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Stora Enso, Tornator and WWF launch cooperation for forest streams in Finland

International Forest Industries - 9 hours 56 min ago

Stora Enso, Tornator and WWF Finland have launched a three-year cooperation to improve the condition of Finland’s freshwaters forest streams and to conserve and protect their species. The first voluntary work will take place in summer 2022.

The aim of the cooperation is to restore habitats in small waterbodies, mainly in forests, closer to their natural state. This will strengthen the biodiversity of Finnish nature. Stora EnsoTornator and WWF Finland will identify suitable restoration sites in areas owned by Tornator. Stora Enso’s and Tornator’s employees will have a chance to participate in the practical voluntary work together with WWF experts.

Through the joint restoration work their aim is to conserve and restore freshwaters such as streams and rivers, improve habitats for aquatic species, and remove migration barriers such as culverts that function as waterways under road banks. Culverts that are installed too high block trout and other freshwater species from reaching their spawning grounds.

Streams close to their natural state are important habitats for forest and aquatic species. In addition to migratory fish, endangered water insects, mosses, crayfish, and mussels, among others, depend on free-flowing waters. At the same time, many forest species benefit from the improved condition of freshwaters.

The new cooperation is part of Stora Enso’s biodiversity programme in Finland

In Finland, streams that have biggest restoration potential are located in forests. It is therefore only natural that Tornator, Finland’s largest private forest owner, and Stora Enso partner with WWF in this new initiative.

Managing forest biodiversity is an important part of Stora Enso’s and Tornator’s daily forest operations. Cooperation with WWF Finland is part of Stora Enso’s and Tornator’s biodiversity programmes.

“Our biodiversity programme in Finland brings together nature management measures that improve habitats for endangered species and water protection. The cooperation for forest streams is a new step in our biodiversity work and a great continuation of our long-term partnership with WWF Finland and Tornator. Working for healthy forests and water systems is a matter close to the hearts of our forestry professionals, and we are already looking forward to the start of the joint restoration work,” says Pekka Kallio-Mannila, Head of Sustainability, Stora Enso Forest Finland.

The partnership will also help increase awareness among private forest owners about the need to protect freshwater species and habitats. WWF will provide instructions on the identification and removal of migration barriers so that forest owners can continue restoration work on their own land after the project is completed.

“We are delighted to be working with two major Finnish forestry companies, as they have excellent potential to improve the biodiversity of freshwaters. Together, we can make a significant positive change that would not be possible without business cooperation,” says Liisa Rohweder, Secretary General, WWF Finland.

“Stream restoration on Tornator-owned sites will make the Tornator biodiversity programme more effective in combination with its other objectives, such as peatland restoration and water protection measures,” says Heikki Myöhänen, Environmental Manager, Tornator.

The new business cooperation is part of WWF Finland’s broader long-term work to improve freshwater environments to achieve good ecological condition of small waterbodies and freshwaters in Finland by 2030.

Photo: Pekka Kallio-Mannila, Head of Sustainability, Stora Enso Forest Finland

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Early Bark Beetle Detection

International Forest Industries - 10 hours 49 min ago
Beating the Bark Beetle with Satellite Analytics

Berlin, 25 May 2022

Managing and monitoring forests is challenging. They typically cover vast areas while problems like bug infestations occur locally, with devastating effects to the ecosystem and economic damage to the owners. Satellite analytics and solutions company LiveEO today announced a product based on satellite data and AI that enables forest owners to mitigate those risks.

Recent increases in wood prices that trickled down in countless other industries showed the significance of wood as a natural resource. At the same time, forests are prone to Bark Beetle-infestations and storm damage – both of which are expected to grow in severity due to climate change and are, in fact, interlinked, since fallen trees are optimal habitats for the bugs.

Forest stress detection is currently done mostly through manual inspection on the ground. Given the large areas they cover, and the limited resources available, problems are often detected too late with the window for mitigation already closed. In Europe alone, damage to forests and costs for reforestations are in the order of billions per year.

LiveEO today announces a solution that uses multispectral satellite data to solve this problem. The AI-powered solution will enable forest owners to timely detect and stop spreading of bug infestations during their attack phase. The early detection of the animals will help secure the rapidly deteriorating value of damaged trees.

Developing the new product, LiveEO drew from over four years of experience and technological excellence developed providing vegetation management solutions to infrastructure operators.

Like the company’s other products, LiveEO’s Forestry solution has been developed in close exchange with industry players and with a laser focus on the specific challenges and ways of working of forest owners, to deliver actionable insights in an end-to-end solution.

LiveEO will showcase the beta version of its Forestry solution for the first time to a public audience in their Product Showcase Event on June 8th. Parties interested in Beta-testing the new product are invited to reach out directly to Manuel Gremblewski (manuel@live-eo.com), Business Development, or via live-eo.com.

