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International demand for logs drives up woodchip costs for industry

An Invercargill businessman is worried that international demand for logs is driving up the price of woodchips used to fuel eco-friendly boilers. Source: Stuff The McCallums Group managing director Wayne McCallum said the price of the woodchips was linked to the export price and highe
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NZ Whakatane Mill saved by experienced consortium

SIG Combibloc (SIG) has agreed to the sale of New Zealand’s Whakatāne Mill Limited (WML) to a consortium of investors who will enable the mill to continue to operate. The consortium is led by Dr Dermot Smurfit who, together with other European consortium members, has extensive experie
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NZ recovered paper prices keep rising

New Zealand’s recovered paper exports are increasing, along with prices as the global fibre market recovers. Averaging NZDFob218/t in March 2021, New Zealand’s recovered paper exports have increased consistently since March 2020, when they were 84% lower at NZDFob119/t. Source: Indust
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Fungus may be the cure to control wilding pines

An indigenous New Zealand fungus may help to control wilding pines – one of the country’s most ecologically damaging weed species – a student’s research project shows. Wilding pine control costs New Zealand millions of dollars a year and involves the costly and time-consuming methods
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Accurate measurement of low trees using unmanned vehicles

New, accurate lower limits for measuring tree height have been established using unmanned aerial vehicles. Height is a good indication of how productive (and healthy) a tree is. Height can be measured from the ground, but this can be expensive and time consuming, especially over large
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Cut out waste on worksites with timber pack covers

  Construction and demolition waste contributes at least millions of tonnes to the amount of plastic landfilled. But, since construction waste is usually not sorted by material, there is limited data on the potential to divert materials from landfill. Source: Timberbiz In New Zea
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Better Business Hub for Transport

A new online safety hub has been unveiled by Australia’s leading transport and logistics specialist insurer, NTI, to support the growth and development of the industry. The Better Business Hub helps protect Aussie fleet, transport operators and drivers by providing interactive, downlo
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Wood council award to Forest Enterprises’ environmental manager

Forest Enterprises’ Environmental Manager, Hannah Harvey, was recognised at the 2021 Southern North Island Wood Council Awards winning the Outstanding Environmental Management Award. Source: Timberbiz This award recognises a person or company who goes above and beyond for environmenta
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Norske Skog talks to staff about possible Kawerau mill closure

Norske Skog, the owner of the Tasman newsprint mill in Kawerau, has begun talks with staff over the mill’s future, following a lengthy review. Unionists have been expressing concern for some months about the mill’s viability, given the declining world demand for newsprint. Sourc
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Opinion: John Stulen – Mill closures call for government intervention or free market

As workers and their families wake to the news that Norske Skog is now considering closure of their longstanding Kawerau pulp and paper mill, the debate between free markets and Government intervention comes into stark contrast. Or does it? The possible closure of the Kawerau mill com
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