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Latest timber industry news, updated Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Frame conference wrap-up

Australia now has the third highest number of tall buildings in the world made from wood. More than 50 buildings in Australia have been built from engineered timber in the past five years, with Australia now having the third highest number of tall buildings in the world made from wood
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Big Buddy Bike

Last year we heard about the Draisine 200.0, a one-off wooden electric balance bike for adults. Well, if you wished that you could buy something like it, now is your chance. Source: New Atlas The Slovenian-made Big Buddy Bike has a tempered wooden frame, it’s adult-sized, and it
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EU and Laos forest law enforcement talks

The European Union (EU) and Laos have held their second round of face-to-face‑negotiations on a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT). Sources: Timberbiz, EU FLEGT The talks took place in the Lao capital Vientiane from 4-7 June 2
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The Timber Tax Bombshell for Britain

The UK timber industry faces a potential “Billion Pound Brexit Bill” if Britain leaves the EU Customs Union, the Timber Trade Federation (TTF) said in a statement. Source: Timberbiz “Some 90% of timber used in construction is imported from Europe, which British timber supplies are ins
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No high-tech tools to help NZ forest farmers

Recent comments by officials and “experts” in New Zealand on planting one billion trees, the plight of hill country forestry and woody debris flows, have not touched on the total lack of decision support tools so that farmers and other local forest investors can make the right decisio
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Dollar benefits of softwood plantations in NSW

New research has detailed the millions of dollars and thousands of jobs generated by softwood plantations in the NSW South West Slopes and Central Tablelands. Source: Timberbiz The softwood plantation industry in the South West Slopes contributed $1.05 billion in direct sales in 2015-
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Innovative journey drives innovative use of technology

Last year Hyne Timber was approved by the Queensland Government to proceed to the detailed design stage of an engineered timber Fire and Emergency Services Complex (QFES Complex) in Maryborough. Source: Timberiz While this Market Led Proposal to design and build the facility continues
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Grow a building in an hour? Yes, we can!

In just one hour, Australian softwood plantations can grow enough timber to create a nine-storey building’s worth of engineered timber, according to calculations by FWPA’s Mid-rise Advisory Program. Source: Timberiz The Program estimates that more than one million hectares of Australi
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Robots

The use of robots or autonomous machines will definitely pay a big role in forest operations in the future, driven by the need for safety and higher productivity, according to a New Zealand researcher. Source: Philip Hopkins for Timberbiz Professor Rien Visser, from the School of Fore
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