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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 deemed an essential service and continue to operate, virtually all businesses across New Zealand were forced to close while on level 4 restrictions. There will always be a debate on ...
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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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Father and son graduate forestry course together

Father and son graduate forestry course together

A father and son duo from Southland have shown there’s value in getting back to the books, even after four decades in the game. Bobby Baird and his 65-year-old father ...
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Impact of stress on wellbeing and productivity

Impact of stress on wellbeing and productivity

Forestry researcher Trevor Best has written a summary of research he was involved in at Canterbury University on the impact of stress on the wellbeing of forestry workers, and how ...
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Canada invests in hybrid log trucks

Canada invests in hybrid log trucks

As part of #EVWeekinCanada, a $1.7-million investment in FPInnovations was announced to develop and demonstrate hybrid diesel-electric forestry harvesting trucks and help green transportation in Canada's forestry sector. FPInnovations will ...
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NZ container depots continue to struggle

NZ container depots continue to struggle

COVID19 Lockdowns across New Zealand are expected to create further pressure on an already heavily disrupted shipping logistics. ContainerCo managing director Ken Harris said exporters and importers continue to take ...
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Komatsu NZ opens new South Island hub

Komatsu NZ opens new South Island hub

Komatsu New Zealand’s new South Island Hub facility in Christchurch officially opened on 27 July 2021.The state-of-the-art facility, which was commissioned late mid-2020, offers greatly enhanced service and support capabilities ...
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Ponsse manufactures its 17,000th forest machine

Ponsse manufactures its 17,000th forest machine

The 17,000th PONSSE forest machine has rolled off the production line in Vieremä. The milestone machine, a PONSSE Elk built in mid-August, will start its career in the sure hands ...
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HarvestTECH News | Issue 22

HarvestTECH News | Issue 22

Welcome to the latest issues of HarvestTECH.News. This month we highlight a number of stories on the rollout of some pretty innovative 'next-generation' technologies from around the world. Canada has now ...
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Electronic logging devices to combat driver fatigue

Electronic logging devices to combat driver fatigue

A new era in highway safety regulation begins in Canada as electronic logging devices that track a driver's hours behind the wheel become mandatory in semi-trucks traveling between provinces. The ...
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Digital communications rolled out across forestry operations

Digital communications rolled out across forestry operations

A new digital radio system from Motorola Solutions and communications partner Central Radio Services (CRS) is helping New Zealand’s City Forests to work more safely and efficiently while complying with ...
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European charging network for electric trucks

European charging network for electric trucks

Leading European commercial vehicle manufacturers have signed a non-binding agreement to install and operate a public charging network for battery electric, heavy-duty, long-haul trucks and coaches across Europe. The agreement ...
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Re-imagining the forest products supply chain

Re-imagining the forest products supply chain

In the latest episode of FWPA’s WoodChat podcast series, listeners will hear about a research project that took an in-depth look at the various elements of Australia’s log and woodchip ...
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WorkSafe reminder on forest safety

WorkSafe reminder on forest safety

(WorkSafe) Health and Safety Paramount On Forestry Sites. A tragic forestry fatality on the East Coast could have been avoided if industry guidance had simply been followed, says New Zealand’s ...
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NZ forest roading update to international audience

NZ forest roading update to international audience

School of Forestry staff members Rien Visser and Campbell Harvey recently gave a presentation on “Forest Roads in NZ” to an international audience. The presentation includes an overview, details current ...
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Work with WorkSafe

Work with WorkSafe

WorkSafe New Zealand are reminding people that they are obligated to comply with WorkSafe inspectors exercising their compliance powers under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015. If people ...
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C3 opens new checkpoint at Port Nelson

C3 opens new checkpoint at Port Nelson

C3 Limited, part of LINX Cargo Care Group, has officially opened its new checkpoint facility at Port Nelson in New Zealand’s South Island. The new facility is a complete upgrade ...
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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 ...
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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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