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Eacom’s Elk Lake Sawmill To Get New Continuous Dry Kiln

International Forest Industries - Wed, 02/06/2021 - 13:54

EACOM Timber Corporation recently announced an investment of $8.9M to equip its Elk Lake sawmill with a new, state-of-the art continuous dry kiln (CDK). Expected to be fully operational by early fall, the CDK will allow for continuous drying of lumber, reducing production bottlenecks and energy consumption. This will be the second such installation for EACOM, the first having been installed in 2017 at its Timmins sawmill.

“This significant investment in Elk Lake is a testament not only to EACOM’s commitment to technological innovation and being best-in-class, but also to our long-term vision for this region. Built over 50 years ago, this mill has thrived alongside the community thanks to sustainable forestry practices, and now, with this latest addition, we are confident it will be an important partner for many more years to come,” EACOM President and CEO Kevin Edgson.

In addition to being more energy efficient, the new system will eliminate the use of both diesel fuel and propane which are currently being used as part of the energy mix for heating the buildings on-site and two kilns. Going forward, all building heat and the new CDK will be exclusively powered by direct fired natural gas, a much cleaner energy source.

“The pandemic and subsequent demand for our essential products highlighted the need to fast track some of these investments and maximize our production capacity. We are proud that the fiber we harvest sustainably around Elk Lake is turned into homes for families across North America, as well as paper, cardboard, sanitary masks, and is even used in medication,” explains Mr. Edgson.

The Elk Lake sawmill is an economic driver for the town and surrounding area, supporting over 140 workers directly, a further 210 jobs in woodlands operations, and hundreds more via vendors, contractors and transporters. Since 2016, EACOM has invested nearly $100M across its 9 facilities to maintain and upgrade equipment.

About EACOM Timber Corporation

EACOM Timber Corporation is a major Eastern Canadian wood products company. Operations include the manufacturing, marketing, and distribution of lumber and wood-based value-added products, and the management of forest resources. EACOM owns seven sawmills, a remanufacturing facility, and an engineered I-joist plant with over 1,200 employees. The Company is committed to investing in strong assets, including healthy forests, advanced technology, and talented people.

 

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Eacom Announces The Installation Of A Continuous Dry Kiln At Its Matagami Sawmill

International Forest Industries - Wed, 02/06/2021 - 13:28

EACOM Timber Corporation recently announced an investment of $7.7M to equip its Matagami sawmill with a new state-of-the-art continuous kiln (CDK). The kiln, which is expected to be fully operational by October 2021, will allow lumber to be dried 24 hours a day, without interruption, directly at the facility.

“The City of Matagami is thrilled with this significant investment for the future of the sawmill and our city. It is a strong gesture that shows that we are all in this for the long haul and demonstrates the spirit of sustainable partnership that has developed between us and EACOM Timber Corporation over the years. The development of renewable resources is essential for the communities of our region and they must be able to benefit in the long term, and as a priority, from stable fiber supplies so that today’s wonderful announcement is the first of many.” – Mr. René Dubé, Mayor of the City of Matagami.

The Matagami sawmill is an economic driver for the city and surrounding region, supporting more than 80 workers directly, another 240 jobs in forestry operations and hundreds more through vendors, contractors and transporters.

“The critical nature of our products has been highlighted over the past year and we have made the strategic choice to accelerate some of these investments and maximize our production capacity. We are proud to contribute to the construction of homes for families across North America, as well as the production of paper, cardboard, sanitary masks, and even medicines with the fiber we sustainably harvest around Matagami.” – Kevin Edgson, President and CEO of EACOM.

In addition to being more energy efficient, the CDK will allow more control over the process locally and maximize the quality of the fiber produced at the mill. The addition of overall drying capacity will allow EACOM to increase its total yield of forest products.

About EACOM Timber Corporation

EACOM Timber Corporation is a major Eastern Canadian wood products company. Operations include the manufacturing, marketing, and distribution of lumber and wood-based value-added products, and the management of forest resources. EACOM owns seven sawmills, a remanufacturing facility, and an engineered I-joist plant with over 1,200 employees. The Company is committed to investing in strong assets, including healthy forests, advanced technology, and talented people.

