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In the News: Scientific American – High Rises Made of Wood?

GFIS - Wed, 16/08/2017 - 20:11

By Annie Sneed. Published in Scientific American September 2017 Issue Tall timber buildings could produce fewer emissions and sequester carbon dioxide.   A wood skyscraper might sound like a bad idea—and potentially a giant tinderbox. But architects around the world are steadily building more timber high-rises, partly with the aim of curbing carbon pollution. Lofty […]

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A decade of monitoring shows the dynamics of a conserved Atlantic tropical forest

GFIS - Wed, 16/08/2017 - 16:02
Characterized with high levels of biodiversity and endemism, the Atlantic Tropical Forest has been facing serious anthropogenic threats over the last several decades. Having put important ecosystem services at risk, such activities need to be closely studied as part of the forest dynamics. Thus, a Brazilian team of researchers spent a decade monitoring a semi-deciduous forest located in an ecological park in Southeast Brazil.

Farms, forests and fuel in Sweden and Indonesia

GFIS - Wed, 16/08/2017 - 15:16

The head of state of Sweden visited Indonesia and attended a seminar on the role of forestry in sustainable development.

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New Doppstadt 620 K Plus separating machine: Long discharge conveyors mean 40% more rubble heap volume | 16 August 2017

International Forest Industries - Wed, 16/08/2017 - 14:55

With its large hoppers and long discharge conveyors this machine can save multiple cycles per shift.

In October, environmental technology company Doppstadt will begin series production of the new SM 620 K Plus separating machine. This solution for separating materials into multiple fractions is designed for efficiency: its charging hopper, over seven cubic metres in volume, can receive large quantities of feed material, which is then discharged via extended side and rear conveyors.

This means that the machine requires filling less often and the rubble heaps, with 40% greater volume, only need removing infrequently. Even when on the move, the machine does not stop; the drum continues to sieve and the recycling process need not be interrupted.

Ideal operation sites: forestry, spoil heaps, roadsides
The new SM 620 K Plus comes into its own in inhospitable locations. The track vehicle is robustly built, stable on uneven terrain, and can develop its tractive forces optimally to suit the situation. The machine is operated by remote control.

The Doppstadt solutions portfolio: the SM series
Once series production of the SM 620 K Plus begins, Doppstadt will have completed its portfolio of high-quality separating machines, says Volker Mihr, production manager for Doppstadt. “All the machines are extremely powerful and adaptable.

They can sort practically any incoming material into up to six fractions, and by changing their sieving elements – which does not require tools – they can adapt to the most complex tasks.” The main benefit of the separating machines in this series, however, is their efficiency: with their large hoppers and long discharge conveyors, these machines can save multiple cycles per shift.

All machines in the SM 518 Plus series are equipped with the latest DEUTZ engine technology and meet classes IIIB and IV of the EU-wide emissions standards and also EPA Tier 4 or EPA Tier 4 final.

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Metsä Group reports 2Q comparable operating of Euro 119 million | 16 August 2017

International Forest Industries - Wed, 16/08/2017 - 13:30

Metsä Group’s sales in January–June 2017 were Euro 2,451.4 million, compared to Euro 2,339.5 million in 1H 2016. The growth in sales is primarily the result of greater delivery volumes.

The comparable operating result was Euro 246.9 million, or 10.1% of sales. The operating result improved compared to the previous year, mainly due to the positive development in Finland’s paperboard business and the increase in pulp prices. 1H 2017 operating result was Euro 253 million, compared to Euro 225 million in the 1H 2016.

Sales in the 2Q 2017 totalled Euro 1,235.2 million, whereas sales for the corresponding period last year were Euro 1,183.9 million. Operating result was Euro 122 million. Comparable operating result was Euro 119 million, compared to Euro 120 million in the 1H 2016.

President and CEO Kari Jordan said: “Metsä Group’s profitability in 2017 has improved from the previous year. The most significant reasons for the improved result are the clearly higher volumes in paperboard deliveries and the increased price of pulp.

