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CMI New Tigercat Dealer For Alaska

International Forest Industries - Mi, 16/10/2019 - 14:36

Tigercat has announced that Construction Machinery Industrial (CMI) is now the authorized Tigercat dealer for the state of Alaska.

With over 30 years of experience in the heavy equipment industry, CMI is a leader in the sale and service of construction equipment in Alaska. Headquartered in Anchorage, with locations in Fairbanks, Juneau and Ketchikan, CMI is strategically positioned throughout Alaska to deliver its products and services quickly and effectively.

“We are pleased to welcome CMI to the Tigercat dealer network,” says Kevin Selby, Tigercat sales manager for the United States. “CMI is a leader in Alaska’s heavy equipment industry. The company’s experience and dedication to customer support is the perfect match for our products.”

CMI will be offering the full Tigercat forestry and off-road industrial product line-up including skidders, log loaders, track harvesters and more.

“Our goal is to provide Alaska with the best of the best,” says Ken Gerondale, CMI president. “High quality is the standard by which we operate, and that is only made possible by choosing high quality products from companies like Tigercat.”

Tigercat and CMI look forward to growing its customer base in Alaska. CMI is eager to gain the trust of area loggers by providing strong customer service with parts availability, service support and the best product on the market – Tigercat.

To learn more about CMI visit, www.cmiak.com.

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Enviva Partners, LP receives an air permit for its Sampson facility

International Forest Industries - Di, 15/10/2019 - 10:54

Enviva Partners, LP issued thanking the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality for issuing an air permit for Enviva’s Sampson wood pellet production plant to:

–           install additional air emission controls;

–           increase production;

–           allow flexibility to increase the percentage of softwood (pine) utilization.

Enviva’s Chairman and CEO John Keppler issued the following statement: “We want to thank Secretary Regan and the Division of Air Quality’s leadership and staff for the crucial review and issuance of this important permit.

Enviva is proud to be part of the robust forest products industry that contributes to the vital rural economy in North Carolina. We are also proud of the work we do displacing fossil fuels. Since we opened our first plant in North Carolina over eight years ago, Enviva has helped to displace over 14 million tons of coal and, at the same time, we have helped ensure that private landowners continue to grow more trees. Forest inventory in our North Carolina sourcing region has increased by approximately 15% as we have grown in the state and helped provide a market for the forestry industry. We look forward to continued growth, alongside the communities in which we operate.

We want to solve big challenges. Renewable wood energy is an important part of the renewable energy transition. Enviva, and the broader forest products industry in North Carolina, are moving us toward a more sustainable future.

We want to create products here in the United States that we can export to other countries. Wood pellets are a great export success story, and our hardworking employees are a vital part of it.”

Enviva Partners, LP is a publicly traded master limited partnership that aggregates a natural resource, wood fibre, & processes it into a transportable form, wood pellets.


Photo: Enviva’s Chairman and CEO John Keppler

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Swedish Forest Agency: Gross felling is expected to increase in 2019

International Forest Industries - Fr, 11/10/2019 - 14:23

Harvesting in Sweden is expected to increase this year, showing a forecast from the Swedish Forest Agency. If the forecast stands, it is the highest figure since 2007.The gross felling in 2019 is estimated to be 94 million forest cubic metres. It is slightly more than 2018 when the preliminary gross felling was less than 93.5 million cubic metres.

There are several sources that are the basis for the forecast and point to increased harvesting:

– So far this year, forest owners have notified 6% larger areas for final felling than last year, suggesting that the interest of harvesting is great.

– According to the Swedish Forest Industries Federation, the production of sawn wood and pulp is expected to increase in 2019 compared to 2018.

– The stocks of roundwood and wood chips were more than 30% larger in the first half of this year compared to last year.

– In the forecast, the Swedish forest agency has estimated that stocks at the end of the year will be slightly larger than at the end of 2018, which means an increased harvest level.

At the same time, imports of pulpwood in the first half of this year are larger than the same period the previous year, while exports are lower, reducing the harvest forecast somewhat.

