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Latvian Forest Company Ab (Publ.) Has Completed The Transaction Regarding The Purchase Of All Shares In Uab Siluona.

Fri, 03/12/2021 - 10:54

Latvian Forest Company AB (publ) (“LFC”)  has completed the purchase of all shares in UAB Siluona today. Through the purchase, LFC will acquire 1,338 hectares of land with 301,000 cubic meters of timber stock.

The transaction value of UAB Siluona’s value-creating assets: forest and agricultural properties amounts to EUR 7.5 million. The purchase price for the shares amounts to EUR 3.16 million. In addition, EUR 0.97 million is paid for outstanding shareholder loans according to a special agreement. In connection with the purchase, the company will take out a bank loan corresponding to EUR 3.4 million from SEB in Lithuania.

The acquisition covers all shares in UAB Siluona. UAB Siluona’s assets consist of 1,338 hectares, of which 1,272 hectares are forest land with a total timber stock estimated at 301,000 cubic meters. Following the acquisition, LFC owns a total of 7,189 hectares, of which 6,591 hectares are forest land and the timber stock is estimated to correspond to 1,011,740 cubic meters in Latvia and Lithuania.

For further information contact

Alexander Tralmaks, VD
+37129203972
aleksandrs.tralmaks@latvianforest.se
Or visit our website:  www.latvianforest.se

About the company:

Latvian Forest Company AB (publ) is a Swedish listed company that acquires, sells and conducts forestry on favorably valued forest in Latvia. The three main foundations of the business are, in addition to the fact that forest is a sought-after real asset that grows on its own;

  • an expected increase in price levels for Latvian forestry and agricultural properties
  • to create value increase through active forest management
  • to create value increase by building up a larger property portfolio.

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Weyerhaeuser Appoints David Graham As President Of Its Canadian Subsidiary

Thu, 02/12/2021 - 13:12

Weyerhaeuser Company (NYSE: WY) has announced the appointment of David Graham as president of Weyerhaeuser Company Limited, its wholly owned Canadian Subsidiary, effective January 1, 2022. Graham will report to Travis Keatley, senior vice president of Timberlands, and his appointment follows the planned retirement of Fred Dzida, who has served as president of the company’s Canadian subsidiary since 2014 and will stay on through March 2022 to aid in the transition.

“David has more than 30 years of diverse industry experience, and he has deep familiarity with our Canadian operations from a people, operational and business perspective,” said Keatley, who leads Weyerhaeuser’s timberlands operations across North America. “We’re excited to have him step into this important leadership role and help us continue to build on our strong relationships with our communities, customers and other partners across Canada.”

“I also want to thank Fred for his more than 40 years of outstanding service with Weyerhaeuser,” Keatley added. “He has had a profound impact across our Canadian operations as a champion of people, innovation and operational excellence, and he has dedicated significant energy to promoting and advancing our industry through his participation on many boards and associations across Canada. Although he will be greatly missed on our team, we wish him all the best in his well-deserved retirement.”

ABOUT DAVID GRAHAM

Graham joined Weyerhaeuser in 1991 as an engineer and has held a variety of senior leadership positions in the company’s Wood Products and Timberlands organizations, including most recently as vice president of HR supporting the Timberlands and Corporate Development businesses and previously as vice president of the company’s Oriented Strand Board business. He has worked and resided in three provinces — Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan — and among other key projects has helped with integration on several acquisitions and developing a framework for labor relations at Weyerhaeuser. Graham earned a bachelor’s in engineering from the University of Alberta.

ABOUT WEYERHAEUSER

Weyerhaeuser Company, one of the world’s largest private owners of timberlands, began operations in 1900. They own or control approximately 11 million acres of timberlands in the U.S. and manage additional timberlands under long-term licenses in Canada. They manage these timberlands on a sustainable basis in compliance with internationally recognized forestry standards. They are also one of the largest manufacturers of wood products in America. The company is a real estate investment trust. In 2020, it generated $7.5 billion in net sales and employed approximately 9,400 people who serve customers worldwide. It’s common stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol WY.

SOURCE Weyerhaeuser Company

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Elephant King – Ponsse’s solutions for heavy-duty forwarding

Wed, 01/12/2021 - 10:27
PONSSE Elephant King – more wood in one go

The Elephant King forwarder is the most powerful machine in PONSSE’s forwarder range. Possibly the most productive forwarder on the market, offering a superior level of comfort, it is particularly economical and efficient when transport distances are long or transported trees are large.

Forwarders.

When Elephant King is equipped with PONSSE Active Crane, a loader control system for forwarders, productivity in demanding conditions will improve even further. With the Active Crane system, the operator controls grapple movements instead of individual functions, lightening the operator’s workload. Active Crane is easily controlled using two levers, one of which controls the grapple height from the ground and the other controls the direction of movement.

The PONSSE K121 loader offers unprecedented efficiency and speed for load handling in tough conditions.

The Elephant King forwarder with the K121 loader is a powerful combination at worksites where load handling takes up a large part of working hours. The K121 loader also makes working easier at sites where large trees are handled and on steep slopes where the loader needs to be powerful. The high slewing and lifting power, longer reach, new loader geometry and good controllability speed up loading and unloading.

“Elephant King’s technology, tested in extreme conditions in the Russian cold and the Brazilian heat, improves productivity and helps the operator keep going. This forwarder’s cabin offers an enjoyable work environment for professionals who appreciate comfort, safety and ergonomics. The powerful engine and the 20-tonne load carrying capacity guarantee that trees are transported efficiently,” Juha Haverinen, Product Manager.

