WoodWeek – 4 July 2018

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Greetings from your WoodWeek news team. This week there's lots of good stuff to report on from the forest. In Whangarei this Friday, Associate Minister of Forestry Meka Whaitiri will launch a new scheme, Tupu Ake, to improve training and increase the number of youth in forestry.

Early next month, FIEA’s national forest safety & technology conference will showcase the latest practical solutions for all forest managers and contractors. Following the challenges our industry faced in 2013, our industry people have responded with passion and commitment to new ways to embed safety culture into everyone’s mindset on the job. Register your people now at: www.forestsafety.events.

Forest products export earnings continue strongly. Our log export market graphics this week from the good folks at Champion Freight show total log export values to China to the end of May are up over 34 percent year-on-year, contributing to overall log exports growing 33 percent across all markets. China shipments month-on-month are up 34 percent and overall log exports up 26 percent.

With housing minister Phil Twyford last week publicly lamenting lack of productivity and innovation in the construction industry, it appears he or his officials are blind to the rapid disruption in timber building happening in Australia, USA and now here. Wood structures detailed with design software are now a key competitive advantage for commercial building in New Zealand as well.

The Changing Perceptions conference has a full one-day programme on 28 August at the Distinction Hotel in Rotorua. The event begins with an evening reception on 27 August. Register now at: www.connexevents.com/c petc2018.

Finally, completely unrelated to forestry but on the subject of food technology, Innovatek has expanded its technology conference capacity with the launch of a brand new series. Following on from our successful mobile technologies series – MobileTECH - which has drawn a strong contingent of forestry tech-folks each year since 2011, we’re bringing the latest in technology disruption to the food science and technology industry with our newest conference – ProteinTECH. Running on 24 July in Auckland, this new conference has already attracted a high level audience of CEOs from industry and science leaders, including the PM’s new chief science advisor. If you know someone in this industry – send them the link – limited seats are still available.

Here’s a couple more for your 2019 calendar. Following our successful entry into the North American conference market, we will be running HarvestTECHX 2019 on 12-13th March in Canada and then our 2nd Annual ForestTECHX in Vancouver on 22-23 October.

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Tupu Ake brings youth to the fore

Associate Minister of Forestry Meka Whaitiri will be in Whangarei on Friday to formally launch Tupu Ake which is expected to be rolled out across other parts of Northland.

Tupu Ake aims to improve training and increase the number of youth in the forestry industry.

"At the moment, we've got a lack of people, and good people, in our industry. So the Tupu Ake scheme is so we can train them to a good level, so we don't just have John off the street" says Rob Clarke (pictured).

Ten Northland youth will benefit from the initiative this year with full-time employment the ultimate goal.

"Our industry is growing faster then we can cope with at the moment so this is a fast track solution to leadership. This isn't about getting quick qualifications. These people will be our future leaders," says Kevin Ihaka of Forest Protection Services.

The move will see the industry, training providers, hapu and iwi collaborate to provide a new pathway to trade training.

"Providing support networks to lead the student and their family to a place where the student is able to sustain full-time employment, and find suitable networks that benefit not only the student, but their family," says General Manager of Te Matarau Education Trust, Huhana Lyndon.

Associate Minister of Forestry, Meka Whaitiri will be in Whangarei on Friday to formally launch the initiative, which is expected to be rolled out across other parts of Northland.

"From Whangarei, the initiative will head to the Far North to be trialled, and then to the Mid North province also, where we will look to replicate what Tupu Ake is doing" says Lyndon.

Through funding from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment He Poutama Rangatahi scheme a further 20 Northland youth will join next year to an industry already thriving with Maori labour.

"In some cases, some crews are as high as 100%. So it's very important that we connect their culture to the training and we've got the marae-based support going on," says Ihaka.

The initiative will be formally launched at Northtec's Te Puna o Te Matauranga Marae on Friday.

