Carter Holt Harvey to close mills, putting 100 South Australians out of work

22 November 2012

CARTER Holt Harvey will close two timber mills in the State's south east, putting almost 100 people out of work.

The New Zealand company will close its Lakeside Sawmill and Pine Mouldings facilities, with the 207 workers there offered redundancies.

Not all workers will lose their jobs however, with 113 new positions to be created at the company's Jubilee Highway site.

The company has blamed the State Government, saying its refusal to renegotiate the price CHH has to pay for logs was to blame.

Any reduction in the log price would have affected the price the State Government was able sell its forestry...

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Australian legislation to prohibit illegally logged forest products

21 November 2012

The Illegal Logging Prohibition Bill 2012 passed through the Australian Federal Senate on 19 November and is now awaiting Royal Assent to be enacted.  The Bill passed through the House of Representatives in August.

The Act will restrict the importation and sale of illegally logged timber in Australia in the following ways:

  • Placing a prohibition on importing illegally logged timber and timber products.
  • Placing a prohibition on processing domestically grown raw logs that have been illegally logged.
  • Establishing offences and penalties, including up to five years imprisonment, for the importation or processing of illegal timber and timber products.
  • Establishing comprehensive...

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Australian Timber Market Survey

13 September 2012

URS has released details of their Australian timber market survey for the June quarter. The key findings are as follows

The number of approvals for the construction of private sector detached

houses fell by 5.6% over the June quarter 2012, which indicates soft

demand for structural timber products. Construction activity in the

housing market remains subdued with the latest available data on the

number of new dwelling commencements showing a decline of around

12.6% over the March quarter 2012;

Import volumes of softwood and hardwood sawn timber fell by around

4% and 16%, respectively, over the June quarter 2012, despite...

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RECOVERY AT LAST

3 September 2012

The timber industry can expect a slow but tentative, domestic market led recovery from this springtime. By the end of summer quite significant shortages in some lines will emerge, which will push prices up by an average of 10%, enough to return the industry to profitability.

Recent stats indicate we are starting to bounce off the bottom.

Timber exports are lifting and building industry demand, measured by consents, is firming nicely.

Sales to the domestic market have been hovering at all time lows with the March quarter still 40% down on 2007 levels.

The timber industry can expect a slow but...

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China Imports 15 percent less sawlog

13 August 2012

The slowing economy in China has reduced the importation of logs from New Zealand, Russia and the US by about 15 percent during the first six months of 2012. Prices for imported and domestic softwood logs in China have fallen this year by 14 percent and 10 percent, respectively.

The slowing economy in China has reduced the importation of logs from New Zealand, Russia and the US by about 15 percent during the first six months of 2012. Prices for imported and domestic softwood logs in China have fallen this year by 14 percent and 10 percent, respectively.

China's phenominal GDP...

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Global Timber and Wood Products Market Update

17 July 2012

Can changes in forest management regimes in British Columbia

mitigate the sharp reductions in timber harvests caused by the

mountain pine beetle?

 

Timber harvests in British Columbia plunged by over 40 percent between 2005 and 2009,

but have since recovered and were close to the 25-year average in 2011. As a

consequence of the infestation of the mountain pine beetle, long-term log supply is

estimated to be about 20 percent below historical levels unless different management

regimes are implemented.

Can changes in forest management regimes in British Columbia

mitigate the sharp...

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Commission renews call for lower-cost housing

15 July 2012
The Productivity Commission has renewed its call for more land to be freed up for lower-cost housing.

The commission in April released a report into housing affordability which found house prices doubled in the last decade.

Among its recommendations was for more land to made available to ease housing affordability pressures, particularly in Auckland where the pressure was most acute

Productivity Commission chairman Murray Sherwin today renewed his call for lower-cost land to be made available.

He told TVNZ's Q+A programme the big pressure was in Auckland, which had up to 15,000 houses fewer than it needed.

The Productivity Commission has...

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LUMBER EXPORT SALES AND PRICES

17 June 2012

Sales and prices are reasonably stable.

 Sales to the big three: Australia, The US and China are basically flat. 

Most interesting is the large number of small markets we are poking wood into.

 Talk to some of our very experienced exporters and they love giving you that knowing wink about some foray into a place you would never have thought of buying our timber.

 They all add up and in any one of them we could end up with a tiger by the tail.

You have to take your hats off to the determination of our exporters in very trying...

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Timber industry warned to prepare for Chch boom

5 June 2012

New Zealand's pre-fabricated timber sector needs to prepare for a boom in demand when the Christchurch rebuild starts or risk losing out to rivals, says the head of an engineered timber company.

Kiwi companies making engineered timber products for commercial and industrial buildings currently have the capability to meet domestic demand, said Robert Finch, chief executive of Expan.

But with architects and engineers predicting the Christchurch rebuild to take off later this year, the sector needs to start making some investments, Finch said.

"I think the industry needs to make sure it's monitoring that ramp-up very, very carefully with a...

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Architect swaps ‘unsafe’ chimney for wooden one

31 May 2012

Don Jamieson values the safety of his family above the quaint look of his 1918 villa.

Concerned about how his brick chimney would fare in an earthquake, the Hataitai resident and architect decided to replace it with a timber-frame one he designed himself.

"The brickwork was made with a lime mortar, and that mortar, which is almost 100 years old, wasn't doing anything in terms of holding the bricks together," he said.

"So it was ready to fall over in any sort of reasonable earthquake."

Mr Jamieson said he could have replaced his wood burner while keeping his existing chimney....

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