“Metsä Group’s key development projects aiming for profitable growth are progressing according to plan. The construction of the bioproduct mill in Äänekoski, which has proceeded on schedule and on budget, is nearly completed, and the mill’s start-up will begin in mid-August. Pulp deliveries to customers will start at the beginning of September. The new production line at the Kerto® LVL mill in Lohja will likewise start up in August.”

Metsä Group is a forerunner in sustainable bioeconomy utilising renewable wood from sustainably managed northern forests. Metsä Group focuses on wood supply and forest services, wood products, pulp, fresh fibre paperboards and tissue and cooking papers.

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Tembec Pushes The Limits Of Viscosity

PaperIndex TimesNews - Wed, 16/08/2017 - 13:17
Aug 15, 2017---Montreal, Quebec – After several months of laboratory work by the Research and Development team in Bordeaux France, Tembec has developed a very high viscosity cellulose grade. Just days ago, the production of this new grade, called Biofloc XV20, took place at the Tartas Specialty Cellulose mill in France. It is a tremendous success because a new world record for viscosity of a wood pulp was achieved.

Tembec, the world leader in specialty cellulose for use in the production of cellulose ethers, responded to the needs of its main customers. “This new product can now compete directly with cotton linter pulp and opens new opportunities for our customers,” said Christian Ribeyrolle, Executive Vice President of the Specialty Cellulose Group. “Our customers in this segment needed a replacement for cotton linter pulp by a product which is less affected by market cycles but is of equivalent quality. Biofloc XV20 is now part of our product portfolio.”

Many customers have expressed a strong interest in Biofloc XV20 and the product will be shipped from the Tembec Tartas warehouse in just a few days.

Tembec is a manufacturer of forest products – lumber, pulp, paper, and specialty cellulose – and a global leader in sustainable forest management practices. Principal operations are in Canada and France. Tembec has approximately 3,000 employees and annual sales of approximately $1.5 billion. Tembec is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TMB).

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Information:
Philippe Stephano
Vice President, Sales, Specialty Cellulose and Global Supply Chain
Tel.: +33 5 58 90 91 64
philippe.stephano@tembec.com

Central National Gottesman's (CNG) Spicers Paper Inc. Acquires Northern California's JC Paper

PaperIndex TimesNews - Wed, 16/08/2017 - 13:15
PURCHASE, N.Y., Aug. 15, 2017 -- Central National Gottesman Inc. (CNG), a leading sales and marketing organization in the pulp, paper, packaging, tissue, wood products and metal industries, announced today that its Spicers Paper Inc. entity has signed a definitive Purchase Agreement to acquire the business of JC Paper, based in Fremont, CA, expanding its paper distribution presence in Northern California and Nevada.

JC Paper is an independent, family-owned paper merchant that has been in business for more than 60 years, specializing in fine paper for the commercial print industry as well as the distribution of janitorial and food service supplies.

"Adding JC Paper to our West Coast operations will help strengthen our position in one of our key regions," said Andrew Wallach, CNG President and Chief Executive Officer. "Our suppliers and customers will benefit from our combined operational and commercial expertise."

JC Paper is well known among commercial printers in Northern California and Nevada for its exceptional service platform and strong logistics infrastructure. The business operates a retail paper store in Reno/Sparks, NV, serving small and mid-sized printers.

"We are very much looking forward to working with our colleagues at JC Paper," said Kelly Paper and Spicers Paper President Jan Gottesman. "Together, our organizations are committed to building upon JC's already excellent reputation for customer service in the marketplace."

The companies will consolidate operations in Fremont, CA, including sales, customer service and distribution functions, and the Nevada retail space will become a Kelly Paper Store.

The transaction is expected to close August 31, 2017.

