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Greenpeace raises the stakes in its ongoing battle with Resolute

Tree Frog Forestry News
June 1, 2017
Category: Today's Takeaway

The Canadian government’s billion-dollar aid package for workers affected by the US softwood duties—due for release today—could “rile up US trade officials“, according to Jon Johnson at the C.D. Howe Institute. “If they are not paying a market price for it, help in this form can be argued to be a subsidy.” Meanwhile, “Montana’s timber workers were at the capitol yesterday” meeting with Governor Bullock on the softwood issue.

Some positive economic news on mill reboots. “After seven years being shuttered, a sawmill has reopened in Glenwood, Arkansas” and Tolko Industries “could re-open its High Prairie OSB plant within months“.

Greenpeace is raising the stakes in its ongoing battle with Resolute, with market campaigns targeting global publishers, that “source paper from a company that is fundamentally threatening the right to free speech”. The media hook is “a pledge by more than 100 authors“—including Margaret Atwood and John Maxwell—”for free speech and forest protection“.

The Toronto Star Editorial Board has come out in support of Domtar on the “clean-up of mercury at Grassy Narrows”. “Given what the government already knows”, the delay in seeking to transfer its responsibilities “to an innocent bystander is inexcusable and it’s got to stop”.

Finally, the theme of this year’s World Environment Day on June 5 is “Connecting People to Nature.”

— Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

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Forestry

World Environment Day Reminds Us To Reconnect With Nature

By David Suzuki, Co-founder, David Suzuki Foundation
Huffington Post Canada
May 31, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

The notion that we must conquer or dominate nature has governed human behaviour for a relatively short period of our 150,000-year history on this 4.5-billion-year-old planet. …Unfortunately, our lack of attention to the intricate and interconnected ways of nature has led to widespread devastation that now threatens the very systems that support human health and survival. …Understanding the benefits of time in nature is a start. Studies show time outdoors can reduce stress and attention deficit disorder; boost immunity, energy levels and creativity; increase curiosity and problem-solving ability; improve physical fitness and coordination; and even reduce the likelihood of developing near-sightedness!

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Forested lands in Lake Cowichan being audited

By Robert Barron
Cowichan Valley Citizen
May 31, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Three blocks of recently forested land in the Lake Cowichan area have been randomly selected by the Forest Practices Board for an audit. The FPB, B.C.’s independent watchdog for sound forest and range practices on public lands, is examining the activities of some of the licence holders in the BC Timber Sales program in southern areas of the Island from May 29 to June 2. With its operational presence in 33 locations around B.C., the BCTS program manages some 20 per cent of the allowable annual cut on provincial Crown land. This audit includes land logged through the program in the communities of Port Alberni, Port Renfrew and Lake Cowichan from June, 2015, to June, 2017. FPB spokeswoman Darlene Oman said two of the three logged lots in the Lake Cowichan area were logged by a private individual, while the other was logged by Coastland Wood Industries. …“We do these audits randomly all across the province to ensure all participants in the BCTS program are complying with the rules,” Oman said.

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Record number of whooping crane nests in Wood Buffalo National Park

By Dustin Cook
Edmonton Journal
May 31, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A record number of whooping cranes have been found in Wood Buffalo National Park, according to the 2017 nesting survey by Parks Canada and Environment and Climate Change Canada. The surveyors found 98 nests in the park belonging to the endangered species, which beats the previous record of 82 set in 2014. …The cranes returned to Wood Buffalo in mid-April after migrating to the Gulf of Mexico for the winter months. The national park is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site because it is home to the only wild migratory whooping crane flock. The park extends about 45,000 square kilometres across northern Alberta and the Northwest Territories. 

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Powell River Community Forest posts record profits

By Chris Bolster
Powell River Peak
May 31, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Powell River Community Forest president Greg Hemphill presented City of Powell River council with a dividend of just under $2 million on Monday, May 29, for the city’s reserve fund. 2016 was a banner year for Powell River Community Forest, a city-owned logging company with a timber licence to harvest trees east of the city. “The record profits resulted from an increase in our allowable cut, a very strong market for our timber and some sound strategic decisions,” Hemphill told council and the gallery full of funding recipients from the community. The company operates with a volunteer board appointed by city council. All its profits are returned to the city in the form of an annual dividend. “We’re pleased with the projects we’ve accepted,” said Hemphill. “We think it’s a good mix of sizes and themes.” Including the 2016 dividend, community forest has injected a little more than $8.5 million into the city over the past 11 years.

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AHEC map drills down on US hardwood sustainability

American Hardwood Export Council
Timber Trades Journal
May 31, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

The American Hardwood Export Council has unveiled an open access online interactive map that demonstrates the sustainability of the US hardwood forest down to county level. It’s intended for use by timber companies and end users, but also for them to demonstrate the environmental credentials of the US forest resource to their customers. The facility shows forest distribution, growth and timber removal rates. Users can see an easy to understand snapshot of these for the entire country, or drill down to individual county level. The tool is based on information from the Forestry Inventory Data Online (FIDO), part of the US Forest Service Inventory and Analysis Program.

