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May 2017
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Sawmilling South Africa News
Good day to you all, it's that time of the year once more, “AGM Month”. The 9th AGM of Sawmilling South Africa will take place on the 8th June in the boardroom of SAFCA House in Johannesburg, and we would like to see as many of our members there as possible. It’s hard to believe that it's already 9 years since we started SSA, and in that time we have achieved a great deal for our members and we hope added some value to each and everyone's business.
As it's AGM time and we have been preparing all the paperwork, we have not had the opportunity to visit or interact with members in the way we would like. We have therefore had to rely on hearsay to gather information, so don’t quote us when we tell you that by all reports the market for sawn lumber has cooled off slightly in many parts of the country. This could be that there is a slow down or it could just be a symptom of all the holidays experienced in the last month. Lets hope it's the latter.
 
For those of you who live and operate in the northern parts of the country, please be conscious of the fact that we are entering the dreaded fire season and we urge you to be careful.
 
Other than that we hope to see you at the AGM, but until then, keep cutting straight and drying flat. 

 
Roy Southey
Executive Director: Sawmilling South Africa
Feature Article
Wood-Mizer Titan rewrites the rulebook on optimising edgers

Wood-Mizer Titan’s range of automated edgers matches affordability to high processing speeds, maximum output and recovery that give maximum returns – year after year.
 
The optical scanning station reads the profile of the board to confirm the best volume and value recovery
 
Optimizing edgers are designed to make the edging process in a sawmill more efficient.
 
Depending on the process that is used to break the log down into boards, edging normally happens last to remove the wane and cut the board to size. Because it is a high piece count operation, the edging stage in a sawmill can be prone to bottlenecks and inefficiency.
 
Feeding a manual edger is a physically demanding task. Recoveries drop as the shift progresses. The operator normally achieves higher recoveries at the start of a shift but as the crew tires, it will be easier to opt for a 76 mm board instead of a 102 mm board.
 
Optimizing edgers are designed to alleviate these bottlenecks and improve overall efficiency. But they come at a cost that can force sawmills to stick with a manual edging system despite the challenges that they present.
 
Wood-Mizer Titan has changed the rulebook on automated edgers.
 
The Titan T-AE range of automated edgers matches affordability to efficiency to give sawmillers an intelligent edging solution without the price tag. A local after-sales service network, readily available spare parts and training assistance, adds additional avenues to slash costs plus the certainty of lifetime backing.  
 
The entire range is automated and uses optical scanning technology to achieve high precision and low waste edging of boards.

The system is made up of a material infeed conveyor, scanning station, centraliser, cutting head and outfeed.
 
On the material infeed side, a transverse or in-line material infeed option is available.
 
The transverse conveyor has an unscrambler and cross-conveyor that separates and indexes each board for scanning. The in-line conveyor can also be fitted with an unscrambler to stage each board for scanning.
 
The transverse conveyor transfers long and short lengths equally well while the in-line conveyor is better suited to shorter lengths.
 
Scanning is done in-line or transverse depending on the material infeed option that is chosen. The computer reads the profile of each board to confirm how the board will be edged to recover the best volume and value.

 
After scanning, the boards pass through an alignment station where the board width is read and communicated to the electric servo sizing system that adjusts the width of cut before the board is cut.
 
The T-AE range can edge up to 25 boards per minute at feed speeds of between 0 -240m/minute.
 
The easy-to-use Windows-based computer control system can be changed to a manual PLC system with a flick of a switch. Online support allows technicians to dial into a machine to troubleshoot it remotely.
 

From the horse’s mouth
Bracken Timbers, located near Greytown in KwaZulu-Natal, commissioned a TITAN T-AE6600 optimizing edger in 2016 to edge the output from two of its three sawmill lines.
 

The combined edging requirement from a 2-framesaw and bandsaw/mulitrip line now passes through the Titan optimizing edger.
 
Mr George Johnson, Bracken Timbers’ Director for Sawmilling and Charcoal reported that the results they have achieved since the unit was commissioned has been significant.
 
“Our basic requirement was that the optimising edger should edge at least twelve, 6 m+ boards per minute. We’re easily achieving this,” Mr Johnson said.
 
