Welcome to the latest issues of HarvestTECH.News.
It’s welcome relief that both New Zealand and Australian COVID-19 lockdowns are easing and businesses, that weren’t already operating, are now opening up again. This will be a slow recovery though, with domestic and international trade still uncertain at this stage.
This is also a great opportunity for organisations to review and optimise their business practices. This month we’re running the industry’s Forest Industry Safety & Technology 2020 webinar series. Every two years, some 300 industry representatives get together to discuss and showcase a range of new technologies, processes and systems for improving forest safety. Now, because of COVID-19 restrictions, this event is being brought online for local forestry companies, harvesting contractors and wood transport operators. Some inspiring local and international speakers have been lined up. Have a look at the programme and make sure you are registered to attend this digital event on 16 and 18 June 2020.
In HarvestTECH stories this month, we cover TracPlus’s successful funding round. The New Zealand real-time tracking technology company looks to have a strong future within the sector. The New Zealand Government has also just announced a new $2.5 million subsidy designed to support silviculture and attract new workers in as the planting season gets underway.
With COVID-19 at the forefront of all company operations over the past couple of months, the Australian summer bushfires seem now but a memory. Harvesting and processing of salvage wood though are in full swing. Two stories this issue cover the first loading of woodchips at Port Eden and an update on Forestry Corp’s fire impacted forest harvesting.
That’s it for this month. Remember to send through any contributions, stories or links that we can pass onto the wider wood harvesting and transport community.
Check out all the articles below and enjoy this month’s issue.
Stories this issue:
- Silviculture subsidy to support Kiwi locals
- First woodchip shipment for Eden after the bushfires
- Tasmanian authorities investigating spikes in logs
- Timber industry’s race against the clock
- A 5G roading solution for forestry roading
- Jack Kuru – the legend road builder
- Forest Safety Conference to proceed – online
- TracPlus announces NZ$5m investment
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