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Latest timber industry news, updated on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Nelson Forests rebranded OFO NZ

Following the purchase of Nelson Forests in 2018, including the Kaituna sawmill near Blenheim, by OneFortyOne (OFO) the company has decided to rebrand its New Zealand operations OneFortyOne New Zealand effective today. Source: Timberbiz OneFortyOne Chief Executive Officer Linda Sewell
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Australian mills continue to operate while NZ mills shutdown

Australia’s timber mills are continuing to operate during the COVID-19 lockdown as normal and will do so until ordered otherwise. Building sites have been already been deemed essential activities by the Federal Government, spared from the tight restrictions placed on restaurants, pubs
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Government urged to recognise forest product industries as essential

State and federal governments have been urged to recognise the essential services provided by Australia’s forest product industries, as they consider further restrictions to contain CoVid-19. Source: Timberbiz The Australian Forest Products Association CEO Ross Hampton said Australian
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Interfor and Ponsse affected by COVID-19

Interfor will implement a number of initiatives in order to adjust its business to operating conditions being impacted by COVID-19 as will Ponsse. Source: Lesprom Interfor will temporarily reduce production across its operations in British Columbia, the Pacific Northwest and the US So
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US Homeland Security states forest products are vital

The forest products industry plays a vital role in our nation’s infrastructure especially in response to the global COVID-19 epidemic, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced in a memorandum. Source: Timberbiz The DHS memo, signed by Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Sec
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China Global Wood Trade Conference

China is planning for its 10th Global Wood Trade Conference to be held in Xi-an from 15-16 September however, given the current global pandemic it is likely to not be a particularly popular event, even if the pandemic has subsided. Source: Timberbiz China Global Wood Trade Conference
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FSC AGM may be postponed due to COVID-19

Like many businesses, the FSC network has been affected by the requirements of social isolation and distancing, travel bans, and quarantines. Regional meetings and the annual global staff meeting have been postponed and many are working from home. Source: Timberbiz The FSC has made en
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Responsible Wood answering to COVID-19 issues in Australia and NZ

Representatives from Australia and New Zealand met to discuss AS/NZS 4708 as the historic Trans-Tasman forestry standard moves a step closer. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, representatives from up to 26 different organisations participated in a teleconference instead of face-to-face due
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Relief packages for NZ forestry workers post COVID-19

New Zealand’s Forest Owners Association says it is working closely with the government in making sure that relief packages for forestry workers will both look after the workers and also speed economic recovery when the COVID-19 epidemic is over. Source: Timberbiz The incoming FOA Pres
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