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May 2018
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Sawmilling South Africa News
This months news is all about the AGM which is scheduled for Wednesday 6th June at SAFCA House in JHB. This will be a very interesting meeting as we will be addressed by Dr Roelof Botha the renowned Academic and Economist who is a wonderfully humorous speaker and is very well versed in the current intricacies of the South African economy at large. Dr Botha will be backed up by a talk from Mrs Tasmia Islmail-Savill, the CEO of the YES Foundation who will be talking about the youth of the country and how we as employers can and should be doing something about helping the unemployed youth.
We have just read today in the national press, that the Minister of Labour, Mrs Mildred Olifant has announced that the National Minimum Wage bill has been passed by parliament and will soon be drafted into legislation. The NMW will be R20 per hour for all general workers, with domestic and farm workers receiving R15 and R18 respectively. This for the first year only, thereafter all will increase to the R20 level. This is bound to have an effect on the “rural” sawmilling sector and so we wait to understand if we may not be included in the farm worker classification.
Reports from the market place are dire to say the least with the majority of sawmills reporting extremely slow sales volumes. The light at the end of the tunnel does lie with our new President so we live in hope that things will improve. Dr Botha should have some interesting insight into this in his address at the AGM. 
All that remains is to remind you to keep cutting straight and drying flat no matter what as its only emphasis on quality that will bring you through these tough times.
Until next month

Roy Southey
Executive Director: Sawmilling South Africa
Featured Article
A Wood-Mizer TITAN EG800 allows for next level of efficiency
The Wood-Mizer TITAN EG800* working at Capio Lumber.
A Wood-Mizer TITAN EG800 board edger boosts a structural timber producer in South Africa’s productivity.

Capio Lumber is a successful sawmill in South Africa that produces structural timber for the construction industry in the region.

The mill has built its Wood-Mizer sawmill line up over several years to boost its output that has grown consistently since 2012.

Improved productivity came under the spotlight again in the third quarter of 2017 when a further mill refurbishment saw the addition of a Wood-Mizer TITAN EG800 to Capio Lumber’s equipment line-up.

Management is confident that EG800 will position the mill to meet its output targets for 2018 and beyond.

Improved efficiencies from Wood-Mizer TITAN EG800
Before the Wood-Mizer TITAN EG800’s installation, Capio Lumber used its Wood-Mizer breakdown mills (LT70’s and LT20) to break the logs into blocks and sideboards.

A Wood-Mizer HR500 double-head resaw then split the blocks into two or three end-spec boards while the sideboards were recovered on three Wood-Mizer HR200’s and a Wood-Mizer EG300 edger.

According to Bruce Moxham, who manages Capio Lumber with Ross Scorgie, output at the time stood at +-60 m³ depending on log size. Recovery averaged 60%.
“Despite the numbers, we knew that we could streamline the process and improve overall productivity,” Bruce Moxham said.
“We had to turn the log through four sides to get the blocks, which slowed us down.
“On average each log turn produced two sideboards. To move the sideboards to recovery was labour intensive and required material handling systems. It created bottlenecks on the mill floor and at recovery. We also recovered lower quality material that sold for less.
“To make the overall process more streamlined, we had to address all these issues.
“The introduction of the EG800 has alleviated most of them,” Bruce said.
Simplified and faster primary breakdown
The EG800 can rip material up to 120 mm thick with a multi-blade arbour.  This has allowed Capio Lumber to simplify its primary breakdown process significantly.
A top and bottom cut on the breakdown saw initially produces a two-sided cant. Then the choice is simple:
  • The cant can go straight to the EG800 where blocks are cut for further processing on the HR500 double head resaw
  • Or through-and-through boards are cut that then pass through the EG800 with end-spec boards exiting.
The EG800’s heavy-duty arbour that can be packed with multiple blades has also increased the sawmill’s capacity to flexibly change the sizes they want to cut.
Improved productivity
The commissioning of the EG800 and simplified primary breakdown process that it has allowed for has reduced the strain on the breakdown saws, has speeded up production, reduced wear and tear and cut energy costs.
Less sideboards have also alleviated the pressure on recovery with less labour and material handling systems now also needed.
Higher quality recovered material that sell at better prices are further spinoffs.
Streamlined material flow
“One of the most important benefits of the EG800 has been a more streamlined material flow,” Bruce Moxham says.
“Previously, material and material handling systems criss-crossed which made the mill very busy and slow. The stop-start process and our inability to find clear channels that could make the mill more productive, placed a ceiling on further expansion.
“Looking at the final numbers, recovery and output has stayed pretty much the same, but we’ve managed to recover more brandering, which is a good seller.
In total however, the EG800 has unlocked a more streamlined material flow that has given us the clear channels we need to now take production to the next level,” Bruce said.
Unpacking the machine

The Wood-Mizer TITAN EG800 Manual Board Edger is designed to offer a twofold solution to small and medium-sized sawmills.

This robust machine can edge material up to 40mm thick at high speeds (130 m/min) but it can also run at slower feed speeds to rip material up to 120mm thick.
The wide arbour can be packed with multiple blades to produce multiple product sizes, simply and affordably.

