After much anticipation and countless hours of product development, John Deere unveils three powerful and productive L-Series utility wheel loaders. The 524L, 544L and 624L offer customers an intuitive solution, ideal for projects that require agility and versatility on the job site or farm. Designed with the operator in mind, the L-Series machines incorporate several new features, including improved cabs for more comfort and visibility, electrohydraulic (EH) loader controls for easier operation and redesigned near-parallel linkage, and enhanced performance buckets.
“Our next generation of wheel loaders improves upon the legacy of the John Deere wheel loader line,” said Chris Cline, product marketing manager for utility wheel loaders, John Deere Construction & Forestry. “The L-Series boasts several improvements over previous models designed to positively impact productivity, comfort and visibility, resulting in increased profitability.”
The most notable of changes to the L-Series from their K-Series predecessors is the improved cab, which is roomier and more comfortable, offering more functional storage and floor space. The optional premium heavy-duty air suspension seat is heated, ventilated and designed to offer additional legroom. The HVAC performance is also enhanced, now including rear defrost, increasing air flow while reducing noise. Three standard 12-volt auxiliary power ports in the cab enable the operator to charge multiple devices. Optional remote-heated, adjustable mirrors increase job site visibility.
Behind the wheel, EH loader controls with integrated third and fourth function auxiliary hydraulics provide faster cycle times, resulting in more material moved in shorter periods of time. Two multifunction buttons integrated into the hydraulic controls allow the operator to assign a function to each button, improving operability and productivity. This loader also has an ergonomically designed, seat-mounted right-hand joystick with a standard forward-neutral-reverse switch and fully integrated auxiliary hydraulic controls. A throttle lock option removes the need for the operator to push the throttle pedal to maintain engine speed.
Improvements to the machine boom structure directly result in increased productivity. The design increases visibility to the coupler, bucket or forks, reducing overall cycle times, material spillage and equipment damage. Additional bucket options include enhanced production buckets with integrated spill guards, profiled side cutters and greater rollback, improving bucket fill and material retention. A new shaft-style fork design offers more visibility and tine length options, including 48-inch, 60-inch and 72-inch. Smoother boom and bucket hydraulic kickouts reduce operator fatigue, while new standard parallel lift linkage improves load leveling, limits bucket spillage and increases fork operation speed.
Return-to-dig settings can now be set from the cab for both directions of the bucket, allowing operators to return-to-dig from any position without having to adjust the bucket to dump position. Boom and Bucket EH metering rate aggressiveness allows the operator to choose a setting — low, medium or high — for quicker hydraulics or reduced response in precision operations for improved comfort. Attachment configuration settings can be saved, allowing the operator to assign and save settings to an attachment, making it easier to switch between attachments without impacting productivity.
The 524L, 544L and 624L are available with optional High Lift (HL) and High Lift Plus (HL Plus) selections; there is also a tool carrier option on the 524L and 624L models. The HL Plus option features hinge pin heights that are 12 to 13 inches higher than current HL pin heights, allowing the operator to dump into higher trucks or wagons. The tool carrier option provides the best centerline visibility to the coupler or forks. It is ideal for customers handling materials, like pallets, pipe or logs, where centerline visibility is important.
From a service perspective, the hydraulic hose and electrical wire harness routing and retention are improved, and the machines feature 40 fewer leak points, lowering potential repair costs.
The 524L, 544L and 624L feature fuel-efficient Final Tier 4 John Deere diesel engines (6.8 liter) and boast 152 (113kW), 166 (123kW) and 192 (143kW) net peak horsepower, respectively.
Fleet managers looking to get the most out of their L-Series wheel loaders can rely on their John Deere dealers to provide Ultimate Uptime, featuring John Deere WorkSight™. With Ultimate Uptime, owners receive predelivery and follow-up inspections that include five years of JDLink™ telematics, machine health prognostics, remote diagnostics and programming capabilities and the ability to add dealer-provided uptime solutions to a customized package.
The 544L will also be on display at World of Concrete, Jan. 22-25, 2019, at booth C5451. Along side the 544L will be a JD544, built in December 1968, to commemorate 50 years of John Deere building wheel loaders. Contractors, builders, and sand and gravel-pit operators alike helped build the innovative JD544 50 years ago. The new L-Series machines are a testament of durability, dependability and productivity, and of continuous customer-inspired design. Throughout 2019, all new manufactured wheel loaders will showcase a 50 year anniversary emblem to signify this milestone.
