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Paige picking up top forestry award

Paige picking up top forestry award

Paige Harland was born to be in the bush. Miss Harland (21) comes from a Southland family who have sap in their blood over three generations. Named apprentice of the ...
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Featured Sponsor: McFall Fuel

Featured Sponsor: McFall Fuel

McFall Fuel is a committed & dedicated family fuel & lubricant distribution business. McFall Fuel has developed great relationships with people at all levels of the forestry industry. We are ...
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Caterpillar selling purpose-built forestry business

Caterpillar selling purpose-built forestry business

In August 2018 Caterpillar Inc. announced plans to sell its forestry business to Weiler Forestry Inc. Caterpillar and Weiler have now entered into a definitive agreement to sell Cat’s purpose-built ...
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Meeting the workforce needs of American loggers

Meeting the workforce needs of American loggers

American Loggers Council welcomes launch of Future Logging Careers Act, saying allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to work in mechanized logging operations under parental supervision will help meet future workforce needs ...
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Results from latest Forest Contractors Business Review

Results from latest Forest Contractors Business Review

The Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology has recently completed another update of their New Zealand Forestry Contractors Business Review. The results are summarised below and a copy of their latest ...
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Minimising stem breakage on steeper slopes

Minimising stem breakage on steeper slopes

There’s nothing more frustrating than watching an impressive 35-m tall Radiata pine topple to the ground and then shatter into two or more pieces. That stem has now not only ...
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Competenz calls for forestry industry feedback

Competenz calls for forestry industry feedback

The New Zealand government’s proposal to reform vocational education could undermine the success of training and apprenticeships at a time of critical skills shortages in forestry, says industry training organisation ...
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CNI company establishes all-female forestry crew

CNI company establishes all-female forestry crew

A group of New Zealand women have found employment together in an unlikely industry as new figures show job advertisements in the Bay of Plenty are soaring. CNI Logging has ...
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Support key to success forestry training programme

Support key to success forestry training programme

Nearly a year after its official launch, New Zealand’s Eastland Wood Council-driven Generation Programme is proving its worth in multiple ways. Launched in April last year the programme had its ...
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Tigercat unveils largest machine in forestry line-up

Tigercat unveils largest machine in forestry line-up

Tigercat continues to set the bar high with the introduction of the new 890 logger – the largest machine in the Tigercat forestry equipment line-up – a heavy duty, purpose-built ...
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Distractions slow your reactions campaign underway

Distractions slow your reactions campaign underway

Forestry Corporation of NSW kicked off 2019 with a series of safety campaigns and workshops to put safety first after the holiday break. The Safe Start campaign was targeted at ...
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Komatsu buys forestry machine manufacturer

Komatsu buys forestry machine manufacturer

Komatsu America Corp. a leading global heavy equipment manufacturer, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire TimberPro, Inc. The acquisition is expected to close on April ...
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Report out on new excavator-based yarder

Report out on new excavator-based yarder

Smaller scale forest owners in New Zealand (those owning less than 1000 hectares) made up 30% of the national plantation forest estate in 2017 (MPI, 2017). Recent forecasts indicate that ...
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Health and fitness pay off for forestry truckers

Health and fitness pay off for forestry truckers

A healthy and safe crew is a happy crew. Warwick Wilshier knows that all too well through the extra measures he has put in place to benefit drivers at his ...
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John Deere appoints AFGRI in Western Australia

John Deere appoints AFGRI in Western Australia

As outlined in an earlier release a couple of weeks ago, John Deere Construction & Forestry and Hitachi Construction Machinery (Australia) Pty Ltd had announced they were ending a successful ...
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Scania and Rio Tinto trial autonomous truck

Scania and Rio Tinto trial autonomous truck

Commercial vehicle manufacturer, Scania, is testing a new generation autonomous transport system at Rio Tinto’s Dampier Salt operations in Western Australia. The first phase of the trial started August 2018, ...
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Dyneema rope testing for load restraint

Dyneema rope testing for load restraint

A recent project undertook load restraint testing to ascertain the engineering qualities of Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE e.g. Dyneema®) rope as an effective mean of load restraint for industry ...
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Why LEAN? Lessons from a NZ logging contractor

Why LEAN? Lessons from a NZ logging contractor

If you have a business that is experiencing the following ‘symptoms’ read on…… - Are your costs rising? - Are mistakes on the increase? - Are your efficiency levels unsatisfactory? ...
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Early NZ logging – an added bonus for HarvestTECH 2019

Early NZ logging – an added bonus for HarvestTECH 2019

In addition to the very latest in harvesting technology, new innovations and new operating practices that are making such a huge difference to New Zealand, Australian and North American harvesting ...
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New Cat app delivers streamlined equipment data

New Cat app delivers streamlined equipment data

Caterpillar launches the industry’s first mobile app designed to allow customers who spend their time in a truck, at the job site and on-the-go to take advantage of equipment telematics ...
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Deere and Hitachi end Australian partnership

Deere and Hitachi end Australian partnership

John Deere Construction & Forestry Company (Deere) and Hitachi Construction Machinery (Hitachi) have had a long and successful global partnership spanning multiple continents and product lines. This partnership has served ...
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