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HarvestTECH 2020  |  16-17 Sept 2020, Australia  |  22-23 Sept 2020, New Zealand

HarvestTECH Events provides annual world class technology events and exhibitions to wood harvesting contractors, harvest planners, forest managers and wood transport operators.

HarvestTECH 2020


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Transport trends companies can’t ignore in 2023

Transport trends companies can’t ignore in 2023

Global transport is on the cusp of substantial changes driven by constant innovation in technology, the need to deliver more, a powerful surge in customer expectations, and pricing. In New Zealand, the industry has seen a wide range of ups and downs during the past year, all of which influenced the survival of many businesses. As fleet companies prepare for ...
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SEA Electric Partners with MEVCO to Electrify 8,500 Hilux and Landcruiser Models for Mining Industry

SEA Electric Partners with MEVCO to Electrify 8,500 Hilux and Landcruiser Models for Mining Industry

Press Release SEA Electric has made the next step in its journey to electrify the world’s commercial vehicle fleet, by signing a significant Memorandum of Understanding with MEVCO, a leading ...
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Midway officially opens wood fibre export plant

Midway officially opens wood fibre export plant

Tasmania’s sustainable forestry sector is going from strength-to-strength with the official opening Tasmania’s newest wood fibre export facility at the Bell Bay Industrial Complex last week. The facility, owned by ...
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Wahine in Forestry – Answers to a long standing challenge

Wahine in Forestry – Answers to a long standing challenge

The question of how to address the gender inequality that exists in our forest sector is not a new one, you only must read, “A Path Through The Trees”, the ...
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Awards return with accolades to industry winners

Awards return with accolades to industry winners

Good things take time and two and a half years since the inaugural event in 2019, the Hawke’s Bay Forestry Group celebrated with the local sector community the second forestry ...
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Death a reminder to keep an eye on field staff

Death a reminder to keep an eye on field staff

A forestry services company has been ordered to pay NZ$536,000 for the death of a worker on a site near Wairoa in 2020. The victim, a 48-year-old father and husband, ...
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Waratah marks 50th anniversary

Waratah marks 50th anniversary

Waratah Forestry Equipment is celebrating 50 years of innovation within the forestry industry and thanking its customers for decades of trust and loyalty to the brand. “We’re proud to celebrate ...
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Brandt Tractor acquires AGrowQuip

Brandt Tractor acquires AGrowQuip

The Brandt Group of Companies is pleased to announce that they have successfully acquired the assets of AGrowQuip NZ Ltd., effective January 30, 2023. This transaction ensures access to the ...
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HarvestTECH News | Issue 37

HarvestTECH News | Issue 37

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 ...
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Major log transport event planned for May 2023

Major log transport event planned for May 2023

In log transport, we continue to ramp up coverage of an array of new innovations in electric, hydrogen and diesel-hybrid powered vehicles, truck automation and platooning. Right now, there’s a ...
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Contractor's training school to address skills shortages

Contractor’s training school to address skills shortages

A shortage of skilled machine operators across New Zealand motivated contractor Mike Hurring to open his own training school in Balclutha. The school runs 5-week machine operator courses that cover ...
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Brandt to Acquire Agrowquip NZ

Brandt to Acquire Agrowquip NZ

In New Zealand, the Brandt Group of Companies is pleased to announce that they have reached an agreement to acquire the assets of Agrowquip NZ Ltd. The acquisition combines the ...
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Revamping hauler operation to improve safety

Revamping hauler operation to improve safety

When central North Island contractor Brian Rutgers from Loggabull, decided to refit his old hauler, the first thing he did was ask his experienced operator and foreman for their ideas ...
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Expressions of Interest: Residues2Revenues 2023

Expressions of Interest: Residues2Revenues 2023

Early expressions of interest to present at next year’s Residues2Revenues 2023 event are now been called for. This year saw record numbers of forestry, wood harvesting, timber products companies and ...
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New debarker for Northport

