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Norske Skog to invest $7m in NZ

The Norske Skog group has decided to invest about AUD$7 million to upgrade the Nature’s Flame wood pellets facility in New Zealand to more than double its annual production capacity to 85,000 tonnes. The increased production capacity will be commissioned in the fourth quarter of 2019.
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EWPAA supports Senate inquiry into non-conforming building products

The Engineered Wood Products Association of Australasia (EWPAA) supports the recommendations and final report by the Senate inquiry into non-conforming building products (NCBPs), released last week. The recommendations centre on increased compliance in all levels of the construction i
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Institute of Foresters call for papers

The Institute of Foresters of Australia and the New Zealand Institute of Forestry have made a call for papers for the joint conference 25-28 August (Christchurch) 2019. The theme for this major conference is: The Forest Newsfeed: Communicating Forestry in the Connected Age. Source: Ti
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One Billion Trees Fund launched in NZ

New Zealand Forestry Minister Shane Jones and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor launched the One Billion Trees Fund – a crucial step toward achieving the goal of planting at least one billion trees by 2028. Led by Te Uru Rākau – Forestry New Zealand, the Fund provides NZ$118 millio
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First meeting of the Durable Eucalyptus Grower’s Forum

Several groups from around Australia who are growing durable hardwoods trees recently got together for a conference. It was a great learning curve for all. The forum, which took place at Yarram in Victoria’s South Gippsland, was hosted by Heartwood Plantations, which is growing durabl
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Durable Eucalyptus Grower’s Forum Australia & NZ launched

Eucalyptus species are grown throughout the world for their hardwood qualities and rapid growth. As a plantation species, their most common use is for pulp production and in many developing countries for utility poles and fuel wood. In Australia, there are approximately 900,000 hectar
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Specialist steep slope logging conference series

The conference team at Innovatek, Logging & Sawmilling Journal and TimberWest has announced its newest industry conference for leading loggers and forest managers for 2019. Formerly called the Steep Slope Logging Conference, the new name – HarvestTECHx – covers all machined based
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Future Foresters of NZ raise the profile of the industry

A group of young foresters is working to raise the profile of their industry and provide support for those looking to develop careers in the sector. The Future Foresters group grew out of the NZ Institute of Forestry conference last September and has got off to a strong start, with so
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Te Wera forest agreements secure growth for Taranaki

China Forestry Group NZ (CFGNZ) is again backing local wood processing with a ground-breaking agreement on harvesting and processing wood from Taranaki’s largest forest. China Forestry Group NZ and Taranakipine sawmill in New Plymouth have signed a supply agreement that supports long
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Yamaha invests again in robotics for forestry

Yamaha Motor Company has made a second investment into a world-leading agricultural automation and robotics innovator in New Zealand, bringing its total investment to US$10M. Robotics Plus, a New Zealand agricultural robotics and automation company, announced a US$8M investment from Y
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