Canada certification leader...still

Canada certification leader...still

The latest forestry certification stats show Canada continues to be far and away the leader in forest sustainability.

CFI launches industry webinar series

CFI launches industry webinar series

Canadian Forest Industries launches its 2015 industry webinar series.

WEBINAR: Ten Steps Toward Successful Drying

WEBINAR: Ten Steps Toward Successful Drying

Is lumber drying your operation's Achilles heel? Join our webinar, "Ten Steps Toward Successful Drying"

Forestry drives B.C. economy

Forestry drives B.C. economy

An economic impact report by international consulting firm MNP shows the continuing importance of the forest industry to the province of B.C.

Moisture management

Moisture management

HMI Hardwood has improved its process efficiency, maximized output and, most important of all, optimized profits.

In the forest with Island Timberlands...
CFI Editor Amie Silverwood goes into the forest near Nanaimo, B.C. with Island Timberlands.
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New technology for dust suppression...
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Conor McElveen discusses the renewed commitment to safety and efficiency that can be seen in the latest product releases Murray LattaProgressive Machine Inc.


Canada certification leader...still Canada certification leader...still

Mar 4, 2015 - The latest forestry certification stats show Canada continues to be far and away the leader in forest sustainability. Totals from the end of 2014 collected by indicate growth in certified land mass in Canada of 8 million ha, an increase of five per cent over 2013's total of 151 ha. As of 2014, only 10% of the world’s forests were certified, yet Canada had over 40% of the world’s certified forests. In total, Canada has 161 million ha certified to at least one of the three internationally recognized forest certification programs. In fact, Canada has over 50% of all PEFC endorsed certifications world-wide (CSA and SFI), and almost a third of the FSC certifications. British Columbia, the supplier of the majority of lumber and wood pellets in Canada, remains a leader within Canada as well – Its 52 million ha of forest land certified to one of three internationally recognized certification standards is on its own more than any oher country in the world. BC alone has 27 per cent more certified area than the entire USA and 37 per cent more than Russia.  

