WoodWeek – 23 July 2014

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Greetings from your WoodWeek team. This week the winter weather is sharing the cold and pain up and down the country. That said, Northland contractors are still feeling the effects of the devastating rainstorms. The snowfalls around the country will be felt even more, coming as they do, on the back of one of the warmest June months we’ve had in years.

The devastating storm damage in Northland continues to have a significant and lasting effect on forest contracting businesses in the far North, as the infrastructure repairs have been delayed. We all saw the Minister for Primary Industries last week expressing his support for affected farmers, but did anyone pay attention to struggling forest contractors? Not that any FICA members saw, that’s for sure.

The members of the Independent Forest Safety Review are now in the toughest phase of their task. We’ve got an update for you. The real work will be to synthesize the many views they have heard, and combine them with their individual and collective expertise to make practical recommendations. One characteristic of the regional face-to-face meetings is that most of the people who turned up were people keen to be part of the solution, rather than those who might well be part of the problem. The panel has plenty of feedback to work with in any case.

University of Canterbury forestry expert, Professor Euan Mason, says of the Emissions Trading Scheme, that if farmers had joined the scheme, they would have received about $120 million to pollute each year, he says. Professor Mason will give a paper at a seminar on the U of C campus tomorrow night (Thursday at 7pm, in the Forestry building).

Export log prices have sunk further in the past month, but are thought to be at least near the bottom of the price fall. (Famous last words…) The increase of the NZ dollar would have taken about another $3/ JAS off the export price as well, during the past month. China’s log imports fell in May, but the largest reduction in deliveries came from Russia, which does less to ease pressure on ports. Meanwhile, in the USA, one interesting development in the past year has been the sharp increase in shipments of logs in containers from the US South going to China.

In a positive move, Rotorua Mayor Steve Chadwick said a Wood First policy would support the council’s and community’s recently adopted Rotorua 2030 vision and goals. The unanimous committee decision was to develop a Wood First policy for adoption by the council, and to prepare a plan for implementation of the policy.

The Future Forests Research Limited (FFR) Harvesting programme has now released the HARVESTNAV on-board navigation app and has made it available to the whole industry free of charge. HARVESTNAV is a software application, designed to enable harvesting machine operators to track their position in the block on a graphical harvest plan, which will be displayed on a computer tablet mounted in their machine.

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Forest Safety Review Update

The formal consultation process for the Independent Forestry Safety Review has now been completed. The Panel has received feedback on its consultation document. This included 111 written submissions from government agencies, forest industry stakeholders and individuals with an interest in the review.

The time for making formal submissions has now closed. Details about what was received during the submission process will be contained in the Panel’s Final Report. Work on the report is currently underway.

Along with the consultation document, the Panel travelled to some forestry regions to hold public consultation meetings, and private meetings with contractors and workers. Meetings were held in:
· Balclutha on Thursday 11 June
· Christchurch on Friday 13 June
· Rotorua on Wednesday 18 June
· Whangarei on Friday 20 June
· Gisborne on Monday 23 June
· Nelson on Wednesday 25 June

While in the forestry regions, the Panel spoke with over 540 individuals. These included forestry workers, contractors, forest managers and owners, trainers and assessors and a range of other stakeholders.

As part of the consultation phase, a forestry worker survey was undertaken. So far, over 340 surveys have been completed. They are still being returned to the Panel, so the final numbers are not yet known.

The Panel would like to thank everyone that participated in the Review during the stakeholder consultation phase. The input and information provided has enabled the Panel to better understand the factors that are impacting on health and safety on the forest block.

Next steps for the Review - The Panel is now working on developing practical recommendations for change in the forestry sector for its Final Report. The focus will be on recommendations that will help ensure the forest block becomes a safe place to work.

It is anticipated that the final report to be completed some time between the end of September and the middle of October. It will take the Panel this time to review the submissions properly, talk to those who will be required to lead change in the sector, and write the Final Report. In the interim, it is expected that an update on the content of the submissions will be provided in early August.

