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Latest timber industry news, updated on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Forte already turns two – storeys

Andrew Neiland of Lend Lease has said that the first two storeys of its Forte cross laminated timber (CLT) building have been constructed and the project is going to schedule. Mr Neiland presented an update at the Frame Australia Conference. Source: Timberbiz
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MiTek SAPPHIRE ipad app

MiTek has already announced SAPPHIRE, the company’s “whole of house” software program. At the Frame Australia conference the company announced that there is also an ipad app specially configured to work with SAPPHIRE to use onsite. Source: Timberbiz
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Frame Conference now on

This week the national Frame Australia 2012 conference has been running at the Park Hyatt in Melbourne. This is the 14th conference and organizer Kevin Ezard said that this year there is a record number of participants. Source: Timberbiz
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Resolute has largest FSC forests

Resolute Forest Products of Cananda has become the largest manager of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified forests in the world. Source: Timberbiz
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Global demand for sawlogs down

The global sawlog price index for the first quarter of 2012 was down almost nine percent from early 2011, with Europe experiencing the biggest decline in prices according to the Wood Resource Quarterly. Source: Forest Industry Network
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Mega Mitre 10 for Rotorua

The developers of the new Mitre 10 Mega site in Rotorua are looking to attract more businesses to the largest development project to take place in the city for more than five years. Source: Rotorua News
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Bioenergy NZ getting serious

The Bioenergy Association says the forestry sector is getting far more serious about the potential for extracting high value chemicals, biofuels and other new products from wood. Source: Radio New Zealand
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Poles add extra income to landowners

Property owners in New South Wales are being offered the chance to find out if logging timber on their land may be possible to meet a growing demand for new power poles. Source: The Coffs Coast Advocate
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New Zealand carbon trading update

Following the purchase of its Kiernan Creek Forest in Marlborough, NZ Carbon Farming managing director Matt Walsh said his company intended growing their investments in New Zealand. They remain positive about gaining more forests to lease for the carbon market and more land to plant.
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