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Australia doing poorly in offsite construction

Offsite construction in Australia, despite the hype, is wallowing in disillusionment, with some prominent failures undermining confidence in the sector, according to one of Australia’s leading construction experts. Source: Philip Hopkins for Timberbiz “Despite all the hype, 20 years i
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UN publishes briefing on European Union Timber regs

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 March to April 2019. The briefing opens with an announcement of the publication by t
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Canadian forestry receives $8.5m to strengthen exports

The Canadian government has announced more than Can$8.5 million to help strengthen Canadian wood product exports. The investment will support the Canada Wood Group, which brings together industry associations, in diversifying and expanding Canadian forest product exports to traditiona
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Canadian export markets are rapidly shrinking

The most recent affect of the shrinking timber market in Canada is that the last of the major Canadian lumber giants, Western Forest Products, has slowed its production and announced temporary curtailments at three of its British Columbia (BC) sawmills. Source: Timberbiz Demand is dow
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Electronic tags to track timber

The advantages of prefabricated timber systems in construction are being given a boost by researchers trialling Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) tracking technology to improve on-site processes.  The latest podcast episode of WoodChat focuses on research funded by Forest and Wood
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Eastland Wood Council Industry Champion

Warwick Wilshier isn’t often lost for words. He’s the one that always steps up to speak, comes up with the new ideas and is quick to campaign for causes he believes in – especially if it helps someone else. But on being told he was being recognised as the inaugural Eastland Wood Counc
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Filming a different Aussie Thor’s Hammer

While Aussie legend Chris Hemsworth usually handles Thor’s hammer, in this case it was Stirling Machinery that employed a film crew to get a behind-the-scenes look at one of Australia’s most progressive timber companies, Thor’s Hammer. ‘The Hammer Crew’ led by Thor Diesend
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Top 5 – Australian Hardwood Chip Exports

Full details of Australian hardwood chip exports will be published in the June 2019 edition of Wood Market Edge, due out on 28 June. For subscription information, go to 515,602 bdmt – hardwood chip exports from Australia totalled 515,602 bone dried metric tonne
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Leadbeaters beat a path to logged and burnt forests

Leadbeater’s Possum, officially designated as ‘critically endangered’, has been detected in a recently burnt and logged forest further east from its main habitat area, according to a peer-reviewed study. The study, published by the CSIRO in ‘Australian Mammology’ earlier this year, us
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