Kelly Paper and Spicers Paper are leading distributors of quality commercial printing papers, including digital, wide-format papers and packaging products throughout the West, with regional offices in eight locations and 43 Kelly Paper stores throughout the region.

About CNG
Central National Gottesman Inc. (CNG) is a $5.5-billion global sales and marketing organization in the pulp, paper, packaging, tissue, wood products and metal industries. Founded in 1886 and headquartered in Purchase, NY, CNG operates through established industry entities in its Distribution, Publishing Papers and international Central National divisions, building on more than 131 years of family ownership, market knowledge and adaptability to create value for clients around the world. To learn more, please visit www.cng-inc.com.

Fortress Paper Reports Second Quarter 2017 Results and CEO Retirement

PaperIndex TimesNews - Wed, 16/08/2017 - 13:13
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA-- Aug 14, 2017 -Fortress Paper Ltd. (TSX:FTP) ("Fortress Paper" or the "Company") reported 2017 second quarter operating EBITDA of $4.3 million, a decrease of $2.0 million relative to the comparative prior year period and a decrease of $3.2 million over the previous quarter. The Dissolving Pulp Segment generated operating EBITDA of $3.5 million and the Security Paper Products Segment generated operating EBITDA of $2.8 million. Corporate costs included in operating EBITDA were $2.0 million.

Pursuant to the Company's normal course issuer bid (the "NCIB"), the Company repurchased 54,688 common shares for a total cost of $360,000 at an average price of $6.58 per share during the second quarter. The Company has the ability to purchase an additional 355,321 common shares under the NCIB.

Retirement of Yvon Pelletier

After 36 years in the forestry industry, including nearly five years at Fortress Paper, Yvon Pelletier will be retiring from the Company effective October 1, 2017. Chadwick Wasilenkoff will re-assume the role of Chief Executive Officer and President and continue to serve as Chairman of the board. In order to facilitate a smooth transition of Mr. Pelletier's duties and strong customer and government relationships, he has agreed to a two year consulting agreement.

Yvon Pelletier, Chief Executive Officer of Fortress Paper, commented: "I would like to thank the whole team at Fortress for sharing these past five years of my career with me. With the addition of Giovanni Iadeluca to Thurso's operations and Mr. Wasilenkoff's full-time involvement, I am confident that I am leaving the Company in good hands for the next stage of improvement and growth."

Second Quarter 2017 Results by Segment

Dissolving Pulp Segment operating EBITDA was $3.5 million for the second quarter of 2017, representing an increase of $0.3 million over the prior year comparative period and a decrease of $4.8 million when compared to the first quarter of 2017. The results of the second quarter of 2017 were negatively impacted primarily by lower production rates, increased production costs and a decline in dissolving pulp prices. Production efficiency and costs were impacted by the operational challenges experienced in the chemical recovery area of the mill and a three day planned outage. Average production cost in the quarter was $991 per air dried metric tonne ("ADMT") which is above target. Corrective measures and efficiency initiatives have been identified and scheduled to be completed during the annual October shutdown. The shutdown is planned to be extended a few days this year due to the incremental work required in connection with the fifth digester project. Ongoing initiatives to reduce operational costs are focused primarily in the following areas: improving productivity, reducing fuel consumption, increasing power generation, and reducing chemical costs. Separately, the fifth digester project is on time and on budget with an anticipated completion date at the end of the first quarter of 2018, and which is expected to result in an incremental annual production capacity increase of 8,500 ADMT in 2018 and 17,000 ADMT in 2019 compared to current production capacity. The Company sold 34,672 ADMT of dissolving pulp in the second quarter of 2017, down from 39,931 in the previous year comparative period.

