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July 2017
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Sawmilling South Africa News
Well the first half of the year has now come and gone and we enter the next six months with a little more circumspect than the last. If we consider just two unforeseen events of the last few months, the slow down of the structural market and the devastating fires in the Southern Cape, you will understand why we are skeptical about the immediate future.
 
When we talk about the fires in the Southern Cape, all sawmillers and timber growers in the region are well aware that a meeting was held at Saasveld for all those involved in the “Greater Forest” industry shortly after the fires and that the meeting was attended by representatives of National Disaster Management (NDM), DAFF and the DTI.
We can report that a follow up meeting was held only last week with the DDG (Forestry and Natural Resources Management) and Dr Rampedi in Pretoria and attended by SSA, FSA and representatives of two of the major forest owners in the Southern Cape. At this meeting it was decided that the industry should make an urgent application for the establishment of a “Forestry Investment Incentive Fund” to be established to ensure the sustainability of the forestry industry in the Southern Cape.Mr Michael Peter of FSA was tasked with drafting the application on behalf of all the forest industry players in the region and this he has done. Dr Rampedi undertook to support this application and to ensure that it was brought to the Ministers attention.
 
We optimistically await the outcome and certainly hope that government, through one of its institutions manages to find a way to support the application as it will be vital to ensure the industries survival and the employment it generates in the region.
 
As far as the structural market slow down is concerned there is not a lot we can do about that, except to say that we certainly hope that the second half of the year sees the traditional upswing as building activity reaches roof height before the year end closures. A comment from one of our more dominant players in the sawmilling industry has once again highlighted the need for the industry to do some market research to find out why more and more architects and builders are turning to light weight steel for their roof truss design. To this end we (SSA) are meeting with representatives of the ITC to discuss this and other technical issues connected to both sectors.
 
Many of you will also be aware that we have formed an adhoc subcommittee to draft a submission to the department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) that they in turn can take to the parliamentary portfolio committee in an attempt to have kiln emissions excluded from the AQA as a listed activity and to address challenges with existing air emission licences (AEL’s). This is why we have been asking you all questions with regard to your boilers and kilns.
 
Well that’s it for this month so until next time keep cutting straight and drying flat. 
 
Roy Southey
Executive Director: Sawmilling South Africa
Feature Article
Resawing holds the key to higher productivity and bigger margins

Wood-Mizer’s extensive line-up of resawing solutions allow sawmillers to tap into the opportunities that can be unlocked with a resaw.
 
The HR700 is a heavy-duty resaw capable of cutting large and bulky cants, blocks or slabs.
 
Wood-Mizer has noticed that there are many scenarios where a resaw can assist a sawmill to achieve better results.
 
Sawmills using swingblade machines or chainsaws to square a log can save a lot of time and improve recovery by cutting the blocks or cants into boards with a resaw instead of cutting each board individually on the breakdown machine. Using thin kerf blades also improves recovery.
 
An operator using a standalone bandsaw machine traditionally saws each board on the machine. By only cutting blocks or cants on his machine and then passing the blocks through a resaw, the volumes per day and the speed with which individual boards are cut will increase.
 
Furniture manufacturers or timber merchants also have the requirement to split thicker material into thinner material to save costs and improve productivity. Wood-Mizer’s resaw range fulfils this need too.
 
Unpacking the range
 
HR 200 - Heavy-duty single head resaw
 
The HR200 is a single head resaw with a rubber conveyor belt, manual height adjustment and variable speed adjustment that can be set from 0-20m/min. The HR200 has a maximum material processing capacity of 300 mm (wide) x 400 mm (high).
 
Wood-Mizer has had great successes with the HR200 with numerous units sold and it continues to be a resaw of choice.
 
Many sawmills cutting Eucalyptus or gum have had specific successes with the HR200 due to its ability to release the stress in the timber effectively and in doing so, allowing for uniform boards to be cut.
 
HR500 – Affordable multi-head resaw  
 
The HR500 is a modular machine that allows the customer to buy a frame onto which one or two heads can be fitted. When the customer wants to expand or increase his volume, he can purchase an additional frame with either one or two heads.
 
The units are pre-wired to allow for expansion up to six heads and gives the ability to increase output modularly without having to buy new equipment every time.
 
