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Latest timber industry news, updated Thursdays.

RISI Euro conference focus on Brexit

The 19th RISI Annual European Conference will highlight the Brexit Effect and what lies ahead for the European pulp and paper industry as well as feature a key packaging seminar. Source: Timberbiz The conference will take place from March 6-8, 2017 at the Marriott Hotel in Amsterdam,
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Seed bombing takes on a whole new dimension

If we’re lucky, seed bombing could jump to a whole new level of awesomeness. A fleet of unused and decommissioned C-130 Hercules cargo planes, originally created to drop land mines, could be recommissioned as foresters. Sources: Treehugger and Inhabitat Lockheed Martin and Aerial Fore
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Tranquil rest stop in Finland features 24 glulam columns

Studio Puisto has completed a rest stop on highway E75 (the major European road that starts in the Norwegian town of Vardø and runs south for 5,639 kilometres until it reaches Greece) in central Finland. Source: Designboom, images by Marc Goodwin The rest stop comprises a gas station,
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13% increase in Brazilian exports of wood products

In September 2016, the Brazilian exports of wood products (except pulp and paper) increased 13% in value compared to September 2015, from $209.5 million to $237 million, as reported by ITTO (the International Tropical Timber Organization). Source: Timberbiz The value of pine sawnwood
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Protestors stop logging twice in NSW forest

Protesters have stopped logging operations twice in the last week in the south-east forests of New South Wales. Source: ABC News The protesters said Forestry Corporation of NSW breached regulations that were intended to protect the biodiversity of the forest environment. On November 2
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Large fire at NZ Timber Packaging

A large blaze at a timber processing plant in Taupō, New Zealand in the central North Island, has destroyed crucial machinery. Source: Radio NZ Firefighters were called to the plant, owned by New Zealand Timber Packaging, in an industrial area of the suburb of Tauhara, about 8.30pm. F
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New Forest raises $660m for investment

Sydney-based sustainable forestry manager New Forests has raised $660m from international pension funds to invest in new-growth soft and hardwood forests in Australasia. Source: IPE Capital-raising began 10 months ago for the Australian New Zealand Forest Fund 3 (ANZFF3). The fund clo
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Tenon US sale no effect on NZ operation

Tenon general manager Mark Taylor says the impending sale of the company’s USA distribution company will not affect operations in Taupo, New Zealand. Source: Stuff NZ Tenon Ltd shareholders voted to sell the publicly-listed company’s USA marketing and distribution business
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Coroner credits Helen Kelly for forestry safety

A coroner has credited the work done by late union boss Helen Kelly as being one of the primary reasons why New Zealand’s forestry sector is now a safer place to work than it was a few years ago. Source: Rotorua Daily Post Rotorua coroner Wallace Bain released his findings into
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