest health and biosecurity.

That feedback has been pretty keen. All we need now is the vote to support that enthusiasm.” Geoff Thompson says he is well aware of recent lack of support in other industries for a levy.

“For our part we’ve worked hard to make sure potential levy payers know how the levy money has worked to benefit them. We’ve been transparent and gone to great lengths to get the message out there. We even broadcast a ten-week television series to inform farm foresters of the levy work progress.”

“However, unlike most other levy funded organisations in the primary sector, the forest industry doesn’t know who most of the levy payers are until they sell their harvest once every few decades. Most industries have levy payers who contribute at least once a year and so there is a direct line of communications from then on.”

Geoff Thompson says foresters need to know that not only is the levy invested in ways to help secure higher returns and lower costs at harvest, but that the levy is often paired up with government or other investment.

He says the just announced partnership of levy funds with government support is a NZ$29 million example. Te Mahi Ngahere i te Ao Hurihuri – Forestry Work in the Modern Age Partnership is a project to bring automation and robot technology into tree felling and log handling, which anticipates saving harvest and transport supply chain costs by nearly NZ$10 a tonne by 2030.

“This is a hugely important project which will benefit small scale woodlot owners by offsetting the size of their forests by clever use of technology. I would hate to see such development in our industry jeopardised by a small turnout of voters.”

Eligibility to vote is restricted to anyone who owns at least four hectares of trees planted at least ten years ago. Geoff Thompson says this restriction is because those who would be paying the levy are the ones who have the right to vote for it.

“The voter needs to have trees old enough to mature for harvest sometime in the next six years of the new levy order,” Geoff Thompson says.

Source: Forest Growers Levy Trust

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NZ Timber Design Guides launched

Following a one-day conference that discussed why wood manufacturing matters, especially in our regions, NZ Woods’ Timber Design Guide Manager Andy van Houtte launched “Design for Fire Safety,” the first of NZ Wood’s design guides in booklet form.

The guides are aimed at architects, engineers, developers, quantity surveyors, building consent officials and other professionals to enable them to better understand the advantages of modern engineered wood products and timber systems, confident that recommendations are in line with all current applicable Standards.

Mr van Houtte pointed out that the majority of New Zealand’s technical timber research organisations and developers had pooled their resources and expertise to produce these. The guides were originally envisioned as a series of five booklets but have become at least 54 (pending funding), expected to be rolled out over the next 18 months and funded by contributions from forestry, wood processing, research and timber technology groups.

It’s hoped the guides will promote the uptake of prefabricated timber components and engineered wood products in New Zealand’s construction sector, and help medium-rise timber buildings to be confidently specified.

This is an exciting time for timber, he believes. “Timber construction is becoming accepted for commercial and multi-storey buildings, and as a preferred material for prefabrication. Its seismic resilience properties are well proven, and it has strong environmental credentials.

“The guides should ensure good design, accurate costings and easy consenting,” he said. “With timber’s whole of life and proven recycling attributes, a more sustainable built environment can result as well.”

Timber expert Professor Andy Buchanan explained that these guides will update the more familiar “pink book” for engineering and architecture professionals, and will demonstrate the careful science behind the facts contained in the guides – which will be able to refute any spurious claims made by competing structural material proponents.

Dr Helen Anderson, Chair of BRANZ, Scion and MBIE’s Building Advisory panel, agreed with this analysis. “Good quality information needs to be readily available to professionals, so misapprehensions about timber’s structural integrity can be quickly dispelled,” she said. “At another recent conference, a UK speaker blamed timber in part for the Grenfell Tower fire of 2017 rather than the aluminium cladding and insulation. Such attitudes urgently need to be challenged.”

Science proving timber’s increased resistance to fire is one reason the Fire Safety Guide was the first to be released. Second will be the “Designing for Prefabrication Guide,” expected to be available in May.

Ultimately, Mr van Houtte would like to see a cloud-based, searchable library available through a dedicated timber design centre, although the guides will be available individually through in the meantime.

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Sawmilling global tech series, September 2019

Mark the dates into your diary – if you’re a sawmiller. Two years ago – over two weeks – the WoodTECH conference series run by the Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA) achieved a record turnout of sawmilling companies. They were drawn from throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Over 400 delegates from all major sawmilling companies in the region in addition to leading technology providers from throughout Australasia, North America and Europe converged on Melbourne, Australia and Rotorua, New Zealand.