Heavy-duty forwarding online event, organized 24 November, recording can be found: https://youtu.be/QV8zdSMTOQU

Further information 

Juha Haverinen, Product Manager, Forwarders, Ponsse Plc

Tel. +358 40 839 8529, juha.haverinen@ponsse.com

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Wintersteiger & Perception Park deliver automated quality control using “chemical sensing”

Fri, 26/11/2021 - 14:14

Using the Perception HEAD enables the Woodtech Division of Wintersteiger AG to precisely detect the structure of defects in wood. This allows chemical characteristics such as blue stain, weak spots, branch decay, galls, and knotholes to be precisely scanned & machined, setting new quality assurance standards in the timber industry.

Changes in the price of wood alongside new material requirements and applications present challenges in the growing, constantly shifting timber market. At the same time, this offers up opportunities for innovative timber processors aided by improved quality control and long-term cost savings. The application of chemical sensing in the timber industry addresses quality requirements, price pressures, and application innovation all in one.

Scanner technology is among Wintersteiger’s core competencies and is applied in systems for timber surface repair as well as in diverse sorting lines. Perception Park now supplies the Perception HEAD, a special solution that uses hyperspectral imaging technology. This innovative technology that enables the “chemical sensing” of the raw material to be identified has aroused a great deal of interest among Austrian machinery and plant engineering businesses.

“Our current scanner technology gives us information on the geometry, position, color, and size of a defect, such as a knot or a crack in the wood. Our solutions from the “Timber Repair & Cosmetics” product group can then automatically clean or machine out the defect and permanently fill it. Hyperspectral imaging will then additionally tell us about the structure of a defect. So, only those defects that would cause problems in the downstream process, such as knotholes, can be pinpointed and removed. That way, you can achieve a more natural look,” explains Markus Weissenbrunner, Head of Strategic Product Development at Wintersteiger AG, as he sets out his vision for how the HSI technology could be used.

Another application example can be found where there is a need to distinguish heartwood from sapwood when cutting green round timber, such as pinewood. Since the color of the heartwood will only change on contact with UV light, production has to be halted to be able to definitively detect the differences. Using the Perception HEAD means the wood can be scanned and classified at the sawing stage.

Wintersteiger is currently testing hyperspectral imaging for other customer requirements, e.g., for moisture measurement to trace signs of decay when analyzing glued joints in multilayer boards or when detecting resin. “In addition to our existing scanner technologies, hyperspectral imaging gives us much more information and is opening up completely new application areas in wood processing,” according to Weissenbrunner, who delightedly points out the potential of the HSI technology.

The cooperation saves costs in later production steps. Variations in quality (in lumber, engineering timber, etc.) can be identified enabling more accurate pricing. Its use also represents a benefit for the end customer – since the quality of timber products can be better matched to the application.

“Fitting wood scanners with a Perception HEAD was pure inspiration! Chemical sensing permits new levels of quality – as yet unseen – that will significantly improve production processes,” believes Ulrich P. Schön, Business Development Manager at Perception Park.

Cooperation driven by innovation.

The outstanding benefits of this new inspection technology will become available to future customers of Wintersteiger AG. This cooperative development between the Woodtech Division of Wintersteiger AG and Perception Park GmbH is set to further strengthen the position of both companies in the market.

VAP-Wintersteiger GmbH as part of the Woodtech Division in the Wintersteiger Group specializes in plant engineering and automation. From feasibility studies to remote maintenance of the overall installation, the innovative plant engineers deliver automation solutions for the production of windows, engineered flooring, furniture, and multi-layer boards, as well as large sawmills.

Perception Park is a world-renowned pioneer in the field of chemical sensing, often enabling solutions to problematic challenges where other technologies miss the mark. This technology allows materials that are very similar visually to be distinguished on the basis of their chemical composition or the concentration and distribution of their constituents – such as in foodstuffs or pharmaceutical products – and to precisely capture this data in real time.

Chemical sensing.

Their chemical properties mean substances reflect completely different spectrums of light. Using a hyperspectral camera, images can be captured outside the visible range, such as infrared. Unlike normal cameras, hyperspectral technology shows a spectral image of the light reflected from the material. Each point is depicted not only by an intensity value, but also by hundreds of spectral wavebands. This ultra-precise spectral measurement allows the properties of materials to be tested and their chemical composition to be visualized. The user gets a unique “fingerprint” or “spectral signature” of the object, which in its turn allows flaws and dirt invisible to the naked eye to be detected.

Chemical sensing is used for applications where materials need to be analyzed and/or sorted based on chemical information.

It is used in the food-processing industry (to identify pressure marks and decay in fruit, ripeness requirements), the recycling industry (material-selective plastics sorting), and diverse medical technology applications.

Defect: raw, repaired, and sanded down (photograph: Wintersteiger)

The results of hyperspectral imaging are shown on the right in each photograph; in this case, a growth defect (knot) (Photograph: Perception Park)


Hyperspectral imaging showing an area contaminated with blue stain (shown in blue)
(Photograph: Perception Park)


Growth rings (heartwood/sapwood detection) Detection of early and late wood within the annual rings (Photograph: Perception Park)

Fully automated timber repair and cosmetic system TRC 3000 with defect scanner (photograph: Wintersteiger)

About Perception Park

Perception Park is a pioneer and innovator in the field of chemical sensing. Their software products are marketed globally by partners. Customer and sector-specific solutions are realized to meet application requirements.

Ulrich P. Schön
Business Development Manager
Tel.:  +43 676 7306091
E-Mail: u.schoen@perception-park.com

Information about the Division WOODTECH

Wintersteiger combines 4 product areas for the timber industry under the umbrella term “World of WOODTECH”: Precise thin-cutting and surface repair of wood, saw blades engineered and produced in-house, mobile and stationary sawmill technology, as well as automation solutions.

Wintersteiger is known for its state-of-art thin-cutting technology, which is used in lamella production throughout the world. The product range includes thin-cutting frame saws and thin-cutting band saws, including upstream and downstream processing. The thin kerf, highest accuracy, a ready-to-glue surface, and processing the lamellas without additional steps are key benefits for users. TRC (“Timber Repair & Cosmetics”) machines for semi- and fully automatic wood surface repair complement this product area.