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About LiveEO

LiveEO is bringing Earth Observation to enterprise customers starting in the infrastructure sector. LiveEO utilizes satellite technology to monitor large infrastructure networks globally and empowers the operators to save operational expenses by observing dangers from external threats. By using AI, the company generates overviews of thousands of kilometers for decisions on the management level and information for the worker on the ground via a front-end and mobile app. LiveEO’s goal is to monitor every major infrastructure grid until 2025. The company has around 90 employees and has offices in Berlin, New York, and Latvia.

 

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Mirax Group to Acquire Avalon Dryland Sort in Port Mellon, BC

International Forest Industries - Wed, 18/05/2022 - 13:33

Mirax Group has announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Interfor Corporation’s Avalon Dryland Log Sort (“Avalon”) assets located in Port Mellon, BC, and will operate through a wholly-owned affiliated company, Avalon Log Sort Inc. Pursuant to the Agreement, Mirax Group will acquire all real property assets of Avalon and will retain all employees.

Avalon is situated on an approximately 14-acres of fully-paved waterfront land in Port Mellon, BC, which includes approximately 55-acres of foreshore leases for log handling, booming and tie-ups. The acquisition of Avalon will provide another asset that would enable the Mirax Group to fulfill its goal of becoming a more vertically integrated forest company. Avalon will be operated as a fully custom dryland log sort and will welcome volume from other timber companies and brokers as well as Mirax’s own volume for its sawmill division on the Sunshine Coast. Having already established operations on the Sunshine Coast, this purchase will complement our recent acquisition of forested waterfront and booming grounds at Gambier Island, adjacent to Avalon.

“We are very excited with the addition of Avalon to our family. This purchase expands our existing presence on the Sunshine Coast and we look forward to welcoming Avalon’s employees to our organization.” – Jas Binning, CEO, Mirax Group.

The completion of the transaction is subject to customary conditions and is expected to close in the beginning of third quarter in 2022.

ABOUT MIRAX GROUP

The Mirax Group is a privately owned family-based company founded in 1997 and has grown to over 500 employees throughout British Columbia with operations expanding to Forestry, Lumber Manufacturing, Lumber value-added operations and Marketing, Agriculture, Real Estate and Development, and Hospitality. Our organization is about creating new relationships and our communities prospering, creating local jobs and local economic benefit, and strategic partnerships.

Media Contact Parm Binning, VP of Business Development parm@miraxgroup.ca

Bill Waugh, VP of Forestry, Log Supply (604) 807-6844 (604) 813-0779 Bill@miraxgroup.ca

 

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New Global Partnership Announced At World Forestry Congress

International Forest Industries - Wed, 18/05/2022 - 13:02

As governments around the world turn to the benefits of sustainable forest management and forest products to support climate action and post-pandemic economic recovery, a new agreement struck recently at the World Forestry Congress in Seoul will help advance forestry solutions and policy dialogue around the world – The United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) Secretariat and the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) announced a new partnership that will make ICFPA the focal of the forest sector globally, providing a framework for the two organizations to work together to discuss and implement forest-related policies and agreements that are good for people and the planet.

“The United Nations Strategic Plan for Forests 2017-2030 calls for a world where forests are sustainably managed, contribute to sustainable development, and provide economic, social, environmental, and cultural benefits for present and future generations. An estimated 1.6 billion people, or 25% of the global population, rely on forests for their subsistence needs, livelihoods, employment, and income. The private sector is fundamental in the promotion and implementation of sustainable forest management, so working with our partners in the forest industry will be critical to our ultimate success and we are delighted to have ICFPA supporting the UN Forum on Forests in this important work,” says Barbara Tavora-Jainchill, Programme Management Officer, Forest Affairs for the United Nations Forum on Forests Secretariat.

“There is no path to a lower carbon economy without sustainable forest management and sustainably sourced forest products. This new collaboration between ICFPA and UNFF will allow us to advance policy insights and learnings across international borders to build a resilient global economy – one that creates greater economic and social opportunities for the nearly 2 billion people who live in or near forested communities around the globe,” says Derek Nighbor, President, International Council of Forest and Paper Associations.

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Ponsse manufactures its 18,000th forest machine

International Forest Industries - Wed, 18/05/2022 - 12:28

The 18,000th PONSSE forest machine was completed at Ponsse’s factory in Vieremä. After its handover, the PONSSE Elk will be operated by VMC Bois in France.

“The highly demanding harvesting industry calls for solid professional skills, determination and close cooperation. These are also the characteristics of our partnership with VMC Bois. It feels really good to deliver this machine to VMC Bois, and I would like to thank them for our excellent cooperation,” says Marko Mattila, Sales Marketing and Service Director.

“We started our cooperation with Ponsse after we purchased a used PONSSE Ergo a few years ago. We continued our partnership by buying a few new machines, and today we received the 18,000th PONSSE machine here in Vieremä. Our cooperation has been productive, and we are very satisfied with our partnership,” says Alexandre Collomb, one of the three owners of VMC Bois.

