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We offer management consulting services to clients throughout the forest products value chain, from resource providers to end users. Our unique experience allows us to recognise relevant driving forces and assess their impact on client business. We help clients capture strategic opportunities and avoid pitfalls.

One main area of our expertise lies in strategy formulation and execution regarding raw materials, markets and products. For instance, we help our clients find new business prospects in raw materiel procurement or better predict the competitive environment.

Another main area of our skills is to combine our leading-edge industry expertise and management consulting know-how with the best practices in the fields of sustainable ecosystem management and biodiversity protection such as supporting our clients in forest management and chain of custody certification.

Recent study:
Billion hectares of land have potential for forest restoration

We complement the skill set of client organisations with our wide and deep industry specific perspective. Our working methods range from technical analysis to process facilitation and from sparring to scenario workshops. We work well on every level of client organisations. With our unique understanding of the whole forest industry cluster, we can interpret trends or nuances in client business landscapes.

 

You can find some historical background information about central Eurpoean forestry here



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2018-05-16 10:17 | Researchers at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm have managed to produce a bio-based material based on wood that supposedly surpasses the strength of all known bio-based materials, fabricated or natural, including spider silk. Source: Wired UK This new lightweight material could in theory be used not only to create new kinds of super-strong furniture, but new airplanes, cars, buildings and other products. Working with cellulose nanofibres, the fibres that coat the cell walls of...

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2018-05-16 10:16 | Sumitomo Forestry NZ, the local unit of the Japanese timber conglomerate, posted a record profit last year after buying the timber plantations of US forestry investor Hancock in 2016 to secure more supply for its wood processing plant. Source: ShareChat NZ The timber company posted a profit of NZ$48.9 million in the year ended 31 December 2017, from a loss of NZ$18.4 million a year earlier when its earnings were hurt by a NZ$62 million reduction in the value of its plantations, according to its...

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2018-05-16 10:15 | Forest and Wood Products Australia has invested in research to produce up-to-date information on the socio-economic impacts of the forest industry in Queensland. Source: Timberbiz The forest industry in Australia contributes to jobs and economic activity in many communities. During the last decade, there has been little information on how the industry is changing in different regions, including change in the number of jobs generated, dependence of different communities on the economic activity...

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2018-05-16 10:14 | Join a group of architects, engineers, developers and building professionals visiting landmark timber projects, fabrication and manufacturing facilities in Europe. Source: Timberbiz Your tour leader is Andrew Dunn, timber engineer and CEO of the Timber Development Association who has led five of these very popular overseas tours showcasing timber. Travel 6 days from Salzburg, Austria to Biel, Switzerland by luxury coach. Cities and places to be visited include: Salzburg, Innsbruck, St Gallen,...

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2018-05-16 10:13 | Nelson City Council is retiring more than a fifth of its forestry blocks and building a wetland along the Maitai River, in response to concerns about the environmental impact of forestry practices locally and nationwide. Source: Stuff NZ The council released Niwa research, linking pine plantations to environmentally-damaging fine sediment in the Maitai River, amid calls for stronger controls on forestry companies operating in the Maitai catchment. The report said while forestry only accounted...

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2018-05-16 10:13 | Nick Milestone, the key speaker at this year’s Frame Australia conference, has a clear message: offsite construction is a game-changer for the construction industry. Source: Timberbiz It’s the answer to the long-standing industry debate about how productivity and innovation can build better buildings faster. “Offsite manufacture for onsite installation provides the solution to address quality and performance,” says the 34-year veteran of the construction industry, who is the associate director...

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2018-05-16 10:11 | It’s time for Tumbarumba community groups to start formalising their project details with the Hyne Community Trust calling for applications from June 2018 for projects valued over $10,000. Source: Timberbiz The Hyne Community Trust has been supporting community projects since 2007 with more than $450,000 contributed to date. The Hyne Community Trust applications open on 1 June and remain open for the month. All applications must be for grants valued over $10,000 and are subject to a...

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2018-05-16 10:09 | 1,009,223m3 – exports of softwood logs for the March quarter of 2018, a rise of 5.2% on March quarter 2017 275m3 – Australia’s dressed sawn softwood exports in the March Quarter of 2018 were almost too small to notice $112,952,000 – the value of Australia’s imports of dressed sawn softwood products in the March Quarter of 2018, measured on a Free On Board basis USDFob143.05/bdmt – the average price of Australian hardwood chip exports in March 2018 103 – Australia’s approvals for the building of...

