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Cut-to-length forest machines have proved to be excellent harvesting solutions, also on steep slopes

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COVER - STEEP SLOPE HARVESTING Ponsse’s cut-to-length forest machines have proved to be excellent harvesting solutions, also on steep slopes. Environmentally friendly and safe harvesting solutions for slopes are in high demand, especially when harvesting takes place in areas with varying terrain and steepness. One of the most important solutions for harvesting on steep slopes is

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Holmen is investing SEK 400 million at Iggesund Sawmill

Small log line upgrades will improve recovery, reliability, and throughput

Setra invests in Malå to double its production

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Cascade Hardwoods invests in Microtec CT Log Scanning technology

Sweden’s Norra Timber has announced it is investing heavily in new technology that will make it possible to read a log’s unique ‘fingerprint’

LIMAB releases upgraded BoardProfiler

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HS Timber Group & Forestcape to build new sawmill in Gobernador Virasoro, Argentina

Autolog introduces R-TRAC rotation tracking

Junnikkalan saha Oy is investing €75m in building one of Finland’s largest and most modern sawmills

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EDITOR’S COMMENT A short Christmas wish list

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s we were putting together our December-January edition of International Forest Industries, our sparse office – the Omicron variant has meant the government in the UK has once again advised we work from home, where possible – was preparing to shut down and enjoy some well-earned time with family. To say this little period was an unsettled time would be both right and wrong. It was unsettled in the sense that a new variant was once again making planning tough and causing the stress levels among many to rise. But it was hardly unsettled in the sense that it did not represent a departure from what has become the norm. We have been fighting COVID-19 with a multitude of scientific and anti-social measures for coming up to two years and so, in most respects, a challenging Christmas period was, simply, more of the same. The concern for our office was therefore centred on whether we would have to endure another eventless, and largely travel-less, 12 months. For me, my letter to Santa Claus – or Sinnterklaas or Saint Nicholas or Kris Kringle or whatever variation you prefer where you are – was therefore short. Dear Santa, Please may I have a year in which I can travel to Elmia or Trä & Teknik or any of the many North America-based events and start to reengage with the forestry sector. Yours in desperation,

‘COVID passports’, masks and a level of distancing in some places and certain settings, but it would avoid lockdowns and travel restrictions that mean businesses – including events businesses – can plan and get on with things. Events are central to what forestry businesses do. With contractors and sawyers often in fairly (or very) remote settings, the ability to come together to see the latest in equipment and put in orders is critical. Just as important is to sit with peers and share information so as to learn from one another – publications like ours help facilitate this sharing of knowledge at a high level, but there is nothing like sitting with an industry friend and chewing the fat for the benefit of both. From the equipment supplier perspective, this is where new kit is publicised, order books are filled and relationships for future deals are built. Events are a logistical undertaking that challenge teams, get employees out of the office, and give them an opportunity to bond. On top of all that, it is the relationships across suppliers, contractors, media and government that make this industry fun and keep us all sane. So, for me, if nothing else, I’m hoping Christmas and birth of the New Year brings with it – if not a return to normality – the emergence of a slightly different and curbed reality, but one where we can be together as an industry, once again.

Editor, IFI. From my perspective, it has just been too long. It is presumably much the same from a broader industry perspective. We, of course, understand the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic but with vaccines and boosters rolling out, and the need for these to adapt to what will be a steady stream of variants – in line with regular flu – we hope that we are approaching the point at which we learn to live with COVID-19. That is likely to mean inconveniences like

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The PONSSE K121 loader offers unprecedented efficiency and speed for load handling in tough conditions. The Elephant King forwarder with the K121 loader is a powerful combination at worksites where load handling takes up a large part of working hours. The K121 loader also makes working easier at sites where large trees are handled and on steep slopes where the loader needs to be powerful. The high slewing and lifting power, longer reach, new loader geometry and good controllability speed up loading and unloading. Heavy-duty forwarding online event, was held 24 November, - recording can be found: https://youtu.be/QV8zdSMTOQU Further information Juha Haverinen, Product Manager, Forwarders, Ponsse Plc Tel. +358 40 839 8529, juha.haverinen@ponsse.com

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Ponsse opens new service centre in Tomsk, Russia Ponsse has invested more than €2 million in the construction of a new service centre in Tomsk, West Siberian, Russia. The grand opening of the new service centre took place on 11 November 2021. Large stocks and an efficient logistics system guarantee customers short service times and fast spare parts deliveries. The investment aimed to create a modern service centre with a current repair area and a logistics centre with a spare parts warehouse. This training centre offers skills on PONSSE harvesters and forwarders, and an in-depth knowledge of the structure and operation of technology. In total, the centre employs 26 people. “Ponsse has been active in Tomsk for about 15 years, and our dealer company Zeppelin Russland played a vital role at the start. From the outset, Ponsse has been fortunate enough to work with very active and loyal customers and partners who have supported

and appreciated the excellent progress of Ponsse’s operations in the region. Especially good, fruitful cooperation has developed with an experienced local logger and timber processor, Alexei Vasilyevich Maslov, whose company has helped us grow for many years”, says Jaakko Laurila, Managing Director of ООО Ponsse. “The opening of the stateof-the-art new service center is a natural development, as the client base and Ponsse machine fleet in the area are growing from year to year. Our clients in the Tomsk region are professional and ambitious, and to support the growth of their logging business, Ponsse needs to develop accordingly,” Laurila explains. “Over the years, we’ve also seen and felt a good creative relationship with the Administration of the Tomsk region, which was one of the main reasons why Ponsse decided to invest in Tomsk”, Laurila thanks.

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Today, the Ponsse service network in Russia includes 44 service centres that belong to ООО Ponsse, a dealer company. In total, the network employs about 650 PONSSE specialists, most of whom are technical personnel. All specialists are constantly undergoing advanced training. According to the unified service standards, “ESW – Effective Safety Workshop – Effective and Safe Working Environment”, ООО Ponsse pays excellent attention to the quality of services and maintains them at a high Ponsse standard level in dealer companies. In addition to employees, the Governor of the Tomsk Region Sergey Anatolyevich Zhvachkin, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ponsse Plc Jarmo Vidgren, Managing Director of OOO Ponsse Jaakko Laurila, and other honoured guests and officials attended to the opening ceremony.

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LOGGING & BIOMASS NEWS

John Deere announces new options & updates to the M-Series Tracked Feller Bunchers, Harvesters, & Shovel Loggers John Deere introduces new options and updates to the M-Series Tracked Feller Bunchers, Harvesters, and Shovel Logger. Enhancements have been made to the previously released Smooth Boom Control (SBC), as well as Improved Seat and HeatedVentilated Seat (HVS) and Premium Radio that is XM ready. Updated Smooth Boom Control (SBC) improves the amount of pressure needed to operate a function, giving the operator more feel and control of the movement, especially during fine metering. This allows for a wider tuning range for individual functions and improves the set-up for multiple Operator preferences and skill levels.

productivity,” said Jim O’Halloran, product marketing manager, John Deere. ”Continuous improvement is always top of mind when it comes to our equipment, and enhancing the machine control and operator comfort levels are prime examples of offering a greater customizable functionality to operators.” The new dual density foam seat provides more support and comfort during operation. With improved seat cushioning, built-in contoured lumbar and thigh support and additional clearance for their thighs, all sizes of operators can feel comfortable in any desired seating position. Additionally, John Deere has added adjustable suspension dampers to reduce vibration and provide more variable dampening. Lastly, for improved overall comfort, a heated and ventilated seat option has been made available. All seat configurations come with either a standard wide lap belt, or optional four-point harness.

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Mulching head attachments for skid steers Loftness has expanded its portfolio of mulching head attachments with the H and S Series Battle Ax models for skid steers. The 17-inch H Series Battle Ax has a depth gauge design that Loftness said is proven to perform better than any other bite-control rotor. The model also has a twostage cutting chamber, which is more effective for sizing material than drum mulchers that use hydraulic doors to trap material, according to the manufacturer. The S Series Battle Ax also has a diameter of 17 inches, and Loftness said the model’s refined and balanced design is durable, efficient and versatile. The S Series also has a two-stage cutting

chamber for mulching material. Loftness said its two-stage cutting chamber is capable of processing material more thoroughly than competitive units by cutting material twice. The primary shear bar is adjustable, so the clearance can be narrowed or widened depending upon the desired material size and production rate. According to the manufacturer, the partially reduced material passes smoothly to the secondary cutting chamber behind the front bumper, where it’s processed further before being discharged toward the ground. The L Series Battle Ax attachment for low-flow skid steers

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Alamo group announces acquisition of U.K. based Timberwolf Alamo Group Inc. (NYSE: ALG) announced in October that it has acquired 100% of the outstanding capital shares of Timberwolf Limited (“Timberwolf ”) in the U.K. Timberwolf’s 2021 fiscal year sales were approximately £15 million (US$ 21 million). Timberwolf manufactures a broad range of commercial wood chippers primarily serving markets

Jeff Leonard, Alamo Group’s President & Chief Executive Officer in the U.K. and the European Union. The company was founded in 1986 and has delivered nearly 16,000 chippers in the U.K. and Europe through its comprehensive dealer network. The company

has approximately 80 employees and operates from a 3,300 square meter facility in Suffolk, United Kingdom. Jeff Leonard, Alamo Group’s President and Chief Executive Officer commented, “We are delighted to have completed our acquisition of Timberwolf. The company offers a full range of gravity fed, towed, track mounted and PTO-driven chippers for arboriculture, horticulture, private estates and infrastructure management. Timberwolf builds upon, and complements our existing range of tree care products and strengthens our presence in the U.K. and European forestry and tree care markets. We are pleased that Timberwolf’s management team will remain with the company and we look forward to working closely with them to drive the company’s future growth.”

infrastructure maintenance, agriculture and other applications. Their products include truck and tractor mounted mowing and other vegetation maintenance equipment, street sweepers, snow removal equipment, excavators, vacuum trucks, other industrial equipment, agricultural implements, forestry equipment and related after-market parts and services. The Company, founded in 1969, has approximately 4,070 employees and operates 27 plants in North America, Europe, Australia and Brazil as of June 30, 2021. The corporate offices of Alamo Group Inc. are located in Seguin, Texas.

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Navigator Group relies on Raumaster’s wood processing expertise One of Portugal’s largest pulp and paper producers, the Navigator Group, has ordered a new wood processing plant for its Figueira mill from Raumaster. The parties do not publish the exact transaction amount of the ordered entity, but it is significant for Raumaster. The ordered plant will process eucalyptus wood as its raw material. Raumaster has invested significantly in the development of eucalyptus debarking and chipping technology over the past 10 years. The project to be delivered is already the third cooperation project with Navigator Group in the last three years. The new wood processing plant will be commissioned during 2023. The project significantly

employs Raumaster’s planning and project management in Finland. The key devices are produced in Raumaster’s extensive partner network. Local companies in Portugal also play a major role in subcontracting the plant to be supplied. “This large-scale deal is a great sign of customer satisfaction that we have managed to build on in our previous projects with Navigator Group. At the same time, this confirms that our development contribution to the development of eucalyptus processing technology has also been noticed in the customer base”, says Petri Lounasaho, Head of the Wood Processing Department.

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Changes in management at Komatsu Forest in Brazil Komatsu Forest have announced changes in top management of Komatsu Forest Ltda Brazil. The company’s current managing director (MD), Mr Felipe Viera has decided to leave the company in pursuit of other professional challenges in a different business segment. Mr Juergen Munz is temporarily taking on the role as MD for Komatsu Forest Brazil. Mr Munz comes from Germany and has worked for Komatsu Forest since 2007, since 2018 he is MD for the German sales company. Mr Munz assignment in Brazil is an interim solution until the company has recruited a new managing director locally. “I look forward to work together with our Brazilian team. The Brazilian market has a strong, sustainable growth and Komatsu Forest has strong, long-term partnerships with our customers. My main focus will be to find the new MD for the company, and I will do my best to make the transition

between Mr Viera and the future MD as seamless as possible,” Munz explains. Komatsu Forest is also reinforcing its local product planning function. The range of forest machine models based on Komatsu crawler base machines, like PC200, PC350 and D61, increases and becomes more and more purpose built for forestry applications. Komatsu Forest will therefor reinforce the product planning function for Komatsu Crawler based products sold in South America. Mr. Sandro Soares will be the new Product Manager, starting from 1 December 2021, based in Brazil. Sandro will work together with the Product Planning team of Komatsu Forest head office in Sweden. “Sandro has many years of experience working for Komatsu Forest Ltda, as a Service Manager and with Design engineering. This, in combination with his large

network of market contacts will be valuable in the new role,” Munz continues. Mr Viera who is leaving the company concludes “I’m extremely grateful to Komatsu for the opportunity given to me and honored to have served alongside a such committed team. I’m proud of Komatsu’s trajectory and certain that the company’s future will look bright. Komatsu has an inquisitive

team that are restless to keep pushing for improvement and innovation. I wish Mr. Munz and all Komatsu’s team member all the best. Same feeling and thoughts to the forest market colleagues and friends.” Mr Felipe Vieira will leave the company on November 30 2021. Mr Juergen Munz will be on site in Brazil from December 6.

