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Ligna 2019

This year’s Agriculture and Forestry (AGFO) Expo offers significant networking opportunities for the agriculture, forestry and farming sectors, while giving members of the public a chance to enjoy some active, outdoor fun. The AGFO Expo, which takes place at the Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre in White River from 8 to 10 November 2018, this year incorporates […]

Shot Hole Borer Projects Launched In Forests Of The Southern Cape

During the past week, Prof. Wilhelm de Beer of FABI and Prof. Francois Roets from Stellenbosch University, visited the southern Cape to launch two research projects on the impact of the Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer (PSHB) on native trees in the area. It was discovered last year that the beetle and its fungus infest native trees in the gardens of George […]

Highlands Sawmill prospers with Wood-Mizer

A Wood-Mizer MP360 Planer Moulder combine forces with two Wood-Mizer sawmilling lines at Highlands Sawmill in KwaZulu-Natal to drive profitability even further. The road to Harding in KwaZulu-Natal where Highlands Sawmill is located, passes through some of the most scenic landscapes in South Africa. Green pastures and plantations are framed by the Ingeli and Drakensberg […]

Focus on Forestry 2019

Intro Registrations are now open for Focus on Forestry 2019, being held at the Ingwenyama Resort, situated between Nelspruit and Mbombela (White River), taking place from 10 to 12 April 2019. Focus on Forestry is organised by CMO, Nelson Mandela University and Forestry South Africa. As per tradition, Focus is concentrated on forest managers and contractors, although […]

World’s most comfortable shoe now made from South African tree fibres

Allbirds, the footwear-maker of choice among tech workers in Silicon Valley and self-proclaimed makers of the world’s most comfortable shoe, turned to South Africa for its latest product. The $95 (roughly R1,100) Tree Runners were released by Allbirds on Thursday. It uses eucalyptus fibres sourced from South African farms to create a “light and breezy” running […]

Biomass Trade & Bio Energy Africa

Secure your pass today to evaluate Africa’s emerging biomass energy market opportunities! Plus when you register now, you‘ll benefit from Early Bird rates to be announced soon! Africa’s abundant agricultural resources can power up biomass energy plants locally as well as potentially make the region a key exporter of biomass feedstocks to Europe and other […]

Stanley Black & Decker moves into its stylish new South African home

fter seven years back in South Africa, one-tool company Stanley Black & Decker is confirming its place in the high-end tooling trade with a move to a permanent new home in Gosforth Park, Germiston, Johannesburg. The trendy new space located at 10 Silverstone Street at Raceway Industrial Park acts as the new regional distribution warehouse […]

Global Wood Adhesives Market 2018 by Players

Global Wood Adhesives Market research Report 2017 to 2022 presents an in-depth assessment of the Wood Adhesives including sanctionative technologies, key trends, market drivers, challenges, standardization, regulative landscape, deployment models, operator case studies, opportunities, future roadmap, worth chain, ecosystem player profiles and methods. The report additionally presents forecasts for Wood Adhesives investments from 2017 untill […]

Pre-fabricated Wood Buildings Africa Report

The new manufacturing and construction report has been published. It provides updated in 2018 year analysis of manufacturing and construction industries. PRE-FABRICATED WOOD BUILDINGS AFRICA REPORT The Pre-fabricated Wood Buildings Africa Report gives Market Consumption / Products / Services for 54 countries by each Product by 3 Time series: From 1997- 2016 and Forecasts 2017- […]

FABI celebrates 20 years of research excellence

The Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) at the University of Pretoria (UP) turns 20 in 2018.     Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Prof Cheryl de la Rey welcomed the audience of FABI staff, students, alumni and a host of international researchers and academics who accepted the invitation to celebrate FABI’s milestone. Former UP Vice-Chancellor and […]

Global machine market responding to increased business confidence

The signs are all around us. The global economy is slowly but surely responding to more favourable conditions and increased business confidence in the last year. This is clearly visible if one looks at the figures achieved by the Italian machine manufacturing market in 2017. The Italian Woodworking Machinery and Tools Manufacturers’ Association (Acimall) has, during a recent […]

