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Logging Trucks Proposal Would Make Roads Safer & Decrease Emissions, Advocates Say

International Forest Industries - Fri, 21/05/2021 - 10:43

The drivers of logging trucks have to navigate school zones, tight intersections and small-town traffic because federal law prohibits them from driving on interstate highways. A new bill from a Wisconsin congressman would change that.

Research suggests the federal weight limit on interstates makes logging truckers’ routes more dangerous, costs timber companies money and leads to more greenhouse gas emissions. They’d use less fuel, make more efficient routes and encounter fewer obstacles on interstates.

U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Green Bay, said his bill would change what he calls “outdated” regulations. The measure has the support of Wisconsin’s timber industry and it’s bolstered by new research documenting the inefficiencies and potential dangers of barring the trucks from highways.

Every morning at 6 a.m., Scott Koerner, of Oshkosh’s Koerner Forest Products, maps routes with his drivers.

“Very often, we say, ‘Boy, if we could just jump on the interstate, this would be quite an easy run,'” Koerner said. “Sometimes, we’re paralleling that piece of interstate for 60, 70, 80 miles on county roads and state highways, just trying to keep the route still as short as we can.

In particular, he said the routes that require drivers to pass through school zones are a stressor.

Gallagher said his eyes were opened to the issue when he did a ride-along with a logger in late 2019 and witnessed them navigating the massive vehicles through roundabouts and busy intersections seemingly not designed for them.

They’re very skilled drivers,” Gallagher said. “But it makes no sense why we seem to make their trip from Point A to Point B almost as challenging as we can.”

Recent research supports the point. Forest resources professors with the University of Minnesota studying timber routes in central and eastern Wisconsin found interstate travel would reduce the time they take by more than 20 percent, would reduce fuel consumption by between 6 percent and 14 percent and would eliminate school zones from the routes.

The biggest difference lies in the vast reduction in the number of intersections and traffic lights the truckers would encounter on interstates. Researchers found they would be down between 64 percent and 88 percent. The findings echoed similar research out of the University of Georgia.

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Source: By Rob Mentzer — WPR.ORG

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John Deere improves window quality on Its G-Series Harvesters & Forwarders with RENCRAFT®

International Forest Industries - Thu, 20/05/2021 - 12:12

John Deere G-Series Harvesters and Forwarders are now available with durable RENCRAFT® Super Hard Coat polycarbonate windows.

Available as a standard offering on new machines, the more durable windows deliver enhanced optic quality, improved scratch resistance and a thicker coating for increased sound insulation.

Improving the durability of its machines, John Deere now features RENCRAFT® Super Hard Coat polycarbonate windows as a standard offering on its G-Series harvesters and G-Series forwarders. Providing enhancements over the windows previously used, the upgraded windows are designed to withstand external wear. Additionally, the windows are improved to enhance scratch resistance and withstand chemicals and cleaning solutions, while also enhancing optic quality.

“The optics of the new window are clearly better, and, as a bonus, the cabin is now even quieter. The new kind of coating enabled by the manufacturing technique and the wear protection it brings are also significant improvements on the previous ones,” said Sami Kulmala, marketing manager, John Deere.

The new, more durable coating on the windows is created during the manufacturing process, eliminating the need for separate coating or minor distortions. Additionally, the new windows comply with the ISO 21876 Saw Chain Shot Testing standard, proving their durability.

With the new windows, the front window of the rotating cab and the rear window of the John G-Series Forwarder fixed cab are almost 50% thicker than before. Additionally, due to the thicker material, the cab is better insulated, resulting in a quieter environment on the job site.

The RENCRAFT Super Hard Coat polycarbonate windows are available as a standard offering on all Model Year 2021 G-Series harvesters and forwarders. To learn more about the new windows, as well as the G-Series harvesters and forwarders, visit www.JohnDeere.com or your local John Deere dealer.

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Scott Dane to Become Next Executive Director for the American Loggers Council

International Forest Industries - Thu, 20/05/2021 - 11:36

On June 1, 2021, Scott Dane will officially become the next Executive Director for the American Loggers Council (ALC), replacing the retiring Danny Dructor who has been with the ALC since July of 2001.

Mr. Dane brings with him a vast amount of experience working with timber harvesting and timber hauling associations having been the Executive Director for the Associated Contract Loggers and Truckers of Minnesota for the past seventeen years.

Scott has experience in State and National issues impacting the timber harvesting and timber hauling issues at both the State and National level. He has been a critical component of the ALC’s work to gain financial assistance for those businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. He has also been involved in legislation allowing State legal weight tolerances on the Federal Interstate Highway System and other ALC initiatives like the Future Careers in Logging Act.