“We have furthermore seen a 20-25% increase in production together with a 1,5% improvement in recovery. The improved recovery is even more significant if you consider that our logs diameters (17-25 cm) are small,” Mr Johnson continued.
 
“The manual board edging system that we previously used was a stop-start affair. The machine operator also delivered nowhere near the consistency in recovery decisions that we’re now getting.
 
“We could also reduce our workforce that was previously assisting with the manual edging operation, Mr Johnson concluded.

 
A final take
Wood-Mizer Titan’s automated edger range offers an affordable, intelligent edging solution that can move sawmills beyond the limitations of manual edgers.
 
Improved recovery, higher output, faster processing speeds and lower operating costs all combine to improve earnings.
 
Local after-sale support, spares parts and training assistance give the certainty of lifetime backing and additional measures to reduce costs.
 
The range can easily slot into existing sawmill lines with flexible material handling options making this easier to achieve.
The Wood-Mizer Titan T-AE system is made up of a material infeed conveyor, scanning station, centraliser, cutting head and outfeed.
Transverse or inline infeed conveyors are available. The transverse unit shown here unscrambles, indexes and cross conveys the board for scanning.
The centraliser that automatically aligns and measures the board.
Contact: Wood-Mizer Africa
National News
#AfricaMonth: The Africa market deserves respect - Wood-Mizer
A bit of patience and manners is some of what's required to be successful in the African context, says Jean-Jacques Pierre Oelofse, Wood-Mizer corporate director for emerging markets. With Wood-Mizer already having spent a number of years doing business on the continent, we chatted to Oelofse this #AfricaMonth.
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2nd DANA Africa Forest Industry Investment Conference & Field Trip
For the first time ever, a DANA event is being held, not at a hotel conference venue, but at the unique Skukuza Conference Centre which is located in the world-renowned Kruger National Park. Your conference registration includes a Game Drive to seek out "The Big 5"... read more
Agriculture & Forestry Expo - 14 to 16 Sept 2017
The 2nd AFGO Expo, AGFO Expo 2017, will take place once again at the Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre in White River, Mpumalanga, South Africa, from 14 - 16 September, to promote agriculture and forestry in the area and provide a successful trade platform for exhibitors and visitors.
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Explore the power of Industry 4.0 with First Cut’s automated capital equipment options at Machine Tools Africa
In the world of manufacturing, the term ‘Industry 4.0’ describes a manufacturing process whereby ‘intelligent’ machines are linked by an IT network to fully coordinate and optimise all production. Central to Industry 4.0 is a high level of automation... read more
Elquip Solutions sharpens cost-competitiveness & productivity with leading cutting capital equipment & consumables at Machine Tools Africa
Steel fabrication follows a sequence, of which cutting is the first crucial step. The faster & more efficiently fabrication companies can cut components, the greater the final productivity & profit margins.
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Evowood's Estcourt mill reopens
Hardboard manufacturer, Evowood (formerly Masonite), has reopened its Estcourt mill after a protracted strike which began in March. Louis Marais, the chief executive of Evowood, confirmed that the mill was operating & that 242 of the 733 workers who had lost their jobs as a result of the work stoppage had been offered re-employment on contract basis.
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Amended Forest Sector Code gazetted
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has approved the amended Forest Sector Code outlining transformation guidelines aligned to the Amended Codes of Good Practice for the forestry sector. The forestry sector is one of the sectors that can stimulate and accelerate rural development.
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International News
World’s tallest commercial building made of engineered timber opens in Sydney
The construction of Australia’s first, & the world’s tallest, engineered timber office building has been completed in Barangaroo to a design by architecture practice Tzannes. 6 of the above-ground levels of International House Sydney are constructed entirely from CLT and glulam timber... 
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Prefab workers' housing to be built out of cross laminated timber
Modular prefabs have predominated in the fossil fuel camps in Alberta and British Columbia; most last about 15 years before they are worn out. Now Perkins+Will has designed a new unit made out of CLT. read more
Can timber buildings become mainstream?
Timber is not a common sight in modern urban environment, which leans towards the sharp lines of glass, the strength of steel & the durability of concrete. But what started off as a few niche projects in a small number of cities across Europe & North America, is rapidly taking off with a growing number of ‘plyscrapers’ in the construction phase.
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Timber advocates reach for the skies