VMC Bois owns four PONSSE machines, and it mainly operates in eastern parts of Central France. Established in 2009, the company currently has 27 employees. VMC Bois is also engaged in sawmill operations, generating energy from chips.

PONSSE Elk – a versatile and agile forwarder

PONSSE Elk is a highly versatile and agile forwarder in the smaller midsize class. Elk offers an unprecedented load-carrying capacity in its size class, and its fuel-efficient engine and large fuel tank extend the refuelling interval. It is safe to say that Elk is an excellent machine for thinning sites where the machine needs to cover long distances. Elk’s responsive engine, impressive torque and sturdy loader make working comfortable, especially when the operator can enjoy the most spacious cabin on the market, including ergonomic controls.

Entered in serial production in 2005, more than 1,000 PONSSE Elk forwarders have been completed, delivered to over 20 countries and tested in real-life conditions across the globe.

Starting as the dream of Einari Vidgrén, Ponsse is a family-owned business that now operates in the harvesting markets of over 40 countries. Environmentally friendly harvesting and customer-driven R&D are strongly emphasised in Ponsse’s business. All PONSSE forest machines are still manufactured in the company’s birthplace in Vieremä in Northern Savonia, Finland.

Further information:

Marko Mattila, Sales, Marketing and Service Director, Ponsse Plc, +358 400 596 297, marko.mattila@ponsse.com

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NZ – Forest360 Log export market update

International Forest Industries - Wed, 18/05/2022 - 11:49

Stability and consistency have never really been ideals that our industry has conformed to, and this year is no different. Although the May at wharf gate (AWG) export prices are very similar to those offered in April (mid to high $120’s/m3 for A grade), the underlying variables that make up those prices are vastly different. The variable that has had the biggest influence on the AWG price in the last 12 months has been shipping with freight costs ranging from $US40/m3 to $US85/m3. It would be easy to point the finger squarely at fuel cost and while it’s a massive factor, it’s not the whole picture. To put some figures around the cost of fuel and it’s affect on log prices, a log vessel will generally take 17 days to steam to China with a fuel burn of around 25 tonnes of Bunker oil per day, enough to give Greta Thunberg a hernia. This is a total trip usage of 425 tonnes of fuel and at current fuel costs of $US933 per tonne that’s around $NZ620,000 for the one-way trip. Average payload is around 33,000 tonnes of logs so quick calculations are a fuel cost of $NZ18.80/m3 for fuel alone.

As vessels are generally paid for on a time basis, any non-productive wait times outside of loading or unloading increases the m3 unit cost. As NZ ports grapple with covid absenteeism and a general lack of staff anyway, the ability to unload and load vessels has been impacted creating wait times around the country. In addition, the EPA has effectively ruled out the use of methyl bromide, the only fumigant accepted by China for the top deck cargo (around 1/3 of the vessels cargo) which has resulted in the industry moving to debarking of all deck stowed logs as a substitution. While debarking sounds like a better option, in reality you can’t build one overnight and therefore exporters are scrambling to secure top deck cargos where they can. As the Port of Tauranga has the most available debarked volume, vessels are waiting up to 2 weeks at Tauranga waiting for a load due to congestion – at $US35,000/day or $NZ1.65/m3/day.

Thankfully, the NZ dollar has been playing ball with a drop not seen since the first round of covid lockdowns which has helped offset some of the freight cost increases. This will be cold comfort to Grant Robertson as the direct impact of the depreciated dollar will keep the foot firmly on the inflation throttle.

The China covid elimination strategy hasn’t gone so well in recent weeks with some very hard lockdowns in some of the busiest cities in China. This has flowed through to weak demand as its pretty hard to convert logs to lumber from your 30m2 apartment in Beijing. We are expecting to see reasonably sharp increases in inventory if the lockdowns continue through May, which is likely as the Chinese govt don’t like to admit defeat, even if the general population is starting to lose its sense of humor with being locked down. Supply from NZ is down on previous months due to port constraints, subdued returns and a general level of unease by forest owners regarding global stability. Global supply is also lackluster is not expected to increase from current levels for the remainder of the year which bodes well for NZ and the potential for price increases through Q3.

Increased fuel costs also are starting to bite harvesting and cartage contractors, and many are passing on this cost in the form of fuel adjustment factors (FAF). Your average harvesting crew will chew through around 4 litres of diesel per tonne of log and, with around $0.82/litre increase in the last 12 months, you’re looking at harvest cost increases in the order of $3.28/tonne. Greta also hates trucks as they generally only get around 1.6km per litre on average which equates to 1.9 litres of fuel per tonne per 100km. Using the same increase in fuel cost and an average cartage distance of 150km from forest to mill or port, the actual increase in cartage cost is $2.33/tonne. Add these together and over the last 12 months you’re contributing and additional $5.60 per tonne or around $3,000/ha to the fuel producers’ bottom line. How long the increased fuel costs last is anyone’s guess but so long as the wee man in Russia keeps lobbing bombs at his neighbours we’re more than likely stuck with it. Any reductions that were provided through govt concessions in excise tax and road user charges have been countered by the exchange rate which has increases the cost of all imports.