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John Deere announces new forestry Swing Machine options

International Forest Industries - Fr, 11/10/2019 - 12:53

Utilizing invaluable customer feedback, John Deere is rolling out increased options on its G-Series forestry swing machines, to help lower daily operating costs, boost productivity, and increase uptime. New updates, including improvements to the machine design and the addition of more standard features, provide loggers with a streamlined, reliable machine.

“To take a good machine and make it better, we knew we needed to go to our customers. Their input has helped us engineer the best equipped swing machines to handle the daily demands loggers face,” said Jarvis De Groot, product marketing manager, John Deere Construction & Forestry. “The new forestry swing machines were designed to increase uptime and reliability, even when navigating harsh and challenging terrain.”

The improved machine design includes changes to the boom and arm cylinder guards, hood, and underdecking. Additionally, the larger undercarriage offered on the 3754G and 3756G swing machines is now available on the 3145G and 3156G models, increasing productivity. A new front sunshade increases operator comfort and visibility in sunny conditions. The inclusion of a deck handrail increases operator safety while traversing the upper deck, and the redesigned 7-inch tool tray improves access and security.

Also, three previously optional features are now available as standard offerings. Available on all Final Tier 4 engine models, a standard pre-cleaner for engine air intake extends filter life and minimizes service frequency. Additionally, the auto-reversing fan, now standard on all machines, is controlled by a dash-mounted button that reverses airflow to eject debris from the cooler cores, reducing cooler-maintenance frequency. Finally, the extremely effective and durable LED light package, which includes access and service compartment lighting, is now standard.

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Tigercat acquires ROI, gaining foothold in material processing sector.

International Forest Industries - Fr, 11/10/2019 - 12:30

Effective September 30 2019, Tigercat Industries Inc. based in Ontario, Canada completed the purchase of Ragnar Original Innovations (ROI) located in New Hampshire, USA. The company, founded by Anders Ragnarsson, currently manufactures material processing machinery used in the construction, forestry and recycling industries.

Tigercat had welcome Ragnarsson and his staff to the Tigercat team. They bring decades of experience and expertise in the design and manufacture of material processing machinery, broadening Tigercat’s range of capabilities within the marketplace.

Ragnarsson has assumed the role of VP engineering, material processing products. He and his team will continue to operate from their Chester, New Hampshire location until a new facility in Freemont, New Hampshire ¬– currently under construction – is completed.

The initial and immediate addition to the Tigercat line-up will be the Carbonizer product line. Already a commercially available product, this innovative carbon negative technology can convert processed and unprocessed wood debris into a product called Biochar.

Still relatively new to the marketplace, this technology has attracted widespread interest from both the private and public sectors seeking practical methods to reduce atmospheric carbon emissions. The Carbonizer’s single step process sequesters carbon and significantly reduces debris volume while creating a product useful in agriculture.

All ROI products retailed to date will be fully supported by Tigercat throughout their lifespans.

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Global timber and wood products market update

International Forest Industries - Do, 10/10/2019 - 12:58

Sawmill profit margins have fallen substantially in North America over the past 12 months with BC sawmills margins in the 2Q/19 being close to their lowest levels in 15 years, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly

Costs for sawlogs declined in most major regions around the world in the first half of 2019. However, lumber prices have fallen faster in key markets resulting in lower profits for sawmills, particularly in British Columbia, the US South and Eastern Russia, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly.

Lower lumber prices and only small adjustments in sawlog costs in the 2Q/19, sawmills in North America saw their profit margins decline again after a short-lived improvement in the 1Q/19. Although margins have fallen quite substantially in the US South the past year, reaching a three-year low, they are still higher than the 15-year average as tracked by the WRQ.

Small changes in log costs together with lower income from lumber and residual sales have taken the gross margins for sawmills in British Columbia down to their lowest levels since the Global Financial Crisis back in 2009. In the 2Q/19, these margins areless than half of their ten-year average (see chart).

In the Nordic countries, sawmill profit margins (in US dollar terms) have increased over the past two years as a result of lumber and residual prices growing more than sawlog costs. From the 2Q/17 to the 2Q/19, gross margins in Finland and Sweden were up 4% and 11%, respectively. Export prices for lumber in both Finland and Sweden have fallen from early 2018 to 2Q/19.