Participating in activities and legislation related to the federal timber sale program and forest restoration projects will also keep Scott busy as he continues to represent the issues and concerns of those ALC members who are dependent on a viable federal timber supply and a federal forest restoration program.

Tim Christopherson, President of the ALC states, “After close to 18 months of searching for a new Executive Director for the ALC, the search committee was able to narrow down the field to one candidate. I am pleased that Scott has accepted the position and look forward to working him during the transition. He has the drive, passion and ambition to take the ALC to the next level.”

Scott Dane commented, “Danny has provided the leadership to develop the American Loggers Council into the leading national voice of the American logging industry. I look forward to continuing to build upon that foundation, expanding the partnerships, supporting the state members with their issues and promoting the agenda of the American Loggers Council.”

The ALC office will be relocated from Texas to Minnesota where Scott will set up the office beginning June 1, 2021.

The American Loggers Council is the only national organization solely dedicated to representing the independent contract logger on the national level. We have the combined forces of independent contractors and state and regional logging associations, as well as our many sponsors around the country to impact our industry positively and pro-actively by sharing the benefits of education and training opportunities, networking, research, promotion and legislative coordination. The Council is committed to enhancing the logging profession, establishing a more level playing field for professional loggers and providing accurate information about the logging profession to the forest products companies, landowners and the public. It serves as a national network and communication center, linking local, state and regional organizations around the country.  https://www.amloggers.com/news

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Unilin Group acquires industrial sawmill in Romania from Austrian based JAF Group

International Forest Industries - Wed, 19/05/2021 - 14:44

Unilin had been looking for upstream integration in the value chain of (Engineered) Wood/Parquet flooring and is now successful. The deal includes land, buildings and industrial assets. Over 100 employees will transfer to Unilin. Jens Van Rompaey, General Manager Wood at Unilin Flooring explains: ‘Our direct access to premium logs is now guaranteed. The skills and experience of our new colleagues at the Braşov plant, combined with Unilin’s drive for innovation and design, is very promising. We expect to make significant steps forward.’ The company is planning to make important investments in the Braşov-site.

Ruben Desmet, President of Unilin Flooring: ‘After a constructive negotiation with JAF Group, we are very pleased to announce a deal. This integration clearly shows we are committed to the (Engineered) Wood/Parquet category. It will allow us to provide even more value for our customers, in terms of quality and sustainability of our products and services. Our mission is to use wood in the smartest way and store carbon for as long as possible.’

“We are delighted to have found a sustainable purchaser for our production site in Braşov. The negotiation process was extremely constructive and has been successfully concluded,” commented Werner Stix, CEO of the JAF Group, on the positive outcome of the discussions with Unilin over the past weeks.

No financial details on this transaction are to be made public. The deal is expected to be closed by the fourth quarter of 2021.

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New PONSSE Frame and Crane care for service agreements

International Forest Industries - Wed, 19/05/2021 - 11:46

Frame and 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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Smart Crane on Komatsu forwarders simplifies the working day for new and experienced operators alike

International Forest Industries - Tue, 18/05/2021 - 12:49

Did you know that a forwarder operator spends as much as 70% of their working day operating the crane? This means there is much to be gained by finding ways to optimise crane operation. The most ergonomic work environment possible is also key to ensuring high and constant production throughout the working day. Komatsu Forest is now introducing Komatsu Smart Crane, a crane that reacts to the forwarder operator’s slightest movements, translating them into smooth and efficient crane operation.

Crane operation requires several different but simultaneous actions, and over the space of a day these add up to many hand movements to forward timber to the roadside. Naturally, an experienced operator performs these movements without thinking, but a simplified approach would reduce the physical toll and optimise crane operation. This was the central idea behind the development of Smart Crane.

Smart Crane offers advantages that include a reduced physical burden on the operator, enabling them to maintain high production throughout the day. This is made possible by the crane’s precision and smooth movement patterns, which with less sway and vibration removes stress from the operator.

Smart Crane simplifies crane control too. With just three joystick movements, the operator can easily control the grapple with great precision.

“The telescopic boom extension is controlled automatically, meaning one less thing for the operator to think about. Fewer joystick movements make the job easier – even for an experienced operator – and mean better operator ergonomics. Another advantage is that it is much easier for an inexperienced operator to quickly hone their crane operation skills”, Daniel Grabbe, Product Manager forwarders explains.

Smart Crane alters its behaviour depending on which stage of the crane cycle the grapple is at, just as an experienced operator does. This means that the crane behaves differently depending on whether the operator is gathering timber from the ground, loading it into the load space or stacking it at the roadside – everything to ensure maximum productivity every step of the way. This is seen, for example, in how Smart Crane prioritises the telescopic boom extension over the main boom, saving both time and fuel.

