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Cover - Microtec’s new generation of longitudinal scanners On May 3, 2021, three scanner manufacturers Microtel, FinScan and WoodEye were united under one brand: MiCROTEC. By combining the experience and know-how of these world-leading companies, the combined entity will enjoy increased market presence, provide even better product support and add further value to customer production lines.





Together, they present a new range of longitudinal scanners, developed by an international team across Italy and Sweden. Based on a common platform, MiCROTEC’s new scanners will feature the best of the leading Goldeneye and Woodeye products.


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Microtec presents its new generation of longitudinal scanners

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An accurate log rotation before the first processing step is decisive to achieve high value recovery

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SUBSCRIPTIONS Tel: +44 (0)1442 877 583 Annual Subscription UK and Europe £160, €230 Rest of the world US$270 EDITORIAL T: +44 (0)1442 877 583 F: +44 (0)1442 870 617 2 Claridge Court, Lower Kings Road Berkhamsted, Herts. HP4 2AF, UK Editor Chris Cann Editorial Board Dr Patrick Moore – Chairman and Chief Professor Piotr Paschalis-Jakubowicz – Warsaw Agricultural University (Poland) Mr Kim Carstensen Director General Forest Stewardship Council Eduardo Morales South American Forestry Consultant

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EDITOR’S COMMENT Prices correcting, but maybe not entirely The COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating. But for those exposed to forest industries, there has been something of a silver lining in the form of lumber prices. Removing the collapse in pricing at the onset of the pandemic in March, prices were up some 270% from pre-pandemic levels to early May at an astronomical $1,690 per 1,000bdft. The key drivers of the price surge relate to wood’s primary use in house building. First, COVID pulled the rug out from under all travel plans, leaving those fortunate enough to retain job security with excesses of both cash and time that were converted into home maintenance and improvement projects around the first world. Second, the economic devastation has been immediate and catastrophic at a scale that has eclipsed even major depressive events of the past century. Low interest rates that had not really recovered from the most recent crisis in 2008 went lower still, with several large economies contemplating moving into negative territory. This was reflected in mortgage rates, which prompted many planning to build a new home in a few years to lock in once-in-ageneration low interest payments. Meanwhile, supply has been hit in many places because of COVID. Where primary production hasn’t been affected, international transportation has been at least partly disrupted. When supply chains have been functioning, capacity has remained constrained – it takes about two years to build a contemporary sawmill. The pullback in pricing experienced over the past month – lumber was down more than a third – has been seen by many as inevitable and likely to continue until we are resting back at pre-pandemic levels, as vaccinated first-world citizens start to travel again and inflationary pressures start to rear their heads. However, while these factors will play a part, they have little to do with the current correction. As an old saying goes: the best cure for high prices is high prices. That is, price levels

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have finally reached a point where they have put people off their home improvements. Admittedly, this has coupled with the ability to travel – even if it’s just domestically – to shelve DIY projects. But people will return from summer holidays and pick up projects with lumber costs now at more affordable levels, though still up more than 100% on February last year. And despite inflation being a more realistic part of central banking conversations recently, rates remain low and will do for as long as policy makers can afford to protect the recovery. If anything, those seeking mortgages may discover an increased sense of urgency as the prospect of higher rates features more regularly in nightly news bulletins. Yes, DIY patterns will soon return to normal and interest rates will rise – assuming mindbendingly expensive stimulus packages work (and they already are) – but most expect these increases to arrive in 2022. Moreover, those increases will be accompanied by a rise in industrial building projects and a mandate to ‘build back green’ across the globe. Wood, as a renewable building material increasingly proving its suitability for taller commercial structures, is in pole position to benefit. One could then argue rising interest rates will come hand-in-glove with rising commercial demand to levels unknown. No one has a crystal ball and it is fair to say uncertainty has become a certainty. But there are enough possibilities on the demand side of the equation to suggest elevated prices, compared at least to pre-pandemic levels, are here to stay in the near-term and potentially much, much longer. Enjoy Chris Cann

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Ponsse’s suppliers of the year Every year, Ponsse selects a Finnish and international supplier of the year from its supplier network as a recognition of productive cooperation. In 2020, Lapp Connecto Oy was selected the Finnish supplier of the year and ZF Friedrichshafen AG the international supplier of the year. Currently, Ponsse’s supplier network consists of more than 250 companies, and Ponsse is continuously engaged in close cooperation with the network. The supplier of the year award is a recognition of productive cooperation, and its recipients are selected from among Finnish and international suppliers. Criteria for the recognition include the quality of products, delivery reliability, the development of prices, and operational and strategic cooperation. The awards are distributed at an annual supplier network event. Themes of this year’s event were competitiveness, cost efficiency and responsibility. The Finnish supplier of the year was selected at the Ponsse studio on 21 April and the international supplier of the year on 27 April 2021.

Lapp Connecto Oy selected the Finnish supplier of the year “Our cooperation with Lapp Connecto has been seamless in all areas. The will to make Ponsse’s products and to adhere to Ponsse’s quality can be seen clearly. This cooperation really works. Lapp Connecto has shown excellent improvements in its ability to produce quality, and its active profit-making capabilities are reflected in cost development and projects”, says Tuomas Yli-Marttila, procurement and logistics manager at Ponsse. “We have been engaged in firstrate cooperation with Ponsse for years now, and we are very proud to receive this recognition”, says Ilpo Mäkelä, managing director of Lapp Connecto, who received the award. Lapp Connecto manufactures cable sets and wiring systems for demanding mechanical and industrial applications. Its product range also includes busducts and busbar trunking systems, the assembly and testing of control units, and demanding electrotechnical assemblies. The

Fritz Riedl, Key Account Manager, ZF Group

Tuomas Yli-Marttila, Procurement & Logistics Manager, Ponsse

comprehensive service range guarantees cost-effective overall solutions at all times.

ZF Friedrichshafen AG selected the international supplier of the year

Ilpo Mäkelä, MD, Lapp Connecto

“Our cooperation with ZF in the development of technology is very flexible and active. In addition, the company has a strong ability to produce quality and a high delivery reliability. Our partnership in research and development is excellent, and our openness is exemplary”, Yli-Marttila says. “This is a great honour to us, and we are grateful to accept this

recognition. We are proud of being a Ponsse supplier, and we expect our productive cooperation to continue in the future”, says Fritz Riedl, Key Account Manager at ZF Group, who accepted the award.

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THE NEW K101 AND K111 LOADERS complement the product range which already includes the heavy duty K121. They have a new and more durable structure designed in collaboration with operators of the machines. The result is an unprecedented sense of power and precision as well as a durable structure. The new loaders are designed to endure hard work in all working conditions tirelessly and efficiently. Smoother operation saves time and fuel, which is reflected in the results. To make the new loaders more durable, special attention has been paid to the quality of the materials. The loader base, pillar and boom heads are cast. The loader base is now higher, and the contact surface between the frame and the loader is lower. The lifting and luffing boom cylinder guides are now bolt-mounted. Precision and smooth power are among the best comfort features of the new loaders. The power extends all the way to the limit of the grapple’s reach. The end damping of the cylinders softens shocks in extreme positions, making work smooth and comfortable. The Active Crane boom control system is available, allowing for extremely intuitive operation of the grapple. All hoses and pipes are integrated with a structure which improves the reliability of the hoses and prolongs their service life. The features of the new loaders help lead to a more productive future that will last for a long time, even in extreme conditions.


Major new contracts for Raumaster at Metsä Fibre Kemi new bioproduct mill Raumaster Oy and Raumaster Paper Oy have signed major contracts to deliver process machinery to Metsä Group’s Metsä Fibre Kemi new bioproduct mill in Northern Finland. Raumaster Oy delivers significant share of wood chip and bark handling area machinery as well as conveyor systems for gasifier and recovery boiler and main part of lime, caustic sludge and causticizing conveyors. Raumaster Paper Oy delivers automatic pulp bale unloading and loading systems for Kemi Ajos harbour. Degree of Finnish origin for these deliveries is ca. 70 %. When commissioned in second half of 2023, Metsä Fibre Kemi new bioproduct mill will be the most efficient and productive wood processing plant in Northern Hemisphere. The Kemi bioproduct mill will be the global leader in

environmental, energy and material efficiency. “Raumaster and Raumaster Paper are pleased about the opportunity to participate in an important Finnish project such as this. Raumaster’s solid insight into customer needs, as well as its machinery and process competence and reputation as a reliable Finnish machinery supplier and partner helped it secure the agreement. The value of the deliveries and the contribution to employment in design, production and installations are significant to both companies”, state Petri Lounasaho, Manager, Wood handling Division, Raumaster Oy, and Pekka Leino, CEO, Raumaster Paper Oy, with one voice. “We have set high targets for the material, energy and environmental efficiency for the Kemi bioproduct mill. Only the

best available technique is being procured for the mill. This is why we require our partners to supply technically reliable solutions and have understanding of our production needs. The solutions provided by Raumaster Oy and Raumaster Paper Oy meet these requirements. We are well positioned to build together an efficient and reliable bioproduct mill in Kemi,” says Jari-Pekka Johansson, Director of the bioproduct mill project at Metsä Fibre. As an independent internal development project, Raumaster is investing in its’ Sampaanala workshop in Rauma. This project will improve competitiveness of the workshop. Based on the contract with City of Rauma, the workshop and warehouse lot is expanded which provides additional storage areas and room

for further workshop investments, allowing also improvement of the functionality of the area. “All mentioned contracts and projects are important for Raumaster and Raumaster Paper. They reflect high customer confidence for Raumaster’s competence manufacture and supply machinery and processes for demanding targets with high availability and excellent run over the planned lifecycle. Sustainability, environmental efficiency and environmental friendliness are essential part our total delivery”, says Raumaster’s CEO Kari Pasanen and continues, “by investing in Rauma workshop we secure our competitiveness and sustainable operations.

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Creating value together

Forestry provides the valuable essentials we all benefit from – material for housing and fencing, packaging for goods and consumables, energy to heat our houses, or printing paper for our children’s books. It is your hard work that makes it possible. Thank you. We want to be the partner to rely on when creating those values.


John Deere improves window quality on Its G-Series Harvesters & Forwarders with RENCRAFT® John Deere G-Series Harvesters and Forwarders are now available with durable RENCRAFT® Super Hard Coat polycarbonate windows.


vailable as a standard offering on new machines, the more durable windows deliver enhanced optic quality, improved scratch resistance and a thicker coating for increased sound insulation. Improving the durability of its machines, John Deere now features RENCRAFT® Super Hard Coat polycarbonate windows as a standard offering on its G-Series harvesters and G-Series forwarders. Providing enhancements over the windows previously used, the upgraded windows are designed to withstand external wear. Additionally, the windows are improved to enhance scratch resistance and withstand chemicals and cleaning solutions, while also enhancing optic quality. “The optics of the new window are clearly better, and, as a bonus, the cabin is now even quieter. The new kind of coating enabled by the

manufacturing technique and the wear protection it brings are also significant improvements on the previous ones,” said Sami Kulmala, marketing manager, John Deere. The new, more durable coating on the windows is created during the manufacturing process, eliminating the need for separate coating or minor distortions. Additionally, the new windows comply with the ISO 21876 Saw Chain Shot Testing standard, proving their durability. With the new windows, the front window of the rotating cab and the rear window of the John G-Series Forwarder fixed cab are almost 50% thicker than before. Additionally, due to the thicker material, the cab is better insulated, resulting in a quieter environment on the job site. The RENCRAFT Super Hard Coat polycarbonate windows are available as a standard offering


on all Model Year 2021 G-Series harvesters and forwarders. To learn more about the new windows, as well as the G-Series harvesters and forwarders, visit www.JohnDeere. com or your local John Deere dealer.


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Waratah Forestry Equipment’s new H423 masters fast, precise felling & crosscutting The new H423 from Waratah Forestry Equipment is designed to carry out a wide range of harvesting jobs from early to late thinnings, and even light regeneration harvesting. With outstanding multi-tree-handling qualities, a compact frame design and excellent power-to-weight ratio, the H423 masters fast and precise felling and crosscutting “The Waratah H423 provides fantastic performance in thinnings,” said Brent Fisher, product marketing manager for Waratah. “Its short frame, fast feeding and optimal capacity position this model to make quick work of any thinning job that comes its way.”

Superior productivity The H423 is well-suited for delimbing stems of all diameters. Its outstanding multi-tree harvesting qualities and an excellent power-to-weight ratio

take productivity to the next level. Ideal for thinnings and other fellings where the tree diameter at breast height is 150-350 mm (6-13 in.), the 955 kg (2,105 lb.) H423 features strong, fast feeding in a nimble design. Additionally, the H423 boasts a 420 mm (16.5 in) tip-to-tip delimbing diameter providing ample range for superior delimbing – and when combined with its 580 mm (22.8 in) cutting capacity and optional multi-tree-handling equipment it is unmatched for productivity in varied diameter stands.

Enhanced reliability and serviceability Beyond its productivity features, the H423 also hosts a variety of features that make it both reliable and easier to service – extending productive time. This new model features next generation hose routing from

the boom to harvester head and well protected hoses to the feed motors making interference from understory or limbs a thing of the past. Likewise, serviceability to the main valve is easier and possible thanks to a new hinged valve cover and improved access to greasing points. The Waratah H423 is currently available to customers in Europe,

the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Asia Pacific, and Latin America.

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steel in timber bunks, since the previous lines also counted on the innovative material. This vast market experience has provided a steady improvement in products and the company currently produces the lightest models in the market.

Reduced production cost In addition to the increased safety, the use of high-strength steel in timber bunks results in a lower production cost. With lighter bunks, the trailer will suffer less weight impact, which will result in savings with fuel, tires and brakes. The weight reduction can still be used to carry more timber, which increases the efficiency of the operation. By reducing wear and tear on items, the life of the transport equipment will also increase.

