Shaw's Iron Test

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 Shaw's Iron Test

As the skies emptied on the already saturated skid site overlooking ‘Spy Valley’, where the 5-Eyes satellite dishes are based south of Blenheim, Luke O’Hagan wasn’t about to abandon the warm, dry comfort of the new Cat 558 cab to come and talk to us.

 

And neither were we in any hurry to venture outside the ute for a closer look at one of the first of these new models to land on New Zealand shores...

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 Forest Talk

The Government’s goal of planting more trees to create sustainable jobs and address climate change is receiving a $240 million boost, doubling the amount of money already committed to the scheme.

 

As part of the ‘One Billion Trees’ programme, Cabinet has approved the creation of a new grants programme...

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Safety Summit

If you don’t have people working in dangerous jobs you won’t harm them reckons Nelson-based contractor, Dale Ewers.

 

So he is developing harvesting systems that can be operated from the safety of an office away from the forest with the aim of keeping his people out of harms’ way...

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Timber Focus

Imagine a harvesting operation where all the trees are cut by robots swinging from tree-to-tree and the stems are automatically passed along a line of similar robots to a machine that cuts them into logs, which are then loaded onto a truck without a single human present.

 

It’s a future that Scion is working towards and the Rotorua-based research organisation has produced an animated video that it hopes will encourage partners to join and help fund and developed the project...

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 Top Spot

The results for the second period are in and the competition continues to be very tight around the country.

Plus, we’ve just realised that there was something missing from our first period results – the Yarder operator placings.

 

So apologies for those who weren’t recognised in that first period and here they are on page 52...

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New Iron

Matthew Jordan, owner of MJ Logging, has taken delivery of a SouthStar FD750 directional felling head, mounted onto the latest Cat 558. It comes with a complete valve-in-head package and dual high-pressure harvesting cylinders...

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New Zealand taking on the world

Posted on Thursday 13th September 2018

‘Does the New Zealand Industry have to be World Class to compete in the world?’

That question will be posed to attendees at the DANA 2018 Forest & Wood Conference being held in Taupo at the beginning of October.

 

Veteran observer of the New Zealand forestry...

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Iwi to receive land from overseas forestry deal

Posted on Thursday 13th September 2018

Japanese-owned Summit Forests is to gift 148 hectares of land to a local iwi as part of its consent from the Overseas Investment Office permission to buy a forestry estate near Whanganui.

 

Summit Forests, which is part of Sumitomo Corporation, says it will hand over the 148ha "for nil consideration once Summit has identified the appropriate iwi to receive the offer”...

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As Canadian as Maple Syrup

Posted on Thursday 13th September 2018

Few, if any, contractors will go to the lengths that Steven Stokes did in order to get the machine he wanted for one of his crews working next to Woodhill Forest.

 

Steven had specific requirements for a very versatile processor-come-harvester and that path led him to take up the New Zealand distributorship of a new brand – Eltec, from Canada...

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More ports thankful for forestry

Posted on Thursday 13th September 2018

Following on from Gisborne’s record profit that was boosted by log exports, most other ports around the country also have good reason to thank forestry.

 

New Zealand’s largest port, Tauranga, saw its net profit rise 13% to a record $94.3 million in the year to June 30 with export logs up 14.3% in volume...

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Hitachi techie off to world champs

Posted on Thursday 13th September 2018

Cable Price technician, Levi Webster, has won the 2018 Hitachi Top Technician Asia Pacific regional final and now heads off to compete in the world final.

 

Levi, based in Wellington, represented Cable Price NZ at the recent competition in Singapore and after seeing off all comers he will represent both Cable Price and Hitachi Construction Machinery Asia & Pacific (HMAP) at the world final in Japan on October 10 and 11...

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Log trucks steer clear of Kerikeri at peak times

Posted on Thursday 13th September 2018

A deal has been struck between the Far North District Council and local forestry companies that will see logging truck restricted to certain hours on roads in the tourist town of Kerikeri.

 

Kerikeri residents have been vocal in not wanting an influx of logging trucks on the town’s main streets during peak school run hours on weekdays from increased harvesting...

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Otago to lead renewable wood energy

Posted on Thursday 13th September 2018

A recent report on wood energy has identified a means to reduce carbon emissions in Otago equivalent to removing 237,000 cars from the road…...with forestry playing a major role.

 

A committee will be formed shortly in Otago as the region looks to increase the use of carbon neutral wood biomass as a source of energy...

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Hardwood CLT mill planned for Australia

Posted on Thursday 13th September 2018

Tasmania’s Hermal Group is to build a Aus$190 million hardwood sawmill and hardwood cross-laminated timber complex in the northwest of the island.

 

The facility will process more than 300,000 m3 of sustainable plantation hardwood logs each year, notably Eucalyptus Nitens...

 

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How the world's tallest timber building withstands fire

Posted on Thursday 13th September 2018

Recently we brought you news of the of the world’s tallest timber building, called Mjøstårnet, which

is currently under construction in Norway.

 

Mjøstårnet will be 81 metres tall, across 18 storeys when completed in 2019, but there are

already rumblings from some critics about what would happen if a fire broke out.

 

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Cross-laminated timber is a blast

Posted on Thursday 13th September 2018

t’s not just fires that timber buildings need to be built to withstand.

 

In the US, if you are building large wooden structures for the army it is required to jump an even

greater hurdle – the ability to withstand an explosion.

 

A series of live blast tests on full-scale cross-laminated timber (CLT)...

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