“Our Smart Crane technology builds on SmartFlow, our intelligent crane control that includes an intelligent crane valve to ensure that the right pressure and flow are supplied to the crane at all times, regardless of the load. With its active crane damping, it also ensures impressive responsiveness and great precision in all crane movements. The crane quite simply feels like an extension of your own arm”, Grabbe continues.

Another reason for the crane’s excellent precision is that the Smart Crane system can distribute the movement between the crane functions so that vibrations and shocks are reduced. This contributes to better operator ergonomics while at the same time protecting the crane components and extend their service life.

Since such a large share of a forwarder operator’s working day involves crane operation, increased efficiency offers great potential. Smart Crane provides the operator with advantages such as simpler crane operation, less physical strain and higher productivity. Advantages that benefit both profitability and the operator’s wellbeing.

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Reeves announces expansion to Hankins Lumber in Grenada

International Forest Industries - Tue, 18/05/2021 - 12:16

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves has announced a new expansion to Hankins Lumber in Grenada, MS.  Hankins Lumber is adding new sawmill operations, Hankins Timbers, to their existing business enterprise. The project is a $12.5 million corporate investment and will create 43 jobs.

“Mississippi’s agriculture industry is our state’s top economic driver, employing tens of thousands of Mississippians and contributing billions to the state’s economy each year,”  Reeves said. “Forestry is the state’s second top commodity in this important industry, with nearly 20 million acres of forestland available to ensure companies like Hankins Timbers continue to provide job opportunities to the people of Grenada County and the entire state for years to come.”

Hankins Lumber has been in operation in Grenada County for nearly 50 years. The company, which produces Southern Yellow Pine lumber products, employs 140 workers at its current facility. Hankins Timbers will use first and second pine thinning as opposed to mature logs. The facility will produce approximately 40 million board feet per year.

Source: Y’all Politics

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Germany – Amount of timber logged at new record high in 2020 due to forest damage

International Forest Industries - Tue, 18/05/2021 - 11:41

Timber infested by insects accounted for more than half of the total amount of timber logged

In 2020 a total of 80.4 million cubic metres of timber was logged in German forests. Timber logging reached a new record high: since German unification, the amount of timber logged in Germany has never been higher than in 2020. The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that the amount of timber logged again increased by 16.8% compared with the previous record high of 68.9 million cubic metres reached in 2019.

This development was due to increasing forest damage caused by insects, for example, during hot and dry periods. Timber infested by insects accounted for more than half (53.8%) of the total amount of timber logged in 2020.

Source: The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis)  Horticulture and forestry

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German exports of raw timber up 42.6% in 2020

International Forest Industries - Tue, 18/05/2021 - 10:52

Roughly half (50.6%) of the total 12.7 million cubic metres exported were sent to China
Producer prices of raw timber far below the level of previous years: -27.3% in February 2021 compared with 2015
Amount of timber logged reached record high in 2020
Mills for sawing, planing and impregnating wood saw increases in turnover: +18.3% in 2020 compared with 2015

The construction boom during the coronavirus pandemic boosted the demand for timber as a building material in Germany and abroad. The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) reports that Germany exported a total of 12.7 million cubic metres of raw timber worth 845 million euros in 2020. In terms of quantity, this was an increase of more than a third (42.6%) compared with 2019.

The growth in exports did not continue at the beginning of 2021. Compared with the same period a year earlier, the quantities exported dropped by 12.4% to 1.5 million cubic metres (value: 100 million euros) in January and February

Source: The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) Press office Phone:  +49 (0) 611/75 34 44

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Microtec presents its new generation of longitudinal scanners

International Forest Industries - Fri, 14/05/2021 - 14:16

On May 3rd, Microtec announced the official integration and inclusion of FinScan and WoodEye into the Microtec family. Following this news, Microtec presents now a new generation of longitudinal scanners for sawmill, remanufacturing and 2nd processing applications to the industry.

Meet the new range from Microtec

“Together with our colleagues in Italy, we have worked hard during the past year to be able to launch a new range of scanners , which combines the best of the two worlds from Woodeye and Goldeneye. With the new common platform for longitudinal scanning we will take wood scanning solutions to a whole new level”, says Stefan Nilsson, CSO of Microtec Linköping.

The range will thereby be defined by two product lines: the new Microtec Goldeneye scanners for softwood applications and the Woodeye scanners for hardwood applications. The scanners are based on a new common platform, developed by a joint team from Italy and Sweden.

The result of a common approach

The new common platform and movement technology combines the strengths and experience of both development teams, offering better precision in detection at higher speeds, with optimal resolution and extended possibilities to optimize for different material sizes and applications. It will also be delivered with a brand new control station that puts usability in focus and easily adapts to the comfort of the operator.