Two years later, in September 2019, WoodTECH 2019 will again be attracting scanning, sawing, saw and mill maintenance technology specialists, innovators and leading practitioners from around the world to this region.

The two-day independent programme will again provide New Zealand and Australian sawmills a unique opportunity to learn about the very latest in technologies and operating practices from around the globe. “This will be achieved through a series of tailored presentations, practical workshops and on-site exhibitions that have been set up with industry”, says FIEA Director, Brent Apthorp.

Planned Programmes

The two-day programmes have just been completed. They can now be viewed on the WoodTECH 2019 website. For ready reference, click here for the NZ Programme and Australian Programme. They run in Rotorua, New Zealand on 11-12 September and Melbourne, Australia on 17-18 September.

Who’s involved. The list is comprehensive. It’s one of the largest gatherings of international sawmilling and tech providers seen at any WoodTECH event in this region. Companies involved in either presenting or exhibiting at this stage include;

USNR, USA/Canada, ScanMeg, Canada, Optimil Machinery, Canada, LMI Technologies, Sweden, Nicholson Manufacturing, Canada, JoeScan, USA, EWD/Linck, Germany, IWT-Moldrup Asia Pacific, Singapore, TS Manufacturing, Canada, SiCam Systems, Canada, GCAR Design, Canada, Lewis Controls, USA, Taqtile, Singapore, TimberSmart, NZ, Timberlink, Australia, Precision Machinery, Canada, Williams & White, Canada, Simonds International, USA, Winsaw Mill Services, NZ, Holtec, NZ, KeyKnife, Braford Industries, Australia, Andritz, NZ, ILS, NZ, Pacific Sawmill Engineering, NZ, Supply Services, NZ, High Duty Plastics, NZ, Modern Engineering, Australia, Thode Knife & Saw, NZ, Tui Technology, NZ, Checkmate Precision Cutting Tools, NZ, Saito, NZ, HewSaw, Australia, Stinger World, Australia, Automation & Electronics, NZ, AKE Sales Tech, Australia, Accurate Group, Australia, Indufor Asia Pacific, NZ, The Lean Hub, NZ, Fagus Grecon, Germany, Prodetec/Firefly, Australia, Phoenix Sawmill Supply, Australia

Further details on the tech series will follow. Registrations to both events in the series are now open and can be accessed via So, if you’re involved in sawmilling in either country, now’s the time to look at options to get your production teams through to either of the two major events being planned for September.

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Replacing 1300-year old timber challenging

Some 400 firefighters rushed to save one of Europe’s great historical and architectural symbols. The blaze, the cause of which remains unknown, raged for 12 hours, toppling Notre Dame’s 13th Century center spire in the process. The Paris Police Force deemed it extinguished on Tuesday morning, noting that the stone structure of the cathedral had been saved.

Even though “the worst has been avoided,” as President Emmanuel Macron said Monday night, early reports of the damage are devastating. They indicate that the cathedral’s roof and the frame that supports it are gone. That will pose a particular challenge to efforts to rebuild the 856-year-old church, which Macron has vowed to do. As the oak frame met its end, so too did remnants of Europe’s dwindling ancient forests.

The wood for the soaring cathedral was first felled around 1160 to 1170, with some of it coming from trees thought to be 300 to 400 years old at the time they were chopped. That puts the oldest timber in the cathedral at nearly 1,300 years old.

Replacing those beams with comparable oak is simply not an option, said Bertrand de Feydeau, vice president of the preservation group Fondation du Patrimoine. Trees that supplied the roof’s frame came from primary forests—forests that are largely untouched by human activity, he said, according to the AP. He surmised that the huge trees associated with primary forests are gone too.

Notre Dame’s official website notes that even in the 12th century, when the cathedral was being built, human activity was already a concern for French forests, with urbanization and land clearing making it difficult to source wood large enough for the design of the cathedral.

Since then, the impact of human activity on primary forests has only become more pronounced. Only 4% of Europe’s remaining woodland is primary forest, according to a study published last May, with none larger than 500 square kilometers outside of Russia or Northern Europe.