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Northland storm damage still hurting forestry

The devastating effects of storm damage in Northland continues to have a significant and lasting effect on forest contracting businesses, as infrastructure repairs have been delayed in the far North.

“Our members in forest harvesting, tree-planting, and log transport are still suffering directly from the road closures and detours which makes business near impossible to carry on with,” said contractors’ association spokesman, John Stulen, today.

“It’s a bad look on the government’s part, with their lack of ability to provide for industry. Road access and logging loads are still being severely limited. Our forest-based businesses are just as important to the export economy as farming in key regions like Northland,” added Mr Stulen.

“We’d like to see Steven Joyce, as Minister of Economic Development and Small Business, get out to see the continuing effect on our members’ businesses actually,” says Mr Stulen, “because if he saw how much it is hurting small forestry businesses first hand, there might be more understanding of the need to fix the roads faster.”

At the very least, there should be some coordinated government department relief for forestry businesses who have to continue to make payments for road user charges, GST and PAYE, even though their own cashflows have been severely impacted by the damage caused to infrastructure. Everyone pays the same road user charges nationwide, but our members in the north are disadvantaged by having a weak roading network.

“We all saw the Minister for Primary Industries last week, expressing his support for affected farmers, but did anyone pay attention to struggling forest contractors? Not that any of our members saw, that’s for sure,” added Stulen.

Forestry in Northland continues to be one of the key growth areas for export opportunities according to the contractors’ association, FICA, but the chance of surviving the combined effect of export price drops and inferior infrastructure means, in the future, there may not be very many forest contractors able to carry on with business as usual.



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Log Market Update - New Zealand

Export log market

Export log prices have sunk further in the past month but are thought to be at least near the bottom of the price fall. The increase of the NZ dollar would have taken about another $3/ JAS off the export price as well during the past month. A-grade logs ex-Tauranga currently average NZ$79/t, which is NZ$11/t less than last month, and NZ$47/t lower than the peak in March. Overall, export log prices are now at a 26 month low. Average K-grade prices in the Southern South Island are now less than half of the March price, and NZ average A-grade prices are down 38% in the past four months.

Exports to China showed the first signs of slowing in May, with just less than 900,000t being exported there. This was 13% less than a year ago and 22% lower than deliveries in April. The overall export level didn’t drop as far, with a 7% year-on-year drop, which was likely a result of greater volume being pushed to India, while there was an increase in volume to South Korea during April.

The largest reductions in exports came from Tauranga and the Gisborne/Napier area. During May exports from Tauranga reached 470,000t which was the lowest monthly export volume since April 2013. Canterbury and the Southern South Island area are still exporting at a greater rate than a year ago, though the volume from Canterbury is likely to slow in the coming months as the wind throw supply stops.

China

China’s log imports fell in May, but the largest reduction in deliveries came from Russia, which does less to ease pressure on ports. Total log imports were down 14% month-on-month in May, and down 4% year-on-year. Imports to Nanjing and Shanghai, two major supply areas for NZ, were down from April, but still 28% and 25% higher year-on-year. Imports to Qingdao also a key supply area for NZ actually increased from April. The Manzhouli region, however, which is on the northern border with Russia reported the lowest imports since October 2012. Overall there was an 11% reduction in imports to port areas, but a 26% reduction in imports to inland areas.

There was a reduction in imports from NZ of 200,000t in May, and reductions of 185,000t from Russia, and 145,000t from Australia. Supply from the Pacific North West increased by 60,000t due to steady supply from Canada and an increase from the US. Reports of declining supply in late June and July suggest that the US and Canada supply is now also correcting downward.

Domestic log market

As expected the domestic log market dropped this month in response to the falling export prices. Utility prices had the largest drops, with falls of up to NZ$25/t recorded in the South Island. The export price reduction was exacerbated in the South Island with the Southern Cross Forest Product mill closures meaning that there’s been little options for this type of wood and it’s resulted in oversupply.