For additional information and model-specific specifications about the new L-Series wheel loaders, visit www.JohnDeere.com or contact your local dealer.
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“Storskogen invests in companies that are stable and profitable. It gives us great opportunities to continue our journey with development and expansion of the company,” says Renholmen’s CEO Per Jonsson.
“We look forward to continuing to develop our three leading companies in a positive spirit together with Storskogen, which also enables further acquisitions to the group,” says Johan Andersson, CEO of ARAT Group.
ARAT Group delivers high-tech equipment to sawmills and further processing industry. The three companies operate freely and have together a turnover of SEK 300 million and have 100 employees.
Storskogen is an industry and trading group, which today owns 28 Swedish companies with a turnover of just over SEK 4 billion.
Photo: Renholmen’s CEO Per Jonsson.
Tolko Industries, headquartered in Vernon, BC, has partnered with Louisiana-based Hunt Forest Products to build a state-of-the-art sawmill near Urania, Louisiana. Earlier this year, Tolko announced plans to build the new facility. The mill is designed to produce 200 million board feet annually, with three continuous dry kilns and a planer facility.
“This is our first venture into the United States,” said Brad Thorlakson, Tolko president and CEO. “And we are thrilled to be in Louisiana with Hunt Forest Products, a family-owned company like ours, and one that has played a vital, reliable role in Louisiana’s forestry industry for more than a century.”
Pino Pucci is the company’s manager and will represent LaSalle Lumber on the SFPA Board of Directors.
Photo: Brad Thorlakson, Tolko president and CEO
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Enviva Partners to invest at least $75.7 million to expand its operation in Southampton, Virginia. In addition to increasing wood pellet production by a third to approximately 750 thousand metric tons per year (MTPY), the expansion will allow for the processing of sustainably sourced pine at the existing facility, significantly augmenting the company’s usage of fiber (or raw material) from Virginia forests.
Enviva is a leading global energy company specializing in sustainable wood biomass. The company is the world’s largest producer of wood pellets, which provide sustainable, low-carbon heat and power that can replace fossil fuels.
Wood pellets produced at Enviva’s Southampton facility are primarily exported through the company’s deep-water marine terminal at the Port of Chesapeake, Virginia.
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Global Softwood Lumber Trade
Global trade of softwood lumber from January through September 2018 was down 2.5% as compared to the same period last year. China, Japan, the United Kingdom and the MENA region reduced their imports, while the US and continental Europe have imported more lumber this year than in 2017.
Lumber markets – North America
After US lumber imports reached a 10-year high in the 2Q/18, import volumes fell 3.5% to 9.44 million m3 in the 3Q/18, which was still over ten percent more than in the same quarter in 2017. The trend over the past few years has been that the market share for overseas lumber supply to the US has increased at the expense of Canadian supply, as reported in the Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ). The Canadian share has fallen from 95% of total imports in 2016 to 91% in 2018.
Lumber prices in the US plummeted during the summer and fall, with major grades falling about 40% from June to November.
Lumber exports from Canada were down in all markets in the 3Q, and the total export volume was down 4.3% q-o-q. Almost 80% of the shipments were destined for the United States. During the first nine months of 2018, export volumes to China were 16% lower than the same period last year.
Lumber markets – Northern Europe
Lumber exports from both Finland and Sweden slowed substantially in the late summer, with August shipments being down 10% (Finland) and 6% (Sweden) from August 2017. The biggest decrease in Finnish exports so far this year have been in shipments to China and Saudi Arabia, while Swedish sawmills have reduced exports to Egypt, China and Japan the most. Both countries have kept up sales in the European market in 2018 with only minor changes in shipped volumes from 2017, according to the WRQ. Lumber prices in both Finland and Sweden have remained fairly stable during most of 2018.
Lumber market – United Kingdom
The United Kingdom is the world’s third largest importer of softwood lumber, after the US and China. In 2017, the country imported 7.5 million m3 of lumber, the highest level seen since 2007 and up almost 50% from five years ago. Sweden has long been the major supplier, with a market share of about 45%. However, demand for imported lumber to the UK has fallen by 20% during the first nine months of 2018.
Import prices for lumber have trended upwards in US dollar terms in the past few years to reach a three-year high in the 2Q/18, followed by a decline of 7.3% in the 3Q/18.