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Volvo CE tests world’s first high-lift tele-operation over 5G Remote precision in its grasp An important aim of this research project is to explore exactly what is required from an operator perspective in making teleoperation a user-friendly and efficient experience. Because each load of timber can be so varied – from an unwieldly pile of heavy logs through to just a few short pieces of wood – it is vital that the lifting process is carried out with pinpoint accuracy and incredibly precise handling. Continued from p48

Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) is the first in the world to trial a remote-controlled High-lift wheel loader over a 5G network in a complex forestry application – in a bid to develop safer, more productive timber processes and explore its potential as an enabler for automation. The unique research project Remote Timber is a collaboration between Volvo CE and the telecom operator Telia, timber and paper manufacturer SCA, Mid University Sweden, Skogforsk and Biometria. This week’s tests at SCA’s timber terminal in Torsboda, Sweden, have demonstrated that it is possible to tele-operate a Volvo L180

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Magnus Leonhardt, Director, Head of Business Development & Innovation at Telia

High-lift wheel loader, hundreds of kilometers away. And by using a closed 5G network, low latency has proven to be a major advantage – allowing operators to perform the sensitive process of picking, loading and organizing logs remotely. Tele-operated forestry is expected to deliver improved productivity by allowing one operator to work across multiple – and sometimes isolated – sites around the world. It is also expected to make it both safer, by removing humans from potentially hazardous environments, and more sustainable, through more efficient logistics flows as the loading and unloading of timber can also be done during the night. Christian Spjutare, Advanced Engineering Program Manager at Volvo CE, says: “We expect teleoperation to open up far greater opportunities for operators than is currently available. Sometimes it can be difficult to hire people in timber terminals because of their remote locations. But tele-operation allows people to work from any location, no matter the distance, making it a more desirable work setting, with the added advantage of more efficient and sustainable work logistics.” Magnus Leonhardt, Director, Head of Business Development & Innovation at Telia adds: “This partnership is a fine example of how remote control with the latest technology can contribute to more efficient and sustainable construction solutions in the forestry industry. A secure and

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With a 5G network the response time is extremely low and the high capacity enables immediate feedback. Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE).

Feedback from operators is vital for developing the tele-operation system. Pictured is the control station at Torsboda Timber terminal. Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) robust digital infrastructure is crucial for this. The unique technical qualities that 5G offers are also entirely critical, in which extremely quick response times and high capacity enable immediate feedback between operator and machine, which is a prerequisite for being able to safely control machines remotely.”


Ponsse to invest in operations in Chile Ponsse Group will in the future be responsible itself for the sales, spare parts and service business in Chile through its newly established subsidiary Ponsse Chile SpA. To this end, Ponsse and its local retailer F.C. Ventas Y Servicios Limitada (hereinafter “FC Ventas”) have on 5 November 2021 signed an asset purchase agreement related to Ponsse’s forest machine operations, according to which Ponsse Chile SpA will purchase FC Ventas’ service centre located in Chillan, including its spare parts stocks and maintenance vehicles, subject to the fulfilment of certain conditions. The aim is that PONSSE services in Chile will transfer to Ponsse Group by the end of Q1/2022. The employees of F.C. Ventas will join Ponsse Group as established employees after the transaction has been completed. Ponsse has prepared a comprehensive integration plan that will ensure a positive continuation of the local business and sufficient orientation for the employees. The transaction has no impact on the previous guidance, which

suggests that Ponsse Group’s operating result is estimated to be significantly higher than in 2020. Currently, Ponsse’s business in Chile amounts to approximately ten million euros. The purchase price of the transaction between FC Ventas and Ponsse will not be made public by mutual agreement. Furthermore, the purchase price has no impact on the valuation of Ponsse. The purchase price will be paid in cash subject to the fulfilment of certain conditions set for the completion of the transaction. Ponsse will fund the acquisition from its cash assets. PONSSE forest machines have a market share of about 40 per cent of cut-to-length machines in Chile, and there are 150 PONSSE forest machines in the country. Further machine deliveries are expected as cut-to-length harvesting grows in popularity.

Securing service quality and continuity Juho Nummela, Ponsse Plc president and CEO, says that FC Ventas has built a strong foundation for continuing the development of the service

selection. “We want to provide our customers in the growing Chilean market with the best support possible in the form of excellent products and services that ensure the continuity of their business. We have expanded our subsidiary network with care and always based on customer needs. Our range of products is a good fit for the local conditions, and we believe in the growth potential of PONSSE products and services in Chile,” says Nummela. This change will not interrupt the local PONSSE services, which include machine sales, maintenance, spare parts services and training for local customers. The FC Ventas service centre in question was completed in 2015 and it operates in Chillan in the middle of Chile’s forested region. Ponsse first started import operations in Chile in 2014, but the first PONSSE forest machines were already working in the country in the 1990s. The sustainable annual harvesting volume has grown steadily thanks to the trees’ quick life cycle and well-managed forest plantations. In 2019, Chile’s wood

Juho Nummela, President and CEO

harvest for sawmills, pulp mills and veneer industry applications was 47.6 million cubic metres. The country’s forest industry is based on forest plantations, and 28 per cent of their harvesting is currently based on the cut-to-length (CTL) method. Ponsse’s Vieremä factory currently exports 80 per cent of its production, and PONSSE solutions are sold and serviced by a network of 12 subsidiaries and 44 retailers. In addition to its international subsidiaries, Ponsse Group includes the technology company Epec Oy in Finland. Ponsse Chile SpA will join Ponsse’s other South American subsidiaries in Uruguay and Brazil.

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Scania and SCA develop first 80 tonne electric timber truck

In another step towards a fossilfree society, SCA and Scania are together developing the first electric timber truck with a technical capability of up to 80 tonnes total weight. The vehicle is a sustainable transport solution enabled through another close cooperation between Scania and a progressive customer. It is possible to drive longer distances with heavy electric transports. Scania and SCA are proving that with a new battery electric vehicle capable of total weights of up to 64 tonnes on public roads and 80 tonnes on private roads. The electric truck will transport timber in the Swedish region of Västerbotten, between SCA’s terminal in Gimonäs and its papermill in Obbola outside Umeå, starting already in 2022. For SCA, which is Europe’s largest private forest owner and maker of sawn wood products, packaging materials and pulp, electrifying road transport is an important part of work to reduce its environmental impact. Every year, SCA transports about 8.5 million

cubic metres of wood to industries, utilising 265 timber trucks in collaboration with 87 haulage contractors. ”The cooperation with Scania is an important way for us to jointly find innovative solutions for sustainable transport. Electric timber trucks will be a strong contribution to SCA’s work with sustainability, where we are part of the solution for a fossil-free world. By running just one electric truck between Gimonäs and Obbola, we can reduce our carbon emissions by about 55,000 kg per year,” says Hans Djurberg, Head of Sustainability, SCA. “As we now demonstrate that it is also possible to electrify very heavy transport, there is a growing need to build out charging infrastructure for heavy vehicles. SCA can further increase our contribution to help fight climate change, but a serious effort must be made to build out charging infrastructure. This responsibility ultimately falls on the government,” says Jörgen Bendz, Head of Wood Supply, SCA. The vehicle solution that Scania is developing, in close collaboration with SCA and research institute Skogforsk, is a part of the shift towards sustainable transport, which Scania has long advocated for, not

least together with progressive customers. ”The key to reaching zero emissions in transport is electrification and we will get there together with customers and other stakeholders that share our values. Partnerships like this one with SCA, where we are early out and demonstrating what is possible, is a clear sign of a change of pace that is needed for us to be fossil free and deliver on the targets of the Paris agreement,” says Fredrik Allard, Head of E-mobility at Scania. At Scania, future solutions are simulated together with different partners and through deep analysis. When it comes to SCA, Scania is developing a vehicle that is optimised for SCA’s specific transport assignments. “An electric timber truck is a symbol for something pretty cool. Transport of timber specifically has been talked about as something that may never be possible to electrify. The developments of the past few years, together with what we are now presenting with SCA, show just how quickly things are progressing with regards to both vehicles and batteries,” says Allard.

Jörgen Bendz, Head of Wood Supply, SCA

Hans Djurberg, Head of Sustainability, SCA

Fredrik Allard, Senior Vice President Head of E-mobility at Scania Group

Wacker Neuson’s 5055 compact wheel loader Compact wheel loaders have made their name by offering good production and efficiency in a smaller, more manageable package. This month, CONEXPO-CON/ AGG 365 featured these machines and their impact on jobsites. Here. we’re spotlighting the 5055 compact wheel loader, one of three models (including the 8085 and 8115L) in Wacker Neuson’s lineup of All Wheel Steer Loaders. Weighing in at 7,936.6 lbs, this compact machine offers upgraded maneuverability over its larger

counterparts, and the model’s long wheelbase ensures smooth driving and easy handling for operators even across rough terrain, according to Wacker Neuson. The 47-horsepower 5055 has counterweights located far behind the rear axle for higher payloads and more stability – even while turning – and the loader comes with four-wheel drive steering. The machine’s design features placement of components for easy access and serviceability, and the engine cover lifts high to give ready access to all the unit’s service

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points. In terms of operator comfort, Wacker Neuson said the 5055’s cockpit is spacious with a functional layout. When considering using attachments with the 5055, contractors can easily and efficiently switch out accessories with the model’s hydraulically operated, universal-style quick hitch, and operators don’t need to leave their seat to change attachments, according to the manufacturer. This model, along with the rest

of Wacker Neuson’s lineup, will most readily be found at your local equipment rental company.


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Blanca Forestry Products purchase a GradeScan Blanca Forestry Products has purchased a GradeScan with deep learning artificial intelligence from Lucidyne for installation in their Blanca, CO planer mill. After closely examining the different lumber scanner systems offered in the market, Blanca was all in for Lucidyne. All new Lucidyne GradeScans come standard with Lucidyne’s patented Intelligent Grading platform, using deep learning artificial intelligence for unmatched defect detection and grading results. Blanca also purchased Lucidyne’s Grade-VU Projector System to integrate with the GradeScan system. This project is scheduled for installation in August 2022. “We evaluated all the grade scanning systems available and chose the Lucidyne because of

the reliability of the GradeScan’s uptime performance and Lucidyne’s willingness to push the envelope in regard to new technology.” Rick Engebretsen General Manager, Blanca Forestry Products Lucidyne, located in Corvallis, Oregon, is a leading manufacturer of scanning technologies for the wood product industry. As a division of Microtec, Lucidyne provides scanning solutions for the North American market. Microtec, headquartered in Italy, is the world’s most trusted scanning and optimization provider for the sawmilling and wood processing industry.

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Lesosibirsky LDK No.1 has completed procurement procedures for modernisation equipment Lesosibirsky LDK No.1 JSC (Segezha Group, MOEX: SGZH, a subsidiary of Sistema PJSFC) has concluded the entire scope of contracts for the supply of equipment to build new and modernise the existing production facilities at the mill. The cost of the equipment exceeds RUB 3 bln. First supplies are expected to begin in the second quarter of 2022. ‘We have completed procurement procedures and signed a contract for a 64-pocket sawn-logs grading line with Nordautomation OY (Finland).

Contracts have also been signed with AS Hekotek (Estonia) for the supply of a 58-pocket dry sawn timber grading and piling line and three pellet production lines.

SECAL S.r.l. (Italy) will supply an additional nine charge dry kilns. Three kilns from this manufacturer started operation at Lesosibirsky LDK No.1 in October of this year as part of the first stage of the investment project,’ explains Artem Samukhin, Director of Development at Lesosibirsky LDK No.1 JSC. Additionally, there is work in

progress regarding the design of a salvage bark waste-fuelled water boiler at LDK No.1, as well as the design of the area for receiving, grading and storing sawn logs. As a result of the technical upgrade, the capacity of Lesosibirsky LDK No.1 will increase by 8%, i.e., to 650 thous m3 of export sawn timber per year. At the same time, the output of the highest-quality finished products will increase by more than 7%, and the production of pellets will almost double, to 210.5 thous tonnes per year.

The ambitious modernisation programme at Lesosibirsky LDK No.1 aims to improve the company’s operational efficiency and create a closed-cycle production facility. The total project investment is about RUB 6.5 bln (VAT included).

Mill Manager appointments at Metsä Fibre M.Sc. (Tech.) Mikko Lintula has been appointed Mill Manager of Metsä Fibre’s Merikarvia sawmill as of 1 January 2022. Lintula currently works as Project Manager in Metsä Fibre’s Rauma sawmill project.

Lintula will report to Jari Tikkanen, Senior Vice President, Sawmill Business. Tomi Saine has been appointed Mill Manager of Metsä Fibre’s Vilppula sawmill and will start

in his new position on 1 January 2022. Saine currently works as District Manager of Metsä Forest’s Seinäjoki sourcing district. As Sawmill Manager, Saine reports to Jari Tikkanen, SVP of Metsä Fibre’s

Sawmill Business Jaakko Vierola, the former Mill Manager at Vilppula sawmill, has moved to Rauma sawmill project as Technical Director from October.

Green expansion for James Jones & Sons Hetton site James Jones & Sons is expanding facilities at its Hetton site following planning permission approval for a 55,000 sq ft site redevelopment. The business will expand and redevelop its premises into a green facility that will include the installation of a biomass boiler. James Jones & Sons (Pallets and Packaging) engaged the services of Building Design Northern (BDN), a Sunderland based architectural, structural and civil engineering firm, to design the plans for its new facility, which will aide its growth and further support the company’s key ethos of developing a fully sustainable supply chain service. The new space will support the pallet-making process and will also allow the firm to install a new biomass boiler, which will be fuelled by James Jones’s own

recycled timber, enhancing the firm’s environmental credentials, reducing carbon emissions and further strengthening the company’s contribution to a circular supply chain. Peter McKenzie, Managing Director of James Jones & Sons Pallets and Packaging division said: “We are delighted to receive planning permission for this development. Our business is fully committed to creating a sustainable supply chain and takes every step to ensure that any new developments carefully consider local wildlife and habitats, residents and the environment. This development will provide additional employment opportunities for local residents whilst ensuring that the site and activities carried out thereon

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have little to no impact upon the environment” BDN was engaged by the firm to develop the commercial scheme taking the project forward though planning to completion on site. Managing Director of BDN, Richard Marsden, said: “We’re pleased to have been able to support Peter and the James Jones team in shaping plans for a new production facility that will aide their expansion as well as making them a more energy efficient business, which will also help keep energy costs down. “As a practice, we’re very much focused on developing plans that are kind to the planet, but that also help generate cost efficiencies for energy-intensive businesses like manufacturers, so this was a great project that we’re proud to have

Peter McKenzie, Managing Director of James Jones & Sons Pallets and Packaging division

supported.” Work will now begin on the new facility, which is expected to be completed in 2022.