Top line specs:
  • Powerful, 30 kW main saw motor (Optional 37, 45 or 55 kW)
  • Bolt-on subassemblies for easy maintenance
  • Variable feed speed of up to 130 m/min
  • Heavy duty, large diameter, high traction and driven hold-down rollers
  • In and outfeed roller tables
Optional extras:
  • 37, 45 or 55 kW main saw motor
  • Sawdust belt conveyor
  • Laser lines for board alignment
  • Extra infeed and outfeed manual roller tables - 1.6 m each

Three Wood-Mizer primary breakdown units in the background feeding into the EG800*
The EG800* is a robust, highly productive and affordable edging and ripping solution for sawmills that want to extend their output fast and cost effectively.
Contact: Wood-Mizer Africa
National News
WoodEX for Africa set for a full house
WoodEX for Africa, the only trade show in Africa dedicated exclusively to the timber and allied trades, is preparing to host a bumper edition show from 11-13 July 2018 at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Johannesburg, due not only to near-full bookings, but its incorporation of the Deck & Flooring Expo's inaugural event. read more
The smart way to exact bending: First Cut and Bystronic introduce the Xact Smart range of press brakes 
Many fabricators in business today require an easy-to-use bending solution that is affordable, and which will complement their existing cutting and welding facilities. To meet their requirements, First Cut principal Bystronic, a premier global provider of high-quality solutions for sheet metal processing businesses. read more
International News
Hardwood pulp manufacturers in Europe have the highest wood fiber costs in the world despite price declines the past 6 years 
The wood fiber costs for European hardwood pulp producers started to move upward in late 2017 after having trended downward for over six years, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly read more


US Demand for Softwood Lumber is Forecasted to Increase in the Next 15 years - Where Will the Wood Come From?
A new study forecasts that softwood lumber consumption in the US will reach all-time highs by 2030. As a consequence, there are likely to be increased investments in production capacity in the US, changes in Canadian lumber trade flows. read more


The Global Sawlog Price Index has increased by 9.8% during 2017, with the biggest price increases occurring in Europe and Western North America
The Global Sawlog Price Index (GSPI) increased substantially, driven by strengthening lumber markets in both the US and Europe, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. The Euro-based ESPI sawlog price index fell in the 4Q/17 after reaching a two-year peak in the 3Q/17. read more
U.S. Particle Board Market - Key Findings by IndexBox
The U.S. particle board market totalled 22.8M cubic metres in 2017, 4.6M cubic metres (or 17%) less than the outset level. The market value declined sharply between 2007 and 2009, continuing a more mild fall over the next three years. According to IndexBox estimates, the trend changed in 2013 when the market rose sharply by 14%. read more
European Prefab Housing Market - Key Findings by IndexBox
In 2016, the prefabricated buildings market value increased by 4% to 25.8 billion EUR. From 2007 to 2016, the EU prefabricated buildings market showed a mixed trend pattern. A significant drop in 2008 (79% Y-o-Y) was followed by a gradual increase over the next three years until it plunged again in 2013 (91% Y-o-Y). read more

Softwood lumber exports into US soar
The streak of record-high U.S. lumber prices caused offshore softwood lumber exports to the U.S. to expand rapidly in 2017 versus 2016 reports Russ Taylor, Managing Director of FEA Holdings – Canada Inc. The same trend is expected in 2018. read more

JoeScan brings creative infusion to 3D sawmill scanning
JoeScan, Inc., a market leader in 3D laser scanning technology for the sawmill industry, has announced the hiring of two new employees.Brad Michael has taken over for outgoing marketing manager Christy Green and Vadim Kovalev has re-joined the team as a mechanical engineer and media production specialist. read more
System to strengthen building structures
By mixing biochar from saw dust with cement, concrete constructions can be made 20 percent stronger and 50 percent more watertight. A research team led by Associate Professor Kua Harn Wei has developed the novel approach of using biochar made from recycled wood waste to enhance concrete structures. Wood waste from furniture more
Log measurement technologies forefront of June series
A key focus for this year’s WoodFlow 2018 event running in June is log measurement, scaling and tracking. It’s being a major issue for the forestry industry for a number of years. Technologies being trialed over the years though for a number of reasons haven’t quite lived up to the hype. Wood represents on average about a third of delivered log costs. read more
Wood Pallet Manufacturing Business for Sale
Business & Equipment for sale, including:
Business Package Deal:
  • Company: African Packaging (Pty) Ltd.
  • Letterhead and Logo
  • Client base
  • Supplier base (approved accounts)
  • 1 x dual blade planning machine
  • 2 x cut off machines
  • 1 x table saw
  • 1 x dust extraction unit
  • 2 x planning machine
  • 2 x routers
  • 3 x Nail guns
  • Cost: R 300 000.00
Equipment ONLY Package Deal:
  • 1 x dual blade planning machine
  • 2 x cut off machines
  • 1 x table saw
  • 1 x dust extraction unit
  • 2 x planning machine
  • 2 x routers
  • 3 x Nail guns
  • Cost : R 160 000.00
Find full specs with images and sellers contact details HERE
contact us to list your equipment
Position Company Country Expires
Procurement Specialist: Supply Chain (HRL 16/S7) Sappi South Africa 11, Jun 2018
Financial Manager (HRL 19 / S5) Sappi South Africa 11, Jun 2018
Millwright (HRL 13/S9) Sappi South Africa 04, Jun 2018
Driver (P12) Sappi South Africa 01, Jun 2018
Sawmill Manger Vacancy available in Northern Natal GNG South Africa 31, May 2018

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The All Blacks were playing the Springboks in Wellington and after the half-time whistle blew they found themselves ahead 50-0, Ritchie McCaw getting eight tries. The rest of the team decided to head for the pub instead of playing the second half, leaving Ritchie to go out on his own. 

"No worries," Ritchie told them, "I'll join you later and tell you what happened." After the game Ritchie headed for the pub where he told his teammates the final score: 95-3. 

"What!!!!" said a furious Beauden Barrett, "How did you let them get three points??!" Richie replied apologetically, "I was sent off with 20 minutes to go."
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