Wood treat­ment and in­no­va­tions fo­cus for May Tech se­ries

Australasian Timber - - WOOD INNOVATIONS -

TECH­NOLO­GIES TO treat tim­ber with the aim of in­creas­ing its dura­bil­ity, re­duc­ing its en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact and im­prov­ing its ap­pear­ance and per­for­mance have been the prin­ci­pal fo­cus of two-yearly tech­nol­ogy up­dates for Aus­tralasian wood pro­duc­ers.

Pro­vid­ing op­tions for bet­ter in­te­grat­ing treated wood prod­ucts with other build­ing ma­te­ri­als has also in­creas­ingly been a fo­cus as new build­ing and con­struc­tion sys­tems are be­ing rolled out. The bi­en­nial pro­grammes have been de­signed by this re­gions spe­cial­ists in wood prod­ucts tech­nol­ogy trans­fer, the For­est In­dus­try En­gi­neer­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (FIEA). The pro­gramme in ques­tion is the very pop­u­lar Wood In­no­va­tions se­ries.

By def­i­ni­tion, an in­no­va­tion is some­thing new - a new prod­uct, a new ser­vice or a new way of do­ing things. An in­no­va­tive com­pany tends to be an early adopter of new con­cepts, prod­ucts and tech­nolo­gies. It tends to fo­cus on the fu­ture and po­si­tions it­self to adapt to an ever chang­ing en­vi­ron­ment. “As the name of this year’s tech­nol­ogy se­ries sug­gests, in­no­va­tion, par­tic­u­larly in tim­ber treat­ment and wood mod­i­fi­ca­tion, is the prin­ci­pal fo­cus for Wood In­no­va­tions 2016 sched­uled for both Aus­tralia and New Zealand,” says FIEA Di­rec­tor Brent Apthorp. [Ro­torua 24-25 May, Mel­bourne 31May-1 June]

Two years ago the Wood In­no­va­tions se­ries pro­vided a timely in­sight into new and emerg­ing tim­ber preser­va­tive for­mu­la­tions, in­no­va­tive wood treat­ment pro­cesses, chang­ing stan­dards, in­ter­na­tional de­vel­op­ments and is­sues im­pact­ing on lo­cal op­er­a­tions along with op­por­tu­ni­ties for growth. “This year, key­note pre­sen­ta­tions on new wood preser­va­tives and an­ti­s­ap­stain sys­tems are be­ing given by Kon­rad Tit­tler, Pres­i­dent, Di­a­con Tech­nolo­gies, Canada, Hans Ward, Pres­i­dent, Pro­tec­tion Prod­ucts/Dr Ron Claw­son, Global Tech­nol­ogy Di­rec­tor, Kop-Coat, USA, Trevor Innes, Tech­ni­cal & En­vi­ron­ment, Tim­ber­link Aus­tralia/New Zealand and Peter Car­ruthers, Mar­ket­ing Man­ager, Arch Wood Pro­tec­tion” says Mr Apthorp.

Al­ter­nate wood prod­ucts to tim­ber treated with wood preser­va­tives are also in­creas­ingly mak­ing them­selves known in the mar­ket­place. Wood plas­tic com­pos­ites and mod­i­fied wood prod­ucts are a com­mer­cial re­al­ity, are al­ready be­ing pro­duced in com­mer­cial quan­ti­ties lo­cally and can of­fer a gen­uine al­ter­na­tive to more tra­di­tional treated tim­ber prod­ucts.

Wood In­no­va­tions 2016 will be pro­vid­ing lo­cal com­pa­nies with an up­date on this rapidly grow­ing mar­ket. The scope for ex­pan­sion for ex­ist­ing wood pro­duc­ers or new busi­nesses is con­sid­er­able. The global wood plas­tic com­pos­ites mar­ket for ex­am­ple is ex­pected to reach US$5.4 bil­lion in 2019, ex­pand­ing at a com­pounded an­nual growth rate of around 11% over the next four years. The great­est growth for these prod­ucts is be­ing pro­jected to be in the Asia Pa­cific re­gion.

Dun­can Mayes, VP R&D & Tech­nol­ogy, Stora Enso, Fin­land, Bror Mol­drup, CEO, IWT Mol­drup, Den­mark, Jeremy Warnes, Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Man­ager, Scion, New Zealand, Ben Camp­bell, Tech­ni­cal Di­rec­tor, Abodo, New Zealand and Ron Eddy, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, TimTechChem In­ter­na­tional, New Zealand will be pre­sent­ing on op­por­tu­ni­ties around wood mod­i­fi­ca­tion and com­pos­ites for lo­cal wood pro­duc­ers.

Rather than be­ing seen as a threat, there are real op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal com­pa­nies to di­ver­sify their cur­rent op­er­a­tions from the out­set. Early adop­tion of new tech­nol­ogy – for­mu­la­tions, treat­ment pro­cesses and new tim­ber prod­ucts – will pro­vide com­pa­nies with both prod­uct and mar­ket di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion. In most in­stances it will com­ple­ment ex­ist­ing op­er­a­tions and pro­vide the com­pany with an early com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tage.

Full de­tails on the event in­clud­ing pro­grammes for both events can be found on the event web­site, www.wood­in­no­va­tions.events. To build on the ex­pected turnout of tim­ber treat­ment com­pa­nies and sup­pli­ers in Mel­bourne, the Tim­ber Pre­servers’ As­so­ci­a­tion of Aus­tralia (TPAA) will be run­ning both their tech­ni­cal and Coun­cil meet­ings the day be­fore the con­fer­ence, on Mon­day 30 May.

Brent Apthorp, FIEA Di­rec­tor.

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