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KZN biomass plant extracts R14m go-ahead
16 November, 2017
KZN Biomass
The Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (Sefa) has approved $990000 (R14m) to eThala Management Services to finance the development of a 10MW biomass-to-power plant to be located in Harding, in KwaZulu-Natal, the African Development Bank (AfDB) said yesterday. read more
New smartphone app to model in-forest log drying
14 November, 2017
Friday Offcuts
A new smartphone app has been developed to predict the moisture content of log piles undergoing infield drying. Inputs in the preliminary version of the app include log type, tree species, location and season. Future development will include more specific weather information. read more
Lonza ‘Hits the Road’
10 November, 2017
Lonza
Lonza's national 2017 road show, ‘Overcoming Industry Hurdles', proved to be a successful two-week journey around the country.  The road show kicked-off in Limpopo and then moved to Mpumulanga, KwaZulu-Natal and concluded in the Western and Eastern Cape. read more
Investing in productive capacity
9 November, 2017
Economic growth
The history of humankind reveals that only two events stem population growth on a scale of any note: famine and disease epidemics.  Other natural disasters, such as earthquakes, volcanoes, flooding etc, and warfare have an impact but to a far smaller extent. read more
Trading in Forestry Products
6 November, 2017
Forestry products
‘Forestry products' is the collective noun for all sorts of things grown in, and made from the forest, and even the by-products of these: from pinecones to truffles, lignin to bark mulch, and firelighter pellets to roof trusses. A business challenge for all enterprises trading in forest products... read more
South Africa’s path to dry kiln success
27 October, 2017
Wood Buisness
Henco Viljoen, co-owner of Timbersoft in South Africa, is passionate about timber drying. He inherited this passion from his father, mentor, and co-partner, Johan Viljoen. Together they have developed customized drying systems for fine tuning, improving, and upgrading kilns. read more
Environmentally friendly colour marking shows brilliant results
25 October, 2017
Komatsu
Colour marking of the wood is one part of many in the harvesting process. As colour marking is the foundation for delivering the right products to the sawmill and to minimise wastage, it is important that the paint is of the right quality. read more
From Wido-Maker to Rain-Maker
24 October, 2017
Red river timber
Incredible as it may sound, there are trees that ‘know' when times are about to get tough. Perhaps they feel it deep down in their roots, in the very pith of their heartwood for they take drastic and dramatic action.  Anticipating that a drought is about to break on the land read more
Brazilian pulp production still on the rise; US-Canada tension over softwood lumber imports intensifies
24 October, 2017
IPPWeek
According to CW Research's Paper and Pulp Country Market Data coverage available on IPPWeek.com, paper and pulp market volumes have displayed conflicting trends across different markets, although Brazilian pulp production continues to record a positive evolution. read more
National Forest Products Week Puts Pulp, Paper, Packaging, Tissue, Wood Products Center-Stage October 15 - 21
17 October, 2017
AF&PA
American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President & CEO Donna Harman today issued the following statement regarding President Trump's official proclamation recognizing the 57th anniversary of National Forest Products Week (Oct. 15 - 21) read more

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