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Optical glass from forest residues

A digital, urbanised world consumes huge amounts of raw materials that could hardly be called environmentally friendly. One promising solution may be found in renewable raw materials, according to research published in Advanced Materials. Source: Timberbiz In their paper, the internat
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Ponsse produces its 18,000th machine

The 18,000th Ponsse forest machine was completed at Ponsse’s factory in Vieremä, Finland. After its handover, the Ponsse Elk will be operated by VMC Bois in France. Source: Timberbiz VMC Bois owns four Ponsse machines, and it mainly operates in eastern parts of Central France. Establi
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Stora Enso divests its three packaging plants in Russia

Stora Enso has divested its three corrugated packaging plants in Russia. The company’s Lukhovitsy, Arzamas and Balabanovo packaging plants have been divested to local management. Source: Timberbiz Stora Enso’s assessment is that due to the uncertainties in the Russian market, local ow
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Finland’s design awards recognise Ponsse’s Future Cabin

One of the most significant design awards in Finland was given to the Ponsse Scorpion’s Future Cabin. In addition to Ponsse, Fennia Prize recognitions were given to Posti Group Corporation, Nokian Heavy Tyres Ltd and Myssyfarmi Oy. Source: Timberbiz In the design of Future Cabin, the
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Russian timber bans put pressure on Japanese timber industries

The global lumber industry has experienced turbulent times over the past year or so due to lumber shortages, which in turn has caused lumber prices to skyrocket. Russia’s war with Ukraine now poses a new challenge to the industry, as the world economy may have to be without Russia, a
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US-based Sylvamo Corporation will exit Russia

Sylvamo owns the Svetogorsk Pulp and Paper Mill in Leningrad region, Russia. The Svetogorsk mill employs more than 1700 people and produces printing papers, liquid packaging board and innovative BCTMP. Source: Lesprom The plant is also the main supplier of water and electricity for th
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Wood product imports from Russian Federation

March 2022 saw imports to Australia of wood products from the Russian Federation valued at $10.4 million on a free-on-board basis. Source: IndustryEdge The majority of the value – $6.883 million – was for ‘Builders Joinery’. IndustryEdge’s detailed analysis shows almost all of those i
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Siemens to exit Russia after almost 170 years

Siemens will exit the Russian market as a result of the Ukraine war. The company has started proceedings to wind down its industrial operations and all industrial business activities. The financial impact of this decision will be reported as part of the regular disclosure on the secon
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Intelligent addition to the John Deere range

John Deere’s latest operator assistance control feature, Intelligent Boom Control (IBC), for the 900 MH-Series Tracked Harvester has been released. The development of this model is a result of global collaboration between the John Deere Wheeled Cut-to-Length and Full-Tree Forest
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UN World Forestry Congress confirms timber’s crucial role for climate

The United Nations’ World Forestry Congress has confirmed sustainable timber production is crucial to achieving the international climate and environmental goals needed this century. Source: Timberbiz The recent World Forestry Congress Ministerial Call on Sustainable Wood confirmed th
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