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Scion to host international genetics conference

Scion’s forest genetics conference in Rotorua in 2016 is expected to attract around 200 delegates from all over the world. Source: Timberbiz Scion is hosting the Forest Genetics for Productivity Conference (FGFC 2016) on 14-18 March 2016 as part of the International Union of Forest Re
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US engineered wood growth predictions

Engineered wood products will see growth of 20% to 25%, according to industry trade group APA in the US. Source: Woodworking Network Economic growth and homebuilding will also increase demand for North American structural panels, which are forecast to grow 19%. APA represents approxim
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Alaskan Airlines to use wood waste fuel

Timber companies, environmentalists and airplane manufacturers might seem unlikely bedfellows, but that’s exactly what’s shaping up in Jet City. Source: Puget Sound Business Journal Fuel from wood waste could soon be fueling Alaska Airlines jets lifting off from Seattle Ta
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Email a tree and expect a response

They provide shade, air to breathe, and an undeniable sense of grandeur but would you ever write a letter to the tree? Source: The Smithsonian Officials in Melbourne, Australia have discovered that for many, the answer is a resounding yes. The Guardian’s Oliver Milman reports that whe
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NZ award for log processing technology

Automaton & Electronics won the engineering innovation category at this year’s Bay of Plenty ExportNZ Awards for log processing technology. Source: Bay of Plenty Times The company has revolutionised log processing by using the latest camera and laser technology and has incre
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Wooden skis back in vogue

Franklin Tasmania man Ian Haley started making handmade alpine skis four years ago after realising there was an untapped niche market. Source: ABC News A keen skier himself, Mr Haley one day found himself with extra time on his hands to devote to the research and the feasibility of pu
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Tas specialty timber workers seek UNESCO support

Tasmanian specialty timber workers may have Federal Government backing in their bid to have their craft recognised by UNESCO. Source: ABC News The specialty timber sector wants access to about 9000 hectares of World Heritage-listed forest. It believes Tasmania’s cultural history
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NZ Forest Investments lands new board members

OTPP New Zealand Forest Investments Ltd has announced the appointment to its board of two highly experienced directors, Jane Taylor and Traci Houpapa. Source: Voxy NZ Company chairman Don Huse said the new directors brought not only a wealth of governance background to the board but w
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AFPA warns don’t scare off foreign investors

The Australian Forest Products Association has become the latest industry group to back the current foreign investment laws, cautioning the government not to jeopardise the flow of overseas capital into regional agribusinesses. Source: The Australian AFPA chief executive Ross Hampton
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CBA penalizes victims of Willmott Forests

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia is playing hard ball against victims of failed managed investment scheme Willmott Forests, levying penalty interest rates over the period of a long-running class action against the bank, which has doubled the amount owed by some investors. Source: Th
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