As a result of substantially lower costs for sawlogs in Austria, sawmills have seen improved profits during 2018 and 2019. Despite declines in lumber prices during the second half of 2018 and in early 2019, gross margins in the 2Q/19 were at their highest level since the 2Q/08.

Sawmills in Siberia continue to expand exports to China with fairly stable lumber export prices over the past three years. However, in the 4Q/18, lumber prices fell to their lowest level in almost two years and the decline continued during the first six months of 2019.

This decline occurred at the same time that sawlog costs were moving slightly upward in early 2019, which resulted in reduced gross margins for many lumber producers in the region. Sawmill margins for the 2Q/19 were below their 15-year averages in US dollar terms but above the average for the past 15 years in Rouble terms.

Sawmill gross margins are reported for key world markets each quarter in the 56-page publication, the Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ). The report, which was established in 1988 and has subscribers in over 30 countries, tracks sawlog, pulpwood, lumber and pellet prices, trade and market developments in most key regions around the world. To subscribe to the WRQ, please go to www.WoodPrices.com

Contact Information
Wood Resources International LLC
Hakan Ekstrom, Seattle, USA

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Tigercat Releases 1165 Wheel Harvester

International Forest Industries - Mi, 09/10/2019 - 10:22
The 1165 is a mid-sized harvester well suited for thinning, selective cut and final fell applications. With strong swing and leveling capabilities that exceed the competition, the 1165 is well suited for steep slopes. The machine is available in both six-wheel and eight-wheel drive configurations.

Powered by the Tigercat FPT N67 engine, the 1165 provides full emissions compliance for Tier 4 final regions, along with excellent fuel economy, all in a simple and reliable package. Both Tier 4f and Tier 2 options deliver 210 kW (282 hp) at 2,000 rpm.

The 1165 uses the same swing components as the larger 1185, as well as oscillating and articulating centre section components used on Tigercat forwarders. The new active oscillation balancing technology provides unparalleled machine stability even while travelling. This allows crane operation while driving, thus increasing productivity.

The patented long reach ER crane is energy efficient and provides the same action as a parallel crane, but with simplified construction and less maintenance. The 9 m (30 ft) crane comes standard for heads up to 1 600 kg (3,530 lb), and 11 m (36 ft) telescopic crane for heads up to 1 100 kg (2,425 lb).

Dedicated attachment and carrier pumps provide ample oil flow for uninterrupted power and multifunctioning capability. Many hydraulic components are common with other Tigercat machines, and efficient hydraulic system design and plumbing help the 1165 deliver exceptional productivity and optimal fuel economy.

Operator visibility is unmatched in the quiet, comfortable, ergonomically designed cab. The hooked crane design and large windows provide a clear line of sight to the attachment’s working area and surrounding terrain. The 360° continuous swing upper turntable supplies strong swing torque. Leveling capacity is 24° backward, 18° degrees forward and 18° side/side. This, along with tethering lugs built into the frame facilitates steep slope cable assisted harvesting applications.

Photo – Early prototype testing in Michigan.

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The Amazon Is Still Burning. Blame Beef (and Bolsonaro).

NYT Logging Industry - So, 06/10/2019 - 09:25
Welcome to the lawless heart of the Brazilian Amazon. Here, cattle ranchers and loggers — emboldened by President Jair Bolsonaro — are clearing huge swaths of rainforest every minute. All in the name of progress.

Raute secures €58 million orders from Segezha Group in Russia

International Forest Industries - Fr, 04/10/2019 - 12:19

Raute Corporation has received orders worth approximately Euro 58 million from Segezha Group to Russia. The scope of orders includes all machinery and equipment for the production process of an entire plywood mill. The ordered machinery and equipment will be delivered during the year 2020 and production in the plywood mill will start in summer 2021.

The machinery and equipment will be delivered to a green field plywood mill to be set up in Galich, Kostroma region by Segezha Group. The annual capacity of the new mill will be approximately 125,000 cubic meters.

The equipment will be engineered and produced in Raute’s units in Nastola, Shanghai and Kajaani, and also in the company’s partnership network.

Segezha Group, a Russian forest industry holding company, has operations, in addition to Russia, in eleven countries in Europe.