“We are also working on a common AI (Artificial Intelligence) platform that is integrated in the new product range. This AI solution represents the collaboration between all four Microtec companies in Italy, Finland, Sweden and the U.S.”, states Arianna Giudiceandrea, CSO of Microtec Headquarters in Bressanone.

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Kaamos Timber cooperating with Mühlböck for the new sawmill in Mozyr / Belarus

International Forest Industries - Thu, 13/05/2021 - 15:41

The estonian wood industry company Kaamos Timber invests in a new sawmill in Mozyr / Belarus and chooses Mühlböck as partner for drying technology. For the drying in the new sawmill they decided on Mühlböck dry kilns 1306 PRO. The acquired dryers ensure a production volume of at least 100,000 m3 per year.

“The 4 dryers ordered from Mühlböck with a total value of 800,000 euros are Kaamos Timber’s largest investment in Mühlböck equipment so far. Mühlböck equipment is like Mercedes in the world of dryers, ie the best and highest quality dryers in the field, ”praised Tõnu Bergmann, CEO of Kaamos Timber.

The dryers will be part of the Mozyr sawmill equipment which is currently under construction, which will be delivered to Belarus in 2022. The sawmill will start operating in the third quarter of 2022.

“To be part in this ambitious project in Mozyr is a great achievement for us and gives us once again the opportunity to show our strengths in innovation with our 1306 PRO dry kilns. We are pleased to continue succesful cooperation together. It is a confirmation of high satisfaction with Mühlböck”, commented Gerhard Huber from Mühlböck.

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

International Forest Industries - Thu, 13/05/2021 - 15:20

EACOM Timber Corporation has 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.

Visit their website at www.EACOM.ca and follow on Twitter @EACOMTimberCo.

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Third Catech edger for Norra Timber

International Forest Industries - Thu, 13/05/2021 - 11:14

Norra Timber management is very knowledgeable, progressive, and interested in driving sawmill technology forward.

Now they have invested in a third edger to handle the large number of side boards from the saw line.

This new Catech edger system features a capacity of 57 boards per minute.

“The investment in the edger is an important factor in achieving the target of increasing production by 6% per year. We are now more efficient because the two older edgers were a bottleneck. We previously had to choose between slowing things down or running with wider log gaps. With our latest investment we can optimize the choice of edgers, and continue to maintain a steady pace at all times,” says Tom Löfgren, production engineer at Norra Timber.

Click here to read the full article, and see a video of the system in operation.

Photo : Tom Löfgren (left), production technician at Norra Timber and Johan Fredriksson, Technical Production Manager at Sävar Såg.

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Stora Enso and Pulpex partner to produce fiber-based bottles on industrial scale

International Forest Industries - Wed, 12/05/2021 - 13:01

Stora Enso and packaging technology company Pulpex join forces to industrialize the production of eco-friendly paper bottles and containers made from wood fiber pulp. These renewable products will offer an alternative to PET plastics and glass. The exclusive partnership leverages Stora Enso’s formed fiber technologies and ability to convert end-products at an industrial scale.

The joint development agreement is formed exclusively between Stora Enso and Pulpex, a sustainable packaging technology company established by Diageo (makers of Johnnie Walker, Smirnoff and Guinness) and Pilot Lite (a venture management company). The partnership aims for large-scale industrial production of renewable and recyclable paper bottles and containers that degrade readily in the natural environment. Produced with sustainably sourced formed fiber pulp, the bottles and containers would enable a significantly lower carbon footprint compared with glass or PET. A formed fiber product is manufactured by pressing various wood-based pulps into a three-dimensional shape in a moulding machine. The focus of the partnership now is on developing a high-speed production line which is expected to be operational in 2022.

“We see great potential in combining development skills of Pulpex with our industrial capabilities, says Sohrab Kazemahvazi, SVP Formed Fiber at Stora Enso. “This cooperation marks an important step in bringing to market a truly sustainable alternative to plastic bottles and containers, while offering end-user qualities that match those of traditional packaging in the beverage market.”

Using Stora Enso’s formed fiber material, Pulpex will produce paper bottles for an array of global brands across a variety of market applications, from homecare and personal care products to alcohol- and non-alcohol beverages and liquid foods. All of Stora Enso’s wood fiber pulp comes from sustainable, verified sources. The customizable Pulpex bottle allows for embossing, labelling and coloured pigments to fit brand needs and easily integrates into any packaging manufacturer’s existing filling infrastructure.

“We are delighted to have Stora Enso involved with Pulpex and are looking forward to the tangible benefits of such a formidable collaboration that will undoubtedly help us over the coming months as we seek to make our new, high-speed production lines available to all our partners”, says Scott Winston, Director, Pulpex Limited.

