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Latest timber industry news, updated Thursdays.

FWPA industry engagement moves forward

Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA) has established a two-tiered structure for industry engagement and held a kick-off meeting in June. Source: Timberbiz Industry Advisory Groups (IAGs) – Five groups that align to FWPA’s outcome-driven programs and membership are open to all FWP
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Innovatek commercial building conference

Wood panel factories, not on-site workers, is the only way to solve the housing supply crisis, says a Rotorua engineer who is organising a national wood technology conference later this month. Source: Timberbiz It’s Innovatek’s second annual conference in commercial wood buildin
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Free field day for boutique timbers

Sawmill specialists, foresters and growers of boutique timbers will be gathering in south-east Queensland on 7 October to discuss farm forestry. Source: Timberbiz The field day at Bellthorpe, in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, will include sawmilling demonstrations. Mixed rainforest gr
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Insights and Outlook Conference

Topics and speakers are in place for the 2nd Joint FWPA – DANA “Insights and Outlook Conference” which will be held on 5 October at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins. Source: Timberbiz This year the event will be held in association with the Australian Timber Importers Federation (ATIF
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NZ and China sign MOU for timber and wood

WPMA’s Chair and CEO, Brian Stanley and Jon Tanner, were in China recently to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the equivalent body the China Timber and Wood Products Distribution Association (CTWPDA). Source: Timberbiz The signing between the two organisations took place
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Tokyo Olympics using suspect timber

Organisers for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics have rejected allegations by 47 non governmental organisations that they had used companies with suspect logging track records, saying all material purchased was strictly regulated. Source: Reuters In an open letter to the International Olympic C
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Public voting is open for the Australian Timber Design Awards

Participants, friends, family, and industry affiliates can vote in the Australian Timber Design Awards and show their support for the awards and designs. Source: Timberbiz This year friends, colleagues, family can vote for their preferred entry by loging in via: Facebook Twitter Googl
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NZ Institute of Forestry Foundation awards forestry students

New Zealand forestry student Pauline Edge has won the Mary Sutherland scholarship at the New Zealand Institute of Forestry Foundation awards. Source: The New Zealand Herald The awards were held at the New Zealand Institute of Forestry conference dinner in Rotorua recently. The scholar
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Wood fibre supply an issue for new NZ processing plant

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, which has encouraged a Chinese company to invest in an NZ$180 million wood processing plant in the Central North Island to boost regional development, is now looking into whether there is enough wood fibre available to supply the plant following conce
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