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 sawn timber.

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NZ – One Billion Trees doing nicely says Minister

International Forest Industries - Do, 03/10/2019 - 13:35

The One Billion Trees Fund has just hit two significant milestones that will create more than 7,500 hectares of new forest cover, New Zealand’s Forestry Minister Shane Jones says. Speaking at a celebratory dinner at Parliament to mark 100 years of the New Zealand Forestry Service this week, Minister Jones said the One Billion Trees Fund was helping put forestry back on the map.

The Fund offers direct grants to landowners for planting and regeneration projects, as well as partnership funding to co-fund projects that aim to reduce the barriers to tree planting.

“We launched the Fund late last year and I’m pleased with the progress we’re making,” Shane Jones said. “We’ve now approved more than 170 funding grants worth more than NZ$15 million. I’m particularly delighted that eight of these approvals are for Māori Freehold Land, where the $1.7 million allocated will see planting cover almost 1,000 hectares”.

“We know that growing the right trees, in the right place, for the right purpose will help build resilient ecosystems and help us deliver our climate change objectives.” The grants approved to date reflect an exciting range of initiatives, the length and breadth of the country.

“A key component of the grants is to provide funding for farmers to integrate trees onto their land to improve productivity, for example retiring unproductive land through trees, and help diversify their income,” Shane Jones said.

The grant scheme is in addition to the Crown Forestry joint ventures, which are also contributing to the One Billion Trees goal. “There are currently 33 forestry joint ventures covering 19,446 hectares with 17.5 million trees to be planted. Almost 13 million seedlings have been planted since the scheme started in 2018,” Shane Jones said.

Get the details of Crown Forestry joint ventures here and further information about the grants and partnerships can be found here.

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Ence promotes the training of forest machinists in Galicia

International Forest Industries - Do, 03/10/2019 - 12:23

Ence – Energía y Celulosa sponsors a course to instruct new forest machinists for processors and self-loaders, in their eagerness to develop and professionalize the sector, as well as to continue improving occupational safety. The company expects that part of the students, once the course is finished, will start working in leading companies in the forestry sector, such as forest harvesting and maderistas, helping them to continue growing.

This free course aims to respond to the high demand of machinists of forest processors and self-loaders, a growing profession with a lack of professionals. During 3 months, the students will learn the theoretical foundations for the handling of the machinery and its maintenance and will practice in a state-of-the-art simulator and professional machines. In addition, they will attend a course on occupational risk prevention through which they will obtain a certificate in PRL, which will help instruct professionals with safety knowledge.

The course will be taught by the Forma-t training company in Villalba (Lugo), from September to December 2019. This is aimed at any employed or unemployed person interested in starting to work as a forest engineer, without previous experience in processors and autoloaders Those interested in the course can inform or sign up for it through the telephone 982 513 605, email info@grupoforma-t.es or visiting the website www.formacionforestal-es.webnode.es.

More info: comunicacion@ence.es

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Sergei Anoprienko appointed Head of Federal Forestry Agency of Russia

International Forest Industries - Mi, 02/10/2019 - 14:14

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has appointed Sergei Mikhailovich Anoprienko, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Russian Federation – Head of the Federal Forestry Agency, the Russian government’s website reported. Earlier, Sergei Anoprienko served as deputy head of the Federal Property Management Agency.

Sergei Anoprienko was born on November 24, 1970 in the city of Novy Oskol, Belgorod Region of Russia. In 1992 he graduated from the Moscow Higher Combined Arms Command School. In 2011 he graduated from the Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration under the President of the Russian Federation. In 2016 he graduate school of the Institute of Management, Economics and Innovation.

Until 2012, he worked in the Russian Emergencies Ministry. In 2012, he entered the civil service at the Federal Agency for State Property Management. Since 2016, he served as head of the Property Management Department of federal authorities and defense and security organizations of the Federal Agency for State Property Management. In 2017, he was appointed Deputy Head of the Federal Agency for State Property Management.

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The new 46 MW Ence plant in Huelva brings its first megawatt of energy to the Red Eléctrica

International Forest Industries - Mi, 02/10/2019 - 13:32

The new 46 MW biomass generation plant that Ence is building in Huelva has already joined the Red Eléctrica and has generated its first megawatt of renewable energy from biomass.

