HarvestTECH News | Issue 42

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Welcome to the latest issues of HarvestTECH.News.

A car park full of large rigs and new technologies. Wood Transport & Logistics 2023 attracted over 250 people from forestry, wood harvesting and log transport companies from across the region. In addition to the large number of Australian companies making the trip to Rotorua, New Zealand, a large contingent from North and South America and Europe participated in the event remotely.

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With so much effort going into larger transport companies decarbonising their fleets and the innovation and early adoption of electric, hydrogen and dual-fuel hybrid technologies in this part of the world, the place, as expected, was humming.

In this edition of HarvestTECH.News, we’ll be covering a range of exciting stories, including:

  1. As pressures mount, New Zealand forestry contractors are grappling with a multitude of challenges, including labour shortages, rising costs, and increased demands, prompting a critical examination of the industry’s sustainability. Some contractors have already decided to walk away.
  2. Russian timber exports have dropped due to market dynamics, regulatory changes and Ukraine.
  3. NZ Log Market Report for May 2023 provides valuable insights into the current state of the New Zealand log market, highlighting key trends, price fluctuations, and market conditions in the harvesting and wood transport sector.
  4. Logging exporters are being blamed for the current dive in log prices to a level where harvesting is uneconomic
  5. Robotics is set to be a transformative force within the harvesting and wood transport sector, revolutionising operations, efficiency and safety. It’s only a matter of time before there is broad adoption of fully automated equipment within the forest.
  6. Around 350 from forestry and harvesting crews in the lower South Island attended last month’s SWC 2023 Industry Awards evening. This event celebrates the positive impact of effective training programs in enhancing skills, safety, and professionalism within the harvesting and wood transport sector.
  7. Barry Gates is Waratah’s new NZ Area Manager to replace the retiring Nelson Iliev.
  8. Ponsse’s and Epec’s technology concept PONSSE EV1 has been rewarded with the Finnish Society of Automation’s Automation prize.

So, sit back, grab a cup of coffee, and join us as we delve into the latest news and developments in forestry.

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