Lumber markets – China
A gloomier outlook by Chinese consumers and a shortage of credits for many provincial governments and state-run firms have contributed to reduced demand for forest products. As a result, total softwood lumber imports to China have slowed in 2018, with volumes in the first nine months falling 11% as compared to the same period in 2017, according to Chinese customs data. Imports were down from all supplying countries except Russia.
Wood Resources International LLC
As of January 1st 2019, Jan Liljegren will take the position as CEO for Bergs Timber Production AB, and will be responsible for the Swedish operations.
In the autumn, Jan held the position as Production Director and now stands up as CEO.
Bergs Timber produces and sells sawn and further processed wood products. It operates its production facilities in Sweden, Estonia and Latvia. The Group also includes its own port and logistics operations in England.
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Tigercat has announced that EkoNivaTechnika-Holding is now a Tigercat dealer for areas of Western Russia and Siberia.
With headquarters in Detchino, approximately 150 kilometers southeast of Moscow, EkoNivaTechnika-Holding has a regional presence through three operational branches: EkoNiva-Teсhnika in the Central region, EkoNiva-Chernozemye in the Central Black Earth region and EkoNivaSibir in the Siberian area.
With 24 years in the Russian agricultural equipment business, the company is a leader in mobile farm equipment and servicing.
Covering fourteen regions, EkoNiva has twelve service centres each with its own spare parts warehouses, state-of-the-art overhaul depots and field service trucks. The company has over 550 employees with a great deal of attention paid to training and development, both in Russia and abroad.
Matt Roberts, Tigercat sales manager for Europe and Russia comments, “We are very happy to welcome EkoNiva to the Tigercat dealer network. The company’s vast experience and proven record in customer support, combined with their operational excellence as a leading heavy equipment dealer in the Russian Federation, is an outstanding match for our products. We are confident that forestry customers in EkoNiva’s area will see great benefit to adding Tigercat products to their fleet with the support of EkoNiva’s strong network of branches and technicians.”
“We are excited to introduce Tigercat to our customers in Northern Russia and Siberia. Our choice for Tigercat is based on the premium quality of the forestry equipment and high level reputation as a customer driven company with strong engineering capabilities,” comments Bjoerne Drechsler, First Deputy Managing Director, EkoNivaTechnika-Holding.
Ekoniva strives to establish a long-term, honest and mutually beneficial cooperation with its customers, stating, “Every customer is unique for us. Each order is completed with consideration of the customer’s requirements and specific possibilities.”
Tigercat looks forward to expanding its customer base in Russia and along with EkoNiva, will deliver a high-class customer.
Matriarch designs and manufactures a range of material handling products used predominantly in the forestry and sugar industries across local and international territories.
Bell said the intellectual property (IP) of the products designed by Matriarch is aligned to the broader strategy of the company to enhance IP ownership and to provide niche product solutions in the forestry and sugar industries.
In terms of the transaction BECSA will acquire all the assets of Matriarch consisting of the inventory, the value whereof will be finalised at an inventory count to be conducted on or about January 31, 2019; the operating assets to the value of circa-R1.3 million; the value of the IP which was determined by valuing the business of Matriarch on a discounted cash flow basis; and take on the employees of Matriarch.
BECSA will pay an initial consideration of R3.8 million for the Matriarch IP plus a performance-based consideration (PBC) based on future sales performance of Matriarch Products, retrospectively per quarter for five years. In addition to the five-year time limit, the PBC has a monetary cap of R15 million.
The finalisation announcement is expected on or about February 1, 2019.
The new technological line for production of wooden pellets has been launched in a special ceremony at Lesosibirsky LDK No. 1 (Segezha Group, part of Sistema JSFC) at the end of the year 2018.
The presentation ceremony was attended by Аleksandr Uss, Governor of Krasnoyarsk Krai, c, and other heads of the Krai and the company.
The capacity of the new enterprise is 70,000 tons of ready pellets in a year, which will be exported all over Europe, but the designed solution allows to increase the output volume by nearly 1.5 times.
The investments into the pellet production facility amounted to RUB 816.6 million.
A month after the factory first started in “test mode”, the first batch, 120 containers, was loaded with approximately 2400 tonnes of pellets for European customers.