While forest covers nearly a third of mainland France, just 0.01% of it is untouched, containing trees around 200 to 400 years old, said Dr. Francesco Maria Sabatini, a lead author on the study and a researcher at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research.

“Primary forests are small, fragile and precious for biodiversity,” he said. “They represent ‘pearls’ or ‘islands’ that survived intensive logging thanks to their remoteness or historical accidents.”

Based on the AP’s translation, de Feydeau associated a tree’s size with its primary forest origin. That’s not necessarily accurate, Sabatini said; the oldest trees aren’t always the largest ones when we’re measuring a tree’s age in centuries. It’s borderline impossible to visually tell the difference between a living tree 100 years old and one that’s 400 years old, he said.


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Vale Thomas Song

It is with deep sadness and regret that we advise that Thomas Song, the founding Managing Director of Ernslaw One, has passed away following a sudden illness while on business in Malaysia.

Thomas moved to New Zealand with his family from Sarawak in 1990 following the purchase of state forests by the Malaysian based Tiong family. He then through a succession of purchases and development of new forests built up Ernslaw One to become one of the larger forestry companies in New Zealand.

He was also instrumental in assisting the Tiong family to purchase a number of other businesses in New Zealand through Oregon Group Ltd including the land development company The Neil Group and Winstone Pulp. He later successfully promoted the restructure of the NZ Salmon industry through the formation of NZ King Salmon Ltd which is now listed on the NZX and the ASX.

Thomas developed a reputation for being a strategic thinker and pragmatic in business. He was commercially astute and built high quality enduring business relationships. He invested confidence in his management teams and was held in high regard by the many employees of the businesses that he had oversight of.

Thomas became regarded as a leader in the forestry industry and gave wood processing his best shot. He pioneered carbon markets in the early days of the NZ ETS. His passing will represent a huge loss to the business interests of New Zealand.

Thomas is survived by his wife, Leh Sieng, his son Steven and his daughter Swee Sing and two grandchildren.

Some of you caught up with Thomas at the 50th Jubilee of the NZ Forest Owners Association in Wellington only 3 weeks ago or at the 25th Jubilee of Ernslaw One back in 2015. Thomas was in very good heart on those nights. Let’s remember him that way.

It's likely that there will be a remembrance service for Thomas in Auckland in the near future.

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AFPA launches Growing Your Future campaign

The Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) yesterday launched ‘Growing Your Future’, a Federal Election Campaign targeted at planting more timber production trees in the right places and securing the future of native forest industries, Chief Executive Officer of AFPA, Mr Ross Hampton said today.

“AFPA has developed ‘10 Actions for Growth’; policy requests totalling more than AU$80 million, designed at securing the long-term needs of Australia’s forest industries across the full value chain,” Mr Hampton said. The ‘10 Actions for Growth’ and underpinning policy ‘asks’ can be found the campaign website:

“This suite of policies is designed to unleash growth across forest industries, from the businesses that grow and manage trees, to the processors of timber, pulp and paper manufacturers and emerging businesses in the bioenergy space.

“Australia’s forest industries are responsible for 120,000 jobs across the full value chain, and are worth AU$24 billion to the Australian economy annually. It’s vital that politicians, candidates and political parties take notice of what our industries need. This applies especially to candidates in electorates where forest industries are prominent in the economy.

“AFPA has developed electorate briefs, providing a snapshot of industries in individual electorates across Australia. They can be found here on the Growing Your Future Website.

“We are launching this campaign in Tasmania today, because we recognise how vital forest industries are to Tasmanians and the state’s economy. A poll conducted earlier this week for AFPA, shows 8 in 10 voters in the electorate of Bass regard forest industries as either very important or important to the economy.

“However, the Growing Your Future campaign is a national one, with billboards, advertising and advocacy across the country. It will also include a forest industries debate, in Launceston on 1 May. “I look forward to spending the next four and half weeks speaking to candidates, MPs and political parties, and convincing them to support our policies for growth,” Mr Hampton concluded.

Source: AFPA

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Additional resources for forestry careers

In the 29 March issue, we highlighted a new web portal - – that had been launched in mid-March by the Forest Growers Levy Trust (FGLT). The portal is a comprehensive starting point for anyone in New Zealand interested in forestry education, training and careers. It’s also providing much needed information and directing users to other relevant websites and sources of information.

