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October 2017
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Sawmilling South Africa News
With only two months left in our 2017 “Sawmilling Year” we are well into the final quarter and the mad scramble to the Christmas shut.
 
As we write this the SASDEA annual conference is underway in JHB and if I remember correctly this is the 19th or 20th  conference of this most worthwhile institution.


Saw Doctors have for years been trying to gain the correct recognition for their valuable talents. It is said that in the United States it is recognised that saw doctors are just as important or even more so than the general manager of a sawmill.
We here at SSA are working on changing the perception in this country where saw doctors have traditionally not been afforded the status they so justly deserve. This we have done by getting the authorities to recognise that saw doctoring is indeed a skill that deserves the status of a trade and to this end we have been successful in getting it registered with the QCTO as a trade.

This will go a long way to correcting the perception and ensuring that saw doctors are taken seriously at last. They will in future be able to obtain a trade qualification and certificate in exactly the same way that electricians or fitters do.

Mrs Dianne Randall who is our skills development manager has been working on this over the last two years and is now on the final stretch of developing and registering the qualification.
 
Other news this month is that the SAFCOL “Forestry Industrialisation Conference” has come and gone. This was held at Freight Rails Esselenpark complex just north of JHB on the 4th and 5th of October and was attended by many VIP’s. Among them were General Bheki Cele, the Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Mr Dikobe Martins, the Deputy Minister of Public Enterprises, Mr Bulelani Magwanishe, the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry,  as well as many DG’s, DDG’s and captains of industry in the forestry sector.

You could not have asked for a more prestigious gathering of “Forestry” decision makers.  As expected with so many high ranking political players there was an element of political maneuvering but once the deputy ministers had moved on, the business of the conference got under way with presentations from a number of international experts in forestry and wood processing.
 
A unanimous realisation coming out of the conference is the need for the total South African forestry sector to work together in promoting the  virtues of our sector, from the growing of trees to the use of timber and timber derived products in the building of our homes and everyday lives. The built environment is just one aspect but we all know very little of the huge strides being made with products coming out of the pulping sector.
 
Also this month the scheduled meeting to discuss the new proposed additional specification to SANS 1783 was held in JHB and attended by many  technical experts in both the sawmilling and the truss industries. Much discussion was held around the implications of the new proposed specification and a recommendation was made that the SABS TC 1008 committee be asked to make the final decision on the matter.
 
The next meeting of the TC 1008 committee will be taking place on the 8th November at the SABS headquarters in Pretoria and so all interested parties are encouraged to attend in order to ensure that the correct decision is taken.   
 
News form the market place this month is that the year end “ramp up” has started and volumes have begun to pick up but still nothing like the previous two years.
 
So lets hope the pace increases and in the meantime keep cutting straight and drying flat. Until next month.

Roy Southey
Executive Director: Sawmilling South Africa
Feature Article
Norwood Sawmills at the Heart of Profitable Sawmilling Businesses
 

“Owning a portable band sawmill is just the start of your journey. There is a galaxy of infinite possibilities with your Norwood,” advises Ashlynne Dale, president of Norwood Sawmills. “Unleashing those opportunities happens when knowledge meets passion. Maximise the value of your wood, get more creative and more adventurous, grow your business, and build your family’s dreams.”
 
It seems that Norwood’s customers are heeding Dale’s advice – Growing international demand for portable bandmills in general, and Canadian-built
Norwood Sawmills in particular, is underpinning Norwood’s growing reputation as the “go-to” solution for profitable small to medium sawmilling operations. African entrepreneurs throughout southern Africa are turning to Norwood as their preferred source for band sawmills that are exceptionally cost-effective, productive and profitable.
Topaz Timbers - Tanzania
Norwood’s growth has seen it outgrow both its US and Canadian warehouses. “We outgrew our US factory warehouse and so pulled up stakes and moved to a larger facility. Similarly, in Canada, we built a brand-new 32,000 square foot facility,” says Dale.

Also in 2017, Norwood established a centrally-located distribution facility in the Netherlands to better service Norwood owners in Europe and to supplement its European dealers.
 Austro and Norwood
 
Austro represents Norwood in southern Africa, and the product range is proving to be popular here too. Chris Hugo of Austro’s branch in Cape Town says one of the reasons for the growing African demand is the modularity of the machine. Customer needs evolve and grow over time and Norwood's band mills can be customised. “You can choose the power, the accessories and commercial-capacity attachments, and tailor make your Norwood to match your needs now or as your milling operation grows in the future,” Hugo explains.