Biofuel production is one of the key areas of the Segezha Group in Ecology and Environmental Protection. The launch of a new factory allows the company to use wood processing resources to the fullest extent, providing handling of sawing by-product and processing it into biofuel and heat energy.
Photo: Mikhail Shamolin, Chairman of the Board of Segezha Group
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MaskinLeverantörerna (ML), the Swedish trade association for suppliers of mobile machinery and equipment, has announced that it will launch a brand new Swedish Forestry Expo, which will take place June 3-5, 2021, at the Solvalla Harness-Racing Track in Stockholm, Sweden. The fair aims to be a meeting place for professional, large-scale forestry with forest machinery the focal point.
According to a statement, the launch of the fair is an initiative of the trade association and its members. The Swedish Forestry Expo will be open to all exhibitors who have relevant products for large-scale forestry, forest machines, allied equipment, and accessories. This includes companies that are not members of MaskinLeverantörerna.
The new trade fair aims to be an easily accessible meeting place where one as a visitor can clearly experience all exhibitors in the area. In addition to the fair, meetings and seminars will be organized, as knowledge transfer is an important part of the experience.
The organisers, MaskinLeverantörerna (ML) says that it has already confirmed the participation of several major forest machinery brands including Eco Log Sweden AB, John Deere AB, Komatsu Forest AB, Rottne Industri AB, and Ponsse AB.
We want to create a more focused fair for professional forest equipment buyers, where machinery is the focal point. The choice of Solvalla as the fair arena felt natural, as we have good experience from there with the Swedish Machine Fair and the location meets the requirements for accessibility, said Björn Bäckström, CEO of MaskinLeverantörerna.
Photo: Björn Bäckström, CEO, MaskinLeverantörerna (ML), the Swedish trade association for suppliers of mobile machinery and equipment
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The recent UN Report on climate change has put renewable energy back in the headlines, and rightly so. If we want to avoid the most serious damage from climate change, we need an all-in approach, solutions that are available today, and policies that support our working forests.
While solar and wind power are the most talked-about renewable solutions, bioenergy is a critical part of the mix – and one that is available right now. As an alternative to coal, wood pellets help power utilities reduce their carbon footprint up to 85% on a lifecycle basis, often without undergoing major renovations to their existing infrastructure. Power generation using biomass also provides a reliable, clean source of energy that complements the intermittency of wind and solar energy.
The Guardian reported last week that “the capacity of renewable energy has overtaken that of fossil fuels in the UK for the first time, in a milestone that experts said would have been unthinkable a few years ago.”
Bioenergy is making this possible. Countries like the UK, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, and Japan are increasingly turning to wood-based bioenergy. Across Europe, biomass represents more than 60% of renewable energy consumption, and is widely seen as essential to the strategies for meeting ambitious carbon reduction goals. That’s why The Economist recently noted: “if climate targets are to be met … it will be impossible without the contribution of a critical, yet often overlooked source of renewable energy: modern bioenergy.”
Just as importantly, wood biomass – and strong demand for forest products — helps ensure forests stay forests. Today, in the southeast U.S., private forest owners are growing 40% more wood than they remove every year. Why? Because additional demand raises the value landowners can get from keeping their land as managed forests. Absent strong demand for wood, landowners have the incentive to convert their land for a higher return. That could mean less environmentally beneficial agriculture, or worse – a housing development or a strip mall.
But, we also must recognize that not all biomass is good biomass. How we source our wood is critical. As the world’s largest producer of wood pellets with an expanding footprint, we take seriously our responsibility to maintain and improve forest health. Enviva uses industrial wood waste (like sawdust), or low-grade wood – including “thinnings,” limbs, tops, or crooked and knotted trees that would otherwise not get used for lumber or other higher value products. We only source from land that will continue to be re-forested. And we are leaders in transparency. Under our Track & TraceTM program, we identify the specific origin of wood that we receive from the forest, and we make that information public.
We have long embraced third-party certification, and we work with the world’s foremost forestry organizations, including the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), and the Sustainable Biomass Program (SBP). This week, I’m pleased to be joining the SBP Board. Forest certification programs provide a consistent, verifiable and transparent framework for evaluating the sustainability of a company’s operations, from forest to product. At Enviva, we believe in appropriate safeguards and continuous improvement, and I look forward to sharing what we’ve learned as SBP plays an increasingly important role in the sustainability of our industry.