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High-strength steel creates more safety & competitiveness for the forestry segment Choosing the best materials available in the market is a suitable indication for any segment, but in some areas this choice is more than important:


t’s essential. In the forestry sector, for example, thanks to a severe and heavy routine, the quality of the products used is what guarantees the protection of the professionals involved and the efficiency of operations. Considered up to four times safer than conventional ones, high-strength steel (HSS) is a must for companies specializing in wood transport that wish to be more competitive. This material has a more careful and complex manufacturing, which generates a more elaborate and reliable

product. One of the main differentials in the use of high-strength steel is the reduction of product weight. It can be lighter than conventional steels while being sturdier, and it is twice as strong as aluminum. The timber bunks made of this material therefore have a higher load capacity and are safer. The new generation of the RAPTOR® line is manufactured entirely from HSS. The models are produced at Unylaser, Brazil. The brand is a pioneer in the South America in the use of high strength

Another important benefit of high strength steel is within the environmental area. Lighter products require less energy to manufacture, generate less carbon dioxide emissions and reduce water contamination. Also, the use of HSS reduces the thickness of the materials applied, requiring less weld beads. For these reasons, the new generation of RAPTOR® is also called “green timber bunks”, since it was designed considering environmental guidelines. HSS is still an ally of the severe conditions encountered in the industry segment. With the help of this material, the new RAPTOR® models respond more effectively to adverse situations and are more suitable for yard, road, river or sea transport.

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Scott Dane becomes next Executive Director for the American Loggers Council On June 1, 2021, Scott Dane officially became the next Executive Director for the American Loggers Council (ALC), replacing the retiring Danny Dructor who has been with the ALC since July of 2001. Dane brings with him a vast amount of experience working with timber harvesting and timber hauling associations having been the Executive Director for the Associated Contract Loggers and Truckers of Minnesota for the past seventeen years. He has experience in State and National issues impacting the timber harvesting and timber hauling issues at both the State and National level. He has been a critical component of the ALC’s work to gain financial assistance for those businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. He has also been involved in legislation allowing State legal weight tolerances on the Federal Interstate Highway System and other ALC

initiatives like the Future Careers in Logging Act. Participating in activities and legislation related to the federal timber sale program and forest restoration projects will also keep Dane busy as he continues to represent the issues and concerns of those ALC members who are dependent on a viable federal timber supply and a federal forest restoration program. Tim Christopherson, President of the ALC states, “After close to 18 months of searching for a new Executive Director for the ALC, the search committee was able to narrow down the field to one candidate. I am pleased that Scott has accepted the position and look forward to working with him during the transition. He has the drive, passion and ambition to take the ALC to the next level.” Scott Dane commented, “Danny has provided the leadership to develop the American Loggers

Council into the leading national voice of the American logging industry. I look forward to continuing to build upon that foundation, expanding the partnerships, supporting the state members with their issues and promoting the agenda of the American Loggers Council.” The ALC office is relocating from Texas to Minnesota where Scott Dane will set up the office beginning June 1, 2021. The American Loggers Council is the only national organization solely dedicated to representing the independent contract logger on the national level. They have the

combined forces of independent contractors and state and regional logging associations, as well as their many sponsors around the country to impact industry positively and pro-actively by sharing the benefits of education and training opportunities, networking, research, promotion and legislative coordination

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HASSLACHER Group first in Austria to invest in Valutec’s TC continuous kiln HASSLACHER Group, one of the world’s leading producers of glulam and Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), invests in TC continuous kilns from Valutec. The deal means the well-known timber industry group becomes the first in Austria to own the groundbreaking lumber kiln. This is also a new prestigious order for Valutec, which strengthens its position as a global leader within the field of continuous kilns. “We want to increase the drying capacity at our sawmills in Preding and Sachsenburg and saw that TC kilns were right for us. They offer a combination of high capacity and flexibility, without compromising on quality,” says Michael Fercher, CTO at HASSLACHER Group, which has seven sawmills in three countries. The investment in TC continuous kilns is the third order where Valutec has earned the confidence of family owned and lead HASSLACHER Group.

“We are extremely happy and proud that HASSLACHER NORICA TIMBER will be first in Austria, also when it comes to TC kilns. Both because they prioritize quality, just like us, and because they have such a fantastic reputation in the sawmill industry.” Five years ago HASSLACHER Group became the first company in Austria to use Valutec’s OTC continuous kiln technology, when they invested in two OTC continuous kilns for their sawmill in Sachsenburg. The following year, yet another order for the same type of continuous kiln for their sawmill followed. “We are attracted by Valutec’s continuous kiln technology. It is superior from a capacity perspective. Adding to that, it delivers high quality and requires less material handling than traditional batch kilns, at the same time as its continuous operation is gentler on the boiler,” explains Fercher.

Clear trend With its investment in the TC kilns, HASSLACHER Group follows a clear trend in the sawmill industry. During the past year, the new generation of TC kilns from Valutec have been sold to sawmills around the world and the company has reached new markets. “Behind the technological advance lies thousands of product development hours, where we studied, evaluated, tested and invented new things in all parts of a type of kiln that was used, in its first form, back in 1927,” says Larsson. The TC continuous kilns for delivery to HASSLACHER Group have eight drying zones and will solely be used to dry siding boards. The maximum annual capacity is approximately 75,000 cubic meters (31,783 MBF) per kiln. The kilns are built from stainless steel and are equipped with pressure frames for minimal deformation of the uppermost layer of lumber,

Michael Fercher, CTO, HASSLACHER Group

heat recovery system and the Valmatics 4.0 control system. Together with the investment, two batch kilns in Preding are being upgraded with Valmatics 4.0. This is the only control system for lumber drying combining simulator technology with adaptive control, and allows for simultaneous optimization of capacity, quality and energy consumption. The new kilns and the control system upgrades are planned to begin in the fall.

Resolute Forest Products invests $50 million in its sawmills Each of the projects will serve to generate additional value from Resolute’s wood products segment across market cycles. Resolute Forest Products Inc. has announced additional capital investments of $50 million in its wood products operations to support its continued growth, and it confirmed the repayment of all amounts outstanding under its revolving and term credit facilities, reducing debt by $180 million in the 2Q. “The cash generated with our lumber platform in these strong lumber markets provides the opportunity to share benefits directly with shareholders,” said Remi G. Lalonde, president and CEO. “We’re also enhancing long-term value by improving our company fundamentals with investments in high-return and

quick payback lumber projects in three key regions for Resolute: the Abitibi in Quebec, Northwestern Ontario and the Southeast U.S. What’s more, we’ve removed a material amount of debt from the balance sheet with the further $180 million repayment in 2Q, leaving as our only remaining debt the $300 million of unsecured 4.875% senior notes due 2026, and our liquidity stands at around $850 million.

The additional $50 million in wood products investments include: • $ 22 million to modernize equipment at the Senneterre (Quebec) sawmill, which will enhance overall efficiency and productivity of the Abitibi regional operations; • $ 13 million at the Thunder Bay / Fort William First Nation

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(Ontario) sawmill to increase capacity by up to 40 million board feet with new equipment and modifications to the fiber flow; and • $ 15 million at the Glenwood (Arkansas) and Cross City (Florida) sawmills to support fiber optimization and overall efficiency. The Cross City investment will also increase capacity by up to 20 million board feet. Each of these projects will serve to generate additional value from Resolute’s wood products segment across market cycles. The improvements at the U.S. sawmills build on the previously announced investments associated with the restart of the El Dorado (Arkansas) sawmill. The company anticipates completing all the projects by the end of the 3Q 2022. Accordingly,

Remi G. Lalonde, president & CEO, Resolute

it is raising its 2021 capital investments guidance from $100 million to $125 million.

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UK’s most advanced Sawmill Planing Line begins production North Lincolnshire-based timber importer and timber products manufacturer Arbor Forest Products has begun production on its new sawmill planing line – thought to be the most advanced system of its kind in the UK. Last year the company announced it was investing £6 million in the new facility which features unique timber scanning technology, allowing Arbor Forest Products to eliminate defects in lengths of timber – reducing waste and saving time for Arbor Forest customers. The planing line was developed in conjunction with Swedish company System Hall AB, which designs, manufactures and supplies many different types of mechanical handling systems and conveyors for the woodworking industry, primarily – up to now – in its neighbouring Nordic countries. Arbor Forest Products collaborated closely with System Hall to devise the production line that best suited its needs, and which would offer the best possible value to end users – which would include shed manufacturers, those

building farm and equine facilities, and the general construction market. Phil Yell, operations director at Arbor Forest Products, and Phil Bott, sawmill production director, worked closely with System Hall’s Jaokim Blixt to agree the design and layout of the facility, travelling to Scandinavia in late 2019 to see how similar sawmills, where facilities operate with faster line speeds and higher levels of automation than has hitherto been available in the UK. With the line now fully operational, it is now processing up to 200m of timber per minute. The technologically led process involves each piece of timber being scanned as it runs through the line, allowing defects such as splits and knots to be identified and trimmed out, with the result being more useable lengths of timber in each load that arrives with customers. Commenting on the new line, Phil Yell said: “This new facility represents a significant investment for us at Arbor Forest Products, and a large leap forward in terms of the standards being achieved in

the UK timber market. Technology like this has so far only existed overseas, and we’re very proud to have worked with System Hall to bring this level of processing power to the UK for the first time. “We are now able to accurately assess each piece of timber that passes through our facility and can therefore guarantee a specified level of quality for each batch, in line with our customers’ expectations. With some industrial users reporting wastage levels of around 10 per cent due to faults with the timber, this is a genuine game-changer for UK timber.” This is the first phase in the company’s biggest investment in a single year, with upcoming plans for additional storage taking the total investment to around £12 million.

Jaokim Blixt, System Hall

Phil Bott, Sawmill Production Director, Abor Forest Products

Phil Yell, Operations Director, at Arbor Forest Products

Canfor to invest in new sawmill in Louisiana Canfor Corporation (TSX:CFP) has announced it will invest approximately $160 million USD to build a new, state-ofthe-art sawmill near DeRidder, Louisiana. The Company is receiving significant state and local incentives in support of the project. The facility will have an annual production capacity of 250 million board feet on a two-shift basis and will directly employ about 130 people plus create significant additional indirect jobs. The Louisiana facility will have manufacturing capacity and flexibility to produce a wide variety of highvalue wood products for our customers. Startup is expected to commence late in the third quarter of 2022. The investment in Louisiana is in addition to the approximately

$300 million of 2021 capital spending, including about $200 million for the solid wood and pulp operations in Western Canada and $100 million for the solid wood operations in the U.S. South. “We are excited to grow our operating footprint with the greenfield project in Louisiana, which will increase our production capacity and allow us to meet the growing demands of our customers. We also continue to invest significant capital in our British Columbia and U.S. South facilities to ensure we sustain our top quartile operations and strategically grow our global operating platform,” said Don Kayne, President and CEO, Canfor. “Agribusiness remains one of our key industries for growing Louisiana’s economy, and our state offers unique advantages

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that attracted Canfor here,” said Governor John Bel Edwards, State of Louisiana. “This major new manufacturing project can resonate across the region’s economy in a variety of ways. We welcome plans for this foreign direct investment in Louisiana by this industry leader, and we look forward to the good jobs this project is expected to create in Beauregard Parish for the region’s skilled workforce.” Given the decision to build a new facility in Louisiana, Canfor will not be proceeding with the greenfield project in Washington, Georgia that was previously announced on February 22, 2018.

About Canfor Corporation Canfor is a leading integrated forest products company based in Vancouver, British Columbia (“BC”)

Don Kayne, President & CEO, Canfor

with interests in BC, Alberta, North and South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Arkansas, as well as in Sweden with its majority acquisition of Vida Group.

Hekotek to supply equipment for Atlant sawmill AS Hekotek has signed a contract for the supply of equipment to the sawmill of Atlant LLC located in Jantal village, Irkutsk region of Russia. Hekotek is to supply a set of own-manufactured equipment for this new sawmill complex, including lines for log sorting, log in-feed, sawn timber sorting, as well as conveyor system for collecting and removal of sawdust. The sawline itself is to be supplied by USNR.

With respect to the legislative rule in Russia prohibiting round logs export starting from beginning of 2022, the construction of the new sawmill facilities is an important step, – comments Dmitry Gidenko, Atlant LLC project manager. – It ensures maintaining jobs in the region’s forest sector, as well as local processing of Siberia’s high-quality logs. The first rail-cars with the equipment are to be shipped to Siberia already this summer, while

the start-up of the whole sawmill complex and reaching of the project capacity are planned for the summer 2022. Looking back, it’s worth mentioning Hekotek first supply of sawmill equipment implemented to the village of Jantal for the local company JantalLes in 2002. After some years of successful operation, this sawmill got through the period of several owner changes, and its production volumes remained low. The current

owner, Atlant LLC, acquired the sawmill several years ago and has by now made a significant step forward to develop the sawmill, including strong well-timed investments in expanding its production facilities.

Glennon Brothers to acquire Balcas in N.Ireland Glennon Brothers, a thirdgeneration family timber processing business, has entered into an agreement with SHV Energy to purchase Balcas Ltd, subject to approval from the Competition and Markets Authority in the UK and Competition and Consumer Protection Commission in Ireland. Balcas operates a sawmill in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, producing quality sawn timber products for the Fencing, Landscaping, Agricultural,

Construction, and Pallet & Packaging sectors. In addition, the business operates two renewable energy plants at Enniskillen and Invergordon, Scotland, which incorporate CHP (Combined Heat & Power) and wood pellet production. Mike Glennon, of Glennon Brothers commented: “We look forward to welcoming the Balcas team onboard as part of Glennon Brothers, and to working with them to grow and develop the business in the years ahead”.

Pat Glennon, of Glennon Brothers, commented: “This is another milestone in Glennon Brothers’ history, which dates back to 1913 and we are thrilled to have Balcas join us on the journey moving forward”. Brian Murphy, CEO of Balcas remarked: “We are excited to be joining Glennon Brothers, a business with a deep rooted history in the timber processing sector and values aligned to our own”.

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2020 acquisition sets foundation for sales boom

Microtec’s acquisition of Lucidyne in April of 2020 set in motion a year of exciting technological and sales advances for both companies


ombining the best of both companies’ developments has expanded Lucidyne’s product line to include the Lucidyne 900 Transverse scanner, with additional new products on the immediate horizon. All Lucidyne products continue to be sold, manufactured, installed and maintained from Lucidyne’s USA headquarters in Corvallis, Oregon. Lucidyne’s QC Assist is evolving as well, to include expanded features, capabilities and reporting. It will also be introduced on Microtec products in Europe. With all the exciting changes, Lucidyne is proud to continue

to partner with mills worldwide and provide mill-wide scanning solutions. 2021 is off to a busy year with the following projects all planning to be installed this year: • G radeScan system at Seneca Sawmill in Oregon • G radeScan system at F.H. Stoltze in Montana

Together, the Microtec group of companies, including Lucidyne, is the largest and most successful lumber scanning company in the world. Lucidyne will continue to invest in research and development to implement leading-edge scanning solutions in North America.