The global beverage packaging market is worth an estimated $117bn and is forecast to grow by 4.5% and reach $170bn by 2027. Globally, plastic packaging is currently growing at 5% CAGR and represents about 40% of global beverage packaging. Across the EU and US today, only around 30-40% of all plastic bottles are collected for recycling. However, for paper and cardboard recycling, the average is nearer 80%, just ahead of glass and aluminium (75-80%).

Pulpex Limited (www.pulpex.com) is a new world-leading sustainable packaging technology company established by venture management firm Pilot Lite and spirits producer Diageo. The company has developed the world’s first 100% PET-free paper bottle. Made from sustainably sourced pulp, the Pulpex bottle meets food safety standards and will be recyclable in standard paper waste streams, which have a far higher yield than plastic waste streams.

Leading consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies, including Diageo, PepsiCo, Unilever, GSK Consumer Healthcare and Castrol, have joined the Pulpex global partner consortium. Each company has committed to incorporating Pulpex technology into its brand packaging and collectively aim to produce 750m paper bottles per year.

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

Pulpex is a collaboration between Pilot Lite and Diageo. Pilot Lite is a pioneer and international leader in venture management with a successful track record helping Fortune 500/FTSE 100 corporates accelerate the commercialization of innovation. Through its Pilot Lite Capital arm, Pilot Lite directly invests in and converts corporate IP into free-standing, revenue-generating businesses. Diageo is a global leader in beverage alcohol with an outstanding collection of brands sold in more than 180 countries around the world. The company is listed on both the London Stock Exchange (DGE) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEO).

Part of the bioeconomy, Stora Enso is a leading global provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wooden constructions and paper. We believe that everything that is made from fossil-based materials today can be made from a tree tomorrow. Stora Enso has some 23 000 employees, and sales in over 50 countries. Our sales in 2020 were EUR 8.6 billion. Stora Enso shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki (STEAV, STERV) and Nasdaq Stockholm (STE A, STE R). In addition, the shares are traded in the USA as ADRs (SEOAY). storaenso.com

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Lapp Connecto Oy & ZF Friedrichshafen AG Ponsse’s suppliers of the year

International Forest Industries - Wed, 12/05/2021 - 12:23

Every year, Ponsse selects a Finnish and international supplier of the year from its supplier network as a recognition of productive cooperation. In 2020, Lapp Connecto Oy was selected the Finnish supplier of the year and ZF Friedrichshafen AG the international supplier of the year.

Currently, Ponsse’s supplier network consists of more than 250 companies, and Ponsse is continuously engaged in close cooperation with the network. The supplier of the year award is a recognition of productive cooperation, and its recipients are selected from among Finnish and international suppliers. Criteria for the recognition include the quality of products, delivery reliability, the development of prices, and operational and strategic cooperation. The awards are distributed at an annual supplier network event. Themes of this year’s event were competitiveness, cost efficiency and responsibility. The Finnish supplier of the year was selected at the Ponsse studio on 21 April and the international supplier of the year on 27 April 2021.

Lapp Connecto Oy selected the Finnish supplier of the year

“Our cooperation with Lapp Connecto has been seamless in all areas. The will to make Ponsse’s products and to adhere to Ponsse’s quality can be seen clearly. This cooperation really works. Lapp Connecto has shown excellent improvements in its ability to produce quality, and its active profit-making capabilities are reflected in cost development and projects”, says Tuomas Yli-Marttila, procurement and logistics manager at Ponsse. ,

“We have been engaged in first-rate cooperation with Ponsse for years now, and we are very proud to receive this recognition”, says Ilpo Mäkelä, managing director of Lapp Connecto, who received the award. 

Lapp Connecto manufactures cable sets and wiring systems for demanding mechanical and industrial applications. Its product range also includes busducts and busbar trunking systems, the assembly and testing of control units, and demanding electrotechnical assemblies. The comprehensive service range guarantees cost-effective overall solutions at all times. Lapp Connecto was established in 1988, and it has nearly 400 employees in its network. Its facilities are located in Hyvinkää and Vieremä, Finland, and in Poland.

ZF Friedrichshafen AG selected the international supplier of the year

“Our cooperation with ZF in the development of technology is very flexible and active. In addition, the company has a strong ability to produce quality and a high delivery reliability. Our partnership in research and development is excellent, and our openness is exemplary”, Yli-Marttila says.

“This is a great honour to us, and we are grateful to accept this recognition. We are proud of being a Ponsse supplier, and we expect our productive cooperation to continue in the future”, says Fritz Riedl, Key Account Manager at ZF Group, who accepted the award.

ZF (Friedrichshafen AG) is an international technology company which delivers the next generation’s systems for vehicles and industrial technologies, and provides integrated solutions for vehicles in the transport and automotive industries.

