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Aug. 14, 2018 - With forest companies industry wide faced with fibre accessibility challenges, the name of the game today is supply chain optimization. A technology company based in Vancouver believes the solution is in forestry-specific data collection and analytics.
Aug. 10, 2018 - Inevitably in a cyclical industry during the up swing companies work furiously to bring in as much profit as possible, and during the hard times sit around and ponder, what can we do to fix this?
Aug. 9, 2018 - Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) has shared with the federal government its recommendations to enhance Canadian competitiveness, accelerate innovation, and ensure future forests remain healthy in its 2019 pre-budget submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance.

To support family-supporting jobs in rural and northern Canada, and to ensure a vibrant Canadian forest products sector for tomorrow, FPAC is calling on the federal government to support key investments in research and development and the commercialization of new technologies, continue with its aggressive trade diversification agenda, and to consider reforms to secure a healthy forest for future generations.

FPAC is calling on the federal government to:

  • Build on the momentum of successful innovation programs and initiatives like those through FPInnovations, and the Investment in Forest Industry Transformation (IFIT) Fund.
  • Continue its aggressive promotion of the use of Canadian wood, pulp and paper, and emerging bioproducts through long-term programs such as Expanded Market Opportunities (EMO) Fund.
  • Support the further engagement of our Indigenous partners in forestry operations through programs such as the Indigenous Forestry Initiative.
  • Establish an industry-government working group on regulatory competitiveness to address cumulative regulatory burden facing Canada’s forest sector in the face of increasing competition from markets like Brazil, Russia, Scandinavia, and the United States.
  • Alleviate infrastructure bottlenecks and address increasingly frequent transportation service interruptions through the implementation of the Transportation Modernization Act.
  • Address the overall tax burden, including investment depreciation treatments.
  • Ensure that during the renegotiation of NAFTA, that enhanced trade facilitation and trade remedies are key objectives.
  • Ratify the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, ensuring further access to the Asian market for the industry.
  • Guarantee greater market access for the Canadian forest products, through the broad network of Canada’s trade offices and promoting “Brand Canada” around the world.
  • In the face of growing fires, pests, and other disturbances, to support a detailed vision and action plan that will help us secure healthy forests for future generations.
Currently, while enjoying strong world markets in most product areas, the competitiveness of Canada’s forest products sector against its global competitors is being challenged because of trade disputes, lack of reliable transportation infrastructure, and policy and regulatory uncertainty related to carbon and forest operations.  Maintaining our industry’s strong Canadian brand in in the world is essential in order to maximize sector contributions to economic growth for Canadian workers, businesses, and communities. 

“We have a working forest in Canada — one that provides real economic, environmental, and social benefits to our Canadians,” says FPAC chief executive officer Derek Nighbor. “Our 2019 Budget recommendations are rooted in supporting our sector and its workers so we can achieve our shared goals of advancing innovation, enabling business expansion, and supporting win-wins for our environment and the economy,” Nighbor added.

Please visit fpac.ca to view FPAC’s full 2019 pre-budget submission: http://www.fpac.ca/recommendations-for-2019-federal-budget/
Aug. 9, 2018 - Forestry asset management company Remsoft announced on Thursday that Franc Roxo has joined the company’s Brazilian subsidiary, Remsoft Soluções Ltda, as director general.

Roxo will be responsible for growing and managing Remsoft’s business in South America, including the Brazilian market, where Remsoft Soluções Ltda is headquartered.

“We are thrilled to welcome Franc to Remsoft. His in-depth business experience in the South American forestry sector provides an important addition to the Remsoft Soluções team,” said Remsoft chief executive officer Andrea Feunekes. “Our Brazilian clients are important to us, which is why we’re continuing to grow and invest. The move to bring in a business leader was an important one, as it allows our team to spend more time with our clients while working to offer solutions that reflect the Brazilian forestry market.”

Roxo joins Remsoft from Trimble Forestry, where he was director of operations in South America, a position he also held with Savcor prior to their acquisition by Trimble. Roxo is an executive with 20 years’ experience in technologies for the forest, pulp and paper production chain in the South American market. He has a strong business background working with international teams in the areas of big data analytics and forest management systems. Roxo has experience with start and growth of businesses across South America, including Brazil, Chile, Uruguay and Argentina.

In addition, Roxo holds MBAs in both Enterprise Management (FundaçãoGetúlio Vargas) and Forest Management (Universidade Federal do Parana). He is trilingual in Portuguese, English, and Spanish, and has had works published in both industry magazines and academic media, including his last MBA: “Brazilian Carbon Offsets Market and the Forest Sector Participation.”

