Monthly Archives: July 2012

Nanoscience to benefit wood adhesives

Research to improve wood adhesives through the use of nanotechnology earned Dr Joseph Jakes a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).
Jakes is a research materials engineer and his exploration of wood at the nanoscale has resulted in the development of new high-performance wood-based composite materials, including those utilizing nanocellulose. Source: Woodworking Network
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Jobs saved in Milton NZ wood processing

A wood-processing plant near Milton in New Zealand will not be mothballed, although just how many of the 31 jobs under threat have been saved remains unclear after news that a Southland timber company has secured the mill’s lease. The news follows City Forests’ decision in April to progressively downsize the plant and have it closed by September. Source: Otago Daily Times

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Tasmanian sawmill buyouts with forest peace deal

Taxpayers could be forced to fund more sawmill buyouts to ensure the success of Tasmania’s forest peace deal. There is $ 15 million in the forest peace deal to buy out contracts owned by sawmills that will be affected by a reduction in native forest logging. Source: Yahoo 7 News, The Mercury, The Australian

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ANZ seeks review of Gunns balance sheet

Gunns’ move to recapitalisation has been slow and full of setbacks and there is no end in sight. It appears that lenders to the embattled timber company are becoming nervous about the $ 500 million they are owed by the end of the year. Sources: Business Spectator, ABC News, The Australian Financial Review
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Council finds better use for trees than mulch

Coff Harbour City Council has found a more sustainable and profitable way to re-use the trees on public land. Previously council turned these trees, including hardwoods, into mulch for playgrounds, parks, roundabouts and reserves. Now the timber is being milled and put to better use. Source: The Coffs Coast Advocate
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Malaysia facilitates timber exports to Europe

In a move to boost exports of Malaysian timber and construction products to Europe, the Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) is working with the United Kingdom’s Trada Technology Ltd (TTL) as an approved testing laboratory. Malaysia recognizes that the only way to ensure its products are used overseas is to comply with international standards. Source: Borneo Post Online

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CPR in UK timber will be flaming necessity

The timber industry must prepare for upcoming Construction Products Regulation (CPR), according to Meyer Timber market executive Stephen Cope. The CPR has the ability to change the way the UK timber trade operates and it will supersede the Construction Products Directive (CPD) next year. Source: Lesprom

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Biomass use falls in the US as gas is cheap

Prices for mill and forest biomass fell in most major consuming regions of the US in the second quarter of 2012, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review.
The main reason for the declining prices is the continued fall of natural gas prices to levels not seen in 10 years. Source: Global Wood Products and Market Update

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CRC Forestry wind-up delayed

Professor Gordon Duff, CEO of the CRC for Forestry recently updated the industry on the state of play with the CRC for Forestry and the National Centre for Future Forest Industries (NCFFI) now that the Australian Government has contributed $ 2.5 million of seed funding to establish the NCFFI. Source: Timberbiz
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Additional income from bioenergy Mallee eucalypts

Australia can be prominent in the development of bioenergy industries. Energy tree cropping can be designed to integrate with agricultural enterprises across the wheat belt farming areas without compromising food and fibre production or security of water supply. Source: Timberbiz
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