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Timber tops for high structures

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• Bob Gordon leaves Forestry Tasmania • EWPAA forum uncovers new technologies

Building experts at world congress say Australia is ready for CLT manufacture commonly used in Europe, which has a structural strength similar to concrete and steel. The congress, organised by the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction, attracted more than 500 delegates from 70 countries. Addressing the session Construction and Society – a Global Challenge, panel chairman Dr Shyam Sunder,

By Jim Bowden

AUSTRALIA needs to develop manufacturing bases to produce engineered wood products that will keep pace and compete with a fastgrowing global demand for sustainable and fire resistant high-rise buildings. International construction experts at the World Building Congress in Brisbane last week supported the multistorey technology that created Lend Lease’s 10-storey Forte apartment building in Melbourne, using crosslaminate timber, a material

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Rare sale of prime plantation land • Seminar grasps nettle on timber treatment • Greens still feasting on forest feud • Anti-dumping charges against Chinese plywood



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Bob Gordon leaves Forestry Tasmania

Six years as managing director AS the forest conflict reached uneasy settlement last week, Bob Gordon has announced he will leave Forestry Tasmania after six years as managing director and 35 years serving the state’s forest industry. Forestry Tasmania chairman Bob Annells said there were many challenges facing the organisation that required a long-term commitment. “With that in mind, the board and Bob have reached a mutual agreement that now is a good time for a change,” Mr Annells said. Mr Annells acknowledged the tremendous contribution Mr Gordon had made to Forestry Tasmania and the forest industry. “He has been a proud standard bearer through many difficult times, and has served the industry with absolute dedication,” he said. Mr Gordon joined the thenForestry Commission in 1978 as a graduate forest scientist and rose through the ranks to commissioner commercial. On corporatisation, he was appointed as general manager marketing, before being seconded to the Pulp Mill Task Force in 2004. He was appointed managing director of Forestry Tasmania in 2007. “Forestry Tasmania faces significant challenges in adjusting to its new operating environment. We have come to a mutual agreement that now is an appropriate time to make a transition to new leadership,” Mr Annells said. “Implementation of the Tasmanian Forest Agreement is only one of the challenges facing the organisation. Gaining and retaining Forest Stewardship

Improving our industry’s capacity to develop and maintain a skilled workforce ............................

Bob Gordon .. 35 years serving Tasmania’s forest industry.

Bob Annells .. FT adjusting to new operating environment.

Council certification will require a new approach to many operational processes. “The transfer of reserve areas and the new focus on a more concentrated wood production zone require a long term commitment, which the board and Bob have agreed would be best met through new leadership.” Mr Gordon will leave early in July, and in the meantime will be taking leave, attending to Forestry Tasmania business overseas. The board will initiate a comprehensive executive search for his replacement. In the interim, chief operating officer Steve Whiteley will take on the role of acting CEO.


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Fire protection, durablity keys to satisfy building code requirement From Page 1

the construction scientist who led the US government investigation into the collapse of the World Trade Centre in New York said timber represented a sustainable solution for safety in tall buildings. Around the world, from New York and Chicago to Seoul, Dubai, Hong Kong, and Moscow, new super-tall buildings are scraping the sky at unprecedented heights and speed of completion. Real estate developers are engaged in a high-stakes, high-rise global competition of who can build the tallest timber building the fastest. Panel speaker Caroline Pidcock, a Sydney architect and chair of the Living Future Institute Australia, who left the congress to carry timber’s sustainability message to the Living Future 2013 Conference in Seattle, Washington, USA, said Australia’s wood engineers had the ability to establish a CLT manufacturing industry on home ground, rather than importing the material. Joining the panel, Mark Menhinnitt, CEO of Lend Lease Australia, said the Forte building challenged current building practices in Australia by delivering a better quality product with an environmentally sustainable outcome. “CLT is specifically designed in order to be far more durable than untreated timber, with the wood manufactured in such a way that it performs like reinforced concrete but when burnt chars rather than combusts,” Mr Menhinnitt said. “The biggest challenges in dealing with the first building of its kind in Melbourne revolved around the authority space, which involved making sure Lend Lease achieved structural certification and demonstrated compliance with building code

Global challenge .. panel speakers in the construction and society session at the World Building Congress in Brisbane are Mark Menhinnitt, CEO, Lend Lease Australia, Caroline Pidcock, Pidcock Architects, Sydney, Julieanne Alroe, CEO, Brisbane Airport Corporation, and Dr Shyam Sunder, director, US Department of Commerce in Washington DC.

requirements on issues such as fire protection, durability and acoustics – much of which was achieved through careful design detailing.” Mr Menhinnitt said that with a timber-based product, fire protection was an interesting issue. Lend Lease needed to do a lot of testing to achieve the fire ratings and worked closely with the Melbourne Fire Brigade and the Building Appeals Board in Melbourne to demonstrate that CLT would meet the code requirements. As a ‘mass wood,’ CLT was different than ordinary timber and had a predictable fire performance (it chars at 0.7 mm per minute). Moreover, in terms of fire engineering, required ratings could be achieved by adding additional layers of timber or supplementary materials such as fire rated plasterboard. Dr Sunder, a director of the US Department of Commerce, in Washington DC, and incoming president of the US

Protection .. . Lend Lease needed to complete a lot of testing to achieve the fire ratings for the Forte building, here under construction.

