WoodWeek – 29 May 2019

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Greetings from your wood-focused news team. This week our lead story features an interview on Radio New Zealand on the future of methyl bromide use on export logs. Sixteen months out from a deadline to effectively ban the use of methyl bromide as a fumigant in our industry, the Environmental Protection Agency or EPA is to undertake a reassessment of its use. It's an ozone depleting gas that's toxic to humans, and by October 2020 is only to be used in conjunction with recapture technology. An application for use of an alternative, ethanedinitrile or EDN, is still underway after 2 years - and while it's not as bad for the environment, it still carries risk in the way it’s used.

Meanwhile, in Russia, the China Forestry Group Corporation plans to build mills in the Far East of that country to supply wood products into China. The project is expected to consume around 3 million cubic metres of logs for finished products going into China.

Moving closer to home, in the deep south, last Friday night everybody in forestry in the lower South Island turned out for the Southern Wood Council Forestry Awards. This year’s awards programme was in conjunction with Competenz. In addition to profiling the contribution our people on the forest floor are making to the economic and social well-being of the region, the function celebrates the success of people who have achieved formal training qualifications over the year. Nine major awards were presented to top performers from the Otago and Southland region in our forest industry.

Finally this week, in a nod to how technology is being used to add value to wood, Sonae Arauco launches Three-Dimensional Fibreboard (3DF). Three-Dimensional Fiberboard is a mouldable formaldehyde free wood-based composite solution from Sonae Arauco that under the action of temperature and pressure (compression moulding process) can be shaped into endless formats, allowing deep structures and high radius capabilities on a very fast and productive way. This technology allows the replacement of historical processes such as CNC (computer assisted cutting process) and/or plywood applications, bringing outstanding improvements in terms of productivity, design possibilities and environmental impact.

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Is methyl bromide use back on the table?

Sixteen months out from a deadline to effectively ban the use of methyl bromide as a fumigant in the export log industry, the Environmental Protection Agency or EPA is to undertake a reassessment of its use (see here).

It's an ozone depleting gas that's toxic to humans, and by October 2020 is only to be used in conjunction with recapture technology.

An application for use of an alternative, ethanedinitrile or EDN, is still underway after 2 years - and while it's not as bad for the environment, it still carries risk in the way it’s used.

Joining Kathryn is Don Hammond, chairman of industry group STIMBR, Soil & Health Association of NZ spokesperson and former Green MP Steffan Browning and Dr David McBride, an associate professor in Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

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Source: Radio New Zealand


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Chinese to build wood product plants in Russia

China Forestry Group Corporation will build mills in the Russian Far East to supply wood products for China. The project is expected to consume around 3 million cubic metres of logs and export finished products to China, as ITTO reports. Russia’s Khabarovsk will be considered as one of the possible production bases.

The CFGC is a large scale wood processing enterprise set up by nine enterprises directly under the State Forestry Administration in 1996. Currently the Group has more than 150 international forestry enterprises and has cooperated with New Zealand, Russia, Canada and some South East Asian countries.





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China: Taicang port volumes summary

Softwood logs dominate at Taicang port – Log imports through Taicang Port in Jiangsu Province totalled 7.85 million cubic metres in 2018 and were valued at US$1.2 billion. Of the total, 98% were softwood logs, mainly imported from New Zealand (39%), Canada (19%), USA (13%) and Russia (10%). The main softwood log species were radiata pine (43%), spruce and fir (11.5%), douglas fir (11.4%) and larch (4%).

Russia sawnwood dominates imports at Taicang Port - Sawnwood imports through the port in 2018 amounted to 500,000 cubic metres valued at US$106 million, mainly imported from Russia (89%) and Canada (10%). The main sawnwood species were spruce and fir (58%) and pine (33%).






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Otago: Forestry training success celebrated

Last Friday night in Dunedin there was an outstanding turnout by local forestry companies, contractors and transport operators from throughout the lower South Island of New Zealand. The function was the 2019 Southern Wood Council Forestry Awards.

The Council, representing all major forest owners and wood processing companies in Otago and Southland ran the 2019 Awards programme in conjunction with the country’s industry training organisation, Competenz.

In addition to profiling the contribution that forestry and those working within the industry are making to the economic and social well-being of the region, the night was really designed to celebrate the success of those that had achieved formal training qualifications over the year. Through a series of nine major awards, the event also recognised the forest industry’s top performers from across the lower South Island.

The industry certainly rallied on the night. Like the previous four years, over 300 forest managers, forestry contractors, transport operators and product and service suppliers to the industry from throughout the lower South Island attended the awards evening at Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium.

“The turnout by forestry workers, their families and supporters on the night reflects the momentum that’s been building over the last year or so with training and safety in this region” says Grant Dodson, Chairman of the Southern Wood Council. In addition to increased on-site training, two training courses in the region are now fully operational”.

“Mike Hurring’s Training School is running five one-week block courses in Balclutha for new entrants to the industry complete with hands-on training using harvesting machines located on site, leading to the first qualification of their apprenticeship. A new course, Tokomairiro Training, an initiative that’s been set up by Tokomairiro High School and Johnson Forestry Services, with support being provided by local forestry companies, is also now running 32-week courses for selected school students who are looking at forestry as a future career opportunity”.

