Cats, both domestic pets and feral cats play a "starring role" with about 70% of total mortality to their credit.
Pulp mills and sawmills in Latin America had among the lowest wood costs in the world in the 2Q/13, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly.
Foothills Forest Products invests to capture more value and cut trim loss in half.
Almost 85 per cent of Canadian forest company owners and managers rate staff recruiting and retention as the key issue facing the growth of their operations.
Unprofitable sawmilling economics and shelf-life of 10+-year old dead trees (reducing sawlog supplies) the main reason for current and future sawmill closures.
Foothills planer line...
Foothills planer line
Faller training - undercuts...
Faller training - undercuts
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Welcome home to forestry
CFI tests chainsaw...
CFI tests chainsaw
Nov. 29, 2013 - Forest tours lead by the forest industry are an important element of teaching the public about Canada's sustainable forest management practices and the industry's remarkable environmental reputation. They provide interested people with the opportunity to learn more about Canada's forest products industry, from planning to harvest to research and development to product creation and market place delivery.
Nov. 29, 2013 – Concerned with the number of harvesting fatalities to date this year, The BC Forest Safety Council has issued an alert with some reminders to the industry. Accoding to 250 News, a driver of a loaded logging truck died on November 7th when the vehicle went off the side of a single lane bridge coming to rest on the driver's side of the cab. The drive was found under the cab and is the eleventh direct harvesting fatality this year. The BC Forest Council has released the reminder to the industry to take a close look at their operations in an effort to prevent similar tragedies. Specific reminders passed along include:• When operating vehicles or equipment it is critically important to wear seatbelts. Staying in the cab with your seatbelt on will offer the best protection if you roll-over or lose control.• New and young workers (under age 25) are at high risk for injuries at work. Thorough orientations, effective 2-way communication and close supervision are required to keep these workers safe.• Winter is here and there are new hazards to watch out for:◦ Poor visibility and increased darkness◦ Cold temperatures◦ Slippery conditions• Ensure there are good communications if it is necessary for a person on foot to enter an equipment operating area. The best practice is to keep equipment operations and people on the ground separated.
Dec. 3, 2013, Vancouver - Canfor Corporation will proceed with capital investments totaling approximately $36 million to improve efficiency and recovery in its Houston, British Columbia sawmill. The investment will include upgrades to primary and secondary breakdown lines and advancements in scanning and optimization technology. "Our newly-strengthened fibre position in the Houston region allows us to proceed with this significant investment," said Canfor Corporation President and CEO Don Kayne. "These capital improvements are designed to ensure we are able to operate a world-class facility in Houston for the long term, in all market conditions." Canfor Corporation recently announced a fibre exchange agreement with West Fraser Mills Ltd. which, when concluded, will see the Company add approximately 324,500 cubic metres of replaceable forest licence allowable annual cut in the Morice Timber Supply Area. Since 2010, the Company has invested more than $650 million in modernizing its British Columbia lumber, pulp and paper mills.
Nov. 27, 2013 - The primary forest industry has been experimenting with chrome saws for decades; however, saw manufacturers have struggled to make chrome saws the premier choice for leading North American sawmills. Cut Technologies has been developing their Cougar XX chrome saw for three years and combines chroming of the saw plate with the patented Cougar XX proprietary heat treatment. This formula substantially reduces gullet and plate wear for a better sawing tolerance, allows saws to retain tension for longer run times, and improves between inboard saw deviation. Cut Technologies chose some of the largest, most productive sawmills in Western Canada, Quebec, and the United States to determine the tangible benefits of their chrome saw. "We've been overwhelmed with the amount of positive feedback the Cougar XX Chrome saw has received from the leading sawmills in North America. Our research and development team has truly developed a unique product that will benefit all of our customers, from 3 million board feet mills to smaller, independent operations," states Mike Weckel, VP Operations. The saws have impressed established saw filers. Cam Weber, Miller Western Forest Products Boyle running a DDM 10 at 600fpm explains, "We reached a spot where we thought there was nothing else we could do to improve the performance of our machines, until we tried Cougar XX Chrome. One year later we're still running one third of our original trial test saws. Cougar XX Chrome saws need minimal bench work and the gullets have very little wear. We feel there's a payback in longevity and the positive results have motivated us to move our target size down." Heiko Spreng, Filing Supervisor of Houston Forest Products a division of West Fraser Mills is another avocate of chrome saws, "we changed to chrome saws because of the excessive wear of up to .010"-.012" we were experiencing in the corners of the gullet due to sawdust spillage. Chrome saws virtually eliminate this proplem due to the anti-wear properties of chrome." At Quebec sawmill, Barette Chapis, Jean-Francois Ouimet, Filing Supervisor noticed three main advantages of the Cougar XX Chrome saw, "Cut Tech has created a saw that reduces plate wear, reduces guide wear, and increases sawing accuracy by eliminating the wear in the gullets which caused spillage." Rex Roe, Filing Supervisor of Weyhauser Oregan, summarizes the benefits as simply being, "guide wear, saw wear, and all around better than steel. The ridged nature of the saw allowed us to reduce the saw plate by .010 and kerf the same amount. The saws run longer and because of that they're worth the extra cost."