The HR500 has a maximum material processing capacity of 300 mm (wide) x 400 mm (high).
 
It comes standard with a blade lubrication kit, which together with the hydraulic blade tensioning are centrally located to increase productivity and ease of access.
 
The HR500 can have Setworks fitted to it. This sees a computer controlling the up / down movement of the heads to ensure consistent sizing and increased output.
 
The HR500 works well in medium sized operations and allows for consistently high output with its ability to resaw a cant into several precisely resawn material in one pass.
 
HR700 – Industrial multi-head resaw 

The HR700 is a heavy-duty resaw capable of cutting large and bulky cants, blocks or slabs that measure up 400 mm in width and 400 mm in height.
 
The HR700 is the biggest resaw in Wood-Mizer’s narrowband resaw range and is designed to cut large and heavy material. It has a maximum material processing capacity of 400 mm (wide) x 400 (high).
 
As with the HR500, the HR700 is a very modular machine that can be expanded as and when required.
 
The twin-track steel belt conveyor together with heavy, powered rollers provides a solid and durable surface that fully supports the entire cant width to produce accurately resawn material.
 
The HR700 can also be fitted with Setworks, which can assist to achieve higher recovery especially when a sawmill is cutting variable size material.
 
Centralised blade tensioning for each two-head base makes the blade change process more efficient.
 
The HR700 will add significant capacity to sawmills that cut large cants on a daily basis or for customers that put wide sideboards through a resaw and would therefore require a head that cut various sizes to improve recovery.
 

The HR200 is a heavy-duty single head resaw.

The HR500 is an affordable multi-head resaw that can grow with your business.
Contact: Wood-Mizer
National News
Opportunity to Participate in the Development of the South African Forestry Assurance Scheme (SAFAS)
South Africa is developing a South African National Forestry Certification standard as part of the South African Forestry Assurance Scheme (SAFAS) which will seek endorsement by the Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). read more
Enviro compliance service "a huge help"
Holland and Associates Environmental Consultants’ advice to our clients regarding the environmental compliance of their plants was “a huge help”, those who signed up for the service have said. Dolphin Bay facilitated the visits by Ross Holland - who runs the environmental consultancy that we ourselves use, and in which we have complete trust. read more
Treated Timber Products (TTP) takes the lead on quality pledge
TTP have raised the bar on standards by becoming the first company to sign our Quality Pledge, a platform where treatment companies can commit to excellence. The company made the move after a period of careful consideration “because we, as the pole treating industry, need to stand together to promote a quality product." read more
Book your stand for AGFO 2017
Calling all sponsors and exhibitors for AGFO Expo 2017. The annual Agriculture & Forestry Expo (AGFO) 2017 takes place at the Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre in White River, Mpumalanga, from 14 to 16 September 2017. The AGFO Expo, the preferred trade platform for the agriculture & forestry sectors, proved extremely successful last year. read more
First Cut & NitraLife form a ‘clean cut’ partnership to provide on-site, on-demand nitrogen to the laser-cutting industry
Nitrogen is all around us & makes up majority of the air we breathe. But for the laser cutting & fabrication sectors, high-purity nitrogen is essential as its used to clear molten metal from the point of cutting. An important factor in this process is that, as an alternative to oxygen...read more
Wood-Mizer Introduces Pallet Hawg® Pallet Dismantler
A name synonymous with bandsaws for producing lumber has now entered the pallet repair sector by launching its first pallet dismantler. Wood-Mizer, a global manufacturer of wood processing equipment, recently introduced a pallet dismantling bandsaw to its diverse and growing product line. read more
New era for timber construction company
Rustic Homes, forerunner of timber home design and construction in South Africa and leader in the field since the 1980s, has recently undergone a change of ownership, that being Werner Slabbert, timber construction industry stalwart. Since its inception in the 1980s, the Rustic Homes has established itself as providing high quality timber. read more 
Grant to find solution to hazardous treated timber waste
Grant to investigate solution to hazardous treated timber waste. Scion is to investigate the feasibility of remediating treated timber with government funding of $163,000, Associate Environment Minister Scott Simpson announced today. Chromated copper arsenate (CCA) is a preservative for timber that has been commonly used in New Zealand. read more
South Africa: Until the housing sector comes back to life wood markets will remain quiet
The pine market has been steady over the past two weeks say traders. The loss of a sawmill in the Cape fires and the resultant damage to plantation forests in the Cape has not affected the market. Analysts say the pine market was oversupplied and this is likely to continue. read more
Timber roof trusses and fire regulations
While there are a few misconceptions around timber’s fire performance, structural timber for roofing is both commonplace and performs well under fire conditions. As with every aspect of building, timber roof trusses must be manufactured and erected in line with the National Building Regulations and SANS 10400, which provide for fire safety. read more
Invitation to National Roadshow for Wood Packaging Material (ISPM 15) & Discontinuation of Methly Bro-mide in SA
The Department of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries hereby invites all role players in manufacturing, treating, exporting of wood packing mate-rial (WPM) using Methyl bromide & Heat Treatment, as well as import-ers of Methyl Bromide fumigant, Freight Forwarders & Agents. read more
Forestry South Africa and Sawmilling South Africa express need for collaboration & coordination after fires in Southern & Eastern Cape
Following a recent meeting with the forestry & sawmilling stakeholders in the fire-ravaged Southern & Eastern Cape areas, Forestry South Africa (FSA) * Sawmilling South Africa (SSA) have emphasised...read more