Wintersteiger Sägen GmbH develops and produces carbide and Stellite® saw blades and offers saw services such as cleaning, straightening, leveling, and sharpening.

With the acquisition of SERRA Maschinenbau GmbH in January 2019, mobile and stationary sawmills were also added to the Wintersteiger product portfolio.

VAP-Wintersteiger (part of the Wintersteiger Group since 2012, “VAP Gruber Automations GmbH” until 2021) realizes automation solutions from fully automatic woodworking machines through to the optimization of production by means of customer-specific automation solutions.

Information about the company

Wintersteiger AG is an international machinery and plant engineering group. Founded in 1953, it has gradually established itself as a leading provider of innovative solutions for customers in technically sophisticated niche markets. The divisions of the company consist of:

  • Division SEEDMECH:

Turnkey solutions for plant breeding and research

  • Division SPORTS:

Rent & Service: One-stop supplier for the rental and servicing of sports products

Bike & Retail: Bike Services and custom solutions for feet

Drytech: Solutions for the hygienic drying of sports kit and work clothing, and for active air disinfection

  • Division WOODTECH:

Solutions for engineered flooring, furniture, and multi-layer boards

Saw blades for wood, food, and metal

Solutions for the sawmill industry

Plants and automation solutions

  • Division METALS:

Leveling technology machines and systems

Wintersteiger is the world market leader in its SEEDMECH, SPORTS and WOODTECH divisions. The group delivers to no fewer than 130 countries from its headquarters in Ried im Innkreis, Upper Austria, and via 15 subsidiaries and 60 representative offices. Wintersteiger has more than 1000 employees worldwide. For more information, please visit www.wintersteiger.com.

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Blanca Forestry Products purchases a GradeScan from Lucidyne

Fri, 26/11/2021 - 12:47

Blanca Forestry Products has purchased a GradeScan with deep learning artificial intelligence from Lucidyne for installation in their Blanca, CO planer mill.

After closely examining the different lumber scanner systems offered in the market, Blanca was all in for Lucidyne.  All new Lucidyne GradeScans come standard with Lucidyne’s patented Intelligent Grading platform, using deep learning artificial intelligence for unmatched defect detection and grading results. Blanca also purchased Lucidyne’s Grade-VU Projector System to integrate with the GradeScan system. This project is scheduled for installation in August 2022.

“We evaluated all the grade scanning systems available and chose the Lucidyne because of the reliability of the GradeScan’s uptime performance and Lucidyne’s willingness to push the envelope in regard to new technology.” Rick Engebretsen General Manager, Blanca Forestry Products

Lucidyne, located in Corvallis, Oregon, is a leading manufacturer of scanning technologies for the wood product industry.  As a division of Microtec, Lucidyne provides scanning solutions for the North American market.  Microtec, headquartered in Italy, is the world’s most trusted scanning and optimization provider for the sawmilling and wood processing industry.

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Komatsu 931XC 8WD harvester & 855-3 forwarder offer forestry customers enhanced productivity

Fri, 26/11/2021 - 12:23

North America – Komatsu 931XC 8WD harvester & 855-3 forwarder offer forestry customers enhanced productivity in most terrains

Forestry equipment operates under difficult and demanding conditions. Engineered for the rugged terrain of forestry and logging work, Komatsu now offers two new machines, the 931XC-3 8WD harvester and the 855-3 forwarder.

931XC-3 (eXtreme Conditions) harvester

Designed for extreme conditions from smarter thinning to heavy-duty final felling, Komatsu’s 931XC-3 8WD harvester is exceptionally maneuverable in most types of forests and terrain. With an effective mix of power, torque and fuel economy, the harvester’s system has been optimized for low working speeds, including a broad powerband and high torque backup for challenging operations.

  • Unique 8WD system
    For excellent handling, the 8WD unique double Komatsu Comfort Bogie drive system follows the terrain more closely than other 8WD machines with a fixed rear-axle design, greatly reducing rear ground pressure. It offers high ground clearance and enhanced traction; hydrostatic transmission matching power and traction; and automatic cab/crane leveling.
  • Powerful parallel crane
    Promote enhanced production with a single control lever movement that extends the boom/arm on a parallel path. The three-pump hydraulic system enables simultaneous slewing, feeding and maneuvering, plus a ±180° cab/crane rotation with automatic 4-way cab/crane leveling.
  • Modern, large, spacious cab
    Critical to productivity are operator comfort and visibility. The automotive-quality cab on the 931XC-3 8WD harvester includes a giant front window, ergonomic seat, automatic climate control, sound-deadening measures, and heated and cooled meal storage, as well as an easy-to-understand machine interface.

855-3 forwarder
Help your operator deliver productivity day after day in the 14-metric-ton class, Komatsu 855-3 forwarder. This machine works with your operator to offer power, nimbleness and smart features.

  • Machine and crane control 
    Operators can monitor and control everything from engine and crane to the transmission and service ladders with the state-of-the-art MaxiXT system. All operator-specific functions can be fine-tuned to achieve the sensitivity and speed each individual operator prefers.
  • Smooth and fast transport
    Chassis and suspensions designed to maneuver through even the most rugged forests when fully loaded. Komatsu Comfort Bogie axles with a high portal offset and V-shaped frames provide high ground clearance.
  • HD stacking blade
    If your operation requires ground or stump leveling on tough terrain, an optional heavy-duty stacking blade is available. Mounted with a high angle of departure for climbing obstacles, there’s no interference between blade, battery boxes or hood guard.

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High production Komatsu WA480-8 yard loader offers versatility across multiple applications

Fri, 26/11/2021 - 11:35

Loading and moving materials in as few passes and cycles as possible can help increase productivity, and reduce costly wear and tear on machines. Designed to be a three-pass match for loading aggregate and other processed materials onto highway trucks, the 299 horsepower (223kW) Komatsu WA480-8 yard loader can also be adapted for use in infrastructure, forestry and non-residential construction applications.