OneFortyOne to invest $11 million in Jubilee Sawmill OneFortyOne, Mount Gambier’s largest private employer, has committed to investing over $11 million in its Jubilee Sawmill over the next two years. Jubilee Sawmill General Manager Paul Hartung said the modern manufacturing investment was a continuation of the reinvestment program that started in 2016. “OneFortyOne has invested close to $40 million since purchasing the mill in 2018, on state-of-the-art technology projects such as Sorter Bins, a Lucidyne Scanning System, reducing boiler emissions and upgrading to Continuous Drying Kilns,” Hartung said. “This most recent commitment will extend to an equipment and technology upgrade for Drymill A, replacing and modernising equipment as it reaches end of life.” Hartung said the new equipment will be manufactured in New South Wales under a licensing agreement, a first for Australia. “We are really pleased we can be part of this initiative.” “OneFortyOne is committed to ensuring we remain one of the most progressive and efficient mills in Australasia. By investing in new technology, we are continuing HALCO AD:Layout 3 3/8/10

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The $11 million investment is a continuation of a modernisation program that started in 2016 to support their wellbeing in this way.” The project is scheduled to begin in 2022 and will take 2 years to complete.

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• J ubilee Sawmill boilers run on biofuel. In FY2020, 78,000 tonnes of dry wood waste fuel was processed through two boilers, producing energy to dry every stick of timber that went through the kilns

• O neFortyOne has invested $40 million since purchasing the Jubilee Sawmill in 2018. • O neFortyOne estimates that this investment will result in approximately 268 tonnes of CO2 equivalent savings annually will be generated due to reduced electricity consumption. • D rymill team will transition to a 4-day work week after consultation has been completed.

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Interfor to acquire EACOM Timber Interfor to acquire EACOM Timber Corporation, adding one billion board feet of lumber production & expanding regional & product diversity

INTERFOR CORPORATION (“Interfor” or the “Company”) (TSX: IFP) has announced that it has reached an agreement with an affiliate of Kelso & Company (“Kelso”) to acquire 100% of the equity interests of EACOM Timber Corporation (“EACOM”).

Transaction Highlights EACOM is a leading lumber producer in eastern Canada, with operations across Ontario and Quebec, including: • Seven sawmills with a combined annual spruce-pine-fir (“SPF”) lumber production capacity of 985 million board feet; • An I-Joist plant with annual production capacity of 70 million linear feet;

• A value-added remanufacturing plant with annual production capacity of 60 million board feet; • Rights to access approximately 3.6 million cubic meters per year of responsibly managed and internationally certified fibre supply; and an office in Montreal. The purchase price is C$490 million, on a cash and debt free basis, which includes C$120 million of net working capital. In addition, Interfor will assume EACOM’s countervailing (“CV”) and anti-dumping (“AD”) duty deposits at closing, for consideration equal to 55% of the total deposits on an after-tax basis. As of September 30, 2021, EACOM had paid cumulative CV and AD duties of US$150 million. “This transaction makes Interfor a truly North American lumber producer, with operations in all the key fibre regions on the continent, further diversifying and de-risking our operating platform and enhancing our growth potential and opportunity set,” said Ian Fillinger, President & Chief Executive Officer. “This transformational growth secures a desirable SPF product mix to meet the growing demand of our customers, at a time when SPF fibre supply is under increasing pressure in other jurisdictions in North America and around the world. These are productive and well-managed mills, and we see meaningful opportunities to further enhance their performance by integrating them with our portfolio and applying our proven operating expertise. We are excited for the opportunities that the acquisition brings, and we look forward to welcoming the talented EACOM team into our company and partnering with them to operate and grow the business in the years ahead.”

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Strategic Rationale The acquisition is consistent with Interfor’s growth-focused strategy as a pure-play lumber producer, increasing Interfor’s total lumber production capacity by 25%. In addition, the acquisition further builds upon Interfor’s already geographically diverse operations, adding significant scale in a new region. Eastern Canada is one of the major lumber producing regions in North America, with highly competitive log costs, a desirable SPF product mix and a supportive investment environment. On a pro-forma basis, Interfor’s total annual lumber production capacity will increase to 4.9 billion board feet, of which 46% will be in the US South, 16% in the US Northwest, 20% in eastern Canada and 18% in British Columbia. The addition of the EACOM business will also provide an expanded opportunity set for potential future lumber-focused growth in eastern Canada, given its well-established systems, infrastructure and team. The business will operate under the Interfor banner, but Interfor will maintain all of EACOM’s key operating leadership and employees as well as its office in Montreal, Quebec to ensure continued regional support for the operations going forward. “This transaction will allow our team to write its next chapter as part of one of North America’s best lumber companies,” said Kevin Edgson, President & Chief Executive Officer of EACOM. “Interfor’s operational excellence, financial strength, customer relationships and North Americanwide portfolio will provide substantial opportunities to our people and our stakeholders. Our companies have shared values, including a commitment to safety and environmental responsibility and we are thrilled to be a part of Interfor’s continuing growth ambitions.”

Enhanced Market Opportunities From a market perspective, the acquisition extends and complements Interfor’s geographic reach, enabling efficient supply to key eastern markets, such as the Greater Toronto Area (the fourth largest metropolitan area in North America) and throughout the Great Lakes region. Approximately 40% of EACOM’s external shipments

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Ian Fillinger, President & Chief Executive Officer, Interfor

remain in Canada and are not subject to CV & AD duties. The acquisition also adds diversity to Interfor’s customer mix by expanding exposure to key distribution segments, such as home centres. From a product perspective, the acquisition adds lumber-adjacent offerings to Interfor’s portfolio of operations, with the addition of an I-Joist plant and a value-added remanufacturing plant. Consumption of I-Joists, like other engineered wood products (“EWP”), is closely tied to new housing construction and demand continues to be robust, while supply has been limited due to constraints in the availability of suitable flange stock for its manufacture. EACOM supplies the majority of the flange stock for the I-Joist plant from its own operations, in the form of machine stress rated lumber, enabling significant control over the key inputs and a better ability to manage production levels. As a result, EACOM’s I-Joist plant has sustainably increased production by approximately 40% over the past three years and is well positioned to take advantage of the positive market dynamics across the EWP sector.


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Holmen Wood Products business area has produced 1.5 million m3 of wood products, achieving a turnover of SEK 4.7 billion and an operating profit of SEK 1.4 billion. Production takes place at five sawmills. Additionally there is a project business working on producing complete structural frames in CLT. For more information, please contact: Stina Sandell, Senior Vice President Sustainability and Communications, Holmen, +46 739 86 51 12

The investment is a further step in Holmen’s strategy to grow the wood products business and contribute to the green transition. This will increase the production at Iggesund Sawmill by 20 per cent as well as adding construction timber on top of its joinery products range.

Holmen is investing SEK 400 million to increase value added & capacity at Iggesund Sawmill “We grow houses. To develop the wood products business is a natural extension of forestry and an important dimension in Holmen’s strategy of owning and adding value to the forest. Following the acquisition of Martinsons and the expansion of Braviken, the investment in Iggesund Sawmill is the next step in strengthening our position in wood products,” says Henrik Sjölund, Holmen’s President and CEO. The investment will enable the sawmill to switch from lower grade joinery spruce to construction timber in both spruce and pine. This will increase the value added and improve the market mix by increasing the share sold to Scandinavian builders’ merchants. “Wood as a construction

material is benefiting from the ongoing transition to a fossil-free world, especially if concrete and steel will carry their true climate cost. We continue to focus on adding value to the forest we own and are already part of the solution to the climate issue. Our strategic position is right on point financially and in terms of the climate,” comments Henrik Sjölund, Holmen’s President and CEO. The investment in log sorting and a new planing facility will remove bottlenecks and is expected to increase the sawmill’s capacity to just over 450 000 m3. Start-up is planned for autumn 2023, with full capacity expected to be reached towards the end of 2024. In the past twelve months, the

Henrik Sjölund, Holmen’s President and CEO

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Small log line upgrades will improve recovery, reliability, and throughput

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he White Mountain Apache Timber Company (WMATCO) mill in Whiteriver, AZ is investing to update its small log line system. The mill is located within the Fort Apache Reservation, where nearly all the raw timber is sourced. The tribe operates both large log and small log mills. This upgrade for the small log mill will install new hold down rolls and new spiked carry over rolls on the infeed of the line, and replace the worn components. These investments will bring the equipment up to current standards, improve reliability and throughput,

3900L delivers the highest speed UHD laser profiling for the most demanding lineal applications. The PLC controls system will be based on the ControlLogix platform, and will control the infeed from the merchandiser through to the log line outfeed separator. This project is scheduled to be completed early in 2022.

and reduce maintenance. The existing PLC controls and optimization platform will be replaced with USNR optimization,

and will increase recovery and uptime. The new lineal scanning system will utilize 4 BioLuma 3900L sensors. The BioLuma

Timberlink announces a generational investment in timber manufacturing at Bell Bay A $63 million capital investment at Bell Bay Tasmania will see an increase of more than fifty percent in onisland sovereign timber manufactured from sustainably managed pine plantations. The project will commence in 2022 with commissioning expected by the end of 2025

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he expansion project installation and construction is in two stages, from 2022, with full output achieved at the end of 2025 this will include: • O ffline Log Debarking and Sorting • S aw mill expansion • R esidue and Energy optimisation • A dditional continuous Kiln for drying of timber • P laner infeed systems • S ite infrastructure improvements Timberlink Chief Executive Officer Ian Tyson said, “At the completion of this project, the combined output of Timberlink’s Bell Bay Tasmania and Tarpeena South Australia manufacturing facilities will position Timberlink to increase supply of manufacture of structural timber for use in the construction of homes in Australia. The project has been brought forward by over two years in order to support additional supply into the Australian market.” Federal Member for Bass Bridget Archer said the significant investment is yet another example

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of Timberlink committing to the region. “As an elected representative, I’ve had a long-standing relationship with Timberlink since they began production in Bell Bay in 2008 and I appreciate the ongoing economic and social benefits the company provides to our local area,” Ms Archer said. The upgrade will increase both the volume of renewable plantation pine logs that can be processed and the yield per log, creating a workplace of the future, with high tech machinery improved accuracy, safety and job security. The planned investment is in addition to major upgrades completed two years ago and the construction of Tasmania’s first Wood Plastic Composites manufacturing facility announced earlier this year for the Bell Bay site. In addition to 25 contractor jobs during the capital upgrades and expansion, Timberlink expects that this project will create 18 new permanent full-time jobs at the facility for the next generation. It is estimated that the Timberlink Bell Bay manufacturing facility supports

approximately 600 direct and indirect jobs in the region. Timberlink media contact Scott Bradley l Group Marketing Manager M l 61 457 833 195 sbradley@timberlinkaustralia.com.au About Timberlink Australia I New Zealand Timberlink (timberlinkaustralia. com.au, timberlinknz.co.nz) is a leading Australasian timber products manufacturing business. The business has two sawmills at Bell Bay (Tasmania) and Tarpeena (South Australia) that manufacture plantation structural pine products. Timberlink has sales and distribution teams based in Perth, Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne and sales teams based at their Bell Bay manufacturing facility and Blenheim sales office.


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Setra invests in Malå to double its production Setra is doubling production at its facility in Malå, Västerbotten – a decision taken by the Board of the wood products company at its latest meeting

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he investment will provide a real boost for Malå and the wider region, while also making Setra as a whole more competitive,” says Setra’s CEO Katarina Levin. Setra’s Board has decided to invest around SEK 390 million in the Malå sawmill, which will increase production in the first phase from the current 160,000 m3

per year to 350,000 m3 per year. “It’s incredibly positive for the Board to greenlight this modernisation programme for the site, which will both sharpen our competitiveness and drive up the value added. The investment will enable us to produce high-quality products with superb accuracy and precision. The whole production line will be ultramodern, almost doubling output,” adds Katarina Levin. The facility in Malå will have a new log intake, a new saw line, an upgraded trim saw and a new drying unit. This new unit will deliver higher-quality products, more efficient production and a lower climate footprint through smarter processes compared with the current facilities. “We’re very pleased that the Board has approved our investment plan. This is going to mean so much not just for Setra but also

Marlene Bergström VP Production Setra Malå, Setra Group

for Malå and Västerbotten’s inland areas,” states Marlene Bergström, Mill Manager Setra Malå.

Cascade Hardwoods invests in Microtec CT Log Scanning technology Cascade Hardwoods recently invested in Microtec’s CT X-ray Log Scanning and Logeye 900 Stereo Carriage Scanners for their Chehalis, WA facility.

