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January 2018
Sawmilling South Africa News
Welcome to the 2018 New Year. Lets hope that all the positive political optimism that has accompanied the start of the year translates into positive growth for our industry. If the building and construction segments, see growth then things should get better for us. We hope that you all had a restful and re-invigorating holiday and are all set to face the challenge of 2018.

Reports from the market thus far are that there is a fair amount of optimism and some mills are reporting slightly better than expected sales volumes
So what do we have on the cards for the start of the year here at Sawmilling SA?

We are hoping to have our recommendations through our submission to the DEA on kiln emissions result in the adjustment of the regulations and so will be pursuing this with vigor.
Then there is the matter of the National Minimum Wage (NMW) and its possible effects on the rural economy especially in our case sawmilling. We have already forwarded a submission through AgriSA to the DoL on the matter and so we will be concentrating on driving this home. There can be no doubt that a NMW does hold many benefits for the people of the country as a whole but it will need to be judiciously implemented or it could result in the collapse of a substantial number of jobs.
SSA will continue to represent the sawmilling segment on the Forestry Transformation Council on matters of BBBEE concern to the industry.
We are also hoping to be able to dedicate some resources to the promotion of  the use of timber in the built environment and will be working closely with the ITC on some exciting projects.
2017 was a disastrous year for fire in our industry and so we hope that on top of the dry and drought conditions currently being experienced in the Western part of the country we do not have a repeat of the devastating destruction in the Southern and Western Cape. Right now as we write this it is 38° outside and so we ask that all people be as careful as possible.
Other than that it’s keep cutting straight and drying flat and lets take on this 2018 beast as best we can.
Cheers until next month.