National Institute of Standards and Technology, runs an engineering laboratory with an annual budget of $90 million serving the US manufacturing, construction and infrastructure industries. In his report on the September 11, 2001 World Trade Centre disaster, he said ineffective fire proofing and a shortage of staircases were the main

Lend Lease needed to do a lot of testing to achieve the fire ratings and to demonstrate that CLT would meet the code requirements

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reasons for the collapse of the buildings. His study has had a significant effect on the future design of skyscrapers and on building regulations in the US. The NIST report concluded that a combination of factors caused both buildings to collapse shortly after terrorists flew hijacked commercial airliners into them. Computer simulations helped piece together the chain of events that unfolded between impact and the collapse of each structure. The report said the initial collisions severely damaged several of the columns at the core of each building. Critically, they were also thought to have dislodged fireproofing on both the columns and the floors – the floors linked the inner columns to the supports on the outer structure. “While the buildings were able to withstand the initial impact of the aircraft, the resulting fires that spread through the towers weakened support columns and floors that had fireproofing dislodged by the impacts,” said Dr Sunder who led the NIST investigation. “This eventually led to collapse as the perimeter columns were pulled inward by the sagging floors and [became] buckled. “The reason the towers collapsed is because the fireproofing was dislodged,” Dr Sunder said. “If the fireproofing had remained in place, the fires would have burned out and moved on without weakening key elements to the point of structural collapse.” Dr Sunder drew an analogy with the 2003 Columbia space shuttle disaster when the absence of a small piece of insulation foam – knocked off during the launch – allowed fire Cont Page 9

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US levels anti-dumping charges against Chinese plywood imports Cabinet components undercut domestic market by 50% THE US Department of Commerce has issued preliminary antidumping duty rates ranging from 22.14% to 63.96% in its ongoing investigation of Chinese-made hardwood plywood. According to Furniture Today, the duties, which won’t be finalised until mid-July, could fall on top of the preliminary countervailing duties of 22.63% or 27.16% announced in March. These rates also are expected to be finalised around July 15. The plywood manufacturing industry in China last year generated $US60.54 billion, representing annualised growth of 27.2% over five years. Employment in the industry totalled more than 498,000, with an estimated payroll of $2.5 billion. The duties stem from an investigation sought by US hardwood plywood producers last September into the pricing tactics of Chinese producers. The US manufacturers, also known as the Coalition for Fair Trade of Hardwood Plywood, allege that Chinese producers are shipping similar goods to the US at unfair prices below market value. US manufacturers suspect they are up against Chinese companies that cut production costs through government subsidies and illegal practices, including obtaining raw material

Big business .. the plywood manufacturing industry in China last year generated $US60.54 billion

from illicit logging. Chinese manufacturers have been able to undercut US domestic suppliers by up to 50% and capture about half of the US plywood market, according to the coalition. “These unfair trade practices present a fundamental, if not insurmountable, obstacle to the domestic industry’s ability to recover its competitive footing,” an attorney for the coalition Jeff Levin said. The US International Trade Commission has determined this has caused injury to the US producers. Countervailing duties are applied in cases where the US government determines there is foreign government ownership or subsidisation of manufacturers.

Antidumping duties specifically address the pricing of the goods. “The coalition’s petition, and the US laws that address unfair trading, are not punitive but remedial,” Jeff Levin said. “We are not looking to punish anyone.” The hardwood and decorative plywood addressed in the case is used in kitchen cabinet components, shelving, RVs and boats and some furniture. The preliminary rates could change when final duties are announced in July. The duties are applied to the manufacturers, but paid by the importers of the goods in question. The coalition said that based on the DOC’s findings, imports from all but two Chinese

producers are subject to these preliminary duties. It added that the companies subject to duties account for more than 90% of the total hardwood plywood imports from China. The Coalition for Fair Trade of Hardwood Plywood represents six US timber products companies. Meanwhile, Chinese paper manufacturers also are coming under fire. Six Oregon lawmakers have asked US trade officials to investigate whether subsidies to Chinese paper manufacturers violate trade agreements and World Trade Organisation rules. The lawmakers said labour costs account for only 4 to 8% of paper mill operating costs, so China’s “surge of paperproducts exports” couldn’t be attributed to differences in wages for American and Chinese workers. Instead, Chinese manufacturers are benefiting from government subsidies for coal, electricity, pulp and recycled paper, the lawmakers claimed. Also, manufacturers benefit from low-cost government loans and “the extensive role of local governments in providing incentives for local paper production”. The lawmakers cited job losses at US pulp and paper mills in arguing for quick action.

Two in a row good sign for Queensland housing QUEENSLAND Building Approvals figures show a 13.3% increase in total dwelling unit approvals for March (seasonally adjusted). Master Builders director of housing policy Paul Bidwell said the rise made it two in a row for

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2013, with a 3.8% increase in February (seasonally adjusted). “Looking across the 12 months from March 2012 to March 2013, total dwelling unit approvals have increased by almost one-third,” Mr Bidwell said. “This confirms that

housing activity is improving.” Mr Bidwell said when looking at individual regions, variations in total dwelling approval figures needed to be put in perspective. “While figures for regions such as Mackay and Whitsunday

may look impressive, the reality is that there are still many builders desperate for work,” he said. “It is important to remember that the figures are only for one month.”

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WHAT’S ON? MAY 15-17: Living Future 2013 – Westin Seattle Hotel, 1900 Fifth Ave, Seattle, Washington, USA. The green building movement’s leadership summit. Guest speakers include David Suzuki, geneticist and environmentalist. Includes an exciting array of educational workshops and off-site tours. Contact the International Living Future Institute, Seattle. Tel: 503.228.5533. Websigte: if13. 16-21: 3rd International Congress on Planted Forests – Lisbon,

Portugal. The congress aims to investigate the contribution of planted forests to sustainable development in the context of global changes. Topics will include the sustainability of planted forests, changing climates and the future role of planted forests in environmental protection and REDD+. Five of the major European Atlantic countries (Spain, France, Ireland, UK and Portugal) with large areas of planted forests have joined forces to organise this congress under the coordination of the Atlantic regional office of the European Forest Institute and the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation. Deadline for abstracts is February 28.