Twitter @EACOMTimberCo

For interviews or additional information:  Biliana Necheva Senior Advisor, Public Relations  514.867.7245                                                                        

Biliana.Necheva@EACOM.ca

 

 

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Interfor Continues to Grow with Acquisition of Four US Sawmills from Georgia-Pacific

International Forest Industries - Wed, 02/06/2021 - 12:56

INTERFOR CORPORATION (“Interfor” or the “Company”) (TSX: IFP) announced last week that it has reached an agreement with Georgia-Pacific Wood Products LLC and GP Wood Products LLC (collectively “Georgia-Pacific”) to acquire four of its sawmill operations located in Bay Springs, MS, Fayette, AL, DeQuincy, LA and Philomath, OR (collectively the “Sawmill Operations”). The total purchase price of US$375 MM, which includes working capital, will be funded entirely from cash on hand.

The Sawmill Operations are highly complementary to Interfor’s existing platforms in the US South and the US Northwest, and the acquisition will support accelerated growth and enhance the Company’s position to benefit from robust market conditions. The acquisition will be immediately accretive to Interfor’s earnings and is expected to provide attractive returns in both the near-term and over the long-term.

“This acquisition enhances Interfor’s growth-focused strategy as a pure-play lumber producer, and provides significant economies of scale given the complementary geographic fit with our existing US operations” said Ian Fillinger, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We’re excited to acquire these high-quality assets as part of our balanced approach to capital allocation to drive shareholder value.”

The Sawmill Operations have a combined annual lumber production capacity of 720 million board feet. The Bay Springs, Fayette and Philomath sawmills are currently operating on a full-shifting basis. The DeQuincy sawmill, which was idled in May 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, has an annual capacity of 200 million board feet. Interfor is currently evaluating its strategy and options for the site, including re-start plans.

On a pro-forma basis, Interfor’s total annual lumber production capacity will increase to 3.9 billion board feet, of which 3.0 billion board feet or 77% will be US-based and not subject to softwood lumber duties. Interfor’s US South production capacity will grow by 500 million board feet, or 29%, to 2.2 billion, while production capacity in the US Northwest will grow by 220 million, or 40%, to 770 million board feet. Following the transaction, 57% of Interfor’s production capacity will be in the US South, 20% will be in the US Northwest and the remaining 23% will be in British Columbia.

The Sawmill Operations, excluding the DeQuincy sawmill, generated US$53 million of EBITDA1 in the first quarter of 2021, reflecting an EBITDA1 margin of US$508 or $643 per thousand board feet. This compares favorably with Interfor’s EBITDA margin of $589 per thousand board feet for the same period.

Following the completion of this transaction Interfor will continue to have significant financial flexibility to consider additional value-creating capital deployment options. As of April 30, 2021 Interfor was in a net cash position of approximately $380 million. Proforma this acquisition and the special dividend announced on May 12, 2021, Interfor’s Net Debt to Invested Capital ratio as of April 30, 2021 would increase to 13%. Similarly, proforma liquidity as of April 30, 2021 would be approximately $500 million, before consideration of significant additional borrowing capacity available under existing credit limits and continued strong near-term operating cash flows.

The completion of the acquisition is subject to customary conditions and regulatory approvals for a transaction of this kind and is expected to close in the third quarter of 2021.

ABOUT INTERFOR

Interfor is a growth-oriented forest products company with operations in Canada and the United States. The Company has annual production capacity of approximately 3.2 billion board feet and offers a diverse line of lumber products to customers around the world. For more information about Interfor, visit our website.

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Brazil’s Atlantic rainforest is one of world’s most diverse ecosystems with a high number of endemic species.

International Forest Industries - Tue, 01/06/2021 - 11:56

The results of Brazilian plantation companies and other actors’ long-term work in the Atlantic rainforest restoration has been highlighted in the WWF, Birdlife and Wildlife Conservation Society report on forest restoration published in May 2021.

The study points to the Atlantic Forest in Brazil as one of the success stories for regeneration, where an estimated 4.2 million hectares – an area roughly the size of the Netherlands – has regrown since 2000. Read the full study here.

Veracel, Stora Enso’s 50/50 joint operation in the Bahía state of Eastern Brazil, consisting of a pulp mill and eucalyptus tree plantations, has been restoring rainforest since 1994. When Veracel started operations in 1991, less than 7% of the original Atlantic rainforest was left in the region following extensive logging and clearing for cattle ranching between the 1950s and 1980s. Veracel’s eucalypts plantations have been established on degraded pasture lands in the Atlantic rainforest biome. Approximately half of Veracel’s 213 000 hectares of land are dedicated to rainforest conservation and restoration. Veracel has restored in total, 7 200 hectares of the Atlantic rainforest – between 1994 and the end of 2020.

