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Latest timber industry news, updated Thursdays.

Softwood chip prices up 21% in February

Australia’s woodchip exports totalled 580,785 bone dry metric tonnes (bdmt) in February 2018, with hardwood chips at 494,345 (bdmt). Softwood chips continued their recent strength, totalling 86,440 bdmt. Source: IndustryEdge, Timberbiz Latest data analysed for the Australian industry
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International forestry meetings highlight importance of bioenergy

The Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) Chief Executive Officer, Ross Hampton, recently attended Food and Agriculture (FAO) meetings in Rome, including the 59th Advisory Committee on Sustainable Forest-based Industries (ACSFI) meeting. Source: Timberbiz The ACSFI serves as a
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Indonesian plywood prices up

Export prices of Indonesian plywood continue to climb with no sign of slowing down. In particular, thin panel of 2.5mm prices shot up to about US$1,000 per cbm C&F, a record. Source: Timberbiz Weather in Indonesia is much worse than Malaysia and with tightening control of illegal
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SP’s latest is set to make head-lines

SP’s latest harvester head is set to make a big difference in the Australian forestry industry according to Peter Randalls, director of Australian distributor Randalls Equipment. Source: Timberbiz The SP 661 LF is the latest design from SP – the company has been a manufacturer a
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The RFA mess – who’s fallen asleep at the wheel

Leonard Fenning has invested more than $50 million since buying an existing saw mill at Bairnsdale in Victoria’s East Gippsland about 20 years ago. By Philip Hopkins for Timberbiz “Fenning Timbers is one of the most modern hardwood saw mills in Australia,” said the company’s resource
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272 vessels shipped Aussie chips

There were 272 separate vessel movements that shipped Australia’s woodchip exports in the year-ended February, with two vessels making the return trip eight times over the course of the year. Source: Industry Edge, Timberbiz Totalling more than 7.070 million bone dry metric tonnes (bd
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Royal stands tall on sustainable forest management

His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, participated in a forestry roundtable meeting hosted by the Institute of Foresters Australia in Queensland’s Mossman Gorge. Source: Timberbiz Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Anne Ruston, said it was a great opportunity t
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Security of supply

Landscape-scale forest planning and security of supply are key demands of the Victorian forestry industry for the next generation of the 20-year regional forest agreements (RFAs). By Philip Hopkins for Timberbiz All five Victorian RFAs, which are to be finalised by March 2020, must re
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Modernising training units for a high-tech industry

When it comes to harvesting the timber, the process doesn’t centre around axes and saws. Forest harvesting operators use complex machinery to cut it into precise logs to use as much of the wood as possible. Source: Timberbiz “Forest harvesting operators work in high-risk environments
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