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august 6-9: AWISA 2014 Exhibition. Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Australian Woodworking Industry Suppliers Association Ltd has decided that the exhibition will move from Sydney to Brisbane next year. Inquiries about booking space: email or call Geoff Holland on 0412 361 580 23: The Cat Goes Gold. Brisbane Hoo-Hoo Club 218 50th anniversary celebration. Fratelli Italian Ristorante, 103 Crosby Road, Albion, Brisbane. Contact 0401 312 or 0428 745 455 for bookings.



23: Treating timber: processes, solutions and new developments. Moda Events – Portside. Level 2, Portside Wharf, 39 Hercules Street, Hamilton, Brisbane. Freee seminar – seats limited. RSVP Monday, May 20. Contact Timber Queensland. Tel:

11-13: WoodEXPO 13, Rotorua, NZ. World leaders in wood processing, manufacturing and new product technologies will speak at the region’s first ‘business-tobusiness’ wood industry show.

3-5: WoodEXPO 13 – Albury, nsw.

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The new expo will provide local companies – management as well as production staff – exposure to new technologies that can improve their own efficiencies and productive capability. Leading technology providers from Europe, North America and Asia will join with each of the main equipment and product suppliers from New Zealand and Australia. Full details on the expo, summit and technology workshops are available on www

December 4-5. Focus on improving transport and logistics in the forestry sector. It will build on the

excellent program designed by the Forest Industry Engineering Association. Visit

MARCH 2014 19: ForestWood 2014 Conference. Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington. A panindustry conference jointly hosted by Forest Owners Association, the Wood Processors Association, Pine Manufacturers Association , Forest Industry Contractors Association and supported by Woodco, NZ Farm Forestry Association and the Frame and Truss Manufacturers Association. Sponsorship and trade exhibition opportunities will be available from the middle of May 2013. Contact the conference organiser Paardekooper and Associates. Tel +64 4 562 8259. Email: www.

Australia’s forest, wood, pulp and paper products industry now has a stronger voice in dealings with government, the community and in key negotiations on the industry’s future, as two peak associations have merged to form a single national association. The Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) has been formed through the merger of the Australian Plantations Products and Paper Industry Council (A3P) and the National Association of Forest Industries (NAFI). AFPA was established to cover all aspects of Australia’s forest industry: - Forest growing; - Harvest and haulage; - Sawmilling and other wood processing; - Pulp and paper processing; and - Forest product exporting. For more information on the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) or to enquire about membership , please call (02) 6285 3833.

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Rare sale of prime plantation land Mirvac selling off blue gums in Green Triangle AUSTRALIAN Sustainable Forestry Investors – a private wholesale investment fund managed by Mirvac – is selling one of the last of its legacy funds management assets – more than 20,000 ha of forestry land in the Green Triangle region. The Mirvac-managed fund bought the land from the collapsed managed investment scheme Timbercorp in 2004. At June 30, 2012, Australian Sustainable Forestry Investors had three institutional investors, one of which was Mirvac itself, and funds under management of $57 million. The Mirvac forestry portfolio consists of 68 parcels of blue gum plantation and farming land – 20,657 ha all up – in the Green Triangle of Victoria and South Australia and in southwest Western Australia. The sale will be managed by Colliers International’s director of rural and agribusiness Tim Altschwager, and executive Jesse Manuel. Mr Altschwager said the Mirvac properties were a “significant and important portfolio offering”. “Since 2010 ownership in this sector has been diversifying

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and the agreements with ABP terminated. ABP was created by the USbased Global Forest Partners LP in 2009 to buy and manage blue gum plantations on 94,000 ha, between 1997 and 2010. The plantations are managed on a 10-15 year rotation, with a number of plantations already into their second rotation. GFP







billion portfolio of closed-end commingled timberfunds. The Blue gum harvesting in the Green Triangle.

and as an asset class, it is now considered a very attractive investment for institutional, private and offshore investors,” he said. Major investors like the Future Fund, the Swedish pension fund Forsta AP-fonden and the Boston-based Hancock Timber Resource Group have bought Australian timberland since the collapse of the managed

investment trust boom. But some of the debris of the collapse remains, with Timbercorp and Gunns assets still to be sold. The Mirvac portfolio is for sale in whole or parts with expressions of interest to close on June 13. Most properties are leased to Australian Bluegum Plantations, but some of the trees have been harvested

Mirvac properties now considered a very attractive investment for institutional, private and offshore investors

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Singapore. Mr Altschwager said the sale of such a large holding of prime plantation and farming land was rare. “We envisage this will appeal to forestry industry participants and all those attracted to the




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Seminar grasps nettle on timber treatment

Industry takes pro-active approach to durability solutions

THE timber industry will grasp the nettle on timber treatment issues at a public seminar in Brisbane next week, which has attracted design engineers, specifiers, builders and building authorities. “It’s an inconvenient truth that some treated timber applications are not as durable as they should be,” said Rod McInnes, CEO of Timber Queensland, which is organising the seminar. “The seminar will address the issues head on,” he said. “Treated timber processes, solutions and new developments will explain and demonstrate the pro-active approach the timber industry is taking to improve treated timber standards and performance.” Speakers include Ian White, deputy manager, Building Services Authority, Colin MacKenzie, timber application and use manager, Timber Queensland, Jack Norton, industry consultant, and Geoff Stringer, technical manager, Hyne. The seminar aims to deliver a good message about timber and that the industry has ‘got its act together’ on some of the timber treatment issues it has faced. Geoff Stringer said the seminar was timely and would “clear the air” for industry and explain how timber products were performing successfully. “We’ve had major disasters such as Cyclone Tracy when many thought that structurally we wouldn’t have a timber industry,” Mr Stringer said. “But 30 years later, through hard work, timber’s good structural performance in cyclones is now taken for granted. “I would suggest all sectors in the building industry should give the same sort of attention to durability and performance of timber as they did to structural performance.