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Source: Maori Television

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FIEA safety conference: Forest floor successes

FIEA Forest Safety & Technology Conference filled with forest floor success stories - A national forest safety conference in August will bring the latest practical solutions to the table for all contractors and forest managers to hear about and learn from. Following the challenges that this industry faced in 2013, it has responded with passion and commitment to new ways to embed safety culture into everyone’s mindset on the job. Also, over the past 5 years mechanical harvesting technologies have come a long way for keeping workers safe in logging, especially on steep slopes.

“Some of our most inspiring forestry safety specialists are those with hands-on experience in both crew culture and harvesting technologies. They have been out there doing it, earning the respect of their peers,” says Forest Industry Engineering Association spokesman, Gordon Thomson.

“For this our 4th National Forest Safety Conference we’ve got a great group of practical speakers. Many of them, like Les Bak and Wiremu Edmonds, have earned respect from men and women on the forest floor. They bring practical experience and a down-to-earth approach. Forestry people value advice from people who have been out there doing safety change with boots, and attitudes, firmly grounded,” adds Thomson.

Registrations are now open for the August 2018 conference series running in Rotorua and Melbourne. Thanks to great support industry, led by principal event partners McFall Fuel and VicForests, a special on-line early-bird delegate registration offer is now available for a limited time. Discounted rates are available for groups of 3 delegates from the same company. See: https://forestsafety.events

Some of our ‘must-see’ speakers include:
  • Implementing Forest Contractor Certification: Chris Lindley of BraveGen and Lee Perry of Gale Contracting Over the past two years quality assurance for maintaining safe practices in forest harvesting and silviculture has been transformed. Chris and Lee will talk about the process of working through the Safetree Contractor Certification process. Lee Perry is an experienced Safetree field auditor and will cover what the field audit process entails;
  • Putting Safety II into Practice: Les Bak, Nelson Forests – Les will discuss how to apply these concepts practically in the workplace to achieve learnings and reduce human factors that can result in human error. His presentation will also provide clear thinking around the difference between human error and human factors. Les will also share how culture is critical to Safety II thinking and the role of leaders to build this strong base for human factor understanding;
  • Taking a Leadership Role in Safety Technology: Dale Ewers, Moutere Logging & DC Equipment – Dale will bring his latest vision plus an update on the last 5 years, opening people’s minds to the possibilities and the goal for 2025, “Logging from afar!” It is closer than you think!

In New Zealand we are working with Fiona Ewing from Forest Industry Safety Council (FISC) to organise a workshops in addition to our one-day conferences. In Australia there is a pan-industry workshop on the afternoon before the FIEA conference – from 1 to 5pm on 14th August also at the Bayview Eden Hotel in Melbourne. FIEA has worked with Stacey Gardiner from AFCA and Diana Lloyd of Forestworks.

Our speakers are all practical industry leaders and safety champions. They have come forward to support the 4th FIEA Forest Safety & Technology Conference. The series sold out in 2017 and is running again in August 2018 in Rotorua and Melbourne.

The summit is on 8th August in Rotorua at the Distinction Hotel. The following week, on 15th August, it runs at the Bayview Eden Hotel in Melbourne. For full conference details see: www.forestsafety.events.

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Wood conference on building technology disruption

With housing minister Phil Twyford last week publicly lamenting lack of productivity and innovation in the construction industry, it appears he or his officials are blind to the rapid disruption in timber building happening in Australia, USA and now here. Wood structures detailed with design software are now a key competitive advantage for commercial building in New Zealand as well.

Meanwhile, a national conference on engineered wood for commercial and multi-residential building is set to attract hundreds of early movers. Timber construction has advanced rapidly with new design modelling software known as ‘building information modelling’ (BIM). It fits perfectly with manufacturing engineered wood structures using accurate computer machining technologies.

“For construction companies and developers in the know, wood leads the way. We’ve seen companies like XLAM and Naylor Love embrace the materials and technology,” says John Stulen, engineer and conference director for the 3rd annual Changing Perceptions engineered wood conference.

