Forestry ’20

TAT ‘2019

Green shoots trending for forestry mechanisation

The latest technical survey of forestry harvesting and extraction operations in Southern Africa tells a tale of the continued yet diminishing dominance of chainsaws in felling operation and a marked increase in popularity of mechanised machines, particularly in the hardwoods industry. The research was conducted by Flora Mathelele, an MSc student at Nelson Mandela University in George. June ’19

Flora Mathelele of NMU

In This Issue

Hans Merenksy EucXylo Research Chair at Stellenbosch University

Dr David Drew has been appointed lead researcher of the newly established Hans Merensky Research Chair in Advanced Modelling of Eucaplyptus Wood Formation (EucXylo) that is based in the Department of Wood and Forestry Sciences at Stellenbosch University.

New Mebor line cuts D-class logs at Bracken Timbers

The business environment of a sawmill is tough; however, it is possible to counterbalance increasing production costs by manufacturing higher-priced value-added timber products, and this is exactly what Bracken Timbers set out to do.

“We looked at a number of different options and spoke to various equipment suppliers. After he visited the Mebor factory in Slovenia Lawrence Hill convinced us that the capabilities and robust design of Mebor’s horizontal saws and multi-rip board edgers were the best options for us,” explains George Johnson, the sawmill and charcoal director at Bracken.


Ligna & Interzum 2019 trade shows: a climate for future investment

  • Holtec, represented in Southern Africa by New Saw, exhibited its services and products at Ligna. Holtec is the developer and manufacturer of technologies for the wood-based panels and sawmill log yard, mill infeed, materials handling, value-adding and related industries.
  • "Plug & Work" common language standard for woodworking machines coming in 2020.
  • Versatile sanding tools from Arminius.
  • The Biesse Group turns 50 this year and is celebrating with a programme of events dedicated to its customers, with a single common denominator: the future.
  • Visitors fascinated by SCM's "Smart&Human Factory".



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Lignosulphonate improves gravel road surfaces

Speaking at Focus on Forestry 2019, Eric Schubert, sales manager at Sappi Biotech’s Lignin division, informed forest engineers about the advantages of using Lignex for dust suppression and the stabilisation of plantation roads

Forestry workhorses

Meeting timber production quotas, while bearing safety in mind, LVT has combined New Holland tractors with Igland winches to produce a hybrid workhorse for use deep in the forest – but that’s not all…

Johan Sutherlarnd, salesman of longstanding for Laeveld Trekkers (LVT), is effusive about the machines that the company produces – and rightly so, as they supply sturdy workhorses to the forestry section.


Lost art of chairmaking

Mike Dunbar discusses the evolution of the Windsor Chair and its influence on chair manufacturing.

A type of chair developed in England shortly after 1700, by 1740, Windsors were introduced to Philadelphia. There, these chairs underwent a transformation; their designs and construction became thoroughly Americanised and, in a matter of decades, became the dominant seating form in the new Republic.

The benefits of a professional body

As a professional body for the engineered timber construction industry, the ITC-SA’s vision is to create and maintain the highest standards in the engineered timber construction industry by monitoring its membership, continuously improving standards, promoting and marketing engineered timber structures, and overseeing the training and development of its members.

How to prepare for tree felling

Although many of our readers are experienced in the field, Husqvarna has put this handy reference together for your felling team, as one can never know too much on any subject and these pointers serve as a good reminder.

The world best automatic clamps

The new clamps automatically adjust to match the thickness of your material, no matter the thickness. Simply set the clamping pressure you want and let Automaxx technology handle the rest. The new Kreg Automaxx clamps are available in Face, Bench and Bar Clamp models with several size options.