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New ball game

Coalition landslide ‘opens doors’ for a better deal for NSW forest industries

This Issue

Audit first for timber treatment – Page 4

By JIM BOWDEN

New hope for river red gum industry?

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INDUSTRY NEWS

Industry seeks a commitment to extending RFAs From Page 1

The Victorian Association of Forest Industries, representing the interests of the Victorian timber Industry

Victorian Association of Forest Industries Level 2, 2 Market Street Melbourne 3000 Tel: +61 3 9611 9000 Fax: +61 3 9611 9011 Email: info@vafi.org.au Web: www.vafi.org.au

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will be dominated by urban Liberals. “We now have a government that is totally committed to some of the issues of getting the NSW timber industry back into a productive state; there are important polices that they are going to have to work on over the next few years,” Mr Ainley said. “We’ve had a good reception from the Coalition and we’re confident this will see the opening up of some muchneeded supply guarantee arrangements.” Mr Ainley said there were ‘positives’ for the industry in the election result. The Nationals had been supportive of forest industries as part of the rural community and their agenda was to rebuild these communities, the rural industries and regional economies. “There is a commitment that there will be no more reserves. There are a lot of issues to fix yet but the new government wants to form committees and panels to discuss issues with industry around the state. “These include log supply and repair of the red gum damage with funding assistance to the communities hurt by these forest closures, “Then the process must start for a commitment to regional forest agreements and advancing them to roll beyond 2020 as evergreen agreements.” The NSW minister responsible for forestry Steve Wran, the member for Monaro, was one of the casualties of the rout of Labor. Barry O’Farrell has announced that most of his former shadow

TRUST TABMA Russ Ainley .. new government will work for industry.

ministers will retain their portfolios in the new cabinet. Forests is likely to go to Katrina Hodgkinson, 45, who has represented Burrinjuck for more than 10 years. As the result of the shadow cabinet reshuffle in December 2008, Ms Hodgkinson took on responsibility for the newly created Natural Resource Management portfolio. ‘We now have a government that is totally committed to some of the issues of getting the NSW timber industry back into a productive state; there are important polices that they are going to have to work on over the next few years’ – Russ Ainley Bob Brown, the leader of the Greens, declared a ‘Greenslide’ at last year’s federal election, after they won around 12% of the primary vote. The NSW election was a Greenslide of a different kind. Powerless, the Greens face the prospect of five years in the political wilderness without any seats in the lower house. Cont Page 3

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‘It’s clear internal politics of the Greens are chaotic’ From Page 2

Also, the bid by the Greens for control of the upper house failed after hefty primary support for the Coalition; conservatives will now control the Legislative Council with the backing of right-wing minor parties instead of having to seek Greens’ support for every vote. Ted Baillieu in Victoria and Barry O’Farrell have demonstrated that without Liberal party preferences, it is very difficult for the Greens to make headway. In the federal election, the party claimed the balance of power in the Senate and won their first House of Representatives seat – Melbourne. However, their failure to win seats in the NSW poll – and in Australia’s biggest state – or in

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last year’s Victorian election, came after the Liberals refused to recommend their supporters give the minor party preferences ahead of Labor. “It is now clear that the internal politics of the Greens are

chaotic,” was a comment by former NSW premier Bob Carr. This was the man who often boasted that creating national parks was his greatest achievement. In his so-called passion for the environment he constantly pressured his successors to ‘save’ the river red gum trees in the south of the state. T&F enews believes there will be some ‘behind-the-scenes’ dialogue between industry and the new government over the river red gum issue. A careful strategy will be needed – sections of the red gum forest have been shuffled off into Cont Page 11

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TIMBER PRESERVATION

Third party audit program a ‘first’ for timber treatment industry in Australia By JIM BOWDEN