Designed for increased productivity and versatility

The curved side edges of the Komatsu-designed, 7.2-cubic-yard bucket are built to minimize spillage, and the internal space and shape provides smooth material flow. The long bucket jaw and decreased strike plane angle helps deliver easy fill and low resistance during pile penetration. The integrated load meter system in the cab lets operators see how much material is in the bucket.

Additional productivity features on the WA480-8 yard loader include excellent visibility to the pile and surroundings, an easy-to-operate Advanced Joystick Steering System (AJSS) and a comfortable air-suspension seat.

For increased bucket capacity and stability, the yard loader arrangement has more than 1,400 pounds of added counterweight (compared to the standard WA480-8). Further stability is provided by low-profile tires with increased ground contact that are mounted to new heavy-duty front and rear axles.

Collectively, the features on the WA480-8 yard loader enhance its versatility, making it suitable for truck loading, carrying, stockpiling and hopper charging applications.

Maximized brake life

To promote maximized brake life in extended load-and-carry or high-speed applications, the WA480-8 yard loader has a new, highly efficient air-cooled braking system. The dedicated system enhances higher cooling efficiency even in tough environments. Stable cooling performance under high-duty cycle operation helps to reduce the risk of the oil overheating and in severe test conditions, this cooling system demonstrated a 56 to 58 degree Fahrenheit better cooling effect. A sensor on the electric drive pump measures the axle temperature and activates only when needed.

Find out more about the WA480-8 yard loader.

About Komatsu
Komatsu develops and supplies technologies, equipment and services for the construction, mining, forklift, industrial and forestry markets.

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NZ – Log exports bolster port results

Thu, 18/11/2021 - 10:45

Napier Port credits log exports for improved results – Napier Port’s revenue for the year to 30 September 2021 rose 9% to a record $109.5 million from $100.4 million in the same period a year ago, driven by increases in bulk cargo volumes and record log exports in particular.

Napier Port, which is a key gateway for central and lower North Island freight, achieved the record despite the challenges from global container shipping disruptions and the absence of cruise ship visits to the region.

Bulk cargo revenue rose 32.7% to $41.5 million from $31.3 million principally due to higher log volumes, which increased 27.6% to a record 3.02 million tonnes. Average revenue per tonne improved due to tariff increases, one off cost recoveries, and an improved cargo mix.

Container services revenue increased by 4.8% to $65.3 million from $62.3 million, thanks to a 2.9% increase in container volumes to 276k TEU[2] and improved average revenue per TEU.

Napier Port’s result from operating activities rose 6.4% to $43.8 million from $41.2 million, with the unwinding of the protective cost saving measures introduced at the start of the pandemic in 2020 and ongoing investment in capability to drive growth, together with costs associated with increased activity, partially offsetting the impact of revenue growth.

Napier Port also invested to improve services to customers including work to deploy an on-port log debarker, which will allow the company to cease on-port log fumigation.

Outlook – In the annual report Chair Alasdair MacLeod said: “Our base-case volume forecast for log exports in FY2022 is in-line with FY2021. We have been a beneficiary of buoyant log export markets for the past year, but we are not complacent about thepotential for a cooling in these favourable conditions to impact volumes through Napier Port.

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Navigator Group relies on Raumaster’s wood processing expertise

Tue, 16/11/2021 - 14:40

One of Portugal’s largest pulp and paper producers, the Navigator Group, has ordered a new wood processing plant for its Figueira mill from Raumaster. The parties do not publish the exact transaction amount of the ordered entity, but it is significant for Raumaster.

The ordered plant will process eucalyptus wood as its raw material. Raumaster has invested significantly in the development of eucalyptus debarking and chipping technology over the past 10 years.

The project to be delivered is already the third cooperation project with Navigator Group in the last three years. The new wood processing plant will be commissioned during 2023.

The project significantly employs Raumaster’s planning and project management in Finland. The key devices are produced in Raumaster’s extensive partner network. Local companies in Portugal also play a major role in subcontracting the plant to be supplied.

“This large-scale deal is a great sign of customer satisfaction that we have managed to build on in our previous projects with Navigator Group. At the same time, this confirms that our development contribution to the development of eucalyptus processing technology has also been noticed in the customer base”, says Petri Lounasaho, Head of the Wood Processing Department.

Photo: Wood feeding of a similar type debarking at the Celbi plant in Portugal (Picture: Raumaster)

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Ponsse opens new service centre in Tomsk Russia

Tue, 16/11/2021 - 14:09

Ponsse has invested more than €2 million in the construction of a new service centre in Tomsk, West Siberian, Russia. The grand opening of the new service centre took place on 11 November 2021. Large stocks and an efficient logistics system guarantee customers short service times and fast spare parts deliveries.

The investment aimed to create a modern service centre with a current repair area and a logistics centre with a spare parts warehouse. This training centre offers skills on PONSSE harvesters and forwarders, and an in-depth knowledge of the structure and operation of technology. In total, the centre employs 26 people.

“Ponsse has been active in Tomsk for about 15 years, and our dealer company Zeppelin Russland played a vital role at the start. From the outset, Ponsse has been fortunate enough to work with very active and loyal customers and partners who have supported and appreciated the excellent progress of Ponsse’s operations in the region. Especially good, fruitful cooperation has developed with an experienced local logger and timber processor, Alexei Vasilyevich Maslov, whose company has helped us grow for many years”, says Jaakko Laurila, Managing Director of ООО Ponsse.

“The opening of the state-of-the-art new service center is a natural development, as the client base and Ponsse machine fleet in the area are growing from year to year. Our clients in the Tomsk region are professional and ambitious, and to support the growth of their logging business, Ponsse needs to develop accordingly,” Laurila explains.

“Over the years, we’ve also seen and felt a good creative relationship with the Administration of the Tomsk region, which was one of the main reasons why Ponsse decided to invest in Tomsk”, Laurila thanks.

