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Global forestry equipment market projection to 2026

Canadian Forestry News - Tue, 2019-07-16 04:56
The Global Forestry Equipment Market, valued at US$9,559.4m in 2018, is projected to reach US$13,109.9m by the end of 2026, exhibiting a CAGR of 4.09%. The global market is estimated to grow, with an increasing focus on forest management activities according to a report by Fortune Business Insights. Source: Timberbiz The report titled Forestry Equipment Market Size, Global Market Analysis, Insights and Forecast 2019-2026 points to increasing emphasis of forest management and various goals have been taken into consideration by the forestry industry in order to enhance the quality and quantity of the yield. According to the report an increase in the investments across the forestry industry is supplementing the overall growth of the global forestry equipment market. However, the foresters and forest owners are looking after enhancing the silviculture, which allows them to inculcate forest management plans for the long-term economic, social, and environmental needs of the end-users. Furthermore, with the growth in the production of industrial roundwood, there will be a significant demand for forestry equipment during the forecast period. The felling equipment is anticipated to have the highest market share in 2018 due to the growing demand for harvesters, feller bunchers, etc. On-site processing equipment is estimated to grow significantly during the forecast period mainly due to the increasing production of wood pellets as a power plant feedstock. It is observed that companies are manufacturing modern machinery for forestry in order to increase the efficiency and productivity in all phases of forestry operations without hampering the quality or safety. Current innovations in logging methods combined with forest science to improve techniques for forest operations, including reducing fire risk, low-impact harvesting have been implemented across the forest industry. There has been an expansion in the sophisticated machinery in the forest that has the capability of providing multiple outputs. Forestry equipment companies are manufacturing machines that are purpose-built to be more efficient, safer, cleaner running, and have lower site impacts. North America is anticipated to emerge dominant in the global Forestry Equipment Market during the forecast period. Growth witnessed in the region is likely to be driven by the emergence of online retail facilities, availability of machinery on a rental basis, rising government investments in infrastructure development, reduction in capital investments. Asia Pacific generated a revenue of US$2,101.6m in 2018 and is expected to witness growth owing to increasing in government expenditure for upgrading and rehabilitating the forests across the countries of Asia Pacific. The report provides qualitative and quantitative insights on the forestry equipment market and detailed analysis of market size and growth rate for all possible segments in the market. The market has been segmented by equipment type and geography. By equipment type, the market is categorized into felling equipment, extracting equipment, on-site processing equipment, cutting & loading equipment, and other equipment. Geographically, the market is segmented into five major regions, which are North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. The regions are further categorized into countries. Along with this, the report provides an elaborative analysis of the market dynamics and competitive landscape. Various key insights provided in the report are the price trend analysis, recent industry developments such as mergers & acquisitions, the regulatory scenario in key countries, SWOT analysis, and key industry trends.  
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PRESS RELEASE: European pulp and paper industry creates 2,000 more jobs in 2018

Canadian Forestry News - Mon, 2019-07-15 01:00
In 2018, CEPI members produced 92.2 million tonnes of paper and board, keeping the same level of production than in 2017, and benefiting from a healthy economic environment.   Our 2018 data confirms the longstanding trend of increased production in packaging, hygiene and speciality paper sectors while graphic paper continues to decline, following the demand reduction.   For the first time since 1990s, the sector opened 9 new mills and created 2,000 more jobs with a total increased turnover of +3%. CO2 emissions from operations are steadily going down while the production of paper and board remained stable which illustrates the significant industry investments in decarbonisation technologies and increased energy efficiency. We have demonstrated how the industry is actively taking responsibility in reducing its carbon emissions, as well as playing a leading role in providing bio-based alternatives to carbon-intensive products in our REINVEST 2050 project.   Exports of paper and board products are growing, especially to North America, with 20.6 million tonnes in total, +1.1% compared to 2017 and imports are going up by 3.3%. Europe remains a net exporter and the number one exporting area in the world.   Our commitment to the circular economy remains stronger than ever with paper for recycling utilisation on the rise, i.e. the volumes recycled in European mills for reprocessing, keeping the fibres longer in the loop.   However, the 2018 recycling rate, i.e. proportion of the paper and board consumption that has been recycled, is slightly down from 72.4% to 71.6% due to trade flows, namely a significant export erosion of paper for recycling (-6.1%).   “Our 2018 Key Statistic report demonstrates once again that our industry is fast-transforming, creating jobs and believing in its capacity to grow in Europe putting into practice a true circular bioeconomy model ” said Jori Ringman, CEPI Director General.   For more information, please consult our latest market data here.    For further information, please contact Ariane Crêvecoeur, CEPI Statistics Manager at a.crevecoeur@cepi.org For press-related enquiries, please contact Claire Couet, CEPI Public Affairs & Communications Director at c.couet@cepi.org   
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Decades-long butterfly study shows common species on the decline