A GO-AHEAD near-Brisbane timber treater has signed a contract with NZ-based Independent Verification Services to undertake a comprehensive third party audit program for all on-site treatment activities – a ‘first’ for the industry in Australia. The landmark audit program was announced last Friday at a gathering of more than 70 representatives of industry associations, timber merchants and preservative suppliers by itreat TIMBER Pty Ltd directors Gerry Gardiner and Bill McCarthy. The event at Deception Bay,

for the assortment of industry players who filled the John Naumann Hall at Deception Bay, north of Brisbane. They included representatives from Osmose, TimTech Chemicals, Tarmac Qld Pty Ltd, Pinewood Products, Hyne, Carter Holt Harvey, Boral Timber, Stora Enso, Moxon Timbers and the Queensland government. “It’s April Fool’s Day today, but we’re no fools and this is no joke,” Gerry Gardiner quipped. itreat TIMBER has revolutionised methods of wood preservation using seven different compounds and three purposebuilt pressure cylinders.

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4-5: Residues to Revenues. Technologies to improve wood wastes utilisation. Melbourne. Visit www.fiea.com.nz

9-12: 42nd annual meeting International Research Group on Wood Protection. Queenstown, New Zealand. Venue: Moonlight Country, 15 minutes from Queenstown and 8 minutes from both Arrowtown and Queenstown Airport. Contacts: New Zealand – Jeanette Drysdale +64 9 299 9435. Australia – Jack Norton +61 7 3255 4420.

5-7 Dubai Woodshow. The premier wood and woodworking machinery show in the Middle East. National supply groups from France, Malaysia and other Asian countries and USA are exhibiting, as well as key regional distributors such as Chabros and Al Nibras, major machinery suppliers from Germany and Italy including Homag and Biesse among others and specialist surfaces producers such as Danzer and Schattdecor AG. Registration information www.dubaiwoodshow.com Contact: Strategic Marketing and Exhibitions. Tel: + 971 4 28 29 299. Fax: + 971 4 28 28 767. Email : sales@dubaiwoodshow.com / amiri@strategic.ae 8: South Eastern Australia 2011 Farm Forestry and Firewood Expo, Bendigo, Vic. City of Greater Bendigo’s Huntly plantation, north of Bendigo. NORTHERN United Forestry Group (NUFG) - a not-for-profit community group with a focus on growing trees for sawlogs and firewood - will host the expo at the Huntly plantation, north of Bendigo. Some trees (all hardwoods) within the Huntly plantation that need to be thinned will be available for demonstration purposes. Contact: Mal Brown, Northern United Forestry Group. Tel: (03) 54352588. Mob: 0419 108 817.

25: Institute of Foresters of Australia (IFA) and New Zealand Institute of Forestry Conference (ANZIF 2011). Auckland NZ. Theme: ‘Pacific Forestry’. Visit www.anzifconference.co.nz 30-June 3: LIGNA Hannover Wood Fair.

JUNE 15-17: SawTECH 2011. Sawing technologies to improve mill performance. Brisbane. Visit www. fiea.com.nz

JULY 13-14: Carbon Forestry 2011. Key investment drivers and future business opportunities. Auckland, NZ. Visit www.fiea.com.nz

SEPTEMBER 5-7: NZ Forest Industries Expo 2011. Venue: Rotorua Energy Events Centre, Rotorua. Forest industry leaders and companies from across the world are booking their tickets to participate in the expo (FI2011) and make the most of the 2011 Rugby World Cup while they’re there. Exhibition sites have already been booked by a number of NZ and Australian companies, and inquiries being received from Canada, China, Vietnam and

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Austria. The expo will showcase the best that Rotorua, the wider Bay of Plenty region and the rest of New Zealand has to offer when it comes to forestry and wood products. Contact: Dell Bawden. Email: office@bawden.co.nz Website site: fi2010.co.nz

October 21-November 2: 5th International Woodfibre Resources and Trade Conference: Woodchips and Biomass for Global Markets. Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel, Singapore. Presented by DANA Ltd, Pike & Co and Wood Resources International, followed by field trip to Cambodia on November 3, 4 and 5.The field trip is an optional extra to the conference registration fee and will be limited to 80 participants. Field trip participants will fly from Singapore to Sihanoukville with an overnight stay. Transfer next day to Siem Reap which will include a visit to world famous UNESCO heritage site Angkor Wat. Return Saturday morning. Who should attend? Plantation and other forest owners, plantation investment fund managers, existing-future biomass producers and users, existingfuture wood pellet producers and users, bankers and investment analysts, woodchip producers, wood fibre trading companies, woodchip end users.