Further information: 
Ponsse Plc
Tuomas Yli-Marttila Procurement and logistics manager
+358 40 630 5237
tuomas.yli-marttila@ponsse.com
lappconnecto.lappgroup.com/en.html
www.zf.com

 

 

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New harvester head for processing eucalyptus trees from Ponsse

International Forest Industries - Wed, 12/05/2021 - 11:43

Ponsse is launching a new debarking PONSSE H7 HD Euca harvester head alongside the previously released H8 HD Euca. The new powerful harvester head further strengthens Ponsse’s strategy to be the leading global manufacturer of harvester heads.

“This new harvester head has been developed together with our customers, based on their feedback. We wanted to introduce an even more powerful and productive harvester head for processing eucalyptus trees that withstands even the most extreme conditions, and we succeeded in this with the H7 HD Euca harvester head”, says Janne Loponen, harvester head product manager at Ponsse.

The H7 HD Euca harvester head can be fitted on the PONSSE Cobra, Scorpion King and Ergo harvesters, but it can also be installed on 16–22-ton track-based base machines.

The frame of the PONSSE H7 HD Euca harvester head is made of the Heavy-Duty structure, developed by Ponsse. It withstands even the most extreme conditions both in forest machines and track-based machines. The geometry and technical solutions of the new harvester head have been made to ensure maximum efficiency during debarking, feeding and sawing. The development of the harvester head has also focused on mechanical durability and the ease of maintenance.

Its efficient feed rollers and debarking knives guarantee first-rate debarking results from start to finish. The solid frame and robust tilt frame give the harvester head the durability needed in debarking. Automated functions control saw movements according to the tree diameter and saw bar position and allow trees to be cut quickly.

All PONSSE harvester heads have been designed to withstand even the toughest conditions. They are characterised by a simple and solid structure which is why they can be used in various harvesting applications, ranging from harvesters to track-based solutions. All PONSSE harvester heads are manufactured and designed at the Ponsse factory in Vieremä, Finland. Comprehensive design applies to both mechanical components and the electronic control system, controls and software. The manufacturing process is highly automated, guaranteeing a high level of quality and measuring accuracy. Durable hoses and delimbing knives form an important part of reliability.

FURTHER INFORMATION:
Janne Loponen, Ponsse Plc, Product Manager, harvester heads,
janne.loponen@ponsse.com, tel. +358 40 502 8018.

 

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Forest 360: Exports in uncharted waters

International Forest Industries - Wed, 12/05/2021 - 10:35

(OPINION) Forest 360 Marcus Musson – Throw away the compass captain, we’re now officially in unchartered territory. While most in the game were expecting flat to slightly increased export prices for May, there were more than a few double-takes when prices were released by export companies at around $10/JAS above April levels. This puts A grade in the $160’s/JAS which is the highest since the extremely short price spike of ’93. This is not because of low shipping costs or foreign exchange rates, it’s purely a supply and demand imbalance situation caused by strong demand in China and poor supply from other regions.

New Zealand log exporters had a record supply month in March with over 2 million cubic metres exported to China and April/May are looking similar. Nothing has changed with the Australia/China situation as logs are still banned from being imported into China from our trans-Tasman friends and, in fact, there appears to be a deepening rift as all sorts of accusations are getting thrown around from both sides. European log exports are stymied by container freight cost increases and lack of available containers so it’s very unlikely we’ll see any significant supply increases from there. The European lumber exports to China (which complete with logs) are also significantly down as supply is diverted to the US to cope with the housing boom created by US Govt stimulus packages.

China is entering its hot season which generally sees demand reduce by 15-20%, however as NZ enters winter, we too see supply levels reduce therefore the overall balance is likely (fingers crossed) to be maintained. Current inventory in China continues to recede with most commentators putting levels at 3.8Mm3 and demand at 80Km3 per day.

Nanaia Mahuta mentioned in a speech a few weeks ago that NZ exporters should look to diversify away from China rather than risk a similar issue that Australia is battling with. This was reiterated by the Prime Minister last week, albeit with a bit more tact. Let’s hope they can keep their comments in check going forward and that they’re not softening us up for crack at our major trading partner. The economic effects that Australia are feeling now with their breakdown foreign relations with China would pale in comparison with what we would experience as a country if China were to take similar action economically against us.

Local sawmillers are having a few sleepless nights as higher export prices force them to increase their already increased log purchase price levels. This will undoubtedly flow onto price increases for wood-based building products in the medium term – if there are any products left on the shelf.

Congestion throughout the supply chain remains an issue, primarily due to a lack of labour. This was demonstrated on a recent visit to a major port where, due to lack of staff, a log vessel was getting loaded 50% of the normal load rate. This flows through with inability to scale and unload trucks and trains in a timely manner (as the same people that load vessels unload trucks and trains) resulting in longer wait times, less uplift in the forest and ultimately lower productivity. While we are seeing less reliance on labour with increased mechanisation and the advent of robotics for log scaling (each export log must be measured), skilled people will always be required and are an important piece of the puzzle.