NZ average structural log prices fell an average of NZ$7/t, with the largest drop in the Southern South Island easing NZ$12/t on average. The slowing harvest kept a floor on the market, as dropping prices further would have meant an under supply to the domestic market. The market was able to absorb some of the slowdown in supply due to reduced demand for the finished product during winter as building slows. However, once the cold weather clears up building will ramp up again and these prices are expected to increase in the fourth quarter.

Pruned log prices are flat this month and there are reports of very tight supply in some cases. Reduced harvesting has meant that some mills are coming up short for supply. There may have been some re-directed supply from the export market as prices fell there, but this will all be cleared out by now. With strong demand in this sector supply is expected to be very tight for the rest of this year.

Source: www.nzxagri.co.nz/agrifax
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Farmers could be paid to pollute

New Zealand farmers would be paid to pollute if they participated in the country’s emissions trading scheme under current policy settings, University of Canterbury forestry expert, Professor Euan Mason, says.

If farmers had joined the scheme, they would have received about $120 million to pollute each year, he says. Professor Mason will give a paper at a seminar on campus tomorrow night (Thursday July 24, 7 pm, Forestry Building).

"This rather strange outcome is a direct consequence of Government policy that allows unrestricted imports of carbon credits, including hot air credits from former Soviet countries. Farmers do not participate in the scheme right now, but it was proposed that they would have been liable for only 10 percent of their greenhouse gas emissions, which are currently around 35 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent a year.

"They would have been gifted New Zealand units, which are our domestic carbon credits, for the remaining 90 percent so that they could submit credits to account for all their greenhouse gas pollution each year. This practice of gifting is known as grandfathering and it is happening for all emission intensive and trade-exposed enterprises apart from farming right now.

"New Zealand emissions trading scheme is failing but could be fixed. However, the scheme allows imported credits to be submitted to account for pollution instead of New Zealand units. The vast majority of imported credits are hot air emission reduction unit credits imported from former Soviet countries.

"These credits represent no change in people's behaviour in response to climate change and they are so numerous that they are currently worth 11 cents each in New Zealand. New Zealand units on the other hand are worth $4. So polluters are effectively paid to pollute in our emissions trading scheme. They are grandfathered credits worth $4 and can submit instead credits worth 11 cents.

"If farmers had been in the scheme, we would have paid them the equivalent of 90 percent of their emissions multiplied by the difference between the price of grandfathered New Zealand units and imported emission reduction units. Between 2010 and 2012 we grandfathered credits to other trade exposed industries such as the Tiwai Point smelter enough credits to effectively pay them more than $36 million to pollute at today's credit prices.’’

Professor Mason says that by changing a few key policy settings the emissions trading scheme could be made to work really well. These include stopping imports of hot air credits, ceasing grandfathering, requiring New Zealand unit surrenders each year only for target greenhouse gas reductions, and treating all productive sectors equally.

Source: University of Canterbury



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Safety Alert - Root plate topples over and lands on chainsaw operator

A groundbased harvesting crew was working in wind blown Douglas Fir. They were shoveling wind blown stems out to an area where they could cut the root plates off prior to pulling the stems to the skid for processing.

They proceeded to deal with a 10m long spar which was still attached to the root plate. The digger was holding the end of the spar up horizontally (approx. 1m off the ground) while the chainsaw operator cut it off at the butt. The digger was holding the stem up to remove the tension, to allow the chainsaw operator to make the cut while standing, and to encourage the root plate to fall backwards away from the chainsaw operator once the cut had been made.

As the cut was made, the log section dropped suddenly as it broke off, and the root plate fell forwards towards the chainsaw operator instead of backwards as anticipated. The chainsaw operator tried to move out of the way but it happened so quickly that he wasn’t able to move in time, and the root plate toppled over and rolled on top of him, trapping him. The digger operator then lowered the end of the stem that he had been holding up while the cut was being made, walked the machine closer, and lifted the root plate off the chainsaw operator to allow him to scramble to safety.