Since the plantations were established, Veracel has worked systematically to protect and restore local biodiversity. Veracel’s contribution to the conservation of natural Atlantic rainforest and its rich biodiversity has been recognised by both the Brazilian authorities and international stakeholders.

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Komatsu’s D39i-24 dozer offers enhanced automation

International Forest Industries - Fri, 28/05/2021 - 14:12
With automatic dozing, rough cut to finish grade, make every pass count

The faster your construction crew reaches a state of maximum productivity, the better it is for your bottom line. Have you ever watched crews, surrounded by modern equipment, begin a job by pounding a wooden stake into the ground and think, “Isn’t there a better way?” There is.

With innovative intelligent Machine Control (iMC 2.0), Komatsu’s smallest intelligent dozer, the D39i-24 lets you program 3D design data directly into the 105 HP machine. Operators — even those with less experience — can work with utmost efficiency, guided by sophisticated automation. Through automatic dozing, rough cut to finish grade, Komatsu’s iMC 2.0-equipped D39i-24 helps make every pass count for superior production, compared to traditional aftermarket systems.

With a factory-installed, integrated system, the D39i-24 has been upgraded with a number of new intelligent features.

Learns as it works
With proactive dozing control, the dozer measures the terrain it tracks over and uses that data to plan the next pass so even less experienced operators can automatically cut/strip from existing terrain. Productivity can improve by up to 60% versus previous generation.

Reduces operator fatigue in rough dozing
Tilt steering control automatically tilts the blade to maintain straight travel during rough dozing, reducing operator steering input by up to 80%.

Spreads fill material automatically
With the press of a button, lift layer control puts in repeated consistent lifts. Time savings are realized because each layer is precise, reducing or eliminating the need to rework for over compaction or under compaction.

Quick surface creation
Operators can create a temporary design surface with the press of a button with quick surface creation. Combined with other iMC 2.0 functions, crews can begin stripping or spreading using automated input while waiting for the finish grade model.

For more information about the new D39i-24 dozer, click here.

About Komatsu
Komatsu is an industry-leading manufacturer and supplier of equipment, technologies and services for the construction, forklift, mining, industrial and forestry markets.

Note: All comparisons and claims of improved performance made herein are made with respect to the prior Komatsu model unless otherwise specifically stated. Materials and specifications are subject to change without notice

Photo: Komatsu’s smallest intelligent dozer, the D39i-24 lets you program 3D design data directly into the 105 HP machine

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Improved Constant Cut for all C-units

International Forest Industries - Fri, 28/05/2021 - 12:52

From June 1, the cutting unit on all C-heads, Constant Cut, will receive an upgraded design. The upgrade contains no less than 25 points and represents a number of improvements for customers, both in terms of increased productivity and better flow in the production.

Constant Cut, Komatsu’s intelligent cutting unit, ensures that the head has a constant and efficient saw chain speed throughout the complete cutting cycle. This ensures efficient cutting and limits problems with cutting cracks. Now the cutting unit has undergone a major upgrade, which means that all C-units get a new, fresh Constant Cut with productive benefits. Below are some of the biggest new features.

It’s news that we believe our customers are happy to hear. The improvements come from customer feedback and we have implemented it in our development. In this way, it is an important team work where we together develop our products, in this case heads, says Tobias Ettemo, Product manager for Harvesters and Heads.

Less unplanned stops

The chain tensioning of the Constant Cut function is improved, this reduces expensive downtime for the contractor. Another advantage of a better and smoother chain tensioning is that both chain and saw bar can be used longer.

The saw bar mount has a more robust design for increased service-life. The mechanics around these components have been optimised to ensure that the saw bar is more stable inside the saw box.

Customers who have tested the new cutting unit feel that they get a straighter cut, and that the saw bar does not sway as much. Another advantage is that the chain lubrication has improved, as the oil is better steered into the lubrication groove and out to the bar. Better chain lubrication also extends the life of the saw bar, explains Tobias Ettemo.

Better protection and stronger material

A new protective cover has been introduced for the auto-release feature, which protects the saw bar mount from sawdust and debris. This means that when changing the chain, the operator does not have to clean the saw bar mount and the saw bar clamp as often as before, thereby reducing downtime.

Several components of the cutting unit have been upgraded with a stronger and more durable material, which increases the service-life of the entire cutting unit.

The bearing between the swivel housing and the saw motor has a better fit to reduce unwanted movements, providing a more stable cutting unit and also less abrasion on the swivel seals. The material in the swivel seals has been replaced with one that is more flexible during movement and less sensitive to abrasion, which reduces the risk of oil leakage. The new swivel seals are also much easier to install as they do not damage as easily when installed. In addition, no special tool is needed to change them, which facilitates service in the field.