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IFA MEETING

Greater depth of communication with clients: FPQ

A common bond .. Dr Tim Blumfield, senior research fellow, environmental futures centre, Griffith University, Nathan, Dr Gary Bacon, adjunct professor, environmental futures centre, school of biomolecular and physical sciences, Griffith University, Brian Farmer, chief executive, Forestry Plantations Queensland Pty Ltd, and Alan Irving, principal adviser, environment, technology and innovation, Rio Tinto, Brisbane. By JIM BOWDEN

TOP Queensland forestry executive Brian Farmer had his first opportunity to address fellow foresters as the new chief of Forestry Plantations Queensland Pty Ltd at a meeting in Brisbane last week. Addressing the Queensland division of the Institute of Foresters of Australia, he focused on the services and operations of the US-based Hancock Timber Resources Group (HTRG) which through its Hancock Queensland Plantations purchased FPQ from the state government in May last year. Mr Farmer has worked in South Australia, Tasmania and New South Wales in various forestbased organisations with major responsibilities in forest operations, sales and marketing, business development and environmental protection. He took up his CEO position with FPQ in November last year after five years as chief executive of ForestrySA. Hancock Queensland Plantations’ client investors

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paid $603 million for FPQ and a 99-year licence to manage, harvest and re-grow plantation timber on about 204,000 ha of plantation lands. At the IFA meeting, Mr Farmer discussed the nature of HTRG and the importance of FPQ in the opportunities it provides for investment in natural resources and the potential for investors to diversify their income streams. A unique characteristic of HTRG timberlands is that it functions as both a factory and a warehouse. In other words, timber can be grown and then ‘stored on the stump’. This gives investors the flexibility of harvesting trees when timber prices are up, and delaying harvests when prices are down. As of December 31 last year, the group’s assets under management totalled $US9 billion, located in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Brazil. Mr Farmer reiterated the importance of pursing Forest Stewardship Certification in Cont Page 7

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IFA MEETING Dr Glenn Dale, managing director, Tree Crop Technologies, Brisbane, Mike Shaw, principal policy officer, forestry, AgriScience Queensland, and John Taylor, Bottle Creek Forests, Casino, NSW.

Keith Jennings, chairman, Queensland division, Institute of Foresters of Australia welcomes, Sybil Smith, forest plantations oversight, Department of Environment and Resource Management and Mrinalini Maitra and Simon James, also from DERM.

Steve Worley, general manager, forest operations, Forest Plantations Queensland, John Huth, principal forest technician, Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation, and Dr Henri Bailleres, Salisbury Research Centre, Agri-Science Queensland.

Andrew Dunn, Forest Plantations Queensland, Byfield, and Dr Tim Blumfield, Griffith University, Nathan.

Building value in plantations From Page 6

Queensland, a safe working environment, compliance with licence agreements entered into with the state, and building value in the plantation business. “An important facet of FPQ is to communicate more broadly and deeply with customers and the community in delivering the goals that are required in the business,” he said. HTRG is a division of Hancock Natural Resource Group, Inc., a registered investment adviser and wholly owned subsidiary of Manulife Financial Corporation. Hancock Forest Management, Inc. is a subsidiary of Hancock Natural Resource Group, Inc. HNRG recently appointed Bill Peressini as managing director and chief financial officer, replacing Mike Morgan who is retiring after 12 years’ service. Mr Peressini joins HNRG from Simson Lumber in Portland, Oregon, where has been vicepresident and chief financial officer for the past 11 years.