• G radeScan system upgrade at Weyerhaeuser British Columbia • C hopScan system at Idaho Forest Group in Idaho • G radeScan system at Freeman & Sons in Nova Scotia • G radeScan system at Skeena Sawmills in British Columbia

Bergkvist Siljan can increase production by 60% at the Insjön sawmill The Environmental Impact Assessment Delegation has granted the sawmill group Bergkvist Siljan permission to increase the production of sawn wood products at the Insjön sawmill by approximately 60%, from 400 000 to 650 000 m3 per year.

This a very positive decision, says Anders Nilsson, CEO of Bergkvist Siljan. The decision means that Bergkvist Siljan gradually will increase the production in a first phase from 400 000 to 500 000 m3 sawn wood products.

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We see a significant increase in global demand of sawn wood products. The demand is driven by consumers choosing sustainable materials to a larger extent. In addition, the technology to build tall buildings in wood has developed, says Anders Nilsson.

Anders Nilsson, CEO, Bergkvist Siljan

Kaamos Timber cooperating with Mühlböck for the new sawmill in Mozyr / Belarus

Connect The estonian wood industry company Kaamos Timber invests in a new sawmill in Mozyr / Belarus and chooses Mühlböck as partner for drying technology. For the drying in the new sawmill they decided on Mühlböck dry kilns 1306 PRO. The acquired dryers ensure a production volume of at least 100,000 m3 per year. “The 4 dryers ordered from Mühlböck with a total value of 800,000 euros are Kaamos Timber’s largest investment in Mühlböck equipment so far. Mühlböck equipment is like Mercedes in the world of dryers, ie the best and highest quality dryers in the field, ”praised Tõnu Bergmann, CEO of Kaamos Timber. The dryers will be part of the Mozyr sawmill equipment which is currently under construction, which will be delivered to Belarus in 2022. The sawmill will start operating in the third quarter of 2022. “To be part in this ambitious project in Mozyr is a great achievement for us and gives us once again the opportunity to show our strengths in innovation with our 1306 PRO dry kilns. We are pleased to continue succesful cooperation together. It is a confirmation of high satisfaction with Mühlböck”, commented Gerhard Huber from Mühlböck.

Tõnu Bergmann, Chief Executive Manager, Kaamos Timber

Gerhard Huber, Project Manager, Mühlböck


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Good cooperation: Steve Williams (EWD UK), Shane O’Callaghan, EWD Managing Director Herbert Oppenborn, Gerard O’Callaghan, Niall Grainger (from left)

At GP Wood in Lissarda, the logs are transferred online on three decks to the new EWD sawmill

Rebuilt in record time After a fire at the Lissarda/IE site in 2018, GP Wood immediately decided to rebuild the sawmill. The choice of supplier was made quickly: For those in charge, there was no other option than EWD, due to their previous good cooperation on the profiling line project in Enniskeane


n 2014, the Irish company GP Wood launched an extensive investment programme for its two sawmill sites in Enniskeane and Lissarda. One of the first steps was the replacement of the saw line in Enniskeane with EWD, Altötting/ DE. The five-year plan included investments in Lissarda at a later date – but everything turned out differently. On Friday the 13th of July 2018, a fire broke out at Lissarda. The sawing line and parts of the sorting system were completely destroyed. “But it was immediately clear to us that we

were going to rebuild,” says Niall Grainger, one of the managing directors of GP Wood.

Focus on flexibility The investment package in Lissarda had to be put on the front burner immediately. Due to their very good cooperation in Enniskeane, the choice of supplier once again fell on EWD. “EWD listened to our wishes and designed a very flexible and robust saw line for us. The competence – even in our first 20 International Forest Industries | JUNE / JULY 2021

project – as well as the technology won us over,” Grainger explains. “Thomas Lang from EWD spared no effort. The entire installation was planned and designed by EWD in 3D, which contributed significantly to the rapid assembly.” With regard to the technology, Grainger and GP Wood project manager Shane O’Callaghan had

not decided – in the end, they opted for a reducer band saw line with three Quadro band saws and two Optidrive Edger optimizer installations. “We looked at many sawmills throughout Europe, and time and again the band saw stood out. With this equipment, we can respond very flexibly to customer wishes,” clarifies the GP Wood managing director. About half of the production concerns construction timber for building, the other 50 % is divided between garden timber and packaging timber.” Grainger puts the cutting volume in Lissarda at 300,000 fm/y in an extended shift. This

makes the site slightly larger than Enniskeane. However, “larger” is not to be taken literally with regard to the area – there are only 3.5 ha available in Lissarda. “Making the best possible use of this space was a big challenge - especially since the new hall was

not allowed to be bigger than the previous one,” says EWD project manager, Rolf Rigoni. The new concept was already in place in Lissarda at the end of 2018, and production has been up and running again in January 2020. “As in Enniskeane, the schedule was very ambitious this time but we were once again able to implement it as planned,” says Grainger.

Online sawmill GP Wood does not operate a classic log yard in Lissarda, but feeds the logs – in comparison to Central European sawmills – virtually unsorted at the sawing line. “It’s not as efficient, but it saves us space and costs,” Grainger reasons. One works on the principle of “scan and set”, similar to the American sawmill principle. The logs are fed in





The EWD line with three quadro band saws: for special cutting patterns there is a merry-go-round system, here the view from the finish-cutting quadro (front) onto the line

View from above on one of the two Optidrive edger optimizer installations: operator’s cabin (A), scanning section (B), TAE circular edging saw (C), edging separator (D)

sorted by length and then roughly pre-sorted on three decks based on diameter ranges. The band saw line is designed for log lengths of 3 to 5.4 m, with diameters ranging from 14 cm (small end) to 65 cm (large end). In the first step, a 3D scanner determines the log dimension. The cutting pattern is determined on the basis of the scan. In the primary breakdown, the ZE2 infeed unit turns the log into the correct position. This is followed by the PF19 chipper for guiding faces on the left and right. The first quadro band saw of the type EBT4-1800 cuts up to four side boards. After the 90° rotation of the 2-sided cant, it again goes through a 3D scanner, a ZE2 centring unit, a PF19 chipper and the second EBT4-1800 quadro band saw, which also cuts off up to four side boards. The resulting squared lumber can be cut in line directly with

transport. After a scanning and optimisation section of 12 m, the actual edging process takes place with a TAE machine. The special feature of this TAE is the skewing and slewing of the saws of up to 25 mm/m at all cutting heights. This ensures a better quality of the side products and at the same time a higher yield. The board edgers are designed for board widths from 90-550 mm and thicknesses from 16-55 mm. The band saw line and the Optidrive edger optimizer installation are operated from one cabin. Once all the fine-tuning work has been completed, only one employee is to be responsible for both high-performance board edgers, as one installation is to run in automatic mode. Grainger is very satisfied with how things have gone: “Despite the circumstances - the final steps of

the third quadro band saw of the same type into up to five finished main products. Larger diameters or squared lumber with more than five products are returned to the first band saw via a merry-go-round system and pass through the line again. “This means that up to three times five main products are then possible,” explains the EWD project manager. The feed rate of the reducing band saw line is up to 120 m/min, depending on the diameter.

High edging performance The side boards are fed to two high-performance EWD Optidrive edger optimizer installations. They are designed for feed rates of 180420 m/min. “At the moment we are running at around 270 m/min,” O’Callaghan elaborates. With the Optidrive installations, the board is first scanned during lengthwise

EWD listened to our wishes and designed a very flexible and robust saw line for us. The competence – even in our first project – as well as the technology won us over Niall Grainger, MD GP Wood

the commissioning fell during the first lockdown – we can already cut at full capacity.”



The side board is transported to two high-performance Optidrive board edgers - the picture shows the cross transfer (A), the infeed (B) and the scanning system (C)

The operators of the reducer band saw installation and the Optidrive board edger sit in one operating cabin

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USNR sales strong despite pandemic Wood processing technology supplier USNR has signed a number of major contracts in the last few months.

At the end of 2020, USNR signed a €13m contract with Tschopp Holzindustrie AG in Switzerland, for a new sawline. The sawline will be a fully equipped premium production line, custom designed to cut a maximum volume of thin boards from each log. The mill, one of Switzerland’s largest, provides the raw material for Tschopp’s production of formwork panels for the construction industry. The log line will comprise two Logmaster HPS quad bandmills. Designed for accurate cutting at speeds up to 180m/min, Logmaster HPS is the most advanced bandmill in USNR’s programme for throughput and recovery.

The line will also be equipped with USNR’s optimisation and controls, and designed with flexibility and capability to accommodate complex saw patterns. To handle the large volume of sideboards, USNR will also deliver two Catech XT edger lines that operate in the range of over 70 boards/min. These lines will be equipped with the latest optimisation technology. “Winning this order means that USNR can look back on 2020 as one of the best years ever in terms of sales for our European operations, despite the ongoing pandemic,” said Johan Johansson, CEO USNR AB. In other developments, Nix Forest Products in the US, has updated its planer mill with advanced technology from USNR. The mill has been relying on manual grading and is looking

At the end of 2020, USNR signed a €13m contract with Tschopp Holzindustrie AG in Switzerland, for a new sawline to improve grade recovery from its products. It is also investing to increase the efficiency of its process. The order features USNR’s Transverse High Grader (THG) automated grading system with ‘deep learning’ technology. This technology increases the speed and accuracy of THG’s defect detection.

Meanwhile, Lecours Lumber in Canada has ordered new 47-bin sawmill sorter, which is scheduled to be installed in Q3, 2022. The new vertical bin sorter will feature the Pusher Lug sorter top, ideal for high speed applications. The sorter is designed to operate at 140 lugs per minute.


Nix Forest Products ups its game with THG automated grading technology Nix Forest Products at Timpson, TX is updating its planer mill with advanced technology from USNR. The mill has been relying on manual grading and is looking to improve grade recovery from its products. It is also investing to increase the efficiency of its process.

The order features USNR’s Transverse High Grader (THG) automated grading system with Deep Learning technology. This technology increases the speed and accuracy of THG’s defect detection, it significantly reduces the time required for start-up and commissioning of the auto-grading

systems, and it enables the accurate identification of defects unique to a species, region, or grade, that would otherwise be difficult and time-consuming to identify using conventional methods. To learn more, click here. In addition to the THG, this order includes a standard tilt hoist,

Third Catech edger for Norra Timber Norra Timber management is very knowledgeable, progressive, and interested in driving sawmill technology forward. Now they have invested in a third edger to handle the large number of side boards from the saw line. This new Catech edger system features a capacity of 57 boards per minute. “The investment in the edger is an important factor in achieving the target of increasing production

by 6% per year. We are now more efficient because the two older edgers were a bottleneck. We previously had to choose between slowing things down or running with wider log gaps. With our latest investment we can optimize the choice of edgers, and continue to maintain a steady pace at all times,” says Tom Löfgren, production engineer at Norra Timber.

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Revolver Lug Loader, and MultiTrack Positioning Fence.

Lecours Lumber orders new 47-bin sawmill sorter Lecours Lumber at Calstock, ON is increasing the sorting capacity in its sawmill with a new 47-bin Pusher Lug sorter. The new vertical bin sorter will feature the Pusher Lug sorter top, ideal for high speed applications. The sorter is designed to operate at 140 lugs per minute. The 47 vertical bins will be fitted with

bin deflectors to assist in even distribution of the boards in the bins. Live bin walls ensure smooth discharge of the lumber onto the floor chains. Click here to see a video of this sorter design in action. The new sorter is scheduled to be installed in Q3 of 2022

New Trim-Sort-Stack line with BioVision scanning for Chilean mill Aserraderos Mestre located in Constitucion, Chile, is investing in a new Trimmer line featuring BioVision scanning. This new line is a replacement, bringing more advanced technology to this operation. It will improve throughput, remove bottlenecks, and increase recovery with grade

scanning capability. The line begins with a radius back unscrambler, Revolver Lug Loader, Multi-Track Fence, Multi-Saw Trimmer, 45-bin Pusher Lug Sorter, BioVision Trimmer optimization with BioLuma 2900LV sensors, and Deep Learning technology. USNR will supply the

complete control system for the line based on AB ControlLogix, starting at the incline decks to the unscrambler through to the bin discharge decks. It will also feature WinTally sorter management, and sorter mill floor HMIs with 3 wireless tablets. Solecia Ltda., USNR’s agent in

this region, will also be a partner in this project. USNR is proud to be a trusted supplier to Aserraderos Mestre for this and other projects.

South Pine adds vision scanning to its edger line South Pine in Nelson, New Zealand is updating its edger line with advanced vision technology. After seeing the benefit of the Biovision trimmer upgrade done at this mill previously, South Pine wants to realise similar gains from its edger scanning. Edger vision technology provides value through remanufacture or rip based on the ultimate grade of the wood. The new BioVision edger optimizer

features state-of-the-art BioLuma 2900LVG sensors, offering HD laser profiling and HD color vision. Add to that USNR’s Deep Learning technology, and South Pine will be equipped with the most advanced edger scanning system available. South Pine is among the 120 users of USNR’s advanced vision scanning technology. The new system is scheduled to be commissioned in Q4 2021.

Neiman restarts Gilchrist mill operations Neiman Enterprises is improving systems as it restarts Gilchrist Forest Products in Gilchrist, OR. Neiman recently acquired this mill from Interfor, with plans to revive the site and inject capital to improve systems and tailor the site for their line of products. The sawmill is replacing its dated Inovec Dynavision M6 scanner with a new USNR trimmer optimizer and scan frame fitted with a BioLuma 2900L scanning system. The sawmill is also

installing a new USNR optimization system for the existing end dog carriage system, providing full 3D imaged solutions. The sawmill will also receive a new Stick-N-Fork Stacker system. In addition to being the fastest automatic sticker stacker on the market, the Stick-N-Fork Stacker offers a host of other capabilities and options, including boxing load forks, random-width pullback, bad stick error detection, and more. The planer mill will replace an

existing 180 degree turn with two shorter 90 degree turn sections. Turn chains stretch over time & can get out of phase, so the new equipment will be more reliable and maintenance friendly. The Gilchrist mill complements Neiman’s existing milling operations in Wyoming, South Dakota, and Colorado. This mill produces 1x4 through 1x12 Ponderosa Pine and Lodgepole Pine boards, as well as 6/4 shop. It allows the company to further

expand its customer base for highquality ponderosa pine lumber products.