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Forest Pro moves store from Ashland to Manquin, Virginia

International Forest Industries - Fri, 28/05/2021 - 11:56

Forest Pro has moved its Ashland location, previously located on Air Park Road, to 1056 Richmond Tappahannock Hwy in Manquin, Virginia.

The new site allows Forest Pro to serve the needs of its customers more efficiently as Manquin is a more convenient location for many of the loggers in the area. “We know time is money and strive to succeed in getting customers up and running as fast as possible,” states office manager Tory Campbell. “The Manquin store is fully staffed with the finest personnel out there.”

Branch location: 1056 Richmond Tappahannock Hwy, Manquin, VA 23106
Contact: Robbie Ligon, parts manager, 804-752-7500, robbie@forestproinc.com

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Midsouth Opens New Dealership In Springfield, Arkansas

International Forest Industries - Fri, 28/05/2021 - 11:24

MidSouth Forestry Equipment has announced the opening of a third Tigercat dealership location.

The facility is located in Springfield, Arkansas, in the heart of Birdtown on Highway 9. “It sits on five acres and is just a short distance from the Ouachita National Forest and the Ozark National Forest,” says general manager Jeff Rains. “With several mills in the surrounding areas, this allows us to better support our north and west Arkansas customers and grow our business. We are looking forward to the growth of our customers and being able to support them in this new location with Tigercat equipment, parts, sales and service.”

Branch location: 4337 Hwy 9, Springfield, AR 72157
Contact: Garrett Thurman, parts counter/store supervisor, 501-977-0338, gthurman@midsouthforestryequip.com

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Metsä Fibre & Euroports Finland conclude an agreement on port operations for Rauma sawmill’s sawn timber

International Forest Industries - Thu, 27/05/2021 - 12:44

Metsä Fibre’s Rauma sawmill, part of Metsä Group, has concluded a service agreement with Euroports Finland on port operations for sawn timber in Rauma.  The agreement is for four years and will take effect in the summer of 2022.

Automated conveyors will transfer the timber produced at the sawmill from packaging directly to the transport equipment for delivery to the port warehouse. The sawmill does not have warehouses for finished sawn timber, nor does it handle shipping operations.

“When running at full capacity, the sawmill will produce an annual 750,000 cubic metres of sawn timber. Depending on the market situation, a considerable share will be shipped to other countries. Our service agreement with Euroports offers a good logistical solution for the export of sawn timber. The company will handle the reception, storage and shipping of our products. Euroports has comprehensive expertise and modern equipment that satisfies current requirements. In addition, the company is committed to the environmental values and sustainability principles important to us,” says Harri Haapaniemi, Project Director at Rauma sawmill.

In the handling of sawn timber, Euroports Rauma is Finland’s third largest port operator and the market leader on the west coast. It currently handles more than 600,000 cubic metres of sawn timber annually.

“This means a considerable increase in the volume of mechanical forest industry products that we handle and will further boost Euroports Finland’s position as the leading sawn timber operator on the west coast. Rauma will become an important national hub for the mechanical forest industry. We also expect this to provide growth opportunities for other transports – for example, through new maritime transport routes.  The new transports will naturally require large investments in equipment to increase the capacity of our hoisting devices, among other things. In line with sustainability principles, our new equipment will mainly be powered by electricity,” says Sari De Meulder, Managing Director of Euroports.

The value of Metsä Fibre’s Rauma sawmill investment is approximately EUR 200 million, and the new unit will produce around 750,000 cubic metres of pine sawn timber annually. The new sawmill will be a worldwide forerunner in technology and efficiency. For example, the use of machine vision and artificial intelligence in different stages of the sawing process is a significant new development. Similar technology is not yet in use anywhere in the sawmill industry. The construction of the sawmill is progressing as planned, and production will begin in the third quarter of 2022.

Photo: Harri Haapaniemi, Project Director at Rauma sawmill.

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Koehler Converts Power Plant In Oberkirch To Biomass & Cuts More Than 150,000 Metric Tons Of Co2 A Year

International Forest Industries - Thu, 27/05/2021 - 12:05

Koehler plays its part in meeting Paris Climate Agreement goals. Lower CO2 footprint for Oberkirch/Germany as a result of converting combined heat and power plant from bituminous coal to biomass. Investment of just under 60 million euros (73 million US dollars).