The government has announced the re-branding of Te Uru Rakau to Te Uru Rakau – New Zealand Forest Service. Te Uru Rakau was setup in 2018 under the MPI banner to focus on and grow the forest industry with a strong focus on dealing with climate change and our commitments under the Kyoto protocol. The head office will now be moved from Wellington to a new build Rotorua in an effort to get closer to the core of the industry. While any government directed change is generally slow, it does show a commitment by the Minister to the sector and has been well received. It is hoped that this will assist our sector with better policy, funding and a focus on getting more people into what a great industry with a vast range of career paths.

All in all, labour issues aside, we’re having a dream run. Returns to forest owners have never been consistently better, low interest rates are helping contractors expand and upgrade their machinery and carbon prices keep creeping up. Who knows what the rest of 2021 will bring? We have demonstrated our resilience as an industry and its important to bank your wins, as we know too well that Murphy is always waiting around the corner.

Forest360 provides specialist forest management and land use advice to private forest owners across New Zealand.

Source: Woodweek News

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Norra Timber monitors band saws and reducers with online systems from SPM

International Forest Industries - Tue, 11/05/2021 - 13:42

Following a successful test installation, Norra Timber has chosen to move forward with a condition monitoring solution from SPM Instrument for its new high-tech band saw line at the Sävar Sawmill near Umeå in northern Sweden, aiming to ensure high machine availability and long pre-warning times.

Sävar Sawmill is a high-tech band saw line specializing in processing spruce and pine, a raw material from Norra Skog’s catchment area, which extends over half of northern Sweden. This modern plant has a high saw yield and is equipped with X-ray technology – the world’s first CT Log (*) – directly in the saw line, enabling the optimization of each log and production of high-quality goods. The annual production amounts to 320,000 cubic meters of sawn goods.

To ensure high machine availability and secure delivery, the sawmill has chosen to install SPM Instruments’ latest and most high-tech online system, Intellinova Parallel EN, after a successful pilot test. The system provides exceptionally long pre-warning times for deteriorating mechanical condition and lubrication condition, with extremely clear measurement results that make it possible to detect early damage such as sub-surface cracks in bearings.

Three Intellinova Parallel EN units, one thirty-two channel version and two with sixteen channels, and fifty-one DuoTech accelerometers cover the entire band saw line. DuoTech combines vibration and shock pulse measurement in the same sensor, using the patented HD measurement technologies HD ENV and SPM HD. Measurement data is stored and analyzed in the Condmaster Ruby 2020 software, with the possibility of integration into the plant’s control system or desired IoT platform through Rest API or OPC UA.

Using the SPM ServiceNet portal, SPM Instrument also performs condition monitoring of Sävar Sawmill, where machine condition is monitored via remote analysis by SPM’s service engineers. The sawmill staff can easily follow the work through the web application Condmaster.NET via smartphones, tablets, and computers for an immediate overview of the mechanical condition of critical assets in the facility.

Joakim Jonasson, Maintenance Manager Mechanics at Norra Timber, commented on the investment: “The purpose of our investment has always been to avoid corrective maintenance as much as possible, to allow ourselves to plan the right maintenance effort at the right time, and thus work proactively and preventively.

Unplanned stops in the major drives in the process can take anything from one to several shifts to rectify, which results in major production loss, which is difficult to catch up on since more or less everything we produce are sold products. With the measurement system, we can maintain higher machine availability and better profitability.

The investment has already started to pay off as we have avoided replacing a large plant part in conjunction with a major breakdown. This was possible because extra control measurements could be performed via the measurement system. These measurements showed good values, giving us a decision basis to avoid unnecessary replacement of process parts.

Another significant advantage, or security, that the system provides is increased safety in the form of reduced risk of fire in the event of bearing failure, which is otherwise something that we in the industry have great respect for.

Norra Timber‘s task is to run the industrial operation, and market and sell the wood products manufactured at the three sawmills in Kåge, Sävar, and Hissmofors and the units for added value products. Norra Timber’s owner is Norra Skog, an association of 27,000 individual forest owners with a total holding of roughly 5.2 million acres of forest land. Refining forests throughout northern Sweden, Norra Skog had a turnover of approximately SEK 4.7 billion in 2020.

(*) Computed tomography, also known as CAT scan.

Photo: Log feeding system at Sävar Sawmill. Photo: Norra Timber4/16/2021

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Versowood Invests In Increasing Sawmill Production In Vierumäki

International Forest Industries - Tue, 11/05/2021 - 12:49

Versowood will increase the Vierumäki unit’s annual sawmill production from the current 475,000 cubic metre level to more than 600,000 cubic metres. The company will replace one of their sawmill lines in Vierumäki and build a new green sorting line during the spring of 2022. This investment will significantly improve the cost efficiency and productivity of the line and unit.

