Friday Offcuts – 14 June 2019

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In this week’s issue we’ve outlined some of the more practical workshops that have been set up for local sawmilling companies as part of the two-yearly tech series, WoodTECH 2019 that runs in both New Zealand and Australia in September. Primary breakdown and machine alignment, maintenance techniques to improve machine reliability, real-time quality control, condition monitoring, saw and guide alignment and trouble-shooting saw guides have all been set up this year and are geared towards sawmill production staff. Details can be found on the event website. The event brochures have just been printed and for the first time, can be downloaded here for New Zealand or Australia. Further information will follow.

In the new technology space this week comes the unveiling of two new automated log truck scalers. They’ve been commissioned by Mount Maunganui-based ISO Limited and they’re now scanning logs at the Port of Tauranga, New Zealand. They were designed and built by a local award winning agritech company, Robotics Plus. As we know, manual log scaling systems typically take around 30-40 minutes. The new automated system, now being rolled out to other ports, cuts it down to three and four-and-a-half minutes. Obviously, the productivity and safety advantages here are significant. A video of the new system can be found on the link supplied. Also this week, the latest monthly issues of the sawmilling and wood manufacturing newsletter, and the forest resource and inventory management newsletter, were sent out to subscribers across the region this week. If you wish to get these, sign up. They’re both free.

In recent issues of this newsletter we’ve also been covering a number of the major forestry award evenings being run around New Zealand (and in Mt Gambier, Australia later in November). They’ve grown. This year there are six regional awards programmes running in New Zealand. Forest owners, contractors, wood processing and transport operators, their crews, workmates and families all turn up to now, what is the largest gathering of the industry in each region. It’s the one opportunity every year where locals are able to recognize the outstanding work being made by leading forestry companies and the training successes of individuals and companies.

As an industry though, perhaps we're not capitalising enough on the efforts been made. It really is a lost opportunity. For every awards evening, between 30-80 nominations come through. For those that have been involved in pulling together or supporting the nominee’s applications or if you’ve ever had the opportunity of being a judge, you’ll truly be blown away by the calibre of the applications being made. This week we feature a couple of stories from the awards. One is about an Apprentice of the Year award winner, a young Southland lady who has logging in her blood and is making a difference in what traditionally has been a male dominated workplace – and she’s loving every minute of it. The second is an industry champion, Warwick Wilshier, well known throughout the country for his four decades of work in wood transport and safety.

It’s more often than not, the story behind the person or company being nominated that’s of interest to the younger school students or the Mum’s and Dads’ who may be helping them make that tough decision on their future career option. The challenge for us is to make the most of these truly inspiring stories coming through these regional award nominations. We need to produce and to promote more of these human-interest stories – from each region – and in a variety of media. That’s it for this week. Enjoy this week’s read.

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Practical focus to international sawmilling series

Mark the dates into your diary – if you’re a local 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 into Australasia. The two-day independent programme will again provide New Zealand and Australian sawmills with 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 the industry”, says FIEA Director, Brent Apthorp. “It’s expected again to be the largest gathering of sawmilling expertise yet seen in this part of the world”.

Practical workshops set up for local sawmills

“What makes the 2019 event stand out is the series of workshops that have been set up for local mills” says Mr. Apthorp. “Following on from the success of the 2017 event, a series of practical troubleshooting workshops have been designed for a much wider cross section of sawmill production and operational staff. They’re going to provide a unique insight into how sawmills can extract the best performance out of their saws, machine centers and sawing operations”.

Workshops of between 60-90 minutes are being given on; primary breakdown and machine alignment and maintenance techniques to improve machine reliability, real-time quality control, condition monitoring, saw and guide alignment and trouble-shooting saw guides. In addition to the workshops, presentations throughout the two days in each country have also been geared towards sawmill production staff.

A series of presentations on technology advancements with robotics and automation in the saw shop, some of the new equipment and operating practices drawn from throughout Europe, North America and Australasia together with tips and tools from respected saw doctors will be of real benefit to those working in the saw-shop.