The Koehler Group is planning to fully convert its power plant at its Oberkirch/Germany location to biomass in the coming years. This change is part of Koehler’s sustainability strategy, which includes the goal of producing more energy from renewable sources than is required for its paper production operations by 2030. Koehler Group CEO Kai Furler is thrilled with the plan: “By switching from bituminous coal to biomass as the primary fuel for our location here in Oberkirch, we will be cutting more than 150,000 metric tons of CO₂ emissions a year.”

Sustainable fuel will help keep “Koehler promise for 2030”

The company has had a number of extremely successful projects designed to reduce the energy consumed in its paper production operations for many years now. A few years ago, the company declared that it would be producing more energy from renewable sources than required for its own needs by 2030. This is why the company is now converting its coal-fired power plant at the Oberkirch location to biomass. With its Fuel Emissions Trading Act, the German government made it more difficult to use fossil fuels, which is why Koehler will be implementing its plans for the conversion three years earlier than originally planned.

Wood chips instead of coal reduce CO emissions significantly

The change represents an investment of just under 60 million euros (73 million US dollars) for Koehler, and will enable the company to produce the energy it needs for its paper production operations in the future with wood chips, green waste, and mill residue. This means that the fuel will be CO₂-neutral, as well as a renewable raw material obtained from the region. This material will be delivered by truck using bypass B 28.

Commissioning at the end of 2024

The plans to convert the power plant to use a renewable raw material started all the way back in 2018. Needless to say, this conversion cannot be carried out overnight, as it will require extensive technical modifications.

Koehler plays its part in meeting Paris Climate Agreement goals

In the Paris Agreement from 2015, 190 parties, including the European Union, committed themselves to taking measures to keep global warming significantly under 2 °C. Private companies were called on to contribute to emission reductions within this context. Kai Furler says: “With the conversion away from fossil fuels, Koehler is proactively playing its part in reducing global warming.” For Oberkirch, this means a significantly reduced impact from CO₂ emissions.

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New PONSSE Frame & Crane care for service agreements

International Forest Industries - Wed, 26/05/2021 - 14:40

Frame & Crane care is a new extended protection for forest machines that have an PONSSE Active Care service agreement

The Frame and Crane care covers main frame structures for up to 10,000 engine hours if the machine has a valid service agreement during that period. PONSSE Active care service agreement needs to be valid for the whole period, but the agreement can be made in several parts.

“With the new Frame and Crane care package our customers can get even more out from their service agreements.” says Eveliina Pölkki, Product Group Responsible for service agreements at Ponsse Plc.

PONSSE Frame and Crane care covers following frame structures: front and rear frame​, middle pivot and articulated frames​, crane base​, main, lifting and luffing booms​ without extensions and pillars​.

The new Frame and Crane care is valid for machines that have service agreements and are manufactured starting from 2021.

Ponsse Active Care service agreements ensure maximum productivity

Ponsse Active Care service agreements comprise the best possible service for forest machine entrepreneurs: you can focus on your key business, logging, while Ponsse takes care of scheduled maintenance, machine optimization and extended cover. You forest machine will maintain its performance, reliability, and productivity from one logging site to the next. Forest machines maintained regularly by professionals using only high-quality and original Ponsse parts, lubricants and filters remain in good operating condition and retain their value well.

More information:

Eveliina Pölkki, Product Group Responsible, service agreements
Tel. +358 40 5324175, eveliina.polkki@ponsse.com

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K101 & K111 New Ponsse loaders for efficient load handling

International Forest Industries - Wed, 26/05/2021 - 14:06

Ponsse launches a new loader product family for the most popular forwarder models. The new K101 and K111 loaders are the latest additions to the product family, also represented by the previously launched K121 loader. The new loaders have been developed in cooperation with customers for efficient load handling, also in demanding conditions.

The new loaders have a structure designed and developed by Ponsse, with special focus placed on reliability and productivity. The strong and precise PONSSE K101 and K111 loaders are available for PONSSE Buffalo, Buffalo King and Bison Active Frame forwarders.

“Loaders account for a significant part of forwarders’ operating hours, and loads are large in this size category. For these reasons, the efficiency of the loader has a significant impact on the productivity of the forwarder. The whole new geometry and high power of the new PONSSE K101 and K111 loaders enable accurate controls and precise operations. A user-friendly loader is a particularly important factor considering the smooth flow of work and the operator’s wellbeing. The new loaders feature powerful hydraulics and a proven structure, with which even the farthest stems can be loaded safely and precisely. The new loaders also include new working lights”, says Juha Haverinen, forwarder product manager at Ponsse.

