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Latest timber industry news, updated Thursdays.

Program takes students from lessons to logging

Some college students in Maine are stepping outside their classrooms and back into the woods. Following the footsteps of the forest workers before them, they’re among a new wave of loggers, who are trading in axes for high tech machines. Source: CBS News In East Millinocket, Mai
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Sizeable jump in harvested timber stats

Finland’s harvested timber volume was 16% up over the 10-year October average, according to the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) in its monthly statistics report. Source: IHB Out of the total harvested Finnish roundwood volume, sawlogs accounted for 2.9 million m³ and
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Innovation House 2.0 for Townsville

Innovation House 2.0 in Townsville is a smart home in the making. It sets out to challenge the ‘how it’s always been done’ mindset by presenting future home owners with better solutions. Source: Timberbiz They relate to smart technology, design, health, products, ene
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Super union merger

The Fair Work Commission will conduct a hearing in early February to decide if the national construction and maritime unions can merge, giving the federal government little time to block the new super union. Source: The Sydney Morning Herald Fair Work Commission deputy president Val G
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OneFortyOne to acquire Nelson Forests

Australian forestry company, OneFortyOne Plantations (OFO) has confirmed that it has signed an agreement to acquire one of New Zealand’s leading forestry businesses, Nelson Forests. Source: Timberbiz Commenting on the proposed acquisition, OneFortyOne Plantation’s Chief Executive Offi
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Mitsui buys Kangaroo Island woodchips

Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers (KIPT) has signed a woodchip sale and purchase agreement with international commodities trader Mitsui. Source: Timberbiz This five-year agreement establishes key terms under which the bluegum timber resource on Kangaroo Island will be monetised. An a
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Pulp and Paper Manufacturing Safety Compliance Project

Skills Impact has advised of a project that will review units of competency from the PPM Pulp and Paper Manufacturing Training Package with regard to occupational health and safety, so they reflect current industry skills standards and practices and all job functions are accurately de
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Global Forest and Paper Industry reports on Sustainability Progress

The International Council of Forest and Paper Associations’ (ICFPA) has launched its 2017 sustainablity Progress Report. It is the sixth biennial Report highlighting ICFPA members’ progress on the sustainability commitments agreed upon in the 2006 CEO Leadership Statement on Sustainab
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Robots could soon take over dangerous forestry jobs

Some of the most dangerous and labour intensive jobs in the primary sector could soon be done by robots.  Source: RNZ Researchers from Lincoln Agritech, Scion, and several universities around the country are working to develop robots that can be trained to work alongside people in the
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