Komatsu launches the PC390LC-11 excavator

Feb. 18, 2015 — Komatsu America Corp. introduced the PC390LC-11 hydraulic excavator. Featuring a net horsepower of 257 hp. (192 kW), the PC390LC-11 is powered by a Komatsu SAA6D114E-6 engine, which is EPA Tier 4 Final emissions certified. Komatsu’s Tier 4 Final engines are built on the solid foundation that started in 1996 with the introduction of Komatsu’s first Tier 1 engine. The culmination is today’s Tier 4 Final engine that is productive, dependable and efficient. This new excavator leverages Komatsu’s leadership in technology and innovation by delivering an environmentally friendly engine that provides high levels of performance while reducing operating costs and improving fuel efficiency. With an operating weight between 87,388 lbs. (39,638 kg) and 89,248 lbs. (40,579 kg), the PC390LC-11 has upgraded cab features and an enhanced power mode for greater productivity and lower cost per ton. In addition to improved productivity and upgraded cab features, the PC390LC-11 maintains the same lifting performance and stability of the previous model. The PC390LC-11 continues to feature one size class larger PC450 class heavy-duty undercarriage components to maintain the same high lift capacity and lateral stability as the former model. The larger undercarriage has a 6% wider track gauge and offers up to 18% greater over-the-side lift capacity than the PC360LC-11. The excavator is equipped with the latest KOMTRAX technology, which relays data such as fuel levels, Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) levels, operating hours, location, cautions and maintenance alerts. A new Operator Identification System reports key operating information for multiple operators, and the new Auto Idle Shutdown function helps reduce idle time as well as operating costs. Komatsu’s Tier 4 Interim foundation integrates a Selective Catalyst Reduction (SCR) system using DEF to meet EPA Tier 4 Final emission regulations for NOx emissions. The engine uses an advanced electronic control system to manage the air-flow rate, fuel injection, combustion parameters, and after treatment functions to optimize performance, reduce emissions, and provide advanced diagnostic capability. Komatsu continues to use its Komatsu Variable Geometry Turbocharger (KVGT) and an Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) valve for precise temperature and air management control as well as longer component life. All major components on the new PC390LC-11 including the engine, hydraulic pumps, motors, and valves are exclusively designed and produced by Komatsu. This integrated design uses an efficient closed center load sensing hydraulic system and features a new enhanced power mode for improved performance and reduced cycle times. The PC390LC-11 cab provides a comfortable and quiet work environment. The ISO 12117-2 ROPS certified cab, specifically designed for hydraulic excavators, gains strength from a reinforced box structure framework. The cab is mounted on viscous isolation dampers that provide low vibration levels. A standard heated air suspension high back seat with new fully adjustable armrests provides improved comfort. In addition to the standard AM/FM stereo radio, a remote located auxiliary input for connecting external devices is provided to play music through the cab speakers. Additionally there are two 12-volt power ports incorporated into the cab, and optional joysticks are available with proportional controls for attachment operation. For global support, the high-resolution 7” LCD color monitor features enhanced capabilities and displays information in 33 languages. The operator can easily select up to six working modes to match machine performance to the application. The monitor panel provides information on DEF fluid level, Eco guidance, operational records, fuel consumption history, and utilization information. A new display interface combines vehicle information with a wide landscape view from the standard rearview camera so the operator can easily view the working area directly behind the machine. The PC390LC-11 has handrails on both sides of the upper structure for easy accessibility and service access. A large 10.3-gallon (39 litre) refill capacity DEF tank is located in a lockable compartment directly behind the right side toolbox, and is sized to provide a 2:1 diesel to DEF refill ratio. Side-by-side radiator and hydraulic oil coolers make it easy to maintain and service the machine. The new excavator is equipped with the exclusive Komatsu EMMS (Equipment Management Monitoring System), which has enhanced diagnostic features to give the operator and technicians greater monitoring and troubleshooting capabilities for preventative maintenance, minimizing diagnostic and repair time. All Komatsu Tier 4 Final construction machines come with Komatsu CARE. Komatsu CARE provides scheduled factory maintenance for the first 2,000 hours or three years, and includes a 50-point inspection at each service, as well as two complimentary KDPF exchanges in the first five years.


Autolog turns scanning on an angle

Feb. 26, 2015 – Autolog has developed a scanning optimization system that provides extensive benefits by scanning boards at a 45-degree angle. The research and development group at Autolog came up with the idea to slant the scanner heads to try to help improve the boards and cants geometry. The experiment provided immediate positive results. Scanning the boards at an angle allowed for an improved edge detection and width accuracy, high density / faster scanner sensors combined with slanted features allowed for the detection of splits and shake, holes and torn grain. The R&D group worked for several months on extensive software algorithms that were necessary to achieve such positive results. The slanted heads do not retain dust and debris, so cleaning protocol is reduced to almost nothing. As an additional benefit, the air cleaning system is no longer necessary, thus reducing system and maintenance cost. Autolog supplies its transverse optimizer system on Windows 7. Multi-processors architecture, multi-threading applications and SQL database are all standard items within the optimizer systems.

LMI introduces the Gocator 2880

Feb. 19, 2014 – LMI Technologies (LMI) announced the official release of the Gocator 2880 Profile Sensor and an update to Gocator’s Firmware. Designed for scanning large objects with complex shapes, the 2880 is a highly networkable sensor that provides high speed data acquisition on large surface areas with irregular features and textures. The IP67 rated industrial housing also has a small footprint, making it a quality control solution for manufacturers in industries such as wood and packaging. “The G2880’s built-in dual cameras create complete scans over large fields of view and around protruding features, such as knots on logs, or occlusions around box sides and flaps,” says Chi Ho Ng, LMI’s Director of Product Management, “The sensor’s high speed data acquisition allows for full flexibility in optimizing scanning parameters to fit different manufacturing and processing requirements.” “The sensor’s large field of view and measurement range can accommodate a wide range of target sizes,” adds Len Chamberlain, LMI’s Director of Sales, “And like all Gocator sensors, the 2880 is highly flexible and easy to configure through its built-in web interface.” The upgrade to Gocator Firmware from version 4.0 to 4.1 improves process optimization with the addition of rich filtering for removing noise and outliers from sensor data; material selection for achieving the best possible data on targets with challenging material surfaces; a new Countersunk Hole Tool to measure center position, depth, outside diameter, bevel angle; and improved visualization for displacement sensors including range and intensity data.

