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

The US to fuel Europe’s need for biomass

In Europe governments are trying to reduce fossil-fuel use and carbon dioxide emissions. Under pressure, some of the Continent's coal-burning power plants are switching to wood but Europe doesn't have enough forests for fuel. So they are sourcing it where forests are bigger and restri
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Fair Dinkum Conservation to Help Possum

The announcement by the Minister for Environment and Climate Change, The Hon. Ryan Smith to establish a Leadbeaters Possum Advisory Group is a positive step forward for both the biodiversity and economic needs of timber communities, according to Friends of Forestry (FoF). Source: Timb
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Scion invention extended by Sonae

Crown Research Institute Scion and global wood processor Sonae Industria Group signed an agreement to extend Sonae Industria’s exclusive “Woodforce” licence to commercialise a wood fibre technology for polymer reinforcement. Source: Timberbiz
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Forest Industry Council celebrates growth

Promoting log truck safety, awarding three forestry training grants and taking part in the ‘Festival of the Falling Leaf’ are among the achievements highlighted at the Forest Industry Council’s (FIC) Annual General Meeting. Source: Timberbiz
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NZ Renewable Energy Bill

New Zealand’s Bioenergy Association supports the introduction of legislation that encourages bioenergy for the production of electricity, as it will provide employment and economic growth for rural areas. Source: Timberbiz
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Greenheart NZ lifts annual harvest by 60%

Greenheart NZ Forestry, the Northland forester whose ultimate owner shifted from failed Sino-Forest Corp to a Cayman Islands based company this year, has lifted its annual harvest by 60% and sales by 35%, its 2012 accounts show. Source: Scoop Independent News
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OneFortyOne Plantations management team

Forestry group OneFortyOne Plantations (OFO) has finalised its Australian management team with the appointment of its chief operating officer (COO) and chief financial officer (CFO). Source: Timberbiz
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Global wood chip market update

There have been steady increases in the global trade of wood chips in the past 10 years with Japan and China importing 83% of traded hardwood chips in 2012. Source: The Wood Resource Quarterly
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Government bans use of Chinese machines in Africa

Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Management has banned the use AMEC machines in state owned plantations. Source: All Africa
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