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he CT X-ray scanner utilizes Computed Tomography X-ray reconstruction to detect internal defects including knots, cracks, rot, and bruising. This information is then passed to the Logeye 900 Stereo Carriage scanners where each segment will be recognized via fingerprint technology, optimized for best rotation and breakdown, then sawn to achieve the most valueadded solution. “Microtec is very excited to partner with Cascade Hardwoods on this project, as it showcases cutting-edge CT technology in combination with Headrig sawing’s flexible breakdown capabilities. Even smaller sawmills are able to justify and take advantage of the considerable advancements in Microtec’s X-ray technology”, explains Norvin Laudon, CT

Application Specialist at Microtec. Microtec’s Vancouver, Canada location specializes in delivering advanced Log Scanning and Optimization solutions to the North American Market, from bucking through to primary and secondary breakdown. Microtec, headquartered in Italy, is the world’s most trusted scanning and optimization provider for the sawmilling and wood processing industry.

Norvin Laudon, Chief Technology Officer, North America at Springer Microtec Inc

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Leading Swedish wood company - Norra Timber - can soon track a log’s “Fingerprint” Norra Timber improves traceability in all its sawmills

Sweden’s Norra Timber has announced it is investing heavily in new technology that will make it possible to read a log’s unique ‘fingerprint’ and track it throughout the entire sawing process.

“We are taking a technological leap into the future and a massive step in taking the best possible care of the fantastic raw material we have here in northern Sweden. With this new technology we will be able to price products from each log individually, which will lead to better profitability for both us and our customers”, explains Henrik Jönsson, industry Manager at Norra Timber.

Every log is unique Until now it has not been possible to trace what happens in the sawing process at the individual log level. Instead sawmills have been forced to get information about logs and planks in bigger batches. Thanks to this new technology investment, information about every decision on each individual plank will now be available to view. “Our investment means that we will get completely new information about the production process, where the logs and planks themselves become information carriers. This will enable us to become more flexible and customer-adaptive in our processes, as well as lead to higher quality, better efficiencies and other improvements. All in all, it will enable us to get the maximum

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Henrik Jönsson Head of industry site henrik.jonsson@norrskog.se

Fredrik Samuelsson Head of Sawmill, Sävar fredrik.samuelsson@norra.se

Joakim Larsson Head of Sawmill, Kåge joakim.larsson@norra.se

Lars Grundqvist Head of Sawmill, Hissmofors lars.grundqvist@norrskog.se

out of our valuable resources and increase profitability”, says Jönsson.

Three sawmills to adopt new technology Norra Timber processes slowgrown timber from northern Sweden in its three modern, high-capacity sawmills. The new technology investments will be adapted to existing machinery in each sawmill and comply with established goals for traceability and measurement. Thanks to this investment, Norra Timber will take a huge technological step forward, enabling it to produce individually tailored products on an industrial scale - something which has never been possible before. “Our Kåge sawmill will be the first to introduce the new technology, where a CT-log will be installed in a newly-constructed timber sorting facility in 20222023. At our Hissmofors sawmill new X-ray technology will be installed in the timber sorting facility during the first half of 2022. Finally we will build on existing technology in the CT-log at our Sävar sawmill. After that we will have traceability throughout our entire production process,” states Jönsson Norra Timber is a wood processing company that focuses on production and delivery to

markets that have high demands on quality, supply and delivery precision. Our sawn and processed wood products come from unique mature raw material that has been grown in the forests of northern Sweden for almost 100 years by our 27,000 members. Norra Timber creates winning collaborations.

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LIMAB releases upgraded BoardProfiler

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he LIMAB BoardProfiler has been sold for more than 30 years. Over 250 systems have been supplied to customers all over the world. The system measures dimension and shape of wooden boards/blocks on existing or new lines in longitudinal or transverse process. It uses at least one ProfiCura sensor or suitable combination of ProfiCura and/or PreciCura sensors, depending on requirements and application. The 4th version, BoardProfiler 3D, has recently been upgraded and the ’Classifier’ becomse the latest generation to hit the market – in six countries. The Classifier calculates which product a board is and delivers product type. Perfect for applications as: • Block control

• Gluelam production • Floor production All BoardProfiler 3D versions uses the same LIMAB sensors. Limab sensors can also be used in other systems if operators are interested in making their own software. The LIMAB software is flexible and easy to use so operators will easily handle all four versions when they have them in their mills.

Genrations of BoardProfiler LIMAB BoardProfiler 3D Scanning system in 4 versions • Block Control • Edger • Trimmer • Classifier ”New version”

• Shape measurement

HS Timber Group & Forestcape to build new sawmill in Gobernador Virasoro, Argentina

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he investment will amount to approximately $100 million and the sawmill is expected to create 280 direct jobs. The total employment impact, including the upstream and downstream sectors, is estimated at over 700. The plant is designed to process small diameter pine logs (Pinus taeda and Pinus elliottii), which will be sourced exclusively in the region, from sustainably managed areas. After commissioning, the plant has a processing capacity of 500,000 m3 of saw logs/year. All the sawn timber is dried, and some of it is also planed. The bi-products of sawing are pelletised (EN A1plus) or sold to local biomass plants. The entire product range is designed for export. The target markets are worldwide, e.g. China, the USA and Europe. Some of the machine orders have already

been placed: Linck (chipper line), Springer (round and sawn timber manipulation in sawmill and planing mill), Microtec (scanner), Valon Kone (debarker), Gilbert (planing line), Mahild (timber drying). Commissioning is planned for mid-2023. As in all mills of HS Timber Group, emphasis is placed on the comprehensive use of raw materials. In accordance with the principles of the circular economy, 100% of the thermal energy required is generated in the plant, as green heat. The biomass either originates from timber processing or is locally sourced. The Argentinian joint-venture operates under the name Acon Timber. HS Timber Group contributes its industry expertise in wood processing and sales. The Belgian partner Forestcape has

many years of experience with sustainable forest management in the region where the sawmill will be built.

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Acquisition of the Swedish sawmill group Bergkvist Siljan The Mayr-Melnhof Holz Holding Group, based in Leoben, Austria, has signed an agreement on December 17th, 2021 to acquire the Swedish sawmill group Bergkvist Siljan from ESSVP IV, advised by Orlando Nordics AB.

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his continues the consistent expansion and growth strategy of the Austrian wood processing group. In 2022, for the first time in its 170-year history, the company will generate sales of over 1 billion Euro. The closing is expected to take place during the 1st quarter of 2022, subject to approval of the relevant competition authorities. It has been agreed not to disclose the purchase price. Mayr-Melnhof Holz, one of the leading companies in the European sawmilling and engineered wood products industry, will grow with this acquisition its lumber production capacity by approximately 50 % to more than 2.7 million cubic meters of sawn timber per year. The new sites Insjön, Mora and Blyberg, right in the middle of Sweden, complement the existing sawmills in Leoben (Austria), Paskov (Czech Republic) and Efimovskij (Russia) perfectly and create a starting point for the market entry of the Mayr-Melnhof Holz Group into Scandinavia.

From left to right: Karl Grasser (Head of Corporate Development Mayr-Melnhof Holz Holding AG), PerRagnar Bergkvist (Head of Sales Bergkvist Siljan AB), Ulf Bergkvist (Chairman Bergkvist Siljan AB), Richard Stralz (CEO Mayr-Melnhof Holz Holding AG), Michael Wolfram (CFO Mayr-Melnhof Holz Holding AG), Jacob Alvarsson (Partner Orlando Nordics AB) | © MM Hol

“The Mayr-Melnhof Holz Group and Bergkvist Siljan make a perfect fit. Both have comparable roots, both are family businesses with a long tradition exceeding 100 years and both are committed to sustainability. We are looking forward to a rewarding cooperation and the mutual exchange of experiences”, Richard Stralz, CEO of the Mayr-Melnhof Holz Holding AG, is pleased to comment about the just completed acquisition. CFO Michael Wolfram adds: “We are very optimistic that we can realize the synergy and growth potentials in sales and operations very quickly, not only securing our market position but expanding it at

the same time.” “Mayr-Melnhof Holz, with its family roots and impressive track record, is a great long-term majority owner for Bergkvist Siljan. We have come a long way since the merger between Siljan Group and Bergkvist-Insjön in 2019, becoming part of a successful international wood industry group is the natural next step for us. We thank ESSVP IV and Orlando Nordics for their support and cooperation since 2018 and look forward to working together with the team from MayrMelnhof Holz”, says Ulf Bergkvist, Chairman of Bergkvist Siljan.

Dramatic rise of European logs into China China imported 30% of its total volume of softwood logs from Europe in 2020 and 2021, thus surpassing supply from Russia and North America. European softwood logs were practically non-existent at Chinese ports five years ago. However, a combination of a never-ending hunger for more wood in the country, reductions in shipments from previously significant trading partners, and an oversupply of timber in Europe have altered the log flow into China over the past four years. New Zealand, Russia, and the US accounted for almost 75% of

the total import volume to China in 2017. However, throughout 2020 and 2021, there were sharp declines in supply from Russia and the US, while shipments from Europe and Latin America rose. During the first nine months of 2021, almost 80% of all imported logs came from New Zealand, Europe, and Latin America. The European entrance into the Chinese market has been dramatic, increasing from less than 500,000 m3 of softwood logs in 2017 to an estimated 14 million m3 for the entire year in 2021, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly. Europe’s share of the total import

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volume is currently 30%, with Germany being the second-largest supplier to China, following New Zealand. German shipments have surged from about 200,000 m3 of logs in 2018 to 3.8 million m3 in 2019, and estimates indicate import volumes may reach over 10 million m3 in 2021. Log imports from the Czech Republic grew rapidly in 2019 but have since levelled off, with the estimated volumes in 2021 likely to be substantially lower than in the two previous years. Shipments from Germany and the Czech Republic have accounted for the vast majority of

the European logs entering China. Several other countries have increased their presence in the past three years, including Poland, France, and Slovakia. Europe’s oversupply of logs is beginning to diminish, and domestic demand is increasing. Thus, while the rise of European exports to China has been dramatic, the trend is unlikely to continue, making the high of almost five million m3 exported in the 4Q/20 a likely peak.


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turners, no matter which optimizer brand is installed. No mechanical modifications are required to the log turner or to the infeed chain. Integration with any control system (PLC) is straight forward, as R-TRAC allows the use of a closed loop feedback to control the position of the log turner cylinders based on the rotation, instead of their linear movement. R-TRAC system maintains a continuous reading of the rotation angle while the log is in the field of view as opposed to applying a rotation correction after the rotation is complete.

Autolog introduces R-TRAC rotation tracking Technology group releases a revolutionary sensor that is fully autonomous, measuring on the move

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he R-TRAC sensor takes live degree measurements while the log is rotating. R-TRAC is a fully autonomous system that is independent of the log optimizer geometric model. The unit works with all types of log

all data (no outliers removed as many do in their calculation). It comes with advanced statistical tools to help track the performance of the turners. At this time, the maximum speed is 600 ft/minute and can measure logs from 4-24 in. The figure ‘Rotation error histograms …’ shows the results of a test on 50 logs in a sawmill where the R-TRAC system is currently installed. The blue represents rotation error of a log turner system without the use of R-TRAC. The red is the same system but with the R-TRAC. The curve is clearly a lot narrower with the R-TRAC, reflecting big gains on recoveries.

The working principle is quite simple. A set of data is acquired for every inch the log advances, with each set of data containing images of the log’s surface and geometric data to allow a rotation measurement to be calculated for each pair of consecutive sets of data. This gives a rotation value per inch of traveling. The cumulative log rotation measurement is sent to the control system PLC and the PLC will use these measurements to control the log turner positions using a PID loop to turn the log perfectly each time. R-TRAC has a precision better than 5° of standard deviation using

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Kalle Junnikkala, Junnikkala Oy, CEO

Junnikkala’s invests €75 million in new green field project in Oulu, Finland Valutec to deliver complete dry kiln solution “

Junnikkalan saha Oy is investing €75 million in building one of Finland’s largest and most modern sawmills in Oulu. When ready the sawmill will have a capacity of 350 000 cubic meters sawn timber and 70 jobs will be created directly and 200 indirectly in the Oulu region.

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e set the bar high for technic and process. Valutec has proven in previous deliveries that they can answer to our needs”, says Kalle Junnikkala, CEO Junnikkala Oy. For Valutec, the Oulu order is the latest in a long line of deliveries to Junnikkala. “We’ve worked together with Junnikkala very well for many years, and we see their choosing us again as a great honor” says Mikko Pitkänen, CEO Valutec Oy. Valutec will deliver three TCcontinuous kilns to Oulu including two traverse systems. “We installed a TC kiln at our sawmill in Kalajoki 2019 and has good experiences from it. It offers high capacity and adapts well to the changes in production. It’s faster and more efficient way to dry wood with high quality and with lower energy consumption”, says Kalle Junnikkala. “Today, we’re selling TC continuous kilns in markets all over the world. It’s the result of thousands of development hours during which we studied, evaluated, tested and reinvented every part of a type of lumber kiln which, in its original design, was first used back in 1927,” says Mikko Pitkänen. The great technological leap forward in this new generation of TC continuous kilns is the individual temperature and air

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circulation control in different zones. Integrated simulator technology gives the user great freedom when choosing the dimensions of lumber for drying, thus optimizing processes and providing high capacity. The TC dryers to be delivered to Junnikkala has ten drying zones and will handle all drying needs for the sawmill. The kilns are made of stainless steel and equipped with pressure frames for minimal deformation of the upper lumber layers and heat recovery. The delivery also includes Valutes´s control system for drying Valmatics 4.0. It is packed with intelligence that senses and adapts the drying process accordingly. Integrated in the system is the Valusim simulator, which optimizes new drying programs with regard to capacity, quality and electrical energy consumption, in order to avoid costly running-in times. Sustainability is an important issue for Junnikkala who strives to minimize its´carbon footprint. One of the goals of the project is to minimize the environmental impact and secure bioenergy for the city of Oulu and industry. As a part of it, the new sawmill will be using traverses instead of traditional fork-lifts. “Junnikkala wants to be an example how the climate change can be restrained and by using an automatic traverse system we

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decrease our carbon footprint and production cost per manufactured cubic meter”, says Kalle Junnikkala. Lumber drying is a qualitycritical, energy intensive part of a sawmill’s processing operation, and as quality and environmental requirements increase, it is subject to ever greater attention. “The new TC continuous kilns combine high capacity with continuity, which brings great advantages in terms of energy efficiency, adding heat recovery and a traverse system to that makes it a very energy efficient solution”, says Mikko Pitkänen. After the investment, Junnikkala will have three sawmills with a total production close to almost 800,000 cubic meters of sawn timber and further processed products annually. About 80 percent of finished products are estimated to be exported. Production binds almost one million tonnes of carbon per year to sustainable wood products, making the company one of Finland’s most significant carbon sinks. The assembly of the TC kilns will start in the spring of 2023.