Industry news

Tigercat launches new website

March 3, 2015 – Tigercat has launched a comprehensive new website design, providing an effective platform for current and potential customers to access information on the company’s products and services. The new website features single product pages for each piece of Tigercat equipment available, including photos, specs and other important information about the machine. The company’s signature Tigercat TV is now available in high definition, giving viewers the highest quality viewing experience. The site also includes aneasier search mechanism for better access to archived BTB articles. The new website can be viewed here.  

Global Timber and Wood Products Industry Market Update

March 3, 2015 - Seattle, USA. Two major events in Russia changed the outlook for production and exports of forest products in 2014. First came Russia’s involvement in Ukraine last spring, which resulted in an array of sanctions by governments in the US and Europe. Later in 2014, the world market oil prices fell by over 50 percent. This price drop had major ramifications for Russia because oil is the major export commodity for the country.

Lakeland Mills inquest begins

March 3, 2015 – Four months after the Lakeland Mills sawmill in Prince George re-opened for business, the BC Coroners inquest into the fire that killed two workers and destroyed the former mill begins. According to a report from CBC news, the inquest will attempt to determine the facts surrounding the cause for the fire and why two workers lost their lives in the blaze. Crown counsel has stated that it does not believe that WorkSafeBC did not do its diligence to determine the extent of which mill management were aware of dust issues in the mill, and if any efforts were made to mitigate the risk of dust accumulation. For more on this story, CLICK HERE.

OFIA focuses on green economy

March 2nd, 2015 - The Ontario Forest Industries Association’s (OFIA) 72nd Annual Meeting celebrated the forest products sector’s role as a sustainable economic engine and employment generator in Ontario’s green economy. Opening the event, Jamie Lim, President and CEO of the OFIA, explained ‘by actively choosing Ontario’s renewable forest products, government and citizens are actively participating in our province’s prosperity and supporting one of the ‘best-managed natural resources in the world’. Provinces across the nation are benefiting from the recovery in Canada’s forest sector. Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry Bill Mauro addressed the audience to highlight the benefits of the recovery of Ontario’s forest products sector. Minister Mauro stated, ‘I believe the forestry sector’s performance is critical to the success of Ontario’s economy. Forestry has a long history in our province – it has been a key industry for longer than Ontario has been a province. The inclusion of forestry in the Ministry’s name is a recognition of the importance of this sector---for my Ministry, our government---and the province as a whole. The addition of forestry is a sign of our government’s commitment to forestry—and an affirmation that supporting the forest industry is an integral part of the ministry’s job.’ Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources Kelly Block provided remarks on behalf of the Canadian Government and announced $20.6 million in forest sector innovation to FPInnovations. MP Kelly Block stated ‘Canada is a forest nation. In 2013, the forest sector accounted for close to $20 billion of our nation’s nominal Gross Domestic Product- including more than $4 billion in revenues here in Ontario. Indeed, forestry ranks as this province’s second-largest industrial sector.’ André Chevigny, General Manager of Pioneer Log Homes and star of HGTV’s Timber Kings was the Keynote speaker at this year’s event and provided a well-received heartfelt address about the importance of following your passion. A man very obviously passionate about working with wood, André stated ‘That’s my message, follow your passion. Do work you are proud of and be proud of your work. Tell the rest of the world that what we do in the forest industry, they can’t do without. Wood is the right choice environmentally, socially, and economically. Thank you OFIA.’ OFIA’S Forest Sector Champion Awards are given to those who work to support the forestry sector. This year, the OFIA awarded Forest Sector Champion Awards to: •           Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s Policy Team for their support of Ontario’s sector in their 2015 Emerging Stronger policy document. •           John Pineau, Ontario Lead for FPInnovations, in recognition of his years of dedicated service to forestry •           Richard Hudon, CLA Chief Inspector in recognition of 31 years of service Municipal Government was well represented at OFIA’s 72nd Annual Meeting with over a dozen mayors and councillors from across the province in attendance. •           Mayor Canfield from Kenora addressed the audience providing a view from the north on Ontario’s renewable natural resource – forestry. •           Mayor Steve Black from Timmins was a panelist on the Forestry Matters - Planning for Generations Panel Christine Leduc, OFIA’s Director of Policy and Communications closed the afternoon session by saying, ‘the beautiful aspect of forestry is that you don’t have to choose between the environment and the economy. So many people are involved in making Ontario’s forest sector so green and so progressive and it was great to see so many of those people with us at OFIA’s 2015 event.’

