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China’s Voracious Appetite for Timber Stokes Fury in Russia and Beyond

NYT Logging Industry - Tue, 09/04/2019 - 19:01
After sharply restricting logging in its own forests, China turned to imports, overwhelming even a country with abundant resources: Russia.

Canada’s Jan-Feb lumber exports rise 65%

International Forest Industries - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 10:59

In January-February 2019, Canada increased its lumber exports to China by 65% to 906 thousand m3, according to Woodstat. Ukraine has become the fourth largest supplier of lumber to China, beating the exports from Sweden, Germany, Chile and the United States. Lumber exports from Ukraine to China grew by 223% to 152 thousand m3. Russia is the largest lumber supplier to China with volume in January-February of 2.16 million m3 (+ 15%). However, the country’s share in the Chinese market for imported lumber declined from a maximum of 63% last year to 56% in January-February 2019.

The United States had the largest reduction in lumber supplies to China in January-February by 57%, shipments from Sweden decreased by 39%, and from Finland by 28%.

Softwood lumber import in China during January-February 2019 totaled 3.82 million m3 (+16% compared to 2018). Of softwood lumber, China imports mostly pine. The import of pine increased by 8% during January-February (compared to 2018). The import of spruce increased by 26%. The import of other lumber (mostly larch) increased by 31%.

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Portugal accused of buying illegal Congo logs

International Forest Industries - Wed, 03/04/2019 - 12:27

Companies based in Portugal, France, Belgium, Spain, Italy and Poland have been importing timber from Industrie Forestière du Congo (IFCO) – a logging company which Global Witness accuses of flouting forest laws in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Together, the ten companies placed more than 1,400m3 of IFCO’s so-called high-risk timber on the EU market, with a value of approximately €2 million, in the space of five months during 2018.

IFCO is a recently created entity which has inherited logging operations previously belonging to Cotrefor.

Under the European Timber regulations (EUTR), companies must be able to show they have taken clear steps to reduce the risk that timber imported to the EU has been illegally harvested. Failure to do so can result in high penalties.

“It has been over six years since the EU Timber Regulation came into force, and this is yet another case of illegal or high-risk timber coming into EU ports, seemingly unchecked. Illegal logging is a serious contributor to climate change, and weak enforcement risks undermining the EU’s efforts to combat it”, said Colin Robertson of Global Witness.

This follows a detailed investigation published last summer by Global Witness, which revealed systemic illegal logging by a major European company in the Democratic Republic of Congo, while Norway and France are on the brink of funding expansion of the country’s industrial logging sector.

Global Witness said that a two-year investigation revealed that European company Norsudtimber was the biggest single owner of logging concessions covering over 40,000 km2 of rainforest in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Portugal, China, Vietnam and France are also all said to be recipients of Norsudtimber’s timber trading.

The majority of timber exports to Europe went to either Portugal or France.

Almost 60 percent of the timber exported is said to come from endangered or vulnerable tree species.

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Euro investors keen on billion trees project

International Forest Industries - Wed, 03/04/2019 - 12:01

New Zealand’s billion trees planting project has attracted the eye of some of the world’s most deep-pocketed timber sector players interested in growing much more than raw radiata logs.

A director of Kronospan, the world’s largest manufacturer of wood-based boards and panels, was among European visitors recently to New Zealand forests and the Beehive office of Forestry and Regional Development Minister Shane Jones, as they explored investment opportunities.

“One billion trees by 2028” is Jones’ brainchild. He wants one billion trees – including native trees – planted between 2018 and 2028, with support funding available from the Government. It is estimated about half that number will be achieved by existing industry planting programmes.

Two of his visitors were specialist forestry and agriculture investors from Germany whose company GlenSilva last year formed a joint venture, Kauri Forestry, with New Zealand farm and forest manager Craigmore Sustainables.

Kauri is awaiting word from the Overseas Investment Office on whether it’s cleared to buy 5000 hectares of Wairarapa and Northland land to further its programme of growing sustainable native tree and radiata forests for commercial timber use.

GlenSilva founding partners Matthias Graf von Westphalen and Josef Nagel have been visiting New Zealand and investing here for several years – and introducing other European investors to primary industry here.

Via GlenSilva, or in partnership with Craigmore, the pair have invested more than $65 million in agriculture and forestry in the North Island.