The new installation will continue in the testing phase until December, when it is expected to complete this previous test period and make it into official operation. The plant has been built following the best available techniques and can produce an estimated 299,000 MWh of electricity per year, equivalent to the energy needs of almost 56,000 people.

Once started, the plant will generate about 1,200 sustainable jobs, which will be added to the 500 direct jobs that have generated its construction work. The company is now working on the training of professionals who will be in charge of operating the facilities, once it becomes operational.

For the hiring of these new professionals the company has had the professional schools and municipal employment services of several Huelva municipalities, especially with that of San Juan del Puerto and Huelva, within the framework of the collaboration commitment that Ence maintains with these consistories for the promotion of local employment.

Biomass is a manageable renewable technology, since it can be stored and programmed. Ence’s commitment to this technology thus contributes to advancing the decarbonization objectives set by the European Commission and to advancing the path of the energy transition.

The company has also developed a Decalogue for the Sustainability of Biomass as a Fuel. The sustainable management of biomass helps to mitigate climate change and prevents fires in the mountains, as well as the polluting burning of agricultural residues.

The investment that the company has allocated to this new plant reinforces Ence’s commitment to generate high efficiency and low emission energy, since it will use the most advanced technologies and systems to guarantee a permanent respect for the environment.

Since 2012, Ence has invested more than 300 million euros in what is already the most important and advanced biomass generation complex in Spain. Currently, there are two renewable biomass generation plants on the site that, together with the new plant about to become operational, constitute a clear example of qualified employment and cutting-edge technology, capable of minimizing the environmental impact.

More info: comunicacion@ence.es

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Aratu Forests Limited launches new brand

International Forest Industries - Fr, 27/09/2019 - 11:21

Aratu Forests Limited launches new brand
Aratu Forests Limited, one of the largest forestry estates in the Gisborne District, launched its new brand in Gisborne yesterday. The company is a significant contributor to the regional economy, managing around 27,000 hectares of radiata pine plantation on 35,000 hectares of land, and the new brand is a key part of its future strategy and direction.

Aratu Forests Limited CEO Ian Brown said that the company’s philosophy, mission and core values are fully embedded in the new brand.

“In launching Aratu Forests Limited, we have taken the opportunity to move to a brand that speaks to our pathway to long-term sustainability,” Mr Brown said.

“Our brand demonstrates the important role that Aratu Forests Limited plays in the Gisborne economy and community and more broadly in New Zealand’s economic growth and development.

“That’s also reflected in our new name – Aratu – which is a combination of the two Māori words ‘ara’ which means path and ‘tu’ which means to stand. The name was developed to reflect the path we are on to pursue active improvement and manage for the long term, and the stand we are taking to protect and invest in our people, and act in an open and honest manner.

“Our mission is to be recognised as the most responsible, effective and efficient forest manager on the East Coast. This is underpinned by our values, informing everything we do.

“The new brand reflects not only the importance of our local heritage, but our contribution and our commitment to the communities where we operate. Our mission and values emphasise what people inside and outside our organisation can and should expect of us as we strive for excellence.

“As society changes, we fundamentally believe it is up to us to make the case – more confidently and effectively – for the positive role that well-run and responsible forest companies, just like Aratu Forests Limited, play in today’s society.”

The new brand of the business was formally launched in Gisborne at a function on Thursday night.

Key elements such as mission and vision, logo and philosophy as well as the company’s strategy can be found on the company’s website www.aratuforests.co.nz.

About Aratu Forests Limited
Aratu Forests Limited is a 35,000-hectare plantation forestry asset and management company located in Gisborne, New Zealand. The company plants over 1 million trees each year and has an annual harvest of around 700,000 tonnes. With 32 permanent staff, the company supports over 200 contracted workers providing inventory, silviculture, roading, harvesting, haulage and log marshalling services. Aratu Forests Limited was acquired by New Forests, an Australian-based, international and sustainable forestry investment manager, on behalf of its institutional investment clients in July 2019.

