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HarvestTECH News | Issue 31

HarvestTECH News | Issue 31

Welcome to the latest issues of HarvestTECH.News. This month we have several new product launches covered by Tigercat, Komatsu and John Deere. As you move into the forest, a number of you who have been working on introducing automation and robotics into your harvesting operations to improve safety and productivity, may well be interested in some of the work being undertaken ...
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NZ’s first Green Hydrogen refuelling site

NZ’s first Green Hydrogen refuelling site

Construction of New Zealand’s first high-capacity green hydrogen refuelling station has started in Palmerston North. The site, adjacent to Palmerston North Airport, is the first of four hydrogen refuelling stations ...
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MyKomatsu brings visual data to contractors

MyKomatsu brings visual data to contractors

With Komatsu’s new digital hub, My Komatsu, contractors can get easy-to-interpret visual analyses of data collected from numerous sources displayed on easy-to-read dashboards. It’s designed to collect, visualize and monitor ...
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ISO logs onto new technology

ISO logs onto new technology

There’s some high-tech wizardry taking place as this ISO Limited log shuttle heads through the company’s log yard at Port Taranaki. We’re thrilled ISO is supporting the growing export log ...
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Mana Wahine on a mission

Mana Wahine on a mission

Learning with the Generation Programme has proved life-changing for 22-year-old Ariana Ngaronoa and she’s already lining up more study to pursue a career in forestry that she previously hadn’t considered ...
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1st fully autonomous ship navigation system tested

1st fully autonomous ship navigation system tested

The Nippon Foundation, Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co have successfully completed a demonstration test of the world's first fully autonomous ship navigation systems on a large car ferry, conducted on the Iyonada ...
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New suite of forestry qualifications launched

New suite of forestry qualifications launched

As part of the NZQA-mandated five-yearly qualification review, the suite of New Zealand forestry qualifications spanning across forest harvesting and silviculture operations have been updated and officially launched. Coverage of ...
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First 80 tonne e-timber truck being developed

First 80 tonne e-timber truck being developed

In another step towards a fossil-free society, SCA and Scania are together developing the first electric timber truck with a technical capability of up to 80 tonnes total weight. The ...
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Rehabilitating workers back into the forest

Rehabilitating workers back into the forest

Gisborne contractors Gavin and Chrystal Edmonds are helping forestry workers recover from drug problems and get back to work in the forest. Difficulties accessing rehabilitation support for workers prompted the ...
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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 ...
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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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