Dec. 6, 2013, Toronto - To adapt to Canada's constantly changing construction landscape, industry is seeking safer, more energy-efficient and affordable construction materials and technologies, as well as more effective decision-making tools. In response, the National Research Council of Canada launched new research programs to help the construction industry develop, validate and facilitate the market adoption of new products and systems. "Canada is on track to become one of the largest urbanization markets in the world by 2020," said Dr. Morad Atif, General Manager of the Construction portfolio at the National Research Council, to manufacturers, builders, building owners and engineering firms at Construct Canada in Toronto. "At NRC, we provide an agile business environment and research and technology-based solutions to address the industry's specific needs for high performance buildings and infrastructure." Among other initiatives, the new research programs will make it possible to construct economical and safe 5- to 12-storey wood buildings. The National Research Council plays a leading role in the development and deployment of building regulations and building product evaluations. One of the new programs will increase market access and intensify collaboration with provinces, territories and industry to facilitate the implementation of regulations resulting from the National Model Construction Codes. Efforts are focused around client-driven research and development, and demonstration and validation projects. Clients and collaborators have access to multi-disciplinary technical expertise, product evaluation services and state-of-the-art national laboratories. Mid-Rise Wood Buildings The National Research Council is partnering with construction product manufacturers and building owners to develop technologies in order to support an increasing demand for wood buildings between 5 and 12-storey in height. NRC will provide clients with technical solutions to create wood-based construction products with improved durability, fire safety, acoustic performance, cost-effectiveness, and speed of construction. For more information, go to http://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/solutions/collaborative/mrwb.html
Dec. 3, 2013, Ottawa – Students from across the country have won a Green Dream Internship summer job after participating in a social media contest organized by FPAC. The Green Dream Internship social media contest invited students to apply for a four month paid summer 2014 position with one of nine leading forest product companies. Students had to submit their application online and solicit Facebook votes in order to gain an interview for the job of a lifetime. FPAC set up the contest through TheGreenestWorkforce.ca, an online resource tool that provides information on the dynamic direction of the forest products industry and career opportunities on offer right across the country. "Under Vision2020, the forest products industry has a goal of recruiting at least 60,000 new employees by the end of the decade," says the President and CEO of FPAC, David Lindsay. "There is no better way to reach young people than by engaging them through social media. We received a significant number of high caliber applications from students all across the country. It was gratifying to see the passion and dedication many of the students have for the industry, and we are confident about attracting the quality talent needed to join our industry now, and in the future." All of the 18 interns will receive an iPad mini and will be required to blog about their experience in the forest sector for the Greenestworkforce.ca website. This is the second time the Green Dream Internship contest has been held. The first group of eight interns completed their paid summer internship placements in the forest industry in August 2013, and blogged about their experience. Their blogs can be read at: http://thegreenestworkforce.ca/index.php/blog/ "We invite all Canadians to visit the GreenestWorkforce.ca website to see the exciting direction of the forest products industry and to apply for career opportunities now available," says Lindsay. The winning candidates: AV Group: Chemical Engineer, Atholville, NB - Winner: Ahmed Ahmed, Toronto, ONCanfor: Electronics Engineer, Mackenzie, BC - Winner: Chris Hill, Millgrove, ONCanfor: Mechanical Engineer, Bear Lake, Prince George, BC - Winner: Kevin Lee, Oakville, ONMillar Western: Environmental or Chemical Engineer, Whitecourt, AB - Winner: Elizabeth Tice, Markham, ONMillar Western: Woodlands Operations and Roads, Whitecourt, AB - Winner: Kyle Rosychuk, Edmonton, ABMillar Western: Silviculture Assistant, Whitecourt, AB - Winner: Emily Harten, Sault Ste Marie, ONTembec: Forestry Intern, Chapleau/Timmins, ON - Winner: Chantel Spicer, Nanaimo, BCTolko: Human Resources Intern, Vernon, BC - Winner: Jeremy Woo, Vernon, BCWest Fraser: Chemical Engineer, Slave Lake, AB - Winner Navjot Sanopal, Surrey, BCWeyerhaeuser: Timberlands Forestry Intern, Grande Prairie, AB - Winner: Brooke MacKenzie, Inverhuron, ONWeyerhaeuser: Timberlands Forestry Intern, Princeton, BC - Winner: Riley Finn, Vancouver, BC Companies are still conducting interviews on a few positions due to the high number of excellent candidates! FPAC will post the other selected students to TheGreenestWorkforce.ca Facebook page in the coming days.