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Louisiana-Pacific reports 2014 losses

Feb. 13, 2015 - Louisiana-Pacific Corporation reported losses in the tens of millions for both its fourth quarter and year-end results for 2014. Total sales for the fourth quarter of $454 million, 5 percent lower than the year ago quarter. Total sales for the year were $1.9 billion, 7 percent lower than the previous year. Loss from continuing operations for the fourth quarter was $43 million ($0.30 per diluted share) and a loss of $73 million ($0.52 per diluted share) for the year. Non-GAAP adjusted loss from continuing operations was $32 million ($0.23 per diluted share) for the fourth quarter and a loss of $60 million ($0.42 per diluted share) for the year. Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations for the fourth quarter was negative $17 million compared to positive $24 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. For the year, EBITDA from continuing operations was $44 million compared to $330 million the previous year. Cash and cash equivalents were $533 million as of December 31, 2014. “The fourth quarter was a tough quarter for LP as OSB prices drifted downward, log outages affected our siding production and EWP sales slowed as dealers aggressively managed their inventories at year-end,” said Curt Stevens, CEO. “But, there are some positive signs that housing activity will improve including: increase in consumer confidence (lower energy prices); actions by the government to lower the cost and increase the availability of mortgages; lower mortgage rates; and a better outlook for jobs.” For the quarter ended December 31, 2014, LP reported net sales of $454 million, down from $480 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. For the fourth quarter, the company reported an operating loss of $49 million as compared to $22 million in 2013. For the fourth quarter of 2014, LP reported a loss from continuing operations of $43 million, or $0.30 per diluted share, compared to a loss of $19 million, or $0.14 per diluted share for the fourth quarter of 2013. Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations for the fourth quarter of 2014 was negative $17 million compared to positive $24 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. For the year ended December 31, 2014, LP reported net sales of $1.9 billion compared to $2.1 billion in 2013. For the year ended 2014, the company reported an operating loss of $78 million compared to income of $203 million in 2013. For 2014, LP reported a loss from continuing operations of $73 million, or $0.52 per diluted share, compared to income of $177 million, or $1.23 per diluted share, for 2013. Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations for the year was $44 million compared to $330 million for 2013.

