ForestTECH 2013 was SOLD OUT three weeks before the event ran. Over 430 forestry managers, forest owners, harvest planners and harvesting contractors from throughout New Zealand, Australia, Chile and North America came into New Zealand to participate in a Steep Slope Wood Harvesting conference and Forest Industry Safety Summit.
Because of the range of innovative new technologies developed since the 2013 event - grapple-equipped hauler carriages, tethered “winch assist” machines, new wheeled harvesters, remote controlled mechanical tree felling - to improve safety and productivity of extracting wood off steeper slopes - a 2015 Steep Slope Harvesting event is scheduled mid-year for Southern hemisphere forestry companies.
Promotions have yet to get underway but already interest is already very high from companies that have approached us to present, to exhibit and to build their own meetings, site visits and tours around the June 2015 event. It’s planned to run again in Rotorua, New Zealand.
At this stage, if interested - or if you represent a major equipment or product supplier involved in wood harvesting and wish to save a space - please get in contact with mailto:firstname.lastname@example.orgBEFORE Friday 19 December.
Mobile rotary log debarker is a portable system is installed on a three-axle trailer for easy transport. It consists of three rotors that ensure contact between the debarking plates and the surface of the logs over a 10-foot length. The system is designed to debark various types and diameters of wood year-round.
Innovation and product development is a
natural ingredient within Indexator Rotator Systems daily operations.
Now the XR-program has been launched
for applications where extremely high demands are placed on rotator
The XR-program consists of compact and powerful
rotators with strong bearings. Thanks to the proven vane motor technology the
XR-rotators are high torque, have good compliance and also have balanced
braking. Their compact and robust construction provides an ability to withstand
heavy static and dynamic loads, both positive and negative forces as well as
side forces. The XR-rotator provides high oil flow for grapple cylinders due to
large channels - ensuring high productivity and overall economy.
“We will successively extend the XR-program with
more models and variants. Currently we introduce XR 500 and XR 600, where
variants with an extra channel for central lubrication also is avaliable.”,
says Sales and Marketing Manager Erik Svensson.
With XR-rotators, you have a complete solution for heavy work within forestry,
material handling, scrap handling, recycling and timber handling.
German Pellets has signed a further supply contract with a European power-plant
operator. The contract has a term of ten years and makes provision for the
supply of up to 5 m/t of wood pellets to a power plant in Europe over this
period. It is projected that supplies will commence in mid-2016.
“This supply contract emphasises that, in the
competitive environment of the industrial pellets market, German Pellets is a
highly-regarded business partner for large-scale users of the product, such as
European energy groups,” states Peter H. Leibold. Because of this course
of expansion in the use of wood pellets in European power plants, German
Pellets expects that in future it will conclude more supply contracts of this
nature. As a commercial hub for the industrial pellets’ market, throughout
Europe German Pellets is marketing both its in-house-produced wood pellets and
also other manufacturers’
UPM has executed a transaction to
sell all of its forest land in the UK to The Church Commissioners for England.
There are 14 forests in Scotland and two in Wales extending to approximately
7,100 hectares in total. The execution
of the transaction regarding one of the forests is subject to third party
approval and this transaction is expected to be executed at a later date.
UPM Tilhill will continue to provide forest management and timber
harvesting services to ensure sustainable management of these forests. The
transaction does not have an effect on the employees of UPM Tilhill. The
transaction price is £ 50.6 m (approximately EUR 64 million). UPM will
recognise a capital gain of approximately EUR 46 million as a special item for
The Church Commissioners for England manage a well-diversified investment portfolio
which includes stock market and property investments, which are used to support
the Church of England’s work across the country.
“The Church Commissioners for England
are already a significant forest owner and an existing client of UPM Tilhill.
The agreement consolidates the Church’s forest holdings in the UK and ensures
continuity of professional forestry practice for these forests” says George
McRobbie, Managing Director, UPM Tilhill. “For UPM Tilhill, it means we
have a new owner for these forests and we continue to utilise of our forestry
professionals’ expertise to serve the new owner”.
Also in Finland, UPM has a
sales program for some of its forest assets as part of its land use management
rationalisation. The parties interested in investing in forestry land in
Finland are private persons and investors who value a reliable, long term
source of return. In many cases the real estate deal includes a long term wood
purchase, and forest management agreement is signed to ensure professional
forestry practices and a steady income from wood sales for the investor. At the
present time UPM owns about 800,000 hectares of forestry land in Finland.
For further information please contact:
George McRobbie, Managing Director, UPM Tilhill, tel. +44 7831 578091
Peter Whitfield, Director Timber Operations, UPM Tilhill, tel. +44 7785 342561
UPM Through the renewing of the bio and forest
industries, UPM is building a sustainable future across six business areas: UPM
Biorefining, UPM Energy, UPM Raflatac, UPM Paper Asia, UPM Paper Europe and
North America and UPM Plywood. UPM products are made of renewable raw materials
and are recyclable, serve its customers worldwide with the group employing around 21,000 people and annual sales of
approximately € 10 billion. UPM shares are listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. UPM -
The Biofore Company - http://www.upm.com/
The Church Commissioners of England
The Church Commissioners manage an investment portfolio, to support the Church of
England’s work at national and local levels including funding towards the
ministry of bishops and cathedrals and for mission at parish level and
also fund a large share of clergy pensions.
Potlatch Corporation (Nasdaq:PCH) has announced that it has closed the
previously announced purchase of approximately 201,000 acres of timberlands in
Alabama and Mississippi from affiliates of Resource Management Service, LLC for
$384 m. The transaction was first announced on October 20, 2014.
Potlatch also announced that its Board of Directors has declared a dividend
of $0.375 per share payable December 31, 2014 to stockholders of record on
December 16, 2014. This is a 7% increase relative to the prior quarterly
dividend of $0.35 per share.
The timberland acquisition was financed using cash and $310 m of new
long-term debt. Moody’s confirmed our Baa3 investment grade debt rating
with a stable outlook earlier this week.
“We are very pleased to complete the acquisition of high quality
timberlands in Alabama and Mississippi,” said Michael Covey, chairman and
chief executive officer. “Because we expect the acquisition to be
immediately accretive to funds available for distribution and our performance
continues to be strong, we are increasing our dividend a second time, or more
than 20%, since the third quarter of 2013. Our goal remains to grow the
dividend sustainably over time,” concluded Mr. Covey.
Potlatch is a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) with
approximately 1.6 m acres of timberland in Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Minnesota
and Mississippi. Potlatch, a verified forest practices leader, is committed to
providing superior returns to stockholders through long-term stewardship of its
forest resources. The company also conducts a land sales and development
business and operates wood products manufacturing facilities through its
taxable REIT subsidiary.