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MiCROTEC announces new branding strategy with FinScan and WoodEye


icrotec, global leader of scanning and optimization solutions for the sawmilling and wood processing industry, today announced the official integration and inclusion of FinScan and WoodEye within the Microtec family. From now on the two companies situated in Finland and Sweden will work under the common corporate brand of Microtec, reflecting the merge and enhanced cooperation between the companies. “All together, we will work towards a common goal: to be even stronger together for our customers and partners, to act globally while maintaining a local and regional presence”, states Frank Jöst, CEO of Microtec Headquarters in Bressanone/ Brixen.

“After the acquisition of WoodEye in 2015 and FinScan in 2018, the integration was a natural fit for the expansion of our business. The new branding will help us to underscore the importance of our responsibility to not only satisfy continuous evolution of customer needs and expectations through innovation, but also to anticipate them.”, confirms CEO Jöst. The ever-growing Microtec family now employs more than 290 people at its sites in Bressanone, Venice, Linköping and in Espoo. The new Microtec organization will consist of different competence

L -R, Leif Erlandsson – CEO Microtec Linköping (Sweden), Frank Jöst – CEO Microtec, Allan Flink – CEO Microtec Espoo (Finland)

solutions the competences, key technologies and experiences of all these companies. Therefore, the company brands Finscan and Woodeye will be integrated as product brands under the corporate brand MiCROTEC. For the sawmill sector, we will complement our product

excellent service. “We will have a stronger presence in the markets and thus be closer to our customers. All sites will present the complete product portfolio, including the Woodeye, Finscan and Lucidyne product brands. With the different competence centers in the group, we can use our resources optimally and support all activities for the benefit of our customers”, states Frank Jöst conclusively.

Frank Jöst – CEO Microtec Headquarters (Bressanone/ Venice, Italy)

centers and offices in 6 countries around the world: the headquarters in Bressanone and Venice in Italy; former FinScan now Microtec Espoo in Finland; Microtec Rosenheim in Germany; Microtec Linköping, former WoodEye in Sweden; Microtec office in Vancouver, Canada; and Lucidyne – a division of Microtec in Corvallis, USA. Customers will have access to an extended product portfolio based on integrated scanning and optimization solutions through all the woodworking processes: from the logyard, to the sawmill, green – and dry mill, planermill and remanufacturing applications. The aim of being one brand is to combine in all Microtec’s

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portfolio with the Boardmaster Nova, which will come under the Finscan product brand in the future. This will add a module to the product range of scanners in cross transport, Goldeneye 900 and Wanescan. The Woodeye scanners complete our product range for remanufacturing applications. Especially for scanning and optimizing of hardwood we extend our product portfolio decisively. The scanners will appear in the familiar color design and with the Woodeye product brand. The mission of Microtec is, as usual, to make the woodworking industries perform better and offer to all customers’ worldwide

“We will be available to all our customers in the same way as before, with the same teams, and support them with our usual professionalism. This applies to all locations.” “The main goal of the new branding is to bring together and bundle our strengths, knowledge and potential in order to develop them further together. We want to use our ability, experience and commitment for joint success in order to be able to offer our customers innovative and creative products and solutions at the highest level.”

Leif Erlandsson – CEO Microtec Linköping (Sweden) “We will combine competence and capacity from people to bring together a unique team to cover not only a great number of technical areas but also mixing technology with geography to provide the woodworking business with outstanding sales and service in order to build systems for the future.”

“The market and customer knowledge, the know-how, as well as the individual experiences combined with the cultural influences of the individual locations, should form the foundation for the MiCROTEC Group. This new corporate structure will enable us to apply our technologies, products, solutions and commitment even

more strongly and specifically for the benefit of our customers in the future.”

Allan Flink – CEO Microtec Espoo (Finland) “Thanks to the new branding strategy, the new Microtec family will be the largest wood scanner producer in the world! Having the same brand is not just changing

the company name. The change is actually more significant. We will have more common products, shared activities and teamwork across the group companies. This will strengthen our business and will create more opportunities for all employees in our common company.” “We will continue to develop and sell our transversal scanner

to the sawmilling customers. We will also improve the service of all our equipment through a service agreement system we have introduced from the beginning of this year. In the sawmilling business, Espoo will also start selling Microtec log scanners on designated markets.”

The sawmills in Bygdsiljum & Kroksjön now a part of Holmen Ever since Holmen’s acquisition of Martinsons, the work of merging the companies has been ongoing. Now comes the next important milestone. On 1 June, the production facilities in Bygdsiljum and Kroksjön will fully take on the Holmen name, while Martinsons Building Systems will retain the Martinsons brand. Martinsons and Holmen have many things in common and the fact that we are ready to gather around a shared brand shows how well the merger of our two operations has gone, says Johan Padel, Holmen’s Senior Vice President Wood Products. Olov Martinson, one of the former owners of Martinsons and now mill manager at the plant in Bygdsiljum, also feels the time is right. HALCO AD:Layout 3 3/8/10

Of course, I have many emotional ties to Martinsons, not least to do with identity and pride. And the same is true for many of our employees, but it now feels natural for us to fully become part of Holmen. We’ve established that there are many similarities between the organisations and only a few adaptations are needed. Now we’re taking the next step in the company’s history by continuing to build pride, just under a new and common flag!

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as part of Holmen continue to use Martinson’s brand, as it is strongly established in the Swedish construction market. That we can complement our good reputation in the market by drawing strength from Holmen’s brand is very positive for us. There are strong values, not least linked to sustainable forestry and a circular business, says Jesper Åkerlund, CEO of Martinsons Building Systems. Holmen also represents quality and reliability in the global wood products market, so being part of Holmen is good news for us from that perspective, too. Together we will now work to expand wood construction and achieve even greater climate benefits.” As early as October 1, Martinson’s forest workers became part of Holmen Forest and from

The sawmills in Bygdsiljum (in the picture) and Kroksjön - now a part of Holmen

Johan Padel, Senior Vice President, Wood Products, Holmen January 1, 2021, all products produced at the Group’s five facilities in Bygdsiljum, Kroksjön, Iggesund, Braviken and Linghem have been sold under the Holmen name and dispatched in Holmen branded packaging.

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SAWLINES – WOOD DRYING TECHNOLOGY a favourite among sawmills around the world and during the past year Valutec has sold and installed TC-kilns to North America, Central Europe, Scandinavia and Russia.

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ome 18 months ago, the company commissioned North America’s first TC continuous kiln at Pleasant River’s site Moose River in Jackman, Maine and in April 2020 the second TC kiln was commissioned at Pleasant River’s site in Dover, also Maine. “It does a great job, in a lot less time than we’re used to and puts out a much better product”, says Fred Haigis, Lumber Yard Supervisor Moose River.

The TC Kiln Valutec is the only company offering TC kilns. A kiln type that comes with distinguishing features such as low energy consumption, high flexibility and superior capacity. It gives the operator the possibility to create the ultimate drying process with unlimited freedom to mix dimensions, minimal moisture content variation and reduced risk of checking.

Annual capacity can reach 125 MMBF with target moisture contents down to around 12-18%. The principle is based on the timber package being fed lengthwise through zones in which the air circulates laterally across the drying channel. This enables the separate regulation of the climate in different zones according to a schedule that comes very close to the ideal schedule of a batch kiln. The TC kilns are equipped with Valutec’s control system Valmatics 4.0, which has an integrated simulator that enables simultaneous optimization of capacity, quality, and energy consumption. “The leap in technology has fundamentally changed the way of working at many sawmills. Higher flexibility creates significant advantages, particularly when it comes to planning. Competition is extremely tough in the sawmill business, where margins are tight. So, customers in this sector rely on high efficiency and quality,” says Ingo Wallocha, Managing Director, Valutec Wood Dryers. The TC-kiln has quickly become

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The startup of Pleasant River’s TC kilns did not go unnoticed and before the Corona outbreak several sawmills visited Pleasant River to take a closer look at Valutec’s TCkilns. The response from the visits were overwhelming and today TC kilns are being installed at JD Irving, Grand Lake Timber, Canada and Hampton Lumber Company, Warrenton, US for commissioning in the fall 2021. “I can honestly say that whoever sees the Valutec TC-kiln at Moose River probably won’t buy another kiln again. Whenever I talk to the guys as Mooser River or Dover I’m really proud to hear that they’ve the best experience with our kilns”, says Wallocha.

Record Deal to Russia Valutec was also chosen to deliver eight TC-kilns to Russia’s ULK Group. The company is investing more than €400 million in one of the country’s biggest sawmill investments in modern times. The ambition is to have one of the world’s largest and most modern sawmills, with an annual capacity of more than 425,000 MBF sawn timber, when completed in 2023. “That ULK chose Valutec for this state-of-the-art project proves that our solutions are a good match for sawmills all over the world,” says Robert Larsson, CEO of Valutec Group “Our mission is to facilitate an increased use of wood products in every customer market. We are honored to help ULK optimize their drying process, which we know makes a big difference on every sawmill’s bottom line.” Leading up to the decision, ULK carried out a comprehensive comparison of major kiln suppliers and visited many reference installations. “Our ambition is to build the world’s most modern sawmill, and to do so we must exclusively use suppliers who are technology leaders,” says Artem Samuhin, Deputy General Director for Development of ULK Group. Valutec was the kiln supplier offering the most modern, efficient solution. In

Luzales: Valutec recently started up two TC kilns at Russian sawmill Luzales

Moose: Fred Haigis, lumber Yard Supervisor at Moose River, standing in front of North America’s first TC Continuous kiln the end the superior capacity and flexibility of the TC kilns, boosted by the Valmatics 4.0 control system made it an easy choice.

New Control System In late 2019, Valutec released the control system Valmatics 4.0. The It allows sawmills around the world to automate and optimize drying in all types of lumber kilns. High process quality is guaranteed by simulators programmed with data from hundreds of thousands of measurements that enable the calculation of drying processes with unbeatable accuracy from beginning to end. “We knew that the market had a demand for an automated control system but the response has been better that we could imagine. In 18 months, we’ve already sold over 500 Valmatics 4.0 systems”, says Wallocha. Valmatics 4.0 is the only control system on the market that combines simulator technology with adaptive control, and enables optimization based on capacity, quality and energy consumption. Simultaneous. The new Valmatics 4.0 means modern TC continuous kiln functions can be put to full use. All the kiln operator needs to know is the incoming and desired outcoming moisture content – the system does the rest. This frees up time for more important operations such as saw planning, quality control and sampling



We are also working on a common AI (Artificial Intelligence) platform that is integrated in the new product range

Microtec presents its new generation of longitudinal scanners On May 3rd, Microtec announced the official integration and inclusion of FinScan and WoodEye into the Microtec family. Following this news, Microtec presents now a new generation of longitudinal scanners for sawmill, remanufacturing and 2nd processing applications to the industry

Arianna Giudiceandrea, CSO of Microtec, HQ in Bressanone

Meet the new range from Microtec

The result of a common approach

“Together with our colleagues in Italy, we have worked hard during the past year to be able to launch a new range of scanners , which combines the best of the two worlds from Woodeye and Goldeneye. With the new common platform for longitudinal scanning we will take wood scanning solutions to a whole new level”, says Stefan Nilsson, CSO of Microtec Linköping. The range will thereby be defined by two product lines: the new Microtec Goldeneye scanners for softwood applications and the Woodeye scanners for hardwood applications. The scanners are based on a new common platform, developed by a joint team from Italy and Sweden.

The new common platform and movement technology combines the strengths and experience of both development teams, offering better precision in detection at higher speeds, with optimal resolution and extended possibilities to optimize for different material sizes and applications. It will also be delivered with a brand new control station that puts usability in focus

and easily adapts to the comfort of the operator. “We are also working on a common AI (Artificial Intelligence) platform that is integrated in the new product range. This AI solution represents the collaboration between all four Microtec companies in Italy, Finland, Sweden and the U.S.”, states Arianna Giudiceandrea, CSO of Microtec Headquarters in Bressanone.

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Westmill - unbeatable service since 1975

Founded in 1975, Westmill has consistently maintained its focus and values on satisfying the requirements of its veneer-drying customers


tarting with the reliable supply of spare parts and adding in its better-thannew dryer rebuild capabilities and knowledge, Westmill was quickly called upon by its customers to design and supply new veneer drying equipment. Success for the small company competing against multi-national giants was dependent on not only technical excellence but something else that the firm considers a competitive advantage over larger groups: a willingness to tailor solutions to meet customer needs and budget, and a track record of support. “Simply put, Westmill – top to bottom – has as part of its DNA a “We’ve got your back’ attitude for its customers,” the company’s management stated. Success provided opportunities and growth continued. Westmill continues to invest heavily in research and development to create innovative designs and industry firsts. Over the past few years, Westmill has been actively engaged in a number of product development initiatives, leading to some best-in-class technologies that are being embraced by its “most performance-minded customers”.

energy, improving veneer quality, and reducing the risk of dryer fires. This system is operating successfully in over a dozen veneer dryers in North America, with more under contract. • 2 -PEx Exhaust and Dryer Humidity Control System (patents pending): A proprietary 2-PEx Exhaust and Dryer Humidity Control System provides unparalleled control of the humidity ratio along the entire dryer’s length resulting in increased production, energy savings and greatly improved veneer quality. Combining with the WestVac system delivers exceptional dryer performance and control.

The following list includes key innovations:

• Q uick-Change Dryer Roll Baffle System (patented): Westmill designed the first-ever, quickly interchangeable Dryer Roll Baffle system. The most significant benefit of this innovation is that the roll-baffle can be removed and replaced in under five minutes, with an entire dryer end-wall replacement in under an hour – as compared to 16-24 man-hours for existing rollbaffle configurations. The patent design means personnel do not need to remove the dryer rolls, chain, sprockets, star gears or even jet tubes to install new roll baffles.