Norwood ships all band sawmills in compact knock-down form on 1.2m x 1.2m pallets to save the prohibitive cost of shipping large and over-length equipment (a fully-built sawmill can take almost a whole full-length truck to transport).  Hugo says a second huge advantage is that, if you accidently damage any portion of your log deck, you only need to replace a section of the frame and not the whole bed, which makes it more cost effective.
 
Norwood – On YouTube and in Print
 
To support Norwood owners and future owners, the company has published a 140-page full colour book, The Ultimate Guide to Portable Sawmills. It has helpful chapters on drying, grading, tips on milling for profit, sawing pattern potential and more. This is in addition to
Norwood Connect, an online chatroom devoted to connecting Norwood owners around the world so that they can share sawmilling stories, tips, and strategies. Membership is free.
 
Norwood’s YouTube channel hosts “Sawmill TV” that has a playlist of “Successful Sawmilling” series videos with professional sawmillers giving advice and demonstrations. And if this is not enough, “Sawmill School” is a new playlist on the YouTube channel this year. Hugo says it is a great place for novice sawmillers to get comfortable with the basics like how to coil blades, sawmill set-up and routine maintenance tips.
Norwood – In the Beginning
 
Norwood’s roots began in Canada 25 years ago when founder, Peter Dale, wanted to build a wilderness lodge in the bush but could not justify the high prices charged for sawmills back then.  He decided to build his own sawmill that he could count on to efficiently mill accurate lumber and yet was affordable.  “The heart of Norwood’s mission and philosophy was born: quality and fair prices. We won’t sacrifice either,” his daughter and heir, Ashlynne Dale says.
Topaz Timbers - Tanzania
“When you invest in a Norwood, you can be sure it was quality-built in Canada. Every component of every Norwood sawmill is made of top-quality steel by highly-trained, highly-skilled operators with cutting-edge manufacturing and machining technologies.”

Over 35,000 Norwood sawmills are hard at work in more than 100 countries worldwide, and the company holds more than 50 patents, more than the combined total of all the other sawmill companies around the world put together. 
 
Ms. Dale says Norwood was the very first company to develop affordable personal band mills and is the only company to focus entirely on this class of sawmills. “Since we launched our first LumberMate, other companies followed suit, selling their own lines of personal band sawmills, but only as an after-thought to their main focus on super-sized, and super-expensive, hydraulic mills.”

“We live and breathe personal, portable sawmills. Every team member, from the engineers to the customer-service specialists, devote 100% of their time and energy to making sure you’re proud to be a Norwood owner.”