Security Paper Products Segment operating EBITDA was $2.8 million for the second quarter of 2017, representing a decrease of $1.0 million compared to the prior year comparative period, adjusted for $0.9 million of rent, and an increase of $1.3 million compared to the first quarter of 2017. The Landqart mill continues to implement new initiatives to improve efficiencies and profitability. The build-out and installation of the second finishing machine has been materially completed, is undergoing final testing and is on schedule to be fully operational before the end of the third quarter of 2017. The additional finishing machine is expected to de-bottle-neck the mill and provide more production flexibility. The Landqart mill sold 3,139 tonnes of security paper in the second quarter of 2017, compared to 2,714 tonnes in the prior year comparative period.

Management's Outlook

Dissolving Pulp Segment

Over the last two months, viscose staple fibre ("VSF") prices have recovered from recent weakness, returning to August 2016 levels. Dissolving pulp prices usually lag behind the VSF price, however management has seen recent price increases occurring. Management now believes that full year average dissolving pulp pricing will be comparable to 2016. Despite the weaker than expected second quarter financial results, management expects to achieve annual operating EBITDA similar to the prior year, subject to market factors such as dissolving pulp trend pricing and a stable Canadian dollar relative to the US dollar.

Security Paper Products Segment

The Landqart mill has a full order book for 2017 and continues to build out its 2018 order book comprised of a mix of new and repeat orders including for Durasafe®. Operating EBITDA at the Landqart mill for the quarter ended June 30, 2017 exceeded expectations due to a significant order shipping in the quarter originally planned for shipment in the third quarter of 2017. Operating EBITDA in the third quarter is expected to be lower when compared to the second quarter due to the aforementioned shipment and lower margin product mix.

As previously announced, Landqart received another Durasafe® order in the second quarter, and based on multiple trials being conducted at various stages, management continues to anticipate additional Durasafe® orders in the near, medium and long term.

Corporate and Cash

Corporate expenses in the second quarter decreased by $0.3 million compared to the previous quarter to $2.0 million. Cash and restricted cash ended the second quarter at $58.5 million, up from $57.8 million at the end of the previous quarter.

Management remains pleased with this increased liquidity profile and believes that cash on hand and anticipated cash generated from operations and other initiatives will be sufficient to meet all debt obligations and to contribute to future business growth initiatives.

For a summary of significant developments please refer to the Management's Discussion and Analysis for the three and six month period ended June 30, 2017 (available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com).

Selected Financial Information

The selected financial information presented herein is qualified in its entirety by, and should be read in conjunction with, the Company's unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements as at and for the three and six month period ended June 30, 2017 and the related notes thereto and Management's Discussion and Analysis, which are available on SEDAR.

Reference is made in this news release to operating EBITDA (defined as net income before interest, income taxes, depreciation, amortization, non-operating income and expenses and stock-based compensation), which the Company considers to be an indicative measure of operating performance and a metric to evaluate profitability. Operating EBITDA is not a generally accepted earnings measure and should not be considered as an alternative to net loss or cash flows as determined in accordance with IFRS. As there is no standardized method of calculating this measure, the Company's operating EBITDA may not be directly comparable with similarly titled measures used by other companies. Reconciliation of operating EBITDA to net loss reported in accordance with IFRS is included below.

China’s wood products imports from Australia grew 23% in 1H 2017 | 16 August 2017

International Forest Industries - Wed, 16/08/2017 - 12:33

In the first half of 2017 the value of wood products trade between China and Australia rose 17% to $1,680 million from the same period of 2016, ITTO reports.

Of the total, the value of China’s wood products imports from Australia grew 23% to $790 million. The value of log and waste paper imports rose 47% and 41%, respectively.

The value of China’s wood products exports to Australia increased 12% to $890 million. The value of China’s plywood exports to Australia grew 36%.

More than 50% of China’s wood product exports to Australia were of wooden furniture and seats and the value of China’s wooden furniture and seat exports increased 11% to $466 million.

China imported mainly woodchips and logs from Australia. In the first half of 2017 China’s woodchips and log imports from Australia were 1.93 million tonnes and 2.25 million cubic metres respectively.