Media contact
Jessica Cushing
Campbell Squared Communications
021 086 444 15

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Australia: Green Triangle launches action plan

International Forest Industries - Do, 26/09/2019 - 11:15

Planning for Planting and Processing:
Green Triangle Forest Industries Hub launches Action Agenda for South Australia and Western Victoria.

Earlier this week the Green Triangle Forest Industries Hub (GTFIH) launched a $1 billion sustainable growth plan in which an extra 200 million trees will be planted by 2030, sequestering 3.6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide every year.

The plan means the GTFIH will contribute 20% of the national growth target outlined in the Federal Government’s Forests for Future initiative.

The new ‘Green Triangle Forestry Industries Hub Action Agenda’ outlines how the industry will increase its economic output by more than 65% to meet projected local and global demand for wood and fibre products, making it a $2.5 billion industry for the region.

It will also support the Green Triangle with a focus on developing skills for the future ensuring a sustainable local wood fibre supply for construction of homes, furniture and household products, and contribute to South Australia’s and Victoria’s s economy and exports.

The plan was launched yesterday in Mount Gambier, in the heart of the Green Triangle region, by the nine companies which comprise the GTFIH before nearly 100 local, state and federal stakeholders.

GTFIH Chair Linda Sewell said the plan demonstrated the long-term social, environmental and economic commitment of each of the Hub members to the industry and the Green Triangle. “The Action Agenda is the Hub’s 10-year plan for growing future opportunities for the region, which will contribute to the longer term prosperity of Green Triangle communities,” Ms Sewell said.

“Our industry supports more than 7000 people in the Green Triangle Region by providing a sustainably-produced timber source, fulfilling the needs of people for a whole range of products essential to our daily lives.

“As stewards of our industry, we want to build on the successes of the past decade and create a significant fibre bowl.. The industry has gone from strength to strength, continuing to support local communities and providing stable, long-term employment.”

Ian McDonnell, Deputy Chair of the Green Triangle Forest Industries Hub said the Hub will work collaboratively with governments, communities and landholders on implementing the Action Agenda and members will invest up to $300 million in local processing and manufacturing equipment upgrades to boost efficiency.

“The Hub is planning for growth. Without action, we will not be able to meet future demand for timber products and there will be an overall reduction in Australia’s national plantation estate, which will negatively impact the industry and communities that rely on it,” he said.

“This supply constraint has been identified in the Federal Government’s plan, which is calling for one billion trees to be planted across Australia to meet demand and support jobs. We’re excited that our 200 million tree goal is a significant 20 percent of the national target.”

The Action Agenda encompasses four core areas of activity which include a commitment to local processing, training and skill development for local people, genuine community engagement and a focus on sustainable initiatives to support future generations.

The Action Agenda is an industry-led vision for growth over the next 10 years. Ms Sewell said the Hub is committed to consulting with stakeholders including the local community, government and other interested parties, to ensure that their needs and interests are addressed through the work of the GTFIH.

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Tigercat – Additional Factory Support For Western Canada

International Forest Industries - Mi, 25/09/2019 - 14:37

Tigercat has announced that Jochen Reiter has been appointed to the position of factory support representative for western Canada.

Based in Quesnel, British Columbia, Jochen moved to Canada in 2007 from Germany, where he grew up logging with his grandfather and uncle. He is a certified faller supervisor and a Red Seal technician. He has 21 years experience in many aspects of the industry including operating and supervising conventional ground-based and yarding operations.

“Along with Kushiah McCullough, Damien Donoher and Mark Tourand, I am very excited to add Jochen to the western product support team. We continue to have many new opportunities and applications for Tigercat machines in the west. Having a top-notch support team is critical,” explains Rob Selby, Tigercat district manager, also based in British Columbia.

“I am excited to work for the best,” says Reiter. “I am excited to work for a company with great leadership, an inspiring culture, and first-class customer support.”

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NZ – Forest industry situation and outlook

International Forest Industries - Mi, 25/09/2019 - 13:44
Data from the MPI Situation and Outlook September update shows log export prices have dropped 20 percent from February to July, including 17 percent just from May to July (Free on board basis, Figure 3).