Domestic log demand remains buoyant for both pruned and unpruned sawlogs. Many mills have mirrored other parts of the supply chain with large staff absenteeism due to covid which has impacted production. The building industry will likely blame log exports for timber supply issues again, however, thankfully, the Gib suppliers have taken the heat away from us which is much appreciated.

Source: Forest360

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John Deere suspends shipments to Russia

International Forest Industries - Wed, 18/05/2022 - 11:19

Recent Statement John Deere suspends shipments to Russia – John Deere is deeply saddened by the significant escalation of events in Ukraine. The safety, welfare, and well-being of our employees in the region remains our top priority, and we continue to support and maintain close communication with our affected teams, providing necessary resources when possible.

Our thoughts are with our employees, their families as well as our dealers, customers and all those impacted by this crisis. Two weeks ago, we suspended shipments of machines to Russia and then subsequently, Belarus.

We continue to monitor the situation closely while we fully abide by U.S. and international sanctions. The John Deere Foundation has additionally been working directly with a number of organizations, including multiple UN agencies, to mobilize resources to support Ukrainians impacted by the crisis. Our mission is, and always has been, to help our customers feed the world.

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Setra Group invests in TC kilns from Valutec to two Swedish sawmills

International Forest Industries - Wed, 18/05/2022 - 10:42

Just under two years ago, Setra Hasselfors became the first sawmill within the Setra Group to invest in Valutec TC drying technology. Now they are investing in new TC wood drying kilns for both Hasselfors and the sawmill in Heby, both located in Sweden.

“The properties of the TC continuous kiln fit well into the Setra Greenness philosophy. They offer the precision of the batch kiln in combination with high capacity and efficient heat recovery. Another bonus with it is that we don’t get tied to one batch size if we’d like to switch to larger ones in the future to reduce handling and further increase drying capacity,” says Jonas Fintling, Site Manager at Setra Hasselfors.

Setra Hasselfors in Sweden is a respected spruce sawmill established in 1908. In 2021, it produced approximately 345,000 m3 and the products are delivered to customers in Europe, the USA and Australia. The investment will increase the sawmill’s drying capacity by approximately 150,000 m3, which enables a planned production increase to approximately 500,000 m3. It will also be the first sawmill in Scandinavia with two TC kilns in one and the same sawmill.

The swedish sawmill Setra Heby was established in 1915 and 260,000 m3 was sawn in 2020. A large part of the production goes to Setra’s CLT and glulam factory in Långshyttan but the sawmill also exports dried-down goods mainly to France and Germany. The investment in a TC continuous kiln with a capacity of approximately 145,000 m3 is being made partly to replace older kilns and partly to increase drying capacity. With the new dryer in place, Setra Heby will have a drying capacity of approximately 320,000 m3.

“We looked at different types of kilns and the TC kiln was best suited for the flow we have in Heby. It’s also good from a sustainability perspective, as with the same energy consumption, we will increase our drying capacity”, says Jan-Erik Johansson Vik, Site Manager at Setra Heby. He adds:

“The price is important when making an investment but you mustn’t fixate on it. With Valutec, we are getting a secure and developing partner who offers good service and delivery security.”

The kiln in Heby will begin assembly during the summer and in Hasselfors, assembly will begin in February next year. Jon Lindberg, Sales Manager at Valutec is looking forward to delivery:

“We already cooperate well with Setra and I look forward to us continuing to develop their drying capacity together.”

The TC kilns are delivered with Valutec Valmatics 4.0 control system, which enables the TC kiln functions to be utilised fully. Valmatics 4.0 is the only control system that combines simulator technology with adaptive control and which enables optimisation of capacity, quality and energy consumption simultaneously.

With these investments, Setra Group is following a clear trend in the world of sawmills. The new generation of Valutec TC kilns has been sold worldwide in recent years, opening up new markets for the company.

“What lies behind this technological leap is thousands of hours of development where we studied, evaluated, tested and invented new things in all parts of a sort of lumber kiln that, in its first form, was used as early as 1927”, says Robert Larsson, CEO of Valutec.

The big improvement is in the way to control temperature and airspeed individually in different zones using integrated simulator technology. Thanks to its development, the sawmill can choose with a high degree of freedom the dimensions of the lumber to be dried, something that has not previously been possible in a continuous kiln.

TC is the abbreviation of the Swedish for “cross circulation”. The principle is based on the lumber package being fed lengthways through zones in which the air circulates laterally across the drying channel. This enables the separate regulation of the climate in different zones according to a schedule that comes very close to the ideal schedule of a batch kiln.