Chip imports grew 4% year on year and log imports were up 28% year on year in the first half of 2017. China’s plywood imports from Australia grew 34% to 74,000 cubic metres. In addition, China imported fibreboard, waste paper, paper, paperboard and paper products.

 

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Conifex Timber’s 2Q revenues up 12% to $116.4 million | 16 August 2017

International Forest Industries - Wed, 16/08/2017 - 12:19

Conifex Timber Inc. reported results for the 2Q ended June 30, 2017. Adjusted EBITDA in the 2Q 2017, which excludes countervailing duty (“CVD”) deposits of $4.6 million, was a record $14.8 million, compared to $6.1 million in the 1Q 2017 and $9 million in the 2Q 2016. Revenues totaled $116.4 million in the 2Q 2017, an improvement of 16% over the prior quarter and 12% over the same quarter last year.

Operating income, which includes preliminary CVD deposits of $4.6 million on lumber shipments to the U.S., improved to $6.4 million compared to $1.5 million in the previous quarter and $5.1 million in the same quarter last year.

Net income for the 2Q 2017 was $4.2 million, compared to a net loss of $1.4 million in the previous quarter and a normalized net income of $2.8 million in the 2Q 2016.

Conifex and its subsidiaries’ primary business currently includes timber harvesting, reforestation, forest management, sawmilling logs into lumber and wood chips, and value added lumber finishing and distribution.

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New forest business blog at Forest Business Analytics

GFIS - Wed, 16/08/2017 - 09:44

Taking the opportunity, I would like to present you a blog about forestland investments, forest business and forest products markets.  Please see below the link to the article: Why interest rates differ in timberland investments? If you like to be updated with forestry and wood industry markets stay tuned at Forest Business Analytics blog section. 

Artykuł New forest business blog at Forest Business Analytics pochodzi z serwisu Forest Monitor.

A sea change in how federal judges view collaborative forest restoration projects

GFIS - Wed, 16/08/2017 - 05:19

A sea change in how federal judges view collaborative forest restoration projects is underway.

Russ Vaagen: Smoke – what’s the story with all the smoke? What can be done?

GFIS - Wed, 16/08/2017 - 03:20

Smoke from Wildfires has been affecting more than just those living near the fire-prone forests.

Championing rights and fair compensation for forest communities in Ghana

GFIS - Wed, 16/08/2017 - 00:00

Ghana’s work to promote the legal timber trade in partnership with the European Union (EU) places a strong emphasis on involving local communities who live in or near forests. Yet farmers and communities do not always understand their rights, which means that illegal activity by loggers has gone unchecked in Ghana’s off-reserve forests. The FAO-EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Programme supported a non-profit association, Sustainable Forest Management Partnership-Ghana, to increase awareness among farmers of their right to negotiate compensation when logging damages crops on their land. The project successfully fostered understanding among farmers and local communities of their entitlements, and also helped loggers better grasp their own responsibilities under the law. The project contributed to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by improving local livelihoods and strengthening forest governance by increasing transparency.


Vatten, skog, människor – hur återskapar vi produktiva landskap?

GFIS - Tue, 15/08/2017 - 19:23
Stora arealer utarmad skogsmark är efter avskogning och omfattande degradering i behov av restaurering. Hur kan Sverige bidra till att möta denna globala utmaning? Under årets Almedalenvecka arrangerade SIWI Swedish Water House ett seminarium i ämnet tillsammans med Focali, SLU Global, Skogsstyrelsen och Sveaskog.