“As well as recognising the training achievements of forestry workers and crews that have really stood out over the past 12 months, the industry was able to come together at one place to celebrate the industry along with training and business success” says Mr. Dodson.

“The message on the value of the awards evening has certainly found it’s mark with many companies bringing through all of their staff and workers, from Invercargill through to Timaru. One local contractor for example brought through close to 40 of their workers to celebrate their achievements in picking up training qualifications over the year as well as rewarding the harvesting crews for their efforts over the year”.

Presenters and speakers at this year’s awards evening included Jamie MacKay, Host of NZ’s New Zealand’s flagship rural radio show, The Country and the awards guest speaker Davey Hughes, founder of the well- known NZ outdoor clothing brand, SWAZI. As well as being a businessman, Davey is a mad-keen hunter, conservationist, adventurer and was able to relate well to his audience and entertain all on the night with just a few of his life stories.

Around 160 National Training Certificates that had been achieved in Forestry & Wood Processing were awarded to top local contractors and forestry and wood processing employees. Eight harvesting apprentices that have been involved in the Balclutha training school were also recognised at the awards ceremony. All are anticipated to finish the course in October, with another course anticipated to start in August.

In addition, nine major industry awards for the year were presented on the night. These were;

Training Excellence Award - Apprentice of the Year (Sponsored by South Wood Export) Award Winner; Paige Harland, Harland Bros

Training Excellence Award - Forestry Trainee of the Year (harvesting) (Sponsored by Rayonier/ Matariki Forests) Joint Award Winners; Hemi Pickett, Ferris Logging & Logan Bennett, Mike Hurring Logging

Training Excellence Award - Forestry Trainee of the Year (silviculture) (Sponsored by Port Blakely): Award Winner; Adam McLennan, Johnson Forestry Services

Skilled Professionals Awards – Forestry Excellence Award (establishment, silviculture, fire, harvesting) (Sponsored by Wenita Forest Products): Award Winner; Billy Tredinnick, Forestry Training Services

Skilled Professionals Awards – Wood Processing Excellence Award (Sponsored by UDC): Award Winner; Jamie Carr, Pan Pac Forest Products (Otago)

Skilled Professionals Awards – Forest Products/Logistics/Transport/Port Award (Sponsored by Pan Pac Forest Products (Otago): Joint Award Winners; Stephen Gray, NFA Holdings & Craig Unahi, NFA Holdings

Industry Excellence Awards – Forestry Environmental Management Excellence Award (Sponsored by Otago Regional Council): Award Winner; Matt Winmill, Gillion Logging

Industry Excellence Awards - Training Company/Contractor of the Year (Sponsored by City Forests): Award Winner; Johnson Forestry Services

Industry Excellence Awards - Forest Products Health & Safety Award (Sponsored by Ernslaw One): Award Winner; Dynes Transport

Harvesting Apprentices – Otago Southland. Around 160 National Training Certificates that had been achieved in Forestry & Wood Processing were awarded to top local contractors and forestry and wood processing employees.

Eight harvesting apprentices that have been involved in the Balclutha training school were also recognised at the awards ceremony. All are anticipated to finish the course in October, with another course anticipated to start in August.

Congratulations go to all the winners, the nominees, their employers and families. This year’s awards programme with strong support from the wider industry, supporting organisation’s and major equipment and product suppliers has again been another important milestone for the forestry industry in the lower South Island. Like other Regional Wood Council awards evenings, it’s firmly established as the major fixture each year on the local forestry calendar.



Photo: Contractor of the Year Award. L-R. Grant Dodson, SWC Chairman, Mark Fisken, Fisken Wood (finalist), Mike Hurring, Hurring Logging (finalist), Steve Johnson, Johnson Forestry Services (Winner).


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Lobby group: Pause on blanket forestry

The Government needs to hit the pause button on policies which have led to thousands of hectares of hill country farmland being converted to blanket forestry in the last year, a newly-formed lobby group says.

50 Shades of Green spokesman Mike Butterick said significant land use change was happening and its speed and scale had caught everyone by surprise.

"It has snowballed so quickly that we need to hit the pause button and ask whether this is what we intended to happen.

"We are not against dealing with climate change, just the way we get there. Blanket forestry is only a 50 year solution to the carbon and climate change problem."

The group, which has gathered supporters from around New Zealand since forming about two weeks ago, plans to march on Parliament with its concerns.

It said Government incentives to plant trees, to offset greenhouse gas emissions and meet reduction targets, were tilting the market too far in favour of both domestic and overseas forestry investors.

"We are not anti-tree, but it is all about moderation and having the right tree in the right place," Butterick said, who is a Wairarapa sheep and beef farmer.

"We are some of the most efficient food producers in the world and the social, economic and environmental consequences of blanket forestry are significant."

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Carbon Match: Carbon markets

Yesterday saw reasonable volume change hands on Carbon Match - Having had chance to digest the plethora of Cabinet papers behind the ETS changes announced ten days ago it seems that at least some sellers decided to meet the market yesterday, favouring certainty and cold hard cash, albeit less than $25.