“From the industry’s point of view, we’ve got to get the product right but we must have good regulations that support this. “And we have to have designers who can design in treated timber and use it properly, builders who have the right information, and home owners who carry out good maintenance practice. “It’s a whole chain of responsibility issue.” On the right track .. improved treated timber standards and performance

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Amendment vital for a sustainable forest and wood products industry

Bill provides state with longer-term wood supply contracts PASSAGE of the Sustainable Forests (Timber) Amendment Bill 2013 in Victoria is vital for the future sustainability of the forest and wood products industry and the communities that rely upon it for their livelihoods, says VAFI CEO Lisa Marty. She said that while the legislation would not change the amount of forest available for timber production in the state, it would help support a sustainable, responsible and competitive native forest and wood products industry. “This amendment gives VicForests the ability to provide its customers with longerterm wood supply contracts, providing the many mills, furniture makers, and window and door manufacturers that rely on quality wood from

The forest and wood products industry is under pressure from the high Australian dollar and cheap imports

VicForests is the primary source of high quality wood for most of the processors it supplies.

our naturally grown forests increased security to invest in the future of their businesses and employees,” Ms Marty said. “VicForests is the primary source of high quality wood for most of the processors it supplies. “These businesses need more than one or two years supply certainty to invest and innovate and be competitive into the future.” Ms Marty said that like any other trade exposed industry that was predominantly

Lisa Marty .. supporting a sustainable and competitive native forest industry.

involved in manufacturing, the forest and wood products industry was under pressure from the high Australian dollar and cheap imports. “New investments are needed so that the thousands of people who work in the industry and the thousands more in manufacturing that use the wood we produce can stay in business and keep making the renewable, carbon storing timber products Victorians love,” she said. “This amendment will help encourage these investments while maintaining strict environmental safeguards within a more efficient and effective regulatory framework. “High quality wood from the small area of productive native forests in Victoria supports thousands of jobs and dozens of communities, and provides a natural and recyclable material for construction, furniture and paper.” The Victorian Association of Forest Industries is the peak body for the state’s forest and wood products industry.

NSW architects receptive to American hardwoods THE American Hardwood Export Council enjoyed a successful trip to Australia last month where it presented to 10 of the top architecture practices in New South Wales. Roderick Wiles, director for AHEC Oceania, and hardwood expert Criswell Davis visited the firms to discuss the relative advantages of the variety of American hardwoods with what they found to be very receptive audiences. “We tend to find Australian architects have a great understanding of wood given the range of indigenous

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species,” Roderick Wiles said. “They are acutely aware of the environmental credentials of their materials and are well placed to evaluate the relative benefits of American hardwoods.” The trip also included presentations at Britton Timbers and a visit to the Sturt School for Wood in Mittagong where some of Australia’s top furniture designers have learnt their craft. AHEC will be back in New South Wales in August as sponsors of Saturday in Design in Sydney and will also be travelling to

oceania@americanhardwood. org AHEC is the leading international trade association for the US hardwood industry, representing hardwood exporters and major hardwood product trade associations. The council runs a world-wide program to promote the full range of American hardwoods in more than 50 export markets. Roderick Wiles

Victoria. To arrange a presentation for your organisation please email

All programs are run though the joint efforts of the US hardwood industry and the Foreign Agricultural Service of the US Department of Agriculture.

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New alternatives to ‘normal’ fireproofing should be explored From Page 3

to seep into the shuttle’s entire wing span during re-entry with catastrophic results. New alternatives to traditional fireproofing should be explored, Dr Sunder said, citing a paintlike substance which, if applied in sufficient layers, would stick “even if a plane hit it”. Nearly 3000 people were killed in the attack on the World Trade Centre. Roughly 17,000 people were in the skyscrapers at the time of the attack, and NIST estimated that the death toll would have been closer to 14,000 if the two towers had been filled to their 50,000-person capacity. Photographs show that the walls of the north tower deformed by as much as 140 cm just a few minutes before collapse and the walls of the south tower to have arched by 50 cm.

Dr Sunder said the newly developed fireproofing could perhaps have sustained the structure for longer. “Even with the aeroplane impact and jet-fuel-ignited multi-floor fires – which are not normal building fires – the buildings would likely not have collapsed had it not been for the fireproofing that had been dislodged,” he said.

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Food for thought at EWPAA forum Enjoying the EWPAA engineered wood forum dinner at the Riverview Hotel in Brisbane last week are, (seated), Ian and Carole Brimblecombe, representing Alpine MDF Industries, Wangaratta, NSW, and Sonia Moore and Dennis Morrell from the EWPAA office in Brisbane. See report, pictures Pages 10-13.

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Engineered wood forum uncovers exciting new product technologies Tough times, but industry suppliers continue to invest these suppliers are prepared to invest in new technology in these tough times so the industry is able to do what it does better, more efficiently and smarter,” Mr Dorries said. The forum on May 7 followed a meeting of the EWPAA board attended by Brendan Smith, Juken New Zealand (president), Jim Bindon (Big River Group), Stuart Toakley (Borg Panels), Gary Byrom (Momentive NZ), Ian Brimblecombe (Alpine MDF Industries), Stuart Matthews (Austral Plywoods), Ahsan Qureshi (Wesbeam), David Chapman (PNG Forest Products), Richard Barry (Nelson Pine), and Michael


MORE than 20 wood processors and suppliers gathered in Brisbane last week for a product forum that saw new and innovative technologies shine through the gloom of tough industry conditions. “It was great to see such a large contingent of suppliers who were able to address the cream of engineered wood processors from New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and from across Australia – all in one room,” said Simon Dorries, general manager of the Engineered Wood Products Association of Australasia, which organised the forum for EWPAA members and service companies. “It was encouraging also that

Getting together in Brisbane are EWPAA board members and forum delegates Andy McNaught, EWPAA technical manager, Brendan Smith, site manger, plywood and sawmill operations, Juken New Zealand, Gisborne (EWPAA president), Noel Coxhead, general manager, Zelam, Melbourne, Simon Dorries, general manager, EWPAA, and Ian Brimblecombe, finance manager, Alpine MDF Industries, Wangarrata, Vic.