A new generic forest careers and training video (see below) has just been produced to go with the other resources that have just been developed and can be used by forestry companies, industry associations, training and careers advisors and Wood Councils.

For your information and use, the Forest Owners Association have also provided other links, YouTube editions of the television commercials that are currently being run on TVNZ, some with a training and careers component.






Also, see also the forest career profile videos, under ‘Industry Videos’ at; Please go to to download these videos for use.

See also Episode 3 of Forest Call, which was an episode dedicated to training and careers;

Source: Forest Owners Association

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Australia's fire forests might be changed forever

Murdoch University scientists say parts of our climate change impacted forests may never be the same again. Hounded in the last decade by increasing frequencies of drought, heatwaves, insect pests, disease and fire, trees are often more dead than alive with their regrowth vulnerable to further climate change-caused impacts, the researchers say.

In a series of papers, the researchers have examined the recovery of the Northern Jarrah Forest in South-West Australia following the drought and heatwaves of 2010-11. Around 16,000 hectares suddenly collapsed after the disturbances.

They found that many of the jarrah and marri trees affected underwent a profound structural change when they began to regrow, from tall open stands, to short, multi-stemmed individuals with large dead trunks standing over the regrowth.

These younger, shorter trees are far more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, especially increased fire threat because of their thin bark and inability to resprout, the scientists say.

In the latest published work, the scientists found that the dead trunks represented a significant carbon loss and it was unlikely impacted areas of the forest would regain their carbon storage in the future. Forests play an integral role in the carbon cycle, absorbing approximately one-third of the carbon dioxide released from burning fossil fuels every year.

Researcher Lewis Walden said the team visited areas of forest from Brookton Highway to Dwellingup five times over the course of two years to document regrowth and measure dead and live pools of carbon, finding encouraging signs of recovery.

“But many of the stands that experienced die off are likely to be burnt by either wild fire or planned burns before they have completely recovered, so it’s unlikely these areas of the Northern Jarrah Forest will regain or increase their carbon storage,” Mr Walden said.

Researcher Dr Joe Fontaine said the Northern Jarrah Forest was fighting back, but it may not get the time it needs to fully recover. “We want resilient forests for many reasons, not least to continue to mitigate climate change,” he said. “But the next die off caused by heatwaves or fire could make the full recovery of some sections of forest unlikely - research is showing that such disturbances are occurring more frequently in our changing climate.

Unfortunately, there will be no silver bullet to ‘save’ our forests from climate change impacts. But by understanding the complexities of the forest, we can help to inform management practices that helps to retain our south-western forests for future generations.

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Chinese log imports reach another high

China is continuously exploring new sources of softwood logs around the world. Minor log exporters, such as Japan, Poland, Chile and South Africa all expanded their shipments to China in 2018, reports the WRQ. Of the major log supplying countries, only Russia and Canada reduced their exports to China, while New Zealand, the US and Uruguay all increased their shipments year-over-year. Log imports to China reached another record high in 2018, with New Zealand supplying 44% of the volume, reports the WRQ.

China had another record year of softwood log imports in 2018, when over 40 million m3 of logs landed at Chinese ports. This was the third consecutive year of year-over-year- increases, with 2018 volumes being up 37% from 2015. Although import volumes fell slightly from the 3Q/18 to the 4Q/18, the December numbers were the second highest monthly imports on record.

Over the past five years, import volumes have declined from the key supplying regions of Russia and Canada, while they have increased from New Zealand and Australia. New Zealand continues to expand its market share, supplying 44% of the total import volume in the 4Q/18, up from 30% just three years earlier, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ).

The biggest decline in market share has been that of Russia, which has fallen from 36% to 18% in the past three years. The only other major change the past few years has been an increase in pine log shipments from Uruguay. These have increased from just a few thousand m3 in 2016 to almost 2.5 million m3 in 2018, making the country the fifth largest log supplier to China last year.

The average log import price fell three percent from the 3Q/18 to the 4Q/18, mainly because of lower costs for logs originating from New Zealand and the US. The total average import price has gone up for three consecutive years. Although the prices have trended upward over the past few years, they are still lower than import prices in 2013 and 2014, when high-cost suppliers in the US and Canada had a larger market share.

