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Innovations in log transport follow-up event

In log transport, an array of new innovations around electric, hydrogen and diesel-hybrid powered vehicles, truck automation and platooning continue to be rolled out. Right now, there’s huge interest being shown by local forestry and log haulage companies. Already, many firsts for fue
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Rewriting the rules of tree propagation

Scion is rewriting the rulebook on tree propagation, ushering in a new era for forestry. It’s a world where trees are beginning their lives in a lab and where scientists are harnessing the power of AI and machine learning to boost productivity. Buckle up because the future of forestry
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Draft specs for structural design for NZ earthquakes

Standards New Zealand has released a draft Technical Specification for Structural design actions – Part 5: Earthquake actions – New Zealand (TS1170.5) for public comment. The draft specification looks to provide updated engineering guidance to determine earthquake loadings when design
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Ernslaw certification suspended

One of New Zealand’s largest forestry companies has had its certification suspended over slash damage in and around Tolaga Bay. Sources: 1News, Timberbiz Ernslaw One is part of the Oregon Group, owned by the Malaysian based Tiong family, along with its subsidiary company and pro
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Scion joins ARC Advanced Timber Hub

Scion has become a member of The Australian Research Council (ARC) Advance Timber Hub. This five-year, $16.5 million research initiative was recently launched at The University of Queensland, Australia in the presence of industry leaders, academic partners, and government officials in
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Opinion: Marcus Musson – February allows forest owners a grin

February has kicked off with a hiss and a roar with log exporters pulling out the pencil sharpeners and publishing prices in the mid to highNZ$130’s for A grade (except for Bluff and Lyttleton where you poor folks are between NZ$10 and NZ$20/m3 less). This price level has given forest
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Ministerial delegations to support New Zealand’s primary sector

New Zealand’s Government has announced ministerial delegations to support key areas across the Primary sector to deliver for New Zealand’s food and fibre sector, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay announced. Sources: Timberbiz, RNZ “I will be supported in my roles as Minister of Agricul
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NZ’s largest timber office building taking shape

New Zealand’s largest modern timber office building is taking shape in the heart of Tauranga’s CBD as the region undergoes a desperately needed transformation. Source: 1News The building situated at 90 Devonport Rd will be eight storeys once completed and will be leased by
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Urban Forest Futures a new type of New Zealand symposium

Scion, Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research, the University of Canterbury, and Christchurch City Council are joining forces to host Urban Forest Futures New Zealand, a first of its kind, two-day symposium. Source: Timberbiz This event will see researchers, urban planners and foresters,
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New CEO for NZ’s Forest Industry Contractors

New Zealand’s Forest Industry Contractors Association has announced the appointment of Rowan Struthers as its new CEO. Source: Timberbiz An experienced professional who has worked across the forestry sector in various roles including senior leadership and forest management, Mr S
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