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April 2017
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Sawmilling South Africa News
This month it is with great sympathy that we write to you after hearing of the passing of David George Crickmay, Dave to all of us. Dave was much, much more than a friend and colleague to many us, he was a mentor and example to an entire generation of sawmillers, he will be sorely missed. May he rest in peace.
Our condolences go out to his family at this trying time, and one things for sure he will never be forgotten by the sawmillers of SA.
Good news this month is that the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Amendment Act (53/2003): Codes of Good Practice on Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment: as amended, came into effect on 21st April 2017.
It’s been some three years in the drafting and is tailored expressly to the forest sector. SSA, FSA and PAMSA played a substantial role in the process of aligning these codes with the DTI’s generic codes. If there is any miller who did not receive the official SSA e-mail carrying a copy of the gazette, please just drop us a line here at the SSA office and we will send you one.

It’s getting closer to that time of the year again where we need to start preparing for the AGM, so here is the first reminder and request that you place the date in your diaries. The SSA AGM will take place on the 8th June 2017 at the SAFCA house in Johannesburg. Official notice will follow soon.

News from the market place is that it seems demand for sawn lumber has slowed down as we get deeper into the year; this may or may not have something to do with the spate of Easter and Mayday holidays. Lets hope that this is just the case and that the healthy start we had to the year gets going again once we are over this period.

We have learnt from a reliable source that there is a substantial Brazilian company who manufactures sawmilling equipment, who is looking for a distributor for their products in SA. If anyone has any interest, please give Don Preen in Nelspruit a call to discuss.

One last note is a reminder to all those who operate up in the Northern and Eastern parts of the country to start preparing for the dreaded fire season. Let’s hope it will not be a destructive one this year and that all sawmilling resources will be safe.

Other than that and until next month, in the words of Dave Crickmay “keep cutting straight and drying flat and you will make money”.

Roy Southey
Executive Director: Sawmilling South Africa
Feature Article
Wood-Mizer Africa broadens its dealership network in Africa

Wood-Mizer Africa’s busy stand at Promote 2017.
Wood-Mizer Africa’s dealership network in Africa has grown further with the recent announcement that an authorised Wood-Mizer dealership has opened its doors in the Republic of Cameroon’s capital, Yaoundé.
The new dealership in Cameroon brings the number of locations where Wood-Mizer has a dealership presence to 30.
Wood-Mizer Industries decision in 2011 to increase its drive into Africa through its local subsidiary, Wood-Mizer Africa, relied heavily on rolling out a dealership network across Africa that can give sawmillers the service and support they deserve.
Wood-Mizer saw how the lack of good after sales service in Africa has limited the ability of sawmillers to tap into the rich timber resources that are found on the continent
Limited technical, maintenance and training support, together with the short supply of spare parts, have previously restricted the ability of sawmillers to start and grow successful sawmilling businesses in Africa. This contributes to the trend of logs exports with limited local processing.
Wood-Mizer’s dealership network in Africa gives sawmillers access to the expertise, service and support they need to run profitable sawmilling businesses across the continent.
A recent agreement between Wood-Mizer Africa and Est Snoop Import – Export was signed in Cameroon at the Promote Trade Show that appointed the company as Wood-Mizer’s dealer in Cameroon.   
Est Snoop Import – Export is a specialist in the timber industry with offices in Cameroon and Belgium.
Wood-Mizer currently has over 50 sawmills operating in Cameroon with this number positioned to grow rapidly now that machines, blades and spares are readily available.

 “The partnership promises the right mix of advice, support and care that sawmillers in Cameroon can rely on to start profitable sawmilling businesses in Cameroon,” Mr JJ Oelofse, Wood-Mizer’s Corporate Director for Emerging Markets, said during the conclusion of the agreement between the two companies.

Mr Joris Smeets, Est Snoop Import - Export’s Managing Director added that the company has wide experience trading in Cameroon.

“The company’s sales, service and support infrastructure in the country has already broadened its scope to include Wood-Mizer’s complete range. Wood-Mizer has a strong service and support tradition that we are now eager to copy in Cameroon.

“We look forward to adding our weight to the successes that Wood-Mizer has already achieved on the continent,” Mr Smeets concluded.

A large diameter hardwood, 1,9 ton Padauk log cut into high value export quality timber on a Wood-Mizer’s LT70 Super Hydraulic sawmill in Cameroon.