Dec. 3, 2013, Montreal - FPInnovations has joined efforts with the Collège communautaire du Nouveau Brunswick, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and the New Brunswick Economic Development Dept. to stimulate wood products development and commercialization in the province. For more information, go to http://www.montrealgazette.com/business/Innovations+hooks+with+college+develop+forestry+program/9236716/story.html
Dec. 2, 2013 - Wood Resource Quarterly released its 3Q 2013 figures and the Global Sawlog Price Index dropped 0.6 per cent in the 3Q/13. Higher lumber consumption in the US has resulted in both increased domestic production and a rise in importation of lumber in 2013. Lumber prices in both the US and Canada have started to recover the past three months after the dramatic decline earlier in the spring. Softwood lumber imports to China and Japan have been 20% higher this year than last year, with the biggest increases in shipments from Europe. The Softwood Wood Fiber Price Index (SFPI) edged up to $97.94/odmt in the 3Q/13. This was $0.19/odmt higher than in the previous quarter but $2.11/odmt below 3Q/12 price. The Hardwood Wood Fiber Price Index (HFPI) fell for the fourth consecutive quarter to $98.15/odmt in the 3Q/13. This was down 2.3 per cent from the previous quarter and the lowest level since the 2Q/09. Demand for market pulp has picked up in all regions of the world with the biggest increases in Eastern Europe, Japan and North America. Pellet export volumes from North America to Europe has continued to rise for the past seven quarters.
Nov. 21, 2013, Vancouver - Ainsworth and Louisiana-Pacific ("LP") have each received a request for additional information from the U.S. Department of Justice ("DOJ") in connection with the previously announced plan of arrangement involving the proposed acquisition by LP of all the outstanding common shares of Ainsworth. The effect of the second request is to extend the waiting period imposed by the HSR Act until 30 days after Ainsworth and LP have substantially complied with the second request, unless that period is extended voluntarily by the companies or terminated earlier by the DOJ. Ainsworth will continue to cooperate with the DOJ as it conducts its review of the proposed arrangement. The closing of the arrangement remains subject to a number of conditions, including the expiration or termination of the waiting period under the HSR Act and the receipt of other regulatory approvals and clearances including under the Canadian Competition Act. Subject to obtaining required regulatory approvals and clearances and the satisfaction or waiver of other closing conditions, it is now anticipated that the arrangement will be completed during the first quarter of 2014.
November 4, 2013, Westford – Kadant has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Carmanah Design and Manufacturing for CAD 54 million in cash, subject to a post-closing adjustment. Carmanah is a global leader in the design and manufacture of stranders and related equipment used in the production of oriented strand board (OSB), an engineered wood panel product used primarily in home construction. Carmanah also supplies debarking and wood chipping equipment used in both the forest products and the pulp and paper industries. "I'm pleased to extend our presence into the forest products industry with the acquisition of Carmanah," said Jonathan W. Painter, president and chief executive officer of Kadant Inc. "Carmanah is the world leader in stranding equipment and we expect that the company will make a strong contribution to our business in 2014 and beyond. Industry analysts expect the annual growth rate of OSB production to be just under 10 per cent per year over the next five years in North America. With more than 70 percent of Carmanah's business coming from parts and consumables, this acquisition will also advance our strategic plan to increase our aftermarket revenues." Michael Colwell, president of Carmanah Design and Manufacturing commented, "We are excited to join Kadant and believe its global footprint will provide an opportunity for Carmanah to enhance its global market position. Kadant's emphasis on product quality and customer-driven solutions fits well with Carmanah's culture."Carmanah is based in Surrey, British Columbia, just outside of Vancouver. The company has 73 employees and generated approximately CAD 7 million of EBITDA, including CAD 1 million of non-recurring expenses, on revenues of CAD 29 million for its fiscal year ended March 31, 2013. Kadant Inc. is a leading supplier to the global pulp and paper industry. Its stock-preparation; fluid-handling; and doctoring, cleaning, and filtration products are designed to increase efficiency and improve quality in pulp and paper production. Many of its products, particularly in the fluid-handling product line, are also used to optimize production in other process industries. In addition, the company produces granules from papermaking byproducts for agricultural and lawn and garden applications. Kadant is based in Westford, Massachusetts, with revenues of $332 million in 2012 and 1,600 employees in 17 countries worldwide. For more information, visit www.kadant.com.
Dec. 2, 2013 - An American store that sells discount hardwood flooring, Lumber Liquidators is the subeject of a class-action lawsuit filed by one of its shareholders. The lawsuit accuses company executives of making false and misleading statements about the sourcing of its wood products. Lumber Liquidators, based in Toano, has been under investigation by federal authorities on suspicion of importing illegally logged wood products from Russia, through China, as well as importing wood flooring tainted with excess formaldehyde, the suit says.
Nov. 19, 2013 - The work stoppage at the Gillwood Remanufacturing Facility located at 6550 Unsworth Road in Chilliwack, BC has ended after it came to an agreement with its employees on a new deal. While the industry and the remanufacturing sector continues to undergo major changes, Gillwood is working with its employees and management to quickly rebuild the operation to ensure long-term viability and sustainability. Gillwood (previously Uneeda Wood Products) has been a mainstay in Chilliwack for several decades. Gillwood is 'open for business' effective immediately. Employees have all been informed of the agreement details and are excited to return to their place of employment. Employees will be recalled immediately after equipment startup and safety inspections are complete -- a process that should be completed in the coming days.