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BID to partner with GeorgiaPacific to modernize Pineland, Texas Lumber Complex

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ID Group recently announced it has received an order from Georgia-Pacific to deliver a new sawmill at its Pineland, TX operation which will replace the existing stud mill. The investment will also include the addition of new debarking, log processing line, a continuous dry kiln, and a new high-speed planer. Through its industry-leading wood processing technologies and integrated solutions offering, BID will manage, design, build, equip, and provide full start-up services for the project. “We are excited to partner with the BID team again to continue expanding our manufacturing capacity and modernizing our lumber facilities in the U.S. South,”

Georgia-Pacific Lumber President Fritz Mason said. “This project will employ the best complement of modern technologies to meet our growing consumer demand for the highest quality product, in a facility that has been a premier operation since the early 1900’s. Working with an industry leader like BID provides the confidence that this major project to further enhance our vertical integration will be done right and delivered on time.” The new operation will incorporate BID’s best-in-class wood processing technologies including equipment, software, automation systems, and AIenabled optimization. BID’s Integrated Solutions Team will provide the design, engineering,

Georgia-Pacific Lumber President Fritz Mason

planning, fabrication, and installation services for this Turnkey project. “We would like to thank Georgia-Pacific for their continuing trust in BID, gained through a series of ventures together, to deliver this project. We are humbled and honored that they

have chosen to partner with us for their next major growth investment and ongoing operational excellence” said Alistair Cook, President and CEO of BID Group. Work on site will begin early in 2022 and startup of the sawmill is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2022.

BID Group to increase its Production Facility in Mirabel, QC

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ID Group, the North American leader in sawmill equipment manufacturing, installation, and life cycle service announces it will invest over $1.5 million dollars at its existing facility in Mirabel to grow production capacity. The company will add 5,000 ft2 to its existing footprint, increasing production capacity over 50%. “Digital Technologies continue to be a key driver in the transformation of the Wood Processing Industry and a differentiator in the performance of Comact equipment. This investment will allow us to expand production capabilities to

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continue providing our customers the assurance of leading-edge solutions built with the highest quality workmanship in the industry. This project is part of our long-term manufacturing strategy

and we are pleased to announce this investment in our future.” Simon Potvin, President, Wood Processing.

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BID Group’s SmartTool revolutionizes cant positioning Optimal cant positioning can significantly increase production performance and profitability

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uring the primary breakdown, cant positioning is critical. The optimal position of the cant enables the execution of the optimizer solutions and ensures the best realization. Occasionally, the mechanical components are unable to perform the required cant positioning. The challenge is to identify the causes quickly before they impact product quality or cause production problems. Often, cant positioning problems are difficult to identify and are due to poor mechanical alignment, broken parts or components, incorrect settings or poor calibration. The Primary Breakdown SmartTool, developed by BID Group’s team, is a software application that reveals unsuspected cant positioning problems in real time. This SmartTool empowers operators to intervene promptly before errors or defects impact quality or operations.

Primary breakdown SmartTool for optimal cant positioning The main function of the Primary Breakdown SmartTool is to monitor cants and perform automatic adjustments to correct positioning due to visible or non-visible causes. This closed loop system monitors and adjusts the face

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realization on sideboards and dimension offsets of all cutting tools, while dimension variation, taper along the length, skewed opening face, and bevel (nonparallel cut) are monitored. It also triggers an alert when a cutting tool error is identified.

Unique and revolutionary closed loop system BID Group’s closed loop system is unique on the market. It is integrated directly in existing Comact optimizers so there is no need for third-party software, which makes technical support easier. Another advantage is that a PLC is not required for the installation. Compared to other solutions on the market, the distinctive aspect of the Primary Breakdown SmartTool is that it uses scanner data (which provides the real and complete shape of the log) for the closed loop system. Therefore, operators obtain unsurpassed accuracy because the system uses the real faces which are compared to the theoretical faces to find the offset based on the real shape of the log (not simply a diameter measurement). The closed loop system was developed based on BID Group’s vast primary breakdown experience. The system is now mature and has proven its effectiveness in the field. In addition to quality control

algorithms, the Primary Breakdown SmartTool has protective features to ensure constant precision and true size measurement. For example, if the dirt detected on the scanner could potentially affect dimension measurement, an alarm is triggered, and the closed loop system is turned off temporarily.

Dashboard, reports, and alerts for easy monitoring and analysis A dashboard provides an overview of the primary breakdown operation status and a report can be generated for all defects monitored. The configuration of alerts is done easily in the optimization software. In addition to the basic alert definition, operators can customize the alert message and include tips for troubleshooting or possible solutions. They can also define multi-conditions to avoid false alerts when the scanner is dirty.

Primary breakdown SmartTool and real sawline incidents The Primary Breakdown SmartTool is installed on numerous sawlines in America and has proven to be indispensable to identify poor mechanical alignment, broken parts or components, and incorrect settings. In one case, mechanical alignment was the cause of an unknown sawline problem. In fact,


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Real-time display of the left twin thickness offset in the dashboard. Real-time display of the canter’s thickness offsets in the dashboard.

one of the OLI cylinders had an offset of 0.400’’. Therefore, the cant positioning was not accurate, and this had a direct impact on the production value for one month. The mechanical alignment problem was identified once the Primary Breakdown SmartTool was installed. After fixing the error, the cant positioning resumed to an acceptable 0.010’’ automatic infeed offset. In another incident, during production an OLI saw guide was damaged by a log. This caused the bandsaw to cut the wood two hundred thousandths off the

dimension target, so it had a direct impact on the production quality. The problem was identified by the Primary Breakdown SmartTool and displayed in the dashboard, but it was not noticed by the operator. Fortunately, an alarm was triggered automatically, and the operator became aware of the situation. In another sawline event, during the canter cutting tool cylinder calibration, the minimum cylinder position setting was defined at 2 in’ in the PLC and 1.9 in’ in the optimizer. This error caused the 4 in cants to be cut one hundred thousandth bigger. Since this

pattern was not common, the problem was difficult to spot and lasted several months. It was only identified when the Primary Breakdown SmartTool was installed. The client was skeptical at first, but after investigation he recognized the facts and corrected the setting.

SmartTools: BID Group’s vision of operational intelligence and quality control BID Group has created a complete suite of SmartTools with you in

mind. “Our goal is to raise sawmill operational intelligence and quality control to the next level based on the use of existing equipment, data, and cutting-edge technology,” the manufacturer said. BID Group’s objective is to meet the client’s current and future needs “in an outstanding manner” with its brand portfolio and offer a return on investment unparalleled by competition. All of this is supported by BID Group’s renowned 24/7 service.

Setra makes major investment in Bergslagen

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etra is expanding drying capacity at Heby and Hasselfors – a decision taken by the Board of the wood products company at its latest meeting. “The investment is part of the development strategy for Setra in Bergslagen,” explains Setra’s CEO Katarina Levin. The investment in both highcapacity drying kilns totals SEK 100 million. “The new drying kilns will enable us to improve value optimisation and boost efficiency, which will strengthen Setra’s competitiveness,” says Jonas Fintling, Mill Manager Setra Hasselfors. Setra Heby’s Mill Manager Jan-Erik Vik agrees, adding that the investment will also improve the work environment in Heby, as it will mean replacing some of the older equipment. The increase in drying capacity at the sawmills in Heby and

Hasselfors is an important element in the ongoing development of Setra’s operations in Bergslagen. Earlier this year, the decision was taken to invest in a new saw line in Skinnskatteberg, and last year a new rip saw was installed at the sawmill in Nyby. “Setra is investing heavily in greater refinement of wood at resource-efficient production units in the Bergslagen area. This is positive from a sustainability perspective, as it helps to lower the climate footprint of our production and to ensure that we manufacture greener and more climate-smart products,” says Katarina Levin. Examples of investments include CLT and components at Setra’s new factory in Långshyttan, planed construction timber from the new trimming and planing plant in Hasselfors and new x-ray technology in Kastet, Nyby and Skinnskatteberg. In total, Setra has invested more than SEK 1 billion

Katarina Levin Setra’s CEO in Bergslagen over the past four years. Another example of green investment is the company Pyrocell, which Setra owns jointly with Preem. Pyrocell manufactures bio-oil from sawdust. The bio-oil is then used as a renewable raw material at Preem’s refinery in Lysekil, where it is mixed with petrol and diesel. Pyrocell’s facility is integrated with Setra Kastet in Gävle. Together, Setra and Preem have invested over SEK 400 million in this exciting venture.

Jonas Fintling, Mill Manager Setra Hasselfors

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Biomass

Astec Peterson Equipment Leads in Biomass Energy Efforts Equipment manufacturer Astec rebranded its Oregonbased forestry brand Peterson Pacific Corp., along with its many other subsidiary brands. Now united as Astec, Peterson forestry products will continue to be a priority for the company as the need for innovative energy solutions soar.

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nergy challenges are increasingly more prevalent with the shortage of common fuels such as natural gas looming. As a result, many markets are looking for alternative fuels to better serve the energy industry.

What was once a developing sector within the forest industry, biomass production has gained traction as a necessary and valuable clean energy solution and an alternative to coal which emits higher fossil fuels.

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Astec forestry products, including horizontal grinders and chippers, have played an essential role in biomass production for over 40 years. Approximately 56% of Astec customers are currently using their Astec Peterson products


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to create biomass for various markets, and biomass production is expected to continue to increase in popularity as a more carbonneutral energy solution.

Biomass Equipment In one of the beginning steps of biomass production, Astec horizontal grinders and drum chippers are highly effective for processing woody materials into biofuel or metallurgical chips to be hauled or conveyed to biomass

facilities to be converted into energy. There is a variety of materials that can be used in this process, including forest debris, scrap lumber, agriculture waste and more. This diverse source of fuel allows for not only biomass creation but also the recycling of otherwise wasted material. The industry-leading and

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innovative horizontal grinders by Astec are utilized for many forestry and recycling applications, including biomass. Offered in five models of different sizes and capacities, the Astec Peterson horizontal grinders are designed to operate with the highest production rates and the lowest cost per ton. Featuring many advantages for

biomass producers, the unique three-stage grinding process uses an upturning rotor with a downforce compression roll to grind the feed material, delivering accurate fracturing and a more consistent product. Another essential feature is the impact release system and cushion technology, unique to Astec Peterson equipment. These

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Astec-Peterson-4710D-Horizontal-Grinder features help prevent damage to the machine when hazardous material enters the feed. The impact release system technology is a vital cost and time-saving feature, allowing for non-stop grinding and decreased downtime. For customers looking for a stationary electric solution, Astec offers electric versions of horizontal grinders that cost less to operate and produce less noise. The electric grinders have unsurpassed uptime and burn clean energy. Without sacrificing power, electric grinders are equipped with crusher-duty motors ranging from 400 to 1,300 horsepower. Drum chippers, such as the Peterson 4300B or 4310B, also have their own specific benefits for biomass. These highly mobile

machines are available in end-load or top-load spots for loading trailers. In addition, a built-in chip accelerator packs wood chips tightly, ensuring maximum load capacity for increased efficiency. Whether utilizing a chipper or grinder for biomass applications, an equally important consideration is material screening. Precise sizing is critical to producers because inconsistent material could jam the conveyor at a biomass plant. Screening systems such as a trommel screen are essential to removing un-merchantable products and classifying materials into accurate and sellable products. Both horizontal grinders and drum chippers provide a top-of-theline operator experience, including wireless remote-control operation,

IQAN control touch screen panels and powerful Caterpillar engines. Safety is also a priority for Astec; all equipment is designed for high visibility and maximum safety. Many grinders and chippers by Astec can also be optionally equipped with Peterson+ remote technology that allows producers to monitor and address any machine issues in real-time. This feature connects with Astec customer support personnel for fast and easy machine assessments. Peterson+ machines can also be monitored remotely on internet-connected smartphones and tablets. Often used in tandem with grinders and chippers are stacking conveyors. Designed for efficient material handling, stacking conveyors are used to pile wood

TH 1400/1000 Chipper with Caterpillar C27, 12 cylinder, 1050 HP engine

PTH 1400/1000 chipper ready for delivery – driven by CATERPILLAR C27, 12 cylinder, 1050 Hp engine.

The chipper has been mounted on a MAN TGS 50.110 truck with 5 axles and is equipped with a Palfinger Epsilon Q130LD104 crane

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It is the first 1050 Hp CAT engine that meets Stage V emission limits. Destination: Calabria, Italy

chips or other biomass products to store the material in stockpiles or convey the material to processing plants. Astec Telestack conveyors can increase the bottom line for producers by eliminating the need for double material handling with traditional wheel loaders.

