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New Zealand still China’s top source of logs

New Zealand, logging

New Zealand was the main log supplier to China in 2018, accounting for 29 per cent of total log imports. Imports from New Zealand totalled 17.38 million cubic metres in 2018, a year-on-year increase of 21 per cent. The second ranked supplier of logs was Russia at 10.48 million cubic metres, a year-on-year decline of seven per cent, accounting for …

First-of-its kind timber product to be used in MSU building

CLT, timber

Michigan State University’s future STEM Teaching and Learning Facility will be the first in Michigan to use an innovative wood product, rather than concrete and/or steel, for its load-bearing structure. Known as mass timber, this framing style uses large solid or engineered wood. The $100 million (SGD 135.5 million) facility will be …

Editor’s pickBiesse at CIFM/Interzum 2019: The innovative solutions shape the Factory of the Future


Integration, interconnection, automation and digitisation: with these key words, Biesse brings its innovative technical solutions for machining advanced materials to CIFM/Interzum, to shape the Factory of the Future. CIFM/Interzum is the international trade fair that set to take place in Guangzhou from 28 to 31 March, dedicated to the woodworking …

$30m for Australian farmers with carbon benefits from trees

Australia, forestry, tree planting

A $30 million federal government farm biodiversity programme that includes potential carbon benefits for tree planting has been backed by the forest industry and Labor Party. Under the $30 million pilot Agriculture Biodiversity Stewardship Program, farmers could receive incentives for projects that boost biodiversity and can absorb …

Log imports to China reached record high in 2018

China, import

China had another record year of softwood log imports in 2018, when over 40 million m3 of logs landed at Chinese ports. This was the third consecutive year of year-over-year increases, with 2018 volumes being up 37 per cent from 2015. Although import volumes fell slightly from the third quarter of 2018 to the fourth quarter of the year, the …

Södra announces its first robot employee

Södra, Clerk, software robot, digitalisation

Södra welcomes Clerk, the company’s first digital robot employee. Clerk is a software robot that works in six departments and uses its expertise in everyday, repetitive and time-consuming tasks, as the company said in its press release. “Digitalisation is creating a myriad of exciting opportunities in our working day. Automation …

Largest Tigercat for forestry


Tigercat has introduced its new 890 logger – the largest machine in the Tigercat forestry equipment line-up – a heavy duty, purpose-built forestry carrier that can be configured for loading, shovel logging or processing. Weighing 47,900 kg, it is the largest, highest capacity machine in Tigercat’s purpose-built forestry product …

China and India are making a greener Earth

China, India

Despite climate change, water scarcity and the many ills affecting the planet, this generation is living on an increasingly greener Earth. Measurements from space show that some parts of the northern hemisphere, notably China and India, are a lot greener than they used to be, which is potentially very good news for the climate. Growing …

Malaysian state chief: Highway construction must not destroy forest

Malaysia, forestry

The chief minister of the Malaysian state of Sabah has called on construction crews working on the multi-billion-dollar Pan Borneo Highway project to avoid breaking up the region’s forests and other sensitive environments where possible. “I hope they take it seriously,” Chief Minister Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said March 21 at the …

Deserts shrinking, China gets greener

China, desert

Constant increase of China's forest cover demonstrates that through organized activities, human society can promote forest protection, reforestation and homeland greening. A Chinese official made the remarks while attending events celebrating the International Day of Forests at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Thursday. China's …