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June 2016
Sawmilling South Africa News
Hi to all sawmillers, June has been another busy month for us here at the association. The month saw the holding of our 8th AGM in Johannesburg with a near record attendance of members and our associates.

The proceedings got started with a presentation from Mr Deon Van Wyk, a leading Agricultural Economist from ABSA Bank and what an interesting presentation it was.
Deon gave us all hope for the future of the agricultural sector in SA, especially the forest sub-sector, good news indeed and what a pleasure to listen to an economist tell us a positive story for a change. If any members would like a copy of Deon’s presentation please just drop us a mail and we will supply one.
 
This was followed by a short presentation by Mr Meshack Mathye from the DTI who explained that the DTI had a special fund for the support of the SA sawmilling sector. Any millers who were considering up-grades to equipment and or processes in the near future, were encouraged to complete a form informing the relevant DTI section of their intention so that assistance could be arranged. Mr Grant Whittaker from COVA was also present to advise any interested applicants. Grants details are also available from our office.
 
The Chairman Mr Sean Hoatson explained that the first half of 2016 had shown great improvement for the fortunes of sawmillers due mainly to the favorable balance between supply and demand in the market. He also explained that despite the Exco’s best efforts we had not been able to encourage the larger corporate players to join forces with us and so the time had come for the association to concentrate on the needs of the medium and independent millers.
 
In his report the Executive Director highlighted the associations activities and achievements during the year with special reference to the revised funding model which was proposed in the meeting and unanimously accepted. This new funding model will ensure a more equitable system of revenue collection and will go a long way to making the association financially stable in the future.
 
Mrs Mandy Allpass of Crickmay presented the 2015 Productivity Improvement award to Mr Karl-Heinz Niemand of MTO Cape Pine who accepted the trophy on behalf of their George Sawmill, congratulations to the George mill team.
 
At all AGM’s a new Executive Management Committee (Exco) is elected and this year the elected millers are, Mr Sean Hoatson of the Tekwani group (chairman), Duncan MacKay of White River Sawmills, Manny Ferreirinha of Verulam Sawmills, Erwin Kanyemba of MTO, Tewie Giliomee of SAPPI and Craig Rance of CJ Rance. These gentlemen will take the association forward into 2017 and we wish them well in their endeavors, one of the first of which will be to steer the local sawmilling industry into a more commanding position so that it can withstand any onslaught from imports and attacks by alternative products in our traditional markets.
   
In the mean time keep cutting straight and drying flat until next month.

Roy Southey
Executive Director: Sawmilling South Africa
Feature article
Wood-Mizer’s new LX Series sawmill range includes the LX100, which is the first model in the LX range that is now available in Africa. A completely redesigned configuration allows for heavy & continuous sawmilling use & features innovations in strength, efficiency, ease of use, and operator visibility. 
 
Wood-Mizer continues busy Africa expo circuit schedule

Wood-Mizer Africa’s recent showing at WoodEx for Africa continues the sawmilling multi-national’s busy expo schedule in Africa, a series of expo events attended during Q2 of 2016 by the thin-kerf, narrow bandsaw market leader underscoring its expansive growth on the African continent.
 
Wood-Mizer Africa gave WoodEx for Africa 2016 a tentative thumbs-up after the event’s conclusion in mid-June, the event’s 4th iteration since in its inception in 2012 confirming WoodEx’s relevance as a timber industry focused event.
 
Speaking after the show, Wood-Mizer Africa’s Managing Director’, Mr Gavin Prowse, said WoodEx delivered measured success for the company with good enquiries resulting from the event.
 
“WoodEx was penciled in as an important part of our expo schedule for 2016, the timber specific audience that it draws in tandem with the other events that we are scheduled to attend in 2016 allowing us to reach a broad segment of our local and African market,” Mr Prowse said.
 
“The event allowed us to underscore the tried and tested tech that our customers across Africa are familiar with, while it also provided scope to elaborate on the key new product launches from Wood-Mizer during 2016,” he continued.
 