The weight of the root plate had been held up by the butt and stem that had been cut, so the chainsaw operator was just covered rather than being squashed, and fortunately received no injuries.

Learnings from this:

1. Assess each stem individually and consider likely hazards, and plan cuts to suit. In this case the root plate was very large (like the bottom of a wine glass) and couldn’t be relied on to fall backwards away from the chainsaw operator.

2. Follow industry best practice, and where necessary consider other methods such as:
  • moving further from the butt to make the cut so that a longer section of the tree is left on the root plate. That way if the root plate does fall forward then it will rest on the butt rather than toppling right over
  • only partially cutting the stem, and then letting the digger break the stem off the root plate once the chainsaw operator has retreated a safe distance.
3. When dealing with wind throw, value recovery considerations come a distant second to ensuring the safety of all those involved.

Source: Forest Owners Association - Incident Record Information System

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Network for Women in Forestry

The thirty second issue of the Network for Women in Forestry (NWIF) newsletter is full of useful information for women in forestry particularly those within business management or administration roles.

Check it out here or head to the NWIF page of the FICA Website.



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WoodFirst adopted by Rotorua Council

Rotorua District Council is to become the first local authority in New Zealand to adopt a ‘Wood First’ Policy. The policy would be acknowledgement of the importance of the forestry and wood processing industries to district, regional and national economies.

Rotorua’s decision to develop a Wood First policy was made at a meeting on Wednesday of the council’s Strategy, Policy & Finance Committee. It complements a proposal by the New Zealand Wood Council encouraging central government to adopt a similar policy at a national level.

A report prepared for the council by business consultant Bryce Heard and presented at the committee meeting, noted that Rotorua sits at the heart of the country’s forestry industry. It said almost half of New Zealand’s wood total was harvested from central North Island forests within a hundred kilometres of Rotorua.

Forestry and wood processing accounts for approximately 15 per cent of Rotorua’s GDP, with around 11 million cubic metres of logs harvested each year from around Rotorua, four million of which was exported in raw log form, mostly to China. The remaining seven million cubic metres of timber was processed into higher value products.

The report indicated that the logs currently exported represented an opportunity for greater economic growth if more wood could be processed into local products to compete in national and international markets.

Mayor Steve Chadwick said a Wood First policy would support the council’s and community’s recently adopted Rotorua 2030 vision and goals. The unanimous committee decision was to develop a Wood First policy for adoption by the council and to prepare a plan for implementation of the policy. More >>

Source: Scoop News

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Growth in US South logs to China

North America continues to supply China, Japan and other Asian countries with logs for their forest products sectors. Log exports from the US and Canada in the 1Q/14 were up 14% from last year, reports the North American Wood Fiber Review, with shipments from the US South having increased the most.

Log exports from Canada and the US to Asia have increased this year with the shipment from the US South being 130 % higher than in 2013, reports the North American Wood Fiber Review

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North American log exports to Asia over the past several years have boosted profitability for timberland owners while challenging the domestic solid wood sector mainly in northwestern US and Coastal British Columbia. In the 1Q/14, the North American export volume was 14% higher than in the 1Q/13 and 30% more than the same quarter in 2012, as reported by the North American Wood Fiber Review (NAWFR). Almost 53% of the overseas exports have been shipped from the US Northwest, while 41% was from British Columbia and the remaining share of shipments were split between Alaska, California and the US South.

Along the USA West Coast nine ports handle breakbulk log shipments. The Port of Longview in Southwest Washington exports more logs than all the other eight ports combined, according to Jones Stevedoring. In the past five quarters, each of the eight ports shipped an average of one vessel per month, while the Port at Longview loaded one vessel for Asia every three days. The major exporting companies at this location are Chugoku, Weyerhaeuser, Pacific Lumber & Shipping, Sojitz and TPT. Read more about the west coast log exports in the latest issue of the NAWFR.

