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Biesse and customers overcome Indian flood damage

In August 2018, due to extremely high rainfall during the monsoon season, severe floods affected the south Indian state of Kerala. Many people lost their lives and properties and numerous residents were rendered homeless for several days. Among the victims of this climatic catastrophe
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Morbark acquires Denis Cimaf

Morbark has acquired Denis Cimaf (Quebec), the second acquisition since private equity firm Stellex Capital Management LP acquired Morbark in 2016. The acquisition of Rayco Manufacturing in October 2017, brought a lineup of innovative equipment into the Morbark family across multiple
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European Union Timber Regulation briefing update

The UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) has published its latest briefing note on the implementation of the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR), which covers the period November to December 2018. Source: Timberbiz The briefing opens with an update on Uk
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Employers, associations and educators join to foster UK talent

Nearly 30 forestry employers, associations and educational providers in the UK have pledged to work together to attract the very best of young and new talent into the sector. Under the five-year Forestry Skills Plan the aim is to increase numbers of new entrants and improve the skills
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Stora Enso cuts back as markets may become weaker

Stora Enso is implementing a profit protection program intended to achieve an annual cost reduction of EUR 120 million as well as reduction of capital expenditure by about EUR 50 million compared with an earlier announced forecast. The program includes plans to reduce costs at the Ala
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NY’s DEC celebrates 11 years of certification

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced that DEC has achieved 11 consecutive years of dual forest certification for more than 780,000 acres of State Forests under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and Forest Stewardship
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New Gen Husqvarna chainsaws

Husqvarna has released the next generation of 50cc chainsaws for professional loggers and arborists, the Husqvarna 550 XP Mark II and the 545 Mark II. The chainsaws are redesigned from scratch, resulting in a new level of cutting capacity, maneuverability and endurance, making them id
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Independent review shows risk fraud for Wales timber agency

An independent review into how Natural Resources Wales handled timber contracts has found “serious failings”. Auditors Grant Thornton found problems were so bad they “heightened exposure to the risk of fraud”.  The agency – responsible for publicly-owned
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TRADA University Challenge in timber

On 8-9 February, 60 UK students will gather in Sheffield for a challenge to design healthy student accommodation predominantly from timber. The TRADA University Challenge brings 60 students from multiple disciplines and universities together at the University of Sheffield’s Diamond Bu
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Sweden’s increases on delivery timber prices

The increase of delivery prices in Sweden was larger in 2018 than it has been for several years, according to new statistics from the Swedish Forest Agency. Both sawlog and pulpwood prices increased in the whole country during 2018. Source: Timberbiz Delivery purchase is a method whic
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