• W estVac Emission and Dryer Control System (patented): an effective method of controlling end-wall dryer emissions while increasing production, saving

• F an Shaft Seal System: A Proprietary Spring Tensioned Packing Gland has been developed to permanently and effectively solve the common

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problem of emissions leaking through panel packing glands at the fan shaft. This area has long been recognized as a major maintenance concern due to the difficultly accessing the packing gland below the lower shaft bearing and heat slinger. We effectively solved this problem by creating a proprietary Spring Tensioned Packing Gland at this location. This solution has also greatly reduced the number of bottom bearing failures caused by high heat and bearing contamination. The solution has been successfully operating in over 260 dryer fans in North America. • “ Safe Motion” Door Handle Load-Dampener (patents pending): To eliminate any potential risk of ‘strike-hazard’ for an unsuspecting dryer tender when opening a dryer door, Westmill has incorporated a new load-dampening-cell into our Patented Articulating dryer door hardware to provide complete control of the door handle throughout the opening and closing process. • Bearing Vibration Monitoring: A recent contract will incorporate real-time monitoring of Fan Bearing Vibration on two new Westmill 6-Deck Jet dryers for progressive customers. This real-time monitoring directs maintenance personnel to out of tolerance areas before they become failures. • Patented Impressed Current Cathodic Protection (ICCP) System: A proven and effective method of eliminating dryer corrosion. It has been used extensively for over 30 years to protect national structures, pipelines, ships hulls, oil rigs, underground pipeline, and storage tanks together with many more structures to protect from corrosion. • Successfully installed the first ever such ICCP system in a Veneer Dryer: Two years post-installation in a corrosion prone environment, the ICCP system is proving to have effectively eliminated the chemical reactions that result in a corroded, weakened dryer, with less than 1/10th of a gram of steel loss over that period.



LINCK Log Motion Control An accurate log rotation before the first processing step is decisive to achieve high value recovery


ith its optimization software, Linck uses 3D-scanning data to generate a value-optimized cutting pattern and then determines the required angle for log rotation. With Log Motion Control, Linck takes another step in the development of this technology. In addition to determining the log rotation angle, a Microtec Truespin scanner will be used where a camera records a characteristic pattern on the log surface and where the log position is transmitted to the Linck Log Motion Control during the whole rotating process. The software determines the true log rotating position to be compared with the theoretical

one. Any deviations will be compensated by immediately adjusting the position of the rotating rollers.

The log rotation process is therefore under the full control of the Linck Log Motion Control software.

LSAB Suomi to deliver blades to Rauma sawmill “LSAB is a long-term partner of Metsä Fibre’s sawmills, and the agreement with the Rauma sawmill continues this partnership. LSAB Suomi will deliver the sawmill built in Rauma the blades it needs and will take care of necessary services. The company is committed to our common safety targets, and we’ve been able to develop our operations together. We’ve cooperated with LSAB Suomi for a long time. It delivers blades to all our sawmills and takes care of their maintenance,” says Liisa-Maija

Perävainio, Mill Manager of Rauma sawmill, Metsä Fibre. “We’re proud of the trust placed in us. Our long-term partnership is continuing and deepening at Metsä Fibre’s Rauma sawmill. It’s inspiring and challenging to be involved in building this new sawmill, which is unique in the world, with the best experts. We bring all our knowledge to this project. The cooperation also strengthens our own professional skills,” says managing director Mika Rahko. The value of Metsä Fibre’s

Rauma sawmill investment amounts to approximately EUR 200 million, and the new unit will produce around 750,000 cubic metres of pine sawn timber annually. The new sawmill will be a worldwide forerunner in technology and efficiency. For example, the use of machine vision and artificial intelligence in different stages of the sawing process is a significant new development. Similar technology is not yet in use anywhere in the sawmill industry. The construction of the sawmill

is progressing as planned, and production will begin in the third quarter of 2022.

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Norra Timber monitors band saws & reducers with online systems from SPM

S Following a successful test installation, Norra Timber has chosen to move forward with a condition monitoring solution from SPM Instrument for its new high-tech band saw line at the Sävar Sawmill near Umeå in northern Sweden, aiming to ensure high machine availability & long pre-warning times

ävar Sawmill is a high-tech band saw line specializing in processing spruce and pine, a raw material from Norra Skog’s catchment area, which extends over half of northern Sweden. This modern plant has a high saw yield and is equipped with X-ray technology – the world’s first CT Log (*) – directly in the saw line, enabling the optimization of each log and production of high-quality goods. The annual production amounts to 320,000 cubic meters of sawn goods. To ensure high machine availability and secure delivery, the sawmill has chosen to install SPM Instruments’ latest and most hightech online system, Intellinova Parallel EN, after a successful pilot test. The system provides exceptionally long pre-warning times for deteriorating mechanical condition and lubrication condition, with extremely clear measurement results that make it possible to detect early damage such as subsurface cracks in bearings.

Three Intellinova Parallel EN units, one thirty-two channel version and two with sixteen channels, and fifty-one DuoTech accelerometers cover the entire band saw line. DuoTech combines vibration and shock pulse measurement in the same sensor, using the patented HD measurement technologies HD ENV and SPM HD. Measurement data is stored and analyzed in the Condmaster Ruby 2020 software, with the possibility of integration into the plant’s control system or desired IoT platform through Rest API or OPC UA. Using the SPM ServiceNet portal, SPM Instrument also performs condition monitoring of Sävar Sawmill, where machine condition is monitored via remote analysis by SPM’s service engineers. The sawmill staff can easily follow the work through the web application Condmaster. NET via smartphones, tablets, and computers for an immediate overview of the mechanical condition of critical assets in the facility. Joakim Jonasson, Maintenance Manager Mechanics at Norra Timber, commented on the investment: “The purpose of our investment has always been to avoid corrective maintenance as much as possible, to allow ourselves to plan the right maintenance effort at the right time, and thus work proactively and preventively. Unplanned stops in the major drives in the process can take anything from one to several shifts to rectify, which results in major production loss, which is difficult to catch up on since more or less everything we produce are sold products. With the measurement system, we can maintain higher

Log feeding system at Sävar Sawmill. Photo: Norra Timber4/16/2021

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The investment has already started to pay off as we have avoided replacing a large plant part in conjunction with a major breakdown. This was possible because extra control measurements could be performed via the measurement system Joakim Jonasson, Maintenance Manager Mechanics at Norra Timber machine availability and better profitability. The investment has already started to pay off as we have avoided replacing a large plant part in conjunction with a major breakdown. This was possible because extra control measurements could be performed via the measurement system. These measurements showed good values, giving us a decision basis to avoid unnecessary replacement of process parts. Another significant advantage, or security, that the system provides is increased safety in the form of reduced risk of fire in the event of bearing failure, which is otherwise something that we in the industry have great respect for.” Norra Timber’s task is to run the industrial operation, and market and sell the wood products manufactured at the three sawmills in Kåge, Sävar, and Hissmofors and the units for added value products. Norra Timber’s owner is Norra Skog, an association of 27,000 individual forest owners with a total holding of roughly 5.2 million acres of forest land. Refining forests throughout northern Sweden, Norra Skog had a turnover of approximately SEK 4.7 billion in 2020. (*) Computed tomography, also known as CAT scan.



Right time, right place

Nate Schuele, 22 years old and a 4th generation sawyer, has a new best friend: the SL130i SERRA mobile sawmill. The previous one (another company) had to be replaced due to a motor damage. As a demonstration machine, the SERRA sawmill was immediately ready for use – in the right place at the right time

New SERRA sawing mill at Full Tilt Timber Framing in Clancy, Montana


ate got his first impression of SERRA and the saw mills by YouTube videos. He found the videos hugely impressive and especially liked the receivers for offloading sawn lumber. For the decision he explains: “We were looking at multiple alternatives but the SERRA seemed to have so many good features, larger band, thinner kerf, receivers for sawn lumber, better band wheel technology etc.” The availability of the SERRA demo machine in Nashville convinced them, too, because it was already stateside and built. Walt and Nate Schuele, the 2 owners of Full Tilt Timber Framing in Glancy, Montana, produce dimensional lumber and timbers for timber frames (around 150,000-200,000 board feet/year). The SERRA mill has fit into their process perfectly and they had not changed either of their businesses.

ahead of anything other portable manufactures are using, the toe boards with dogs for pulling cants into the bed for the mill. The dogs have a steep learning curve but

once we learned how to use them, they are also much better than anything we’ve had in the past. The operators station is also a huge improvement to walking with the head or the exposed remote operating stations we had before.” The switch to the new machine was easy for him. Nate learned the computer and calibrating the joystick. He had no major changes, just re-learning the setup. The employees get along with the machine very well, too, and also the clients are impressed. Nate is happy with the SERRA customer service and says: “The best customer service I’ve ever received. We are very satisfied and we want to tour the factory and thank everyone.”

Walt and Nate Schuele very satisfied with the SERRA SL 130i

The most favored machine features When asked for what Nate Schuele likes best at the new mill, he comes up with a long list: “The independent loading arms are a huge improvement. The computer is actually worth using. The previous computers we are used to are not worth turning on. The power toe board for moving cants back and forth. The increased number of bed rails, the band wheels that are light years Immediately ready for action after the demonstration in Nashville

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on new machines. Utilizing a mobile network to share real-time information, TimberMatic Maps enhances visibility and eliminates guesswork with job site mapping. Delivering increased productivity, versatility, and stability in the woods, the John Deere G-Series Forwarder lineup features six powerful models - 910G, 1010G, 1110G, 1210G, 1510G, and 1910G – that are built for the demands of the job site. One of the most notable features available on all G-Series machines is the Intelligent Boom Control system (IBC). IBC allows the operator to direct the reach and height of the boom tip parallel to the ground. One joystick moves the boom tip horizontally, while a second joystick guides it vertically, providing faster cycle times and more precise control. This technology increases loading speed and maximizes boom control, providing greater productivity and enhanced comfort for the operator. The G-Series models are compatible with the TimberMatic™ Maps and TimberManager™ suite of solutions, offered in-base

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The map provides critical data such as precise location or volume. Operators can update the map with areas of interest, soft ground, or hazards, which are shared in


real-time with other crew members for increased job site awareness. TimberManager, a web-based solution, offers managers full visibility to the progress of the worksite, from the land harvested to the machines at work. This enables better productivity tracking and overall job site management. Each G-series model is available with two cab options: rotating and leveling, and fixed. The rotating and leveling cab option comes with a rotation of 290 degrees, providing a 360-degree view giving the operator a superior vision to the tires and the surrounding area close to the machine. The large windows, comfortable ergonomic armrests, a fully adjustable aircushioned seat, and automated climate-control system all ensure decreased operator fatigue and increased productivity on the job site. All G-Series Forwarders are equipped in-base with Adaptive Driveline Control (ADC). ADC automatically adjusts rpm to keep driving speed steady, even in demanding conditions, and saves driving cycle fuel consumption up to 10 percent. Additionally, ADC

reduces excess noise while keeping rpm low in conditions where the driveline does not require high torque. The Variable Load Space (VLS) option, available for the 1210G, 1510G, and 1910G models, allows for the load space to be easily configured based on operator needs. VLS allows for the load-space width to be adjusted, resulting in more flexible forwarding and sorting of short pulp and energy wood. The long bogie 1010G, 1110G, 1210G, and 1510G model forwarders are ideal for soft terrain, delivering lower ground pressure when compared to standard machines. The long-bogie models also improve the stability of the rear frame while driving. All of the G-Series models are compatible with the in-base JDLink™ telematics solution. Combined with John Deere Connected Support, the dealer can assist with machine monitoring and remote diagnostics and programming, enabling the quick identification and diagnosis of problems from miles away. 910G and 1010G Models Available in either a six-wheeled and eight-wheeled configuration, the 910G and 1010G models provide the power operators need to tackle even the most demanding conditions. The compact machine design on the 910G and 1010G is customizable to meet various worksite and operational needs by choosing from different boom, load-space, axle, and cabin options. Each model is built with a shorter frame in front of the engine to minimize overhang, resulting in easy operation in challenging terrain. Ideal for thinning operations, the 910G features balanced bogie axles. Customers can equip the versatile 1010G machine with heavy-duty bogie axles or a low-ground pressure rear-bogie axle option. The design of the 1010G machine provides improved, terrain-friendly



operation and performance in soft soil applications. Additionally, the 910G and 1010G machines both feature a rigid front axle on the six-wheeled configuration, and the 1010G is available with an unbalanced front bogie axle option.

Mid-Size 1110G, 1210G, and 1510G Models Stable and agile, the 1110G is built for thinning jobs, boasting 6.6 percent power and 4.1 percent torque than its predecessor.

Additionally, this machine is available with a short wheelbase. By moving the rear axle of the G-Series model forward, the load space on the 1110G is unchanged. The 1210G and 1510G Forwarders are strong, nimble machines, ideal for both thinning and final cut operations. The 1210G features 7.6 percent more power and 7.8 percent more torque than the previous models, whereas the 1510G offers 5.1 percent more power and 8.7 percent more

torque. With an increased slewing angle of 44 degrees, the 1510G is more agile than its predecessor.

Large 1910G Model The largest forwarder in the lineup, the 1910G machine’s elevated drive hydraulics and firm 4.5 percent tractive force make it perfect for demanding conditions. This forwarder has 7.5 percent more engine output and 21 percent more torque than its predecessors.


more Cooling

more Power

more Productivity

less Downtime

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New Ponsse loaders for efficient load handling Ponsse launches a new loader product family for the most popular forwarder models. The new K101 and K111 loaders are the latest additions to the product family, also represented by the previously launched K121 loader.


Loaders account for a significant part of forwarders’ operating hours, and loads are large in this size category. For these reasons, the efficiency of the loader has a significant impact on the productivity of the forwarder. The whole new geometry and high power of the new PONSSE K101 and K111 loaders enable accurate controls and precise operations

he new loaders have been developed in cooperation with customers for efficient load handling, also in demanding conditions The new loaders have a structure designed and developed by Ponsse, with special focus placed on reliability and productivity. The strong and precise PONSSE K101 and K111 loaders are available for PONSSE Buffalo, Buffalo King and Bison Active Frame forwarders. “Loaders account for a significant part of forwarders’ operating hours, and loads are large in this size category. For these reasons, the efficiency of the loader has a significant impact on the productivity of the forwarder. The whole new geometry and high power of the new PONSSE K101 and K111 loaders enable accurate controls and precise operations. A user-friendly loader is a particularly important factor considering the smooth flow of work and the operator’s wellbeing. The new loaders feature powerful hydraulics and a proven structure, with which even the farthest stems

can be loaded safely and precisely. The new loaders also include the option of new working lights”, says Juha Haverinen, forwarder product manager at Ponsse. The PONSSE Active Crane loader control system is available for the new loaders. It allows the operator to control grapple movements instead of individual functions. As a result, the operator can efficiently focus on loader operations. The simple but strong structure of the K101 and K111 loaders guarantees precise, user-friendly and efficient operations in the most popular forwarder size category.

