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Top 5: Market Points from IndustryEdge

594,354 bdmt – Australia’s woodchip exports were just 2,173 bone dried metric tonnes less than the prior month in April 2018 4.467 million m3 – Australia’s softwood log exports for the year-ended April 2018 6.7% – the Producer Price Index (Output) for Log Sawmilling & Timber Dress
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Specialty timbers go under the hammer

The Forest Products Commission (FPC) is expecting spirited bidding from wood enthusiasts and craftspeople when approximately 10 tonnes of assorted timber species, from the South West and Goldfields regions, are auctioned. Source: Timberbiz The auction will be held at the FPC Manjimup
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Affordable housing is a construction success

When the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) planned an affordable housing project in Preston,Victoria their strategic decision centred on timber. They wanted affordable housing, so it needed to be lightweight timber framing. Source: Timberbiz Steve Ayton, DHHS senior proje
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Tropical log imports to China up 6%

China’s tropical log imports in 2017 totalled 9.65 million cubic metres up 6% year-on-year and accounted for 17% of the national total, a year-on-year decline of 2 percentage points. Source: Lesprom The value of tropical log imports in 2017 was US$2.846 billion reflecting a 17% rise,
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Expert team to plan the Polish forest

Polish environment minister Henryk Kowalczyk has appointed an expert team which is to develop a long-term plan for the Puszcza Bialowieska forestry area in east Poland. Source: Euwid Mr Kowalczyk requested environmental organisations to delegate representatives to the team. The group,
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Ponsse launches new Stage V emission engines on EU markets

Ponsse’s new Mercedes-Benz/MTU Stage V emission engines feature the latest engine technology, and according to the company they are an excellent solution for forest machines that require productivity, reliability and fuel economy while being environmentally friendly. Source: Timberbiz
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Hyne to the rescue in Hervey Bay

Hyne Timber’s CEO Jon Kleinschmidt confirmed the company’s continued support for Marine Rescue Hervey Bay with the ongoing sponsorship of the vessel, ‘Hyne Timber Rescue’. Source: Timberbiz Three years on from becoming a major sponsoring partner, this marked the sign
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Quintis recapitalization and report to creditors

McGrathNicol Partners Jason Preston, Shaun Fraser and Robert Brauer, who were appointed Receivers and Managers of Quintis Ltd and a number of its subsidiaries in January 2018, have provided an update on the recapitalization of the companies. Source: Timberbiz, ABC News The creditors v
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VicForests releases social impact scoping to Mirboo North and Noojee

VicForests has released to the Mirboo North community and the Noojee community social impact scoping summary reports that assess concerns and support around plans to harvest coupes near the towns. Source: Timberbiz Mirboo North VicForests’ General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Alex Mess
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