On sawing machine centers, new non-contact, real-time saw temperature monitoring systems will be outlined by leading tech providers out of North America. Saw performance monitoring systems can accurately measure, in real time, the performance of the saw when in the cut for both circular and band saws. This provides real-time feedback of saw performance data to the user which can be used within the mill to evaluate the effect of varying sawing parameters.

“Based on feedback from the major sawmilling event in 2017 and more recent discussions with local mills, we’ve rejigged the two-yearly tech update in both countries. The change in focus is to encourage sawmill teams – management, mill production, saw-doctors and maintenance staff – to take advantage of the line-up of world class international specialists being brought into the region” says Mr. Apthorp. “This will ensure that teams can collectively put the practical learnings into practice once back on site”.

Registrations to both events in the series are now open and can be accessed via the event website, Details of the programmes for both countries likewise can be viewed on line. The series runs in Rotorua, New Zealand on 11-12 September and then again in Melbourne, Australia on 17-18 September 2019

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Forestry and wood pioneer recognised

Inaugural Chair of Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA), Ronald Adams, has been recognised by the Order of Australia on the Queen's Birthday 2019 Honours List, for his career-long contributions to benefiting Australia’s forestry and wood sector as well as the community. Under Ron’s leadership and commitment to the sector, FWPA is now one of the most respected contributors across all sectors of the industry.

From starting as a trainee cadet with Bunnings Forest Products to his retirement, Ron’s legacy has centred on advancing the Australian forestry and wood industry and effectively engaging with the broader public, governments and education and research communities.

Chair of FWPA, John Simon, congratulated Ron for the Order of Australia recognition, as well as his many positive contributions to the industry. “Everyone at FWPA has benefitted from Ron’s leadership when the organisation was first established. All of us who have worked beside Ron can confirm he’s a man of the utmost integrity, is passionate about the success of our timber industry and he has an excellent strategic mind”.

“Under Ron’s leadership, FWPA achieved amazing results in R&D investment, a successful partnership with Planet Ark and the Trans-Tasman research that led to mill production improvements, not to mention a significant increase in community acceptance of the environmental benefits of wood products,” said Simon.

The creation of the WoodSolutions website was also achieved during Ron’s term as Director, which now receives over two million visits per year. In addition, Ron was a Trustee of the Gottstein Trust and contributed immensely to the forestry and wood industry as board member of other organisations including Australian Forest Products Association and the Forest Industry Advisory Council.

Managing Director of FWPA, Ric Sinclair, said Ron is widely respected in the Australian forestry and wood sector for his leadership and personal devotion. “Having known Ron since the early 90s, I have seen first-hand how his thoughtfulness, inclusive style and wide experience has made him a valuable contributor to all industry forums,” said Sinclair.

“Ron is a proud Western Australian, a proud Australian and a proud member of the Australian forest and wood products sector.”

In addition to Ron Adams being recognised in the Queen's Birthday 2019 Honours List, Michelle Lauder was awarded the Public Service Medal (PSM) ‘for outstanding public service to natural resource management and forest policy development and implementation’. “Michelle is an excellent public servant with a wealth of knowledge and experience working to improve public policy for forest industries, and is a fantastic conduit between government and industry” said Chief Executive Officer of AFPA, Mr Ross Hampton this week.

Paul Madden, General Manager of Arbuthnot Sawmills was also awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (see separate story in this week’s issue).

About the Order of Australia:

The Australian honours system celebrates the outstanding contributions of extraordinary Australians in a diverse range of fields and areas of endeavour. It’s about recognising people in the community whose service and contributions have had the effect of making a significant difference to Australian life or, more broadly, to humanity at large. Recipients are people from all spheres of the community.

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Paige picking up top forestry award

Paige Harland was born to be in the bush. Miss Harland (21) comes from a Southland family who have sap in their blood over three generations. Named apprentice of the year at the recent 2019 Southern Wood Council Forestry Awards, she works for Harland Brothers Logging.