• A maintenance-friendly and strong structure

• Reach: 8 m/10 m (S/M models)


one of which controls the grapple height from the ground and the other controls the direction of movement. What is essential is that the operator does not need to control all the functions simultaneously. The operator just needs to specify the desired grapple location and the system will automatically perform the lifting, folding and

extending. The operator can easily switch between using the Active Crane and conventional loader control with a push of a button. The Active Crane is based on the Sensor Module technology that has been thoroughly tested in field conditions. Similar technology has been used for years in the PONSSE Scorpion levelling system and

For smooth loader control The PONSSE Active Crane - now developed to VERSION 2.0 - offers more accuracy and reliability for the system to those situations which have traditionally been challenging to automation. As we know Active Crane is easily controlled using two levers,

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Ponsse’s new K101 and K111 loaders: • N ew structure in this size category – based on PONSSE K121, one of the largest loaders on the market • E ven stronger and more userfriendly than before

Juha Haverinen, forwarder product manager at Ponsse

• New working lights • P ONSSE Active Crane loader control system available

Technical specifications: • L ifting torque: 140 kNm/160 kNm (K101/K111) • Swing torque: 40 kNm • Tilting base tilt angle: -12°…+24°

the PONSSE Active Frame cabin suspension system. The tried and tested technology ensures the utmost reliability and easy serviceability of the Active Crane. The Active Crane is available for PONSSE forwarders equipped with a K90+, K100+, K101, K111 or K121 loader.

PONSSE ELEPHANT & ELEPHANT KING WITH K121 LOADER More efficiency for load handling The PONSSE K121 loader extends Ponsse’s loader selection to a whole new size range. The new loader combines high torque and lifting power with increased reach,

Such sites include, for example, plantations where driving distances are short and loader efficiency has a major impact on productivity. The new geometry and good controllability of the PONSSE K121 loader together with the ability to install a larger grapple enable significantly quicker load handling. More power for work on slopes and handling of large logs.

Ponsse Forwarder Range

HARVESTING ON SLOPES IS BECOMING INCREASINGLY COMMON WORLDWIDE PONSSE forest machines have opened up new possibilities for work in steep sloping areas. The PONSSE K121 loader further improves performance on sloping ground. In such conditions, smooth handling requires high loader

The Wisent


The Elk

a new type of loader geometry and

good controllability. These features come together to create the most powerful loader on the market, enabling shorter loading and unloading times. The new loader makes working more efficient, especially in conditions where load handling takes up a large proportion of the working time. It facilitates the handling of large trees and work on slopes where high power equipment is required.

FAST LOAD HANDLING FOR SHORT DRIVING DISTANCES Loader capacity is of great importance in conditions where load handling takes up most of the working time. If the driving distances are short and loads are large, loader use may account for over 60 percent of the working time.

power and a wide tilt angle for the crane pillar. The tilting base of the K121 has a greater tilt angle than other loaders (-12°…+24°), ensuring that the loader remains in the correct position when working on steep slopes. PONSSE Elephant and Elephant- King forwarders are widely used on work sites where extremely large logs are handled. The new loader model facilitates efficient handling of large logs and, for example, loading onto freight railway wagons. Thanks to the high torque and lifting power and increased reach, logs can be lifted from far away without having to move the machine or drag the logs on the ground.


Buffalo King

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Ponsse Forwarder Range (cont’d)

Bison Active frame The PONSSE K121 loader (cont’d)



The PONSSE K121 loader has been designed to withstand the toughest working conditions. The loader has been field tested in demanding conditions in Canada, Russia and the United States where it has been put to work for thousands of hours. The field test results have been good. The loader is very powerful and easy to control and also reliable thanks to its sturdy structure. The new loader combines high slewing torque and lifting power, increased reach, and a new type of loader geometry that is easy to control. The hydraulic hoses and pipes have been placed inside the boom for added protection. The extension cylinders are also protected inside the boom and the rotator piping has been protected by passing the pipes directly through the hanger. In addition, hydraulic end damping has been added to the lifting cylinder to make the operator’s work easier when operating at the extreme limits of the cylinder movement. The new structural innovations ensure a maximum utilisation rate and ease of maintenance.


Elephant King

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For a long time, basic loader features have been based on similar solutions. For the PONSSE K121 loader, the traditional structure has been upgraded significantly and the structure of the booms and cylinders has been redesigned. The structure and positioning of the cylinders are different from

previous solutions. Therefore, it was possible to reduce the number of welded joints and increase the use of castings. These aspects together reduce the tension and strain on the components and extend the life of the loader. The new structural solutions have undergone extensive field testing as well as fatigue testing at Ponsse’s factory. The hydraulic system has also been redesigned. Thanks to the new structure of the loader, it is no longer necessary to have the hydraulic pipes and hoses on the outside of the boom, instead they have been placed inside the structure for added protection. At the grapple end, the piping passes through the hanger to the rotator. For this reason, the hydraulic parts are better protected from external damage. When designing the loader, the impact of work lighting on an operator’s well-being was examined thoroughly. The positioning of work lights has been done in a new way and the loader can be equipped with efficient and well-protected LED lights. This solution significantly reduces reflections caused by the log gate and directs the light to the areas where it is needed, in other words the load space, grapple and working area. Efficient and correctly directed lighting reduces strain on the operator’s eyes and helps them cope better with working in the dark. The K121 loader can even be equipped with a 0.50/0,52 m2 grapple.

PONSSE BISON ACTIVE FRAME The main strengths of the new forwarder model are its speed and efficiency. The continuously variable transmission and the Active Frame cabin suspension system raise productivity to a new level, especially over long transport distances. The PONSSE Bison Active Frame demonstrates its speed especially over long transport distances. The new continuously variable transmission (CVT) always balances the driving speed and engine load, ensuring low fuel consumption and high productivity. In addition to fuel efficiency, the benefits of the powertrain include high tractive force and seamless transmission – work doesn’t have to stop when changing the driving speed. The PONSSE Bison is equipped with the PONSSE Active Frame cabin suspension system. The system has a simple and functional structure, dampening any lateral movement affecting the operator effectively and unnoticeably. The Active Frame allows the operator to stay alert and productive hour after hour, even at high speeds. The large load space combined with the powerful and easy-to-use loader ensure

efficient load handling at all work sites.

CVT FOR THE FIRST TIME IN FOREST MACHINES The transmission of the PONSSE Bison Active Frame is based on CVT technology. Product Manager Juha Haverinen, who is responsible for forwarders at Ponsse, tells that the experiences have been good. “Thanks to the CVT, driving speed can be increased considerably if the situation permits. This is especially useful over long transport distances.” The CVT includes seamless changing of gear ratios and thus the traditional switching between slow and fast gear is no longer necessary. The operator can drive at any speed without having to stop, depending on the driving conditions. In a machine with CVT, the traditional hydrostatic transmission can be replaced with a separate CVT gear system. This enables lower fuel consumption as well as a higher tractive force, the benefits of which become obvious when driving on steep hills, soft terrain or in deep snow. CVT systems are based on a very robust technology. They have been previously used, for example, in large earthmoving machines,


so there is plenty of experience in demanding conditions. Ponsse is the only forest machine

manufacturer to offer CVT in forest machines.






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Right on track with the 2021 Komatsu models Upgraded 845, revised 835TX & NEW 825TX At the launch of its 2021 models, Komatsu Forest presented a number of forwarder announcements, including an upgraded Komatsu 845 and a brand-new thinning concept:

Thinning Experts (TX) Which includes the 835TX & the new 825TX This will mean that Komatsu’s entire forwarder range now boasts a fully upgraded design, a new 4-cylinder engine and a new control system. The Bogie Lift Advanced option will be available for all small forwarders and, moreover, MaxiFleet will gain several new features to simplify day-to-day forwarding work. The Komatsu 825TX, an agile 9-tonne forwarder for the market segment for the smallest machines, is a brand-new and eagerly awaited forwarder model. The former smallest model, the 11-tonne Komatsu 835, has been upgraded and relaunched with a new designation, the Komatsu 835TX. Also presented is an upgraded mid-class 12-tonne stalwart, the Komatsu 845, which performs well not only in thinning, but also in lighter final logging. “With the launch of the 2021 models, all our machines have now been upgraded and we’re pleased to be able to offer our customers comprehensive forwarder and harvester ranges. The new thinning experts have several qualities which make them extremely well-suited to thinning, and which have been requested for some time. They also feature some of the advantages of the larger forwarders,” says Daniel Grabbe, Product Manager at Komatsu Forest.

many practical storage spaces. Another improvement is that the Orbitrol steering wheel has been replaced by an electric mini steering wheel, found on the right joystick. This new steering wheel enables a higher transport speed of 22–25 km/h depending on the model. “The removal of the old steering wheel means less hydraulics in the cab, providing an even more spacious and quieter work environment,” says Grabbe.

Greater reliability with the latest engine installation The Komatsu 825TX, 835TX and 845 models all boast a new engine installation, one which meets the latest emission legislation for diesel engines (Stage V). This provides a number of benefits: an all-new AdBlue system, a new exhaust system and hydraulic tappets. The AdBlue system has been completely overhauled, with a focus on improvements to increase reliability. The tank has been moved to the front-left storage space and has a new and improved filling solution incorporating both a spill guard and filtration. A specially designed funnel with venting channels enables faster filling. “All these modifications simplify daily machine maintenance while also reducing the risk of dirt entering the tank,” Grabbe explains.

Komatsu 825TX is the thinning specialist that is powerful yet compact. Low weight, accessibility and power are examples of features that all contributes to long-term productivity

The Komatsu 835TX is optimal for thinning with its accessibility and strength. It is a lightweight forwarder, with high ground clearance and a fuel efficient engine, which all contributes to reducing the environmental impact. for machine and head control, bucking, crane settings and administration, with user friendly functions and tools that provide full control of the timber from order to roadside delivery.

Bogie Lift Advanced for an easier working day

Comfortable cab with excellent visibility in all directions

Daniel Grabbe, Product Manager, Komatsu Forest

All new forwarders have been upgraded with the same cab as the current Komatsu 855, 875 and 895 models. Komatsu’s ergonomic cabs are based on a tried and tested concept that offers a comfortable and spacious work environment with good visibility in all directions. The interior is well considered with

Modern control system for the best starting conditions Another feature shared by our new forwarders is that they have been equipped with the MaxiXT control system, which was unveiled for Komatsu’s other forest machines in 2019. MaxiXT is a complete system

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Bogie Lift Advanced, which enables individual control of the left and right bogies, will now be available as an option on the Komatsu 825TX, 835TX and 845 models. This function provides the forwarder with great mobility when passing over obstacles, which is especially important in dense forest stands with narrow strip roads that require agile machines with good offroad handling.

Improved information transfer and increased cooperation The launch of 2021 models incorporates two major new features added to MaxiFleet,

Komatsu Forest’s operations management system. Location data will now enable you to view your position on the map, which can aid the sharing of information between colleagues. Also released is a new function that helps in the preparation of forwarder instructions. Preparing the instructions in advance means less need for administration in the cab and more time for the operator to actually forward.

Komatsu Forwarder Range

Komatsu 845 in a new outfit The Komatsu 845 12-tonne forwarder is a versatile machine that performs well in thinning, but also in lighter final felling.


he 2021 model has been updated with new components, including a new chassis, a new engine and a new control system, bringing it fully in line with the larger forwarders, albeit in a slightly smaller package. New Komatsu 845 options include a larger crane and SpeedShift. “The Komatsu 845 is a mid-class stalwart that’s now received a much-needed upgrade,” says Daniel Grabbe, Product Manager at Komatsu Forest. The Komatsu 845 in the 2021 line-up boasts an upgraded design with the same popular cab as the larger forwarders. The work environment is spacious and comfortable with good visibility in all directions – over both the hood and the load area, which is especially important in thinning. The latest engine installation ensures compliance with emission legislation while the overhauled AdBlue system increases reliability and simplifies service. Thanks to the user-friendly functions and tools of the new control system, MaxiXT, the best starting conditions are provided for ensuring full control of the timber from order to roadside delivery. To simplify loading, the Komatsu 845 now has a straight head board. Just like on the larger forwarders, the load space is

spacious and flexible with many customisation options for different harvesting conditions. There is now the option of a larger crane, which results in a more powerful machine well suited to handling heavy and long timber. Another new option for the Komatsu 845 is SpeedShift, a function that enables the operator to use the machine’s entire speed range without having to stop to change gears. SpeedShift automatically changes to a higher gear as the operator increases speed, resulting in both lower fuel consumption and a higher average transport speed. “The modern outfit reflects what lies beneath – with all these updates making the Komatsu 845 an agile and versatile midclass forwarder with many of the advantages of the larger forwarders,” Grabbe ends.




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Smart Crane on Komatsu forwarders simplifies the working day for new and experienced operators alike Did you know that a forwarder operator spends as much as 70% of their working day operating the crane? This means there is much to be gained by finding ways to optimise crane operation. The most ergonomic work environment possible is also key to ensuring high and constant production throughout the working day. Komatsu Forest is now introducing Komatsu Smart Crane, a crane that reacts to the forwarder operator’s slightest movements, translating them into smooth and efficient crane operation.


rane operation requires several different but simultaneous actions, and over the space of a day these add up to many hand movements to forward timber to the roadside. Naturally, an experienced operator performs these movements without thinking, but a simplified approach would reduce the physical toll and optimise crane operation. This was the central idea behind the development of Smart Crane. Smart Crane offers advantages that include a reduced physical burden on the operator, enabling them to maintain high production throughout the day. This is made possible by the crane’s precision and smooth movement patterns, which with less sway and vibration removes stress from the operator. Smart Crane simplifies crane control too. With just three joystick movements, the operator can easily control the grapple with great precision. “The telescopic boom extension is controlled automatically, meaning one less thing for the operator to think about. Fewer joystick movements make the job easier – even for an experienced operator – and mean better operator ergonomics. Another advantage is that it is much easier for an inexperienced operator to

quickly hone their crane operation skills”, Daniel Grabbe, Product Manager forwarders explains. Smart Crane alters its behaviour depending on which stage of the crane cycle the grapple is at, just as an experienced operator does. This means that the crane behaves differently depending on whether the operator is gathering timber from the ground, loading it into the load space or stacking it at the roadside – everything to ensure maximum productivity every step of the way. This is seen, for example, in how Smart Crane prioritises the telescopic boom extension over the main boom, saving both time and fuel. “Our Smart Crane technology builds on SmartFlow, our intelligent

crane control that includes an intelligent crane valve to ensure that the right pressure and flow are supplied to the crane at all times, regardless of the load. With its active crane damping, it also ensures impressive responsiveness and great precision in all crane movements. The crane quite simply feels like an extension of your own arm”, Grabbe continues. Another reason for the crane’s excellent precision is that the Smart Crane system can distribute the movement between the crane functions so that vibrations and shocks are reduced. This contributes to better operator ergonomics while at the same time protecting the crane components and extend their service life.

