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Timber company employees convicted of illegal timber exports
08 October, 2014
Three directors and an employee of an Australian wholesale timber and flooring company have been convicted of illegally exporting timber.
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Australia’s first public CLT building opens
Monday, June 09, 2014 Australia’s first public building made from cross-laminated timber (CLT) has opened its doors. The Library at the Dock in Melbourne was built in partnership between the City of Melbourne, Places Victoria and Lend Lease. The major structural components of the three-storey library are made from more than 500m³ of CLT, produced at Stora Enso’s Ybbs and Bad St Leonhard units in Austria.
Australia plans tall timber commercial building
Monday, May 12, 2014 A seven-storey commercial timber building is proposed for the heart of Sydney.
Free market ideology costing NZ timber jobs, says opposition party
Friday, April 25, 2014 The blame for the closure of yet another timber mill can be laid squarely at the feet of the government and its refusal to intervene in the New Zealand log market, says the New Zealand First party.
NZ exporters’ future remains shaky
Friday, April 18, 2014 New Zealand’s timber industry, which has closed more than 40 sawmills in the past decade, is likely to face more pain as a result of lower-cost Chinese mills, rising competition and a strong kiwi dollar.
NZ politicians woo timber industry vote
Sunday, March 23, 2014 New Zealand’s timber industry has become the focus of political point-scoring as the country’s general election on September 20 approaches.
Stora Enso expands CLT business to Australia
Wednesday, July 03, 2013 Stora Enso’s cross-laminated timber business is expanding following the delivery of its first CLT shipment to Australia for construction giant Lend Lease.
NZ log exports forecast to rise
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 Record log exports are expected to underpin an increase in export revenue for New Zealand in the coming year.
Australian government backs Tasmania forestry law
Monday, May 13, 2013 Australia’s government is to pump A$94.5m new funding into a forestry law which will wean timber companies off native hardwood timber.
Native timber law changes bring opposing views
Thursday, May 09, 2013 The government in the Australian state of Victoria says changes to native timber harvesting laws will support industry, but anti-forestry campaigners say they are a backward step.
Claymark to expand market for radiata pine
Friday, April 05, 2013 Treated New Zealand radiata pine timber products are gaining momentum in the UK, with a number of key meetings taking place with distributors.
Tasmania agrees forestry peace deal
Friday, November 23, 2012 An agreement between the timber industry and environmentalists in Tasmania is set to end a 30-year dispute between the two parties.
Australia passes illegal timber law
Friday, November 23, 2012 After five years of negotiation and development, Australia’s parliament this week passed the country’s Illegal Logging Prohibition (ILP) bill, its equivalent of the EU Timber Regulation and America’s Lacey Act.
Asians buy NZ forestry land
Friday, November 16, 2012 More than 4,000ha of land in Marlborough in New Zealand’s South Island has been sold to Asian timber processors in the past two months.
Bidders circle Gunns
Friday, November 16, 2012 The receivers for Gunns Ltd expect several binding bids for the collapsed Australian company’s two mills.
Gunns assets on the market
Monday, October 29, 2012 Gunns Timber Products’ mills and other assets are on the market after it filed for bankruptcy three weeks ago.
Gunns collapse risks 600 jobs
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 Australia’s largest integrated hardwood and softwood timber company Gunns has gone into administration after banks refused to lend more funds to keep the company trading.
Tallest timber build is topped out in Australia
Friday, September 07, 2012 Lend Lease has topped out the world’s tallest residential timber building, Forté, in Australia by lifting the last cross-laminated timber (CLT) panel into place.
Walk out over log prices
Friday, August 31, 2012 Hundreds of workers walked out at Carter Holt in Australia to protest at high log prices, which strikers believe are in danger of putting people out of work.
Australian illegal logging bill gets first stage approval
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 Australia’s House of Representatives has passed legislation to outlaw the importing of illegally-logged timber.
China sawlog imports fall
Monday, August 13, 2012 Chinese sawlog imports dipped 15% in the first half of 2012 due to its slowing economy, according to Wood Resource Quarterly.

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