A Sustainable Future The world is headed in a more sustainable direction as energy sources are being diversified to reduce the depletion of natural resources and offer more environmentally-friendly solutions. Astec forestry equipment is an essential partner in advancing the biomass markets globally as a clean energy solution as the demand for energy surges.


Even after half a century, industry leader Precision Husky never stops innovating its line-up of whole tree chippers, flail debarkers and knuckleboom loaders. “Most of us came up in the logging industry and we know what it takes to win at this game. Customers all over the world recognize this commitment in the equipment we sell,” Smith said. The latest achievements in Precision’s quest for forest industry perfection are accomplished with the remarkable design experience

see production from the top or at insertion in real time and adjust accordingly. That’s like having an extra man in the crew. Complete system diagnostics come at the touch of a button, making trouble shooting simple when it used to take hours of downtime. The new 2366 chipper brings 25% more anvil control to the table to prevent slapping and turning. This results in smoother slicing and more uniform chips, with less

feed speed of up to 200-plus linear ft (61 m)/minute. An operator can generate over 100 t/h of clean chips. The 2600-4 is also highly flexible. Because it allows for multiple individual solutions, it consistently receives the highest efficiency rates in the world. It

can operate along with our mobile chipper or as a stand-alone debarker. Bark and limbs are removed in enclosed housing, protecting the system from damage. The 2600-4 flail removes waste with an oversized hydraulic pusher, keeping the chamber clean.

The new 2366 chipper brings 25% more anvil control

Precision is more than our name. It’s our number one goal Scott Smith, Precision Husky

and application of ever-changing technology in the digital age. From the top down, the Precision line is better engineered, built heavier, smarter and stronger for more fruitful logging and less costly downtime than previously. “Precision is more than our name. It’s our number one goal.” Precision Husky did not invent the whole tree chipper but it does make one of the best chippers available today as the more than 5,000 crews that use Precision products every day and have access to an unbeatable parts inventory and service technicians would likely attest. The latest generation of Precision-built chipper pushes the envelope of technology to include a 66 in, five-knife option, which allows the chipper disc to operate at a slower rate. This not only saves wear and tear, it produces the most valuable chip quality available. Year after year, Precision chippers, operating with the 2600-4 flail debarker gives operators the highest production, lowest bark content and cost per tonne in the industry. Plus, through messagebased CAN bus platform with its easy to use three wire system, a remote operator can monitor infeed through the HD colour control panel. The operator can

horsepower. The unit comes with a fully adjustable hydraulic system, which provides limitless control of feed rate. The patented PT Tech HPTO Hydraulic Power Take-Off is a totally enclosed wet hydraulic clutch that requires no adjustment through its wear life. During a torque spike, the clutch will act as a torque limiter by slipping to absorb the shock load. A microprocessor controller provides remote operation. The industry-leading XL-175 knuckleboom loader comes standard in the 2366 Precision chipper. They are professionally engineered to be highly responsive and balanced with a smooth, powerful swing. These workhorse loaders have central hydraulic pressure checks and are the largest available with super heavy-duty sub frames. “With its 3-axle spring suspension, our Precison chippers are tough to beat,” Smith said. “Choose the engine strength that suits your operation – up to 1,200 hp. We also offer a popular new radio remote controlled trackdriven chipper that goes where the big rigs can’t and are favoured by many of our international recycling operations. The new FD 2600-4 debarker can easily process logs from 3-26 in (76-660 mm) in diameter with a

Precision Whole Tree Chippers Capabilities All four sizes of Precision Whole Tree Chippers have rugged frame construction, over-sized stabilizers, air compressors, trash separators and more powerful fans that pack more chips per van. Power options range from 400 to 1050 horsepower [298 to 783 kw]. Because Precision Whole Tree Chippers are built stronger, have more standard features, with a reputation of trouble-free service, it is the choice of experienced operators and owners. The optional Husky Loader, manufactured by Precision Husky in the same plant as the Whole Tree Chippers, the Husky XL-175 is standard on the Model 1858 and 2366. The larger XL-245 loader is included for the model 2675 and 3084 Whole Tree Chippers. Husky Knuckle-Boom loaders are engineered to be highly responsive with a smooth powerful swing and perfect balance. Routine service is fast with an easy access design, like centralized hydraulic pressure checks and turntable bearing greasing from the operator’s cab. Husky booms are the largest available with super heavy-duty sub frames.

Performance Precision is one of the best known chippers in the world. The Precision chipper design allows 25% more anvil contact, preventing wood slapping and turning. This produces a smoother slicing acti on ensuring uniform sized chips while using less horsepower. Knives are positioned in the disc in such a way as to allow 10 to 15% more roundwood capacity than others the same size. Our discs are made from high quality steel and stress relieved prior to machining and all bearings are heavy-duty double spherical rollers. For ease of maintenance, wear points are protected by easily removed and replaceable components.

Options End Loading Discharge Top Loading Discharge Bed Infeed Chain Conveyor Knuckleboom Loader Trailer or Track Mount Radio Remote Control

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Also for large-scale chippers: The Professional Line add-on package has already proven itself with the JENZ Chippertrucks and has now been extended to the Chippertruck hybrid HEM 922.

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Jenz has adapted and extended the additional ‘Professional Line’ package for its chippertruck series

enz presented the additional ‘Professional Line’ package for the first time at the end of 2019. Specially designed for the driver, it includes targeted solutions in terms of maintenance, ease of use and comfort. The release found considerable success: the concept proved itself with the Jenz HEM 583/HEM 593 Chippertruck series and is now being extended to the HEM 922 series in the hybrid chipper-truck segment. Operators are enjoying the advantages of the individual equipment components and finding out what effects the changeover to the exhaust gas standard and the

new MAN TG3 chassis have on the add-on package.

Conversion of the exhaust emission standard has no consequences The Euro 6d emissions standard has been in force since September 2019. Until recently, exemptions allowed the deployment of 6c vehicles, but this is now a thing of the past. “The change in the emissions standard has no consequences for the Professional Line package,” says Hans Heinrich Hermeier, Jenz CEO.

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Only the combi cooler had to be modified, as the standard MAN cooler is not suitable for the dusty environments in the chipper area due to its closely-meshed slats. Changes in the cooler area had been necessary from time to time in the past. “MAN is using a modified cooling system for the current changeover to Euro 6d,” explains Lars Egbers, Chippertruck designer at Jenz.


“Our solution: water and intercooler air coolers with coarse slats sitting on top of each other ensure sufficient cooling capacity as well as low maintenance since the slat is continuous. “During development, we benefited from a lot of experiential knowledge from the past.”

You can’t get more professional than that A new intelligent cab concept, power-packed 510 hp and lower fuel consumption – these are all points scored by MAN’s new TG3 chassis. An air-conditioned driving and working position, as well as additional storage and stowage options, will provide more comfort in the future. At the same time, assistance systems such as the distance-controlled cruise control integrated at the works increase safety on the road. The reduced fuel consumption is a clear plus in terms of economy. “From the manufacturer’s perspective a consumption advantage of up to eight percent can be seen in the TG3 compared

with the TG2,” says Egbers. “If we combine the advantages of the new TG3 with those of the Professional Line package we can quite clearly say: you can’t get more professional than that,” Hermeier said.

The combination of rear blower and Professional Line works “When we launched the Professional Line package in 2019, we only wanted to offer it in conjunction with the tried-andtested centric blower,” explains Hermeier, relaying that this was because the practical ladders and the sieve basket holder at the rear would otherwise have to be omitted. The latter in particular offers more flexibility and greater application possibilities. “However, the customer base that continues to insist on the arrangement of the blower at the rear is larger than we originally assumed,” he said. Consequently, the Professional Line package has been restructured so that both chipper trucks in the HEM 583/ HEM 593 series with centric blower

and with rear blower benefit from the advantages of the package. The sales manager pointed out the minimal changes: “Use of the rear blower does mean that the screen basket holder takes up a different position and the climb to the screen basket housing is also somewhat less comfortable. “Nevertheless, the combination of rear blower and Professional Line package works very well. True to the motto ‘all in one, everything done’, the customer doesn’t have to make any compromises and the driver doesn’t have to do without anything.” The Professional Line package on the Chippertruck hybrid is excluded from this subject since only the centric blower is used here. “We are professionals – our customers are professionals. The professional package will be successful if we listen to our customers and adapt it accordingly when necessary,” Hermeier said.

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PONSSE solutions for steep slope harvesting

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Ponsse’s cut-to-length forest machines have proved to be excellent harvesting solutions, also on steep slopes. Environmentally friendly and safe harvesting solutions for slopes are in high demand, especially when harvesting takes place in areas with varying terrain and steepness.

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ur solutions are always based on our customers’ needs, and our forest machines designed for steep slopes are no exception. We test and develop them together with our customers in truly demanding conditions, for example, in China, Brazil, North America and in Central Europe,” says Marko Mattila, Sales, Service and Marketing Director at Ponsse. “We have invested in the testing and research equipment required for the development of slope harvesting solutions at our Vieremä factory, and we have even built an artificial slope for testing and studying in detail how our products operate in slope conditions.” PONSSE Synchrowinch is one of the most important optional equipment required for cut-to-

length (CTL) forest machines when working on steep slopes. It helps the forest machine remain highly productive in an environmentally friendly and safe way compared to alternative manual methods also in demanding conditions. Working on slopes is no novelty globally but, as the environmentally friendly cut-tolength logging method is becoming more common, it will develop in a safer and more effective direction, minimising any damage to the terrain.

Ponsse’s solutions for working on slopes • E ight-wheeled harvesters and forwarders, combined with balanced bogies, offer tractive force, stability and comfort for the operator


Our solutions are always based on our customers’ needs, and our forest machines designed for steep slopes are no exception. We test and develop them together with our customers in truly demanding conditions, for example, in China, Brazil, North America and in Central Europe Marko Mattila Sales, Service and Marketing Director at Ponsse Oy

PONSSE SYNCHROWINCH PONSSE traction assistance winch helps achieve high productivity in steep ground operations. It allows operating the same machines in flat and steep work sites with no need for additional machinery or methods. PONSSE Synchrowinch preserves soil from rutting and erosion, saves fuel and reduces stress in drive transmission components. PONSSE Synchrowinch allows effective logging in areas where previously only expensive and slow special logging methods have been used. The winch speed is automatically synchronized to the machine driving speed so the operator doesn’t need to operate or adjust it during normal work. Cable tension can be set and winch can be operated from a remote control unit, making it easy to hook the cable to e.g. a tree or a stump uphill. Tiltable crane base options makes harvesting and forwarding more efficient on slopes.

BENEFITS 1. T raction assistance winch helps to maintain high productivity also in steeper terrain because of: • Forwarding is possible to both directions (no need for separate route with full loads).

• E ngines, brakes and tanks developed for slope conditions • PONSSE Synchrowinch and other options designed for working on slopes • Efficiency and productivity of cutto-length (CTL) forest machines – no need to pull cables or wires manually. • Smooth working – by using the winch, the machine can

be moved smoothly, even in demanding locations PONSSE Synchrowinch is available for PONSSE Cobra, Ergo 8W and Bear harvesters and Buffalo, Bison, Elephant and Elephant King forwarders. The winch is optional equipment installed in forest machines during the installation stage.

• D ue to the tiltable seat the driver can keep a relaxed sitting position while working on steep slopes. T his makes the work ergonomical and less tiring. 2. T raction assistance winch helps to widen the area of operation - same machines can handle also steeper places. No need to employ additional machinery or other harvesting methods (like cable skidders, manual felling) in the same logging site. 3. H arvesting on steep slopes with traction assistance winch decreases the fuel consumption compared to steep slope harvesting without traction assistance. No slipping means mitigated impact to soil and lower erosion risk by reducing track formation. Lower fuel consumption and decreased transmission part wearing are pros of traction assistance compared to operating without winch in slopes. 4. I nvestment cost compared to fully mechanized cable yarding systems is remarkably lower. Traction assistance logging has lower transporting costs (two machines vs. four machines) and system involves only two operators at the same time.

5. A utomatic Steep Slope Brake (ASSB) monitors the machine speed and enables the brakes automatically when the machine speed changes abnormally.

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TENSILE FORCE

Harvester Installation in front of the engine of the harvester.

Harvesters 0 up to 70 kN (0-7 tons), Forwarders 0 up to 100kN (0-10 tons), continuously variable and consequently constant tensile force

Forwarder Fixed installation inside the forwarder’s rear frame

CABLES Cable type: ø14.5 mm, 350 m length, high compacted construction Min. required tensile strength: 200 kN (20 tons)

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Mechanised Steep Slope Harvesting

Utilizing invaluable customer feedback, John Deere built its 959ML Shovel Logger specifically for steep slope applications. Designed to help loggers be more effective when felling and log handling in steep terrain, the John Deere 959ML machine boosts productivity and delivers excellent stability in even the toughest environments. The robust, durable design of the new FL100 makes it ideal for steep slope, shoveling, and traditional felling applications

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notable feature of the 959ML machine is its boom, which is available in three reaches including 9.21 meters (30 feet), 10.34 meters (34 feet) and 11 meters (36 feet). All three boom reaches are equipped with downhill reach ability, allowing for high performance in steep slope applications. The boom, arm, and heel configuration can effectively

reach the downhill side of the ground at full tilt. Additionally, the 11-meter boom includes a strong live heel, helping to provide better machine flexibility. The enhanced live-heel boom was built with purpose to navigate and dominate shovel logging applications in challenging steep-slope conditions. The new 959ML is available in two configurations – shovel logger or directional feller. The machine has built upon key features from the John Deere M- and MH-Series models, including the best-in-class leveling control system. The machine’s patented leveling control system incorporates sensor technology to maximize the forward title angle (26 degrees forward), while electronically preventing any possible mechanical interference

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when tilting to the side. The leveling envelope boundaries are set automatically and the patented system provides a smooth

transition when approaching the leveling limits. The 959ML allows for a directional felling head or a grapple and live- heel boom for shovel-logging applications. It also comes equipped with an optional state-of-the-art slope monitoring system that measures the actual ground-slope angle of the machine and displays the value in real-time on the in-cab screen. The cab on the 959ML was deliberately designed to improve operator experience in steep slope applications. The cab is extremely spacious and features an overhead skylight and downward viewing window for significantly improved visibility, optimizing awareness in challenging terrain. This climatecontrolled cab features expansive jobsite visibility, ergonomic controls, and an optional fully adjustable suspension seat. Equipped with a powerful and fuelefficient John Deere 9.0-liter diesel engine, the 959ML maintains peak performance while minimizing total fluid consumption. The reliable John Deere engine combined with the industry-leading, patented leveling system expands the 959ML’s overall working capability for tackling a wide range of jobsite challenges. The 959ML offers convenient access to service components, allowing for quick and frequent maintenance checks. Additionally, the machine comes with a variety of other optional features including a weld-on, tether-ready hitch field kit, and four-point seat harness.