Today, the Ponsse service network in Russia includes 44 service centres that belong to ООО Ponsse, a dealer company. In total, the network employs about 650 PONSSE specialists, most of whom are technical personnel. All specialists are constantly undergoing advanced training. According to the unified service standards, “ESW – Effective Safety Workshop – Effective and Safe Working Environment”, ООО Ponsse pays excellent attention to the quality of services and maintains them at a high Ponsse standard level in dealer companies.

In addition to employees, the Governor of the Tomsk Region Sergey Anatolyevich Zhvachkin, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ponsse Plc Jarmo Vidgren, Managing Director of OOO Ponsse Jaakko Laurila, and other honoured guests and officials attended to the opening ceremony.

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Ponsse to invest in operations in Chile

Tue, 16/11/2021 - 12:59

Ponsse Group will be in the future be responsible itself for the sales, spare parts and service business in Chile through its newly established subsidiary Ponsse Chile SpA. To this end, Ponsse and its local retailer F.C. Ventas Y Servicios Limitada (hereinafter “FC Ventas”) have on 5 November 2021 signed an asset purchase agreement related to Ponsse’s forest machine operations, according to which Ponsse Chile SpA will purchase FC Ventas’ service centre located in Chillan, including its spare parts stocks and maintenance vehicles, subject to the fulfilment of certain conditions. The aim is that PONSSE services in Chile will transfer to Ponsse Group by the end of Q1/2022.

The employees of F.C. Ventas will join Ponsse Group as established employees after the transaction has been completed. Ponsse has prepared a comprehensive integration plan that will ensure a positive continuation of the local business and sufficient orientation for the employees.

The transaction has no impact on the previous guidance, which suggests that Ponsse Group’s operating result is estimated to be significantly higher than in 2020. Currently, Ponsse’s business in Chile amounts to approximately ten million euros. The purchase price of the transaction between FC Ventas and Ponsse will not be made public by mutual agreement. Furthermore, the purchase price has no impact on the valuation of Ponsse. The purchase price will be paid in cash subject to the fulfilment of certain conditions set for the completion of the transaction. Ponsse will fund the acquisition from its cash assets.

PONSSE forest machines have a market share of about 40 per cent of cut-to-length machines in Chile, and there are 150 PONSSE forest machines in the country. Further machine deliveries are expected as cut-to-length harvesting grows in popularity.

Securing service quality and continuity

Juho Nummela, Ponsse Plc president and CEO, says that FC Ventas has built a strong foundation for continuing the development of the service selection.

“We want to provide our customers in the growing Chilean market with the best support possible in the form of excellent products and services that ensure the continuity of their business. We have expanded our subsidiary network with care and always based on customer needs. Our range of products is a good fit for the local conditions, and we believe in the growth potential of PONSSE products and services in Chile,” says Nummela.

This change will not interrupt the local PONSSE services, which include machine sales, maintenance, spare parts services and training for local customers. The FC Ventas service centre in question was completed in 2015 and it operates in Chillan in the middle of Chile’s forested region.

Ponsse first started import operations in Chile in 2014, but the first PONSSE forest machines were already working in the country in the 1990s. The sustainable annual harvesting volume has grown steadily thanks to the trees’ quick life cycle and well-managed forest plantations. In 2019, Chile’s wood harvest for sawmills, pulp mills and veneer industry applications was 47.6 million cubic metres. The country’s forest industry is based on forest plantations, and 28 per cent of their harvesting is currently based on the cut-to-length (CTL) method.

Ponsse’s Vieremä factory currently exports 80 per cent of its production, and PONSSE solutions are sold and serviced by a network of 12 subsidiaries and 44 retailers. In addition to its international subsidiaries, Ponsse Group includes the technology company Epec Oy in Finland. Ponsse Chile SpA will join Ponsse’s other South American subsidiaries in Uruguay and Brazil.

Vieremä, Finland, 05 November 2021
PONSSE PLC
Juho Nummela
President and CEO

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Timbeter and the Brazilian State of Pernambuco start cooperation project during COP26 in Glasgow

Tue, 16/11/2021 - 11:43

The Governor of the State of Pernambuco, Paulo Câmara, Anna-Greta Tsahkna, CEO of Timbeter and José Bertotti, Secretary of Environment of the State of Pernambuco, in participation with the Estonian Minister of Environment, Tõnis Mölder, signed an agreement in Glasgow, on the 8th of November 2021, to start a cooperation project focusing on strengthening legal and sustainable practices for the forest industry in Brazil. This project is called “Implementation of Timbeter technology for environmental inspection and tax control”.

The main goal of the cooperation project between Timbeter and the Government of the State of Pernambuco is to use Timbeter’s innovative technology for measuring timber as an efficient controlling tool for the environmental inspection teams.

Paulo Câmara, the Governor of Pernambuco stated: “I’m happy with this innovative collaboration and I will compromise to take Timbeter’s technology knowledge to the other nine States that are part of Consórcio Nordeste, as these States walk together with development and technology for sustainable future”.

The Environment Minister of Estonia, Tõnis Mölder, was also present at the signing of the agreement and pointed: “The cooperation memorandum signed today between Timbeter and the State of Pernambuco is a clear indication of “act” – there’s not only talks, but also clear steps of action.“

Anna-Greta Tsahkna, CEO of Timbeter, added: “For us, it is important to have this cooperation agreement signed at COP26, because we know that Pernambuco State is bravely changing from talks to real actions. Timbeter has been very well welcomed by the Brazilian private sector and now we are happy to start a collaboration with the public sector as well. We see that in public-private partnerships, we can really make a difference.”

The increase of speed in operations, transparency and efficiency in environmental inspection processes, is the first step in a technology transfer project with the goal to digitalize the operations of environmental inspection, carried out in the national territory of the state Pernambuco.