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2018-05-16 00:27 | Edmonton - Canada’s boreal forest faces a brighter future with today’s exciting protected areas announcement from the Government of Alberta! This afternoon, Alberta’s Minister of Environment and Parks announced the creation and expansion of five wildland provincial parks in northeast Alberta, making up an addition of 1.36 million hectares to Alberta’s protected areas network.

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2018-05-15 19:35 | UNFF13 focused on forest-related solutions for sustainable development, with delegates addressing implementation of the UN Strategic Plan on Forests 2017-2030 (UNSPF), announcing voluntary national contributions, and adopting a communication and outreach strategy. Delegates explored how to establish a UNFF brand and make the Global Forest Goals more comprehensible and accessible, and therefore, more implementable by all. At its conclusion, UNFF13 adopted an omnibus resolution and its Chair...

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2018-05-15 15:23 | Norway has spent NOK 1 billion on saving the rainforest in the Democratic Republic of Congo. But deforestation in DRC is increasing rapidly. On 12 May 2018, Dagsrevyen, the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation’s daily news programme reported on Norway’s failure to address deforestation in DRC. For Norwegian speakers, the news piece is available here. Two articles […]

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2018-05-15 14:17 | Orangutans, already critically endangered due to habitat loss from logging and farming, may face another threat in the form of smoke from natural and human-caused fires, a new study finds.

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2018-05-15 11:20 | Forklift manufacturer and material handling solutions provider Combilift has officially opened its new global headquarters and manufacturing facility in Monaghan, Ireland. Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the company also announced that it will be significantly expanding its workforce with the creation of 200 new jobs in the next three years.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, the Irish Prime Minister An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD said: “Combilift is an incredible home-grown...

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2018-05-15 04:54 |

Launched in 2015 by the U.S. Forest Service and supported by Kenyan partners and the Center for International Forestry Research...

The post Findings and recommendations from...

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2018-05-14 13:37 | Sidney Gendron runs Sawmill Sid, a family-run sawmill that collects felled and diseased trees at its Tree and Wood Recovery Centre in Mississaug, Canada. Source: CBC Canada Once processed, downed trees can be repurposed as furniture, art pieces or materials for housing and construction. Sawmill Sid is part of a nascent wood recycling industry that aims to combat climate change by diverting landfill waste and reducing the carbon footprint of the forestry industry. “When trees come down...

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2018-05-14 13:36 | The Chicago Mercantile Exchange futures contract for the softwood two-by-fours used in framing houses closed at its highest price ever. Source: Justin Fox for Bloomberg If one adjusts for inflation, current prices are no longer record-setting. But an interesting pattern does appear if one adds in a few other key data points. It appears that every time the US picks a fight with Canada over its alleged subsidies of softwood lumber, which comes from coniferous trees such as pines, firs and cedars...

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2018-05-14 13:36 | A court in eastern Poland has acquitted environmentalists who had blocked government-ordered logging in one of Europe’s last pristine forests that has been condemned by the European Union. Source: ABC News Last June, the activists chained themselves to heavy equipment, thus blocking for some time the large-scale felling of trees in the Bialowieza Forest. Police and forest guards forcibly removed them and took the incident to court. A court in eastern Poland acquitted the environmentalists...

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2018-05-14 13:35 | New Zealand Forestry Minister Shane Jones announced the formation of a new ministerial advisory group to provide independent advice about the forestry sector and how government and industry can work together to deliver outcomes for New Zealand. Source: Timberbiz The Forestry Ministerial Advisory Group is made up of 10 forestry experts who will provide industry perspectives and advice to help meet New Zealand’s forestry goals, including the One Billion Tree Program. “The group has been selected...

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2018-05-14 13:34 | A Spot-tailed quoll was recently sighted in the Erica State Forest. Spot-tailed quolls are rare; they are listed as Threatened under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 and Vulnerable under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC). Source: Timberbiz To the best of our knowledge, the last sighting of a quoll in this area was many years ago. “VicForests is delighted that this beautiful creature graces our forests,” Mr Alex Messina general manager...

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2018-05-14 13:32 | A Masters of Architecture student from the University of Queensland has received Timber Queensland’s newly-minted SmartTimber Awards. Source: Timberbiz Revealed at Timber Queensland’s Doing Timber Business in Queensland: Room to Grow conference held in Brisbane, Peter Greely took home the Smart Timber Award for his project ‘Heartwood’. It was an investigation into engineered timber, its versatility as a building product and its environmental credentials across multiple ...

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