The PONSSE Active Crane loader control system is available for the new loaders. It allows the operator to control grapple movements instead of individual functions. As a result, the operator can efficiently focus on loader operations.

The simple but strong structure of the K101 and K111 loaders guarantees precise, user-friendly and efficient operations in the most popular forwarder size category.

Ponsse’s new K101 and K111 loaders:

  • New structure in this size category – based on PONSSE K121, one of the largest loaders on the market
  • Even stronger and more user-friendly than before
  • A maintenance-friendly and strong structure
  • New working lights
  • PONSSE Active Crane loader control system available

Technical specifications:

  • Lifting torque: 140 kNm/160 kNm (K101/K111)
  • Swing torque: 40 kNm
  • Reach: 8 m/10 m (S/M models)
  • Tilting base tilt angle: -12°…+24°

Further information:

Juha Haverinen,  Ponsse Plc, Product Manager, forwarders
tel. +358 40 839 8529, juha.haverinen@ponsse.com

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Glennon Brothers to acquire Balcas in N.Ireland

International Forest Industries - Wed, 26/05/2021 - 13:54

Glennon Brothers, a third-generation family timber processing business, has entered into an agreement with SHV Energy to purchase Balcas Ltd, subject to approval from the Competition and Markets Authority in the UK and Competition and Consumer Protection Commission in Ireland.

Balcas operates a sawmill in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, producing quality sawn timber products for the Fencing, Landscaping, Agricultural, Construction, and Pallet & Packaging sectors. In addition, the business operates two renewable energy plants at Enniskillen and Invergordon, Scotland, which incorporate CHP (Combined Heat & Power) and wood pellet production.

Mike Glennon, of Glennon Brothers commented: “We look forward to welcoming the Balcas team onboard as part of Glennon Brothers, and to working with them to grow and develop the business in the years ahead”.

Pat Glennon, of Glennon Brothers, commented: “This is another milestone in Glennon Brothers’ history, which dates back to 1913 and we are thrilled to have Balcas join us on the journey moving forward”.

Brian Murphy, CEO of Balcas remarked: “We are excited to be joining Glennon Brothers, a business with a deep rooted history in the timber processing sector and values aligned to our own”.

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Hundegger Turbo does the job at Roof Profiles

International Forest Industries - Wed, 26/05/2021 - 12:40

Roof Profiles has invested in a Hundegger Turbo saw and, according to company directory Johnny Fellingham, it is allowing the company to produce more volume of timber, to the highest quality standard.

“This saw is becoming widely known as the best saw of its generation for cutting truss and timber frame material,” said Mr Fellingham. “Fuelled by files from Mitek software, the speed and accuracy at which it cuts timber is second to none.

“Due to the accuracy of the cut timber the tolerances in all the timber joints, both in our finished roof trusses and timber frame panels, are zero millimetres. The benefit of this is multi-faceted as it makes it quicker for us to assemble and press our roof trusses and frame components and nail our wall panels as there is no need to make final adjustments for components to fit together, exactly.”

The Hundegger Cambium software enables Roof Profiles to have complete transparency of productivity, timber yield, waste percentage and stock profile.

“Additionally, the finished product that we then send to the building site pieces together in exacting dimensions in accordance with the building plans,” said Mr Fellingham. “Furthermore, should there be any technical issues with the saw that we are unable to resolve internally there is excellent remote back-up from Hundegger’s base in Germany.

“The Hundegger support staff can dial into the machine and using mobile camera technology normally resolve issues immediately or identify any parts requiring replaced allowing us to resume production with minimal interruption.’

Roof Profiles Ltd t/a Structural Timber Frame
7 Kyle Road
Irvine Industrial Estate
Irvine
Ayrshire KA12 8JF

Photo: Johnny Fellingham (left); Carol Smith, sales, (centre); Kenny Smith, production and operations (centre right); with operators Craig Speirs and Lewis Corson

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Deere reports second quarter net income of $1.790 Billion

International Forest Industries - Tue, 25/05/2021 - 14:03

Second quarter earnings rise on 34% increase in net sales, reflecting strong market conditions and broad improvement across divisions and geographies.

Equipment-division operating margin of 19.5% demonstrates solid execution, impact of strategy. Full-year earnings forecast raised to range of $5.3 to $5.7 billion.

Deere & Company reported net income of $1.790 billion for the second quarter ended May 2, 2021, or $5.68 per share, compared with net income of $666 million, or $2.11 per share, for the quarter ended May 3, 2020. For the first six months of the year, net income attributable to Deere & Company was $3.013 billion, or $9.55 per share, compared with $1.182 billion, or $3.73 per share, for the same period last year.

