From school desks to houses

The Free State has become a hub of innovation in timber use, with a state-owned initiative exploring better ways of using South Africa’s vast invasive biomass resources. At the heart of the operation is the clearing of invasive Poplar and other species within a 80km radius of a sawmill in Ficksburg which is producing boards […]

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Mark of quality

A major draw card at Austro’s open day will be the Austro Mark, a two-dimensional coding system that will record critical information related to customers and their saw blades. All customer blades will carry a QR code that will provide Austro sharpening personnel with all the necessary information they need to help customers extend the […]

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Time to connect

Austro Connect, a service that will see Austro back up its computer-numerical controlled (CNC) centre’s data in the cloud, will be launched at its imminent open day. Cloud storage is a service model in which data is maintained, managed and backed up remotely and made available to customers over a network. As Austro’s Louis Fourie […]

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Premium at all costs

  An original equipment manufacturer (OEM) from the world’s leading forestry region continues to innovate, and Wood Southern Africa & Timber Times was recently invited to witness for itself some of the latest technologies that make Volvo Trucks South Africa a prominent participant in this notoriously arduous hauling environment. “Over the years, Volvo Trucks has […]

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Off the beaten path

Sandown Furniture’s unique range of Afro-centric furniture has been very well received by the upper-middle end of the furniture market. And, the demand for its contemporary classic and contemporary modern furniture is expected to grow, as the company continues to buck the trend of mass producing run-of-the-mill items for gain. Jeni Edelman has been at […]

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At the cutting edge

R.F. Gevers continues to assert its leading position in the field by refining its daily operations to keep ahead of the demand for quality timber. The sawmill recently underwent a major upgrade bolstering both its wet mill and dry mill capacities and, according to mill manager, Kelvin Bland, there are still more of these in […]

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Green, greener, greenest

Sustainability has become a major focus for South Africa, and property developers and architects are placing credence on the materials they choose for their construction projects. This interest in creating a “green” economy is expected to gain significant traction with or without the introduction of a carbon tax in 2016, considering the state of electricity […]

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The Sino-SA connection

There has been a gradual move towards the use of capital equipment from Asian countries. This can be attributed to the significant advances made to the technology by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) from these countries over the years. China, for example, has made significant strides in the overall quality and presentation of its woodworking machines. […]

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