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Italian woodworking machinery orders increase

Orders for Italian woodworking machinery in the third quarter of 2014 increased by 11.3% compared to the same period of 2013, according to the Italian association of woodworking machinery manufacturers Acimall. Source: Lesprom The orders from foreign countries increased by 11.8%, whil
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VicForests now in charge of commercial harvesting

The Napthine government handed control of Victoria’s western forests to VicForests in one of its final acts before the election campaign. Source: The Age Just days before the caretaker period began on November 4, Agriculture Minister Peter Walsh transferred all commercial timber
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Making US hardwoods comply with new legislation

The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) has developed guidelines to support members and Australian importers and users of American hardwoods when the Australian Illegal Logging Prohibition Amendment Regulation (AUSILPAR) comes into full effect on 30 November. Source: Timberbiz The
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Residents pressure Forestry Tas through FSC

Forestry Tasmania is under pressure not to clearfell a 60-year-old regrowth coupe in the state’s north-west. Source: ABC Rural The campaign by Lapoinya residents is poorly timed for the state-owned company, which is trying to secure environmental certification from the Forest St
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Forest Products welcomes progress on China trade

The Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) congratulates the Abbott Government on negotiating a bilateral free trade agreement with China and notes the significant positive potential for export industries. Source: Timberbiz The two-way trade in forest, wood and paper products b
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ABC Tissue to Grow by End 2015

ABC Tissue has confirmed that it will build its long awaited second tissue machine (PM2) in Sydney by the end of 2015. Source: IndustryEdge Building on its recent dominance of the toilet tissue market in Australia, the privately owned company has long been expected to install a second
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Canadians buying up Australian & NZ assets

Canada’s Public Sector Pension Investment Board could swoop on one of Australia’s most valuable timber plantations, with sources saying about $1 billion worth of forests owned by Hancock Timber Resource Group are on its radar. Source: The Australian PSP executives have been in Sydney
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Limited benefits for wood products in Korean FTA

The Wood Council of NZ (Woodco) said tariffs would continue to restrict trade in processed wood products despite the signing of a FTA with South Korea. Source: Timberbiz “We know how hard Government negotiators have strived to achieve a high quality deal with Korea. For the forest ind
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ForestTech shows the value in high tech

On 25-26 November the Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA) held its ForestTech conference in Melbourne, after a successful similar conference was held in New Zealand. Source: Timberbiz The two-day program focused heavily on the use of LIDAR dedicating one whole day to the su
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Timber Queensland appoints new Board

Timber Queensland, the peak body representing the State’s $2.4 billion per annum forest and timber industry held its Annual General Meeting and a unanimous decision by members present elected Sean Gribble, national operations manager, Agora Timbers, as chair. Source: Timberbiz Timber
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