Worldwide net sales and revenues increased 30 percent, to $12.058 billion, for the second quarter of 2021 and rose 25 percent, to $21.170 billion, for six months. Net sales of the equipment operations were $10.998 billion for the quarter and $19.049 billion for six months, compared with $8.224 billion and $14.754 billion last year.
“With another quarter of solid performance, John Deere closed out the first half of the year on a highly encouraging note,” said John C. May, chairman and chief executive officer. “Our results received support across our entire business lineup, reflecting healthy worldwide markets for farm and construction equipment. Our smart industrial operating strategy is continuing to have a significant impact on performance while also helping customers do their jobs in a more profitable and sustainable manner.”

Company Outlook & Summary

Net income attributable to Deere & Company for fiscal 2021 is forecast to be in a range of $5.3 billion to $5.7 billion.
“While the company is clearly performing at a high level, Deere expects to see increased supply-chain pressures through the balance of the year,” May said. “We are working closely with key suppliers to secure the parts and components that our customers need to deliver essential food production and infrastructure. Despite these challenges, Deere is on track for a strong year and we believe is well-positioned to unlock greater value for our customers and other stakeholders in the future.”

For further information contact:
Jen Hartmann
Director, Public Relations
Deere & Company
HartmannJenniferA@JohnDeere.com

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USNR sales strong despite pandemic

International Forest Industries - Tue, 25/05/2021 - 12:44

Wood processing technology supplier USNR has signed a number of major contracts in the last few months.

At the end of 2020, USNR signed a €13m contract with Tschopp Holzindustrie AG in Switzerland, for a new sawline. The sawline will be a fully equipped premium production line, custom designed to cut a maximum volume of thin boards from each log. The mill, one of Switzerland’s largest, provides the raw material for Tschopp’s production of formwork panels for the construction industry.

The log line will comprise two Logmaster HPS quad bandmills. Designed for accurate cutting at speeds up to 180m/min, Logmaster HPS is the most advanced bandmill in USNR’s programme for throughput and recovery.

The line will also be equipped with USNR’s optimisation and controls, and designed with flexibility and capability to accommodate complex saw patterns.

To handle the large volume of sideboards, USNR will also deliver two Catech XT edger lines that operate in the range of over 70 boards/min. These lines will be equipped with the latest optimisation technology.

“Winning this order means that USNR can look back on 2020 as one of the best years ever in terms of sales for our European operations, despite the ongoing pandemic,” said Johan Johansson, CEO USNR AB.

In other developments, Nix Forest Products in the US, has updated its planer mill with advanced technology from USNR. The mill has been relying on manual grading and is looking to improve grade recovery from its products. It is also investing to increase the efficiency of its process.

The order features USNR’s Transverse High Grader (THG) automated grading system with ‘deep learning’ technology. This technology increases the speed and accuracy of THG’s defect detection.

Meanwhile, Lecours Lumber in Canada has ordered new 47-bin sawmill sorter, which is scheduled to be installed in Q3, 2022.

The new vertical bin sorter will feature the Pusher Lug sorter top, ideal for high speed applications. The sorter is designed to operate at 140 lugs per minute.

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Logset And Green Projects Signed A Dealer Agreement In South Africa

International Forest Industries - Tue, 25/05/2021 - 11:55

Finnish forest machine manufacturer Logset Oy and South African forest machine dealer Green Projects have signed a dealer agreement to market and sell Logset products in Southern Africa. For Logset this means claiming an area on a new continent: Africa.

Under the terms of the agreement the new dealer will provide sales, service and parts for the Logset equipment. Green Projects service territory includes all of Southern Africa.

“We are excited to start working with Green Projects. They have a vast experience in selling forest machinery and therefore they are the perfect partner to bring the Logset brand to a new continent”, says Logset’s CEO Tommi Ekman.

Frank Uzzell from Green Projects is pleased as well.

“We are honoured to represent Logset in our territory. The Logset products are well suited for our customers. The first loose harvester head is on its way for an excavator installation. Logset offers a very comprehensive range of products for our local forestry needs. We are excited that we can very soon start demonstrating the performance and quality of the Logset products. The Robust forwarders will be a big advantage and even clam bunk versions of the forwarders are of big interest here already”, he says.

The main office of Green Projects is located in Lions River in the province of KwaZulu-Natal.