Coming from Europe, where commercial forests and farms are many hundreds of years old and intergenerationally-owned and managed, the pair are big fans of the Government’s billion trees project for its drive to build a long-term, sustainable forestry industry, its support for ecosystems, and its potential contribution to climate change management through this country’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).

Graf von Westphalen called one billion trees a “beautiful” programme.

Source – NZ Herald

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Deere Board elects John May as President, Chief Operating Office

International Forest Industries - Wed, 03/04/2019 - 11:22

Deere & Company has announced that its Board of Directors elected John C May, 49, as President, Chief Operating Officer, effective from 1st April 2019. May will be responsible for leading Deere’s efforts to maximise operational excellence throughout the company.

May has been with Deere for 22 years and joined the senior management team in 2012 as President, Agricultural Solutions and Chief Information Officer. Last year he was named President, Worldwide Agriculture & Turf Division, with responsibility for the Americas and Australia, the Global Harvesting, Turf & Utility and Crop Care Platforms, and the Intelligent Solutions Group. Earlier in his career, John headed the company’s China operations, served as factory manager at the Dubuque Works in Iowa, and was Vice President of the Turf & Utility Platform.

“John’s record of success and proven leadership skills make him highly qualified for this broader role,” said Samuel R Allen, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “In addition, his leadership of the company’s precision agriculture initiative and experience as chief information officer will serve him well as Deere moves ahead on its digitalisation journey.”

Deere also announced the election of three other leaders to new positions, effective from 1st April. These include:

  • Cory J Reed, 48, to the position of President, Worldwide Agriculture & Turf Division, Americas and Australia, Global Harvesting and Turf Platforms, and Ag Solutions. Reed joined the company in 1998 and most recently has been President, John Deere Financial.
  • Rajesh Kalathur, 50, to the position of President, John Deere Financial and Chief Information Officer. Since joining Deere in 1996, Kalathur has held positions in finance, business development, logistics, operations and marketing. Since 2012, he has been a member of the senior leadership team as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. He assumed the added responsibilities of Chief Information Officer in 2018.
  • Ryan D Campbell, 44, to the position of Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer. Campbell joined John Deere in 2007 and has held a number of management positions within the finance function. He became Vice President and Comptroller in 2016 and last year was named Deputy Financial Officer.

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Raute received Euro 12 million orders from Plyterra in Russia

International Forest Industries - Tue, 02/04/2019 - 10:58

Raute Corporation has received orders worth over Euro 12 million from CJSC Plyterra to Russia. The orders consist of veneer drying and patching lines and plywood lay-up and overlaying lines to be delivered to Plyterra’s birch plywood mill located in Umet, Zubovo-Polyanskiy region in Mordovia. The ordered machinery and equipment will be delivered during the 1Q 2020 and production on the new lines will be started during summer 2020.

The equipment will be engineered and produced in Raute’s production unit in Nastola and partly in the Kajaani unit, and also in the company’s partnership network. The equipment now ordered from Raute is part of Plyterra’s investment program through which the mill’s annual capacity will be increased up to 180,000 cubic meters.

Raute is a technology and service company that operates worldwide. Raute’s customers are companies operating in the wood products industry that manufacture veneer, plywood, LVL (Laminated Veneer Lumber) and lumber.

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Log imports to China climb for third year

International Forest Industries - Fri, 29/03/2019 - 10:55

China is continuously exploring new sources of softwood logs around the world. Minor log exporters, such as Japan, Poland, Chile and South Africa all expanded their shipments to China in 2018, reports the WRQ. Of the major log supplying countries, only Russia and Canada reduced their exports to China, while New Zealand, the US and Uruguay all increased their shipments year-over-year.

China had another record year of softwood log imports in 2018, when over 40 million m3 of logs landed at Chinese ports. This was the third consecutive year of year- over-year- increases, with 2018 volumes being up 37% from 2015. Although import volumes fell slightly from the 3Q/18 to the 4Q/18, the December numbers were the second highest monthly imports on record.

Over the past five years, import volumes have declined from the key supplying regions of Russia and Canada, while they have increased from New Zealand and Australia. New Zealand continues to expand its market share, supplying 44% of the total import volume in the 4Q/18, up from 30% just three years earlier, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ).