Several other actions are planned in the project that started in October 2021 which include: government agencies, such as CPRH – State Environmental Agency of Pernambuco, CIPOMA- Independent Environmental Policing Company, the environmental military battalion, Universities and the secretariats of the Environment and Finance of the State of Pernambuco.

The second stage of the project is the roll-out of the Timbeter Tax Control solution for sustainable management of the forestry sector by combating illegal logging activities. Tax control is the first digital solution in the world using AI and Machine learning to integrate Tax documentation and environment inspection and Pernambuco will be the pioneer using this technology.

Timbeter Tax Control will be integrated with the invoice generation and tax processing processes by the state departments of finance. This will help bring digitalization, sustainability, transparency and less disputes to log companies and the State governments, including their Secretaries of Environment and Finances.

Timbeter

Timbeter’s digital solution is changing the forestry sector by enabling sustainable forest management, increasing the safety of employees, maximizing the value of each log, helping to optimize logistics and guaranteeing fair trades. Also, it helps with monitoring and controlling the timber supply chain, supporting governments and law enforcement agencies to prevent illegal logging and keep a better overview on the volumes harvested.

Timbeter has been working with some of the largest companies in Latin-America  since 2017 such as CMPC (Chile), Suzano (Brazil), Klingele (Brazil),  International Paper (Brazil), Faber-Castell (Brazil)  and many others.

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Pyrocell has started production

Thu, 04/11/2021 - 14:46

Production is now underway at Pyrocell’s plant in Gävle. The new and groundbreaking factory is turning sawdust into bio-oil.

Jointly owned by Setra and Preem, Pyrocell was formed in 2018 based on the business concept of producing bio-oil from sawdust. Production at the groundbreaking plant – Sweden’s first pyrolysis oil plant for biofuels – is now underway.

“It’s brilliant that we have built a brand new factory from scratch and it’s now up and running. We have produced the first oil and we’re very proud of the plant,” says Anders Wigstein, Production Manager at Pyrocell.

Pyrocell’s plant is located at Setra Kastet sawmill in Gävle on Sweden’s Baltic coast. It converts sawdust, a residual product in Setra’s industrial process, into non-fossil pyrolysis oil. The pyrolysis oil is then processed further to make renewable diesel and petrol at Preem’s refinery in Lysekil.

“Pyrocell is a unique industrial initiative that enables a sustainable value chain from forest to tank. We replace fossil oil and contribute to an increased share of renewables in fuels, producing lower carbon dioxide emissions,” says Pontus Friberg, Executive Chairman of Pyrocell.

The plant will produce around 25,000 tonnes of non-fossil pyrolysis oil per year, equivalent to the annual fuel consumption of about 17,000 cars.

For further information, please contact:
Pontus Friberg, Chairman Pyrocell, pontus.friberg@pyrocell.se, +46 70 234 1894.

Pyrocell – from idea to finished factory

  • In 2016, Setra launched a feasibility study on bio-oil production based on the rapid pyrolysis technology.
  • This concept formed the basis for the application to the Government’s Klimatklivet initiative that was submitted in spring 2017. In early summer, it was announced that the plant had been granted SEK 117 million in investment aid.
  • An environmental permit was gained in 2018.
  • In 2018, the company Pyrocell was formed, jointly owned by Setra and Preem. The company’s business concept is to produce bio-oil from sawdust.
  • Setra’s and Preem’s boards decided to invest in the pyrolysis plant in Gävle in 2019.
  • In the summer of 2019, the construction project was manned and procurement of pyrolysis plant and sawdust handling systems started.
  • The first ground was broken on 23 March,  2020.
  • Production started on 2 September, 2021.

About pyrolysis

Pyrolysis is a process in which a substance is rapidly heated to a high temperature so that the solid material is vaporised and can be condensed into a liquid. Pyrolysis enables waste products from the forest, such as branches, roots, tops and sawdust, to be turned into oil, which can then be refined into renewable petrol and diesel

About biofuels

In 2018, a total of around 9.5 million cubic metres of fuel was sold in Sweden, of which approximately 1.9 million was biofuel, according to the Swedish Petroleum and Biofuels Institute (SPBI). Around 15 percent of all biofuel was produced in Sweden, with the rest being imported from other countries

About Pyrocell

Founded in August 2018, Pyrocell is jointly owned by Setra and Preem. The company’s business concept is to produce bio-oil from sawdust. Setra has the raw material, sawdust, while Preem has refineries and filling stations. The pyrolysis oil plant at Setra’s sawmill in Kastet outside Gävle creates a strong new value chain for renewable fuels, from forest to fuel tank.

Read more at pyrocell.se

https://news.cision.com/setra-group/r/pyrocell-has-started-production,c3420250

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Setra Skinnskatteberg invests in a new saw line

Thu, 04/11/2021 - 14:24

The wood industry company Setra invests in a new saw line for small diameter logs at the company’s facility in Skinnskatteberg. The investment provides major efficiency improvements and increased resource utilization.

Setra’s board has decided on an investment in a new saw line for small diameter logs at Skinnskatteberg’s sawmill. The investment in the new saw line, including additional measures in other parts of the sawmill, amounts to approximately SEK 170 million. It is an important step in Setra’s construction strategy and enables an overall efficient production and a safer working environment on the small diameter log range in Setra’s southern raw material area.

– It will also improve productivity at other nearby Setra sawmills and enables a total increase in production of 150,000 m3 of sawn goods the next few years, says Katarina Levin, CEO of Setra.

-The investment will improve conditions to create business process flows. Our coworkers are very engaged in working improvements, and a new saw line will further improve that, says Mikael Romlin, Mill Manager at Skinnskatteberg.

Katarina Levin, CEO of Setra and Mikael Romlin, Mill Manager at Skinnskatteberg

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John Deere invests in renewable fuel technology

Thu, 04/11/2021 - 13:50

The investment in ClearFlame Engine Technologies is in line with Deere’s strategy to integrate smart and sustainable technology innovations.