For additional information, please contact:
Jon Lindberg, Sales Manager
Valutec
+46 910-879 50
jon.lindberg@valutec.se

Robert Larsson, CEO
Valutec
+46 910-879 50
robert.larsson@valutec.se

Jan-Erik Johansson Vik, Site Manager
Setra Heby
+46 224-368 00
jan-erik.johanssonvik@setragroup.com

Jonas Fintling, Site Manager
Setra Hasselfors
+46 585-485 00
jonas.fintling@setragroup.com

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Renewable energy generated by Magnon avoided more than 335,000 tons of CO2 in 2021

International Forest Industries - Tue, 17/05/2022 - 13:27

Thanks to the renewable energy generated at the plants of Magnon Green Energy, an energy subsidiary of the Ence Group, it has been possible to avoid the emission of more than 335,000 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere last year.

In the Magnon plants, located in Andalusia, Castilla-La Mancha and Extremadura, renewable energy is generated daily from biomass. In this process, the agroforestry remains of the areas close to each facility are valued, which, otherwise, could become an environmental problem, among other reasons, due to a possible uncontrolled burning due to their accumulation in the field.

This technology contributes to providing stability to the electrical mix thanks to its manageability, a characteristic that distinguishes it from other renewable energies, which are completely dependent on the weather. Thus, hand in hand with electricity production technologies such as biomass, Spain will achieve the decarbonisation objectives set at a European level, while at the same time advancing on the path towards a fair energy transition.

Magnon, therefore, is an important actor in the achievement of the sustainable development objectives established within the framework of the 2030 Agenda, especially for those focused on the production of clean and non-polluting energy, climate action and climate change. of a productive model and, in the social field, to the generation of quality employment and the promotion of equal opportunities.

In fact, biomass generation is an important piece in the fight against the so-called “emptied Spain”. Thanks to the Magnon plants, around 6,650 direct, indirect and induced jobs have been created in rural areas – according to data provided by the Association of Renewable Energy Companies (APPA) – Sustainable and quality employment, which prevents the depopulation and de-industrialization of the rural world, especially in the 5 provinces in which it operates – Huelva, Córdoba, Jaén, Ciudad Real and Badajoz.

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Stora Enso divests its packaging operations in Russia

International Forest Industries - Tue, 17/05/2022 - 13:01

Stora Enso has divested its three corrugated packaging plants in Russia. The Company’s Lukhovitsy, Arzamas and Balabanovo packaging plants have been divested to local management.

Stora Enso’s assessment is that due to the uncertainties in the Russian market, local ownership and operation will provide a more sustainable long-term solution for these businesses and their respective employees.

The transaction will have no material impact on Stora Enso’s annual sales and Operational EBIT. Due to reduced business prospects for these businesses, an impairment loss of EUR 35 million was recorded in the first quarter result. The additional loss on the transaction under IFRS will be approximately EUR 55 million, consisting mainly of currency translation adjustments to be recorded at the closing date. The expenses are considered as items affecting comparability.

The divested sites are located in Lukhovitsy, Arzamas and Balabanovo employing approximately 620 people and have a total annual capacity of 395 million m² of corrugated packaging. The sites primarily produce corrugated packaging for grocery, home improvement, confectionery and pet food segments in the domestic Russian market.

Stora Enso announced on 2 March 2022 that it would stop all production and sales in Russia until further notice. On 25 April, Stora Enso announced the divestment of its two sawmills and forest operations in Russia to local management.

For further information, please contact:
Carl Norell
Press officer
tel. +46 72 241 0349

Investor enquiries:
Anna-Lena Åström
SVP Investor Relations
Tel. +46 70 210 7691

Part of the global bioeconomy, Stora Enso is a leading provider of renewable products in packaging, biomaterials, wooden construction and paper, and one of the largest private forest owners in the world. We believe that everything that is made from fossil-based materials today can be made from a tree tomorrow. Stora Enso has approximately 22,000 employees and our sales in 2021 were EUR 10.2 billion. Stora Enso shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki Oy (STEAV, STERV) and Nasdaq Stockholm AB (STE A, STE R). In addition, the shares are traded in the USA as ADRs (SEOAY). storaenso.com

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Board member changes announced

International Forest Industries - Tue, 17/05/2022 - 12:41

Craig Dawson and Amy Humphreys were elected to the Board of Directors (Board) following the our Annual Shareholders’ Meeting on May 5, 2022. In addition, Richard (Rick) Fleming retired from the Board after nine years of service.

Craig Dawson currently serves as president of Retail Lockbox, Inc., an industry leader in remittance processing, credit card payments, and document management services, which he co-founded in Seattle, WA. Prior to this role, he held a number of senior positions with Unisys Corporation. Dawson is the past chair and board member of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Seattle Branch. He is the past president of Tabor 100, a non-profit organization which focuses on creating initiatives for CEOs of minority-owned businesses. Dawson is the recipient of numerous business and community awards, including most recently, Seattle Business Magazine’s 10 to Watch (2021) and Puget Sound Business Journal’s Power 100 (2020). He attended Pepperdine University and holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington School of Business.

