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Latest timber industry news, updated on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

International accolades for International House

International House in Sydney, the first commercial office building in Australia made from timber, has won a major award at the World Architecture Festival in Amsterdam. The seven-floor structure, which is also the world’s tallest commercial building made from engineered wood, was awa
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The Buy America Executive Order includes timber

The Forest Landowners Association praised President Trump for signing his second executive order requiring federal agencies to prioritize the purchase of USA-made goods, including lumber, in federally-financed infrastructure projects. Source: Timberbiz This new executive order directs
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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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Master Builders pre-budget submission to government

The Federal Government Budget should back the nation’s builders so they can continue to play their role as drivers of growth, builders of a stronger economy, creators of jobs and opportunities for young people in every community around the country. That was the clear message from Mast
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NZ Prime Minister supports Tas Rapid Relief Team

New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, has shown her support for the Rapid Relief Team (RRT) who have been feeding hundreds of emergency services personnel and Defence staff battling forest fires in the New Zealand Nelson-Tasman region. Source: Timberbiz Local NZ RRT volunteers h
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Responsible Wood Recertification of VicForests

VicForests has achieved a successful 3-year re-certification under the Responsible Wood standard. An audit was conducted across the business in December 2018 and recommended VicForests re-certification highlighting its thorough workplace and contractor safety standards, contractor man
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Maryvale Mill partnership with SUEZ for Energy from Waste project

Australian Paper has announced a partnership with SUEZ to develop the $600 million Maryvale Mill Energy from Waste (EfW) project following the successful completion of its feasibility study. The $7.5 million study was co-funded with the Australian and Victorian Governments. Source: Ti
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Hardwood chip export record falls again

Australia’s hardwood chip exports lifted to a record 1.824 million bone dried tonnes (bdmt) in the December quarter, feeding into a new annual record of 6.666 million bdmt for the full year 2018. At the same time, the quarterly average export price rose to a four-year high of USD146.5
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