The biggest decline in market share has been that of Russia, which has fallen from 36% to 18% in the past three years. The only other major change the past few years has been an increase in pine log shipments from Uruguay. These have increased from just a few thousand m3 in 2016 to almost 2.5 million m3 in 2018, making the country the fifth largest log supplier to China last year.

The average log import price fell three percent from the 3Q/18 to the 4Q/18, mainly because of lower costs for logs originating from New Zealand and the US. The total average import price has gone up for three consecutive years. Although the prices have trended upward over the past few years, they are still lower than import prices in 2013 and 2014, when high-cost suppliers in the US and Canada had a larger market share.

Another interesting development is that Japan, the sixth largest softwood log importer in the world, has almost tripled log exports to China over the past few years, from just over 300,000 m3 in 2014 to almost a million m3 in 2018. Other smaller log supplying countries that have increased shipments to China in 2018 include Poland, Chile, South Africa and Germany.

Source: Wood Resources International LLC, www.woodprices.com

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Log distribution JV formed by NZ companies

International Forest Industries - Fri, 29/03/2019 - 10:38

Four forestry companies operating in the Wairarapa region of New Zealand have announced the formation of Log Distribution Limited, a joint venture company which will commence operations on 1 April 2019.

Log Distribution Limited is a collaboration between FOMS Ltd, Forest Enterprises Growth Ltd, Wairarapa Estate Ltd and Norsewood Estate Ltd which aims to improve efficiencies in log export through the collaborative management of log marketing and shipping, marshalling and stevedoring, road and rail transport and log storage.

The company’s operations will be based at Masterton and will ship logs from the Wellington and Napier ports. Log Distribution Limited will be supported by TPT which has been engaged to oversee the company’s export marketing and shipping.

Forest Enterprises Growth Chief Executive Officer Bert Hughes says the four founding companies share common interests in the supply chain. The companies collectively identified the opportunity to improve the efficiency and safety of log export operations through increased coordination and scale.

“We believe the formation of Log Distribution Limited will result in reduced waste across the supply chain and better use of our critical rail and port infrastructure,” Mr Hughes says. “A key focus of Log Distribution Limited operations will be to improve efficiency in log cartage across the southern part of the North Island. This includes initiatives that will assist in alleviating bottlenecks in the supply chain, as we expect to see local harvest levels steadily increase over the next five years.”

Recognising the increased demand to provide the region’s growers with a route to market, Mr Hughes says Log Distribution Limited will place focus on reducing the reliance on road transport over the Rimutaka Range and lessen port congestion at Centrepoint Wellington.

As New Zealand’s forestry harvest levels continue to grow, Mr Hughes is confident Log Distribution Limited will strengthen the supply chain and deliver a wealth of benefits to stakeholders. “The formation of Log Distribution Limited is a great example of positive collaboration in the forest industry that will benefit both community and industry stakeholders,” Mr Hughes says.

Wairarapa Estate Ltd and Norsewood Estate Ltd properties are managed by New Forests, an international funds management business specialising in responsible forestland investment. Local management of both properties is overseen by IFS Growth Ltd a New Zealand company specialising in forest management.

Source: Campbell Squared

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The world’s tallest wooden building Mjösa Tower completed in Norway

International Forest Industries - Thu, 28/03/2019 - 14:14

The Mjösa Tower was officially opened in Brumunddal, Norway, taking over the title of the world’s tallest wooden building. The 18-floor building reaches up to a height of 85.4 metres. The building includes a hotel, private homes and office space. Metsä Wood’s fast, light and green Kerto® LVL (laminated veneer lumber) products were used in the intermediate floor elements of the building.

The Mjösa Tower symbolises environmentally friendly thinking in construction, and it is proof that tall buildings can be built using wood.

The structure is similar to conventional buildings, but the dimensions of the elements are much larger than usual. Both the structure and facade of the Mjösa Tower are made of wood. The load-bearing structure consists of glulam columns, beams and diagonal members, which suits high-rise buildings well. The first ten floors are made of prefabricated wooden elements. The decks on the upper floors are made of concrete, to restrain the building and keep it from swaying.

Metsä Wood provides competitive and environmentally friendly wood products for construction, industrial customers and distributor partners. Metsä Wood is part of Metsä Group.