This was caused by several supply-based factors, including a build-up of softwood inventories in China following very high log export volumes from New Zealand. At the same time, supply of logs and sawn timber increased from Europe and Russia.

China’s manufacturing sectors, including furniture, are showing signs of falling demand, but this is not likely to have a direct impact on demand for New Zealand logs. Importantly, Chinese demand in the construction sector, where most of New Zealand’s logs are used, does not show any significant reduction so far as a result of the US-China trade dispute.

Given the current oversupply at Chinese ports, log prices are expected to remain at lower levels over the next several months while high log inventories at Chinese ports gradually dissipate. Harvest volumes in New Zealand have been extremely high in response to previously elevated log prices, with some small woodlots being harvested early to capitalise on strong returns.

Now that prices are much lower, harvest volumes are expected to fall by around 5 percent from the previous year, as smaller forest owners (who currently represent around 40 percent of harvestable volumes) delay harvesting. As a result, log export volumes are expected to fall 9.2 percent in the year ending June 2020.

Source: Ministry of Primary Industries

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Tigercat Releases E-Series 845 Feller Buncher

International Forest Industries - Mi, 25/09/2019 - 12:35

New 845e Feller Buncher
The next generation 845E and L845E track feller bunchers have been upgraded with the aim of increasing production capacity and improving operator comfort. Enhancements include a new operator’s cab, a larger main hydraulic pump and a longer reach ER boom system.

Operator’s cab
The cab has been redesigned to optimize ergonomics and reduce in-cab noise levels. Redesigned hinge geometry allows the front door to be closed with less effort. The new IQAN MD4 electronic control system interface includes an easy-to-use large colour touch screen for machine monitoring and function adjustment. The new skyVIEW and rearVIEW camera systems eliminate the need for a skylight while improving operator visibility.

ER boom technology
The 845E boom offers a longer 8,5 m (28 ft) reach and a tighter tuck for better performance in thinning applications. Tigercat’s unique energy-saving ER boom technology, along with the fuel-efficient N67 engine contributes to outstanding productivity and fuel efficiency.

The 845E model can be equipped with a range of Tigercat felling heads including a bunching saw or shear for smaller diameter timber, or the single post 5702 felling saw for larger trees and mixed diameter stands. The larger hydraulic pump on the E-series 845 provides additional power and quicker functioning of the clamp and accumulator arms to maximize productivity in smaller diameter timber. In addition, the 845E can be equipped with the 5185 fixed felling saw for felling, bucking and shovel logging high value and oversize timber.

L845e Feller Buncher
The L845E is an efficient, high performance mid-sized leveling feller buncher with limited tail-swing and outstanding service access. It is well suited to plantations and natural stands and excels in smaller diameter timber.

The 845E/L845E takes the popular 845 platform and adds all of the latest features found on the Tigercat track carrier models. It incorporates the updated cab as well as other improvements to increase productivity and operator comfort.

The cab has been redesigned to optimize ergonomics and improve sound reduction. Redesigned hinge geometry allows the front door to be closed with less effort. The IQAN MD4 electronic control system interface includes an easy to use colour touch screen for machine monitoring and function adjustment. The new skyVIEW and rearVIEW camera systems eliminate the need for a skylight.

The ER® boom system is highly productive in small stem accumulating applications, where multiple boom cycles are required for each swing cycle. Ever versatile, the 845E feller buncher also has the power and stability to handle larger timber.

The durable design and construction starts with the Tigercat-built forest duty undercarriage and large diameter swing bearing. The upper assembly is built on a thick, one-piece turntable. All weldments are fabricated from high quality steel to resist impact.

The clamshell style retracting roof enclosure provides excellent access to the engine house. A swing-out door on the right side of the machine allows the operator to easily access daily engine service points. The hydraulic pumps are separated from the engine enclosure and easily accessed.

Tigercat power. Tigercat support.
The 845E track feller buncher is Tigercat FPT Tier 2 or Tier 4f powered. Tier 4f conforms to the latest emissions standards in North America and Europe. With the Tier 2 engine configuration, Tigercat brings the benefits of Tigercat power and support to harvesting professionals around the world.