The climate is changing. We need to move forward with workable solutions that can meet today’s energy needs, and protect our forests at the same time. Only an all-of-the-above approach — that includes wood biomass — can get us there.
Enviva announced recently that the conditions precedent to the organization’s previously announced take-or-pay off-take contracts to supply 630,000 metric tons per year (MTPY) of wood pellets to a major Japanese customer have been satisfied and the agreements are now firm. Under the terms of the agreements with Mitsubishi Corporation, Enviva will be the exclusive, long-term imported biomass fuel supplier to the Aioi Bioenergy Corporation, a joint venture between Mitsubishi Corporation Power Ltd. And Kansai Electric Power Co, Inc., which is converting an existing oil-fired power plant to biomass.
Under these contracts, Enviva Partners, LP (NYSE: EVA) (the “Partnership”) and Enviva JV Development Company, LLC, the Partnership’s sponsor’s joint venture with John Hancock Life Insurance Company (U.S.A.), will supply approximately 180,000 and 450,000 MTPY of wood pellets, respectively. Deliveries under the contracts are scheduled to commence in late 2022 and continue for at least 15 years.
“Our partners at Aioi Bioenergy and Mitsubishi Corporation are at the forefront of Japan’s commitment to reducing the impacts of climate change,” said John Keppler, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Enviva. “We are privileged and honored to be the sole source of supply of sustainable wood pellet fuel to the Aioi facility, one of the largest dedicated biomass projects in Japan announced to date, and we look forward to helping Mitsubishi and Kansai deliver on the promise of renewable energy.”
Enviva Partners, LP and its sponsor have now finalized long-term off-take agreements with counterparties in Japan that will total 1.5 million MTPY by the end of 2022.
About Enviva Partners, LP
Enviva Partners, LP (NYSE: EVA) is a publicly traded master limited partnership that aggregates a natural resource, wood fiber, and processes it into a transportable form, wood pellets. The Partnership sells a significant majority of its wood pellets through long-term, take-or-pay agreements with creditworthy customers in the United Kingdom and Europe. The Partnership owns and operates six plants with a combined production capacity of nearly three million metric tons of wood pellets per year in Virginia, North Carolina, Mississippi, and Florida. In addition, the Partnership exports wood pellets through its owned marine terminal assets at the Port of Chesapeake, Virginia, and the Port of Wilmington, North Carolina and from third-party marine terminals in Mobile, Alabama and Panama City, Florida.
About Enviva Holdings, LP
Enviva Holdings, LP is the world’s largest producer of wood pellets, a renewable and sustainable energy source used to generate electricity and heat. Through its subsidiaries, Enviva Holdings, LP owns and operates wood pellet processing plants and deep-water export terminals in the Southeastern United States. They export pellets primarily to power plants in the United Kingdom and Europe that previously were fueled by coal, enabling them to reduce their lifetime carbon footprint by about 80 percent. They make pellets using sustainable practices that protect Southern forests, and employ about 800 people and support many other businesses in the rural South, where jobs and economic opportunity are sometimes scarce.
John Keppler, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Enviva
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The sawmill specialists at SERRA based their new XT 135 mobile saw on their stationary XE models to create a whole new performance class of mobile saws.
SERRA – one of Germany’s most innovative companies, according to the judges of the “Top 100” competition – specializes in sawmill technology and in particular in horizontal band saws. However, it is increasingly also becoming the go-to company for high-performance mobile sawmills.
These products help cut down on product miles, as they are taken to the raw material (wood) rather than the other way around. Predominantly used in contract sawmilling, mobile sawmills are usually powered by electric motors, often in combination with suitable generators that produce the electricity on site. Alternatively, some versions are equipped with a combustion engine.
To ensure the sawmills are as mobile as possible, they are usually designed to be transported by car, which means they are restricted to the maximum towing weight of 3.5 metric tons. Naturally, that has implications for the power and performance of the mobile sawmill.
However, SERRA started to wonder what the point is in having a lightweight mobile saw that is only ever towed by a heavy tractor or truck. That question ultimately led to the development of the new XT 135 model. The new product is based directly on the heavy stationary XE models and features an extremely robust build.
