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HarvestTECH News | Issue 26

HarvestTECH News | Issue 26

Welcome to the latest issues of HarvestTECH.News. As 2021 comes to a close, it's been a year where Covid-19 has once again dominated the headlines, disrupted supply chains and threatened business as usual. However, it has also been a boom for many within the forestry industry, as increased domestic construction and reopening of international trade has seen timber in high demand ...
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Dramatic rise of European logs into China

Dramatic rise of European logs into China

China imported 30% of its total volume of softwood logs from Europe in 2020 and2021, thus surpassing supply from Russia and North America. European softwood logs were practically non-existent at ...
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The mining industry joins the EV revolution

The mining industry joins the EV revolution

Historically there is little love lost between the mining industry and green groups. However, the two may now have some common ground in the pursuit of better EV technology and ...
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Volvo trials remote operation of forestry equipment

Volvo trials remote operation of forestry equipment

Volvo Construction Equipment says it is the first company in the world to trial a remote-controlled high-lift wheel loader over a 5G network in a complex forestry application – in ...
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Largest log vessel ever loaded in NZ

Largest log vessel ever loaded in NZ

On 10 November Pacific Forest Products Ltd (PFP) completed the loading of the largest log vessel ever to load from Australasia. The Conrad Oldendorff was chartered by PFP’s subsidiary South ...
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NZ harvesting crews feeling the pinch

NZ harvesting crews feeling the pinch

A dramatic drop in global log prices has impacted on operations in the East Coast region of New Zealand and some forestry crews face a lean Christmas until prices lift ...
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Major international forest engineering award presented

Major international forest engineering award presented

Dr Glen Murphy was presented with the International Forest Engineering Achievement Award at the 2021 Council on Forest Engineering (COFE) Conference held in September in Corvallis, Oregon. The award recognizes ...
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Komatsu introduces head for eucalypt harvesting

Komatsu introduces head for eucalypt harvesting

With its brand-new design, the Komatsu X164E has been specially developed to efficiently harvest eucalyptus. When developing this head, Komatsu Forest's engineering team put aside all existing head designs for ...
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A world-first wireless system for advanced bucking

A world-first wireless system for advanced bucking

In a world full of cords, cables and wires, life without them is still mainly a vision. That, however, shouldn’t stop us from moving in the wireless direction. The fact ...
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Mobile harbour cranes for Eastland Port

Mobile harbour cranes for Eastland Port

Mt Maunganui-headquartered port logistics company ISO Limited this week announced the arrival of two world-leading mobile harbour cranes for safer and more efficient handling of cargo at its operation at ...
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Hydrowood

Tracking timber from the lake to the lounge

The “lost trees of Hydrowood” have become a part of the lore of Tasmania’s West Coast. Lake Pieman was dammed in 1986, and since 2015 the “lost trees” from the ...
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HarvestTECH News | Issue 25

HarvestTECH News | Issue 25

Welcome to the latest issues of HarvestTECH.News. We’re pleased with the interest that’s being generated right now amongst forest owners and harvesting contractors in the Residues to Revenues 2022 event that ...
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Falcon flies on the slopes

Falcon flies on the slopes

If you need a clear demonstration of how safety conscious harvesting contractors have become in the past decade, the sale of the 150th Falcon Winch-Assist machine provides convincing evidence. It ...
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Nobel Island comes to Tasmania

Nobel Island comes to Tasmania

The log carrier Noble Island, with a LOA of 199.9 metres and summer DWT of 61,115 tons made calls to Tasmania’s Burnie and Hobart ports in early October. The arrival ...
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Two pension funds acquire NZ forestry asset

Two pension funds acquire NZ forestry asset

Two European pension funds, APG Asset Management (APG) on behalf of its Dutch pension fund client ABP, and UK’s Pension Protection Fund (PPF), have agreed to purchase Sinotrans New Zealand ...
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Log exports to drop by more than a third

Log exports to drop by more than a third

Major changes are looming for the New Zealand forestry sector as the deluge of raw log exports fades amid dwindling supplies and demands increase from the building industry and other ...
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Forestry Haulage Gap Analysis System receives funding

Forestry Haulage Gap Analysis System receives funding

The Australian Forest Contractors Association’s (AFCA) Forestry Haulage Gap Analysis System will receive key funding through the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s (NHVR) Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI), supported by the ...
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World’s 1st automatic woodchip discharging crane

World’s 1st automatic woodchip discharging crane

Iknow Machinery, Nippon Paper Industries and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha have conducted a cargo handling trial of the world's first automatic crane operation system, which was developed for wood-chip carriers ...
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Selecting productive logging machine operators

Selecting productive logging machine operators

The Vienne Test System, followed by the use of simulators, results in productive operators being selected and their subsequent learning curve being quicker with less machine damage. Researchers used people ...
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Quebec trucker designs a hybrid forestry truck

Quebec trucker designs a hybrid forestry truck

Larry Bolduc has been a truck driver for more than 25 years and is now the head of the family business Transport Raoul Bolduc in Girardville, Que., in the Saguenay/Lac-St-Jean ...
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Timber Haulage Academy to address driver shortages

Timber Haulage Academy to address driver shortages

All sectors of the haulage industry currently require drivers, and the forestry sector is no different. What is different, is the challenge of in-forest driving and hydraulic crane loading in ...
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HarvestTECH News | Issue 24

HarvestTECH News | Issue 24

Welcome to the latest issues of HarvestTECH.News. We are pleased to announce the return of another FIEA event, Residues to Revenues 2022. This long overdue event will be showcasing innovations around ...
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