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A recent survey shows that Rottne has the lowest total costs for labour and spare parts. The survey, carried out by TSG (Swedish Forest Agency’s Technical Collaboration Group), compared the repair costs incurred on machines made by Rottne and our competitors. With Rottne Xparts, the company’s unique replacement system for spare parts, the average cost for spare parts as reduced to a mere 60 percent of the price as new, meaning that repair costs are sunk even more for Rottne machines. We also provide twice as long warranty on Rottne Xparts compared to new spare parts. Can you afford not to drive Rottne?

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STEEP SLOPE HARVESTING The Konrad Highlander is a steep terrain harvester with enormous flexibility due to a synchronized step-and-drive movement.

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ustrian-based forestry company Konrad Forsttechnik is a leading producer of harvesting machines for steep slopes. Konrad has developed machines specifically suited to work in these areas.

Highlander: a quantum step in mobility and flexibility The Konrad Highlander is a steep terrain harvester with enormous flexibility due to a synchronized step-and-drive movement. When reaching climbing limits, telescopic extensions push the machine forward and over edges. On the steepest slopes, all four wheels can be steered independently, this results in a small turning radius and allows crab movement of the machine.

The crane and the cabin are one unit, the crane is fitted behind the cabin and turns continuously. This gives an excellent view for the driver to the harvester head – Woody WH50- 1 or WH60-1 – fitted at the end of the crane. The reach of the crane (10 m) is remarkable with one telescope extension and integrated hydraulic hoses. The Highlander is powered by a water-cooled IVECO 6-cylinder turbo diesel engine and has three hydraulic pumps, two for driving and one for the crane and harvester. The electronic control system (Konrad Touch Control, KTC) is also manufactured in-house. There is a six and four-wheel version of the Highlander, and each machine has as standard a strong shield, and an optional clambank or a load space for the logs, which has recently been introduced. This feature is very useful to improve the productivity, by taking on several work steps usually done by other units with one machine. The log-load space can be rotated and swiveled. This innovation is not only very practicable on the Highlander, it can also be mounted on standard harvesters of other manufacturers. There is also a synchronized winch with double function mounted on the machine. This is a useful feature to secure the machine in steep areas or to winch trees to the machine.

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KDH (Konrad thinning harvester): the economical solution for first thinning The Konrad thinning harvester (KDH40-1) with Woody WH40-1 from Konrad Forsttechnik solves the challenge of making first thinning economic.

An optimized main boom for an improved kinematic, as well as the arm telescopic extensions, improves reach and productivity. Further useful options such as climbing support bars mounted on the tracks, a hydraulic winch on the main boom, the power boost-hydraulic-accumulator or an

The Konrad thinning harvester (KDH40-1) with Woody WH40-1 from Konrad Forsttechnik solves the challenge of making first thinning economic The add-on system enables an individual customer configuration tailor made for their needs. For example, the tiltable upper carriage and cabin, keeps the operator levelled in steep slopes.

additional rear weight completes the KDH offerings. The purchase and operational costs stay economical even with that versatility. A low weight and compact design make the transport simple and easy.


Cable Yarding A leading manufacturer of cable yarding systems Konrad has over 20 years of experience in cable yarding systems. The machines work with a skyline cable that is tight up between the tower yarder and a strong tree in the forest. A carriage (Liftliner or E-liner) is hauling the complete trees from the forest to the yarder. All the operations are remote controlled, either from the machine operator, or from the ‘chocker’ attaching the trees in the forest. The third man in the working team is the feller, who fells trees to be hauled to the yarder. Most of Konrad’s yarding systems can do uphill and downhill operations.

Steep Slope Harvester Mounty – The professional all-round solution for the sleep slopes This yarder is built up on a truck and is combined with a Woody

This Mounty 5000 Yarder is built up on a truck and is combined with a Woody harvesting head harvesting head. Complete trees come from the forest and the machine operator on the Mounty delimbs them and cuts the logs to length. The logs are stored behind the Mounty on the forest road, from where they must be evacuated

daily by a self-loading timber hauling truck. Uphill and downhill operation is possible. There is a Mounty 3000, 4000, and 5000 – the numbers stand for the relevant pulling force of the machine (3, 4 and 5 t). Contractors

appreciate these machines because the ease with which they can be changed from one work side to the next.

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STEEP SLOPE HARVESTING - CABLE YARDING

KMS/KMR: the compact yarding systems The KM40-2 is a remote-controlled skyline crane that is mounted on a tandem trailer. The operation of the installation is remote controlled. To increase the productivity, an automatic drive function of the carriage is standard. The rigging up of this installation is described as “very comfortable” by the manufacturer.

All the functions are remote controlled. This installation connects the highest standards of working safety with outstanding productivity. The essential difference between the KR40-2 and the KM402 is the hydrostatic chain drive system. In terms of tractive force, performance data and variety of options, the KR40-2 is identical to its brother, the KM40-2.

KONRAD Cloud Retrieve machine data anytime and anywhere Digital measuring devices, instruments and sensors collect data that is processed by our inhouse software. The following information is made available by the KONRAD Cloud: • Production data • Data provision • Working time measurement • Recording of operating conditions, such as work operations, assembly, transfer, maintenance, etc. • Fuel consumption • Display of maintenance intervals • Location of the machine

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Crane operation at its easiest - introducing Komatsu Smart Crane for harvesters For a harvester operator, an easily operated crane is important for ensuring a productive working day. Every movement that can be simplified contributes to increased production and, ultimately, greater profitability. Introducing Komatsu Smart Crane for harvester, Komatsu Forest take crane control to the next level, where the crane is controlled with a single lever movement, from the main boom all the way to the tip of the telescopic arm. The result is a faster and more precise crane operation as well as a more relaxed and efficient operator.

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omatsu Forest presented their first parallel crane for harvesters back in 1999. Its inventive design linked the main and outer booms, thereby simplifying crane control. Smart Crane takes this development to the next level, with the crane moving as a single unit – from the main boom all the way out to the tip of the telescopic arm. Precision and responsiveness are two of the greatest advantages of Smart Crane. The operator can easily steer the head where they want it in smooth, precise

movements, contributing to a more relaxed way of working. A relaxed operator can stay focused for longer and work more productively throughout the entire working day. “The experience from operators who have tried Smart Crane is that it significantly reduces vibrations from the crane, something that also contributes to better operator ergonomics,” Tobias Ettemo, Product Manager Harvesters at Komatsu Forest says. Another Smart Crane advantage is the need for fewer lever movements. The automatic control

Tobias Ettemo, Product Manager Harvesters at Komatsu Forest of the telescopic arm makes it even easier to steer the crane exactly where you want it – a single lever

movement brings the crane from full reach all the way back to the machine. This provides better ergonomics for the operator and also helps to retain the energy level throughout the day. “Another advantage of the simplified crane control is that it is easier for an inexperienced operator to quickly hone their crane operation skills,” Ettemo continues. One area where Smart Crane is particularly useful is the thinning of dense stands, where the operator often works with the head far from the machine, making extensive use of the telescopic arm. The automatic control of the crane makes work both easier and more efficient. It also simplifies when the operator, for example, wants to quickly raise the crane to move the head over the wheels to the other side of the machine. Faster and more efficient thinning saves on valuable working hours and contributes to greater profitability. Since crane operation takes up a fair share of a harvester operator’s working day, there are great benefits to optimising this part of the job. Smart Crane offers the operator a crane that smoothly follows each lever movement with great precision – all the way out to the tip of the crane. Moreover, it also offers other advantages such as simpler crane operation, less physical strain and higher productivity. “These are advantages that will be seen in both profitability and the operator’s wellbeing,” Ettemo concludes.

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Felling Heads

Deere’s new FL100 directional felling head for the steep slope market is a larger, more durable unit with increased grip strength, high grapple capacity, and excellent shoveling performance

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ohn Deere’s new large-class directional felling head FL100 model provides customers with a more comprehensive, more durable directional felling head solution. The robust, durable design of the new FL100 makes it ideal for steep slope, shoveling, and traditional felling applications. Featuring increased grip strength, grapple capacity and shoveling performance, the FL100’s grapple arm effectively handles both small and extra-large timber. The increased durability of the FL100 reduces potential downtime in tough conditions, while allowing excellent access to maintenance and service points. “Our customers are continuing to tackle more challenging terrain, and we want to provide reliable, durable equipment designed to meet their unique needs. As they seek purpose-built equipment for their operations, the FL100 will allow them to efficiently and safely fall in both unique steep slopes and traditional felling applications,” said Jim O’Halloran, product marketing manager for John Deere Tracked Harvesters and Feller Bunchers.

John Deere FL100 Directional Felling Head is compatible with the John Deere 959ML Shovel Logger delivers outstanding grapple strength, arm durability, and rotate/tilt power, plus ease of daily and routine service. The FL100 improves productivity with enhanced flexibility in operation

and more capabilities to properly position timber compared to previous models. To learn more about the FL100 Felling Head, as well as the full line of John Deere Forestry equipment, visit a local John Deere Forestry dealer or www.johndeere.com

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Deere’s new FL100 directional felling head for the steep slope market is a larger, more durable unit with increased grip strength, high grapple capacity, and excellent shoveling performance Jim O’Halloran, product marketing manager for John Deere Tracked Harvesters and Feller Bunchers.


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s with all Quadco attachments designed over the past 32 years, the most recent designs are always application-oriented and focused on reliability, low maintenance cost, and maximum productivity. Nowadays, the needs of the forest industry are much diversified. Felling equipment and technology have to cover a wide range of applications like biomass harvesting, thinning, scheduled cutting of short cycle tree plantations, final felling of mature stands, exfoliated insects ridden or burnt forests, etc. First and foremost, on high speed disc saw heads, Quadco remains an industry leader. Traditional logging in North and South America, Europe, Russia and Australia continue to make good use of the extended line of Quadco disc saws starting with

each pair activated with only one cylinder with timing bar for faster accumulation and shorter cycles. Models are available for both boom-mount and front-end mount, ie. rubber-tyred feller bunchers. For even greater small-stem accumulation, there is the 7000 Bunching-Series. From Eucalyptus plantations in Brazil and Blue Gum stands of Australia and Asia, to energy-wood shortcycle plantations in Europe, the 7000 bunching heads allow high productivity and lower operating cost per cubic meter. The 7000 series comes either with a disc saw or with a shear for areas where the use of saws is limited due to fire hazards or extremely rocky conditions or very abrasive sandy soils. All 7000 series heads are equipped with the patented multi-junction accumulator arm to allow the optimal use of the tree accumulation area.

Quadco QB4400 “Power-Feller” fixed bar saw, showing front cut capability and large grapple type arm design

Quadco shear model 7320 in Eucalyptus

Quadco high speed disc saw with 360-degree lateral tilt the 18C at 46 cm (18 in) cutting capacity, which can be mounted on 20 t excavators, to the larger 27B capable of single-cut capacity of 69 cm (27 in), suited to the largest feller buncher carriers. All boom-mounted heads can be equipped with an optional 40° or 360° lateral tilt, allowing bigger tree piles to be made without compromising productivity. The B-Series Disc Saw is designed for bigger stem diameters. Each of the four arms is activated by a cylinder as opposed to one per pair. The wide-arm spread works as a lever for better handling of heavy and tall timber. On the other side, the C-Series Disc Saw is designed for accumulation. Four arms located higher in the head frame,

For smaller 12-15 t excavators, Quadco have Model 212 shear, best suited for pulp and biomass harvesting. It has a maximum cutting capacity of 30.5 cm (12 in) and can accumulate up to four smaller trees. A 260° lateral tilt is part of the 212 standard equipment. Another category is the Intermittent Heads, models QU2400 and QU2900, equipped with a ring saw that starts and stops for better tree control and larger cutting capacity at 61 cm and 74 cm (24 in and 29 in). For those preferring a ‘bar & chain’ over a disc, Quadco offers four fixed-mount bar saw models to choose from. From the QB3200, a thinner head well adapted to selective cutting, to the heavy duty

Quadco/Southstar FD750 directional bar saw felling head with continuous rotation and valves in the head ‘Power-Feller’ Series, the QB2500, QB3500 and QB4400. Those three models are true multi-functional attachments, ranging from 63 cm to 112 cm cutting capacity (25 in to 44 in), designed to fall, bunch, shovel, and load. Their high torque continuous rotation and grapple type arm design allow for highly controlled felling of large high

value hardwood and softwood, providing increased value recovery. The unique ¾-in saw bar system rotates 225° allowing for front cuts without having to reposition the carrier.