Another interesting development is that Japan, the sixth largest softwood log importer in the world, has almost tripled log exports to China over the past few years, from just over 300,000 m3 in 2014 to almost a million m3 in 2018. Other smaller log supplying countries that have increased shipments to China in 2018 include Poland, Chile, South Africa and Germany.

Source: Wood Resources International

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Former fire chiefs warn Australia unprepared

More than 20 former fire and emergency chiefs from multiple states and territories say Australia is unprepared for worsening natural disasters from climate change and governments are putting lives at risk.

In a statement issued before the federal election, 23 former emergency services leaders and senior personnel have called on both major parties to recognise the need for “national firefighting assets”, including large aircraft, to deal with the scale of the threat.

The signatories include: Greg Mullins, the second-longest serving fire and rescue commissioner in New South Wales and now a Councillor with the Climate Council; Neil Bibby, a former chief executive of Victoria’s Country Fire Authority; Phil Koperberg, a former NSW rural fire service commissioner and former Labor MP and NSW environment minister.

The document calls on the next prime minister to meet former emergency service leaders “who will outline, unconstrained by their former employers, how climate change risks are rapidly escalating”.

The group also wants the next government to commit to an inquiry into whether Australia’s emergency services are adequately resourced to deal with increased risks from natural disasters caused by climate change.

They said some large firefighting aircraft were prohibitively expensive for states and territories and leased from the northern hemisphere, and access to them was becoming more restricted as fire seasons started to overlap.

“I started firefighting in 1971 and the bushfire seasons were extremely predictable,” Mullins said. “They’d start in Queensland and move south progressively. You knew when there was a bad season coming because there was an El Nino and drought. In the 90s, I stopped being able to predict it.”

Australia’s emergency resources were still equipped for “what was happening in the 1970s to the 1990s”. Last year, in Australia alone, the NSW fire season began in early August, a heatwave led to fires in rainforest areas of Queensland in early December, and forest in Tasmania’s world heritage area caught fire in January, Australia’s hottest month on record.

“We know the problem, and the only way to get politicians to do something about these things is put their jobs on the line” Bibby said. “An additional concern was that Australia relied so heavily on volunteers during natural disasters. As extreme weather becomes more frequent, and fire seasons longer, that would put strain on the system and volunteers helping their communities were at risk of burnout”.

There needed to be a review of the methods used to tackle large fires, cyclones and floods that was backed by research from experienced people working on the ground. “We’re doing the same old things when things are getting worse. We need to find new ways to tackle this problem,” Bibby said.

Source: The Guardian

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Local students showcase why they love forests

The videos are in, the votes have been counted and it is fair to say there are some very talented young people across the Limestone Coast, South Australia who just love forests!

The team at OneFortyOne have been overwhelmed by the response to their International Day of Forests competition, with 36 students from across the region submitting their one-minute videos answering the question “Why are our local forests and trees important to you and your community?”

OneFortyOne’s Estate Manager, Andrew Matheson said “We were blown away by the calibre and quality of the videos put forward. It was obvious to us that all the students had put a lot of hard work in and were passionate about the importance of forests and timber industries.”

The entries were assessed for their originality, creativity and relevance to the theme. Judges were delighted to see clear and well-informed opinions and ideas coming through, of just how important forests are for the environment, responding to climate change, regional jobs and fun for anyone visiting them!

“The videos were so good, that we couldn’t pick just one winner. Watching these videos has been a real highlight – reminding us all why we love forests, and that the future of our industry is very bright, and in very safe hands”, said Mr Matheson.

Major prizes were awarded to 4 students and their schools, along with prizes to the 3 runners up. The videos can be found on OneFortyOne’s Facebook page.

Source: OneFortyOne

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NZ timber exporter signs big Saudi deal

A Kawerau saw miller has signed a deal with a Saudi Arabian customer to more than double its exports to the Middle East country and potentially ship around 1500 containers of processed wood products annually, its chief says.

David Turner, executive director of Tauranga-headquartered Sequal Lumber, said the "significant" deal could result in that business vastly increasing its exports to the Middle East country and the world's largest oil exporter.

But he emphasised arrangements were at a very early stage and he could not name the customer due to commercial sensitivities. "We have exported into Saudi Arabia for some time and been working the New Zealand Trade and Enterprise who have introduced us to a lot more customers around the globe and in particular in Saudi Arabia," Turner said.