Canadian Forestry News - Wed, 2019-07-10 03:00
The most extensive and systematic insect monitoring program ever undertaken in North America shows that butterfly abundance in Ohio declined yearly by 2%, resulting in an overall 33% drop for the 21 years of the program.
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Great Plains' Ecosystems Have Shifted 365 Miles Northward Since 1970

Canadian Forestry News - Wed, 2019-07-03 03:00
Ecosystems in North America's Great Plains have shifted hundreds of miles northward in the past 50 years, driven by climate change, wildfire suppression, energy development, land use changes, and urbanization, according to a recent study published in the journal Nature Climate Change.
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Scientists alarmed by bark beetle boom

Canadian Forestry News - Mon, 2019-07-01 09:45
Bark beetles are currently responsible for killing an unprecedented number of trees in forests across Europe and North America. Why the beetle populations first explode to decline naturally after a few years is largely unknown. Researchers are therefore urging to step up research into the dynamics of bark beetle populations. They believe that more needs to be done also in view of climate change.
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The boreal forest is North America's bird nursery - and we must protect it

Canadian Forestry News - Fri, 2019-06-28 03:00
Canada is not immune to the global biodiversity crisis. A new report on the state of Canada's birds that shows perilous declines in birds from a wide range of Canadian habitats makes that abundantly clear.
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Uptick for lumber demand

Canadian Forestry News - Tue, 2019-06-25 03:57
The uptick in demand for lumber continued in early 2019, with most of the major­ lumber exporting countries increasing their shipments as compared with early 2018, reported Wood Resources International in its Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ). Sources: Lesprom, Timberbiz Out of the top 10 exporting countries, the largest year-over-year increases (in %)­ were in Ukraine, Russia, the US, Chile and Germany. Lumber exports from Ukraine­ have taken off dramatically after the country banned practically all exports of­ softwood logs in 2017. North America­  The free fall of lumber prices in the US came to a halt in early 2019, when prices­ were close to a four-year low. During the spring prices rose modest in both the US­ South and the US West. However, prices were substantially lower than their record­ highs in the 1H/18. Overseas supply of softwood lumber to the US has always been­ a fairly small share of the total import volume. Canadian supply has historically­ accounted for 94-97% of total imports, only declining when US lumber prices have­ been high, thus attracting imports from Europe and Latin America. However, non-Canadian imports have increased for six consecutive years and in 2018 reached­ their highest level seen in 11 years. Softwood lumber exports from Canada were down 6% year-over-year in 2018, with the biggest decline being in shipments to­ China. Despite efforts by Canada’s lumber industry to diversify its export­ shipments, 80% of total exports were destined for the US market in the 3Q/18 – a­ three-year high. However, this share fell to 76% in the 1Q/19 when exports to China­ rose again. Northern Europe­  For the first time in five years, Swedish exports of softwood lumber fell year-over-year­ in 2018. The biggest declines from 2017 to 2018 were in exports to Asia and­ the MENA region, while shipments to the European market remained practically­ unchanged. The European share of total exports from Sweden reached 67% in­ 2018, the highest level seen since 2011. The MENA region accounted for just over­ 18% of total shipments, the second lowest share in 10 years. Export prices (in­ US$) have stayed high during 2018 and actually averaged the highest level seen­ since 2014. China­  Despite much uncertainty in the near future for the Chinese economy, lumber­ imports rose unexpectedly in the 1Q/19 by as much as 14%, as compared with the­ same quarter in 2018, according to the WRQ. Most of the increase was due to­ increases in shipments from Russia and Canada, while supply from Europe and­ Latin America declined. Import prices took a substantial hit in the past year, falling­ from an average of $335/m3 in March 2018 to $288/m3 in March 2019. Russia­  Russia increased exports of softwood lumber by 7% from 2017 to 2018 to reach­ almost 30 million m3. This was the sixth consecutive year that exports have gone­ up from the previous year. Of the five largest export markets (China, Uzbekistan,­ Egypt, Azerbaijan and Japan), only Japan imported less lumber from Russia in 2018­ than in the previous year.­
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British Columbia Sawmill Curtailment and Timber Supply Update

