Forestry takes centre stage at CNRE
By Andrew Macklin
June 1, 2015 – Prince George’s CN Centre played host to the 2015 Canada North Resources Expo, drawing thousands of people to the heart of northern B.C.
The two-day tradeshow attracted people from across the country, presenting an opportunity to meet with manufacturers, distributors and service providers to the resource sector, including forestry, aggregates, oil and gas and mining.
The bulk of the showcase surrounded the steady growth of the B.C. forest industry, continuing its growth coming out of the recession. The majority of the show’s nearly 200 exhibitors provided products and services for the forest industry, from harvesters and felling heads to saw chains and lubricants.
For a few forest companies, the CNRE presented the chance to unveil new products now available for the Canadian forest industry.
LogMax introduced two new products at the show: the LogMax ProCut 2230 processor head and a new winch. The ProCut 2230 is designed for optimal processing of 23” diameter timber, and features extended front knives for handling large timber and processing. Three driven feed rollers provide firm traction feeding through the head.
Murray Latta Progressive Machinery introduced its new Power Clam Grapple, which features high volumetric efficiency that also provides minimal drifting and smooth operation at low RPMs without jerking.
Thanks to Inland Pacific and Tigercat, there was also an opportunity to sit down and talk with a celebrity of the North American logging industry. Bobby Goodson, one of the stars of Swamp Loggers on the Discovery Channel, was on hand at the Inland Pacific booth to chat with professionals about the industry, take pictures and sign autographs.
While the official attendance numbers have not yet been released, organizers were hopeful that this year’s crowd would exceed that of the previous show in 2013.