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PRIVATE FORESTRY

PFSQ sets pace for certification of native forests in Queensland Hardwoods shortage, sustainability driving factors

PRIVATE Forestry Service Queensland has gained Australian Forest Standard (AFS) AS 4708 certification for both its native forest and plantation management systems. This means that PFSQ forest management systems meet the nine criteria and 40 requirements recognised by Standards Australia and by the world’s largest forest certification organization, the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). “There are driving factors for an environmentally sustainable private native forest industry and why the forest industry

should embrace environmental certification,” PFSW executive officer Sean Ryan said. “There is a need for a paradigm shift for the direction of the whole industry to ensure its status for the future, including the public demand for environmental protection.” Mr Ryan said there was a 150,000 cub m sawn hardwood deficit in Queensland and the 2024 sunset clause for state’s hardwood resource would create a significant spike in demand for the private resource that current management would not sustain “State governments hostile to native forest management had

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caused an uncertain future for the private native forest industry,” he said. “The private sector needs a recognised system to demonstrate and defend the environmental sustainability of their forest management. Mills have to have chain of custody and source timber from a certified forest to claim their timber is certified.” PFSQ has a certified forest management system. Each forest to be certified has a comprehensive FMP prepared for it in close consultation with the owner. Certified forests are added to the PFSQ defined forest area as required by the AFS Forest operations are carried out in accordance to the FMP and the FMS. Forest managers / owners have a checklist so they can self-assess their conformance to the FMS. The forest management plan is constructed around real data collected from a strip assessment of owners’ forests in which they are encouraged to participate. This data gives accurate information of the forest, such as stems

/ ha and their size classes; standing volume and value of merchantable timber and the product range; length of time to next harvest, estimated volume and value and how many nonmerchantable stems / ha should be treated out The cost of preparing an individual forest management plan for a specific property will vary depending on the following property and forest aspects: 1. Size of the forest area – e.g. <100 hectares, 200-400 hectares, 400-800 hectares, 800> hectares. 2. Forest type – wet schlerophyll forests (flooded gum, tallowwood, red stringybark, blackbutt, Gympie messmate) tend to have a higher mix of species and high variability, whereas dry schlerophyll forests (spotted gum, red ironbark, yellow stringybark) are more uniform and easier to assess. 3. Forest condition – access around the property, the structure, age and density of the forest, e.g. a lot of thick understory and regrowth makes access difficult and slows forest assessment activities. 4. Average slope – flat, moderate or steep. 5. Accuracy and detail of inventory data – more precise data on standing volume and available harvest volumes will require a more intensive forest assessment. 6. Property location – access to the property and distance from nearest accommodation and amenities. Option 1: Self managed forests (example only). Example costs: 1000 ha dry eucalypt forest within 100 km Gympie (designated forest area, not Cont Page 9

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PFSQ sets the pace From Page 8

property size). Total – $15,500 over five years = $15.50 per hectare over five years = $3.10 per hectare per year.

Letter to Editor PFSQ is to be applauded on its sustained contribution to SFM on private forests. Almost alone in this state they have carried the message torch through many a dry gulley and creamed

euc bush, and achieved positive outcomes on the ground, where it really counts, far in excess of fte expectations. This is largely due, in my view, to the extraordinary commitment and enthusiasm of the core practioners. Well done PFSQ. – Dr Gary Bacon, Adjunct Professor, Environmental Futures Centre, School of Biomolecular and Physical Sciences, Griffith University, Nathan.

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International Year of Forests. “Sustainable timber use is an important step in the transition to a low carbon economy”, says Paul Klymenko, CEO of Planet Ark. ”Substituting wood products for more greenhouse gas intensive building products could reduce the emissions of a typical house by up to 18 tonnes over its life (according to a recent RMIT study) – that’s more than a medium sized car emits over seven years but research shows that few people understand that carbon is stored in the wood for life.”