Stulen and his team at Innovatek say they are delighted to have a technical conference programme that’s 100% devoted to engineered wood projects in New Zealand. The technology is advancing rapidly too – wood buildings are modelled completely during design. The new method has won the respect of all the tradespeople who have worked on a wood building project using BIM.

The conference will include case studies for both wood and BIM:
  • Cross-laminated timber producer XLAM has joined forces with Housing Corporation to deliver emergency housing solutions faster than ever before;
  • Leading property investor Sir Bob Jones has committed to timber structures for his multi-storey office complex in downtown Wellington;
  • Multiple single housing projects have been developed and delivered by a growing number of networked businesses including architects, engineers and developers working closely;
  • Increased use pre-planning and detailing by multiple trades using commercially-available software for building information modelling (BIM);
  • National construction firm Naylor Love has committed large project teams to both the Otago Polytechnic student accommodation building and the new Nelson airport terminal.

The conference has grown since 2016. It now attracts a wide audience of architects, engineers, developers, quantity surveyors and specifiers, as well as building officials and leading specialist trades, focused on commercial buildings – like electricians and plumbers and heating/ventilating/air conditioning specialists and leading practitioners.

The Changing Perceptions conference has a full one-day programme on 28 August at the Distinction Hotel in Rotorua. The event begins with an evening reception on 27 August. Register now at: www.connexevents.com/cpetc2018.

Photographic image of Nelson Airport courtesy of Storyline Pictures and Naylor Love Construction

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Champion Freight Reports

Thanks to the great team at Champion Freight we've got the latest export market activity update for you in a series of really self-explanatory charts. They have some easy-to- read labels on the charts so they are readily identifiable even when printed in black & white.

To download the full report, click here.

Source: Champion Freight

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Forests and farm generating top exports

Export success from forests and farms continues - Overall exports were up $509 million (10 percent) to $5.4 billion, with meat exports having the largest increase. So, exports in May were the second highest for any month. The highest exports total was $5.5 billion in December 2017.

Forest products had the second-largest increase in exports, up $99 million (26 percent) to $477 million. The largest increases were to China, Singapore, and Hong Kong.

Lamb exports were the biggest contributor to the rise in meat, with value up $89 million (32 percent) and quantity up 22 percent. Exports of lamb were up to all major markets, including China and the European Union. Beef exports were up $16 million (4.5 percent) to $359 million, with more exports to China. This increase was partly offset by a fall to the United States.

Source: Statistics New Zealand

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Canadian CLT building for China

CLT for China-Canada Cooperation Industrial Park project building - (China) On 9 May, the Sanming City Youxi County Overseas Chinese News Agency signed a contract with the China-Canada Cooperation Green Modern Wood Structure Industrial Park project with a total investment of 1.5 billion yuan.

Ms. Bai Jingfang, Consul General of Canada Consulate in Guangzhou, Wiat Girard, President of Lauzon-dv Group of Canada, Lin Hanbing, Foreign Affairs Office of Provincial Government, Zhang Yuanming, Vice Mayor of Sanming City, and Liao Jinhui, County Magistrate of Youxi County attended the signing ceremony.

It is understood that the China-Canada Green Modern Wood Structure Industrial Park will be established by the Canadian Lauzon-dv Group and Fujian Jingye Tianzhu Construction Co., Ltd. The industrial park will be located in Yangzhong Town, Youxi County, with a planned land area of 300 mu. Wood structure construction demonstration park, green building industry research and development base, green building industry testing and certification base, production and processing base, wood structure construction Expo park, green leisure camping park, international exchange center, training centre, etc.

The “China-Canada Center” building in the industrial park is planned to be 12 stories high, 70 meters high and 12,000 square meters in total. The bottom and core tube are reinforced concrete structures, and the upper part is made of orthogonal glued wood structure and laminated wood structure. The building is expected to cost 265 million yuan and will be completed by the end of the year. By then, the building will become the tallest pure timber structure in the country.