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Results ensure timber meets industry standards From Page 11

Murphy, Cameron Jones and Ian Potter (Carter Holt Harvey Woodproducts Australia). At the forum, Independent Verification Services CEO Peter Webb outlined the IVS timber preservation quality assurance program. IVS is New Zealand’s leading provider of biosecurity services for importers and exporters. The program ensures preservative treated timber will meet the expected levels of durability and product safety offering a six-day maximum return on testing results to minimise disruption in the process supply chain. IVS provides a risk calculation to help determine the level of nonconforming (re-treated) product. Using timber density data from tested samples and average retention results, IVS calculates the probability that timber will fall below the minimum retention required. Results ensure timber treatment meets industry standards and reduces the need to ‘over-treat’ timber. A partnership between IVS and Hill Laboratories in New Zealand has brought together two organisations of sound reputation. Revolutionary methods of adding a combination of fungicides

Simon Dorries, general manager, EWPAA, welcomes David Lai, David Ting and Muk Kai Boh (general manager, marketing and shipping) of Rimbunan Hijau (PNG) Group (RH), Port Moresby. RH’s Panakawa timber processing facility in the western province, established in 1996 as a veneer processing mill, expanded to plywood processing in 2007 and now employs about 570 people. RH has established four sawmills in Papua New Guinea. The veneer and plywood division exports high quality, rotary cut veneer and tropical plywood products to markets in the Asia-Pacific region. The sawn timber division produces premium quality sawn timber and moulding products such as S4S, E4E and decking with primary export markets Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. RH was a winner of the Exporter of the Year Award, presented by the Manufacturers Council of Papua New Guinea.

and insecticides to gluelines to protect engineered wood was presented by Melbourne-based Noel Coxhead, general manager of Zelam Pty Ltd, New Zealand. Zelam’s Azotek, a combination of both fungicides and an insecticide, is added to the glueline during manufacture protecting the exterior through to the core. During the pressing of the plywood or LVL, biocide migration occurs from the glueline into the surrounding veneers. The product was developed in

response to a strong industry requests to eliminate the need for conventional post manufacture treating and its associated issues. Azotek overcomes typical problems such as residual solvents and the need to re-dry. Azotek is a mixture of triadimefon, cyproconazole and bifenthrin, all well-known biocides. It is the synergistic effect of these compounds that provides outstanding activity against a wide range of wood damaging organisms.

Loggo, an engineered wood building system that uses small diameter true round plantation logs, captured the imagination of forum participants, particularly its application for low-cost housing in countries such Papua New Guinea and in Asia. The logs – pine generally but they can be any other suitable species – are laminated along their longitudinal axis into I-Logs (I-beams) and Lamilog Beams (laminated beams) which are Loggo’s two patent pending products. These beams can then be combined together using Loggo’s Join-T-Lock joining system of internal dowel pinning along and into the axis of the logs to form a versatile portal building system. All joining dowels are internally set, corrosion resistant and epoxy embedded using a purposefully designed glue injection system. This internal ‘encapsulation’ provides a joint of remarkably enhanced longevity against other timber systems that often result in clumsy, non-fire rated connections. The Loggo system can be used cost-effectively to build all types of modern houses and small commercial and government buildings with trusses up to 8 m wide with standard portal bays of 2.4 m, flooring joist spans up to 800mm and piers/pylons at 3.6 m.

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Gary Byrom, Momentive Specialty Chemicals NZ Ltd, and Victor Bendevski, general manager, Australian Panel Products Pty Ltd, Somersby, NSW.

David Chapman, TLB Timber Pty Ltd, Brisbane, who manages export sales for PNG Forest Products, and Cameron Jones, account development manager, plywood, Carter Holt Harvey Woodproducts, Brisbane.

John Jones, marketing and business development, Loggo Engineered Products, Gold Coast, Peter Webb, CEO, Independent Verification Systems, Hamilton, NZ, and Tim Evans IVS Australian business development manager, Caboolture, Qld.

Conferring at the EWPAA forum are Colin Traverner, technical manager Queensland and Northern Territory, Carter Holt Harvey Woodproducts, Brisbane, Michael Murphy, CHH, Melbourne, and Stuart Matthews, joint CEO, Austral Plywoods Pty Ltd, Brisbane.

Greg Nicholls, managing director, Xanita (Oceana) Pty Ltd, Cleveland, Qld, and Nico Pierik, product manager, plywood, Carter Holt Harvey Woodproducts, Auckland, NZ.

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Forest talks: all roads lead to Rome

Australians address food, fibre and timber trade issues AFPA’s strategic policy manager Mick Stephens will be in Rome this month for the international conference on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition. The conference at the FAO Forestry Department headquarters on May 13 and 14 will discuss international experiences with these issues in both developing and developed nations, recognising the complementary role forestry can play in meeting dual food and wood fibre demands. Forests, trees and agroforestry systems contribute to food security and nutrition in many ways, but such contributions are usually poorly reflected in national development and food security strategies. Coupled with poor coordination between sectors, the net result is that forests are mostly left out of policy decisions related to food security and nutrition. AFPA will also be holding a series of meetings with the secretariat of the FAO advisory committee on sustainable sustainable forest-based industries, an important forum to progress the multiple

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benefits from the forest, wood and paper based industries. This will be followed by AFPA participation at the third International Congress on Planted Forests to be held from May 16 to 21 in Europe. Mick Stephens is an invited panellist at the plenary session dealing with planted forests, poverty alleviation and national development goals. AFPA will also be making a presentation on Australia’s experiences with planted forests for wood and fibre production and for other ecosystem services such as carbon, soil and water conservation and biodiversity. Australia has a commercial

plantation estate of 2 million ha, mainly for sawn timber and pulpwood production. Other planted forests include agroforestry and farm forestry systems and environmental plantings for carbon and land restoration. Better recognition of the ecosystem services from commercial plantations and farm forestry activities, such as allowing for carbon credits under the Carbon Farming Initiative, would assist in facilitating future investment and multiple outcomes from these types of activities. Previous conferences were held in Chile (1999) and New

Zealand (2003). Meanwhile, Australian Timber Importers Federation general manager John Halkett will be at the Global Timber Forum in Rome on May 22 and 23. This will see the launch of a new international timber communications and information platform, jointly conceived and backed by the European Timber Trade Federation. Mr Halkett will be joined at the forum by Stephen Mitchell, sustainability manager, Timber Development Association (NSW) who will be in Rome as part of his overseas Gottstein Fellowship study tour.