Amy Humphreys has 25 years of experience in manufacturing, commodities, global marketing, and distribution, including holding executive leadership positions with large privately held companies across multiple industries, such as seafood, dairy, and petroleum. She has served on multiple boards, including directorships with Red Lion Hotels Corporation and Philly Shipyard ASA, a public company listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange. She is a licensed CPA in the state of Washington. Humphreys earned her bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from University of Puget Sound and an MBA from University of Washington School of Business.

Rick Fleming joined the Board in 2013 when the Company completed its IPO. He was the Chief Financial Officer of USG Corporation for approximately 18 years and was its EVP, CFO from 1999 until his retirement in 2012. Prior to that, he was employed by Masonite Corporation, which was acquired by USG in 1984.

“We are pleased to welcome Craig and Amy to the Board of Boise Cascade,” said Tom Carlile, chairperson. “Each of these accomplished leaders bring a wealth of experience in strategy and operations. Their unique perspectives, insights, and guidance will complement our current Board. We look forward to their contributions.”

“Rick has reached the Board’s mandatory retirement age. He brought strong financial acumen and industry insights to the Board,” continued Carlile. “We sincerely thank him for his leadership and guidance and wish him all the best.”

Media contact: Lisa Tschampl, 208-384-6552
Investor contact: Kelly Hibbs, 208-384-3638

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John Deere Unveils 900 MH-Series Tracked Harvester with Intelligent Boom Control

International Forest Industries - Thu, 12/05/2022 - 12:33
  • John Deere announces the 900 MH-Series Tracked Harvester with Intelligent Boom Control Technology.
  • Intelligent Boom Control provides intuitive operator assistance by providing consistent and smooth operation on the job.
  • Intelligent Boom Control is a result of worldwide focus and collaboration to implement field proven operator and machine performance features on Tracked products.

John Deere has announced its latest operator assistance control feature, Intelligent Boom Control (IBC), for the 900 MH-Series Tracked Harvester. The development of this model is a result of global collaboration between the John Deere Wheeled Cut-to-Length and Full-Tree Forestry teams, aiming to implement IBC’s field proven technology into MH-Series of tracked harvesters.

With IBC, operators no longer need to control each independent boom function separately. One joystick moves the boom tip horizontally, while a second guides it vertically, for faster cycle times and more precise control. IBC’s smooth and fluid motion actively dampens functional change of directions, protecting boom structures and increasing wear life. IBC also automatically controls swing speed based on the overall position of the attachment.

“The continuous product development, new features, and the updating of systems and solutions are an integral part of John Deere’s way of operating,” said Jim O’Halloran, product marketing manager, John Deere. “Intelligent Boom Control is an example of an important operator assistance feature that we will continue to evolve throughout full tree forestry. Developing solutions for our customers’ needs are our number one priority and investing in innovation like IBC is an example that helps the overall productivity and profitability for the whole machine life cycle.”

Improved productivity, compared to the same machine without IBC, is another benefit for customers. IBC allows the operator to focus on controlling the attachment, helping improve efficiency. The controls used for reaching and securing trees for harvest intuitively mirror how the equipment might function if it were the operator’s arm.

IBC is now available on the 953MH and 959MH. For more information, please visit www.deere.com/en/tracked-harvesters or contact your local dealer.

Contact:
Bria Rooney
VP, Public Relations, imre
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BID Group to Partner with Yaskawa America for New Robotic Systems

International Forest Industries - Thu, 05/05/2022 - 13:25

BID Group recently announced it has entered into a strategic partnership with Yaskawa America, Inc, Motoman Robotics Division. The focus of the partnership is to implement robotic systems into BID’s operations and develop new wood processing innovations. Yaskawa Motoman is a leading industrial robotics company in the Americas. As the industry leader in Operational Lifecycle Excellence, this strategic partnership will support BID in its mission to deliver its customers top performance, innovation, remarkable service, and results through the continuous improvement of its operations, products, and services.

We continue investing in the modernization of our installations to maintain them at the leading-edge of technologies. This partnership will help us carry on our pursuit to deliver the highest-quality products to our valued customers. The application of the Yaskawa systems will also have a positive impact on our production capacity. We are very excited to be implementing these precise and quick robotic systems into our operations, and product solutions.”, said Simon Potvin, President of Wood Processing.

“BID Group has demonstrated excellence, leadership and innovation in the wood processing industry and this sector is well poised to take advantage of optimized and efficient robotics system.  Our strategic partnership with BID Group to provide innovative robotic solutions will enable customers to modernize and maximize the value of their assets,” stated Doug Burnside, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Yaskawa Motoman.