Architects are returning to a building material shunned since the Great Fire of London. Until 1666, London was made of wood. Half-timbered structures were crammed in, with the eaves of houses & inns on both sides of the narrow streets almost touching as upper storeys were jettied & bay windows poked out to steal every inch of space. 
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Global engineered wood market to reach US$41.2 bn
The global engineered wood market is estimated to reach US$41.2bn by 2022, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 24.8 percent from 2016 – 2022. North America and Europe account for nearly 70 percent of global engineered wood production and will continue to maintain high CAGRs.
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Logger woes could topple B.C.’s softwood lumber industry
It's one of B.C.’s biggest money makers. With record lumber prices, you might expect the softwood industry to be booming. Instead, it’s going through a series of tough times, forcing an increasing number front-line loggers to throw in the towel. And as Lauren Pullen reports it has local logging associations worried about what the future will hold.
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US homebuilder stocks fall after Trump tariffs
Homebuilder stocks fell on concern new tariffs by the Trump administration on Canadian softwood lumber imports will raise costs.The iShares U.S Home Construction ETF (ITB) fell about 1%. PulteGroup’s stock closed down almost 4%, and Toll Brothers shares ended the day nearly 1% lower.
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Innovative Everett timber firm ships ‘canned’ logs to Asia
EVERETT - Other companies have done it. Forest Marketing Enterprises has dabbled in it since 2002. But the Everett-based timber company made it a big part of its business model last year & is now getting recognized for the effort. Forest Marketing, better known as Formark, started exporting millions of board feet of logs to Asia.
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President Trump's Tariff On Canadian Softwood Lumber Imports Will Hurt America Most
The Trump administration has fired the first broadside in its insane battle against bilateral trade imbalances. And its aim was not what most people expected. Canada, not China, is the target of the Trump trade team’s wrath.
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B.C. saw filers share knowledge and take in new technology
May 1, 2017 - Saw filers from Canada’s largest forest products companies down to small family-owned mills in B.C. mingled and shared best practices at the BC Saw Filers Association annual convention that took place in Kamloops, B.C., over the weekend.“We had 140 filers registered.
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Russian exports: a competitive force
At the recent B.C. Council of Forest Industries (COFI) annual convention in Vancouver, WOOD MARKETS’ president Russ Taylor delivered an overview of the Russian forestry and sawmilling industry, detailing the means by which it has become a major competitive force in log and lumber export markets.
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Wide Bay supply chain exporting timber biofuel
A simple conveyor belt joins Hyne Timber's Tuan Mill in northern Queensland & neighbouring Altus Renewables. Such is the way for efficient transformation on one plant's sustainable by-product into another plant’s core business being biofuel. It is certainly not unusual for large scale plantation softwood processing plants to exist...
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Plywood issue tackled head on 
There have been grumblings in the UK timber trade for many years about the quality of some of the hardwood plywood imported. The composition of panels - crucially which species are being used - and the performance of the product for its intended end-use have generated a lot of debate.
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Sawmills in Quebec & Ontario are running at record high levels, resulting in difficulty finding outlets for generated residuals
Sawmills in Eastern Canada have been running at record high levels in 2016, with production reaching levels almost ten percent higher than in 2015 and almost 40 percent higher than five years ago. 
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Last Laugh

Four Friends go hunting for the weekend.
The hunting camp has 2 bedrooms so they have to share.
Nobody wants to share with Koos as he snores heavily.
So they decide to take turns, with Jan being first.
Next morning Jan does not look good at the breakfast table with his hair a
mess and eyes bloodshot.
The others ask: "Man - what happened to you?"
Jan says: "Koos snored so loudly I just sat up all night and watched him"
The next night it's Gert's turn, with the same results the next morning.
"Man - he just about took off the roof"
The next night it's Frikkie's turn, a 140kg red bearded front row player.
Frikkie arrives at the breakfast table the net morning, bright-eyed and bushy tailed.
Koos is a mess, eyes bloodshot with dark rings around his eyes.
They ask Frikkie what happened.
Frikkie says: "Well, we got ready for bed. I went and tucked Koos into bed, patted his bum
and kissed him good night. 
Koos sat up and watched me all night."
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