WATERLOO, Iowa (October 28, 2021) — John Deere has announced it has made an equity investment in ClearFlame Engine Technologies, a growing start-up dedicated to the development of clean engine technology. ClearFlame’s solution enables low-carbon fuels like ethanol to be easily integrated into compression ignition engines, offering a more sustainable solution without compromising engine performance.

John Deere’s investment is in line with its strategic vision to accelerate and lead the industry in low and zero carbon powertrain technology. John Deere will also supply an engine to use in conceptual testing, which will help validate the technology currently under development by ClearFlame.

“We made this investment to stay on the leading edge of developments in renewable fuel technology,” said Pierre Guyot, Senior Vice President, John Deere Power Systems. “ClearFlame’s compression ignition engine technology has the potential to reduce CO2 emissions while continuing to provide the performance and durability our customers expect from John Deere engines.”

“ClearFlame’s mission is to decarbonize the hardest-to-electrify sectors in a rapid and cost-effective way. Expanding our solution from heavy-duty trucking to agriculture and other off-highway markets delivers on that promise, offering significant sustainability and economic benefits that won’t compromise engine performance,” said BJ Johnson, ClearFlame CEO and co-founder. “We look forward to working together with John Deere and supporting its commitment to reducing net CO2 emissions through providing renewable energy solutions.”

Using ethanol in place of petroleum diesel fuel in diesel engines significantly reduces carbon emissions and air quality emissions. In addition, ethanol is widely available and can offer a high-efficiency, liquid alternative fuel option.

John Deere understands the importance for renewable fuel options and is committed to exploring new solutions. “Compression ignition engines have a long life ahead — in terms of both the current source of diesel and a wide variety of alternative fuel types,” said Guyot. “John Deere already offers biomass-based diesel compatibility on our engines. These investments are the right thing to do for environmental, economic and rural-development benefits.”

Investments like this one are a critical component of John Deere’s vision to integrate smart and sustainable technology innovations with its legacy of manufacturing excellence.

About Deere & Company

John Deere Power Systems manufactures and markets industrial, marine, and generator drive diesel engines, as well as drivetrain components for use in a variety of off-highway applications. For more information, visit John Deere Power Systems at www.JohnDeere.com/jdpower.

About ClearFlame Engine Technologies

At ClearFlame Engine Technologies, we’re breaking the bond between the diesel engine and diesel fuel, accelerating the path to true emissions reduction for the heavy-duty and off-highway markets. Our technology meets global sustainability goals using decarbonized liquid fuels available throughout the world. It also lowers costs by negating the need for complex aftertreatment technologies without compromising the practicality or performance of traditional diesel engines. For more information, visit www.clearflame.com and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter (@ClearFlameEng).

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A ground-breaking new eucalyptus head – the Komatsu X164E

Thu, 04/11/2021 - 13:16

Komatsu Forest is introducing the Komatsu X164E, a robust head specially developed for efficient eucalyptus harvesting. A high-performance feed system ensures high productivity which, combined with smart solutions for reducing maintenance time and costs, makes the X164E a profitable head. The standout feature is the fact that the conventional chainsaw is replaced by hydraulic shears, which also benefit production and safety, such as with the absence of a chain to maintain.

With its brand-new design, the Komatsu X164E has been specially developed to efficiently harvest eucalyptus. When developing this head, Komatsu Forest’s engineering team put aside all existing head designs for softwood trees and instead focused solely on the needs and conditions of eucalyptus harvesting.

“To minimise losses in production time, we established strict requirements for the debarking function. With the Komatsu X164E, the ambition is for at least half of the stems to need only be fed through once, from felling cut to the end of the stem, also known as one-pass debarking,” says Tobias Ettemo, Product Manager at Komatsu Forest.

The effective debarking is due in part to the head’s specially designed feed system, which has a very high degree of contact between the debarking knives and the stem. The design is based on four angled feed rollers which cause the stem to rotate inside the feed path, efficiently debarking and delimbing the stem at the same time. The head also shreds the bark into shorter lengths, minimising process disruptions at sawmills and greatly benefitting the growth of new stands.

The main difference compared to Komatsu’s other heads is that the X164E slices rather than saws through the stem. The head is equipped with extremely powerful hydraulic shears, with broad, sturdy blades, that easily and effectively slice through each stem.

“This solution reduces service and maintenance costs, including downtime, while the hydraulic shears also offer great advantages in terms of machine and operator safety,” says Tobias Ettemo.

For excellent reliability, the Komatsu X164E is equipped with several smart solutions, such as protected hose routing all the way from crane tip to head valve and from head valve to roller motors. This means less downtime and reduced spare parts costs, greatly boosting profitability. The underlying concept of using hydraulic shears instead of a saw bar also helps to keep maintenance costs down, as there are no chains, bars, sprockets or saw motors to replace, and no need for saw lubrication either.

The Komatsu X164E can be mounted on an excavator or a wheeled machine.

“All the development that we have put into this new head had had the primary focus to reduce the total cost of ownership, that is what really matters in the end. And we are very happy to say that we have seen proof of substantial reduction of TCO with the X164E.” Ettemo concludes.

With the Komatsu X164E, eucalyptus harvesting is taking an innovative step forward. New technology combined with a robust design and well-proven advantages result in a head that truly comes into its own in demanding plantation environments. Add to this the smart solutions for improved reliability, such as the protected hose routing, and the Komatsu X164E is clearly a highly profitable alternative.

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Small log line upgrades will improve recovery, reliability, and throughput

Thu, 04/11/2021 - 12:44

The White Mountain Apache Timber Company (WMATCO) mill in Whiteriver, AZ is investing to update its small log line system. The mill is located within the Fort Apache Reservation, where nearly all the raw timber is sourced. The tribe operates both large log and small log mills.

This upgrade for the small log mill will install new hold down rolls and new spiked carry over rolls on the infeed of the line, and replace the worn components. These investments will bring the equipment up to current standards, improve reliability and throughput, and reduce maintenance.

