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Latest timber industry news, updated Thursdays.

100 years of Queensland forest R&D celebrated

More than 100 years ago Richard Matthews (RM) Hyne, founder of Hyne Timber and Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly successfully introduced a motion that the government take immediate action in the replanting of forests and the creation of a Department of Forestry. Source: Ti
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Top 5: Market Points from IndustryEdge

448,686m3 – Australia’s log exports in February 2018, dominated by 403,136m3 of softwood logs AUD14.895 million – the value of dressed sawn softwood imports to New South Wales in February 2018, on a free-on-board basis 12.4% – growth in the value of timber windows imported to Australi
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Rosewood crackdown forces guitar makers to play a new tune

An international crackdown on illegal logging in tropical forests has ensnared the makers of some guitars and other musical instruments, whose top-end products require small amounts of rosewood, a material prized for its rich, multi-coloured grain and resonant sound. Source: The Sydne
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Wood industries of India welcome new forest policy

The proposed National Forest Policy 2018 for India that allows use of degraded forest lands for industry has largely been welcomed by wood-based industries, including paper and wood-based board manufacturers. Source: Business Line The draft policy put in public domain for feedback til
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Metsa’s virtual forest a reality

A virtual forest developed by Metsä Group, Tieto and CTRL Reality runs on all VR devices, and it can simulate different forest management methods and their impact on income and the landscape. Source: Timberbiz The solution can replace actual visits to the forest, and it helps to illus
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Tigercat 1185 Harvester to make Oz debut

Tigercat’s latest harvester, the eight-wheeled 1185, is scheduled to be demonstrated in Tumut/Tumbarumba on May 16. The 1185 made its debut at Elmia in June and now it’s ready for its Oz debut. Source: Timberbiz Anyone can register their interest to attend the demo by cont
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NZ forestry meets to discuss technology

Drones, scanners, sensors and satellites are replacing roles typically performed by people, in a research program led by Scion in Rotorua. Source: New Zealand Herald This fifth “Growing confidence in forestry’s future” (GCFF) conference was held in Rotorua to cover t
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Hyne upgrades Tuan Mill

Hyne Timber is currently upgrading key saw line components at its Tuan Mill in Queensland, to increase structural timber production volumes and process efficiencies. Source: Timberbiz This major undertaking and significant investment comes as Australia continues to experience very hig
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First aid for mental health

As part of its ongoing commitment to safety, OneFortyOne (ONO) and its contractor partners in the OneSafeGroup are continuing their work improving safety across the region’s forestry industry, expanding their focus into mental health and wellbeing.  Source: Timberbiz OneFortyOne’s Emm
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