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

NZ World conference has 450 abstracts

The World Conference on Timber Engineering will be held from 15-19 July 2012 in Auckland hosted by New Zealand and Australian timber engineers. It is the next in a series of world timber conferences that have taken place in Italy, Japan, the US, Finland, Malaysia, Canada, Switzerland
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Sore point for saw mills

A Queensland timber lobby group says it is not surprised by a report that shows a rapid decline in the number of sawmills. The report by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences shows log processing mills have declined 70 per cent over the past decade
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Sulphur Directive to Finnish timber

Tripartite talks between the EU Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of Europe concluded by adding a minimum €200 in extra costs to the Finnish forest industry due to the Sulphur Directive. Source: Timberbiz
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China ban on US logs ends

The US SC Forestry Commission has said that a ban by China on imported South Carolina and Virginia grown logs is close to ending now that a small delegation of Chinese authorities has visited the areas. Sources: Traditional BreakBulk, The Times and Democrat
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Ikea’s Russian wood not good

Ikea is facing heavy criticism for the logging and clear-cutting of old-growth forests in the north of Russian Karelia by its wholly owned subsidiary Swedwood. Source: The Guardian
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Gunns’ Heyfield finally sold

The future of the Heyfield sawmill has finally been secured after a contractual dispute was settled this week. Source: ABC Local
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Monitor signals the end for termites

The building and electrical distribution industries could save millions of dollars thanks to the development of a smart timber monitor that is used to accurately measure decay and insect infestations such as termites. Source: The Australian
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Toy inspires Wellington building

A Wellington New Zealand building has been designed with an earthquake protection mechanism inspired by a child's 'push puppet toy'. Source: Stuff.nz.co
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FPC preserves 9 hectares at Warrup

The Forest Products Commission (FPC) has received mixed reactions from conservation groups after agreeing to preserve nine hectares of forest along the historic tramway in Warrup forest Western Australia. Source: Donnybrook-Bridgetown Mail
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