Coastal British Columbia is also a major supplier of logs to the Asian markets, with a majority of the timber originating from private timberlands on Vancouver Island. Over the past year, shipments have been approximately 1.5 million m3 per quarter, which is up from an average of 1.2 million m3 per quarter during 2011 and 2012.

Perhaps the most interesting development the past year has been the sharp increase in shipments of logs in containers from the US South. These exports have been mainly to China and India. Although the total volume is still relatively small as compared to the US West Coast export volumes, the US South share of total overseas exports from the US was over six percent during the first five months of this year as compared to only two percent for the same period in 2012, as reported in the NAWFR (www.woodprices.com).

Total shipments of southern yellow pine were up 130% for the period January through May this year compared to the same period last year, and volumes are already 70% more than they were for all of 2012. Combined with the first reported bulk shipload departing from the Port of Baton Rouge in May, we are likely to see increased exports of logs from the Southern states in the coming years.

Source: www.woodprices.com

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New forest industry app - HARVESTNAV

The Future Forests Research Limited (FFR) Harvesting programme has now released the HARVESTNAV on-board navigation app and has made it available to the whole industry free of charge. HARVESTNAV is a software application designed to enable harvesting machine operators to track their position in the block on a graphical harvest plan displayed on a computer tablet mounted in their machine.

Forest owners and managers spend significant sums of money accurately mapping forests and using that data to create detailed harvest plans. Most often these plans are provided to harvesting contractors as paper maps. These are commonly kept by contractors in their vehicles or left in the logging crew’s smoko hut. HARVESTNAV puts all this valuable terrain information contained within these plans into the hands of the workers who are tasked with fulfilling these plans (the harvesting machine operators).

HARVESTNAV has been designed to run on any Windows 8/8.1 tablet utilising either an internal or external GPS receiver to monitor the machine’s position on the terrain. It also uses the digital accelerometers in the tablet to measure the pitch and roll of the machine. It has been programmed to warn the machine operator when the maximum allowable slope of the machine is about to be exceeded. The application can also utilise LIDAR data to better visualise the terrain surrounding the machine’s current location through the use of improved digital terrain and hill shaded models.

HARVESTNAV also displays other mapping data in real-time in the on-screen map such as boundaries, riparian zones and other protection areas (such as waahi tapu). It uses this data to warn the operator if the machine is operating either outside a harvest boundary or within an exclusion area. Providing boundary, water course and road information in such a visual form to the operator could potentially minimize environmental and legal issues that can arise during harvesting operations. HARVESTNAV continuously logs the machine position (track) in a form that can be easily downloaded and used by logging contractors and forest managers to monitor harvesting progress and daily productivity.

Comments gained from harvesting machine operators during FFR field trials of HARVESTNAV have given clear evidence that this application will improve both safety and productivity. For this reason the FFR Harvesting members decided to make the current version of HARVESTNAV freely available to the whole industry. All that is needed to start using this new application is a Windows tablet, GPS receiver and a mount for the tablet. A number of forest managers and owners are now purchasing tablets for the purpose of trialing and demonstrating the advantages of HARVESTNAV within their own company and to their harvesting contractors. HARVESTNAV can be downloaded free from www.interpine.co.nz. If you would like more information please email Hamish Marshall at harvestnav@interpine.co.nz or call on +64 21 677 720.

This year, FFR Harvesting plans to support the wider implementation of HARVESTNAV into the industry and the further development of the HARVESTNAV application. The focus of this year’s development project with HARVESTNAV is to add additional external tilt sensors so that the application can be used on self-levelling harvesting machines. In addition, new technology will be investigated to allow multiple machines in the crew to communicate their current position to each other as well as back to the ‘office’. We’ll keep you posted.

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Feedback turned Abodo to Ecowood

Eco timber company Abodo Wood owes much of its recent growth to a customer complaint it received in its second year of operation. The company had been exporting treated pinus radiata to the Pacific when founder Daniel Gudsell received a call in 2004 from a customer in American Samoa.