The business was established by her grandfather and great-uncle, later taken over by her uncle Peter and is now run by her cousins Jesse and Corrie Harland. Being in the family business was "awesome", particularly as they were now working on blocks that earlier generations had cut down 30 years ago, she said.

Miss Harland grew up in Winton and, after leaving school, worked for Country Manor Catering, doing food preparation and waitressing. But after 18 months, she decided she needed an outside job and she was keen to give forestry a go, given the family interest, she said.

She started with her stepfather Russell Diack's crew Central Southland Forest Harvesting in May 2017. She was then given the opportunity to be in the first intake of apprentices at Mike Hurring's training school in Balclutha.

Along with five other young new forestry entrants, she progressed through the five block courses to attain her level 3 basic machine operator and landing level 3 certificates. Through further training and assessment, she had now gained two level 4 qualifications - advanced log making and advanced loading.

The citation for the award said she was a quick learner and had picked up chainsaw skills very easily, becoming a highly skilled log maker in the crew. Transferring to machines, Miss Harland quickly became adept at sorting and fleeting logs, then loading trucks. Her skills improved to the extent she was loading all trucks sent off site daily.

After a brief spell from the industry driving big rigs for Peter Baker Transport, she was now back in the bush. Bill Tredinnick, who has worked with Miss Harland over the past two years as an auditor-trainer for IFS Growth, said she arrived with little experience but he believed the logging in her blood showed in her progress and development.

"Paige took to logging like a duck to water, she was quick to give any job a go and she picked up skills very quickly." Her attitude resulted in her "working in conditions that would make most cry - mud, water, snow and ice" and, being in Southland, she "would get this all in one day".

Over a short timeframe, Miss Harland had gained a "tremendous" amount of new skills and become a very effective and safe forest worker. Miss Harland said only one other young woman was working in the industry in Southland and Otago and she was in the same crew as her.

While the industry might be perceived as being more of a job for males, she reckoned women were just as good - "if not better". Plus, they were "gentler on the gear". Her gender had never really been an issue; the crews had always shown her respect and were always there if she needed any help.

Starting out on chainsaws, it took a little time to get used to holding one all day while being out in the challenging weather. Wielding a chainsaw in -4degC conditions in winter might not sound appealing, but it was something she had got used to. Working in the summer months made up for that, she said.

She recommended forestry as a career for young people - male or female - saying there was lots to learn in the bush, and lots of machinery to try out. "The only way you get experience is just by getting out and doing it yourself."

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World-first robotic logging truck scalers

The world's first two automated logging truck scalers, commissioned by Mount Maunganui-based ISO Limited, are now scanning logs at Port of Tauranga, New Zealand.

The Robotic Scaling Machines (RSM) give a faster, safer and more accurate measure of logs on the trucks and trailers than the manual process. Tauranga-based agritech company Robotics Plus designed and built the automatic logging truck scaler using materials from several local suppliers.

Robotics Plus co-founder Steve Saunders said he and his staff worked with ISO, which came up with the concept in 2017, and came up with a final prototype in just 12 months.

"This is a technology company working with a well-established local company looking into the future to actually solve these sorts of problems. I think we need a lot more of that in New Zealand," Saunders said. The technology was now being rolled out across the country, starting with two scalers at the Port of Napier, then Gisborne and at Marsden Pt next year.

ISO Limited's chief executive, Paul Cameron, said the technology offers huge health and safety benefits to staff. "The robotic scaler measuring process eliminates exposure to hazards and moves those people into a safer environment," he said.

Cameron said the existing manual system used throughout the world requires people to hand scan the logs by climbing between trucks and trailers, taking up to 40 minutes. The robotic arm passes over the logs taking between three and four-and-a-half minutes, he said.

The automated process improves productivity not only for ISO but for the entire supply chain through to the port, and has created new skilled jobs, Cameron said. More than 200 trucks are processed through the site each day, so the machine offered a huge cost and productivity saving, as well as being far safer for staff, he said.