Forestry South Africa holds annual regional meetings

Forestry South Africa has announced dates for their Annual Regional Meeting for the Zululand and Northern KwaZulu-Natal regions.                ZULULAND GROUP WEDNESDAY 21 FEBRUARY 2018 11:00 KWAMBONAMBI CLUB   NORTHERN KWAZULU-NATAL THURSDAY 22 FEBRUARY 2018 10:00 KAMBULA FARMERS HALL Both large (corporate), medium and small-scale growers are welcome to attend these meetings which not only […]

Update: Mosselbay fires cause havoc

The fire that is raging in the Mosselbay area is nowhere near under control and efforts to bring it under control are being hampered by the limited availability of water. Reports are coming in the the Mosselbay Airport where both fixed wing and helicopter bombers fill up between bombings, has run out of water. Strong […]

Global Timber Conference set to kick off in Borneo

Borneo, the third largest island in the world is known for its dense rainforest; has been selected as the host venue for the 2nd edition of Global Timber Conference (GTC 2017) from 6 – 8 November 2017 at Pullman Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. Organized by Confexhub with the strong support from Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation […]

Nelson Mandela Forestry students excel in Russia

Nelson Mandela University Forestry students Zamadlamini Dlamini and Tertius Venter were chosen by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) to attend the 14th International Junior Forest Contest 2017 which took place from 3 – 8 September 2017 in Russia (Moscow). Both students were highly commended for their work and received Merit Diplomas and […]

DANA Forestry Investment Conference

The second DANA Forestry Investment Conference was held in September at the Skukuza Conference Centre, attracting an impressive lineup of speakers from across the globe and covering a number of very interesting topics aimed at promoting investment in the African forestry industry. Speakers , including investment consultants unpacked the current state of the forestry industry […]

Improving forest asset values by optimising cash flow returns and productivity

Charl de Villiers from Poyry Management Consulting made a riveting presentation during the recent DANA Forestry Investment Conference, on the topic of improving forest asset values by optimising cash flow returns and productivity. The changing landscape of forestry His first topic of discussion was the changing landscape of forestry globally and in Africa. According to […]

Second DANA Africa Forest Industry Investment Conference all set for Skukuza in September

The 2nd DANA Africa Forest Industry Conference will be held at the Skukuza Conference Centre in Kruger National Park on 12 & 13 September 2017 and will be followed by a two-day Field Trip. Conference organiser, DANA Director, Dennis Neilson, is delighted to have already effectively filled up all of the conference presentation slots, which […]

Decorex Joburg 2017 showcases Africa’s best in Décor, Lifestyle and Design

Thousands of visitors passed through seven enticingly curated exhibition halls featuring the latest lifestyle products and on-trend décor and design furnishings and accessories at Decorex Joburg which took place at Gallagher Convention Centre from 9 to 13 August. “This was, beyond measure, one of the best Decorex Joburg exhibitions and I feel the event perfectly […]

Associations express need for collaboration and coordination after Cape forest fires

Following a recent meeting with the forestry and sawmilling stakeholders in the fire-ravaged Southern and Eastern Cape areas, Forestry South Africa (FSA) and Sawmilling South Africa (SSA) have emphasised the need for intensive collaboration and careful coordination between government and industry during the recovery operations. The two associations, the government departments of Agriculture, Forestry and […]

National Building Regulations workshop to focus on roofing

The Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA), SAQA-registered Professional Body for the engineered timber construction industry, will be hosting a free CPD-accredited workshop in Pietermaritzburg on the 31st of August with the assistance of the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) on the practical and legal aspects of the National Building Regulations with specific reference […]

Visit the annual Agriculture and Forestry Expo (AGFO)

The annual Agriculture and Forestry Expo (AGFO) 2017 takes place at the Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre in White River, Mpumalanga, from 14 to 16 September 2017. The AGFO Expo, the preferred trade platform for the agriculture and forestry sectors, proved extremely successful last year and, with the number of sponsors and exhibitors that have already come […]

