Welcome to the latest issues of HarvestTECH.News.
By the time this newsletter hits your inbox, there will be less than a week before the HarvestTECH 2021 and Forest Safety & Technology 2021 events officially launch in Rotorua, New Zealand. To date, over 350 harvesting contractors, harvest planners, log transport operators, foresters, H&S Managers and equipment and technology suppliers into the log transport and harvesting industries will be enjoying the opportunity to learn, to network and to catch up with their industry colleagues. This will be one of the world’s largest forest industry gatherings for this part of the industry worldwide since the start of Covid-19.
If you’re in New Zealand and have been thinking about attending, we obviously recommend you head over. If you are based in Australia or further afield, you can still join the event on-line and live. Alternatively, if out in the forest or driving, the HarvestTECH 2021 presentations can be viewed at a later date through your virtual registrations. The whole two-day programme will be live-streamed and available on-demand – so no issues with time zones.
This month’s biggest transport story was the merger between VISA Global Logistics and Mondiale Freight Services. Both are heavyweights within the Asia Pacific region. Together, they have annual revenues of A$1.2 billion, they ship over 500,000 containers and employ 1,500 people worldwide.
Other stories that stand out this month include a new WorkSafe NZ video on truck driver safety (well worth a watch) and the launch in NSW of a pilot for ForestFit, a new initiative designed to improve small to medium-sized forest harvest and haulage forest contracting businesses.
And finally, we’ve built in a couple of stories on the future of transport. The first is an Australian mining company using a fleet of fully-autonomous Ford Rangers for transporting equipment and parts to remote mine sites. The second is an update on autonomous trucking with trials in Canada being undertaken on log trucks, three working in tandem and being linked by electronic sensors.
Remember to send through any contributions, stories or links that we can pass onto the wider wood harvesting and log transport community.
Check out all the articles below and enjoy this month’s issue.
Stories this issue:
- Human drivers still key to haul logs
- Let The Water Flow: Why These Bridges Are Designed To Be Swamped
- WorkSafe: Trucking Induction Video
- Logistics companies merge to create $1.2b business
- John Deere realigning its forestry technology
- Ford Ranger goes fully-autonomous
- Sprinklers start at log water storage
- Tigercat goes big with new 875E logger
- ForestFit training program pilot launches
- Real deal for hydraulic servicing of forestry machinery
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