Cameron, who would not be drawn on the cost of developing the new technology, said the benefits to the industry "far outweighed" the costs.

Local suppliers, who contributed to the development of the RSM, were RFT Engineering (structural steel); Festo Linear (guides and controllers; SICK NZ (safety systems, distance sensors); FLIR (imaging cameras); Mulcahy NZ (laser cutting); and Gamman Engineering (precision machining).

Last month Robotics Plus snapped up two awards at the 2019 NZ Hi-Tech Awards, winning the Callaghan Innovation Hi-Tech Maori Company of the Year Award as well as the NZTE Most Innovative Hi-Tech Solution for the Agritech Sector Award.

To check out a video of the new automatic log scaling, click here.

Source: nzherald, Photo: Andrew Warner

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Dannevirke hub could take logs off the road

A potential rail hub near Dannevirke could take 200,000 tonnes of logs of the region’s roads, KiwiRail Deputy Chief Executive Todd Moyle says. As part of a broader investment package across the Hawkes Bay, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced on Monday NZ$400,000 from the Provincial Growth Fund for government officials to evaluate the potential of a new rail hub near Dannevirke and, if successful, up to NZ$4 million for KiwiRail to build the hub at Tapuata.

Mr Moyle said KiwiRail has been considering a hub near Dannevirke for a while and it would take a lot of pressure off the regions' roads as forestry harvests increased.

"We applaud the Government's interest in a potential rail hub near Dannevirke and the staged approach is a sensible one. There is a strong case for a rail hub in that area and we will be working closely to support agencies with their evaluation”.

"Dannevirke is only 37 kilometres from Titoki Forest, which is already transporting more than 50,000 tonnes of logs a year to Napier Port by road. With harvests expected to hit 200,000 tonnes in the coming years it makes sense to get as much of that volume on rail as possible”.

"Not only does rail have 66 per cent fewer emissions per tonne than road transport, it would also reduce the number of logging trucks on the roads, improving road safety and saving in road maintenance costs which burden the local councils and NZTA.

"This opportunity is a great example of how different transport modes, road and rail, could work together for economic and social outcomes. "KiwiRail is currently developing a forestry hub in Wairoa, as part of reopening the Napier to Wairoa rail line. A second hub at Dannevirke could be of huge benefit to the Hawke's Bay."

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New engineered timber building for UNSW

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) has lodged a new development application for the construction of a new timber building designed by Tzannes and Lendlease.

Currently named the D14 Redevelopment, the new multi-purpose building will primarily be built with a mix of glulam for the beams, columns and bracing, and cross laminated timber (CLT) for the floors and core walls.

“The building’s grid is derived from the spanning capacity of the timber structure. It spans 9m in the north-south direction and 6m in the east-west direction,” the application notes.

All external timber elements of the proposed structure will be made of recycled Australian hardwood for durability and resistance to weathering, while the internal timber structure is wrapped in a low iron double glazed, high performance glass curtain wall.

According to the team, this maximises the visibility of the timber structure, allowing the wood to be the hero of the design with its “simplicity, efficiency and clarify in expression”.

“The use of engineered mass timber as a construction material maximises the benefits of prefabrication, and leverages the efficiency and precision of CNC fabrication for rapid assembly,” they add.

A concrete base lifts the timber off the ground plane, at the same time providing a stiff structure for the connection of the mass timber elements above. This base allows the lower levels to be set back from the building above, creating space for covered walkways that flow into the adjacent public spaces, including the university’s main thoroughfare, College Walk.

If approved, the D14 Redevelopment will replace the existing UNSW Hall, which was built in 1959 and serves as student accommodation. The new building will contain retail and student-led areas, as well as classrooms and faculty workspaces.

Image courtesy of UNSW, Lendlease and Tzannes

Source: https://www.architectureanddesign

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Southland forests to be sold

The Invercargill City Council's holding company Holdco has decided to sell one of its subsidiary companies, Invercargill City Forests Limited. Invercargill City Forests Limited made a NZ$733,000 after tax profit in 2018 and paid a NZ$550,000 dividend to Holdco which is passed to the council to help offset rates.