The XT 135 is designed to offer unlimited equipment options and aims to impress with its sheer performance data. For instance it processes logs up to 135 cm in diameter, has a large cutting length thanks to a hydraulically foldable extension, boasts a variable saw head with plenty of space above the saw blade, offers easy access to the saw blade through a hydraulic lid opening, and the weather cover on the lockable operator station even provides a little bit of shelter
SERRA Maschinenbau GmbH (83253 Rimsting, Germany)
Photo: SERRA XT-135 mobile saw
Timber Queensland held its Annual General Meeting last week. A unanimous decision by members present, elected Mr. James Hyne, Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Hyne Timber as the new Chair and Mr. Paul Bidwell Deputy Chief Executive, Master Builders Queensland as Deputy Chair.
Timber Queensland Chair Mr. James Hyne said the incoming Board has a strong eye to the future given the significant potential for further industry growth and development. “A key strength of the industry body is its diversity of members and Directors who understand all facets of the industry and the opportunities that are available for future growth,” said Mr. Hyne.
“Timber Queensland provides a united, powerful voice on political, technical, market development, industrial and environmental issues. As an industry, we have a positive story to tell as timber really is the ultimate renewable,” he said.
The other Directors elected at the AGM included:
– Skene Finlayson, Managing Director, Finlayson Timber and Hardware
– Robert Tapiolas, Director, Parkside Group
– Curly Tatnell, Chairman, DTM Timber
– Doug Simms, Managing Director, Simms Group
– Islay Robertson, Chief Operating Officer, HQPlantations
– John Ryan, Fabrication Sales Manager, Sunshine Mitre 10
– Bob Engwirda, Chief Executive Officer, Hurfords Wholesale
“We also look forward to the launch of the Queensland Parliamentary Friends of the Queensland Forest and Timber Industry Network in 2019, with the inaugural reception to take place in the Premier’s Hall on 27 February,” Mr. Hyne said.
Timber Queensland Chief Executive Officer, Mick Stephens said the Board has identified some key priorities going forward, including long-term resource security and manufacturing competitiveness, including low cost energy and opportunities such as promotion of bioenergy.
“Now, more than ever before, our industry’s future rests on Government decisions that will be made during the next few years. These decisions will impact resource availability and will influence manufacturing investment and the use of our products in the built environment,” said Mr. Stephens.
Source: Timber Queensland
After several years of “break” dedicated to the construction of shredders / hammer shredders for medium / small composting plants, Pezzolato re-proposes the S18000 model driven by a 545 Hp Iveco C13 engine.
The rotor, equipped with 62 mobile hammers, has one meter in diameter and is 1800 mm wide.
Set up on a MAN TGS 35 500 truck, the car is powered from the truck cab with a 10.4-meter Palfinger Q130LD104 outrigger crane.
To move into the working position the S18000 crumbles rotates on a thrust bearing and slides on the truck frame.
The operator’s driving position is sliding to allow the machine to be powered from both sides.
A report released by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) today highlighted continued growth in Australia’s forestry sector thanks to favourable conditions in key markets, particularly housing and international trade.
ABARES Executive Director, Dr Steve Hatfield-Dodds, said Australian forest and wood products statistics: March and June quarters 2018, reported the fourth consecutive year of growth for the value added by the forestry and forest product manufacturing industries, to $8.8 billion.
“We are seeing strong domestic demand for wood products, with a 4.4 per cent increase in house commencements compared to the previous year, while the number of new other residential buildings—such as units and townhouses—also increased,” Dr Hatfield-Dodds said.
Domestic demand for wood products remains at high levels. Following four years of consecutive growth, the estimated volume of logs harvested stabilised in 2017−18 at 32.9 million cubic metres.
Exports of Australia’s wood products were higher than ever in 2017–18, increasing for the fifth consecutive year to reach a record $3.6 billion, on the back of record high exports of woodchips, paper and paperboard, and roundwood.
Overseas demand for woodchips, sourced mainly from Australia’s commercial hardwood plantations, remains strong with woodchips exports reaching $1.3 billion. The report finds the Chinese market accounted for the majority of total wood product export growth in 2017−18. In fact, according to ABARES, 47 per cent of Australia’s wood product exports went to China, a market now worth $1.7 billion.
Australia’s demand for overseas wood products in 2017−18 also increased, to $5.6 billion across all major wood product import categories, driven by growth in imports of wood-based panels and miscellaneous forest products.
