Welcome to the latest issues of HarvestTECH.News.
As 2022 comes to a close, it’s been a year where Covid-19 and disrupted supply chains have been replaced by a return to ‘normal’ operations, but with high global inflation and shifting timber demand. Here are the top 5 read stories from HarvestTECH News this year:
- C3 delivers industry-first grapple log loading innovation
- Cat launches remote control system
- Bridge over undisturbed waters
- A 6.2m electric drone for forest thinning
- Yes – big trees, they still exist
We’re pleased to announce that the programme for Wood Transport & Logistics 2023 has just been released and you can view it on the event’s website. We’ve been closely working with log transport operators, forest companies and all of the main trucking industry associations to put together this major log transport event.
Electric, hydrogen and diesel-hybrid powered vehicles, truck automation and platooning are all right now on the cusp of being adopted by wood transport fleets. Much of the technology is being adopted by local companies in early 2023. The industry is going through major changes right now and opportunities for forest contractors and local log haulage companies will be detailed in Wood Transport & Logistics 2023 that’s running on 24-25 May 2023, Rotorua, New Zealand.
One of the major challenges within the industry is attracting and training skilled labour. New interactive technologies will be key to engaging with our future workforce. A great example of this is local South Island contractor, Mike Hurring, who started a training school back in 2014 to address local skills shortages. Virtual simulators along with on-site training is being used to upskill machine operators across the region. Have a look at the video below for more details.
This will be the last HarvestTECH News issue for 2022 and we will be back in February 2023. Enjoy your Christmas break – if one is being taken – and thank you for your support and input over this last year.
Check out all the stories this month below.
Remember, please send through any stories or video you want us to pass onto the wider wood harvesting and log transport community.
Stories this issue:
- Major log transport event planned for May 2023
- Contractor’s training school to address skills shortages
- Brandt to Acquire Agrowquip NZ
- Revamping hauler operation to improve safety
- Expressions of Interest: Residues2Revenues 2023
- New debarker for Northport
- $40k raised for forestry mental health
- November 2022 NZ log market update
- Natural gas versus hydrogen as a transport fuel
- Record shipments of Russian timber arriving via China
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