IUFRO 125th Anniversary Congress Spotlight #49 – Citizen scientists around the world take to the woods in an effort to improve the health of forests

GFIS - Tue, 15/08/2017 - 16:14
PDF for download   The coordinator of a session on citizen science planned for the IUFRO 125th Anniversary Congress is aiming high. He hopes the session will inspire discussion about the merit and potential of a global initiative on invasive forest pest monitoring, with special emphasis and resources for countries with developing economies. The focus […]

New publications: UKES presentations/posters

GFIS - Tue, 15/08/2017 - 13:29
LTS was invited to make four presentations and a poster at this year’s UK Evaluation Society confernece on “use and usability of evaluation” 10/11 May, which we also sponsored. The LTS poster won the “best poster” award. The event and … Continue reading →

Winning photos take you into the heart of India’s forests

GFIS - Tue, 15/08/2017 - 12:45
Forests in India are a colorful canvas of the ecological conditions, rich biodiversity and lifestyles of the different communities in and around them. “Our ‘Experience Forests, Experience Life’ photo contest opened a platform for photographers to reflect and give shape to these...

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Price LogPro manufactures and supplies machinery for sawmills…| 15 August 2017

International Forest Industries - Tue, 15/08/2017 - 10:53

Price LogPro manufactures and supplies machinery for sawmills, engineered wood products plants, pulp and paper plants and biomass energy plants.

Price LogPro is your single supplier solution for:

  • Lineal Log Cranes
  • Rotary Log Cranes
  • Multi-Strand Horizontal Drum Feed Conveyors – Positive Feed Conveyor
  • Drum Debarker Systems
  • Multi-Strand Drum Discharge Conveyors
  • Multi-Strand Alignment Chipper/Flaker Feed Conveyors
  • Optimized Merchandising Systems
  • Stem & Log Singulation Feeders
  • Various Associated Log Handling Equipment
  • Chip and Bark Handling/Storage Systems
  • PLC Controls and Optimization Systems
  • Comprehensive Spare Parts
  • Customer Support, Service and Training

Price LogPro has utilized and enhanced the proven Price Systems designs in the Log Crane and Drum Debarkers and capitalized on their Chipmill experience. The new company will began operations with the current experienced personnel and continues to provide service and spare parts to Price Systems existing customer base. With over 400 years of combined forest products industry experience, Price LogPro is a leader in supplying woodyard equipment.

Price LogPro was founded on the principle of supplying the industry heavy duty/reputable woodyard equipment with a proven background and innovative designs. This principle brought both Baxley Equipment and Price Systems together. Each company utilizes their own strengths and complimentary equipment lines in order to offer customers a balanced mix of steel fabrication and innovative technology.

The addition of Jim and Josh Krauss’s wealth of experience coupled with the strengths of both Baxley and Price formed a complete one source solution for woodyard technology. Jim’s strong engineering background with over 34 years of working in the forest products industry form the level of engineering, leadership and experience needed for success.

Josh has a well balanced engineering and sales background and the ability to work with customers and service their needs.

At Price LogPro, “We’re building Tomorrow’s Woodyards…Today!” is more than a slogan. It is the catch phrase to describe the design rationale of their equipment and their continuing commitment to the industry

 

Josh Krauss | Vice President – Sales joshk@pricelogpro.com

Chris Raybon | Vice President chrisr@pricelogpro.com

Chris Taylor | Sales Representative christ@pricelogpro.com

Scott Howard | Sales Representativemailto:scotth@pricelogpro.com

Walter Lampp | International Sales Manager walterl@pricelogpro.com Mobile: (706) 829-3337

Peter Cooper | Australia & New Zealand peter@holtec.org Holtec Timber Technology

Joseph Drake | Chile, Peru, Bolivia & Ecuador jdrake@dimafor.cl

Miguel Pestana | Portugal geral@cirtec.pt

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Seminario sobre Utilización innovadora del Bambú en Reconstrucción Post-Sismo para el Ecuador

GFIS - Tue, 15/08/2017 - 10:03

En reconocimiento al Bambú como material para la construcción de estructuras sismo resistentes, además por la aprobación de la Norma Ecuatoriana de Construcción, Capítulo Guadua, por parte del Ministerio de Desarrollo Urbano y Vivienda,  MIDUVI 2017 y,  por ser  un recurso no maderable con alto valor agregado que forma parte de la “Gran Minga Nacional […]

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