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John Deere Forestry swings into production of 5000th machine

John Deere commemorated the production of its 5000 Forestry Swing Machine, a 2656G Log Loader, with a special ceremony at the John Deere-Hitachi Specialty Products (DHSP) factory. Held at the end of January, John Deere invited the customer who purchased the milestone unit, Bighorn Log
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Construction starts on Hyne GLT plant

Construction of Hyne Timber’s new Glue Laminated Timber (GLT) production plant is underway in Maryborough with Badge Construction. The building’s structure will be made up of the company’s own GLT, demonstrating their capability, backed by more than 40 years of GLT manufacturing exper
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Treevia designs a SmartForest for Brazil

A remote monitoring system rolled out in Brazil is taking over the exhausting and risky task of keeping an eye on commercial forests. The system allows researchers and technicians to track forest growth rates in real time, in order to estimate if they are developing properly and detec
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Smart Thumper app to test wood strength

Determining the stiffest piece of lumber is now easier with a new smartphone app created by scientists in Mississippi State University’s Forest and Wildlife Research Center. Called “Smart Thumper,” the app uses soundwaves or vibrations to determine stiffness, a quality that relates to
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Merrett Logging trials a shock, but in a good way

South Australian logging transportation company, Merrett Logging runs a total of 30 company owned B-Double configurations in their fleet and another 10 sub-contractor owned configurations. Over the past four years the company has trialled new shock absorbers for their logging fleet. S
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Logset’s new test track for forest machinery

At the end of 2018, Logset built a 500-meter test drive track next to the company’s forest machine factory in Koivulahti, Finland. The conditions on the track simulate the forest conditions. Every forest machine leaving the factory is evaluated on the new track. Source: Timberbiz The
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Enriva completes Biohouse on the Murray

Enriva, in conjunction with Smart Heating, has delivered a state-of-the-art biomass project which provides a temperature-controlled environment (inside greenhouses) to a horticultural business on the Victorian side of the Murray River. This will allow them to grow higher quality crops
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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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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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