Greens still feasting on forest feud THE Tasmanian Greens are calling for civility in the forestry debate, after the Premier and party elder Bob Brown clashed over the forestry peace deal. The former Australian Greens leader opposes the deal, but has not criticised the four state Greens MPs who supported it. The Tasmanian parliament passed historic legislation formalising the agreement between the warring factions in the forest feud after green groups and the industry backed amendments raised by the state’s upper house. Passage of the laws will now

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unlock more than $200 million in federal assistance to help the logging industry restructure, while more than 500,000 ha of forests will eventually be protected. Federal funding has been unlocked to help sawmillers exit the industry with $15 million allocated to buy back high quality sawlog contracts. The state’s sawlog quota was cut to 137,000 cub m when the forest peace deal became law on two weeks ago. But almost $100 million in regional development funding will not be made available until after

the Federal election. Premier Lara Giddings says Bob Brown’s criticisms of the deal shows he is becoming irrelevant to the environment movement, which is moving on from anti-logging protests. “Bob Brown, Christine Milne, Jenny Webber and Will Hodgman (are) all together now on that same old railway station where the train has pulled away,” she said. In a statement, Tasmanian Greens leader Nick McKim says Bob Brown is a legend of the conservation movement and Ms Gidding’s comments

are rash, unhelpful and untrue. The Opposition’s Peter Gutwein says it shows the minority government is in trouble. “Labor and the Greens are in government and I don’t think it would be any surprise to anyone that they are fighting amongst themselves,” he said. “We’ve had the Greens fighting amongst themselves in the last week, and now Labor is fighting with the Greens. “What Tasmania needs for a brighter future is strong, stable majority government.”

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Canadian Wood Council markets opportunity for high-rise projects

Linking scientific advances with technical expertise THE Canadian Wood Council (CWC) has issued a request for an expression of interest (EOI) for developers, institutions, organisations and design teams willing to undertake an innovative approach to designing and building highrise wood demonstration projects. With funding support from Natural Resources Canada, the goal is to link new scientific advances and data with technical expertise to showcase the application, practicality and environmental benefits of innovative woodbased structural building solutions. “We are delighted to begin the demonstration project funding process, which will continue with an evaluation of proponent submissions and the identification of suitable

Pushing the boundaries .. high-rise wood construction in Canada.

high-rise projects,” CWC vicepresident market development Etienne Lalonde said. The objective of the EOI is to identify building project(s) in the concept, schematic or design development stages, within Canada, which safely and successfully demonstrate the use of wood as a viable

structural element/system in buildings of 10-storeys and more. Above and beyond the safety, environmental and economic benefits of wood, the demonstration project(s) will push designers, builders and manufacturers to further refine the specification and use

of structural wood products – ultimately expanding upon the opportunity for new market development. Mr Lalonde goes on to say that, “the goal of the initiative is to support selected proponents to push the boundaries of wood construction and design and to reach new heights of possibility with innovative solutions that are backed by scientific research and technical expertise.” This is the first step of an exciting new CWC initiative to identify the paramount selection of project(s) within Canada for consideration by an expert evaluation team of scientists, researchers, building code officials, fire safety professionals, designers, engineers and construction industry experts.

US public rejects legalisation of GE trees BY a majority of almost 99.99% to .01%, the US public has rejected steps toward the legalisation of genetically engineered trees. This was an overwhelming response to a petition by genetically engineered (GE) tree company ArborGen requesting permission to commercially sell their GE freeze tolerant eucalyptus trees. Calls for a ban on the technology flooded the US Department of Agriculture office, through individual online comments, petitions and online virtual meetings. South Carolina-based ArborGen hopes to sell

Genetically engineered eucalyptus trees at five-and-a-half years old, grown in a field trial.

billions of GE cold-tolerant eucalyptus trees for planting across millions of hectares in the US South in vast industrial plantations to supply biofuel,

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biomass electricity and paper production. Genetically engineered and other industrial tree plantations

are not only a concern in the US, but internationally. Rural communities in Brazil have been fighting nonGE eucalyptus plantations for decades, and are also opposing the introduction of GE eucalyptus plantations. Additionally, in 2006 and 2008 the UN Convention on Biological Diversity warned countries of the social and ecological dangers of GE trees. In late May, Global Justice Ecology Project, Biofuelwatch and Earth Firs mobilsed events and protests around the IUFRO Tree Biotechnology 2013 Conference in Asheville, North Carolina.

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Bigger, faster planes to fight fires in US forests this season AS the wildfire season ramps up across the West, the US Forest Service is adding bigger and faster planes to its fleet to fight the fires. The forest service announced that it has selected contractors to provide seven air tankers that fly faster and drop a larger payload of fire retardant than other planes in its fire fighting fleet. The agency will spend nearly $160 million over five years for access to several models of aircraft, including a converted DC-10 jumbo jet, which can carry about five times as much flame-resistant liquid as any aircraft in regular use. The cost is about double the amount spent in past years, but the planes are expected to provide better service, says forest service fire and aviation director Tom Harbour. They also require less maintenance. Each of the planes can carry more than 11,300 litres of

slurry and fly faster than 560 km an hour, the Forest Service says. The DC-10 can hold as much as 43,910 litres. The newer planes are set to join the aging fleet of eight large tankers, mostly Korean War-era submarine chasers, known as P2Vs, which can fly about 165 mph and hold about 7570 litres of fire retardant. Several such planes have been involved in fatal crashes recently, reducing the size of the fleet.