Canadian Forestry News - Mon, 2019-06-10 03:00
As the home building and construction season for 2019 marches on, seasoned players in the production, sale and purchase of North American softwood dimension lumber products continue to be surprised by the very low demand for solid wood commodities. Lumber prices continue to drop persistently from the soaring highs experienced just a year ago.
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Healthy reefs, healthy people: Community-based marine conservation in Papua New Guinea (commentary)

Canadian Forestry News - Fri, 2019-06-07 11:44
A blessed country of spectacular landscapes and the most diverse array of cultures on Earth, Papua New Guinea is also a global hotspot for biodiversity. Just in terms of species, the South Pacific nation has more birds than all of North America, over three-quarters of the world’s hard corals, and at least 2,000 reef fish. […]
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Older forests resist change, climate change, that is

Canadian Forestry News - Fri, 2019-06-07 07:24
Older forests in eastern North America are less vulnerable to climate change than younger forests, particularly for carbon storage, timber production, and biodiversity, new research finds. The study analyzed how climate change is expected to impact forests across the eastern US and Canada. It found that increased forest age reduces the climate sensitivity of forest carbon, timber, and biodiversity to projected increases in temperature and precipitation.
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The Great Insect Dying: Vanishing act in Europe and North America

Canadian Forestry News - Thu, 2019-06-06 12:09
The insects of the EU and US are the best studied in the world, and it is here that a strengthening case can be made for an alarming insect abundance decline.
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Komatsu Forestry provides quick equipment oil analysis

Canadian Forestry News - Thu, 2019-05-30 04:56
Komatsu Forestry’s Komatsu Oil Wear Analysis (KOWA) is now the official forestry fluid analysis provider for North America. KOWA serves its North American customers through partnerships with oil analysis laboratories, Fluid Life and Bureau Veritas. Source: Timberbiz KOWA has been an established Komatsu program for more than 40 years. The company’s construction and mining customers have used KOWA as an effective preventive maintenance and diagnostic tool through their North American Komatsu distributors. Analyzing engine oil and other fluids is an effective way to identify the health of a machine’s engine and powertrain to make informed repair and maintenance decisions. Proper oil and fluid analysis can extend component life, identify minor problems before they become major failures, and help customers make informed reselling and purchasing decisions. “The Komatsu Oil & Wear Analysis (KOWA) program allows customers to pinpoint and solve equipment problems by providing a full range of information on both the lubricant and the machine to support operations and maintenance decisions,” Tom Pietruszka, KOWA business manager said. “KOWA is the best defence for proactively maintaining your forestry equipment.” KOWA’s testing facilities are ISO-accredited to ensure high-level accuracy and offers ‘Next-day Turnaround’ upon receipt of samples for routine analysis. To eliminate maintenance guess work, oil analysis results are compared with Komatsu guidelines. The program features an online web portal for customers and dealers to view oil analysis results within minutes once testing has been completed. Customers can contact a local Komatsu distributor to order kits to begin using the program. All Komatsu Forestry equipment data has been loaded into the KOWA database.
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At 2,624 years, a bald cypress is oldest known living tree in eastern North America

