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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 has been set up for early March next year. This long-overdue event will be showcasing innovations around harvesting, handling, drying and transporting biofuel or wood wastes. It will for the ...
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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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AFCA General Manager steps down

AFCA General Manager steps down

The Australian Forest Contractors Association (AFCA) has announced that General Manager (GM) Stacey Gardiner had tendered her resignation on Friday of last week after six and half years in the ...
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Native forest logging in WA banned from 2024

Native forest logging in WA banned from 2024

Logging of native forests in Western Australia’s South West will be banned from 2024 thanks to a state government decision lauded by environmentalist groups. But the forestry industry lobby claims ...
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Largest vessel to load logs from New Zealand

Largest vessel to load logs from New Zealand

A deal has been finalised that will soon see the largest vessel to ever call at New Zealand for the loading of logs. The deal between South Pacific Shipping (SPS) ...
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Hybrid trailer-log trucks: the move to electrification

Hybrid trailer-log trucks: the move to electrification

It is no secret that electrification is the future. Over just a few years, electrification moved from being a concept to being a reality. And we’re not talking about cars ...
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Residues to Revenues 2022 event announced

Residues to Revenues 2022 event announced

For New Zealand and Australia, it’s been over 8 years since a wood residues programme has been run by FIEA showcasing new innovations around harvesting, bio-fuel handling and transport technologies ...
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15.9% reduction in road costs for forestry company

15.9% reduction in road costs for forestry company

There are massive pay offs when you think outside of the box! By adding PolyCom Stabilising Aid, TPMS cut the metal requirements by a massive 54.2% over their standard pavement ...
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Cat launches remote control system

Cat launches remote control system

Think of the work being done at the moment around remote controlled log hauler operations - keeping those working on steeper forest slopes safe. This work is ongoing - but ...
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Biofuel truck use damaging to the environment?

Biofuel truck use damaging to the environment?

CEAC warns that use of trucks with biodiesel will cause far more damage to environment than using electric trucks, overseas studies have found that production of biofuels for use in ...
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HarvestTECH News | Issue 23

HarvestTECH News | Issue 23

Welcome to the latest issues of HarvestTECH.News. The latest Covid-19 outbreaks in Australia and New Zealand highlights a major difference in how both countries lockdown. While the Australian timber industry are ...
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Methyl bromide rules reset

Methyl bromide rules reset

A total ban on methyl bromide fumigation aboard ships in New Zealand is part of a comprehensive suite of new rules imposed by a Decision-making Committee of the Environmental Protection ...
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Australia’s first hydrogen-powered trucks

Australia’s first hydrogen-powered trucks

Hyzon Motors has signed a vehicle supply agreement with Australian industrial gases company Coregas to deliver two hydrogen fuel cell trucks. The Hyzon Hymax-450 prime movers should be delivered in ...
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