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Latest timber industry news, updated Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Government to get tough with Australian Forestry Standards

The Federal Government has foreshadowed a tough approach towards retailers who refuse to sell goods certified under the internationally recognised Australian Forestry Standard (AFS). Source: Philip Hopkins for Timberbiz The Assistant Minister for Agriculture, Senator Richard Colbeck,
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Ministers visit Timberlink Tasmania

On Friday 5 October Timberlink welcomed the Hon David Littleproud MP and Kevin Hogan MP to its Bell Bay mill to see first hand how further investments could help generate jobs and growth in Northern Tasmania. Source: Timberbiz Timberlink recently announced a generational $100m investm
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Gross felling in Sweden up slightly

According to a recent forecast from the Swedish Forestry Agency the gross felling in 2018 is estimated to be 92.1 million cubic metre. It is slightly more than 2017 when the gross felling was 90.9 million cubic metre. Source: TTF The forecast is based on several different sources, as
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European Commission reports on EUTR progress

The European Commission has released the second report on the implementation of the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR), covering the period March 2015 to February 2017. Source: Timberbiz The report reveals steady progress after four years of EUTR application. It is based on the r
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Russia feeds Chinese demand for wood

Investments in the forest industry in Eastern Russia, driven by forest products demand in China, have resulted in higher timber harvests in the past few years, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. Source: Timberbiz Increased exports of softwood lumber from Russia to China the past dec
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WA to develop new markets and jobs

A Forest Products Commission initiative focused on increasing utilisation of Western Australia’s timber resources is poised to develop new markets and create regional jobs. Source: Timberlink Logs will be released into the marketplace to stimulate innovation and see some resources tha
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NZ’s future should be more than logs

A symposium to start a discussion on the future of work in forestry and wood processing has shown New Zealand is sitting on a mountain of untapped opportunity. The problem is, New Zealand is missing out on an incalculable amount of wealth due to exporting commodities as raw materials,
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Hyne announces expansion of GLT production

Hyne Timber has announced a significant expansion to its Glue Laminated Timber (GLT) manufacturing capability in Maryborough, Queensland. Source: Timberbiz Already a significant manufacturer of GLT in addition to softwood timber products, this expansion investment with the support of
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New GM and CEO at XLam

In light of the major project and partnership opportunities emerging in the sector and the increasing multinational demand for products and services, the XLam board has undertaken an extensive review of its current operations and structure. Source: Timberbiz Gary Caulfield’s expertise
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