However, Holdco general manger Andrew Cameron said the decision was made to sell Invercargill City Forests Limited following clarification of Holdco's future strategy and expectations. "These include strategic investments for the broader benefit of the community, as well as investments which produce a commercial return." Holdco wanted sustainable and consistent dividend streams into the future and the view was formed that forestry didn't fit into that criteria, he said. It was "not purely" about the forestry company not making enough money, he said. "Obviously businesses go up and down ... we are not suggesting it's not making money at the moment, it really is just looking at the long-term forecast and projections.

"We can see it might not fit the criteria we are trying to get at with the council in the longer term." The council wanted to know it was going to get x amount of dollars from its holding company every year, rather than nothing one year and a profit the next year. It's consistency ... we want investments that provide x amount of dollars every year, give or take."

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Source: Stuff

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Australian sawmiller recognised in Honours List

Arbuthnot Sawmills has just celebrated its 130-year anniversary and what better way to be acknowledged than to see its General Manager, Paul Madden, awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia, which was announced in Monday's Queen’s Birthday Honours List. A VAFI Executive Committee member, Paul was recognised for his service to primary industry and the community of the Riverina.

Operating on the same site for 130 years, Arbuthnot Sawmills is an institution in the world of Murray river red gum. Paul contributed his success to the support of his wife, parents and the many staff that have worked for the business for the past 130 years.

Speaking after a day spent with family and friends celebrating, Paul said he was humbled and honoured to receive the award, noting “I’m proud on behalf of my family, as you work hard all your life and do your best, and to be recognised like this is wonderful,” he said.

“We have now established we are the oldest and continuous sawmill and that just shows the sustainable way our industry harvests red gum. I’m proud of our industry and there are many positive stories that need to be highlighted and celebrated,” Paul added.

The local newspapers in the area have written endless articles focussing on the sawmill’s 130thanniversary and now Paul’s OAM award. While often the timber and forestry industry appears in the media for the wrong reasons, it’s wonderful that we can all celebrate the success, determination, contribution and passion of Paul Madden, and the rich history Arbuthnot Sawmills has given our industry.

Photo: gannawarratimes

Source: VAFI

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Deakin Uni investigating CLT properties

Deakin University has begun an investigation into Australian-made Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) with the results expected to reveal the full potential of this environmentally-friendly construction material.

The research team, led by associate professor Mahmud Ashraf from Deakin’s School of Engineering, will test and analyse the strength limits of CLT, which is mass engineered timber made up of layers laminated together in opposing directions to create an extremely strong product.

Because of the difference in timber species used in CLT production around the world, research is required to verify the relative performance of Australian-made CLT, the range of building applications available and how it can be better utilised to a range of structural applications.

“We want to improve our understanding of the load bearing capacity of this new type of CLT to ensure it is used in the broadest range of applications in the most efficient way,” says Ashraf. The results of the research say the researchers, will add to the understanding of the way CLT panels work together as a system and provide engineers and builders with information they need to improve construction methods.

CLT’s high strength-to-weight ratio means it can be used in long spans, allowing for a simplified building structure and the ability to supply prefabricated panels also adds to the potential for cost savings and eliminating scaffolding in the building process.

While CLT has been in use in Europe for several decades, Australian-made CLT is a relatively new product. Unlike Europe, Australian CLT is made using different grades of timber lamellas. XLam Australia supplied Deakin with 3.6 tons of mass CLT panels as part of a recently formed collaboration. The panels vary in thickness from 105mm to 145mm, the most commonly used in mass timber construction.

XLam’s head of Marketing, Strategy and Sustainability, Dr Paul Kremer says the research work at Deakin will help the industry continue to push the boundaries of what is possible. “Supporting the work of the Deakin research team will drive innovation which we believe is a worthwhile investment. We plan to continue our work with Deakin to support further research efforts.”

