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Latest timber industry news, updated on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

EWC forestry award to JNL’s David Rameka

David Rameka from JNL’s Gisborne Mill in New Zealand won an Eastland Wood Council (EWC) Forestry award that recognises an individual who demonstrates excellence across a range of skills within wood processing – skills beyond best practice guidelines Source: Timberbiz To be eligible fo
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FSC risk assessment for Australia completed

An assessment of the risk of sourcing wood from ‘unacceptable’ sources from Australia has been carried out in accordance with FSC-PRO-60-002A V1.0 FSC National Risk Assessment Framework. Source: Timberbiz FSC defines unacceptable sources as wood originating from: Illegally harvested w
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Ross Hampton appointed vice chair UN committee

Australian Forest Products Association CEO Ross Hampton has been appointed as Vice-Chair of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization Advisory Committee on Sustainable Forest-based Industries. Source: Timberbiz “It’s a great honour to be appointed as Vice-Chair of the FAO s
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US housing start slump has local implications

The US economy appears to be in good shape, if we take into account high levels of employment and factors like wages growth. Forest2Market in the US commented recently that despite positives on a range of fronts, the critical residential construction sector is under-performing, with p
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Spreading forest certification across the Tasman

The National Governing Body for PEFC in Australia is in New Zealand this week to discuss the standard development and champion the all-important PEFC forest certification message. Mr Dorries and Marketing and Communication Officer Jason Ross will be spending this week traveling throug
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Challenging times for timber cladding Alliance

A decision deeming that timber cladding is acceptable for all classes of buildings other than Class 2 and 3 low-rise buildings is to be challenged by the Wood Cladding and External Fixtures Alliance. Source: Timberbiz The Alliance is pleased the Australian Building Codes Board has con
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Russia could swamp Australasian markets with high grade timber

Russia is emerging as a major timber exporter that could potentially swamp markets in Australia and New Zealand, a forestry conference has been told. Dennis Nielson, director of NZ-based consultancy DANA, said Russia as a country was overwhelming in its scale, with a forestry industry
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BC struggling with massive downturn in forestry

Canada’s British Columbia is struggling to come to terms with a massive downturn in forestry which is not only affecting mills but sending ripple affects right though the industry. Workers are being laid off, shifts cut and contractors are struggling. Over the past few weeks four sawm
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Viscose fibre uses timber pulp and recycled cotton

Chinese viscose producer Tangshan Sanyou has produced a new viscose fibre mixing FSC-certified dissolving pulp and recycled cotton. This new fibre represents a key milestone in the transition initiated by the fashion industry towards a circular economy. Source: Timberbiz Every year, 2
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