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Source: ITTO May Report

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Genera wins innovation award

Congratulations to Mark Self and his team at Genera on their recent success in the Export New Zealand Bay of Plenty Awards 2018. Genera won the Excellence in Innovation Award for its work supporting the New Zealand forest industry. The work involved the introduction of phosphine as an in-transit fumigant and the development of methyl bromide scrubbing technologies.

The move to introduce phosphine in 2001 has reduced the need for methyl bromide by close to 2000 tonnes per annum in 2018 (eg - about 80% less than what would be needed if phosphine was not available).

Recent developments of liquid scrubbing technologies for use at the end of fumigations prior to venting have further reduced methyl bromide emissions. From 2020 onward scrubbing technologies will need to be used in conjunction with methyl bromide fumigations.

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Forest owners focus on post-flood solutions

Forest Owners say the industry is focused on measures to make sure a repeat of the recent floods transporting harvest debris out of forests and into Tolaga Bay isn’t repeated 25 years from now.

Forest Owners President Peter Weir says different silvicultural planning and improved forest engineering and harvest management in sensitive landscapes will reduce the risk considerably.

“I’ve been through the Tolaga Bay region yesterday. I can absolutely understand the feelings of downstream residents and farmers whose homes and land has been inundated with forest debris.”

“Our member companies in the area have already done a good job in cleaning up the beach and are doing what they can to clean up the mess on neighbouring farms. But I can appreciate the frustration of the landowners and why they wouldn’t be very interested in me trying to explain that new replant rules under the Resource Management Act will take years to have an effect.”

“It’s a priority for our forest engineers, planners and managers to work with scientists, as well as local and central government, to make sure we reduce the risk of similar debris floods,” Peter Weir says.

“In the immediate term, we are printing a revised set of harvest slash management guidelines and making them widely available. We want to make best forest practise a universal practise.”

“The industry will be putting more resources into understanding the mechanisms of hillside failures and what can be done to stop wood being entrained by them, or reducing the impact if they do occur.”

“We’ve already invested in research on how effective riparian strips of trees are in blocking debris carried by floods. The results showed they work well on a broad flood plain, but riparian strips aren’t as effective in steep incised headwater streams.”

Peter Weir says that research highlights how there are no easy solutions.

“The Tolaga Bay debris-floods occurred in a landscape that had been devastated by Cyclone Bola 30 years ago. The erosion control measures which followed saw large areas of trees planted all at the same time. Trees, plantation or otherwise, are the only effective way of holding that highly erodible land together.”

“It’s very apparent that climate change is bringing more and more intense rainstorms to some regions. We want to work with other land-users and regulators to identify high risk areas and then reduce that risk of damage from the resulting floods to vulnerable communities.”

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Carbon Match NZU update

NZUs have firmed about 40 cents over the week, with reasonable volume moving through Carbon Match yesterday, trading a range of $21.40- $21.50.

We've pushed through June year end, we've a good mix of both buyers and sellers currently, with a best offer of $21.49 (for a small parcel only) and best bid $21.40 as at the time of writing.

Check back at 1pm for updates on our open, and if you've interest either way, please do consider showing it on Carbon Match. At the very least you'll then be sure you're not just doing yesterday's deal.

NZUs - Bid $21.40, Offered $21.49 on Carbon Match - open every weekday from 1- 5pm.

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... and finally ... some star-spangled humour

This vital news item doesn't seem to have been heard (no pun intended ...) outside the US just yet, but we found it for you. Yes, it's all on, now its been revealed Trump's tariff moves will become legislation known as the "Fair and Reciprocal Tariff Act". That name was a great opportunity for the comedians out there to exploit the obvious acronym.

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... More pictorial fun ...

For context: Today is Independence Day in America and 1 July was Canada Day

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Buy and Sell

Footie vs football

Says it all really ... Well done England, by the way, getting into the final 8.

Thanks for keeping up with the latest wood news with us!
Have a safe and productive week.

John Stulen

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