Photo: Deakin's Associate Professor Mahmud Ashraf and XLam Australia's Dr Paul Kremer with samples of Cross Laminated Timber being tested as part of a new Deakin University research project

Source: architectureanddesign

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Second round of Forestry Scholarships opened

Applications have opened in New Zealand for the second round of Te Uru Rākau’s Ngā Karahipi Uru Rākau scholarships. The scholarships provide NZ$8,000 a year to Māori and female students enrolling in either a Bachelor of Forestry Science or Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Forest Engineering at the University of Canterbury.

Scholarship recipients also receive a paid internship with Te Uru Rākau or other forestry employers. “We developed the scholarships to encourage young and talented individuals into New Zealand’s growing forestry industry. In awarding our inaugural scholarships in 2018, we were delighted with the high calibre of applications we received and as a result of this, we ended up awarding double the number of scholarships planned last year,” says Julie Collins, Head of Te Uru Rākau.

“This year we have a further six scholarships to award, and I strongly encourage anyone with a passion for forestry, who meets our criteria, to apply. These scholarships are an investment in the future of our sector. We need to ensure we have the right skills in place to increase sustainability, productivity and value in the forestry sector in the future and these scholarships are an integral part of achieving this,” says Ms Collins.

Te Uru Rākau will award six scholarships for the 2020 academic year. The inaugural round of scholarships saw eight scholarships awarded. A further eight will be awarded, next year, for the 2021 academic year. Applications are now open and close on the 15th of August. More information about the scholarships and how to apply is available here.

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Warwick Wilshier recognised at EWC Awards

Warwick Wilshier isn’t often lost for words. He’s the one that always steps up to speak, comes up with the new ideas and is quick to campaign for causes he believes in – especially if it helps someone else. But on being told he was being recognised as the inaugural Eastland Wood Council Industry Champion 2019 he was clearly taken aback.

The four decade veteran of the forestry industry – who owns Williams & Wilshier and is in partnership with Calvin Paddon with the company Pacific Haulage, says that while he may be the one named as the recipient of the award, it is really about the “truly professional” team of managers and drivers at those two companies.

“They might look at me every day to make decisions and be the leader, but really what I do is give them the confidence to decide for themselves,” he said. “It is truly rewarding when you see a staff member you have employed with no skills turn into a real achiever – their whole approach to the job becomes one of a true professional.”

He understands only too well how hard each has worked to get there and as their self-esteem grows, so too does the rest of their world. “It is pretty cool to see them have the confidence to buy their first house. I like to buy them a new lawn mower when they do because you can never afford one with your first mortgage!”

Warwick started as a trainee log truck driver with the New Zealand Forest Service before buying his own truck in 1982. That single truck soon became a fleet as he worked in partnership with other operators. In 2002 with Williams & Wilshier, he started operating in the East Coast forests.

Then in 2006 the growing company, fondly known as Willy Willy’s, won a new contract with Hikurangi Farm Forests. In 2007, he made the strategic move of buying a shareholding in Pacific Haulage, deciding to concentrate on the Bay of Plenty and East Coast cartage requirements.

Eastland Wood Council Forestry Awards chief judge Sheldon Drummond said Mr Wilshier had been: “an absolute champion for the great forest industry cartage sector. He is a director and current member of the New Zealand Road Transport Forum which deals with national road transport issues and provides a link to Government while providing methodology to achieve things for the sector.

“He is a founding member and chairman – for the past 18 years – of the Log Transport Safety Council which is a platform for log transport operators to get together without competitive differences to achieve improvements for the common good of the industry”.

“A prime example had been their work in reducing log truck rollovers which have statistically reduced year on year. The council holds industry meetings across the country, organizes driver training and works to improve the public perceptions of the sector. It leads the way for industry and is recognized by Government as one of the outstanding successes in industry cooperation”.

“In 2017 Warwick was presented with the Institute of Road Transport Engineers New Zealand outstanding industry achievement award. As a log transport business operator, Warwick sets the standard for others to follow. He is undoubtedly a leader for his sector of the industry, going out of his way to see national collective improvements on a continuous long-term basis”.

