Welcome to the latest issues of HarvestTECH.News.
In log transport this month, conversions of heavy transport fleets from diesel to electric, hydrogen and hybrid fuelling options continue at pace. Last year, the number of heavy electric trucks on the roads in Europe and the United States grew faster than ever before. We will soon hit the ‘tipping point’, if we haven’t already, where growth in clean fuels becomes exponential and adoption is guaranteed.
We are only weeks away from this region’s largest wood transport and logistics industry event, Wood Transport and Logistics 2023. This event will run in Rotorua on 24-25 May 2023 and is a must-attend event (conference, exhibitions, live demonstrations & workshops) on the latest trends, challenges and cutting-edge solutions that are transforming the log transport industry. We have well over 200 delegates drawn from leading New Zealand and Australian forestry and log haulage companies already registered..
In this edition of HarvestTECH.News, we’ll be covering a range of exciting stories, including:
- ForestWorks in Australia is currently working on updating the forest industry’s Log Haulage Manual and creating additional multimedia resources.
- A large NZ transport company launched what is believed to be Australasia’s first dual-fuel truck, which is powered by 40% hydrogen gas and 60% diesel.
- A new funding opportunity in New Zealand is available, which aims to incentivise innovation and improve the efficiency, sustainability and uptake of biomass energy generation and supply chains.
- Over the next three years, about 270,000 tonnes of logs from the NSW Government-owned plantations on the northern tablelands will be diverted from the export market to supply the mills impacted by the recent forest fires.
- One New Zealand (formerly Vodafone NZ) and SpaceX’s recently announced collaboration could bring expanded mobile coverage and new opportunities for the forestry industry in New Zealand.
- American truck manufacturer, Kenworth, is celebrating 100 years of building high-quality trucks, with the company marking the milestone by announcing several new product updates and releases.
- A forest company in New Zealand has been cleared of breaches under the Resource Management Act by the Environment Court.
- New Zealand’s forestry contractors, through FICA, are asking to be included when investigating solutions for slash / woody debris.
So, sit back, grab a cup of coffee, and join us as we delve into the latest news and developments in forestry.
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:
- Log Haulage Skills resources being created
- Dual fuel truck powered by diesel and hydrogen gas
- New funding for contractors for biomass innovation
- Saw logs moved more than 900km by rail to supply bushfire-impacted Riverina mills
- SpaceX to provide 100% mobile coverage of NZ
- Kenworth celebrates century of truck making
- Forest company cleared of RMA breaches
- Forest contractors want input to slash solutions
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