Wood-Mizer Africa’s new dealership in Cameroon is headed up by Cyrille Tiaya Zogti (left), Patrick Lovigny (middle) and Joris Smeets (right).
Contact: Wood-Mizer Africa
National News
Specifying for timber construction
When specifying for timber construction, it is imperative to make a thorough study of elements, such as specific designs, site conditions, the National Building Regulations as well as timber quality, to ensure a successful project. The Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA) weighs in.
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Prognosis for the timber industry
The next few years look positive for the timber industry, as the demand is high and the supply adequate. In the medium term, however, a timber shortage looms, as the total area under plantation in South Africa is not expanding in line with the demand for structural timber, Roy Southey, the Executive Director of Sawmilling South Africa, said. read more
First Cut and Spear and Jackson launch new Eclipse Predator reciprocating saw blades in South Africa
In the highly competitive cutting and tooling sectors, customers rely on stringent quality, robustness and technically sound products which will not only last them a life-time’; but will provide excellent accuracy, performance and return-on-investment. read more
Mozambique to adopt new timber export model
The model for exporting wood currently in force in Mozambique will be changed because it is deemed injurious to the interests of the state and operators in the sector, the minister of Land, Environment and Rural Development stated at a meeting in Maputo. read more
Builder’s Workshop highlights National Building Regulations
Lephalale Municipality hosted its 2nd Annual Builder’s Workshop at the Mogol Club in Lephalale on the 15th of March 2017, which saw a number of local construction professionals brush up on their working knowledge of the National Building Regulations. read more
Elquip Solutions showcases excellence in cutting capital equipment & consumables at Machine Tools Africa 2017
This year, the 9th of May is a key date for anyone involved in manufacturing, as this is the day the Machine Tools Africa 2017 opens at the Expo Centre at Nasrec, Johannesburg.  This important four-day event showcases tools and equipment that rotates...
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International News
U.S. government to release decision on Canadian softwood lumber duties on April 25
The U.S. Commerce Department said Thursday it will announce on April 25 whether it will impose the first of two duties on Canadian softwood. A spokesman for the department said any countervailing duties would be applied on imports about a week later.
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Tas sawmillers also oppose forestry bill
The Tasmanian Sawmillers Association has added its name to a list of those opposed to the State Government’s plans to open 356,000 hectares of wilderness to logging Association director Robert Torenius briefed the Legislative Council before MLCs were due to begin considering the forestry Bill.
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Gippsland to get a new radial timber mill
A new state-of-the-art radial timber mill will be opening in Gippsland this month and is set to boost both productivity for the mill and jobs for the region. Chris McEvoy, managing director of Radial Timber Australia said that the new mill opening in Yarram is a first of its kind in the world. read more
Japan economy, housing & lumber update
Japan’s economy grew by 1% in 2016, posting 4 straight quarters of positive gains. This compares with a 1.2% GDP rise in 2015. The gain was primarily as a result of increased external demand for exports. Aided by a weakening yen, exports in 2016 increased by 2.6% thanks to recovering conditions in China and the United States.
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Wood waste no longer
The intelligent reuse of wood is not a new phenomenon. As one of the world’s oldest materials, this sustainable resource has been recycled or repurposed by mankind for thousands of years, but the wood processing landscape has continued to change extensively.
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Benefits of teak tree
Teak is one of the popular trees planted in almost every corner of the country. It was said to be a highly commercial tree species. A report from the Ministry of Forest said teak was a species which was recommended for many situations in country. It was a timber which was highly regarded in the international marketplaces.
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Technology that could reduce CO2 footprint of EWP
A new technology known as "CatLignin" has been developed by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland to produce reactive lignin from pulp industry side streams to replace toxic phenol compounds found in wood adhesives that are commonly used in wood products and furniture.

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European sawmills gain market share in East Asia
A reduced consumption of lumber in Europe has forced European sawmills to find new markets. According to a recent analysis from Woodstat, investment has resulted in increased market share in East Asia while Canada is losing market share in the same region.
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New record high for globally traded wood chips
Global trade of wood chips has seen spectacular development the past 15 years with a steady increase of about four percent annually (volumes year-over-year were up 11 of the past 14 years), according to the Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ).In 2016, an estimated 35.6 million tons were shipped, predominantly to pulp mills in China and Japan...
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How green really are tall timber buildings?
Our coverage of Portland's Mass Timber conference week continues, with a recap of a panel discussion on the environmental impacts of cross-laminated timber. Organizers of this week’s International Mass Timber Conference in Portland devoted a whole track of their three-day event to environmental and sustainability... 
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Heyfield timber mill: What's happening to Australia's largest hardwood sawmill?
The future of the 260 jobs at Victoria's Heyfield sawmill are up in the air after Australian Sustainable Hardwoods (ASH) decided to shut down because it could not get enough timber to process. In March, ASH said it would close the mill within 18 months...
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Wood market reveals “Top 40” Canadian and U.S. softwood lumber producers
The latest WOOD MARKETS annual survey of the “Top 40” Canadian and U.S. softwood lumber producers featured steady production growth in 2016 due to the cooperation of a strong U.S. market, plus growth in China. 
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The Lost Secret Sign Language of Sawmill Workers
In the 1970s, sawmill workers could talk about technical matters or insult each other in their own special sign language.When the linguists Martin Meissner and Stuart Philpott first started visiting sawmills in British Columbia in the 1970s, they thought they’d find workers communicating without speaking, probably with some simple gestures... read more
Addressing Biomass Energy 'Alternative Facts'
Providing misleading, inaccurate, and sometimes outright fiction as facts could be called propaganda. With overtones of Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, the term “alternative facts” has recently been coined. Either way, it is biased and misleading information that is used to promote a point of view.
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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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