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April 2016
Sawmilling South Africa News
Well that’s it now for the year, the second ‘festive season’ is done and dusted and sawmills can now get on with the task of cutting logs into planks and hopefully making some money. We here at SSA hope you all had a safe Easter and are set for the rest of the year.

As reported last month, the process of developing qualifications for skills in the sawmilling sector is well underway and to date we have had two productive sessions for the development of the official ‘trade’ of Saw Doctoring, as well as one session for the occupation of Kiln Operator.
The next round of workshops for both of these is due to take place in PMB on the 14th and 15Th April. Please take note of these developments and keep your Sawshop and Kiln personnel updated.
The entire skills development project will get into top gear later in the year when we start with the Wetmill Supervisor and Drymill Supervisor courses. We are also hopefully going to have enough financial support left for the development of the Log Yard and Treating Plant Supervisor qualifications.
Another extremely important and exciting development for the industry is the progress being made by George Dowse and his subcommittee of  the SABS 1008  technical committee. They have managed to sort out all the stumbling blocks in the way of the 'Mill Specific' grading initiative that was started last year. I am pleased to say that this should progress into the public-comment stage soon and hopefully become a reality before the end of the year.
More positive news is the fact that the industry representatives on the Forestry Council have been successful in negotiations with the DTI on the content of the sector’s proposal for the revised Codes of Good Conduct. These codes are of vital importance to all companies operating in the forestry sector and especially the larger corporate, as they will dictate how companies will be rated with regard to BBB-EE compliance. Here we owe a debt of gratitude to Michael Peter and Themba Siyolo for the sterling work they have put into the process over the past two months or more.
News from the marketplace remains upbeat, with sawmillers still reporting healthy demand, as well as price improvements. We urge you to pay particular attention to the most recent Crickmay Lumber Index (Feb 2016), which demonstrates quite visibly the positive climate in the structural sector.
This footnote will serve as the first reminder of this year’s (2016) AGM, which will be held in JHB at the SAFCA offices on June 9th and take the form of a morning meeting followed by a lunch. The next day (June 10th) is the start of WoodEx 2016, so why not visit the ‘big smoke’ to attend both events?
In the meantime, until next month... Keep cutting straight and drying flat.  

Roy Southey
Executive Director: Sawmilling South Africa
Feature article

WoodEX for Africa is here to stay

Preparations for the  fourth edition of WoodEX for Africa 2016 are well under way. With local and international exhibitors continuing to confirm their attendance and increased interest from African countries, WoodEX for Africa 2016 is set to be the highlight on the timber trade agenda this year. 

Organised by Acropolis Exhibitions, WoodEX for Africa will be held from 9 to 11 June 2016 at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, South Africa. Stephan Jooste, CEO of Acropolis Exhibitions, says many of South Africa's biggest and most respected timber industry businesses have confirmed their participation in the event and to date more than half of the exhibition space has been pre-booked.

"There has been talk in the industry that WoodEX will be incorporated with another South Africa trade show this year but this is not the case. WoodEX has secured its position as the only and biggest expo in Africa focussing exclusively on the timber industry and we are receiving huge support from our industry friends and associations, media partners, our repeat exhibitors and our growing following from all over the world. We are now reaping the rewards of relationships that have been built and nurtured over the past four years and we will continue to present a top quality event tailor-made for our trade." 

WoodEX features exhibitors showcasing innovative timber and woodworking products and services such as woodworking machinery, fits and finishes, decking, flooring, structured timber, timber treating, saw milling and logging, pulp and paper manufacturing and wood material and veneer production. This event is the perfect platform for woodworking professionals to connect with specialised dealers, to catch up with the latest timber trends, to secure new business contacts and to compare deals. 

"Our WoodEX organising team is placing a lot of attention on social media marketing in an effort to reach our international target group, and these efforts together with the exchange rate, have resulted in increased interest from European countries such as Germany, the Czech Republic and Turkey. Lots of enquiries are also being received from the eastern African timber industry, from countries such as Kenya and Uganda. We are looking forward to a outstanding international event," says Jooste. 

For more information about participating in WoodEX for Africa as an exhibitor, event partner or visitor, visit or e-mail
National News
Endorsement at the highest level for Behringer Sawing Technology
When it comes to selecting a supplier of sawing technology, it can be difficult to see the wood for the trees. Many companies have set up shop in this sector, each promising quality, versatility and dependable after-sales support. Even in this crowded field, however, the Behringer Group stands out. read more
WoodEX 2016 - 9 to 11 June
Get ready for WoodEX 2016 - Africa's only Timber, Machinery, Tooling, Materials & Fitting Exhibition. This event is set to be the highlight of the timber trading agenda for the upcoming year! read more
Eleven years of fibre cement success
United Fibre Cement Company (UFCC), supplier of asbestos-free cellulose fibre cement products to the construction, renovation and landscaping markets in South Africa, is proud to mark 11 years of successful business since its inception in 2005. read more
Gareth's treatment tip
It is essential to protect your workers’ health and safety – and protect your own business from the risk of litigation – by complying with the health and safety regulations governing timber treatment.  This is the latest tip from our senior technical advisor Gareth Jantjies, who has observed that in some instance customers disregard safety regulations. read more
Industry Note, your guru on SANS specs
The SANS specifications that apply to our industry are under constant review in various industry forums. However, many wood treaters are not party to all these discussions. To help you stay up-to-date on important technical issues, and thereby help you to produce top-quality treated timber, we launched a publication called ‘Industry Note’ in January this year. read more
Vacsol® Azure® timber preservative - the clear choice for generations to come
22 March 2016, Port Shepstone - Arch Wood Protection's introduction of Vacsol® Azure® timber preservative to the South African market in 2012 has extended its range of alternatives in wood preservation with an organic, solvent-based product that is metal free and biodegradable. read more
International News
Wood gas generator - an innovation that can convert waste, timber or charcoal into useful energy sources with lesser carbon emission
The increasing demand for energy has created concerns for the government to supply life line energy to all its citizens. Presently, the scientists are working on either developing or designing such systems that can convert the waste, timber or charcoal into useful energy sources with lesser carbon emission. read more
Nordic pulp firms see future in turning birch trees into fashion
Nordic pulp makers are developing clean ways to turn birch and pine trees into clothes or sofa covers to help revive their industry and meet demand from fashion and furniture firms for alternative textiles to cotton. read more
Pulpwood prices fall worldwide
Wood cost is the factor that often determines the competitiveness of a pulp manufacturing plant or region, because it is the largest cost component when producing wood pulp. During the past few years, this cost has varied between 45% and 70% of the total cash cost. read more
Look out, glass – scientists develop "transparent wood"
Whether it's being used to make highrises, bicycles or foam insulation, wood is known for being a strong, plentiful, inexpensive and renewable alternative to conventional building materials. Soon, it may even find its way into windows and solar cells – as a cheaper substitute for traditional silica-based glass. read more
Japanese satellite to help fight illegal logging
Japan announced that it will contribute to international efforts to end illegal logging in the forests near the equator line, offering free online satellite images of endangered areas. read more
Spiralling timber-clad library in Sydney planned
Beloved Japanese architect Kengo Kuma has just unveiled plans for a spiraling wood-wrapped library in Sydney. The building will offer library space, two floors dedicated to childcare and a special area for startups to try out emerging manufacturing techniques. read more
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