BID is also actively working on innovations for its customers using these new robotic systems. With its vast experience in the wood processing industry, combined with its already proven automation and optimization capabilities, the company has several ideas for applications that will help its customers deal with their daily challenges and maintain high security standards in their plants.

BID is actively recruiting team members specializing in these new technologies.

MAIN PHOTO: Doug Burnside, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Yaskawa Motoman.

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New Artificial Intelligence Enabled Robotic Trim Block System, BID Partners with Westervelt to modernize Moundville, AL

International Forest Industries - Thu, 05/05/2022 - 12:27

BID Group announces it has received a new turnkey order from Westervelt Lumber to modernize their existing planer mill in Moundville, Alabama. Through its industry-leading wood processing technologies and integrated solutions offering, BID will manage, design, build, equip, install, and provide full start-up services for the project. The new operation will incorporate the full spectrum of BID’s best-in-class wood processing technologies.

“We are excited to partner with the BID team again to continue expanding our manufacturing capacity and modernizing our lumber facilities in the U.S. South,” said Joe Patton, Westervelt Lumber’s Vice President and General Manager, Wood Products. “This project will employ the best complement of modern technologies to meet our growing consumer demand for the highest quality product, in a facility that has been recognized as a top performer. Working with an industry leader like BID provides the confidence that this major project to further enhance our capabilities will be done right and delivered on time.”

The modernization will incorporate the full spectrum of BID’s best-in-class wood processing technologies including equipment, software, and automation systems. It will feature the very first robotic trim block management system, BID’s latest innovation. Through its strategic partnership with Yaskawa Motoman, BID has become the first industry Original Equipment Manufacturer to offer robotic solutions using Artificial Intelligence.

“We would like to thank the Westervelt team for their ongoing trust in BID.  We are excited to partner with them to commission the first Artificial Intelligence enabled robotic system. The innovative combination of technologies behind this system will generate a new level of operational efficiency within the wood processing industry.”, said Simon Potvin, President Wood Processing.

Start-up will be in the first quarter of 2023.

Photo: Simon Potvin, President Wood Processing.

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TCi: Tigercat Industries develops purpose-built forestry dozer and launches new brand

International Forest Industries - Thu, 05/05/2022 - 11:29

Tigercat Industries has developed a forestry dozer. The new TCi 920 will be making the rounds at several US forestry industry tradeshows this spring.

The dozer will be branded under the new TCi badge, as Tigercat Industries continues to design machines for applications beyond forest harvesting systems. All products falling under the TCi brand are, and will continue to be designed, manufactured, and supported by Tigercat Industries.

Seeking to overcome shortcomings that harvesting professionals have experienced when applying standard-build, mass production dozers to forestry operations, the new 920 is designed specifically for use in logging applications.

The 920 is powered by the Tigercat FPT N45 Tier 4f engine rated at 101 kw (135 hp). It is equipped with a 190 mm (7.5 in) pitch heavy duty undercarriage, a responsive and efficient closed loop track drive system, strong, impact-resistant belly pans, and durable structural components throughout. The 920 provides the power, durability and versatility for deck clearing, road building and clean-up activities on logging sites.

The carefully designed forestry cab offers the operator clear sightlines augmented by the sloped front hood and rear-mounted exhaust. The cab is quiet and comfortable with a heated and cooled air ride seat, ergonomic armrest mounted joysticks, and a large touchscreen machine control system interface.

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BID to Deliver a New State-of-the-Art Turnkey Facility for Claw Forestry Services

International Forest Industries - Wed, 04/05/2022 - 14:12

St. George, South Carolina, April 28, 2022 – BID Group announces it has received an order from Claw Forestry Services to deliver its first greenfield sawmill complex project in the southern United States. Through its industry-leading wood processing technologies and integrated solutions offering, BID will manage, design, build, equip, and provide full start-up services for the project, located in Gloster, MS.

“We are excited to partner with the BID team to expand our manufacturing capacity with our first state-of-the-art turnkey lumber facility in the U.S. South,” Claw CEO Billy Van Devender said. “This project will employ the best complement of modern technologies to meet our growing consumer demand for the highest quality product, in a region where we own significant timberland acreage. Working with an industry leader like BID provides the confidence that this major project to further enhance our vertical integration will be done right and delivered on time.”

The new operation will incorporate the full spectrum of BID’s best-in-class wood processing technologies including equipment, software, automation systems, AI-enabled optimization, and its plant-wide Industry 4.0 solution, OPER8. BID’s Integrated Solutions Team will provide the design, engineering, planning, fabrication, and installation services for this Turnkey project. The sustainment of the plant’s operational life cycle excellence will be supported by BID’s Aftermarket team which will provide its Reliability Program, parts, consumables, and services.

