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PrefabAUS challenges the status quo at Sydney breakfast event

The future of the construction industry is in an exciting state of change as innovative prefab technologies challenge conventional construction methodologies and the status quo. Passionate about the role of prefabrication in transforming our built environment, prefabAUS is creating a
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Timber company eyes port facility

Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers recently announced the purchase of a parcel of land at Smith Bay on KI, considered suitable for the development of a bulk log export facility. Source: The Islander. They have also entered into a memorandum of understanding with other timber plantatio
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Latrobe leads way with wood policy

A peak timber industry body has commended Latrobe City Council on its release of a unique draft Wood Encouragement Policy for community consultation. Source: Latrobe Valley Express. The policy is council’s vow to promote the use of wood as the preferred material in both the cons
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Forico builds Eucalypt plantation to move beyond woodchips

The company that has inherited the bulk of Gunns timber plantations in Tasmania has signalled its intention to invest in more high-value wood products, beyond woodchips. Source: The ABC. Forico is a forest management company that owns 100,000 hectares of mostly eucalypt plantations. F
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Timber industry urged to focus on branding and design

More attention should be given to branding and designs of wood products in Malaysia to be known worldwide for its quality timber and wood products, according to Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. Source: The Sun Daily. Urging the industry to move faster and grow stronger,
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Forestry machines of the future

Future forest machines, automation, robotics and a myriad of other possibilities will be the subject of a one-off conference in Canada next year. FPInnovations will host the first Forest Machine Technology Conference (FMTC), to be held at the Hyatt Regency Montreal Hotel from 21-23 Ap
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Global consumption of solid-wood products to rise 2-3 per cent annually over next five years

Global consumption of solid-wood products continues to rise, with a forecast of around 2–3 per cent annual growth over the next five years, according to SCA Timber. Source: Lesprom. “The markets of Europe are increasing their consumption in most cases, with Scandinavia and the UK topp
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Timber industry benefits from changed export tax regime

The Brazilian government has brought forward the implementation of support for exporters in the form of tax credits for exports. Source: IHB. Originally the Special Regime for Return of Tax Values for Exporting Companies (REINTEGRA) was due to begin in January 2015. Exporters will rec
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Australian forestry in your pocket

The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) this week released a new edition of one of the most popular Australian forestry publications. ABARES executive director Karen Schneider said ‘Australia’s forests at a glance 2014’ is a pocketbook compen
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