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Cascades Inc. will invest $58 million to modernize and add new tissue converting equipment its Wagram, NC plant. The Canada-based manufacturer of green packaging and tissue products will install five new state-of-the-art converting lines and modernize four existing lines. The company will hire 66 full time employees to operate the new equipment, and an additional 50 temporary jobs will be created to prepare the building and install the equipment. The commissioning of the new converting lines is expected to begin in April 2019 and will be finalized in the first quarter of 2020.
“This modernization project is directly aligned with the objectives set out in our strategic plan,” said Mario Plourde, Cascades President and CEO. “It will not only allow us to replace aging equipment with modern and efficient technology, but will also improve our integration rate, increase our geographical footprint and extend our ability to serve our customers in the United States. With today’s challenging market conditions, this is a crucial investment that will reduce our manufacturing and transportation costs, improve our environmental footprint and more importantly, bring us closer to our customers.”
The Wagram plant produces hand towels, paper towels, bathroom tissue and napkins marketed under the Cascades PRO brand, which serves the Away-from-Home markets. The plant will be largely supplied by the Cascades tissue plant located 30 miles away, in Rockingham. Upon completion of the project, the Wagram plant converting capacity will increase from 5.3 million cases per year to close to 15 million cases per year, resulting in a global capacity addition of 3 million cases for the Group.
“International manufacturers like Cascades are thriving in North Carolina,” said North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper. “Our state’s global reputation attracts new investments and jobs because companies know North Carolina’s skilled industrial workers will help them succeed here. These new jobs are an extra welcome boost for an area working to recover from Hurricane Florence.”
Cascades employs 11,000 people who work in over 90 production units in North America and Europe.
Photo: Mario Plourde, Cascades President and CEO.
As of 2019, Pollmeier Massivholz GmbH & Co. KG will be offering spruce laminated veneer lumber (LVL), which is to be produced at the Creuzburg / Thuringia site. So far, only beech veneer plywood, known as BauBuche, has been produced in the plant, which went into operation in 2014.
“I see the new veneer plywood products made of spruce as an ideal addition to our product range. Spruce laminated veneer lumber is an established material that is used in structural timber construction for many standard components in non-visible areas. By contrast, beech laminated veneer lumber is mainly used for visible timber constructions and heavily loaded individual components. This means that spruce laminated veneer lumber is not in competition with our BauBuche products, “explains Managing Director Ralf Pollmeier.
“In recent years, we have optimized our veneer lumber production. Now everything is running smoothly and we want to go into 3-shift operation in 2019. This gives us sufficient production capacity for the production of laminated veneer lumber products from both types of wood. Both product lines have high growth potential, “adds Pollmeier.
Pollmeier will offer spruce laminated veneer lumber in various strength classes both as an exclusively longitudinal product as well as with transverse layers. The new Pollmeier Fichte LVL will be presented to the public for the first time at the Bau in Munich in January 2019 (stand no. 318 / hall B5).
In 2012, the hardwood specialist Pollmeier surprised the industry with the construction of the world’s first hardwood-processing laminated veneer lumber plant. Thus Pollmeier entered new technological territory. After the start of production in autumn 2014, the production had to be partially rebuilt and optimized.
The beech veneer plywood from Pollmeier was a world novelty and is still the only constructional material industrially manufactured from hardwood. The BauBuche has been able to prove its efficiency in numerous reference projects throughout Europe and is today valued in both timber engineering and interior design.
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ArborGen has entered into an agreement with Gerdau Aços Longos S.A. (Gerdau) that gives ArborGen exclusive rights to develop and commercialize Gerdau’s genetically improved eucalyptus clones in Brazil. The partnership will expand the products ArborGen can offer its customers and allow it to expand into new markets. The company began offering Gerdau seedlings in November 2018.
ArborGen is one of the largest sellers of eucalyptus and pine trees seedlings in Brazil. It already has exclusive rights to commercialize International Paper’s eucalyptus clones in Brazil and is developing its own proprietary clones as well. Working primarily through contract nurseries, ArborGen’s eucalyptus products are already available in Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, São Paulo and Paraná states.
“This expanded agreement allows ArborGen to address important markets such as Minas Gerais and Bahia. The new clones offers growers high wood density and excellent yield, making them ideal for charcoal and energy markets,” said Gabriela Monnerat, general manager of ArborGen Brazil.
ArborGen is the largest global supplier of seedling products and a leading provider of improved technologies to the commercial forest industry.
Photo: Gabriela Monnerat, general manager of ArborGen Brazil.
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