“We would like to thank the Claw team for their trust in BID, gained through a rigorous and extensive evaluation process, to deliver this project. We are humbled and honored that they have chosen to partner with us for their next major growth investment and ongoing operational excellence” said Travis McDonald, Executive Vice President, Integrated Solutions at the BID Group.

Work on site will begin late in 2022 and startup of the sawmill is scheduled for the first quarter of 2024.

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Main photo: Travis McDonald, Executive Vice President, Integrated Solutions at the BID Group.

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BID to Partner with Canfor for its Urbana Facility Sawmill Modernization

International Forest Industries - Wed, 04/05/2022 - 12:25

St. George, South Carolina, May 2, 2022 – BID Group announces the continued partnership with Canfor to deliver a sawmill modernization project for its Urbana, Arkansas operation. Through its industry-leading wood processing technologies and integrated solutions offering, BID will manage, design, build, equip, install, and provide start-up services for the project.

“We are excited to partner with the BID team again to apply their industry-leading turnkey solutions to the Urbana modernization project,” said Stephen Mackie, Executive Vice President, North American Operations at Canfor. “This project will deploy the best complement of BID’s state-of-the-art technologies to modernize the work environment for our valued employees and significantly increase our ability to produce sustainable wood products that will meet the growing needs of our customers.”

The scope for the sawmill modernization will incorporate the full spectrum of BID’s best-in-class wood processing technologies including, a 31’’ VTO Debarker with flare reducer, a high-speed canter line that will allow for increased efficiency processing a broad log profile, software, automation systems, and Artificial Intelligence enabled optimization. BID’s Integrated Solutions Team will provide the design, engineering, planning, fabrication, and installation services for this Turnkey project. The sustainment of the plant’s operational life cycle excellence will be supported by BID’s Reliability Solutions which will provide comprehensive service, parts, consumables, and upgrades.

“We would like to thank Canfor for their continued trust in BID. This is the second large turnkey project announced with Canfor within the past year and we are humbled and honored that they have chosen to partner with us again for their next major growth investment and ongoing operational excellence,” said Alistair Cook, President and CEO of BID Group.

Work on site will begin in the third quarter of 2022.

Photo: Alistair Cook, President and CEO of BID Group.

Photo: Stephen Mackie, Executive Vice President, North American Operations at Canfor

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Koskisen Oy and Koskitukki Oy merger

International Forest Industries - Wed, 04/05/2022 - 11:44

Koskitukki Oy’s and Koskisen Oy’s Boards have registered the merger plan between the companies with the Finnish Patent and Registration Office. According to the plan, Koskisen Oy will merge with Koskitukki Oy, and after the merger the name of the new company will be Koskisen Oy. The business ID of the new company will be the current Koskitukki Oy’s business ID, 0148241-9.

The companies’ shareholders decided on the merger at the spring General Meetings on 26 April 2022. The technical preparations for the merger are underway, and the goal is to have the merger take effect on 31 May 2022, whereby the new merged company will start operating on 1 June 2022.

The merger being prepared will support Koskisen’s new brand and will harmonise its operations. The merger will simplify the company structure and bring immediate operative benefits, such as doing away with invoicing between the companies and simplifying transfer pricing.

The merger will not have personnel impacts. The personnel of the current Koskisen Oy will transfer to the new Koskisen Oy under their previous employment terms.

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Hampton Lumber & Family Forests completes purchase of approximately 18,000 acres of timberland

International Forest Industries - Wed, 04/05/2022 - 11:15

Portland, OR, April 22, 2022 – Hampton Lumber & Family Forests has completed the purchase of approximately 18,000 acres of timberland from a fund managed by Campbell Global, LLC in Southwest Washington.  These high-quality, well-managed forestlands are located in Pacific and Wahkiakum counties in close proximity to lands currently owned by Hampton. These timberlands will provide immediate and long-term fiber supply for Hampton’s sawmills in Warrenton, Oregon and Washington’s Cowlitz Valley.

“All of our forestlands represent a strategic investment in the future of our mills,” says Hampton Lumber CEO, Steve Zika. Founded in Willamina, Oregon in 1942, this year marks Hampton Lumber’s 80th year in business. “We believe that purchases like this, combined with continued investment in our sawmill infrastructure and our people, will help keep us successful for the next 80 years.”

Hampton Lumber is a fourth-generation, family-owned company headquartered in Portland, OR.  Hampton operates ten sawmills in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia and markets wood products all over the world. All of Hampton’s forestlands are certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), an independent, non-profit organization that promotes sustainable forest management. SFI certified forests play an important role in water conservation, wildlife habitat, and climate solutions.

Photo: Hampton Lumber CEO, Steve Zika

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El 20 por ciento de los reptiles están en peligro de extinción

NYT Logging Industry - Sun, 01/05/2022 - 09:00
El primer análisis global enfocado en esta especie ha descubierto que la tala y la agricultura están eliminando su hábitat a un ritmo insostenible, agravando el declive de la biodiversidad en todo el mundo.

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