The telescopic boom extension is controlled automatically, meaning one less thing for the operator to think about. Fewer joystick movements make the job easier – even for an experienced operator – and mean better operator ergonomics. Another advantage is that it is much easier for an inexperienced operator to quickly hone their crane operation skills Daniel Grabbe, Product Manager Forwarders

Since such a large share of a forwarder operator’s working day involves crane operation, increased efficiency offers great potential. Smart Crane provides the operator with advantages such as simpler

crane operation, less physical strain and higher productivity. Advantages that benefit both profitability and the operator’s wellbeing.


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cabs. A quiet environment is important for operator comfort and productivity. The forwarder cab is insulated and isolation-mounted for reduced noise and vibration levels. A variety of operator convenience options is available. Each machine comes with a TPM system for maximum tire life. RemoteLog telematics and LogOn come standard on Tigercat forwarders along with a data package paired to the warranty period purchased with the machine.



The heavy duty Tigercat 1055C is a 14 t capacity forwarder designed to excel in both selective and final felling applications. The Tigercat F135T85 crane offers up to 8.5 m (335 in) of telescopic reach. With an expandable bunk and a choice of two wagon frame lengths, the 1055C is highly configurable and an excellent all-around forwarder. The 1055 features Tigercat’s innovative low-wide bunk system found on the larger 1075C and 1085C models. Low-wide provides superior lineof-sight to the load and reduces operator strain. With a 20 t capacity, the 1075C is designed for long distance forwarding and tough terrain. The standard F165T85 crane or optional F195T85 crane can handle all of your forwarding needs. With optional extreme duty Tigercat-built bogies, the 1075C excels in tough terrain and slopes and operates with minimal soil disturbance due to the extralong 1.89 m (74 in) bogie walking beams. An optional two-speed transmission is perfect for long forwarding distances and moderate terrain. The 1085C has a massive 25 t capacity. It excels in severe duty, steep slopes, and scarifying applications. An optional steep slope package includes a 25° rearward tilting crane, a moving reinforced gate, 21 t rear frame tethering lugs, and an optimized steep slope bunk design. A baffle system in the fuel tank ensures a constant supply on steep ground. The front bogie pinion and transmission are pressure lubricated. The Tigercat-built drivetrain provides torque that

is unmatched in the industry. WideRange provides plenty of tractive effort to carry large loads on steep slopes and achieves a maximum working speed of 7 km/h with a single gear ratio. The 1085C can attack and manoeuvre steep slopes under load with ease.

Hooked crane profile and lowwide bunks Tigercat cranes are capable of heavy loads and tough duty cycles. The slew base has a tapered roller bearing system designed to last the life of the machine, and no plain slew bearings or spherical rollers often used in other cranes. The crane’s hooked profile is designed to increase the working envelope of the crane for reduced machine travel and improved productivity. But where the crane really shines is when used in combination with Tigercat’s new low-wide expandable bunk systems. In addition to a conventional flat loading expandable bunk system, Tigercat has optional low-wide bunks, which are inclined rearward to reduce overall gate height and eliminate the need for a vertically sliding gate. In combination with the hooked crane, the low-wide bunk system significantly reduces the chance of crane contact with the gate or bunk stakes. Operator visibility and productivity is enhanced. The operator enjoys a clear sightline to the top of the load, increasing log placement accuracy and decreasing cycle times. In addition, the grapple stays within the operator’s view through the entire loading and unloading cycle for reduced operator strain. The low-wide system is available for both the 1075C and

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1085C forwarders.

Operator’s Station Crane control is very smooth and predictable with optimized flow sharing features so crane movements are precise over a variety of loads and conditions. Tigercat forwarders are equipped

Tigercat forwarders have unsurpassed service access to all electrical, mechanical and hydraulic systems. Access to the engine, driveline, and pumps is through the tilt-out hood enclosure and tilting cab. Hydraulic valves and computer control modules are located in one compartment in the wagon frame. Easily accessed from ground level, hydraulic adjustments are simple to perform.

1055C with a modern, spacious and comfortable cab. Extended windows provide excellent visibility to the load area and the ground. Operators comment about an open feeling even after a long shift in the cab. A rear window guard provides more protection and comes standard on all forwarder


Hydraulic cleanliness is easy to maintain with spin-on hydraulic filters and an electric oil-filling pump. Electrical reliability is excellent due to short wire runs between the control modules and valves located immediately beside them.

Engineering Ingenuity In Forestry with Final Tier 4 Bandit Industries leans on its John Deere engine distributor to design a custom Final Tier 4 engine package for its forestry machine


ntegrating a Final Tier 4 engine into new or existing equipment doesn’t need to be a daunting task if the right partner can be secured. That’s been the experience of Michigan-based Bandit Industries. After years of powering its equipment with John Deere engines, and most recently Tier 3/ Stage III A models, the company has been transitioning its line of wood-processing machines to Final Tier 4 engines. Today, its John Deere-powered product line includes Bandit tree chippers, brush chippers, stump grinders, and more recently, its BTC-300 forestry mower. Design Engineering Manager

says Davis. “Most of our machines run in dusty and dirty environments with high amounts of vibration. We know that, so we design our machines to withstand harsh conditions. We build our machines to last. We build them tough.”

Custom creations Fitting a Final Tier 4 engine into a space once inhabited by an earlier tier engine often requires some engineering ingenuity. During these times, Bandit Industries turns to its John Deere engine distributor, Superior Diesel, to shepherd them through the process and help make the transition as easy and as seamless as possible. John Deere engines can be

needs,” relates Davis. “Superior Diesel’s engineers work with our engineering team to design custom power units and are creative with their packages to fit our space claims. “We provide 3D computer models of our machines, and they use it to design an engine package and will send it back to us for review. That way, there’s less engineering labor on our end to review and suggest changes.” That engineering collaboration recently went into high gear with the new BTC-300. “When we first set out to design the BTC-300, the only engine that would fit the confines of the forestry mower was a 250 hp (187 kW) engine,” he says. “However, we wanted a 300 hp (224 kW) engine, and at the time, the catalyst on a higher-horsepower engine model just would not fit within the space of our machine.” Bandit and Superior Diesel’s engineering teams worked together to create a custom power unit. “The engineers moved the DOC (diesel oxidation catalyst) and SCR (selective catalytic reduction) system closer to the top of the engine to make the power unit more compact. They also relocated the engine-mounted filter and installed a custom radiator,” relates Davis. “The package comes drop-in ready.” With each redesign and new build, Bandit Industries keeps coming back to John Deere. “We like working with Superior Diesel,” says Davis. “They seem to

We design our machines to withstand harsh conditions. We build our machines to last. We build them tough Derrick Davis, Bandit Industries

Derrick Davis oversaw the design of the BTC-300 forestry mower and the selection of an engine that he says not only meets the latest emissions requirements but also stands up to the demands of a very tough job. “It’s an abusive application,”

customized using multiple options and accessories to ease the integration of the power unit into new and existing machine designs. “When Final Tier 4 emissions went into effect, Superior Diesel rose as the leading distributor in configuring engines to our

care about our needs as an OEM manufacturer. John Deere has been around for a long time. And the reason they’ve been around for a long time is because they’re doing something right.”

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Improved Constant Cut for all C-units From June 1, the cutting unit on all C-heads, Constant Cut, will receive an upgraded design. The upgrade contains no less than 25 points and represents a number of improvements for customers, both in terms of increased productivity and better flow in the production.


onstant Cut, Komatsu’s intelligent cutting unit, ensures that the head has a constant and efficient saw chain speed throughout the complete cutting cycle. This ensures efficient cutting and limits problems with cutting cracks. Now the cutting unit has undergone a major upgrade, which means that all C-units get a new, fresh Constant Cut with productive benefits. Below are some of the biggest new features. It’s news that we believe our customers are happy to hear. The improvements come from customer feedback and we have implemented it in our development. In this way, it is an important team work where we together develop our products, in this case heads, says Tobias Ettemo, Product manager for Harvesters and Heads.

Less unplanned stops The chain tensioning of the Constant Cut function is improved, this reduces expensive downtime for the contractor. Another advantage of a better and smoother chain tensioning is that

both chain and saw bar can be used longer. The saw bar mount has a more robust design for increased servicelife. The mechanics around these components have been optimised to ensure that the saw bar is more stable inside the saw box. Customers who have tested the new cutting unit feel that they get a straighter cut, and that the saw bar does not sway as much. Another advantage is that the chain lubrication has improved, as the oil is better steered into the lubrication groove and out to the bar. Better chain lubrication also extends the life of the saw bar, explains Tobias Ettemo.

Better protection and stronger material A new protective cover has been introduced for the auto-release feature, which protects the saw bar mount from sawdust and debris. This means that when changing the chain, the operator does not have to clean the saw bar mount and the saw bar clamp as often as before, thereby reducing downtime.

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Several components of the cutting unit have been upgraded with a stronger and more durable material, which increases the service-life of the entire cutting unit. The bearing between the swivel housing and the saw motor has a better fit to reduce unwanted movements, providing a more stable cutting unit and also less abrasion on the swivel seals. The material in the swivel seals has been replaced with one that is more flexible during movement and less sensitive to abrasion, which reduces the risk of oil leakage. The new swivel seals are also much easier to install as they do not damage as easily when installed. In addition, no special tool is needed to change them, which facilitates service in the field.

Customers who have tested the new cutting unit feel that they get a straighter cut, and that the saw bar does not sway as much. Another advantage is that the chain lubrication has improved, as the oil is better steered into the lubrication groove and out to the bar. Better chain lubrication also extends the life of the saw bar Tobias Ettemo, Product Manager for Harvesters & Heads

Lower maintenance costs

Compared to the previous model, the Cat Next Generation 538 lowers maintenance costs by up to 15% over the course of 12,000 hours of operation

New CAT® Next Generation 538 forest machines deliver more production, improve comfort & safety, & lower maintenance costs


he new CAT® Next Generation 538 Forest Machine features several significant design upgrades that make it a top choice for working with timber. “The 538 has a reputation as a solid performer with rugged reliability,”said Giacomo Bottone, worldwide director for Caterpillar’s forestry and medium excavator family. ” The Next Generation 538 builds on this foundation by being more productive, more comfortable, and costing less to maintain so owners can spend their time moving more timber, loading more trucks, and maximizing their profit potential.”

More production Available in Log Loader and General Forest configurations, the 538 has a new electrohydraulic control system with 10% more swing torque that allows the machine to do work with more power and precision. Updates to the drive system result in a 12% increase in travel speed, helping the Cat Next Generation 538 cover more ground and move up and down slopes faster. High Wide undercarriage provides 15% greater ground clearance to help the machine pass

over stumps and other obstructions with ease. The 538 features an efficient Cat 7.1 engine that meets U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final and EU Stage V emission standards and is flexible to run on biodiesel up to B20. Smart mode automatically matches engine and hydraulic power to working conditions to help reduce fuel consumption up to 5% without sacrificing performance. The 538 offers a cold-start capability of -25°F (-32°C) and reliable high ambient temperature operation reaching 118°F (48°C). It efficiently operates at altitudes reaching 9,842 ft (3000m) without derating. Fuel tank capacity is more than double the previous model, which means the new 538 can operate up to five shifts before refilling.

Improved comfort and safety The all-new Certified Forestry cab design for the Cat Next Generation 538 dramatically improves operator comfort and safety. “The cab is 25% larger with 50% greater overall visibility than our previous 538,” said Bottone. “Plus, it has a heated seat and a more ergonomically friendly layout, so the operator doesn’t have to exert much effort to be efficient and productive.” Ingress/egress is easier due to the cab’s wider and taller door and tilt-up console on the operator’s seat. The machine’s new dual HVAC system keeps operators comfortable regardless

of working in the summer heat or during subfreezing ambient winter temperatures. Its specially insulated roof and improved window and door seals keep in-cab noise levels low. Operators can start the 538’s engine with a simple push of a button. The new Operator ID allows each operator to quickly program and store their own machine settings and attachment function preferences. A larger 10-in (254mm) high-resolution touchscreen monitor delivers intuitive navigation through operating menus and includes a digital version of the operator’s manual for quick reference. An available Cat PL161 Attachment Locator assists in finding work tools within a range of 200 ft (60m), even when covered by overgrowth or debris. A larger, 1.25-in (32-mm) polycarbonate front window improves visibility and operating safety. Smaller cab pillars with the large panoramic windows and recessed right front of the machine contribute to the 50% visibility improvement over the previous model. Two different cab risers – 6.5-in (165-mm) fixed or 48-in (1 219-mm) hydraulic tilt – are available to help operators better see the jobsite. Video feed from the standard rearview camera is easily visible on the high-resolution monitor to enhance operating safety; an optional sideview camera improves visibility even more.

Compared to the previous model, the Next Generation 538 lowers maintenance costs by up to 15% over the course of 12,000 hours of operation. “We improved our filters and our service intervals, and we improved ground-level access to service points to make daily maintenance quick and safe, including a new ground-level dipstick for checking the engine oil,” said Bottone. “Our new electrohydraulic control system eliminates the need for a pilot filter and pilot oil altogether.” The improved filters and synchronized replacement intervals result in greater uptime and 50 fewer filters being consumed over 12,000 hours. Fuel filters feature a synchronized 1,000-hour change interval, which doubles the service life of the previous model. A new hydraulic oil return filter improves filtration and delivers a 3,000-hour service life, which is 50% longer than previous designs. The high-efficiency, hydraulically driven cooling fan runs only when necessary; reversing intervals are programmable to enable the fan to keep the radiator cores clean without interrupting the work schedule. Product Link technology captures critical operating data, fault codes, and machine location information to boost fleet management efficiency. The Next Generation 538 has Remote Troubleshoot capability when within cell coverage. Remote Troubleshoot analyzes real-time machine data captured by Product Link for diagnostics of fault codes without impacting machine productivity, and it can potentially save a service trip to the jobsite. Also, owners can be sure the 538 is operating with the most current version of software with standard Remote Flash (dependent on cell service), which updates machine software around the production schedule. ”°Loggers who want more production, greater comfort and safety, and lower maintenance cost will love the Next Generation 538,”said Bottone. “When you add in our Cat dealer network that’s committed to forestry, you get a winning combination of machine and support that can’t be beat for moving timber.”