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INDUSTRY FOCUS

Japan desperate for wood as huge re-building program gets under way Plywood mills destroyed, imports to rocket JAPANESE imports of plywood, logs and lumber this year are likely to be the highest since 2008 as the massive postearthquake and tsunami rebuilding program gets under way. Japan is in urgent need of pre-fabricated houses and manufactured wood products in the aftermath of the disasters that hit the country in early March. More than 10,000 people died during and in the immediate aftermath of the catastrophe; more than 400,000 people lost their homes and about 150,000 buildings were destroyed. The re-building of towns, roads, railways and the power grid in the impacted region northeast of Tokyo will be a lengthy and difficult undertaking. Much is still uncertain regarding short-term and long-term changes in the importation of forest products, but the need for construction material will be considerable in the coming years, says the Wood Resource Quarterly. [About 35 to 40% of Japan’s

Re-building Japan .. plywood pops up in this home in Fukawa in the most unexpected way – as the main material used to create an interior stairway that branches off into various rooms and platforms. Plywood’s low cost, strong grain, flexibility and use in modern design have given it a more visible role in Japan.

plywood production has either been completely destroyed or significantly damaged. One mill that supplied 25% of the country’s total plywood needs had been totally demolished]. Initially, there have been requests from Japanese authorities and trading houses for pre-fabricated houses. There have also been inquiries for glue-laminated products and other pre-cut wood

products that more quickly can be used for re-building efforts, as opposed to the need for basic commodities such as lumber and plywood. To start with, the government has asked for 30,000 temporary houses within two months. Japan is one of the largest importers of wood products. In 2010, it imported wood rawmaterial (logs and chips) and processed wood products

valued at more than $US10 billion, which was 20% more than in 2009. The country was the biggest importer of wood chips and plywood, the second largest importer of logs, and was ranked the third biggest importer of lumber in the world last year. It is not likely that imports of plywood, lumber and sawlogs will increase much in the next few months before ports and access roads have been cleared and power has been restored for at least the most basic needs. Over the next 6-12 months, it can be expected that there will be a rise in demand for both plywood and lumber. This will result in increased importation of processed products and of logs to supply domestic Japanese mills. Based on contacts already established between importers in Japan and manufacturers around the world, it is probable that there will be higher shipments of softwood lumber from Canada, the US, Russia, Cont Page 11

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Malaysia, China to be major plywood suppliers to Japan From Page 10

Sweden and Finland later this year, says WRQ. The major suppliers of plywood will most likely continue to be Malaysia, Indonesia and China. Japan imported 3.6 and 4.1 million cub m of softwood logs in 2009 and 2010, respectively. As the domestic forest industry increases production later in 2011, imports of logs predominantly from the US, Canada, New Zealand and Russia can be expected to increase to their highest levels in at least three years. And while the Australian dollar faced near-term risk from Japan’s earthquake, the high yield unit should gain support in coming months as reconstruction efforts drive demand for commodities. As Australia’s second biggest trading partner, with around $59

billion in annual trade, Japan is a key export destination for Australian exports from food through to energy and other commodities. Although the Japanese economy has been staggered by an earthquake, a tsunami and a nuclear crisis, history suggests it will bounce back with no lasting damage. Wealthier countries with stable government institutions are especially suited to benefit from reconstruction after a natural disaster. The World Bank estimates Japan will spend up to five years rebuilding from the March 11 disaster. Reconstruction projects contribute to growth by putting people to work. Economies also benefit as damaged roads, ports, buildings and equipment are replaced.

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about five different tenures; national parks is one. But there is hope an answer may be found for the red gum industry in the remaining tenures. Faye O’Brien of O’Brien Sawmills in Barham, a town in the western Riverina district of NSW, says she hasn’t seen John Williams, chair of the Natural Resources Commission since the red gum forests started to flood in August last year. During 2009, Dr Williams was a regular visitor to the central Murray Valley and his team at the NRC prepared a report for the NSW Labor Government with recommendations for the future management of the red gum forests.

Implementation of the recommendations in Dr William’s final report, Riverina Bioregion Regional Forest Assessment: River Red Gums and Woodland Forests, has seen the decimation of a once thriving timber community with the closure of the five largest sawmills and many small operations. The red gum forests are still underwater – forests that Dr Williams claimed faced a “water scarce future”. “If you ask me, Dr Williams doesn’t understand the forests, and has destroyed my community,” Mrs O’Brien said. She would like Dr Williams to return and see her beloved Perricoota-Koondrook forest in flood.