Just when the new tankers would start fighting wildfires is not clear. Unsuccessful bidders have a chance to file protests challenging the choices, and various factors will determine how long that takes. Forest Service chief Tom Tidwell said in was “critical” to complete the effort “as quickly as possible as we face the prospect of another challenging wildfire season with a dwindling legacy air tanker fleet.”

Bidders have been urged not to delay the process by filing protests, which prevented the Forest Service from adding new planes last fire season. The first 2013 fire season outlook from the National Interagency Fire Centre said a dry winter and a warm spring put the wildfire potential above normal across the West. The effort to boost the air tanker fleet comes as the Forest Service enters fire season with 500 fewer fire-fighters and 50 fewer fire engines than last year due to budget cuts mandated by Congress under what is known as the sequester. The fire fighting budget stands at about $2 billion. Forest Service Fire and aviation director Tom Harbour said the department would compensate by repositioning crews and equipment to areas of the highest risk.

The life and times of Frederick Weyerhaeuser FREDERICK Weyerhaeuser and the American West, by Judith Koll Healey, is a new biography of Frederick Weyerhaeuser (1834-1914), one of the great US industrialists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and founder of the international timber corporation the Weyerhaeuser Company. Frederick Weyerhaeuser, the man who started the lumber empire, significantly shaped the American economy and landscape from Wisconsin westward in the 19th century. A complex and private man, Friederich (Frederick) Weyerhaeuser emigrated from Germany in 1852 at the age of 18. In just a few years, he would be a prominent lumberman, organising partnerships among competing companies,

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rationalising the business, and then making the largest timberland purchase in the history of the United States. He is the eighth richest American of all time, with a recorded net worth of $72.2 billion in 2013 dollars. Friedrich was one of 11 children of Johann Weyerhaeuser and his wife. When he was 12, his father died, and Friedrich had to give up most of his studies to help out on the family farm. The Revolutions of 1848 in Germany prompted several members of his family to emigrate to western Pennsylvania in the US. They sent back glowing letters describing the conditions they found. In 1852, at the age of 18, Weyerhaeuser emigrated with a group of his family from

Germany to the US. They landed in New York City in July and proceeded to Pennsylvania, settling at North East. His share of the funds from the sale of the family farm in Germany enabled him to move on further west in search of opportunity, and 1856 found him in Rock Island, Illinois, working on the construction of the Rock Island and Peoria railroad. After a short time, he entered a sawmill as a night fireman, quickly moving up to tallyman and then yard manager and salesman. When the company opened a new yard he was sent to manage it. Later, with his brother-in-law, he formed the WeyerhaeuserDenkmann Lumber Company and began to acquire interests,

including some majority interests, in many other timber companies. He became the central point in what was later called the ‘Weyerhaeuser Syndicate’, a network of lumber interests, reputed to have almost 100 partners, none of whom knew the business of the others, with Weyerhaeuser as the common link. In 1872, he established the Mississippi River Boom and Logging Co., an alliance that handled all the logs that were processed on the Mississippi River. In 1900, Weyerhaeuser bought 900,000 acres of timberland in the Pacific Northwest and founded the Weyerhaeuser Timber Company. Email: pamela.mcclanahan@

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on the road

At last, a Toyota RAV diesel .. Cruiser is a sofa-on-wheels AN armchair ride – a sofa on wheels – well describes the comfortable journey in Toyota’s new turbo diesel RAV Cruiser to a luncheon date at Rudd’s Pub in the small village of Nobby, 190 km southwest of Brisbane on the Darling Downs. Arthur Hoey Davis had no such comfort when he pulled up in a horse and dray at the same pub around 1890 to start penning his Dad and Dave On Our Selection yarns under the pseudonym Steele Rudd. These stories were bottled up in him for a long time – and we’ve been waiting a long time, too long, for a diesel engine in a Toyota Rav. Headlining the all-new Toyota RAV4, the first diesel model, is a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel with 110kW/340Nm (129kW/420Nm from Mazda CX-5’s 2.2-litre turbo-diesel). There are extra variants (now 16) and new model names – entry-grade ‘GX’, mod-spec ‘GXL’ and the range-topping Cruiser. Diesel models are available in all three grades, but frontwheel-drive models are only available in GX and GXL. RAV4’s 2.0-litre and 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engines are also new. Transmissions are a six-speed manual and six-speed automatic except for 2WD models which offer a seven-step CVT automatic with sequential manual mode. Toyota RAV4 AWD gets a new 2.5-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine (the 2AR-FE as used in the Camry) driving through either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. Recalibrated for the RAV4, the 2.5-litre is good for 132kW at 6000rpm and peak torque of 233Nm at 4100rpm (114kW/200Nm for the current 2.0-litre petrol Mazda CX-5 but there’s now a more powerful 2.5-litre version).

is easily opened at the touch of a button on the smart key fob, making loading and unloading much easier.

Economy .. the all-new RAV4 is Toyota’s first turbo-diesel model.