The company continues to advance the frontiers of portable sawmill innovation, focusing its research and development on technology to reduce the time it takes to mill a log into lumber.  Hugo says that, by eliminating unnecessary operator functions and increasing capacity,
Norwood sawmills help businesses be more productive and profitable than any other.
Contact: Norwood Sawmills
National News
The future of Joineries in the Southern Cape
In so many ways, a joinery is like a swimming pool – and in so many more obvious ways it absolutely isn’t!  Yes, both are power-hungry creations, needing to be used and maintained every day. A more serious strategic challenge is that both are equipped to be used for very specific activities. read more
Timber construction: Finance, carbon tax and the green economy
A timber frame structure, be it a primary residence, a holiday home, or an extension of an existing dwelling, is a substantial investment. As such, most people, barring a fortunate few, will need financial backing to have their timber frame dream realised. read more
Roof Inspector Training Course back by popular demand
The Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA), SAQA-registered Professional Body for the engineered timber construction industry, will be hosting another Roof Inspector Training Course at its head office in Isando from 21-23 November 2017. read more
Two new directors for Institute for Timber Construction
The Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA), South Africa's professional body for the timber construction sector, appointed two new directors to its board at its recent AGM. Professor Walter Burdzik of the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Pretoria, and Werner Slabbert Jnr, Managing Director of Eco Log Homes...read more
Dates set for WoodEX for Africa 2018
WoodEX for Africa, the largest trade exhibition in Africa dedicated exclusively to the timber trade, is gearing up for its milestone 5th instalment taking place at Gallagher Estate in Midrand from 11-13 July 2018. WoodEX for Africa is a timber-focussed trade exhibition hosted biennially & offers a unique business & networking platform. read more
Laminated timber beams to comply with regulations
The Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA), South Africa’s professional body for the engineered timber construction industry, issues a notice on compliance of laminated timber beams to be used for structural purposes. read more
SAFAS certification system has been submitted to the PEFC
SAFAS certification system has been submitted to the PEFC for endorsement. The summary of comments are available for download below.
International News
London’s soaring timber tower could be a game changer for CLT
The world might not be quite ready for soaring timber skyscrapers but one architectural firm is getting headlines for a proposed wood tower that would be the tallest building in London, England. The conceptual 80-storey building called Oakwood Timber Tower...read more
Timber bridges viable option for local roads
Glulam timber bridges are viable and cost-effective options for replacing bridges on low-traffic county and township roads. That's what South Dakota State University researchers at the J. Lohr Structures Lab concluded after testing a full-scale glulam timber girder bridge. Glulam, short for glued laminated, means the structural members...read more
New products to revolutionise engineered wood
Materialize.X launched two new products that it thinks will revolutionize the US$300 billion-a-year engineered wood market. Part 1: a non-toxic adhesive A lot of engineered wood is created using an adhesive called urea-formaldehyde, which has recently been labeled by the FDA as a toxic carcinogen. read more
NZ structural log prices highest in two decades
New Zealand structural log prices edged up to the highest level in more than two decades as mills compete with the export market to secure supply for the local construction market. The price for structural S1 logs lifted to NZ$128 a tonne this month, from NZ$127 a tonne last month, and is sitting 11% above last year’s level. read more
Forestry Sector Supports Wood Energy
“I get by, with a little help from my friends; Oh, I’m gonna try, with a little help from my friends…” (Beatles, 1967). During these “slack” times, the most encouraging development affecting Maine’s four heating pellet manufacturers may be the solidarity being extended by our state’s much larger forest products industry. read more
Finland, Estonia offer insights into faster wood processing
CFI tagged along for HewSaw's annual sawmill safari, which this year took North American participants to two top-producing mills in Estonia and four in Finland, including HewSaw's flagship mill, Metsä Wood Vilppula. Check out our video wrap up and look for a full feature article in the November/December issue of the magazine. read more
Automated bandsaw bench features new 'learning mode'
The Simonds 095 AB is the newest model that can level, tension, adjust the back, and set the tire line. And unlike other auto benches, the Simonds AB has a new “Learning Mode”. This learning mode allows filers to put up the saw in the manner that best suits their application, then load the saw on the Simonds AB. read more
Timber ETFs In Focus Amid Post-Hurricane Rebuilding Efforts
It is no surprise that Timber related stocks have rallied sharply given the path of destruction that Hurricane Harvey and now Hurricane Irma have leveled in the Atlantic, Caribbean, and the Gulf Coast, and today we look at the two ETF plays in the segment. read more
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FINGER PRESS
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  • Finger Jointing Profiler
  • Finger Jointing Press
  • Kick out table after press
  • Under counter cross cut
  • Cross Chain Feeder to Batch Feeder
  • Batch Feeder to carry over conveyor 
  • Carry over conveyor to profiler no 1 and 2
  • Profilers 1 and 2
  • Feed conveyor to press A and B
  • Finger Jointing Press A
  • Kick out table after press A and B
  • Conveyor to stacking area A and B
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Finger-Joint Foreman

(Please note this is sawmilling specific junior position and is not an engineering/mining foreman)

Location: White River, Mphumulanga

Responsibilities & Requirements:

  • Supervisor's Certificate/similar qualification/s e.g. Diploma in Wood Technology and / or relevant "on-the-job" training will be beneficial;
  • Proven saw milling experience with references essential (minimum 3 years' experience and 2 years' supervisory experience);
  • Grading as well as planer and finger-jointing exposure advantageous;
  • Fluency in English beneficial (Reading, writing and speaking);
  • Maintain and improve production throughput and quality standards whilst upholding safety standards and good housekeeping practices;
  • Lead and manage a relatively large team, including planning and allocating duties to different employees as well as discipline and development of employees;
  • Good knowledge of finger-joint production processes advantageous;
  • Manage all Finger-joint activities and staff requirements
  • Good knowledge of SANS Standards (10096  and Structural Board Grading (Finger-Joint Grading)) advantageous;

Closing date:  Tuesday 31st October 2017

Full Job Spec HERE

Group Head of Processing
 

Reporting to: Group Chief Executive Officer 
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa - with travel into Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.

Job Purpose:
In collaboration with Group CEO, Country CEO's and managers of processing (pole plants and sawmills), determine and execute the operational strategic objectives of the business.  Drive operational efficiencies, ensuring processing operations achieving alignment, synergies, standardisation and cost efficiencies in all group operations. Develop a successful Sawmill business across all three regions - this will entail sales/marketing, route to market, business planning in collaboration with the Sawmill Managers and Country CEO's. Ensure business growth through directing and managing business operations activities to ensure these are delivered in accordance with the organisational strategy.  To plan, direct and manage the performance of the company' operations, as dictated by the overall strategy agreed by Exco, Group CEO and the Board, to maintain and develop business growth.

Closing date: Friday 3rd November 2017


Full Job Spec HERE


 

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