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EVENTS

Merchants inside the triangle: scope of technology an eye opener on tour Useful products from every part of the tree THE ‘Green Triangle’, one of Australia’s major plantation softwood and hardwood resources, was the focus of a successful industry tour in March organised by Mount Gambier Hoo-Hoo Club 214 and the Timber Merchants Association (Vic.). Ten major timber merchants travelled with TMA president Ron Caddy and executive officer Peter Roberts on the three-day tour which started on World Forestry Day March 21. Tour leaders were Lew Parsons and Maurie Drewer of Mount Gambier Hoo-Hoo Club and Phillip Blackwell, a leading forestry and wood utilisation researcher and lecturer at Melbourne University’s department of forest and ecosystem science at Creswick. The ‘Green Triangle’ spanning the border area between South Australia and Victoria has extensive plantation softwood and hardwood resources and a world competitive softwood processing industry, including pulp and paper manufacturing, sawn timber, wood panels and woodchip export. The region under plantations, first established in the early 1900s, has around 160,000 ha of mature softwoods and 110,000 ha of hardwoods. The sawlog plantations are generally based around 30-year rotations, although this can vary among growers in the region. Almost all of the resource is radiata. Tour participants received a very intensive program aimed at demonstrating the scope and capability of the region in every aspect from radiata and blue gum forestry, logging, sawmilling (both greenmill

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Victorian timber merchants inspect G&R logging operations at Compton, SA

and dry mill), and the latest mechanisation and information technology which measures, audits and quality controls the resource from standing tree to packs of sawn timber leaving the mill to the customer. The visitors were impressed with the attention to safety, quality control and grading which assured grade certainty for every stick of timber (thus safe for any engineered application in building), the professionalism of staff, the focus on customers and product quality. The advances in mechanisation, information management technology and testing at every stage which have occurred in the last few years amazed the visiting merchants, along with assured structural properties, the advances in precise sizing of product and kiln operation controls. Significant gains in recovery during harvesting and processing were also demonstrated together with productivity gains to provide well-priced product to the market. The merchants travelled to and from Melbourne in a coachliner and put in long hours on the study tour. TMA’s Ron Caddy and Peter Roberts have already announced the tour should

TMA president Ron Caddy at the controls during a visit to Reid Logging’s T2 thinnings operation in the southeast of South Australia.

be repeated every two years such is the importance of this region and its products to the Melbourne timber market. “The Melbourne market needs certainty and there are concerns that the SA Government intends to sell Forestry SA,” Mr Caddy said. “There is a severe risk to log supply.” Mr Caddy gave examples where in many places in New Zealand importing logs had destroyed many mill communities and jobs. “If the market has to rely on imported products, it would be

a more expensive add-on to building costs; product quality would not have the same guarantees as the products currently coming from the region.” Tour participants remarked on the utilisation of every part of the tree and log along the way and its conversion into useful residues, raw materials, products and by-products. On the way to Mount Gambier, delegates visited the McVilly treatment plant at Beaufort, an Australian Bluegum Plantations operation at Hamilton (harvesting and coppice work and firewood recovery), and attended a World Forestry Day dinner in Mount Gambier. On the second day, the study tour visited Gunns sawmill at Tarpeena, a clear felling logging site being felled by G&R Logging (with lunch at the Nangwarry Timber Museum), a recovery operation and methods of mulching needles and waste wood as a nutrient source and Van Schaik’s composting operation at Wandilo. Reid Logging’s second thinning operation at Wandilo (all forests were Forestry SA sites) and Carter Holt Harvey’s Mount Gambier dry mill and planing operation were also visited. A barbecue dinner at Umpherston Cave Reserve in Mount Gambier allowed visitors to visit the Hoo-Hoo Logging Pavilion and restored log site. The visitors returned to TMA at Blackburn on the third day by way of West Fibres’ Myamym hardwood chip mill, Gunn’s hardwood chip export facility at Portland and AKD’s Colac sawmill.

