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HarvestTECH News Issue 21

HarvestTECH News Issue 21

Welcome to the latest issues of HarvestTECH.News. This month we highlight a number of stories of companies working to and being recognised for their efforts in improving wood harvesting and log transport. Post harvesting, we’ve included an article of a new project on New Zealand's East Coast, where permanent forest 'barriers' are being planted around waterways and on steep and unstable ...
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Waratah: Trio of New Harvester Heads

Waratah: Trio of New Harvester Heads

Waratah Forestry Equipment has just announced the new H425, H425HD and H425X – a trio of rugged harvester heads built for tough jobs. With a powerful control valve and four ...
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Smart-tech for forwarders makes it simple

Smart-tech for forwarders makes it simple

Did you know that a forwarder operator spends as much as 70% of their working day operating the crane? This means there is much to be gained by finding ways ...
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EV opportunities revealed for NZ fleet operators

EV opportunities revealed for NZ fleet operators

New web service shows real-world scenarios for fleet operators to consider commercial EVs – Critchlow Geospatial has launched SwitchMyFleet, a free-to-air website for fleet operators who are considering switching to ...
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Contractors hurting after salvage operations cease

Contractors hurting after salvage operations cease

The Australian Forest Contractors Association wants Federal and State governments to assist contracting businesses on New South Wales’ South West Slopes. AFCA general manager Stacey Gardiner said that the forest ...
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NZ-first riparian project to stabilise forestry land

NZ-first riparian project to stabilise forestry land

Native forest barriers will be planted on New Zealand’s East Coast in a game-changing initiative to protect waterways against forestry slash and silt in future storms. East Coast landowner Aratu ...
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Excellence in safety and collaboration recognised

Excellence in safety and collaboration recognised

C3 New Zealand, part of LINX Cargo Care Group, has won the prestigious Best Collaboration Between PCBUs Award at the 2021 New Zealand Workplace Health and Safety Awards. Announced at ...
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Northport investing in container-handling capability

Northport investing in container-handling capability

Northport is to invest NZ$8m in infrastructure needed to support the growth of container traffic through the port. It is buying container-handling equipment and a simulator module to train staff ...
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Mercedes-Benz Trucks launches Level 2 automation programme on local roads

Mercedes-Benz Trucks launches Level 2 automation programme on local roads

Mercedes-Benz Trucks is set to launch an Australian and New Zealand validation programme for an Actros that can help steer itself. The active drive assist technology will be showcased at ...
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Log theft being seen in Chile

Log theft being seen in Chile

Authorities in Chile’s southern province of Arauco have intercepted a string of trucks carrying massive loads of stolen pine wood, revealing just how common it for timber traffickers to pilfer ...
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HarvestTECH News Issue 20

HarvestTECH News Issue 20

Welcome to the latest issues of HarvestTECH.News. It seems Covid-19 is not done with Australia yet, with a significant outbreak sending Victoria into a hard 7-day lockdown and border restrictions with ...
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Truck platooning technology partnership announced

Truck platooning technology partnership announced

Robotic Research, a global leader in Automated Driving Systems (ADS), and FPInnovations, a Canadian private non-profit research and development centre have announced their collaboration to develop an off-road truck platooning ...
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Woodlot harvesting videos now on-line

Woodlot harvesting videos now on-line

A third of New Zealand’s plantation forest estate is in the hands of woodlot owners. Harvesting can be a stressful time for some woodlot owners with little knowledge and experience ...
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Komatsu to grow forestry machine sales

Komatsu to grow forestry machine sales

Japanese equipment maker Komatsu hopes to generate 140 billion yen ($1.27 billion) in revenue from forest machinery after four years, which would mark a 40% increase, due to robust housing ...
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Trial of world’s first electric log trucks

Trial of world’s first electric log trucks

Mosaic Forest Management is announcing its partnership with local Vancouver Island service provider, EcoWest Driven, to introduce several Tesla semi-trucks into log hauling. There are currently no commercially available electric ...
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Connecting forest operations planning

Connecting forest operations planning

Waking up to the news that the local mill is not accepting wood for the next three weeks can throw an operations manager’s morning into chaos. Suddenly, the manager must ...
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15 months of salvage harvesting and milling finishing

15 months of salvage harvesting and milling finishing

The last log truck carrying salvaged, burnt logs from the 2019/20 bushfires was waved into the Hyne Tumbarumba Mill on Tuesday. The unprecedented, 15 months of salvage harvesting has seen ...
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Green machine delivers safety, productivity gains for Pedersen Group

Green machine delivers safety, productivity gains for Pedersen Group

Pedersen Group, part of LINX Cargo Care Group, has welcomed an impressive piece of new machinery with the Sennebogen 875E – the first in Australia – already delivering improved safety ...
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New harvester head for processing eucalyptus trees from Ponsse

New harvester head for processing eucalyptus trees from Ponsse

Ponsse is launching a new debarking PONSSE H7 HD Euca harvester head alongside the previously released H8 HD Euca. The new powerful harvester head further strengthens Ponsse’s strategy to be ...
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HarvestTECH News Issue 19

HarvestTECH News Issue 19

Welcome to the latest issues of HarvestTECH.News. Last month was a big month for the local HarvestTECH community, with well over 350 attending the HarvestTECH 2021 and Forest Safety 2021 events ...
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HarvestTECH 2021 Summary

HarvestTECH 2021 Summary

They came, they learnt, and certainly, there was plenty of networking going on at HarvestTECH 2021. Held in Rotorua on the 13-14 April 2021, it was once again, one of ...
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NZ company on target for ambitious safety goal

NZ company on target for ambitious safety goal

For the past decade, Nelson businessman Dale Ewers’ goal has been to get workers in the logging industry out of harm’s way. In 2010 Ewers, the chief executive of Moutere ...
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