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Can you imagine a 350-metre high skyscraper made mostly from wood? Sumitomo Forestry can. The Japanese company plans to build one in Tokyo to mark its 350th anniversary in 2041. This ambitious undertaking reflects a growing global trend to take wood to new heights in the built environment.

“Mention of timber buildings, and most people think of  ”wendy houses” or log cabins. They think “fire hazard”. They think deforestation,” says Michael Peter, Executive Director for Forestry South Africa (FSA).

In This Issue

All fired up in George

From 3 to 5 October the Nelson Mandela University (NMU), George Campus, hosted the 12th Fire Management Symposium Industry leaders from across South Africa, and from as far afield as the United States gathered, including dignitaries from government departments, local government, academic and research institutions, forestry companies, media houses and landowners.



Early detection is fire’s foe

Fires are the forestry sector’s greatest challenge, so early detection is key to avoiding extensive damage. Dr Gavin Hough, CEO of EnviroVision Solutions (EVS), shares insights on fire prevention with Wood Southern Africa, at the 12th Fire Management Symposium held in George in

Between the bark the mill

While road transport is a key component in forestry, SA producers are constantly on the back foot in terms of ever increasing in-and-out-bound logistics costs – mainly owing to the volatile rand and extreme difficulty in moving a heavy product in enormously challenging operating conditions. By Hugh Sutherland


SASDEA Overview 

Boksburg was the designated venue for this year’s South African Saw Doctors Educational Association’s (SASDEA’s) conference, held on 18 and 19 October, where the Saw Doctors fraternity gathered to share ideas, challenges and solutions around this niche sector

Latest entrant in sawmill market proves its worth

When a tornado ripped through the area in November 2016, causing massive damage to building and equipment, avid woodworker, Jan du Toit, knew that his old and trusty logger saw would not be up to the job of making all the trusses and other items that he would need.

He eventually stumbled across a used petrol-run Rhinoband 700 on a popular social media app, contacted the seller, and after making sure that the machine was sound, he bought it.

The machine proved to be one of the best buys that he has made in years.


Peterson details quality checks and calibration process

In a recent blog post on the Peterson Sawmills website, Peterson Sawmills sales manager, Aaron Kalan, detailed the testing and calibration process they use before they approve delivery to the customer.

Having spent more than 12 years working with Peterson sawmills, and also using a Peterson winch production frame at his own premises, it is safe to say that Kalan takes pride in Peterson’s reputation as a manufacturer of reliable, top quality sawmills.

Carpenter’s Warehouse ups productivity with new edgebander from CMC Group

Carpenter’s Warehouse, situated in Alrode, near Alberton, Johannesburg, has been servicing the cabinetry and kitchen manufacturing industry with top quality board products, hardware, and a highly regarded cut and edge service, for the past four years.

Austro showcases the Intermac Primus 402 at Electra Mining

Woodworking machine supplier Austro has added yet another feather in their cap with the successful showing of their immensely popular Intermac Primus 402 waterjet cutter at Electra Mining, held from 10 to 14 September at the Nasrec Expo Centre in Johannesburg.

The machine was first displayed locally at the recent Austro Show, where it was one of the main attractions.

REM hosts open days

Centurion based woodworking machine supplier, REM, held its annual open days during September, showcasing their impressive machine ranges and also hosting a number of representatives from their overseas machine manufacturers, who were on hand to answer questions and demonstrate their wares.