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The John Deere 944K Hybrid wheel loader has a hybric-electric drive system that improves performance by 17%, compared to machines with conventional systems

Latest wheel loader models leverage smart technologies to reduce TCO A staple on many jobsites, the wheel loader has undergone several innovations in the past few years – and will see even further updates in the near future.

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t’s been a busy 2021 for wheel loaders as several large manufacturers have released new models, including the new G-Series from Case; Caterpillar’s 980, 982 and 992 machines; and Doosan Infracore North America’s DL380-7, which joined the company’s -7 Series of wheel loaders. The machine that loads and carries an array of materials and aggregates is a workhorse for contractors, but manufacturers are starting to capitalize on opportunities to improve wheel loaders’ efficiency and productivity, along with operator safety and comfort. CONEXPO-CON/AGG 365 talked with industry manufacturers to read the pulse of the wheel loader market and discover the upgrades that contractors can take advantage of.

Increased efficiency and productivity Doosan debuted the DL-580-5 wheel loader, with an operating weight just under 80,000 lbs, at CONEXPO-CON/AGG in March 2020, and since then, the manufacturer has refreshed it and the models in its -7 Series. Aaron Kleingartner, product and dealer marketing manager for Doosan Infracore North America, said the 580-7, which has a bucket capacity of 8.4 cubic yards, is a “true two-pass machine,” which means it fills up trucks in two loads – not 2.5 loads like some smaller 46 International Forest Industries | DECEMBER 2021 / JANUARY 2022

wheel loader models. “From the cycle-time perspective, [2.5-load machines] can wreak havoc in a day having that extra half-load; you sometimes end with overloaded trucks and underloaded trucks,” Kleingartner said. “That true two-pass [580-7 machine] has been a great addition to our lineup, and the -7 Series machines, in general, are the next generation of the product.” That confidence in the wheel loader’s steady two-pass performance means it’s easier for jobsites to manage and maximize time, fuel, logistics and efficiency. An ongoing trend with equipment is the shift to more fuel-efficient machines with lower emissions, Kleingartner said, and Doosan’s engineers have been tasked with meeting various emissions regulations. Although complying with those mandates is necessary,

The new DL580-7 Stage V wheel loader

Kleingartner said that adding productivity features to their machines while ensuring they’re more fuel-efficient. The result is what Doosan calls “situational awareness technology,” which was introduced with the -7 Series of wheel loaders, and it senses the speed, power and hydraulic needs of the machines, according to Kleingartner. He said the functionality’s job is to make minor adjustments when needed to reduce the hydraulic output – this makes sure the engine doesn’t bog down while staying within its prime working range. “That type of technology just helps make the machine more efficient, more productive, and at the end of the day, [it] burns less fuel, and it makes the operator more productive [so] they can meet their targets throughout the day,” Kleingartner said. John Deere is modernizing its fleet of wheel loaders with its own efficiency measures. Luke Gribble, solutions marketing manager at John Deere, said the manufacturer’s hybridelectric drive (or E-Drive) makes the company’s wheel loaders stand out, even though the technology has been operating with the 644 X-Tier mid-sized and 944K hybrid large models for a few years now. “It’s something that provides a lot of those benefits: [being] more efficient, more productive, easier for the operator to us,” Gribble said.


Aaron Kleingartner, 3rd degree connection, Product & Dealer Marketing Manager at Doosan Infracore North America

Solutions Marketing Manager Ag Material Handling at John Deere Construction & Forestry

The 644 X-Tier wheel loader comes with an E-Drive transmission system that delivers “premium performance and efficiency,” according to John Deere’s site, and the 944K model has a hybridelectric drive that recaptures energy to slow the machine when the operator lets off the accelerator, a feature that lessens the load on the engine and reduces fuel consumption. Gribble said that these systems help contractors extend the lives of their wheel loaders and avoid extra maintenance costs such as tire replacements and machine damage. “The overall total cost of ownership of that machine is going down substantially when you compare it to a conventional machine,” Gribble said. “And while I mentioned that our machines [with hybrid-electric systems] have been out there for a few years now, we’re just getting customers that are starting to look at those reallife opportunities and seeing those cost advantages.” John Deere’s studies on the efficiency of these systems pays out big dividends in terms of performance, Gribble said: The 644 X-Tier model can consume

up to 10% less fuel than one of John Deere’s machines with conventional drives, and the 944K has a 17% fuel advantage over conventional machines. And electric wheel loaders are abundant of late: In August, LiuGong introduced a new electric, remote-controlled wheel loader that runs on a 5G network, and in June, Volvo announced the L25 wheel loader would be available in the U.S. this year.

Ensuring the safety and comfort of wheel loader operators

‘Transparent bucket’ said to eliminate blind spots in front of wheel loader bucket

At the end of the day, contractors are the ones operating these machines, and wheel loader manufacturers have them top of mind when it comes to implementing new features. “We want to make sure that the features are going to benefit the operators so they can stay comfortable in the cab all day long because they’re often working longer shifts,” Gribble said. “And it’s important to keep the operator happy because it’s a challenging job.” Kleingartner said that after the customer feedback Doosan has received over the past several years, Doosan’s 12 wheel loader models come standard with heating, air conditioning and fully closed cabs – with the latest -7 Series wheel loaders coming with 14% more glass area for better operator visibility in the work area of the machine. “Operator comfort has been paramount the past five to 10 years in helping to build the things that customers have been asking for,” Kleingartner said. One of Doosan’s newest innovations for operator safety and ease is the industry-first “transparent bucket” technology. Normally, Kleingartner said, a wheel loader’s bucket can impede an operator’s visibility at times, but this “unique” new optional

functionality “basically gives you a complete view in front of the machine like the bucket isn’t even there,” he said. Kleingartner explained the feature as an electronics system with multiple cameras mounted at the top and bottom of the front of the machine with a monitor inside the cab that displays a superimposed image in real time using a curved projection method. The technology is a boon for jobsite safety, as well as productivity, as it removes all obstacles from the operator’s field of vision while enabling a forward perspective through the monitor during loading and unloading. First teased at CONEXPO-CON/ AGG in March 2020, a similar feature from John Deere for all its wheel loaders called Advanced Rods and Virtual Mirrors will debut in the near future, according to Gribble. He said two additional cameras set up on the rearview mirrors to provide increased visibility around the machine, and the manufacturer will also have a more optimized radar system on the back of the cab, which will alert operators while they back up – much like how modern cars beep at drivers while in reverse to warn of obstacles. “You’re going to have

enhanced operator awareness and understanding some of those areas that might be hard to see from the cab,” Gribble said. Along with the advanced system for visibility, John Deere has also redesigned its wheel loader cabs with standard features such as more leg room, automatic temperature control, updated HVAC systems that optimize airflow and more user-friendly monitors. Optional cab upgrades include heated seats. “Those [upgraded features] might seem minor, you’d think … well, I’ve got all that in my car, so why wouldn’t I have it in my wheel loader?” Gribble said. “There are so many of those comfort features that we want to make sure that you have [because operators] probably spend more time in that machine than they do in their car a lot of times.” The fact that these improvements came from customers and contractors is not lost on Gribble “Really what we do for our advanced products is continue to talk to customers on a daily basis and allow them to kind of tell us what the direction is where we need to be going in the future,” he said.

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Our solutions are always based on our customers’ needs, and our forest machines designed for steep slopes are no exception. We test and develop them together with our customers in truly demanding conditions, for example, in China, Brazil, North America and in Central Europe Marko Mattila Sales, Service and Marketing Director at Ponsse Oy

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Cable Yarding Steep Slope Harvester Mounty – The professional all-round solution for the sleep slopes This yarder is built up on a truck and is combined with a Woody harvesting head. Complete trees come from the forest and the machine operator on the Mounty delimbs them and cuts the logs to length. The logs are stored behind the Mounty on the forest road, from where they must be evacuated daily by a self-loading timber hauling truck. Uphill and downhill operation is possible.

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There is a Mounty 3000, 4000, and 5000 – the numbers stand for the relevant pulling force of the machine (3, 4 and 5 t). Contractors appreciate these machines because the ease with which they can be changed from one work side to the next.


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SP design and development team have focused on finalizing all options and market adaptation to the SP 661 LF and SP 661 E harvester head models. They were released for sale in early 2018 and have quickly become best-selling head models globally with more than 200 units being sold so far. See Page 7

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Astec-Peterson-4710D-Horizontal-Grinder See P30

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Also for large-scale chippers: The Professional Line add-on package has already proven itself with the JENZ Chippertrucks and has now been extended to the Chippertruck hybrid HEM 922 See p34

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Precision Husky

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ProGrind Horizontal Grinders For working with long limbs, Pecision’s highspeed ProGrind horizontal grinders are difficult to beat. There are three models (H-3045, H-3060 and H-4060) to choose from, each with a rugged diesel engine and offering from 520 hp up to 1,050 hp, depending on requirements. The dual cutting surfaces at various depths eliminate frustrating jams. The 3045 offers a 30 in cutting diameter and a 45 in infeed width, the 3060 has a 30 in cutting diameter and a 60 in infeed width, and the 4060 has a 40-inch cutting diameter and a wide 60 in infeed width.

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With tub grinders, features like the patented thrown object restrain system (TORS) found on Vermeer models, can help reduce the amount and distance of thrown objects David Steege, Recycling Account Manager, RDO Equipment

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Continued from p12 As a result, there are currently a number of connected cameras and sensors located at strategic points around the machine that transmit real-time data via the Telia 5G network back to the control station. The test will therefor both explore how to mature the technology and gather vital feedback from the operators on the optimum placement of those cameras for handling precision. Volvo CE has for the past few years been exploring the potential for tele-operation across a variety of segments from mining to urban construction, with this project testing the technology in its most challenging application yet. By remote-controlling processes like timber lifting – which are currently too complex to be fully automated – tele-operation becomes an important enabler for automation, allowing for a more gradual integration of automated processes for customers.

“This research project gives us an opportunity to test our teleoperation platform in a new application with high precision requirements and learn how the system needs to be designed to meet industry needs. Insights from partial manual and teleoperated management enables us to also take steps towards automation in more complex processes”, Christian concludes. Remote Timber is financed by the participating parties and by VINNOVA’s vehicle strategic research and innovation (FFI) program.

Fax: +1 (630) 420 9763 Email: lapham@jpmediainc.com Continued from p45

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

Last but not least is Quadco’s directional bar saw felling head model FD750, designed by Southstar, part of the Quadco Group. With a large 109 cm single-pass cutting capacity (43 in) and a wide chassis structure for improved structural strength, it is ideal for heavy timber. The main control valve in the head requires only three hydraulic and one electrical hose

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on fit up. A reduced saw box footprint for minimizing stump height on steep ground. Continuous 360° rotation with clean hose through design for ease of use and maximum hose protection.


A ground-breaking new eucalyptus head - the Komatsu X164E Komatsu Forest is introducing the Komatsu X164E, a robust head specially developed for efficient eucalyptus harvesting. A high-performance feed system ensures high productivity which, combined with smart solutions for reducing maintenance time and costs, makes the X164E a profitable head. The standout feature is the fact that the conventional chainsaw is replaced by hydraulic shears, which also benefit production and safety, such as with the absence of a chain to maintain.

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ith its brand-new design, the Komatsu X164E has been specially developed to efficiently harvest eucalyptus. When developing this head, Komatsu Forest’s engineering team put aside all existing head designs for softwood trees and instead focused solely on the needs and conditions of eucalyptus harvesting. “To minimise losses in production time, we established strict requirements for the debarking function. With the Komatsu X164E, the ambition is for at least half of the stems to need only be fed through once, from felling cut to the end of the stem, also known as one-pass debarking,” says Tobias Ettemo, Product Manager at Komatsu Forest. The effective debarking is due in part to the head’s specially designed feed system, which has a very high degree of contact between the debarking knives and the stem. The design is based on four angled feed rollers which cause the stem to rotate inside the feed path, efficiently debarking and delimbing the stem at

the same time. The head also shreds the bark into shorter lengths, minimising process disruptions at sawmills and greatly benefitting the growth of new stands. The main difference compared to Komatsu’s other heads is that the X164E slices rather than saws through the stem. The head is equipped with extremely powerful hydraulic shears, with broad, sturdy blades, that easily and effectively slice through each stem. “This solution reduces service and maintenance costs, including downtime, while the hydraulic shears also offer great advantages in terms of machine and operator safety,” says Tobias Ettemo. For excellent reliability, the Komatsu X164E is equipped with several smart solutions, such as protected hose routing all the way from crane tip to head valve and from head valve to roller motors. This means less downtime and reduced spare parts costs, greatly boosting profitability. The underlying concept of using hydraulic shears instead of a saw bar also helps to keep

maintenance costs down, as there are no chains, bars, sprockets or saw motors to replace, and no need for saw lubrication either. The Komatsu X164E can be mounted on an excavator or a wheeled machine. “All the development that we have put into this new head had had the primary focus to reduce the total cost of ownership, that is what really matters in the end. And we are very happy to say that we have seen proof of substantial reduction of TCO with the X164E.” Ettemo concludes. With the Komatsu X164E, eucalyptus harvesting is taking an innovative step forward. New technology combined with a robust design and well-proven advantages result in a head that truly comes into its own in demanding plantation environments. Add to this the smart solutions for improved reliability, such as the protected hose routing, and the Komatsu X164E is clearly a highly profitable alternative.

This solution reduces service and maintenance costs, including downtime, while the hydraulic shears also offer great advantages in terms of machine and operator safety Tobias Ettemo, Product Manager for Harvesters & Heads

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