DANA forestry con­fer­ence is well timed

New Zealand Logger - - Forest Talk -

NEXT MONTH’S DANA FOR­EST IN­DUS­TRY Con­fer­ence in Ro­torua is shap­ing up as one of the most im­por­tant for­est in­dus­try events in New Zealand in 2017, ac­cord­ing to its con­vener, DANA Di­rec­tor Den­nis Neil­son.

“Log ex­ports are hum­ming and there is much more op­ti­mism among sawmill own­ers with the buoy­ant de­mand from the build­ing sec­tor, so it’s a good time to take stock and look at what lies ahead for our in­dus­try,” says Mr Neil­son.

“There’s also the added in­ter­est of the elec­tion in Septem­ber, and we have pre­sen­ta­tions from Min­is­ters and MPs, which will pro­vide special sig­nif­i­cance.”

This year the an­nual one-day DANA con­fer­ence takes place on Tues­day Au­gust 22 at the Novo­tel in cen­tral Ro­torua.

It will be mod­elled on the very suc­cess­ful 2014 DANA event, with pre­sen­ta­tions on in­ter­na­tional and do­mes­tic wood in­dus­try top­ics, plus a panel of five po­lit­i­cal party forestry spokesper­sons on the poli­cies of their par­ties, six weeks out from the Gen­eral Elec­tion, and in ad­di­tion, pre­sen­ta­tions by Trade Min­is­ter, Todd McLay, As­so­ciate Min­is­ter for Pri­mary In­dus­tries, Louise Up­ston and Si­mon Bridges, Min­is­ter for Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment and Trans­port.

As a pre­lude to the con­fer­ence, a day­long se­ries of vis­its have been ar­ranged for the Mon­day (Au­gust 21) to key sawmills and forestry or­gan­i­sa­tions, in­clud­ing the newly built Red Stag USNR green sawmill just out­side Ro­torua, Kiwi Lum­ber’s spe­cial­ist pruned log sawmill at Pu­taruru and nearby Pa­cific Pine’s new PFS En­gi­neer­ing syn­gas en­ergy plant for dry kilns. There’ll be a lunch stop at the Pu­taruru Tim­ber Mu­seum to hear guest speaker Ian El­liot, CEO of Trin­ity Farms, fol­lowed by a visit to the gi­ant Lich­field Fon­terra Dairy Fac­tory, then the Waratah man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­ity at Toko­roa and end­ing with a visit to the Han­cock Tim­ber Re­source Group Toko­roa of­fice for an overview of its op­er­a­tions.

The next day, at the con­fer­ence, pre­sen­ters from lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional forestry busi­nesses will cover some key top­ics.

These will in­clude an out­line of Chi­nese wood panel man­u­fac­turer Fenglin’s plans to build a $180 mil­lion, 600,000m3 per an­num par­ti­cle­board mill at Kaw­erau.

Of the Fenglin plan, Mr Neil­son says: “This sounds like a lot of PB (an NZ mill makes about 30,000m3 pa) but rel­a­tive to ex­pan­sions in China, it’s not. PB in­dus­try in­vest­ment in China in 2016 alone in­cluded 45 new plants to­talling 8.6 mil­lion3 of an­nual pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity.

“The Kaw­erau plant will pro­duce just 7% of even the 2016 sin­gle year PB ex­pan­sions in China. Per­haps a sig­nal of in­ter­est for fur­ther in­vest­ments in NZ in fu­ture? Maybe we will find out?”

Other pre­sen­ters in­clude Robert Green, the re­cently ap­pointed CEO of New Zealand’s largest for­est man­age­ment com­pany, Tim­ber­lands; Marty Verry, CEO of Red Stag, Aus­trala­sia’s largest and most mod­ern sawmill; Gary Caulfield, CEO of Xlam, the first cross lam­i­nated tim­ber man­u­fac­turer in Aus­tralia, which is cur­rently build­ing one of the world’s largest CLT plants across the Tas­man; and An­dres Katz, Global Chief Econ­o­mist of US-based tim­ber­lands in­vestor, RMS, who will speak on wood mar­ket trends and op­por­tu­ni­ties for NZ for­est own­ers, with par­tic­u­lar ref­er­ence to the China.

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on the DANA For­est In­dus­try con­fer­ence is on www.danaevents.co.nz.


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