For more information:
Tommi Ekman CEO Logset Oy
Email: tommi.ekman@logset.fi
Phone: +358 40 664 1666

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Nisula Forest Oy and Thippaporn Construction Co Ltd. have signed a dealership agreement.

International Forest Industries - Tue, 25/05/2021 - 11:15

Under the terms of the agreement, Thippaporn will sell Nisula Forest products, parts and offer services in Thailand for the products manufactured by Nisula Forest.

“We are very happy about this new cooperation. It is a great opportunity for Nisula Forest, we have now a great and experienced team in Thailand offering Nisula forest products and professional customer service.

The current Nisula Forest product line will perfectly fit the market needs, we offer harvesting and shear heads for excavators from 6t to 24t and all the attachments needed for the conversion of excavators for forestry work.” Says Nisula Forest Sales Director Timo Savornin.

  

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Former Martinsons’ sawmills take on Holmen name from June 1

International Forest Industries - Fri, 21/05/2021 - 12:37

The former Martinsons’ sawmills in Bygdsiljum and Kroksjön, Sweden will take on the Holmen name from June 1.

The move is part of the work of merging the companies following Holmen’s SEK1bn acquisition of Martinsons last year.

The acquisition almost doubled Holmen’s sales of wood products to over SEK3bn, while also advancing positions in wood construction and providing Holmen with the capacity to process the majority of the raw material from its own forests in its own industry.

“Of course, I have many emotional ties to Martinsons, not least to do with identity and pride,” said Olov Martinson, one of the former owners of Martinsons and now mill manager at the plant in Bygdsiljum.

“And the same is true for many of our employees, but it now feels natural for us to fully become part of Holmen. We’ve established that there are many similarities between the organisations and only a few adaptations are needed. Now we’re taking the next step in the company’s history by continuing to build pride, just under a new and common flag!”

Martinsons Building Systems will retain the Martinsons brand as it is strongly established in the Swedish construction market.

As early as October 1, 2020 Martinson’s forest workers became part of Holmen Forest and from January 1, 2021, all products produced at the Group’s five facilities in Bygdsiljum, Kroksjön, Iggesund, Braviken and Linghem have been sold under the Holmen name and dispatched in Holmen branded packaging.

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Woodsafe is investing in a top-modern capacity facility

International Forest Industries - Fri, 21/05/2021 - 11:41

Building with tree and timber is booming in Scandinavia and Europe despite the prevailing pandemic and growth in the timber industry still looks strong. To meet sharply increased demand from the Nordic countries and the European market, Woodsafe has continuously invested in stae-of-the art facilities and is today totally Co2 neutral with solar energy.

They are investing in a topmodern new kiln-dryer from Valutec. The new drying plant is the first step in a multi-step program to meet higher demand for their services. For several years Woodsafe has invested in increased capacity and streamlined production.

“It feels good and we are very pleased that we have established a collaboration with Valute Woodsafe has big future plans and just like Valutec we are leading companies in our businesses. “Therefore it feels extra fun to be part of their continued expansion says Robert Larsson CEO of Valutec”

The dryer plant that Woodsafe invests in is a chamber kiln-dryer that Is built in stainless steel and it is equipped with pressure frames for minimal deformation of the upper layers of the wooden product.

“Width and depth are little out of the ordinary and are based entirely on reflection capacity as all projects more or less differ from each other, says Stefan Hedqvist Production Manager at Woodsafe”

The choice of supplier for the new chamber kiln-dryer is based on our high quality requirements and the choice of Valutec was a decision not difficult to make concludes Thomas Bengtsson

Daniel Pesic
Market & Media Strategies
+46-(0)10-206 72 34
daniel@woodsafe.se

Woodsafe provides a service to the construction industry to improve wood properties against fire for interior and exterior use. For more than 30 years, Woodsafe Timber Protection has focused on becoming a leading manufacturer of fire protected wood products. Our production is ISO 9001 certified and our long-term sustainability environmental work is ISO 14001 certified. Every year, Woodsafe Timber Protection, in collaboration with our premium partners, manages more than 1000 projects using fire retardant wood products for schools, high schools, colleges, hospitals, sports arenas, public buildings, multi-storey houses and facades, transportation, prefabricated building industry etc. ALL-IN-ONE by Woodsafe is a quality chain of selected partners and sales channels that facilitates and ensures companies to take a holistic approach for the litterally vital work with fire protected wood in construction projects. Customers’ natural choice. Woodsafe a trusthworthy partner for the development of new wood types and wood components with fire-retardant properties.

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