The sawmill line will be delivered by Veisto Oy from Mäntyharju and the green sorting line by Jartek Oy from Lahti. The total value of the investments will reach about MEUR 15. At the same time, the annual sawmill production of the company will increase to more than 1.5 million cubic metres.

The company estimates that the current fiscal year, ending 6/2021, will reach a turnover of more than MEUR 450 and a total production quantity of approximately 1.4 million cubic metres sawn timber.

Further information:
Ville Kopra, Chief Executive Officer, Versowood Oy
tel. +358 50 023 5701
ville.kopra@versowood.fi

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Metsä Group and forest owners have planted 270 million trees in a decade

International Forest Industries - Fri, 07/05/2021 - 14:12

Metsä Group and forest owners planted 270 million seedlings in Finnish forests between 2010 and 2020. This summer, the figure will increase by more than 35 million seedlings. Metsä Group supplies forest owners with native tree species that occur naturally in Finland.

Under the Finnish Forest Act, a new forest must always be established after felling. This can be done through natural regeneration, or by sowing seeds or planting seedlings. Planting is the fastest and surest way to create a new forest. To secure biodiversity, individual trees from the previous generation are always left in the forest.

“We supply forest owners with species that occur naturally in Finland – pine, spruce and silver birch – for use in forest regeneration. This helps preserve forest nature in the state to which our native species have adapted,” says Teppo Oijala, Metsä Group’s Forest Manager.

In the decade between 2010 and 2020, Metsä Group supplied forest owners with a total of 270 million seedlings and 9,000 kilograms of pine seeds.

More than a billion pine seeds

“Nine thousand kilograms contains more than a billion seeds, which have grown into hundreds of millions of seedlings. After seedling stand management, around 60 million of these ultimately grow into pine trees in our forests,” Oijala estimates.

This year, forest owners have acquired more than 35 million seedlings and one thousand kilograms of pine seeds through us. Forest owners themselves plant around half the seedlings they acquire through Metsä Group, and the rest are planted by Metsä Group’s contract entrepreneurs.

Breeding improves growth and quality

“We always supply seedlings of the highest quality possible,” Oijala says.

“The use of bred seed materials increases the growth of trees by 10–30% compared to that of naturally generated trees. Breeding has also improved the quality of pine in particular, resulting in straighter and more slender branches. Sawn timber made of trees like this is also of higher quality. Moreover, the bred seeds originate in our natural forests, too.”

Spruce and pine are the most popular forest species for regeneration purposes. They produce the greatest volume of logs, and therefore generate the greatest economic value for forest owners. In addition, pine and spruce are the natural species in the final stage of succession in Finnish forests: pine in poor and spruce in fertile areas.

In fertile areas, silver birch is also a good option. Domesticated silver birch grows very quickly and is particularly well suited to areas suffering from root rot.

Preference for mixed forests

“Metsä Group offers mixed cultivation of pine and spruce as an option for regeneration. This means sowing or planting pine amid spruce seedlings. This is an especially good option in areas suffering from elk damage and in stands with varying fertility,” Oijala explains.

Depending on the tree species and the forest owner’s goals, the number of seedlings planted per hectare ranges from 1,600 to 2,200. In addition, tens of thousands of birch and other seedlings come up naturally in a new forest.

The development of a diverse and resilient mixed forest can be secured through active forest management, and at later stages, with felling that supports the growth and range of tree species. In connection with seedling management and thinning, a suitable mixture of conifer and deciduous trees is left in the forest.

Aiming for brisk regeneration

Metsä Group aims to secure rapid regeneration after felling. The goal is not to miss a single growing season. This offers many benefits.

“It helps seedlings reach good growth before the emergence of grass and bushes that hamper growth. The sooner we have a vigorous new seedling stand in place, the faster and better the new growing stock can sequester carbon from the atmosphere.”

For further information, please contact:
Teppo Oijala, Forest Manager, Metsä Group, tel. +358 50 598 9209
Krista Kimmo, Communications Manager, Metsä Group, tel. +358 50 526 4911

Metsä Group
www.metsagroup.com

Metsä Group is leading the way in advancing the bioeconomy. They invest in growth, bioproduct development and a fossil free future. The raw material for their products is renewable wood from sustainably managed northern forests.

Metsä Group’s annual sales amount to approximately EUR 5.5 billion, and have around 9,200 employees in 30 countries. This international Group has its roots in the Finnish forests it’s parent company is Metsäliitto Cooperative which is owned by 100,000 forest owners.

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