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Low log prices hurting

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A sharp fall in log prices has raised concerns of job losses but a South Canterbury logging company director believes the industry will recover with minimum damage done. Evan MacClure, a Timaru-based director for Forest Management (FM) said “an estimated 30 per cent drop in price” will impact companies and contractors. “There’s not an abundance of optimism out there, and …

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China builds highway with unmanned machines

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We like to bring you stories on tech advancements. Last week we covered the first large scale operational use of robotics in wood processing operations in New Zealand and Australia (which are being featured in next month’s WoodTECH 2020 on-line webinar series that we have set up for dry-mill and wood manufacturing operations. This week, here’s one out of the …

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Drone ‘mosaic’ to help environmental management

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A drone “mosaic” of harvested forestry blocks is letting Marlburians see the wood for the trees, and could cut down environmental issues. In New Zealand, Marlborough company GeoInsight Limited is using drones, 360-degree cameras and an e-bike to “stitch together” images of forestry blocks and help the Marlborough District Council streamline compliance checks. Of the council’s 17 monitoring programmes, forestry …

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Debarker enhances Port Taranaki’s log operations

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The installation of a debarker machine at Port Taranaki means full log vessels can now be loaded there. In an emailed statement, Port Taranaki chief executive Guy Roper said the new machine ensured the company’s export log operations were more efficient and ready to meet future changes to environmental standards. The debarker is owned by China Forestry Group New Zealand …

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Remsoft adds GM for Asia Pacific

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Remsoft has announced the appointment of Corinne Watson as General Manager, Asia Pacific. In her role, she will support customer success on the ground and drive growth within the Australasia region. A seasoned business leader with a track record in delivering innovative solutions for complex problems, Corinne brings more than 20 years of experience in leveraging software and analytics to …

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Partnership to introduce Heavy Fuel Cell Electric Trucks

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Hiringa Energy and TR Group have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to offer Heavy Fuel Cell Electric Trucks for the New Zealand market powered by Hiringa’s nation-wide hydrogen refuelling network, and TR’s heavy fleet lease, rental, and maintenance management expertise. The companies will offer fuel-inclusive lease packages that offer greater flexibility to heavy vehicle operators and companies looking to …

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Logging: New Waratah harvester head

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Waratah Forestry Equipment unveiled the new H415HD, a heavy-duty harvesting head with new features and options to suit customer feedback and rugged application needs. “The new H415HD extends durability to our customers providing another configuration to suit their needs and bolster uptime within the size class of 400 Series model Waratah heads,” said Brent Fisher, product marketing manager for Waratah. …

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New President for John Deere

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John Stone is the new president of John Deere Worldwide Construction and Forestry and Power Systems.  Deere & Company has announced that its board of directors has elected John Stone, 50, to the position of president of Worldwide Construction & Forestry and Power Systems.  Stone will begin his new role on July 1. He will be responsible for the overall management …