The 2.5-litre petrol RAV4 delivers combined cycle fuel consumption of 8.5l/100km with a six-speed auto and towing capacity of 750 kg (unbraked trailer) or 1500 kg (braked). But the big news is RAV4’s first diesel – the 2AD-FTV, 2.2-litre, four-cylinder turbo-diesel which is common in many Toyota vehicles in Europe. Driving through either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission – both with RAV’s new dynamic torque control AWD system – maximum power is 110kW at 3600 rpm and peak torque of 340Nm is delivered from 2000-2800 rpm – but 300Nm is available from as low as 1700 rpm. Fuel consumption for the Toyota RAV4 diesel is rated at 5.6l/100 km combined cycle for the auto. Some may be surprised the RAV4 turbo-diesel’s towing capacity rated at 550 kg. Toyota says this is the first application of this drive train in Australia’s tough conditions so it has taken a conservative initial approach. Current Toyota RAV4 owners may be startled by the all-new interior of the latest fourthgeneration model. There’s a lot more sophistication in both

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With the rear seat in place, RAV4 delivers luggage capacity of 577 litres with the space saver spare wheel located underneath, or if you opt for the larger full-size spare (a $300 option) that diminishes just slightly to 506 litres.

Sleek ..all-new interior for the latest fourth-generation model Toyota RAV4

looks and materials. There’s also more space – the front to rear seat couple distance has been lengthened to 972 mm and thinner backs for the front seats deliver an extra 41mm for rear seat passengers. Toyota’s usual crisp instrumentation is there with ‘clear blue’ illumination and the dashboard gets a horizontal layout with nice metal highlights. The 60:40 split-fold rear seat has larger cushions, more recline angle and improved bolstering for better support. There’s more cargo space and access is easier thanks to the new top-hinged tailgate (electronic control on Cruiser variant). The power rear door

GX and GXL grades are fitted with powerful halogen headlights while Cruiser grades come with high intensity discharge headlights. Stylish front fog lamps (only available on GXL and Cruiser grades) and LED daylight running lamps are standard across the range. RAV4 is equipped with a powerful wrap around 6-speaker audio system. In Cruiser grades, satellite navigation is integrated into the audio system with audio instructions conveyed through the speaker system. Dave the Toyota salesman said he wasn’t spinning yarns and good probably get the price of the top-range Cruiser below the rrp $53,000. Whatever, paying that little extra for the economy of a diesel makes hip-pocket sense.

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rently s Australia (TCA) is cur of Timber Communitie iew rev a t tha ed tic will have no tional model for TCA. By now many of you ure business and opera fut a ine erm det to y underwa an Forest Products to TCA by the Australi ed vid pro ng bei rt po appreciative of the sup The Board of TCA is funding the review. in Association (AFPA) ded iew which is being hea ointed to conduct the rev app n bee e hav g ltin 70. k Woods Consu tacted on (03) 5229 24 Consultants Fitzpatric Woods, Tim can be con Tim nt lta nsu Co ple up by Princi k in 1987: Protection Society bac t formed as the Forests firs s wa A TC ce sin nged Many things have cha and no longer think t their timber industry, los e hav ies nit mu ditional timber com - Many of our tra communities”. ough themselves as “timber and consolidation thr of ed further shrinkage enc eri exp has rt po seek to sup - The industry we ssures. industry ses and economic pre los rce ou wnright hostile of our res r the fur less supportive of or do ies”. ws nit vie th mu wi com ers er ng mb cha “ti be of what used to es Tree changers and sea tag cen per t can nifi mu places sig gh many com nities now make up in some continues to wash throu ry ust ind S MI ole wh ath of the industry. The impacts and afterm ative perceptions of the ng to ve, but often with neg siti po th some elements struggli wi s th wi me ry eti som ult for our indust fic dif gly sin rea inc e e becom - Terms of trade hav . acks on our resource the current environment in ble via ain rem ts lost, as well as the att rke ma al ion dit tra n attacked and Our markets have bee . ued tin paigns. con e bases hav ial media to conduct cam s s increasingly use soc ion sat er engagement proces ani old org keh ity sta un d Comm ions and associate cat tifi rt. cer po ct du sup pro w est for es for us to sho Increasingly forest and d against us, and avenu th tools that can be use bo ing om bec are ing business through to adapt its ways of do t gh sou has A TC rs an that over the past yea All of these things me reviews. us a number of previo ink so ding continued to shr s point, as TCA’s fun thi field to al ve ion ali reg A ain TC t int rings have kep tions, or to ma While these restructu new web based opera nt me ple im and ff retain sta too has its ability to . ors nat rdi coo

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Further significant funding losses lat e in 2012 lead TC unless a sustainable A’s Board to cons future business an ider winding TCA d funding model fo up altogether r TCA can be identi fied through the cu It is ironic in many rrent review. ways that at a tim e when the industry new attacks in the our communities international and do would seek to supp mestic market pla bases, the one orga ort is under ces, as well as the nisation that has sustained attacks on the ability to deliv struggling for its su our resource er the community su rvival. pport to repel the se attacks is The support of the current review by AFPA is a welcome the need to retain TCA in these circu indication that the mstances, and tha industry broadly is best an organisati t what is required aware of on like TCA can do now is to figure ou in these circumstan t how and what ces to assist comm unities to support TCA’s Board very the industry. much welcomes the current review of review and invite s all TCA members TCA, the support of industry in cond and supporters to and sustainable fu ucting the participate in the ture business and review to determi operational mode supporters and the ne an effective l fo r TCA in support industry itself. of Australia’s tim ber industry “The consultants have advised they will be conductin will be advised thr g a simple, online ough TCA in the ne survey of TCA me ar future and we ur assist the conduct mbers. Details ge members to pa and outcomes of the rticipate in that ex Review.” ercise as it will It is anticipated tha t the review will be completed by the end of June 2012. It is further hope d that a new busin ess model for TC transitional basis A will be impleme early in the 2013/14 nted possibly on financial year. a progressive It should be noted however that if a new business mode found, the Board l or the funding to of TCA will have support such a mo no other option tha as that eventuality del cannot be n to commence an is known. orderly wind up of TCA as soon TCA’s Board thank s you for your su pport of TCA and should you wish an looks forward to d your ongoing su your participation pport in the event restructured and ref in the review of what we ferventl ocussed TCA emerg y anticipate will be ing from the review a renewed, . Yours Sincerely

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