"This new customer could take around 1500 container loads of timber annually which would more than double the amount we send there," he said. The deal was signed in November and would move to its next level this year.

"Our first trial shipments were in January and since then, the relationship has grown and I've arranged to meet the CEO in Germany in May. Now, we take the base relationship and build on it," Turner said. More >>.

Source: NZ Herald

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Australian Paper welcomes ADC findings

Australia’s only local office paper manufacturer has welcomed the decision by the Minister for Industry, Science & Technology to accept the Anti-Dumping Commission’s (ADC) final recommendations relating to the dumping of A4 copy paper in the Australian market. The ADC confirmed that Finnish, Russian, Korean and Slovakian exporters of A4 copy paper have been selling dumped paper into Australia.

Mr Peter Williams, Chief Operating Officer Australian Paper said, “We thank the ADC for their commitment in conducting a rigorous investigation into the dumping of A4 copy paper into the Australian market, and the Minister for accepting these recommendations. By imposing dumping duties on imports from these four countries under investigation, the ADC has confirmed the ongoing threat of damage to local manufacturing from dumped copy paper.

“The Australian copy paper market has been impacted for a number of years by the importation of dumped product that not only puts Australian jobs at risk but brings into question the social responsibility of parties engaged in this activity. The ADC’s findings are an opportunity to restore fairness to the market enabling Australian Paper’s continued investment in the future of Latrobe Valley manufacturing,” Mr Williams said.

Mr Williams added that industry and the ADC must continue to keep a close eye on imports coming into Australia to ensure dumping measures are not circumvented allowing copy paper to enter the market below the injurious pricing level.

“Given the prevalence of this activity in recent years, the ADC should remain ready to investigate and take appropriate action to maintain fair competition in the Australian market. Importers should also be discouraged from sourcing copy paper from new countries willing to sell into our market at dumped prices.

“Australian Paper will continue to monitor the Australian market into the future to secure the paper manufacturing industry and local jobs. We encourage consumers to consider the country of origin and the damage caused by imports sold into our market at dumped prices when buying paper,” said Mr Williams.

Australian Paper supports more than 5,700 jobs through its operations in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley where it has been established for more than 80 years and is one of the region’s leading employers.

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Former MD of Gunns passes away

John Gay, the long-time former managing director of timber company Gunns, has died aged 75. John was born into a third-generation sawmilling family in Deloraine in 1943. After attending boarding school in Hobart, he went to work at his father's sawmill at the age of 15. He was operating his own mills at Oatlands and Bridgewater by the age of 21.

Mr Gay joined Gunns in 1974 to manage its Waverley and Summerhill plants. A decade later he was Managing Director of the publicly listed company. Under the direction of Mr Gay, Gunns exploded onto world markets in 2000, with takeovers of the state's biggest woodchip company, North Forest Products and Boral's forestry division. It doubled the size of the company and made it one of the largest hardwood sawmillers in the Southern Hemisphere.

Former Tasmanian premier Robin Gray said his friend of 54 years had been a great Tasmanian who would be missed. "He made a great contribution to our state, and a great contribution to northern Tasmania," Mr Gray said. “He worked hard to look after his employees, to create jobs, to create economic wellbeing, and to manage the forest industries that he was responsible for in the best way. We will miss John, the likes of him probably won't be seen again in the north of Tasmania."

Mr Gay is survived by his wife Erica and two children.

Source: abc

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... and one to end the week on ... vagaries of the English language!

And a few more before you head away for your Easter break.

Ever wonder why the word funeral starts with FUN?

Why isn't a Fireman called a Water-man?

How come Lipstick doesn't do what it says?

If money doesn't grow on trees, how come Banks have Branches?

If a Vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a Humanitarian eat?

How do you get off a non-stop Flight?

Why are goods sent by ship called CARGO and those sent by truck SHIPMENT?

Why do we put cups in the dishwasher and the dishes in the Cupboard?

Why do doctors 'practice' medicine? Are they having practice at the cost of the patients?

Why is it called 'Rush Hour' when traffic moves at its slowest then?

How come Noses run and Feet smell?

Why do they call it a TV 'set' when there is only one?

What are you vacating when you go on a vacation?

And on that note, enjoy your long Easter weekend. Cheers.

Brent Apthorp
Editor, Friday Offcuts
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