Of particular importance was Wood-Mizer’s new LX Series sawmill range that was introduced to Africa in Q1 of 2016.
 
The LX100 is the first model in the new LX sawmill line-up that is now available in Africa, the range incorporating a completely redesigned configuration that allows for heavy and continuous sawmilling use and features many innovations in strength, efficiency, ease of use, and operator visibility. 
 
Another important range innovation from Wood-Mizer is the company’s recently launched Tooling range.
 
Already known for its sector-leading thin-kerf, narrow bandsaw blade range, Wood-Mizer’s
proven performance in the tooling sector has now inspired a next round of innovation with the release of Wood-Mizer’s tooling range.
 
The range consisting of circular, frame and wideband blades together with planer and profiling knives is firmly rooted in Wood-Mizer’s assured tradition of manufacturing and cutting excellence.
 
“Timber processing professionals can now source all their tooling requirements directly from Wood-Mizer, the company’s wide dealer footprint across Africa giving access to a comprehensive tooling inventory further supported by vested after sale service, maintenance and training,” Mr Prowse continued.
 
Expo circuit also includes agricultural sector
The annual National Maize Producers Organisation or Nampo Show that this year took place between 17-20 May in Bothaville in South Africa’s Free State Province, also saw Wood-Mizer featuring prominently at the event.
 
Showcasing its wares to the agricultural sector, Wood-Mizer challenged farmers to utilise timber resources on farms better.
 
“We wanted to underscore the need for farmers to think differently about timber on established and new farms,” Mr Prowse said.
 
Most established farms contain woodlots that can be processed into ready made products or sawn timber for use on the farms or in retail. Newly developed farmland with land-cleared timber resulting from there can also be turned into valuable sawn timber that can add to the profitability of farms.
 
Wood-Mizer’s inaugural attendance of Nampo saw farmers from across Africa visiting the company’s stand to consult on how to unlock further opportunities in the continent’s fast developing Agri-Sawmilling and Forestry sectors.
 
DRC Launch Events
Wood-Mizer’s already expansive activities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo received a further boost with the launch event of the company’s re-invigorated Kinshasa branch.
 
Partnering with ConneX Forestry, who will now serve as Wood-Mizer’s dealer in the Kinshasa region, Wood-Mizer is confident that its partnership with ConneX will extrapolate sales in the region and the DRC even further,” Wood-Mizer Africa’s Francophone Area Manager, Mr Fred Kapenda said.
 
The recent launch also of Wood-Mizer’s branch in the DRC’s mineral rich Haut Lomami and Lualaba Provinces (formerly Katanga), which also serves as the country’s second most important timber processing hub, is set to add even further impetus to Wood-Mizer outreach in the country.
 
The launch event saw Wood-Mizer’s official representative in Katanga officially opening its doors to sawmillers in Lubumbashi and nearby Kolwezi.
 
“Our growing dealership network in the DRC now allows us to deepen our footprint in the country even further with sawmillers already benefiting from our broadened new machine showroom network, improved after sales service, maintenance and training in the DRC,” Mr Kapenda added.

Wood-Mizer’s stand at WoodEx for Africa 2016
  
Wood-Mizer Africa’s inaugural showing at the 50th edition of Nampo 2016 drew significant visitors from across Africa.


The launch event of Wood-Mizer’s Kinshasa Branch saw the company’s new dealer partner in Kinshasa taking over from erstwhile Ka-Sel Woods who formerly oversaw the branch.
     
              The launch event of Wood-Mizer’s branch in the DRC’s second largest timber processing hub located in the Haut Lomami and Lualaba Provinces will broaden the company’s reach in the DRC.

Contact: Wood-Mizer
National News
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Presentation to SSA by ABSA agricultural Economist
At the latest SSA AGM held in Johannesburg, Mr. Deon Van Wyk a leading Agricultural Economist from ABSA Bank, presented a hopeful presentation for the future of the agricultural sector and especially the forest sub-sector in SA. read more
Exciting Working with Wood show surrounded by history
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Building material companies thriving despite the odds
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