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HarvestTECH News Issue 14

HarvestTECH News Issue 14

Welcome to the latest issues of HarvestTECH.News. We are pleased to announce that the HarvestTECH 2021 programme and registrations are now live on the website. The response has been amazing and there is already talk that this region’s premier log transport and wood harvesting event will, once again, sell out next year. HarvestTECH 2021 will run in Rotorua, New Zealand on ...
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HarvestTECH 2021 attracting record interest

HarvestTECH 2021 attracting record interest

If you’re involved in wood harvesting, you’ll remember well the major harvesting event, HarvestTECH 2019. It ran in Rotorua, New Zealand last year and the event SOLD OUT well in ...
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Training course attracting women to forestry

Training course attracting women to forestry

In New Zealand, an Eastland Wood Council forestry training programme aimed at keeping pace with the demand for forestry workers has had an unexpected boon — boosting diversity in a ...
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H&S pilot extended for forestry workers

H&S pilot extended for forestry workers

New Zealand’s forestry health, safety and wellbeing pilot, Toroawhi, has been given a six-month extension following COVID-19 restrictions. The joint pilot between WorkSafe and the Forest Industry Safety Council saw ...
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Autonomous forest machine ready for testing

Autonomous forest machine ready for testing

In Sweden, researchers at Luleå University of Technology (LUT) have designed and built an autonomous forest machine that they say is now ready for in the woods field testing. "We ...
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Forest company fined and council labelled 'disgraceful'

Forest company fined and council labelled ‘disgraceful’

The forestry company has paid nearly NZ$400,000 towards the clean-up and a judge has labelled the local council’s lack of monitoring as “disgraceful”. But the Māori Incorporation that owns Paroa ...
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Two million tonnes of fire salvaged timber sold

Two million tonnes of fire salvaged timber sold

Forestry Corporation of NSW has reached an important recovery milestone – two million tonnes of fire-affected timber has been harvested, hauled and sold from the organisation’s bushfire-affected Tumut and Bombala ...
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Tasmania launches updated Forest Practices Code

Tasmania launches updated Forest Practices Code

The Forest Practices Authority (FPA) released a new issue of the Forest Practices Code on 6 October 2020. The Forest Practices Code 2020 is the fifth version of the Code ...
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Komatsu adds new head for eucalyptus

Komatsu adds new head for eucalyptus

Komatsu Forest presents a brand-new harvester head specially adapted for the harvesting of eucalyptus. The new model head is a Komatsu S162E, (E for eucalyptus). 20 years ago, the company ...
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RDO celebrates with Austimber Harvesting

RDO celebrates with Austimber Harvesting

RDO Equipment delivers its 50th forestry machine since launching in Australia.RDO Equipment celebrated a big milestone in September, delivering its 50th John Deere forestry machine to loyal customer Austimber in ...
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Customising bridge design for Aratu Forests

Customising bridge design for Aratu Forests

Time sensitive harvest operations and restricted road access were key factors in the decision of Aratu Forests to engage Bridge It NZ to deliver a customised bridging solution for their ...
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HarvestTECH News Issue 13

HarvestTECH News Issue 13

Welcome to the latest issues of HarvestTECH.News. The response to those wanting to present at the region’s major log transport and wood harvesting event, HarvestTECH 2021 which will run in ...
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Forest company fined for RMA breach

Forest company fined for RMA breach

Forest management company PF Olsen has been fined NZ$198,000 for poor harvesting practices that contributed to the devastation caused by forestry waste at Tolaga Bay in June, 2018. The company ...
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Relocatable bridges a winning solution for Juken NZ

Relocatable bridges a winning solution for Juken NZ

A bridge designed to carry heavy forestry loads is a substantial capital investment – but what if you could relocate that bridge and use it across multiple harvests? That’s exactly ...
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Silvicultural work highlighted in new videos

Silvicultural work highlighted in new videos

Silviculture workers are crucial to the success of New Zealand’s forestry industry. However sometimes the important work they do can be over-shadowed by the harvesting end of the business. But ...
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Concerns raised on softwood log exports

Concerns raised on softwood log exports

A South Australian regional timber processor has warned thousands of tonnes of softwood resource are bypassing mills and heading to China, despite long-term shortages facing some businesses. Softwood export volumes ...
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Volvo Autonomous Hauler Wins Red Dot Award

Volvo Autonomous Hauler Wins Red Dot Award

The TA15 – part of the TARA autonomous transport solution from Volvo Autonomous Solutions – has won a coveted Red Dot Award for product design – the most globally-recognized mark ...
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HVP Selects Trimble Forestry to Implement Paperless Ticketing Solution

HVP Selects Trimble Forestry to Implement Paperless Ticketing Solution

HVP, Australia’s largest private timber plantation company, with 240,000 ha in production, has partnered with Trimble Forestry to implement a paperless ticketing solution to help address safety concerns presented by ...
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Risk posed by powerlines must be considered

Risk posed by powerlines must be considered

Any business conducting work near live powerlines must consider the risk they pose as part of its safety planning, says WorkSafe. Logging company Mike Harris Earthmoving Limited was fined $100,000 ...
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Komatsu 845 in a new outfit for 2021

Komatsu 845 in a new outfit for 2021

The Komatsu 845 12-tonne forwarder is a versatile machine that performs well in thinning, but also in lighter final felling.The 2021 model has been updated with new components, including a ...
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Deere plans expansion in Australia & New Zealand

Deere plans expansion in Australia & New Zealand

Tractor giant Deere & Co. plans to expand in Australia and New Zealand, with its one-time chief economist leading the charge. Luke Chandler, who has become managing director for the ...
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HarvestTECH News Issue 12

HarvestTECH News Issue 12

Welcome to the latest issues of HarvestTECH.News. A lot can change in a month. At the time of our last issue, New Zealand celebrated being 100 days COVID-19 free and, ...
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