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A Dimter S90 Opticut cross-cut saw.

Jacks joins Weinig at LIGNA NELSON SAWMILL EQUIPMENT SUPPLIERS, WR JACK, IS JOINING one of its suppliers at the world’s largest solid-wood machinery specialists next month. Weinig is planning a huge 5,000 square metre stand at the Ligna exhibition in Hannover from May 27 – 31, significantly larger than its presence in 2017. That’s because the German machinery specialist has much more to show its customers this year, according to WR Jack, which is taking a party of New Zealand sawmillers to the event. Weinig will be displaying a wide range of specialist machinery including Powermat moulders, Dimter crosscut saws, rip saws, finger-jointing, grinding and a host of other technologies – much of it enhanced with live demonstrations.

A highlight will be Weinig’s developments in its product unit, Planing and Profiling. In the high-performance sector, the new Hydromat generation will have its world premiere, with a performance potential of up to 300m/min. Also on display will be the Powermat 2400 3D, which allows for contour milling from the right and left during through-feed – not possible until recently. Another machine that should draw interest is the Powermat 3000, for feed speeds of up to 100 m/min, it covers every requirement, from pre-planing with hydro technology to builtto-order production. WR Jack says there are still hotel rooms available for the duration of the show for those who want to join the tour. Contact Jacks at sales@jacks.co.nz or call 0800 522 577. NZL

Komatsu buys TimberPro KOMATSU AMERICA HAS PURCHASED fellow forestry equipment manufacturer, TimberPro, cementing a relationship that has been getting closer in recent years. Based in Shawano, Wisconsin, TimberPro grew out of the Timbco business established by industry pioneer, Pat Crawford, after he sold that company to Partek in 2000 – his claim to fame being the introduction of levelling cabs to allow harvesters to fall on steep land. Pat bought back the wheeled division in 2002 and went on to develop a range of purpose-built forest machines and attachments, offering tracked feller bunchers and harvesters, forwarders, wheeled harvesters and felling heads under the TimberPro brand name. At that stage he was already 77 years

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old and was famously quoted as saying “retirement to me is a dirty word” when asked why he continued to work hard in the business. TimberPro machines have been sold through the Komatsu Forest network in New Zealand and Australia for some time, filling an increasing demand for purpose-built equipment. “Acquiring TimberPro will strengthen the company’s position in the full-treelength market and enables us to offer a highly competitive range of products for professional logging,” says Komatsu America’s CEO, Rod Schrader. Komatsu America is a US subsidiary of Komatsu Ltd, the world’s second largest manufacturer and supplier of construction, mining, forestry and compact equipment, in addition to forklifts. NZL

Waverley sawmill closure puts 65 out of work THE CLOSURE OF THE WAVERLEY SAWMILL HAS forced 65 out of work and threatens the livelihoods of others in the small, South Taranaki community. The Waverley Sawmill, which has been in business since the 1930s, was the largest employer in the town but its closure came after the owner decided it is no longer viable in light of continuing high log prices. The business had reportedly been sold recently to Far East Sawmills, which owns the Tregoweth Sawmill in Te Kuiti, forests in Northland, a forestry harvest company and a transport fleet. It was reported that the mill needed a new kiln among other upgrades, in order to increase its capacity to compete in a volume-driven market but the investment required was considered too high. Locals say the closure will affect the whole community of 800 people, including transport companies, builders, contractors, shop owners, schools and sports clubs. NZL

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