Children who had been playing on Abodo plywood were admitted to hospital with chronic nose bleeds, believed to be caused by exposure to the wood's copper, chrome and arsenic (CCA) anti- fungal treatment.

It was from there that Gudsell made an about-turn on the company's business model, discontinuing the sale of CCA-treated timber, and developing its own sustainably sourced Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified pinus radiata, treated with a low-toxicity plant-based preservative.

"That [incident] was very concerning for us and it raised lots of alarm bells. We started saying, ‘Wait a second, should we be doing something different?' "

Gudsell's decision turned out to be astute. Although CCA wood treatment remains an industry standard in New Zealand, the chemical preservative is now either banned or restricted in France, Spain, Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, Ireland, United States and Canada.

While exports of New Zealand CCA-treated wood have been limited in these countries, Abodo has gained ground overseas with its eco-treated sawn lumber. Europe and Australia have become Abodo's key markets and exports account for 95 per cent of the company's $31 million annual turnover.

Abodo’s Technical Director, Ben Campbell will be presenting at the Wood Innovations 2014 event being held in Rotorua and Melbourne during September.

Abodo's products were used in the construction of the award-winning Tuhoe building - Te Uru Taumata in Taneatua in the Bay of Plenty. (Read the story here)

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Source: Stuff News

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Rayonier pays dividends

Rayonier in USA announced today that the company’s board of directors has declared a third quarter cash dividend of 30 cents per common share. The dividend is payable on September 30, 2014 to shareholders of record on September 16, 2014.

In addition to the regular third quarter cash dividend, the company’s board has declared a special cash dividend of 50 cents per common share payable on August 15, 2014 to shareholders of record on July 31, 2014. The special dividend will be paid from proceeds received from Rayonier Advanced Materials in connection with its spin-off from Rayonier on June 27, 2014.

About Rayonier - As a company comprised of forest resources and real estate businesses, Rayonier Inc. is a geographically diverse in global land resources. The company owns, leases, or manages 2.6 million acres of high-quality timberlands in North America and New Zealand. Its holdings include 2.3 million acres across ten US states and approximately 200,000 high-value acres with residential, commercial and industrial development potential along the Interstate 95 corridor between Savannah, Ga., and Daytona Beach, Fla. Rayonier is structured as a real estate investment trust.

For further information, visit the company’s website at www.rayonier.com

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Sino-Forest CFO to pay and testify

The former chief financial officer of Sino-Forest Corp. will pay a total of $6.3 million and testify against other former executives of the China-based forestry company which collapsed under allegations of fraud.

Under a settlement this week approved by the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC), David Horsley agreed to pay $5.6 million to settle class action lawsuits in Ontario and the U.S. and another $700,000 to the provincial regulator to offset investigative costs.

Horsley was accused of failing to ensure the company complied with securities law and acting contrary to the public interest. OSC vice-chair James Turner said the chief financial officer is an important gatekeeper in ensuring the integrity of reporting in the financial markets.

Sino-Forest was once the most valuable forestry company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, but collapsed after public allegations of fraud by investment firm Muddy Waters Research prompted investigations by the OSC and police.

Investors lost billions of dollars when the company's stock plunged in 2011 and Sino-Forest ended up being taken over by its creditors in a restructuring under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act.

Five other executives — Allen Chan, Albert Ip, Alfred C.T. Hung, George Ho and Simon Yeung — are accused of lying to investors and misleading investigators by engaging in a "complex fraud scheme to inflate the assets and revenue of Sino-Forest," according to OSC documents.

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Source: CBC News

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Lockwood trusted name, survey says

The Rotorua-based national home builder Lockwood has again been voted the most trusted home builder in New Zealand by Readers Digest. Reader’s Digest conducts an annual ‘New Zealand's Most Trusted’ survey, with the aim of uncovering Kiwi attitudes on the most trustworthy professions, people and brands.

