Welcome to the latest issue of HarvestTECH.News.
This month’s news revolves around compliance in New Zealand’s harvesting sector, technological advancements in log tracking and the need for market diversification.
We are also only a couple of weeks out from the FIEA technology event, Residues2Revenues 2023. This event is being held in Rotorua, New Zealand, on 25-26 July 2023 and will see over 200 forest owners, managers, harvesting contractors and wood processors attending. Virtual registrations are also available for those outside of New Zealand. Full details on the event website.
In this edition of HarvestTECH.News, we’ll be covering a range of exciting stories, including:
- Southland District Council has placed a performance bond on its harvesting contractor, to ensure compliance with the National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry during and after harvesting.
- New RTK GNSS technology achieves unparalleled accuracy in log harvesting, with an error margin of just a few centimetres.
- NZ government to invest in a new bioenergy plant, research into biomass and better forestry practices in slash management.
- KPMG has released their 19-page report on Australia’s Pine Log Price Index.
- Mechlog’s new training programme, SEED, is designed to improve the skills of people entering the forestry industry as well as assist the forestry sector to attract new talent.
- Kiwi logging equipment manufacturer expands its capabilities with the strategic acquisition of Madill, enhancing its position in the industry.
- Australia’s drop in plantation pine logs exports last year, due to a China ban, shows the need to diversify international markets.
- Komatsu’s new harvester looks tailor made for NZ’s steep terrain.
- Sawmills across NZ face temporary closures in response to a decline in new housing construction.
So, sit back, grab a cup of coffee, and join us as we delve into the latest news and developments in forestry.
Stories this issue:
- Nationwide first bond for slash management
- GNSS for more accurate machine & log location
- Bioenergy funding to better utilise forestry slash
- Australian Pine Log Price Index report released
- Mechlog launches new forestry training programme
- Kiwi logging equipment manufacturer acquires Madill
- Australian log exports unlikely to reach historic highs
- Komatsu launches new harvester for steeper terrain
- Sawmills face temporary closures as demand dives
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