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Swedish Forest Agency: The notified area of final felling increased by 18% in February

International Forest Industries - Thu, 28/03/2019 - 12:40

The notified area of final felling in Sweden increased by 18% in February compared with the corresponding month in 2018. It is the highest monthly recorded data for the whole country in for February month in the last 12 years, according to the Swedish Forest Agency.

The total area of notified final felling in the whole country amounted to 18,453 hectares and the increase is partly due to the storms Alfrida and Jan where forest owners now make notifications to be able to take care of the forest that has been affected.

The notified area of final felling increased in all regions except for the region South of Northern Sweden where it decreased by 15%. In the region North of Sweden, it increased by 50% to 3,633 hectares. In the region Central Sweden, the notified area of final felling increased by 78% and amounted to 5,150 hectares, which is the highest monthly recorded data for February since 2007. In the region South of Sweden, the increase was 22% and amounted to 6,266 hectares.

At county level, the notified area of final felling increased in 15 of 21 counties. The largest increase was in Stockholm County, followed closely by Västmanland county which more than trebled. Thereafter, the corresponding increase in Uppsala County was 56%. It is the highest monthly recorded data for February month since 2007 in all these three counties.

The increase in Västerbotten County was 76%. Stockholm, Uppsala, Södermanland and Västmanland counties probably have higher notified area of final felling due to the storm Alfrida. In Västerbotten County, the increase in the areas is partly due to the storm Jan.

In Västernorrland County, the notified area of final felling decreased by 32%.

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John Deere Introduces Next Generation of Construction Simulators

International Forest Industries - Thu, 28/03/2019 - 12:19

John Deere is rolling out its new construction simulators – further bridging the gap between the classroom and jobsite. The modular update outfits the new John Deere simulators to one of six machine types: backhoe, crawler dozer, excavator, wheel loader, joystick-controlled motor grader and fingertip control motor grader.

“The next generation of John Deere simulators builds on a state-of-the-art technology that teaches machine controls, hand-eye coordination, safe operation, and operator technique,” said Jon Goodney, manager learning technology, John Deere Construction & Forestry. “Simulators offer cost-effective and efficient operator training in a risk-free environment, while avoiding wear and tear on the equipment. It’s a win-win for organizations looking to get the next generation of operators ready for the jobsite.”

Based on actual John Deere equipment, the updated simulators feature swappable controls that allow for quick interchange of joysticks and foot pedals to multiple machine types.

The state-of-the art software boasts highly-detailed, realistic virtual environments designed to cover basic and advanced operator duties through multiple jobsite tasks. A performance function provides metrics to measure student progress to help build proficiency and confidence.

The updated backhoe, excavator, and motor grader simulators will be available this spring, while the crawler dozer and wheel loader will be available for purchase this summer.

The new simulators can be coupled with free online training available through John Deere University, offering a well-rounded operator training package.

The new simulators will debut at bauma 2019, April 8-14 in Munich. To learn more, contact your local John Deere dealer.


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Tieto partners with PiiMega in Finland

International Forest Industries - Wed, 27/03/2019 - 14:35

Tieto is partnering with PiiMega, a leading Finnish sawmill and forestry IT system supplier, to extend usage of Tieto Forest Hub ecosystem service in sawmill industry.

A complex supply chain in a wide forestry ecosystem involves a large number of business transactions between organisations at different points. Tieto Forest Hub service helps wood supply business partners in this ecosystem to improve the efficiency of their wood logistics and mill reception processes.

Tieto Forest Hub improves daily operational planning and follow-up, management of the inventories, and information quality, while also decreasing the amount of manual work and reducing errors.

“Forest Hub provides our customers with productivity benefits and new possibilities for more advanced usage of data and analytics,” says Antti Miettunen, Vice President, Wood and forestry solutions, Chairman, PiiMega.

PiiMega is a software product company located in Oulu, Finland. PiiMega is digitalizing forestry and sawmill industry.

Photo: Antti Miettunen, Chairman, VP Wood Processing Software at PiiMega Oy

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Heinola Sawmill Machinery names Jan Räsänen as Managing Director

International Forest Industries - Wed, 27/03/2019 - 12:42

Jan Räsänen will be Heinola Sawmill Machinery’s new Managing Director. The current Managing Director, Kari Kiiskinen will continue on the company’s Board of Directors and as an advisor to the management until autumn 2019.