The existing PLC controls and optimization platform will be replaced with USNR optimization, and will increase recovery and uptime. The new lineal scanning system will utilize 4 BioLuma 3900L sensors. The BioLuma 3900L delivers the highest speed UHD laser profiling for the most demanding lineal applications. The PLC controls system will be based on the ControlLogix platform, and will control the infeed from the merchandiser through to the log line outfeed separator.

This project is scheduled to be completed early in 2022.

 

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West Fraser to Acquire U.S. South Lumber Mill

Thu, 21/10/2021 - 14:32

West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. (“West Fraser” or the “Company”) (TSX and NYSE: WFG) has announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire the Angelina Forest Products lumber mill located in Lufkin, Texas for approximately $300 million, subject to certain post-closing adjustments.  The transaction is anticipated to close following successful completion of U.S. regulatory reviews and satisfaction of customary conditions.  Management will provide an update and further details about the transaction on West Fraser’s third quarter earnings call on October 28, 2021.  All dollar amounts in this news release are expressed in U.S. dollars unless noted otherwise.

The new turn-key facility, which produces southern yellow pine (“SYP”) lumber products, began construction in 2018, commenced operations in late 2019 and is expected to progress toward full production capacity of approximately 305 million board feet over the next three to four years.  The transaction includes approximately $4 million of target working capital and approximately $24 million of supplemental tax attributes that are expected to result in a direct cash flow benefit to West Fraser.

Strategic Rationale and Synergies

The acquisition is another important step in West Fraser’s continued expansion of its U.S. lumber operations.  The new, highly efficient facility is expected to be a top quartile mill that will integrate with and support our existing East Texas lumber and OSB business.  Anticipated to be among the lowest cost operations in the Company’s lumber mill portfolio, the Lufkin mill is strategically located near low-cost and abundant fibre as well as large and growing end-markets and its additional lumber production will allow West Fraser to better serve the Company’s growing customer base in Texas and the southern U.S.  Upon completion of this transaction, West Fraser will have combined Canadian and U.S. lumber production capacity of approximately 7.0 billion board feet, with U.S. capacity of SYP lumber representing approximately 50% of the Company’s capacity.

“We look forward to welcoming the Lufkin mill employees to West Fraser.  The management team at Angelina Forest Products has done a commendable job developing the Lufkin team and operations, and we believe this modern, high-margin facility will enhance our existing U.S. platform of lumber mills and help us to better meet the growing demand for our lumber products in Texas and the U.S. South,” said West Fraser’s President and CEO, Ray Ferris.  “With this acquisition, we will be able to quickly capitalize on a fully-invested and high-quality manufacturing facility.  This includes a trained labour force and the local community and logistics infrastructure to support the mill’s supply chain, distribution and outlet for residuals.  Further, we are able to immediately reap the cash flow benefits of our investment while significantly reducing the associated risks of greenfield construction, execution and start-up.”

West Fraser intends to finance the acquisition with cash on hand.  Annual synergies of approximately $13 million are anticipated to be achieved within two years with minimal capital requirements.  These synergies are expected to be realized through continued capacity utilization improvement, implementation of best practices and the coordinated transportation, logistics and procurement benefits derived from West Fraser’s distribution scale and existing production facilities in the region.

It is anticipated that after the cash tax benefits described above, the post-synergy mid-cycle Adjusted EBITDA multiple at full production will be approximately 6.4x and the transaction is expected to generate an internal rate of return (“IRR”) of approximately 13%.  Based on recent industry announcements and West Fraser’s latest internal analysis, the cost to construct a greenfield lumber mill of the scale and quality of the Lufkin mill plus working capital investment and the foregone cash flows anticipated during the construction and ramp up phases are expected to exceed the purchase price for this top quartile facility.

The Company

West Fraser is a diversified wood products company with more than 60 facilities in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Europe.  From responsibly sourced and sustainably managed forest resources, the Company produces lumber, engineered wood products (OSB, LVL, MDF, plywood, and particleboard), pulp, newsprint, wood chips, other residuals and renewable energy.

West Fraser’s President and CEO, Ray Ferris

 

 

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SP – Lion new authorized dealer in Brazil

Thu, 21/10/2021 - 11:03

SP has announced that Lion Equipamentos has been appointed as authorized SP dealer for the Brazilian states of Parana, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul.

Headquartered in Curitiba/PR, Lages/SC, and Guaiba/RS, Lion performs its activities with 20 years of experience in the forestry business.Within its varied areas of performance, Lion stands out in the forestry market by its high-quality technical assistance and fast spare parts supply. With a high focus on customer service and field maintenance carried out by highly skilled and experienced staff members Lion is able to offer a great level of customer support.

“We are very happy to welcome Lion to the SP dealer network,” says Anders Gannerud, SP International sales manager. “Lion is a perfect match for us and exactly the type of company and partner we are looking for when expanding our dealer network. Not only do they have a good experience from working with harvester heads and highly technical forest products, but they also share our commitment to putting the customer first by focusing on parts supply and customer support.”

To learn more about Lion visit, www.lionequipamentos.com.br

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Barko Hydraulics announces financing partnership with Stearns Bank National Association

Wed, 20/10/2021 - 12:00

Barko Hydraulics (Barko), leading developer, manufacturer and distributor of innovative heavy equipment solutions for the forestry, vegetation management and material handling industries, has partnered with Minnesota-based Stearns Bank National Association to provide exclusive retail financing to dealerships across the United States.

“We are very excited to be partnering with such an incredible organization as Stearns Bank. Both Barko and Stearns Bank want to provide not only competitive financing to the retail market but also an incredibly personal level of service and customer experience,” said Barko President Justin Rupar. “Our combined goal is to make the financing experience easy and enjoyable so that our dealer partners can grow their business and capture a larger percentage of potential sales.”

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