New debarker for Northport

C3 Limited and Pedersen Group are scheduled to install their new Debarker at Northport in early December 2022. Commissioning of the new Pedersen Group Debarker at Northport is planned for ...
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$40k raised for forestry mental health

$40k raised for forestry mental health

More than NZ$40,000 was raised to lead a mental health initiative for forestry at a charity auction dinner held in Rotorua, New Zealand on 18 November. Brought together by the ...
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November 2022 NZ log market update

November 2022 NZ log market update

Opinion piece: Inflation is front and centre of everyone’s minds at present and is more than likely causing Grant Robertson many sleepless nights. One of his biggest worries (and he’s ...
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Natural gas versus hydrogen as a transport fuel

Natural gas versus hydrogen as a transport fuel

Many commercial fleet operators are thinking about transitioning their vehicles to hydrogen or natural gas engines. These fuels can be great ways to reduce emissions. Both fuel options present similarities ...
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Record shipments of Russian timber arriving via China

Record shipments of Russian timber arriving via China

Timber from Russia has in recent years been sent through China for processing but since the Ukraine invasion by Russia, and the declaration of Russian timber as conflict timber, the ...
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HarvestTECH News | Issue 36

HarvestTECH News | Issue 36

Welcome to the latest issues of HarvestTECH.News. In log transport, we continue to cover an array of new innovations in electric, hydrogen and diesel-hybrid powered vehicles, truck automation and platooning ...
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HiVision 2.0 camera system for forestry cranes launched

HiVision 2.0 camera system for forestry cranes launched

Hiab’s HiVision™ for forestry cranes uses external cameras to show the cranes surrounding. The operator sees the surroundings using virtual reality (VR) goggles inside the truck cabin. This improves productivity, ...
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Autonomous agricultural modular vehicle launched

Autonomous agricultural modular vehicle launched

Multi-use, modular platform Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) automates tree and vine crop tasks, starting with intelligent spraying Robotics Plus, a New Zealand-based agritech company, on 20 October launched its autonomous ...
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Celebrating long-term evergreen harvesting contract

Celebrating long-term evergreen harvesting contract

In what must be one of the longest partnerships in NZ forestry, Safetree Certified Contractor Gamble Forest Harvesting celebrated 50 years working for City Forests in 2021. Safetree Toroawhi Richard ...
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Napier Port successfully trials prototype log grabs

Napier Port successfully trials prototype log grabs

On Friday 2 September, Napier Port’s senior crane operators safely and successfully loaded logs onto the Norse Mobile bulk cargo vessel using log grabs custom-designed and built for use on ...
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Rangatahi growing in forestry with iwi trust training

Rangatahi growing in forestry with iwi trust training

In New Zealand, a training initiative implemented by a central North Island iwi trust is taking rangatahi (youth) to new heights, three years since its launch. Rotomā No. 1 Incorporation’s ...
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Forest360 NZ log export market update

Forest360 NZ log export market update

It would be nice to be reporting on a rebound in the export market on the basis of solid demand and improved overall global macro-economic factors, but that would be ...
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International softwood log trade declines 20%

International softwood log trade declines 20%

Global trade of softwood logs plunged by 20% during the first half of 2022 y-o-y. Much of the decline was because of the Russian log export ban that came into ...
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Diesel-electric hybrid trucks for logging industry

Diesel-electric hybrid trucks for logging industry

If one guy can call his electric-car company Tesla, why not call theirs Edison, a couple of Merritt enrepreneurs figured. While the real-life Tesla and Edison, ground-breaking inventors, became fierce ...
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HarvestTECH News | Issue 35

HarvestTECH News | Issue 35

Welcome to the latest issues of HarvestTECH.News. After years of progress, electric heavy trucks are finally on the road in this part of the world. Australian log harvest and haulage ...
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Volvo marks series production on heavy-duty EVs

Volvo marks series production on heavy-duty EVs

Swedish manufacturer Volvo Trucks is beginning series production of its heavy-duty electric models with global deliveries set to ramp up. And customers in Australia and New Zealand can expect to ...
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