Kari Kiiskinen has worked for Heinola Sawmill Machinery for more than 30 years, the last 10 years of which as Managing Director. He felt the time was right for a controlled change in the company’s operational management.

Jan Räsänen has experience working in the mechanical forest industry, most recently as a plant manager at Metsä Wood. He joined Heinola Sawmill Machinery in 2014, and worked as Head of the Project Department before his post as Managing Director.

Heinola Sawmill Machinery Inc. is the only supplier in Finland concentrating on development of high-quality drying kiln technology.

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Södra invests SEK 20 million ($2.2 million) in new sustainable transportation solutions

International Forest Industries - Wed, 27/03/2019 - 12:18

As part of the process to achieve its fossil-free targets by 2030, Södra is now earmarking an investment of SEK 20 million ($2.2 million) for the additional costs arising from the choice of new and sustainable transport solutions.

“As one of Sweden’s largest transport purchasers, we have a major responsibility. We want to show the way to a sustainable transport future and this investment will show that we are very serious about achieving change, and inspiring others to follow our lead,” said Lars Idermark, President and CEO.

The earmarked funds will increase opportunities for working long-term without affecting the day-to-day operations. Södra has previously communicated its investments in liquid biofuel production through its two joint ventures, SunPine and Silva Green Fuel, and its own production of biomethanol.

“We are following our roadmap for “A Fossil-Free Södra,” alongside of our efforts to promote the supply, demand and policy instruments that will enable a profitable transition, and to become a role model for others to follow. With this investment of SEK 20 million ($2.2 million), we can help to drive demand for new technical solutions,” said Henrik Brodin, Project Manager for “A Fossil-Free Södra.”

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Holtec to supply new log sorting line for Hasslacher in Preding, Austria

International Forest Industries - Wed, 27/03/2019 - 11:46

Hasslacher plans to invest Euro 30 million in expansion of its Preding site in Austria. Holtec to supply new log sorting line for Hasslacher’s mill in Preding, The project will be realised in summer 2019.

Hasslacher Preding Holzindustrie operates a sawmill with a cutting capacity of 250,000 solid cubic metres and produces finger-jointed solid construction timber, planed goods, pellets as well as special pallets and packaging solutions. In the curse of the new investment, the saw line will be modified and the cutting capacity will be increased to 600,000 solid cubic metres logs.

Furthermore the log yard will be extended. For the first time in the company’s history a Holtec log yard is installed. Hasslacher relies on the tried and tested chainless technology from Holtec as well as on the new milling disc for making pre-cuts.

The Valon Kone type debarker is fed with a max. speed of 130 m/min. By means of the control Gap-ControlTM the log gap is optimized for an ongoing feeding.

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Wood-Mizer to expand its manufacturing facility in Batesville, Indiana

International Forest Industries - Tue, 26/03/2019 - 12:53

Wood-Mizer plans to expand their manufacturing facility in Batesville, Indiana. The expansion project scheduled to begin in March of 2019 will consist of 53,000 additional square feet dedicated to manufacturing the company’s world-leading range of sawmill and wood processing equipment.

With a scheduled completion date of October 2019, the expanded facility will include a total of 132,000 square feet with 124,000 square feet dedicated to manufacturing Wood-Mizer’s wide range of wood processing equipment.

“Wood-Mizer is dedicated to providing our customers with a wide range of equipment to satisfy their wood processing equipment needs,” shared Wood-Mizer North America President Darryl Floyd. “This facility expansion in Batesville will allow Wood-Mizer to continue to meet the global demand of our growing range of products that are built right here in Indiana.”

Wood-Mizer offers a complete line of narrowband portable and industrial sawmills, wideband sawmilling equipment, resaws, edgers, kilns, molders/planers, firewood processing equipment, pallet recycling equipment, material handling equipment, bandsaw blades, and blade maintenance equipment for forestry and timber professionals all over the world.

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JDPS Hybrid Products Surpass 1 Million Field Hours in John Deere Loaders

International Forest Industries - Tue, 26/03/2019 - 11:33

Utilizing John Deere Power Systems technology, the John Deere 644K and 944K Hybrid Wheel Loaders have collectively logged more than 1 million operating hours in the field.

This level of real-world experience is key as more OEMs look to John Deere Power Systems for technologies to reduce emissions, improve fuel economy, and enhance machine performance and reliability.