 
International News
3D printing with plants
Engineers have developed a way to use plant cellulose as a feedstock for 3D printers, a solution researchers say is not only environmentally friendly but could also be cheaper & stronger than conventional alternatives. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) post-doc Sebastian Pattinson said a lot of products which used cellulose could benefit...read more
Electronic timber market set to trade 1 million m3
With the help of a new online service, all the timber available in Finnish private forests can be sold in one place. The service is hoping to broker 1 million cubic metres of timber before the holiday season in July. In May, a new electronic marketplace for timber trade opened in Finland. The Kuutio service is likely to be the only one of its kind in the world. read more
Canada bushfires close timber mills, gas pipelines
Toronto: More than 300 bushfires in British Columbia have forced Canadian timber mills and gas pipelines to shut as hot, dry weather fans blazes across swaths of western Canada and the United States. Wildfires have swept across the west of North America, forcing thousands of evacuations across British Columbia, California and Colorado. read more
New American duties on lumber imposed this week
As expected, Canadian lumber producers were hit earlier this week with additional duties on softwood lumber exported to the U.S. The U.S. Department of Commerce on 26 June approved new preliminary anti-dumping duties in the 7% range against Canadian lumber producers. That’s on top of earlier countervailing duties. read more
South Korea now Asia's largest pellet importer
Over the past few years, South Korea has become the largest pellet importer in Asia, ahead of Japan, and the third largest in the world, and South Korean demand is expected to continue to increase in the coming years, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. Vietnam has been the major supplier of pellets to Asia. read more
Letter: Turning forests into wood pellets
As reported in The Telegram May 24th, the province’s minister responsible for forestry, Steve Crocker, has agreed to allocate 140,000 cubic metres of wood fibre per year for a period of 20 years to Active Energy Group (AEG), a London-based consortium. This is a significant commitment of wood to a new and unknown operator. read more
Altendorf’s Magis is a digital saw guide
Ligna 2017 brings the world premiere of Altendorf’s trail-blazing new saw operator prompting system. Developed in-house at Altendorf, the Magis system guides Altendorf machine operators through the requisite steps to complete a pre-prepared cutting plan. The Altendorf Magis system is the first digital, mobile operator guidance system for a sliding table saw.
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One for the end of the month

An elderly Italian man who lived on the outskirts of Rimini, Italy, went to the local church for confession. 

When the priest slid open the panel in the confessional, the man said: "Father. During World War II, a beautiful woman from our neighbourhood knocked urgently on my door and asked me to hide her from the Nazis. So I hid her in my attic."

The priest replied: "That was a wonderful thing you did, and you have no need to confess that."

"There is more to tell, Father. She started to repay me with certain favours. This happened several times a week, and sometimes twice on Sundays."

The priest said, "That was a long time ago and by doing what you did, you placed the two of you in great danger, but two people under those circumstances can easily succumb to the weakness of the flesh. However, if you are truly sorry for your actions, you are indeed forgiven."

"Thank you, Father. That's a great load off my mind. I do have one more question."

"And what is that?" asked the priest.

"Should I tell her the war is over?'
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