Roy Southey
Executive Director: Sawmilling South Africa
National News
House Memel: A house for all seasons
Situated on a cattle farm just outside Memel in the Free State, House Memel is a retirement dream brought to life with timber frame construction. With difficult building terrain underpinned by heavy clay conditions, a timber structure was as much a practical choice as it was an aesthetic one.
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In 2017, EU’s timber imports slumped due to lower exports from Cameroon, Gabon and Congo
During the first nine months of 2017, the slowdown of logging activities in Cameroon, Gabon and Congo, three of the six member countries of the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC), has negatively impacted the imports of sawn tropical timber. read more
‘Timber industry can grow economy’
THE Zambia Association of Timber and Forestry Based Industries says the timber industry has the potential to contribute to economic growth and create more than five million jobs if well managed.Association secretary general Kalowa Mooto has since advised Government to call for a stakeholders’ indaba to resolve the impasse. read more
EIA's 'Rosewood Racket' Report Prompts International Probe into Nigeria-China Timber Trafficking.
This week, in response to the dire rosewood crisis in West Africa and particularly in Nigeria, the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) informed its 183 member countries of exceptional control measures. read more
Zimbabwe: Border Timbers to Outsource Pole Plant
Forestry and sawmilling concern Border Timbers' production volumes for the five months to November 2017 (FY2018) were 16% higher than during the same period last year driven by improved and stabilised log supply. However, delays in foreign payments continue to haunt the company. These have in turn affected the supply of raw materials. read more
The year in review.
This year has been a challenging one for all of us. Nonetheless, we have seen increasing innovation within our industry, along with several positive developments that are leap-frogging the sector into an era of far greater sustainability. In this story, we will give a bird's-eye view of developments within the industry overall, then by region, and more
Roof inspector training uplifts industry
The Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA), SAQA-registered Professional Body for the engineered timber construction industry, hosted a Roof Inspector Training Course at its Isando offices from 21 to 23 November. Well attended by delegates including engineers, quality home inspectors, fabricators and erectors. read more
The Global Forest Industry in the 3Q/2017 
Global Timber Markets Sawlog prices were up in most regions of the world in the 3Q/17. The price increases from the 2Q/17 were generally smaller in the local currencies than in US dollar terms because of the weakening US dollar, according to the latest Wood Resource Quarterly. The Global Sawlog Price Index has gone up for 3 consecutive quarters. read more
Gateway to Africa's timber trade under one roof  
As the largest timber trade exhibition on the continent, WoodEX for Africa is considered the gateway to Africa's timber trade. From the biggest CNC machines to the smallest screws, from the loggers of the great outdoors to sleek laminated flooring, WoodEX for Africa plays host to the most specialised, yet comprehensive range of equipment. read more
International News
Timber prices continue to strengthen
UK timber prices continue to strengthen with returns fast approaching those already available in mainland Europe. This trend reflects the many uses to which forestry products can now be put. As a consequence, demand for land with established plantations in situ has never been higher. read more
IKD has pioneered hardwood cross-laminated timber
Thanks to a two-year, $250,000 Wood Innovations Grant from the United States Forest Service, and with further support from the National Hardwood Lumber Association, Indiana Hardwood Lumberman’s Association, and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, IKD is currently working on an advancement. read more
How mass timber can help architects rethink “basic services”
How mass timber can help architects rethink "basic services." An image from the forthcoming book Wood Urbanism: From the Molecular to the Territorial (Actar, 2018). A diagram explaining the systems & processes that go into wood products & the Common Ground High School by Gray Organschi Architecture. read more
Shigeru Ban’s timber tower in Vancouver on track to begin construction
The Shigeru Ban-designed Terrace House in Vancouver, set to become the tallest hybrid timber tower in North America once it’s finished, has received its official Building Permit and can begin construction. Vancouver-based PortLiving is developing the more
Cross Laminated Timber Market - Expected to Reach $2 Billion by 2025
The "Cross Laminated Timber Market Analysis, by Type (Adhesive Bonded and Mechanically Fastened), by Region (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, South & Central America, MEA) & Segment Forecasts 2014 - 2025" report has been added to Research... read more
More Record-Level Lumber Prices Expected in 2018 from U.S. Import Duties
New WOOD MARKETS/FEA Canada Five-Year Forecast calls for further price volatility in North America, while global lumber supply tightens & exports grow. Vancouver, BC, December 15, 2017. In WOOD MARKETS' 5 five-year softwood lumber forecast, the continuation of more
2018 Lumber Outlook
After the currency-driven global lumber price slump in 2015, market demand and prices both started to improve in 2016. While overall global demand improved modestly in 2017 - at only half the rate of 2016 - it has been supply disruptions and changing dynamics that created a wild and unpredictable market that surpassed everyone's expectations. read more
Global Timber and Wood Products Market Update
A news brief from Wood Resources International LLC Record high prices for softwood lumber in North America in the 3Q/17 & rising lumber export prices in Sweden, Finland & Russia as lumber demand picks up in key markets, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly This is an excerpt from the newly released market report Wood Resource Quarterly. read more
Why in the world would anyone want a wooden nail?
Beck Fasteners totally nails it with the Lignoloc. Nails are wonderful things; the invention of the cheap wire nail made them into a cheap mass produced commodity that contributed to the development of the American housing industry. But they are also a problem; they make it hard to recycle wood, and on finished wood surfaces they are often ugly. read more
Promoting legal timber trade
Last week, Indonesia celebrated the first anniversary of the licensing scheme that permits the export of certified timber products to the European Union without passing through due diligence checks. Since the scheme began on Nov. 15, 2016, Indonesia has issued 39,078 FLEGT licenses for the export of certified timber products. read more
Going concern with supply agreement with Komatiland Forests
Situated in Northern Natal
Contact Shirley Hurd for more details
Tel: (011) 865 3075
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

A husband and wife are waiting at the bus stop with their nine children (must be Brakpan..)
A blind man joins them after a few minutes.
When the bus arrives, they find it overloaded and only the wife and nine kids are able to fit on the bus.
So the husband and the blind man decide to walk.
After a while, the husband gets irritated by the ticking of the white stick of the blind man as he taps it on the sidewalk, and he says to him: “Why don’t you put a piece of rubber at the end of the your stick?
That ticking sound is driving me crazy!!”
The blind man replies: ”If you would’ve put a rubber at the end of YOUR stick, we’d be riding in the bus …. So shut up".
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