This milestone follows the announcement that the John Deere family of Stage V engines received official certification.

John Deere was among the first to introduce electric drive technology in off-highway equipment, as it produced the 644K hybrid loader in 2013 and the 944K hybrid loader in 2015. John Deere Power Systems joined forces with John Deere Electronic Solutions to successfully design and implement fully integrated electric drivetrain systems — a concept first introduced at bauma 2016.

Integrated solutions expertise
While off-highway equipment manufacturers continue to explore and evaluate hybrid and electrification solutions for their respective markets, the demands of the end customer for reliability and productivity continue to increase. In response to this, John Deere is developing technology to meet manufacturers at various phases of implementation and development.

“In this emerging market for electrification technology, we are working closely with our OEM customers to understand their application needs,” says Darren Almond, Drivetrain Product Planning Manager for John Deere Power Systems. While the off-highway industry continues to grow and adapt, its demands remain the same. And to that point, a rugged market requires a product that can meet expectations in a variety of applications — whether diesel, hybrid or electric.

“Exceeding 1 million operating hours shows that John Deere has an in-depth understanding of how to make hybrid drivetrain systems work in the field,” says Almond. “We can use our expertise to discover innovative ways to develop reliable, efficient, cost-effective alternatives to traditional drivetrain systems.”

Accounting for the entire system solution will be vital to the successful development of this emerging market. The OEM electrification approach of John Deere seeks to offer integrated solutions that address the interfaces between the electrical generator and/or motors, power electronics, and mechanical interfaces.

A complete, innovative lineup
To accompany its proven hybrid solutions, John Deere Power Systems will showcase new, innovative engine options at bauma 2019. The new 13.6L engine from John Deere will be part of the Stage V lineup for industrial and generator set markets. In addition to the 13.6L engine, John Deere will display its 4.5L EWS engine for the first time. The 4.5L EWS engine serves both the 80 kVA and the 100 kVA markets and expands the non-EGR engine generator drive lineup for Stage V from John Deere.

Because John Deere has experience managing these interfaces and developing a fully integrated system, OEMs can place their confidence in these solutions.

To learn more about new electric solutions, the new 13.6L and 4.5 EWS engines, and the Stage V lineup from John Deere, visit the Power Systems booth at bauma, Hall A4 — Stand 139, 8-14 April, 2019.

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Global softwood lumber trade falls 7% in 2018

International Forest Industries - Tue, 26/03/2019 - 11:15

In 2018, global trade of lumber fell for the first time in five years, with total trade down 7% year-over-year. The four largest importing countries, the US (-18%), China (-5%), the United Kingdom (-13%) and Japan (-6%) all imported less in 2018 than in the previous year. Much of the decline was the result of weaker economic prospects and reduced housing starts.

Lumber markets – North America
US lumber prices have gone through a historical roller-coaster ride over the past 12 months. Random Lengths’ composite index for southern yellow pine was at $420/m3 in January 2018, peaked at $554/m3 in June and fell to $372/m3 in January 2019.

2018 softwood lumber exports from Canada were down 5% from 2017, with the biggest decline being in shipments to China. A three-year high of 80% of total exports were destined for the US market in the 3Q/18 despite efforts by Canada’s lumber industry to diversify its export shipments. China’s share has fallen from 13% in 2017 to 12% in 2018. The average export price from Canada declined by 28% this fall.

Lumber markets – China
Lumber imports to China fell for two consecutive quarters to reach 5.9 million m3 in the 4Q/18. This matches the pattern from previous years of declining import volumes in the third and fourth quarters of the year. Total imports for 2018 were down 2.3% from 2017 but still the second highest volume on record.

Continued uncertainty about the future of the Chinese economy, decade-low GDP growth in the 4Q/18, and reduced investments in housing and construction have all been factors that have led to slowing demand for lumber in late 2018. Import volumes in January 2019 were up by almost 20% from January 2018, but it is still too early to say if that is just a short-term jump.

Russia’s share of total imports to China has moved up from 55% in the 4Q/17 to 63% in the 4Q/18 as the sawmilling sectors in Siberia and the Far East continue to expand and deliver competitively priced lumber. Shipments from Finland and Sweden have fallen sharply in the past year, from a total of 624,000 m3 in the 4Q/17 to only 335,000 m3 in the 4Q/18, the lowest volume in three years.