Lockwood took the accolade for the second year running, putting it alongside other ‘Most Trusted’ category winners Whittakers, Kiwibank, Kenwood and Sony.

The category was created last year as a response to the many issues that the building industry has faced in recent years and to acknowledge the importance of trust to the consumer when making purchase decisions.

Son of the founder and current CEO Joe La Grouw Jnr says the win is a huge accolade for the company and gives huge pride to the Lockwood team and its network of builders and homeowners nationwide.

"This is a fantastic acknowledgement of the values instilled in the Lockwood brand and the loyalty of Lockwood home-owners. After six decades of designing great houses, so many people live in or have spent a part of their lives in a Lockwood home. Many of them have become passionate brand ambassadors and have voted for us. We are humbled and grateful for that accolade,” said La Grouw.

Source: Scoop News

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Snippets - New MD for Komatsu Forest + CHEP gains FSC

New MD for Komatsu Forest: This week Komatsu Forest announced a major change in senior management in Australia. After almost 25 years at the helm Mike Jones has stepped down from the Managing Director’s role. Komatsu Forest has assigned Brett Jones as new Managing Director from 1st July 2014. Mike will stay on for a further two years holding the new position of Marketing Director and support Brett through the initial transition period.

Brett has been with Komatsu Forest (formerly Valmet Logging) since opening the doors in 1990 and brings enormous technical knowledge to his new position having held the previous roles of Service Manager, Product Support Manager and General Manager. Therefore he is no stranger with the finer product details and possesses strong factory and more importantly customer contacts.

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CHEP gains FSC: CHEP achieves sustainability milestone - Wooden pallet manufacturer CHEP Australia has reached a significant milestone in its ongoing sustainability efforts by achieving 100 per cent Chain of Custody certification for timber sourcing for its pallets in Australia.

The Chain of Custody certification is part of the Australian Forest Certification Scheme, Australian Forestry Standard (AFS) and is internationally recognised by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). The certification provides assurance to CHEP Australia customers that the timber pallets are made and repaired using a supply base sourced from sustainably managed forests.

CHEP worked with its suppliers to help fulfil the requirements for the certification; all CHEP suppliers are now Chain of Custody certified. Global Lumber Lead, Denis O’Hara explains that certification is one of the most powerful tools for companies to assure the public of their commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainable forest management.

CHEP’s parent company, Brambles also achieved international recognition earlier this year for their sustainability efforts, with the CDP naming Brambles in its forests annual report as a global leader in sustainability for the Industrial and Auto sector.

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... and finally ... One day at the Zoo

A Harley riding biker is in Sydney visiting the Taronga Park Zoo, when he sees a little girl leaning into the lions' cage.

Suddenly, one of the male lions grabs her by the cuff of her jacket and tries to pull her inside, under the eyes of her screaming parents.

The biker jumps off his Harley, runs to the cage and hits the lion square on the nose with a powerful punch.

Whimpering from the pain, the lion jumps back, letting go of the girl, and the biker brings her to her terrified parents who thank him endlessly ...

A reporter has watched the whole event. The reporter, addressing the Harley rider, says, "Sir, this was the most gallant and brave thing I've seen a man do in my whole life."

The Harley rider replies, "Why, it was nothing, really. The lion was behind bars. I just saw this little kid in danger and did the right thing."

The reporter says, "Well, I'll make sure this won't go unnoticed.. I'm a journalist, and tomorrow's paper will have this story on the front page. So, what do you do for a living and what political affiliation do you have?"

The biker replies, "I'm an SAS soldier just returned from Afghanistan and a Liberal party supporter."

The journalist leaves.

The following morning the biker buys the paper to see news of his actions, and reads, on the front page:

"SAS SOLDIER ASSAULTS AFRICAN IMMIGRANT AND STEALS HIS LUNCH"

That pretty much sums up most of the media's approach to the news these days.



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