Key Benefits

  • Tigercat FPT N67 engine with Tier 2 or Tier 4f emissions compliance – clean, powerful and efficient; fully supported by Tigercat
  • ER boom technology® improves fuel efficiency, reduces operator fatigue and increases productivity
  • Tight tuck ER® boom system with quick cycle times for high productivity in small diameter timber
  • ER on/off switch to increase increase stick boom out force when required
  • Dedicated pumps for both saw and clamp arms for lightning fast cycles and saw recovery
  • High capacity cooling system – automatic variable speed for improved fuel efficiency; automatic reversing cycle to purge dust and debris
  • Large air intake area at the rear, away from saw discharge, for reduced debris build-up
  • Heavy duty Tigercat-built F8 forestry undercarriage – excellent stability, ground clearance and tractive effort
  • Clamshell-style roof enclosure with swing-out doors on both sides for excellent access to major components and daily service points
  • Large front-entry cab – floor to ceiling front windshield with side door access to expansive area behind the seat

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The new FAE MTH and MTH/HP are here: attachments for 300–500 hp tractors

International Forest Industries - Mi, 25/09/2019 - 12:10

The famous Multitask machine MTH from FAE Group celebrates its tenth anniversary, looking towards the future. The restyled version is now on the market, also available in the HP (High Power) model. This top-of-the-range release is designed to work with powerful latest-generation tractors from 300 to 500 horse power.

The key feature of the FAE Multitask range is versatility. Various land clearing tasks can be performed with a single attachment: breaking down stones and crushing rock with a maximum operating depth of 50 cm, with excellent results across the board.

The MTH model represents the peak of excellence in the FAE range in terms of technology and productivity. This new model features a next-generation frame and a series of technical innovations that improve the model’s performance. Let’s have a look.

Revolutionary “variable displacement chamber” and new kinematics
The star feature of the Multitask range is the “variable displacement chamber”, introduced in 2009 and still at the cutting edge. This system enables ground penetration with just the rotor, as it may be adjusted from the tractor cab. The volume of the crushing chamber, where the earth is blended, is variable, meaning the deeper the work, the larger the volume of the chamber. Compared with machines that sink into the ground with their frame, the variable displacement chamber reduces traction forces, lowers fuel consumption, speeds up operations, and saves time.

The new MTH and MTH/HP feature perfected “variable displacement chamber” with exclusive kinematics. This mechanical system guarantees perfect synchronization of vertical rotor movement through the action of two piston rods. The resulting operation is optimized and uniform across the entire work area.

It is also possible to control the particle size of material processed by adjusting the grill on the rear hood and the Hardox® counter blade located inside the crushing chamber. This allows fine or coarse material to be obtained according to individual requirements or specifications set by project management.

MTH/HP: greater power and greater performance on challenging terrain
The MTH/HP (High Power) model features a transmission designed for tractors up to 500 horse power, with a strengthened central gearbox, thicker shafts, and parallel axis reduction gears capable of transferring greater torque and power to the rotor.

Additionally, for optimal management of the power surplus required by the HP Version, new cooling systems have been installed for the central gearbox and parallel axis reduction gears: this prevents transmission oil from overheating, guaranteeing optimum performance, as well as longer lasting components.

Because of its compatibility with very powerful tractors, the MTH/HP is a perfect partner for challenging terrain and is available in the following models: – MTH/HP 225 (max. operating width: 2,320 mm, total width: 2,901 mm) – MTH/HP 250 (max. operating width: 2,560 mm, total width: 3,141 mm).

FAE rotors and patented tools
Two kind of rotors are available for the new MTH and MTH/HP: they provide maximum machine customization and optimal performance in all working conditions. The forged-steel tool holders are attached to the rotor with a robotic welding process and can hold multiple types of high-quality tools designed for different needs. All FAE tools are manufactured in steel with tungsten-carbide tips, that offers exceptional durability.

The exceptional construction quality of the MTH model can also be seen in the finishes and materials used, such as high-resistance Hardox® for the counter blades and the bolt-on internal plates of the crushing chamber (easily replaceable without dismantling the rotor).

For more information click here.
Press contact: Francesca Carlet, Worldwide Communications & PR Email: communications@fae-group.com

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