Source: Wood Resources International LLC, www.WoodPrices.com

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EGGER raises industry concerns as ministers visit wood-based materials plant

International Forest Industries - Fri, 22/03/2019 - 10:56

EGGER Ltd welcomed the UK Government’s Minister for Energy and Clean Growth, Claire Perry, to its wood-based materials manufacturing site at Hexham, Northumberland, earlier this month, a trip that comes on the back of concerns raised by the industry about the increasing demand for the UK annual wood basket.

These concerns, which come through the Wood Panel Industries Federation (WPIF), are related to ensuring that wood security is at the forefront of future UK business and energy policy.

“The wood panel manufacturing sector uses 25% of the 11 Mt of wood delivered from UK forestry every year,” EGGER said. “UK manufacturers supply approximately 65% of the total UK annual consumption of wood-based panel products, which can be found in virtually every office, home and workplace across the country and is relied upon by the furniture, house building and construction industries across the UK.”

The minister was joined by Hexham’s local representative Guy Opperman, Northumberland County Council Leader Peter Jackson and Councillor for Hexham East, Cath Homer.

Perry said: “It was a pleasure to be in Hexham with Guy Opperman MP and visit the Egger plant to meet representatives of the wood panel industry and discuss the importance of forestry to the UK Economy. It’s great to see manufacturing firms continuing to invest domestically and bringing highly skilled, quality jobs to the area.”

Hexham’s Member of Parliament, Guy Opperman, said: “I was delighted to welcome Energy Minister Claire Perry to EGGER in Hexham to show off one of our top local employers. It was a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate the importance of forestry to Northumberland, and I really hope she takes the message loud and clear about the need to maintain forestry and keep timber costs down on an ongoing basis.”

WPIF Director General, Alastair Kerr, said, “We really appreciate the time and engagement the minister gave to this visit. Being able to showcase first-hand the nature of the industry, its products and processes is extremely valuable as it creates a more informed context to future discussions that we hope to have with the minister and her department”.

John Paterson, Director, EGGER Forestry, said: “It was a pleasure to host this meeting with the minister, where we were able to discuss the impact of energy policy on our wood supply.

“Our industry is at the forefront of sustainable UK manufacturing. I was pleased to show the minister what we are able to manufacture at Hexham to meet the demands of the furniture, interior design and construction sectors. Wood security is vital to underpin our manufacturing capability and future capital investment.”

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Vermeer upgrades line with new SC70TX Stump Cutter

International Forest Industries - Wed, 20/03/2019 - 14:01

Powerful cutting performance, fast travel speeds and operator presence controls. Vermeer enhances its professional tree care equipment product line with the introduction of the SC70TX stump cutter. Equipped with a 67 hp (50 kW) Cat turbocharged, Tier 4 Final/Stage IIIB diesel engine, the SC70TX stump cutter delivers power to the cutter wheel and can travel up to 1560 rpm.

“Vermeer designed the SC70TX stump cutter for challenging residential, commercial, municipal and rental applications,” said Todd Roorda, tree care, rental and landscaping sales manager at Vermeer. “We have made several enhancements upon qualities to create a powerful and efficient machine. We know contractors will be pleased with the power, speed and controls of the SC70TX model.”

The ground speeds of the SC70TX stump cutter will be noticeable to operators the moment they take it off the trailer. With a transport speed of 65 ft/,in (19.8 m/min), contractors can maneuver much quickly from stump to stump. The undercarriage system has 4.3 psi (29.6 kPA) ground-bearing pressure in soft ground and allows the machine to track quietly and smoothly. The model’s rubber tracks have a tread design that helps reduce the risk of turf damage while turning.

Vermeer has also incorporated performance and safety features found on its other stump cutters, including an operator presence system that stops the cutting wheel when an operator disengages contact with capacitance-sensing control handles and the patented SmartSweep® control system that monitors the engine speed and automatically adjusts the cutter wheel sweep speed to maximize power to the cutter wheel while reducing engine stress. An optional remote control that gives the operator visibility and flexibility is also available.

The SC70TX stump cutter has an efficient direct drive that maximizes the amount of horsepower to the 23-inch (58.4 cm) cutter wheel, and the Vermeer Yellow Jacket™ cutter system allows for efficient and convenient serviceability.

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