Louisiana-Pacific makes leadership changes

Feb. 13, 2015 - Louisiana-Pacific Corporation announced several internal changes to its executive management team. The organizational changes will be effective March 1, 2015. The changes effective March 1 include: Mike Sims will become senior vice president sales and marketing. He will replace Rick Olszewski, executive vice president of sales, marketing and South America, who is retiring from LP at the end of March. Frederick Price, president of LP South America, will report directly to Stevens. Brad Southern will become executive vice president OSB, replacing Jeff Wagner, who will retire from LP mid-year. In the interim, Wagner will be executive vice president Growth and Innovation, reporting directly to Stevens. Brian Luoma will serve as executive vice president Siding, replacing Southern in that position. Neil Sherman will become senior vice president, EWP, replacing Luoma in that position. CEO Curt Stevens said, “These changes provide opportunities for LP to benefit from the shared perspectives and best practices across businesses as we continue to develop our top leadership talent.” Stevens continued, “LP is very fortunate to have a strong bench of management talent; these team members represent decades of industry and LP experience. We were able to make these moves internally as a result of the talent pool within LP and our robust succession planning process. I look forward to continuing to work with these executives in their new roles to lead us into the future, as we benefit from an improving housing market and aggressively build our growth and innovation capabilities.” “I would also like to thank Rick Olszewski and Jeff Wagner for their important contributions to LP,” concluded Stevens. “Our sales and marketing organization has never been more customer focused, and our OSB business is strong, efficient, and the safest in the industry.” Sims has worked in building products in various sales and marketing capacities since 1984. Prior to joining LP, he served as area sales manager for Abitibi-Price Corporation and the director of marketing and vice president sales for ABTco Building Products. He has most recently held the position at LP of vice president OSB sales and marketing. Sims holds a B.A. from Western State Colorado University. Southern joined LP in 1999. He has led LP’s Siding business since 2005, and was previously vice president of specialty operations. Southern began his career with MacMillan Bloedel as a forester, where he held a variety of positions in forestry, strategic planning, finance, accounting and plant management. He has a B.S. in Forest Resources and a master’s in Forest Resources, both from the University of Georgia. Luoma has been with LP since 1987 and has headed the engineered wood products business since 2006. In his time with LP, Luoma has held a variety of positions, including director of forest resources, northern regional operations manager OSB, and more recently he served as vice president of procurement, supply management and logistics. He holds a B.S. in Forestry from Humboldt State University, and has completed the Executive Development Program at the University of Tennessee Center for Executive Education. Sherman joined LP in 1994. Most recently, he served as vice president of procurement, logistics and supply management. He previously was the project manager of LP’s successful ERP implementation and has held the director business development, and corporate real estate position for LP. Sherman holds a B.S. in Waste and Waste Water Management from Humboldt State University in Arcata, California.


UCS acquires White-Wood distributors

Feb. 24, 2015 – The UCS Forest Group of Companies (UCS) announced that they have reached an agreement to acquire the assets and ongoing business activities of the British Columbia business unit of White-Wood Distributors Ltd. UCS does business in Canada as Upper Canada Forest Products Ltd. “We are delighted with the opportunity to service the customers and support the suppliers that have been dealing with White-Wood throughout British Columbia,” stated Warren Spitz, President & CEO of UCS. “I would like to offer my thanks to Mark Yusishen for choosing us as White-Wood’s successor in this market. Our corporate strategy to grow in key markets continues across North America and we are very excited about this most recent opportunity.” “Our decision to complete this transaction with Upper Canada was based in part on our shared values and commitment to excellence in customer service’” commented Mark Yusishen, President & CEO of White-Wood. “We are confident that our valued customers in B.C. will continue to be well-served.” This is the third acquisition in the past 10 months for the UCS Forest Group, which recently acquired Reimer Hardwoods operations in Alberta and the Atlas Lumber Company in Los Angeles, California. Upper Canada Forest Products has serviced the British Columbia market for over 20 years and operates from an 80,000 sq. ft. warehouse in Burnaby and a second facility in Kelowna. In a timely manner, White-Wood’s operations will be integrated into Upper Canada’s facilities.

River Bend Wood Products shuts down

Feb. 19, 2015 – River Bend Wood Products, a hardwood flooring business based in Nova Scotia’s Antigonish County, is shutting down due to a lack of locally-sourced hardwood. According to an article from The Chronicle Herald, the struggles are not new in the region. River Bend may be the newest company to go out of business due to the hardwood shortage, but it certainly isn’t the first and is not likely to be the last. Groupe Savoie, which operates a hardwood sawmill in nearby Westville, could be next due to a lack of available logs. It was expected that the hardwood consumed at the Nova Scotia Power biomass boiler would be low-value hardwood, leaving the higher value stems to companies like Groupe Savoie. However, to this point, that has yet to materialize. For more on this story, CLICK HERE

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