Warwick had repeatedly shown effort and achievement well above the norm for the East Coast forest industry.” Mr Wilshier said he was proud of the work he and his group of fellow log truck operators had done in the Log Truck Safety Council.

“Together we lead the way and have turned our industry from one with the highest crash rates, to the lowest,” he said. “I enjoy giving time to industry associations where we can make a difference” said Warwick.

“The bad times for me have been the last year or so where too many people have died on the coast in accidents involving log trucks. It is not about blame, but truck drivers are the professionals and many car drivers are the amateurs. We can do better in making sure these people don’t get hurt.”

A dire shortage of truck drivers is hindering the industry and he is hopeful that will improve in the not too distant future. The industry had a huge future and he has no intentions of stepping back any time soon.

“It means a great deal to me to be even nominated for the awards,” Mr Wilshier said. “I have been a supporter of the event since day one and always enjoyed seeing typically quiet achievers publicly recognised for their achievements. For me, it is really nice to be recognised by my peers – and particularly those in the Eastland Wood Council.”

Source: Eastland Wood Council

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Western Forest Products to curtail lumber production

Following on from stories in last week’s issue highlighting mill closures and the cutting of shifts at sawmills across B.C. Western Forest Products Inc. is the latest lumber producer to announce temporary production curtailments to deal with challenging market conditions. The Vancouver-based company says it will reduce output at three of its sawmills to align volumes with customer demand.

The Duke Point facility will be affected for two weeks and its Saltair sawmill for one week in June. Operating levels at its Chemainus sawmill will be reduced to 80 hours per week from 120 hours per week. The curtailment is expected to reduce production by about 15 million board feet.

Western has an annual lumber capacity in excess of 1.1 billion board feet at facilities in British Columbia and Washington State. West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd., Interfor, Canfor and Tolko have previously announced similar curtailments.

"The challenge of weak markets is compounded by the disproportionate impacts of softwood lumber duties on high-value products, including Western Red Cedar," said Western president and CEO Don Demens.

On Monday, Canfor announced it will be curtailing operations at all British Columbia sawmills, except WynnWood. According to the company, the majority of mills will be curtailed for two weeks with extended curtailments of four weeks at Houston and Plateau, and six weeks at Mackenzie. Norbord Inc. also announced on Tuesday its intention to indefinitely curtail production in 100 Mile House, British Columbia in August, 2019. More >>.


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... and one to end the week on ... it's OK William

A woman in a supermarket is following a grandfather and his badly behaved 3 year-old grandson.

It’s obvious to her that he has his hands full with the child screaming for sweets in the sweet aisle, cookies in the cookie aisle; and for fruit, cereal and pop in the other aisles.

Meanwhile, Granddad is working his way around, saying in a controlled voice, “Easy, William, we won’t be long . . .. easy, boy.”

Another outburst, and she hears the granddad calmly say, “It’s okay, William, just a couple more minutes and we’ll be out of here. Hang in there, boy.”

At the checkout, the little terror is throwing items out of the cart, and Granddad says again in a controlled voice, “William, William, relax buddy, don’t get upset. We’ll be home in five minutes; stay cool, William.”

Very impressed, the woman goes outside where the grandfather is loading his groceries and the boy into the car.

She said to the elderly gentleman, “It’s none of my business, but you were amazing in there. I don’t know how you did it. That whole time, you kept your composure, and no matter how loud and disruptive he got, you just calmly kept saying things would be okay. William is very lucky to have you as his grandpa.”

“Thanks,” said the grandfather, “but I’m William … that little so-in-so’s name is James.

And a few more questions for you.

1. At a movie theatre, which arm rest is yours?

2. If people evolve from monkeys, why are monkeys still around?

3. Why is there a 'D' in fridge, but not in refrigerator?

4. Who knew what time it was when the first clock was made?

And on that note, enjoy your weekend. Cheers.

Brent Apthorp
Editor, Friday Offcuts
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