“I am very glad to be part of Remsoft, a highly respected company with solid technology and business reputation. The company has an outstanding team and a clear strategy to continuously create value for their clients in order to leverage their business competitiveness,” Roxo said. “Remsoft is recognized as the preferred partner in the forest industry in planning solutions under complex scenarios. It is a privilege to join Remsoft!”

Roxo will be working alongside Dr. Cesar Santana, a PhD in forest planning and optimization, to continue expanding Remsoft’s presence in the South American market, while ensuring the company is delivering solutions that reflect the realities of the Brazilian and South American business climate.

Remsoft first launched Remsoft Soluções Ltda in 2016.



Since 1992, Remsoft has been a key partner to public agencies, leading products companies, timber investment management organizations (TIMOs), and appraisal consulting companies by balancing conflicting priorities and goals to more effectively manage risks, costs and decision complexities, while creating sustainable value.

Headquartered in Canada and with a subsidiary in Brazil, Remsoft services global markets directly and through strategic partnerships with solutions providers. More information about Remsoft’s solutions can be found at www.remsoft.com or by calling 1-506-450-1511.

Follow Remsoft on LinkedIn and Twitter @RemsoftInc.
Aug. 2, 2018 - Environment Canada issued special air quality statements on Thursday for northern Ontario residents.
July 30, 2018 - Members of Unifor Local 1403 have voted to ratify a new three-year collective agreement with the employer, Canadian Kraft Paper (CKP).

"Thanks to the hard work of Unifor members, the CKP mill is successful and critical to the economy of this region," said Jerry Dias, Unifor National president. "CKP is a great example of how unions, employers, and government can work together to help rural economies thrive."

Local 1403 represents 200 workers at the mill. After three months of talks, the bargaining committee secured a contract that improves wages and working conditions as well as providing stability to the mill and town.

In the fall of 2016, Tolko announced it was closing the mill in December when it could not find a buyer. A U.S.-based company approached the former owners and the union and bought the mill on condition workers take a 10 per cent wage rollback. The province also approved a three-year moratorium on special payments to the pension plan as part of the sale.

Now operating as Canadian Kraft Paper (CKP) the company has reinvested in the mill and the workers have achieved record production levels. The signing bonus and two per cent increases in each of the following years of the no-concessions agreement, show a recommitment by the workers and the mill owners to the rebirth of the mill and the town.

"Unifor is Canada's foremost forestry union," said Joie Warnock, Unifor western regional director. "Forestry is a critical industry to communities large and small across the country."

Other changes include improved bereavement leave for 12-hour shift workers, a 10 per cent training premium, improved paramedical benefits, and increased safety equipment allowance. Workers studying to get trades accreditation will now receive more paid time off to write exams.

Unifor Local 342, which represents the supervisors at the mill, supported Local 1403 during the negotiations. "Solidarity among workers at the mill helped us secure a fair contract," said Unifor Local 1403 president Joel Fouillard.

Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.
July 26, 2018 - “Integrated Woodworking – Customized Solutions” will be the keynote theme at next year’s LIGNA trade show, which will run from May 27–31 in Hannover, Germany. Accordingly, Industry 4.0 technologies will feature prominently among the woodworking and timber processing exhibits in halls 11–17 and 25–27, as well as on the open-air site. Visitors can expect to see turnkey digitization and automation solutions that offer the ultimate in production efficiency.
July 25, 2018 - John Deere welcomed 60 forestry industry professionals from across the country for the summer 2018 American Loggers Council (ALC) Board of Directors Meeting. Held at the Deere & Co. World Headquarters in Moline, Ill., the yearly event offered attendees networking and educational opportunities, as well as a tour of John Deere facilities and time to operate John Deere equipment.

“We were proud to welcome the ALC to John Deere and host the 2018 summer meeting,” said Brandon O’Neal, global product marketing manager at John Deere. “As a proud sponsor of the ALC, we are committed to supporting its mission of representing independent logging contractors. In the challenging forestry business, it is important to come together as one group to further the industry. We are thrilled that we were able to host this group and make their experience enjoyable.”

The meeting began on Thursday, July 19, as guests arrived onsite and traveled to Deere & Company World Headquarters. A cocktail reception and building tour capped off an exciting first day. The second day featured tours of John Deere Davenport Works and the John Deere Parts Distribution Center, additional to operation time at the Coal Valley Demonstration Site. The rewarding event finished with the ALC Meeting on Saturday morning.

To learn more about John Deere and its ongoing support of the American Loggers Council, please visit www.johndeere.com.
July 25, 2018 - The United Steelworkers (USW) Wood Council met for a fifth round of bargaining with the Council on Northern Interior Forest Employment Relations (Conifer). Unfortunately, the employers came to the table unable to negotiate straightforward proposals.

Given the strong lumber market, the union believes the employers should come to the bargaining table prepared to address workers' issues.