Invitation to comment on SA National Forestry Certification standard

South Africa is in the process of developing a South African National Forestry Certification standard as part of the South African Forestry Assurance Scheme (SAFAS), which will seek endorsement by the Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).  This standard is based on the National Principles, Criteria, Indicators and Standards Framework (PCI&S). Interested parties are […]

When good intentions go awry – timber transit through Zambia

Willemien Viljoen, tralac Researcher, comments on Zambia’s recent efforts to curb illicit timber trade and deforestation: At a time when the world looks at multilateral and regional initiatives to facilitate transit trade, intra-SADC transit traffic along the Walvis Bay – Ndola – Lumbumbashi Development Corridor (WBNL) has been dealt a blow by Zambia. Zambia is […]

New publication on Forest Management and the Impact on Water Resources

The publication entitled “Forest Management and the Impact on Water Resources: A Review of 13 Countries” was launched by UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme for Latin America and the Caribbean at the 2nd Stakeholders Meeting of the 8th World Water Forum, held in Brazil  from 26 to 27 April, 2017. The event was part of the […]

Gauteng Designers Take Top Spot at the dti Furniture Competition

Gauteng-based furniture designers, Mpumelelo Mfula and Sandile Mhlongo of Playground Creatives, and Siphiwe Masango, a former student at Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), were announced winners in their respective categories at the Department of Trade and Industry’s (the dti), Furniture Design Competition in Durban. Playground Creatives, who designs and manufactures affordable premium furniture that is […]

You can now enter online for the Triton power tools MastersofWood Project Plan competition

Good news for all entrants wanting to enter the Triton power tools MastersofWood Project Plan competition: one can now enter online at the Tritontools.com website. To enter the competition entrants, need to go to the Tritontools.com website and click on competitions at the bottom of the home page. Here they can select the competition and […]

Austria’s leading drill manufacturer Alpen on road to success

ALPEN-MAYKESTAG sets bar high with turnover expected to be increased by 8 per cent in anniversary year of 60 years.   ALPEN-MAYKESTAG, Austria’s leading manufacturer of high quality drilling and cutting tools, has undertaken quite a lot for 2017, the year in which the Salzburg family-owned company celebrates its 60th anniversary. The record turnover of […]

Evowood’s Estcourt mill remains closed after protracted strike action

Hardboard manufacturer, Evowood (formerly Masonite), has unfortunately had to dismiss 434 workers at its Estcourt mill in the wake of protracted strike action. Louis Marais, the chief executive of Evowood, confirmed that the Labour Court issued an interim court order preventing employees from continuing an illegal strike on Monday 27 February 2017. On Friday 10 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Department of Labour blitz puts spotlight on forestry industry in Mpumalanga

The Department of Labour is to conduct a blitz inspection targeting the forestry sector in Ehlanzeni District, Mpumalanga, next week. The event, which starts on Monday and ends on Friday, will focus on compliance with Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act (COIDA), Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA), […]

LiDAR market size to reach $944.3 Million by 2022

The global LiDAR market is expected to reach USD 944.3 million by 2022, according to a new study by Grand View Research, Inc. Technological advancements in automated processing ability in image processing and data processing capabilities are anticipated to be the major factors to spur growth. Rising government initiatives towards the adoption of these systems and increasing […]

Vulture Saving Initiative Takes Flight

The Hawking Centre is proud to announce the launch of a funding partnership with VulPro – The Vulture Conservation Programme based in South Africa.   VulPro’s mission is to advance knowledge, awareness and innovation in the conservation of wild African vulture populations for the benefit and well-being of society, and the charity is already involved […]

Innovative use of timber in Swiss zoo project

Markus Schietsch, Principal of Markus Schietsch Architekten in Switzerland, presented an impressive project at the 5th Wood Conference – the Kaeng Krachan Elephant Park at the Zurich Zoo, Switzerland. The new elephant house combines in its structure traditional timber construction elements with state-of-the-art technologies. Due to the free formed double curved surface the structure is […]

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