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John Deere adds Smooth Boom Control Technology for Tracked Feller Bunchers & Harvesters With SBC, we’re improving machine functionality, making operation easier on both the operator and machine. As a result, operators can control the machine movements more effectively, especially when reversing motions. SBC delivers a smoother experience for the operator and less wear and tear on the machine over time Jim O’Halloran, Product Marketing Manager, John Deere.


eveloped in global collaboration between the John Deere Wheeled Cutto-Length and Full-Tree Forestry teams, Smooth Boom Control ensures full and responsive hydraulic function actuation, improving overall machine reactiveness and controllability. Smooth Boom Control is available as a standard feature on new tracked feller bunchers and harvesters or as an upgrade for existing M- and MH-Series machine owners. Further enhancing the machine operation in demanding forestry applications, John Deere adds its Smooth Boom Control (SBC) technology to its M-Series Tracked Feller Bunchers and MH-Series Tracked Harvesters. Developed in global collaboration between the John Deere Wheeled Cut-to-Length and Full-Tree Forestry teams, the SBC system instantaneously responds to operator input while smoothing out the acceleration and deceleration of hydraulic functions

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on the machine, improving overall control. “Machine response is important to efficient machine operation, especially when working in challenging conditions day in and day out,” said Jim O’Halloran, product marketing manager, John Deere. “With SBC, we’re improving machine functionality, making operation easier on both the operator and machine. As a result, operators can control the machine movements more effectively, especially when reversing motions. SBC delivers a smoother experience for the operator and less wear and tear on the machine over time.” The SBC software further refines the motion of the boom, swing and travel functions using advanced signal control to keep the machine ready to go. This results in a significant improvement in overall joystick and foot pedal response, reducing the signal delay at the start and end of each operator command. “One operator told us

during our evaluation, it made a really good machine even better,” said O’Halloran. The SBC software is now available as a standard feature on new tracked feller bunchers and harvesters or as an upgrade for existing M- and MH-Series machine owners. To learn more about Smooth Boom Control as well as the John Deere lineup of forestry equipment, visit www. or your local John Deere dealer.

Waratah Forestry Equipment unveils new H425, H425HD & H425X harvester heads


aratah Forestry Equipment announced the new H425, H425HD and H425X – a trio of rugged harvester heads built for tough jobs. With a powerful control valve and four roller feed arm geometry, each high-performance head is productive on wheeled or tracked carriers. “These models are built for durability and performance,” said Brent Fisher, product marketing manager for Waratah. “Among other updates, new hose protection and servicing enhancements make these great heads even better.” The standard H425 (1360 kg or 2,998 lb.), H425HD (1390 kg or 3,064 lb.) and hefty H425X (1426 kg or 3,143 lb.) each offer increased reliability with new feed motor hosing routings and new covers. For quick and easy servicing, each head features a new hinged valve cover and improved access to greasing points.

H425 Optimizing performance, productivity and delimbing, the H425 excels in large diameter regeneration harvesting. A powerful control valve and feedroller arm geometry ensure a solid grip and agile harvester head control for all diameter classes. For increased uptime and lower daily operating costs, the H425 offers improved hose routing from boom to harvester head and from the valve to feed motors, keeping hoses well protected from limbs and understory interference. The H425 offers optional saw motor sizes, standard (narrow stem) or buttress (wide stem) saw frames for challenging applications, and processing knives for picking stems from the ground or bunch piles.

H425HD Built to work on the toughest jobs, the H425HD features a heavyduty tilt frame, feed motors and

guarding to provide even more durability. With a powerful control valve and a top saw option, the high-performance head offers great productivity, especially for wheeled carrier applications. For ease of maintenance, the H425HD now has easy filling of saw chain oil. Likewise, daily maintenance can be performed without changing the position of the harvester head. The valve block and grease points are also easily accessible. The H425HD offers optional saw motor sizes, standard (narrow stem) or buttress (wide stem) saw frames for challenging applications, and processing knives for picking stems from the ground or bunch piles.

H425X The H425X features an extreme duty main saw box with heavier steel plating, extra feed motor component guarding, heavy-duty tilt frame, hose protection and increased drive arm durability for demanding applications in mixed stand harvesting. Its four roller feed arm geometry ensures rollers grip solidly in all diameters, improving responsiveness with unprecedented tree-processing performance – especially in large timber. Purpose-built for tracked harvesters, the H425X offers options for many applications with multi-tree handling, an integrated top saw and processing knives for picking from piles or hardwood applications, and many feed wheel options to suit numerous applications. “The H425, H425HD and H425X are reliable heads for heavy-duty applications,” Fisher said. “With each new head generation, we’re providing our customers the solutions they need to maximize productivity and uptime.” The Waratah H425, H425HD and H425X are currently available to customers in Europe, the United

States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Africa, Asia, Brazil and Latin America. For more information about Waratah, please visit Waratah. com or contact Sarah Larson at

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PONSSE ELEPHANT & ELEPHANT KING WITH K121 LOADER More efficiency for load Handling

The PONSSE K121 loader extends Ponsse’s loader selection to a whole new size range. The new loader combines high torque and lifting power with increased reach, a new type of loader geometry and

good controllability. These features come together to create the most powerful loader on the market, enabling shorter loading and unloading times.

The new loader makes working more efficient, especially in conditions where load handling takes up a large proportion of the working time. It facilitates the handling of large trees and work on slopes where high power equipment is required. SEE PAGES 35/36

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PONSSE K101 & K111 Loaders

Loaders account for a significant part of forwarders’ operating hours, and loads are large in this size category. For these reasons, the efficiency of the loader has a significant impact on the productivity of the forwarder. The whole new geometry and high power of the new PONSSE K101 and K111 loaders enable accurate controls and precise operations Juha Haverinen, forwarder product manager at Ponsse SEE PAGE 34

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Smart Crane on Komatsu forwarders simplifies the working day for new & experienced operators alike

The telescopic boom extension is controlled automatically, meaning one less thing for the operator to think about. Fewer joystick movements make the job easier – even for an experienced operator – and mean better operator ergonomics. Another advantage is that it is much easier for an inexperienced operator to quickly hone their crane operation skills Daniel Grabbe, Product Manager Forwarders SEE PAGES 40/41

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Intelligent Boom Control; (IBC) Delivering increased productivity, versatility, and stability in the woods, the John Deere G-Series Forwarder lineup features six powerful models - 910G, 1010G, 1110G, 1210G, 1510G, and 1910G – that are built for the demands of the job site. One of the most notable features available on all G-Series machines is the Intelligent Boom Control system (IBC). IBC allows the operator to direct the reach and height of the boom tip parallel

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to the ground. One joystick moves the boom tip horizontally, while a second joystick guides it vertically, providing faster cycle times and more precise control. This technology increases loading speed and maximizes boom control, providing greater productivity and enhanced comfort for the operator. SEE PAGES 32/33

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handling industries.

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but not limited to the logging, refuse & material

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& patented various aluminum products.


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with Raptor Bunks & Stakes

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stakes & bunks on flat bed trailers.


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MiCROTEC (formerly FinScan) will continue its close cooperation with the Russian ULK Group in delivering three Finscan sorting systems for dry sorting departments at ULK’s new Pinega

sawmill to be constructed in the Arkhangelsk region. The Finscan system is an advanced sawn lumber scanner that utilises Buzzard® AI software to detect defects in wood.

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Thanks to the Buzzard® app, the system detects knots and rot with extremely high precision, and therefore significantly improves the sawn lumber yield. The Pinega sawmill is expected

to begin operations in 2023 and manufacture sawn softwood and pellets. MiCROTEC’s order is part of a sizeable agreement between Lahtibased Jartek and ULK Group on the

MiCROTEC to deliver three Finscan scanners to ULK Group’s Pinega sawmill for dry sorting

delivery of sawn lumber processing lines. Jartek will deliver four green sorting lines and three dry sorting lines for sawn lumber processing. Once complete, the Pinega sawmill will be the largest in

northern Europe. The sawmill will handle over two million cubic metres of logs per year, resulting in approximately one million cubic metres of ready sawn lumber and 600 tonnes of pellets.

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UK, Europe, South Africa, US East Coast CONTACT: Phil Playle International Forest Industries Ltd Tel: +44 (0)1442 877 777 Fax: +44 (0)1442 870 617 Email:

Japan CONTACT: Shigeru Kobayashi Japan Advertising Communications, Inc. Star Bldg., 3-10-3 Kanda Jimbocho Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0051 Tel: 81-3-3261-4591 Fax: 81-3-3261-6126

CONTACT: Bob Warren International Forest Industries Ltd Tel: +44 (0)1442 877 777 Fax: +44 (0)1442 870 617 Email:

Western USA (MT, ID, OR,WA) & Canada CONTACT: Bob Warren International Forest Industries Ltd Tel: +44 (0)1442 877 777 Fax: +44 (0)1442 870 617 Email:

US Mid-West, Central & Mountain CONTACT: Kevin Lapham J.P.Media Inc 1163 E.Ogden Ave, Ste. 705-359 Naperville IL 60563, USA Tel: +1 (630) 420 9752 Fax: +1 (630) 420 9763 Email:

South America CONTACT: Editec S.A. Avda del Cóndor 844 Of. 205, Cuidad Empresarial Huechuraba, Santiago, Chile Tel: +56 2 757 4200 Fax: +56 2 757 4201 Email:

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Maxam debuts the full MS933 LOGXTRA series Adding two new sizes to its forestry lineup, the 73 x 44.00-32 and 73x50.00-32, MAXAM debut the complete range of the MS933 LOGXTRA, high flotation tire. Engineered from the inside out to provide demanding forestry equipment with a formidable solution, the MS933 delivers unparalleled performance, enhanced traction, and superior flotation in severe logging applications. The MS933 LOGXTRA was designed with a high-strength, belt-stabilized construction to tackle the harshest terrains. Featuring the signature LOGXTRA compounding technology and manufacturing, the MS933 provides maximum protection from cuts and impacts in the toughest working environment. Additionally, the heavy-duty shoulder and sidewall allow users to take on the extreme without worrying about punctures. Manufactured with an extra-wide footprint that delivers exceptional flotation in muddy and wet ground conditions, the MS933 increases productivity on all sites. To prevent common bead winding and mounting defects, the MS933’s bead is designed with a thick and short cross-section for added stability and strength. The cutting-edge bead package is also

nylon-wrapped, allowing the MS933 to outlast alternative options in extreme conditions. The MS933 LOGXTRA delivers maximum performance, extreme traction, and increased productivity at an undeniable value. The MS933 is available for skidder fitment in sizes to meet the needs of each application.

Delivering a Formidable Solution for Demanding Forestry Equipment

New harvester head for processing eucalyptus trees from Ponsse

Ponsse is launching a new debarking PONSSE H7 HD Euca harvester head alongside the previously released H8 HD Euca. The new powerful harvester head further strengthens Ponsse’s strategy to be the leading global manufacturer of harvester heads.


his new harvester head has been developed together with our customers, based on their feedback. We wanted to introduce an even more powerful and productive harvester head for processing eucalyptus trees that withstands even the most extreme conditions, and we succeeded in this with the H7 HD Euca harvester head”, says Janne Loponen, harvester head product manager at Ponsse. The H7 HD Euca harvester head can be fitted on the PONSSE Cobra, Scorpion King and Ergo harvesters, but it can also be installed on 16–22-ton track-based base machines. The frame of the PONSSE H7 HD Euca harvester head is made of the Heavy-Duty structure, developed by Ponsse. It withstands even the most extreme conditions both in forest machines and track-based machines. The geometry and technical solutions of the new harvester head have been made to ensure maximum efficiency

during debarking, feeding and sawing. The development of the harvester head has also focused on mechanical durability and the ease of maintenance. Its efficient feed rollers and debarking knives guarantee firstrate debarking results from start to finish. The solid frame and robust tilt frame give the harvester head the durability needed in debarking. Automated functions control saw movements according to the tree diameter and saw bar position and allow trees to be cut quickly. All PONSSE harvester heads have been designed to withstand even the toughest conditions. They are characterised by a simple and solid structure which is why they can be used in various harvesting applications, ranging from harvesters to track-based solutions. All PONSSE harvester heads are manufactured and designed at the Ponsse factory in Vieremä, Finland. Comprehensive design applies to both mechanical components and the electronic

This new harvester head has been developed together with our customers, based on their feedback. We wanted to introduce an even more powerful and productive harvester head for processing eucalyptus trees that withstands even the most extreme conditions, and we succeeded in this with the H7 HD Euca harvester head Janne Loponen, Harvester Head Product Manager, Ponsse

control system, controls and software. The manufacturing process is highly automated, guaranteeing a high level of quality and measuring accuracy. Durable hoses and delimbing knives form an important part of reliability. FURTHER INFORMATION: Janne Loponen, Ponsse Plc, Product Manager, harvester heads,, tel. +358 40 502 8018.

New PONSSE Frame & Crane care for service agreements Frame and Crane care is a new extended protection for forest machines that have an PONSSE Active Care service agreement. The Frame and Crane care covers main frame structures for up to 10,000 engine hours if the machine has a valid service agreement during that period. PONSSE Active care service agreement needs to be valid for the whole period, but the agreement can be made in several parts. “With the new Frame and Crane care package our customers

can get even more out from their service agreements.” says Eveliina Pölkki, Product Group Responsible for service agreements at Ponsse Plc. PONSSE Frame and Crane care covers following frame structures: front and rear frame, middle pivot and articulated frame, crane base, main, lifting and luffing booms without extensions and pillars. The new Frame and Crane care is valid for machines that have service agreements and are manufactured starting from 2021.

Ponsse Active Care service agreements ensure maximum productivity Ponsse Active Care service agreements comprise the best possible service for forest machine entrepreneurs: you can focus on your key business, logging, while Ponsse takes care of scheduled maintenance, machine optimization and extended cover. You forest machine will maintain its performance, reliability, and productivity from one logging site to the next. Forest

machines maintained regularly by professionals using only highquality and original Ponsse parts, lubricants and filters remain in good operating condition and retain their value well.

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