"We are looking for improvements to our working conditions," says Bob Matters, USW Wood Council chair.

"The employer is unwilling to discuss the most basic proposals. Our workers are demanding changes and we will fight for them. We are bargaining for 23 different worksites and it's time to send them a message," Matters said.

The union has proposed changes to the collective agreement that include leave for members struggling with domestic violence, union representation and pension funding improvement.

"Our goal is to get a fair contract for our members," says Brian O'Rourke, president of USW Local 1-2017. "The employers are having one of the best economic years in decades and workers should share in this prosperity."

The union will be seeking a strong strike mandate from each worksite covered by Conifer. Over 1,500 workers will participate.
July 24, 2018 - TimberWest is pleased to announce the artists selected for the 2018 First Nation Cultural Art Showcase program. The artists will have the opportunity to engage the public in an immersive art experience in the outdoor upper plaza of the Royal BC Museum for a week starting July 30, and showcase their art work at a two-week art show event in September.
July 24, 2018 - Ontario is receiving help from the U.S., Mexico and other provinces to help battle fires in the northern parts of the province.
July 16, 2018 - The next LIGNA is being staged from May 27–31, 2019, and its organizers, Deutsche Messe and the German Woodworking Machinery Manufacturers' Association (VDMA Holzbearbeitungsmaschinen), have announced that exhibitor registrations are coming in at a very pleasing pace.
July 13, 2018 - EACOM Timber Corporation was joined Thursday by Habitat for Humanity Canada and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) at its Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., plant to unveil an important partnership.
July 11, 2018 - Conifex Timber Inc. announced on Monday that it has completed the acquisition of the Suwannee sawmill in Cross City, Fla., and the Caddo River sawmill in Glenwood, Ark. 

The company also announced that, in connection with the completion of the transaction, Charles P. Miller and George R. Judd have been appointed to the board of directors of Conifex. 

"We are pleased to announce the completion of this transformative transaction, which significantly increases our presence in the U.S. South, a region that is home to some of the fastest growing housing markets in the U.S.," said Ken Shields, Conifex's president and chief executive officer.

"On behalf of Conifex, I'd like to welcome Mr. Miller and Mr. Judd to our board of directors and the employees of the Suwannee and Caddo River mills to the Conifex team," Shields said. "We look forward to working with them all as we continue to execute the company's growth strategy."

Blue Wolf Capital Partners, the private equity firm that previously owned the Suwannee and Caddo River samwills, stated that the two businesses are better positioned for growth and long-term success now that they have been acquired by Conifex.

“I’m proud to say that, under Blue Wolf’s leadership, both Suwannee and Caddo have been transformed into companies with a very bright future, and I look forward to continuing our work together,” said Miller, partner at Blue Wolf.

"As a result of this acquisition, our total annual lumber production capacity has increased by approximately 50 per cent to 1.1 billion board feet and our total annual production capacity in the U.S. South has increased by approximately 200 per cent to 550 million board feet," Shields stated. 

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. Conifex's lumber products are sold in the United States, Chinese, Canadian and Japanese markets. Conifex's operations also include bioenergy production following the commencement of commercial operations of its power generation facility at Mackenzie, British Columbia.
July 10, 2018 - Madison's Lumber Reporter and Forest2Market have officially launched the redesigned, digital version of Madison's Weekly Lumber Reporter. Madison's North American lumber price reporting service is now exclusively available via SilvaStat360, Forest2Market's online business intelligence platform.

The Madison's/Forest2Market partnership combines Madison's lumber price data and market insights with Forest2Market's SilvaStat360 cloud-based interactive delivery platform. Madison's Lumber Reporter subscribers now have fingertip access to historic and current lumber price data that is updated weekly and available on a 24/7/365 basis.

Kéta Kosman, publisher of the Reporter, said, "As the North American lumber industry continues to evolve amid the uncertainty associated with global trade policy, operators need access to the most reliable datasets and analytics available to the market. Madison's new digital environment provides our customers with the on-demand information that is most important to them, which allows them to make better business decisions in a highly competitive and dynamic market."

Other features of the new product include:

  • All prices are available on a single screen.
  • Commentary is matched to product.
  • The Price Sheet can be filtered, searched and sorted.
  • Filters can be saved for quick and easy drill-downs to the exact products needed to make decisions.
  • Twelve weeks of commentary are archived by topic.
  • Tables and graphs are printable.
  • Data is downloadable to .xls or .csv.
"This final product is a real accomplishment for both Madison's and Forest2Market," said Pete Stewart, president and chief executive officer of Forest2Market. "We are excited to bring another partner to our SilvaStat360 platform, and we look forward to new opportunities to serve the North American lumber industry."
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