Many others, however, prefer to wait, noting that tomorrow’s Budget might present the possibility of another “news event” for the NZU market.

Of particular interest is whether there could be any adjustment to the level of the fixed price option that would apply to surrenders to be made in 2020 and possibly subsequent years.

While Climate Change Minister James Shaw’s recent announcement confirmed that the FPO would remain at $25 for surrenders made in 2019, no such certainty was provided in respect of years further out. That announcement also alluded to a possible price floor in future.

For the moment, however, the week has seen spot NZU prices track down below the $25 level for the first time since early February.

On Carbon Match NZUs are currently best bid at $24.90 and best offered $24.95, potentially giving some emitters the opportunity to get certainty at or below $25. Last trade $24.90 earlier this afternoon.

Carbon Match - every weekday from 1-5pm.

Source: Carbonmatch.co.nz


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Is this pulp & paper's future?

Earlier this week the commissioning of a new TMP-Bio plant by FPInnovations and Resolute Forest Products was announced in Thunder Bay, northern Ontario. With the capacity to treat 100 metric tons of biomass annually, the bio-refinery pilot plant produces lignin and sugars for use in the development of innovative bio-products, such as wood adhesives, animal feed and composites.
The organisations joined forces in early 2018 to build the plant at Resolute’s Thunder Bay pulp and paper mill, focusing on developing new ways to efficiently manufacture and market innovative wood-based biochemical products.

The C$23 million project is part of an initiative to renew and transform the forest products industry, building on investments by Resolute, the Ontario Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-Economy (CRIBE), and Natural Resources Canada.

TMP-Bio is a patented technology developed by FPInnovations for the commercial production of large quantities of bio-sourced chemicals, such as high-quality cellulosic sugars and H-lignin, and is a step towards opening up new markets for the forest products sector within the biochemical products supply chain.


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Sonae Arauco launches 3D MDF

Sonae Arauco launches Three-Dimensional Fiberboard - 3DF – Three-Dimensional Fiberboard – is a moldable formaldehyde free wood-based composite solution from Sonae Arauco that under the action of temperature and pressure (compression moulding process) can be shaped into endless formats, allowing deep structures and high radius capabilities on a very fast and productive way. This technology allows the replacement of historical processes such as CNC (computer assisted cutting process) and / or plywood applications, bringing outstanding improvements in terms of productivity, design possibilities and environmental impact.

Whether it’s applied in furniture fronts, doors, seats, wall panelling or in other applications such as construction or even in the automotive sector, 3DF is the best option for turning the most demanding designs in reality with maximum flexibility and minimum effort. On top, the achieved product surface is perfect for lacquering and powder coating and can also be surfaced with 3D foil or CPL directly at the moulding process.

Adelaide Alves, Product Development Director at Sonae Arauco, says “The 3DF breakthrough technology is a perfect fit to our strategy by bringing new innovative solutions to the market through strategic industrial partnerships and by taking wood further. Additionally, 3DF also responds to the new requirements of the furniture industry, bringing an improved environmental impact.”

The 3DF materials have been developed in collaboration with the world’s leading chemical company BASF. In it’s manufacture, under the action of temperature and pressure can be shaped in endless formats, allowing deep structures and high radius capabilities on a very fast and productive way. On top, the surface achieved is perfect for lacquering and powder coating and can also be surfaced with 3D foil or CPL directly at the moulding process. Whether it’s applied in furniture fronts, doors, seats, wall panelling or in other applications such as construction or even in the automotive sector, 3DF is highly capable of bringing demanding designs into reality with maximum flexibility.

Sonae started in Portugal and formed a partnership with Chilean forest company Arauco in 2016.

Sonae Industria was founded in 1959, is a multinational company that produces wood-based panels for the furniture, building and decoration industries. They use wood as the raw material for everything they produce.

Arauco was founded in Chile in 1970 with the mission of producing and managing renewable forestry resources, Arauco is today an international benchmark in terms of forestry and industrial plants, efficiency, production standards, innovation, environmental responsibility and social commitment. Arauco’s reach has now spread to over 75 countries.

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NZIF Awards nominations now open

The NZ Institute of Forestry is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the awards and scholarships offered by the NZIF Foundation for 2019. The total value of awards offered is $39,500.

Applications are now open. Further details on the Foundation web page available through www.nzif.org.nz, (see the link on lower right hand side of page).

Applications must be received by the Foundation administrator ([email protected]) no later than 5pm on Tuesday 17th July 2019. The awards will be announced at the Awards Dinner of the joint conference of the NZ Institute of Forestry and Institute of Foresters of Australia being held in Christchurch from 25th to 28th August 2019.

Please direct any enquires to the Foundation chair:
Email [email protected] or phone +64 274 733 262

Please pass on this notice to your networks and to anyone you think may be eligible to apply.
NOTE: Membership of NZIF is not a requirement for awards applications.


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Thanks for keeping up with the latest wood news with us!
Have a safe and productive week.

John Stulen

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