Canadian Forestry News - Thu, 2019-05-16 06:35
Ancient bald cypress trees tower along the Black River in the state of North Carolina in the United States. Many of these living trees are over a thousand years old, researchers had estimated in the late 1980s. But there are much older trees still growing tall. One bald cypress tree (Taxodium distichum) in the Black […]
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North American Softwood Lumber Prices Bounce in Early May

Canadian Forestry News - Tue, 2019-05-14 03:02

The latest data from May 6 show US construction employment is up significantly. Likewise, the latest update from regional producers is that recent log cost increases in the Pacific Northwest (PNW) require similar increases in manufactured lumber prices. While no one in the North American lumber industry was celebrating sales volumes last week, the resurgence of demand and plumper sawmill order files were encouraging.

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Native plants regenerate on their own after invasive shrubs are removed

Canadian Forestry News - Fri, 2019-05-10 05:29
Invasive shrubs have become increasingly prevalent in the deciduous forests of eastern North America -- often creating a dense understory that outcompetes native plants. Many land managers would like to remove the invaders, but worry about whether a costly remediation program will be needed to help the native plant community rebound.
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Oldest known trees in eastern North America documented

Canadian Forestry News - Thu, 2019-05-09 07:51
A stand of bald cypress trees in North Carolina, including one least 2,624 years old, are the oldest known living trees in eastern North America and the oldest wetland tree species in the world. They show evidence of severe flooding and drought during colonial and pre-colonial times.
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Canada to argue US duties with NAFTA after industry downturn

Canadian Forestry News - Wed, 2019-05-08 02:59
Western Forest Products CEO Don Demens will be speaking to a NAFTA panel to argue that American softwood lumber duties should not be applied to the cedar products the company makes. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) does not cover softwood lumber, which was excluded from NAFTA and was not included in the recently renegotiated agreement. Source: BIV However, chapter 19 of the agreement allows companies to challenge US trade findings and restrictions they disagree with – even for goods and services not explicitly covered by NAFTA. The Canadian government will also be making a petition to a NAFTA panel in Washington. Its arguments will be broader. Mr Demens will zero in on appearance-grade lumber made from Western Red and yellow cedar. These products are not construction grade lumber, which is the heart of the softwood lumber dispute that has prompted the US government to levy duties of more than 20%. “Cedar products represented about 3% of the volume (exported to the) US. from Canada in 2018, but 9% of the total duties,” Mr Demens said. “So, we’re being impacted disproportionately by a dispute that really isn’t anything to do with cedar. “We’re going to continue to press the fact that cedar and redwoods are separate products from construction lumber, and therefore they should be investigated separately. They’re not the cause of the dispute because they’re not injuring any US producers. Why should we be penalized and have cedar in what is largely an issue around construction grade lumber? “Our argument is it’s a small volume, it doesn’t injure US producers and is not part of the cause of the dispute.” The market for red and yellow cedar is small compared with the construction grade spruce, fir and pine that is at the heart of the softwood lumber dispute. About 20% to 25% of the products Western Forest Products makes are cedar products, but 85% of the market for those products are in the US. The company operates six sawmills on the BC coast, and just recently acquired a mill in Vancouver, Washington. American softwood lumber duties have cost the company Can$71 million, as of the last quarter. Until last year, the duties were mitigated somewhat by record high lumber prices in the US. But prices have dropped, and at the same time BC producers are finding it harder and harder to even supply logs to their mills, thanks to a shrinking timber supply and high stumpage rates. Like other forestry companies, Western Forest Products has had to curtail production in recent months. The company has taken one shift off of its Cowichan Bay sawmill, took a six-week shutdown at its Port Alberni mill, and a two-week shutdown at its mill in Ladysmith. According to Western Forest Products, stumpage rates in BC have gone up 120% over the last two years. Mr Demens argues that there is no shortage of logs on the coast, unlike the interior of BC, where a physical shortage has resulted from forest fires and the Mountain pine beetle. “The challenges here on the coast are centred around costs and access to markets,” Mr Demens said. Part of the access to markets problem now stems from duties on Canadian softwood lumber.
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Development of AP waste plant to start