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TIMBER PRESERVATION

Patented preservative system sets benchmark for timber treatment From Page 4

Using brave technology, the company is able to treat timbers previously considered untreatable. “These timbers, in every case so far, have been easily treated to the industry standard and beyond,” Mr Gardiner said. “We won’t say that the possibilities are endless. However, the opportunities for industry are extraordinary.” itreat TIMBER opened in March 2009 as a CCA-only treatment plant. Today, the company provides a range of treatments – CCA, H3 and H4 for pine as well as H4 and H5 hardwood; H2F Blue for conifers; H2 Red Tru-Core for KD timbers, similar to LOSP; and H3 Vacsol Azure. The company has engaged three individual suppliers – TimTech Chemicals, Kop-Coat NZ and Arch Wood Protection. Another ‘first’ is the use of the new Arch Vacsol Azure product, an alternate for traditional flammable solvents with only 10% of the VOC emissions of flammable solvents. Vacsol Azure is a light organic solvent preservative (LOSP)

specifically formulated for the treatment of timber to AS 1604.1 H3 hazard level (external above ground) providing protection against fungal decay and attack from borer and termites. The new plant with three stations – purpose built by Craig Martin of CT Engineering New Zealand – uses the most advanced mechanical, process design and PLC program technology in Australia. Gerry Gardiner says the TruCore infusion process and patented preservative system from Kop-Coat will set the benchmark for timber treatment in the future. “In simple terms, Kop-Coat has developed a process that can fully penetrate most timber, both sapwood and heartwood, and can also fully penetrate most engineered wood products using water soluble chemical technology that does not require re-drying and does not damage the properties of the wood products,” Mr Gardiner said. “Kop-Coat holds numerous patents on these technologies. Trials and subsequent test results carried out in multiple

laboratories in three countries confirm that not only are they meeting industry standards, they are exceeding them. “You have to forget everything that you knew about treating timber. This is new technology,” Mr Gardiner said. “With this technology come new possibilities. What has traditionally been considered as untreatable, can, and in every case so far, been quite easily treated to the standard and beyond.” As the carrier, water has obvious environmental credentials, Mr Gardiner says. “Basically we are talking about nil VOCs. As three of our processes are water based, our usage of water is very high. But so far we have used no town water supply in the treating process. We are 100%, self sustainable in terms of water supply.” The technology used at the company’s Narangba site is only the second in the world using the technology in a pressure plant. The Tru-Core system has multiple worldwide patents and conforms to AS 1604.1. Water soluble, the technology

has undergone multiple trials across a range of species. No treatment is required for cut ends and, over and above the requirements of the standard, the treatment service includes a mouldicide and fungicide. Kop-Coat’s Hans Ward said the Tru-Core protection system was a novel chemical-based method for delivering fungicides and insecticides into wood and wood composites. It could be introduced to the substrate by dip, spray or pressure treatment and could be applied in-line or on-site. “Key components are Tano compounds (amine oxides) and buffers, such as borate. The components carry the active ingredients into the wood and may have some synergistic effect on performance as well,” Mr Ward said. Further details on the itrreat TIMBER operation will appear in a future issue of Timber&Forestry enews.

Jennifer McCarthy of itreat TIMBER with Cameron Scott, general manger, Kop-Coat New Zealand Ltd and Dave Compton, Boral Timber. Jeff Gibson, customer and marketing development manger, Hyne, Virginia, chats with Steve Watts, Simmonds Lumber.

Talking new timber treatment technology at Deception Bay .. Steve Williams, Anywhere Timber Products, Sunshine Coast, Karen Johnston, chief executive, TABMA Queensland, Hans Ward, Kop-Coat vicepresident and general manger (protection products), Pennsylvania, USA, and Gerry Gardiner, director, itreat TIMBER Pty Ltd.

Power behind the throne .. Irene Gardiner, Geraldine McCarthy and Letitia Harvey.

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Moxon Timbers representatives Trevor Barsby, account manger, and Andrew Wilson, principal, chat with Col Taverner, Carter Holt Harvey’s technical manger, Queensland and Northern Territory, based at the Port of Brisbane.

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Annual Timber Industry Charity Golf Day Now in its 25th year the Queensland Timber Industry Charity Golf Day is set for

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