Canadian Forestry News - Tue, 2019-04-30 03:40
Australian Paper and its partner SUEZ are moving to the development phase of their $600 million energy-from-waste plant after a two-year detailed study backed the project at AP’s Latrobe Valley paper mill. The $7.5 million Energy from Waste feasibility study, co-funded by the Victorian and Australian governments, confirmed that the plant would be socially, economically, environmentally and commercially viable. Source: Philip Hopkins for Timberbiz It would add a new dimension to the Latrobe Valley paper mill, the largest paper plant in Australia; stop waste being transported across Melbourne to landfill; save natural gas; lower carbon dioxide emissions; and create a massive economic boost, including hundreds of jobs in the Latrobe Valley and across the state. AP’s chief operating officer, Peter Williams, said AP and SUEZ were now focussed on taking this important regional investment in the Latrobe Valley to the development stage. “We will work to finalise approvals and seek to secure long-term waste supply contracts, as well as appoint suitable partners to undertake the engineering, procurement and construction phases,” he said. The summary report found the plant would help solve the pending landfill closures facing south-east Melbourne. “This could prevent about 550,000 tonnes of waste per annum being trucked across Melbourne from municipalities in the south-east to landfill sites located in the city’s west,” Mr Williams said. “The EfW project is the missing link in waste management infrastructure for the south-east, creating efficient energy from residual household and commercial waste, achieving a more sustainable outcome than disposal to landfills. The facility would reduce CO2 emissions by more than 540,000 tonnes per year.” With 80,000 tonnes expected also to be sourced from Gippsland, the total waste that would be processed at the Valley’s Maryvale mill is 650,000 tonnes. The report also found that by replacing natural gas at the Maryvale site, AP would return enough gas to the market to meet the annual needs of up to 70,000 Victorian households annually. “EfW technology is a proven and reliable low emissions technology, meeting the strictest European emission standards and has been used extensively in Europe, Japan and North America for decades,” Mr Williams said. In the construction phase, the report concluded that the proposed plant would contribute $483 million to Victoria’s gross state product (GSP) and about $228 million to Victorian household income. “This represents an average of 1046 full-time jobs per annum in the Victorian economy over three years,” the report said. The sectors most likely to benefit are construction, machinery and equipment manufacturing, professional, scientific and technical services, retail trade, chemical and non-metallic mineral product manufacturing, and finance and insurance services. The construction impacts in the Latrobe Valley are a $203 million boost to gross regional product (GRP), just under $89 million in household income over the three years of construction. This represents an average of 454 full-time jobs over three years. Once the plant is operational, the economic study estimates annual impacts of just under $199 million to Victoria’s GSP, about $76 million in household income and 911 full-time jobs when flow-on effects are taken into account. When operational, the plant would annually contribute $96 million to the Latrobe Valley’s GRP, $20 million in household income and 265 full-time jobs when flow-on effects are considered.
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Meet the winners of the 2019 Goldman Environmental Prize

Canadian Forestry News - Mon, 2019-04-29 10:53
Six grassroots environmental activists will receive the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize today. Dubbed the Green Nobel Prize, the Goldman Prize honors environmental activists from each of the six continental regions: Europe, Asia, North America, Central and South America, Africa, and islands and island nations. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Prize founded in […]
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‘Judas’ snakes lead scientists on a high-tech Easter egg hunt for pythons

Canadian Forestry News - Wed, 2019-04-24 05:09
Remember that 3-meter (17-foot) pregnant Burmese python recently captured by wildlife authorities in southern Florida? These snakes, invasive to North America and destructive to native wildlife, are cryptic in both their coloration and behavior, making them difficult to find. But scientists found this female with the help of some tracking tags and a cooperative male […]
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