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State will yield management of Elliott to private company

By Claire Withycombe
East Oregonian
May 31, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SALEM — Although the governor and environmental groups like to say that the state land board has decided to keep the Elliott State Forest “in public hands,” come July, the 82,500-acre tract near the Southern Oregon coast will be managed by a private company. The Oregon Department of Forestry has managed the Elliott for decades, but the Department of State Lands is now finalizing a contract with Titan-Kelly, LLC, for custodial management of the Elliott State Forest. The agreement would be for one year, effective July 1, with an option to renew up to five years. While the dotted line has not yet been signed, the agreement is expected to cost the state $780,000 per year. …The company will maintain roads, do some reforestation, oversee public access and other basic, “custodial” tasks, but will not harvest timber on the land, according to a spokeswoman for the Department of State Lands.

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Groups sue over Lostine logging and safety project

By George Plaven
East Oregonian
May 31, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Two nonprofit conservation groups are taking the U.S. Forest Service to court over a controversial logging project in the Lostine Corridor — one of the most popular and well-trodden entry points into the Eagle Cap Wilderness in Wallowa County. The complaint, filed Wednesday by Oregon Wild and the Hells Canyon Preservation Council, accuses the Forest Service of violating the National Environmental Policy Act by improperly authorizing the project as a “categorical exclusion,” allowing the agency to sidestep a formal environmental impact study. …Now Stein says there is so much dense and overgrown vegetation that it poses a safety risk for the nearby community. “A lot of people were really concerned about the condition out there,” Stein said. “We needed to do something about this.” …But Rob Klavins, northeast Oregon field coordinator for Oregon Wild, said the project goes well beyond mere public safety. …“The vast majority of the project is not about that,” Klavins said. “It’s an industrial timber sale.”

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Best elk restoration sites identified in Carlton, St. Louis and Pine counties

By John Myers
Duluth News Tribune
May 31, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Three areas of eastern Minnesota have been identified as likely locations for an elk restoration effort by the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. Wildlife and forest resource managers have honed-in on the Cloquet Valley, Nemadji-St.Croix and Fond du Lac state forests — as far north as the Whiteface Reservoir area, as far west as state Highway 73 and as far south as the St. Croix River. The elk restoration plan has focused on Carlton, southern St. Louis and northern Pine counties and the three specific areas “were identified as having the best conditions for supporting elk someday,” Mike Schrage, Fond du Lac biologist, said Wednesday. The three areas range from 290 square miles to 670 square miles each.

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Funds for training programs needed

By Natalie Cholohei
Papua New Guinea Post-Courier
May 31, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Papua New Guinea University of Technology Timber and Forest Training College (TFTC) Board chairman Dr Ora Renagi is calling for more funding to improve the training programs in the college. “TFTC is amalgamated to Unitech and we are making sure we train the human resource to meet the requirements in the forest sector. We need a lot of funding to support the improvement of training programs within the college and also across the university.” “If we can get a two per cent from the 20 per cent of PNGFA levy, then we can support and improve training for the diploma courses in Bulolo Forestry College and of course TFTC,” Dr Renagi said.

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Forest Fires

State Guts Firefighting Forestry Jobs

By Arielle Dreher
Jackson Free Press
May 31, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: US East, United States

Fifty foresters with “boots on the ground” to fight wildfires all over Mississippi on almost 19.8 million acres will lose their jobs come July 1. The layoffs come after the state Legislature cut the Mississippi Forestry Commission budget by almost 16 percent in the past session. Assistant State Forester Russell Bozeman told the Jackson Free Press that the commission was forced to reorganize its operations after the cut, which will also mean the elimination of about 25 administrative jobs—bringing the total cut to 75 jobs. Bozeman said the cut means the commission will have fewer people covering larger territories. … House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, told the Stennis Capitol Press Forum last week that Republicans reducing the size of state government should not come as a shock to anyone.

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Company & Business News

Ottawa’s $1B lumber lifeline risks escalating U.S. trade tensions: C.D. Howe Institute

By Jeff Lagerquist
CTV News
May 31, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada

Ottawa may be pouring gasoline on Canada’s increasingly heated softwood lumber spat with the U.S. by extending a lifeline to the industry worth nearly a billion dollars, according to one analyst. CTV News has learned the federal government will announce $867 dollars in aid, including $605 million in loan guarantees, $160 million in market transition help, and $9.5 million in EI support for workers. Jon Johnson, a senior fellow with the C.D. Howe Institute, said the new aid package could rile up U.S. trade officials if Ottawa is seen to be tipping the scales further in favour of Canadian producers. He previously advised Canada’s Office of the Trilateral Trade Negotiations during the NAFTA negotiations.

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Ottawa to announce nearly $1B in aid for softwood lumber industry

By Susan Lunn and John Paul Tasker
CBC News
May 31, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada

The federal government’s aid package for the softwood lumber industry will be released tomorrow, and sources tell CBC News it will contain almost $1 billion. As CBC News first reported last month, the aid package will include money for employment insurance benefits for workers in affected regions, according to sources speaking on a not-for-attribution basis because they were not authorized to speak publicly. …”I think that there will be a full range of programs, very cognizant of the situation now for producers for communities and for workers,” [Minister Carr] said. “Stay tuned, you won’t have long to wait.”

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Plans to re-open Tolko continue

By Richard Froese
South Peace News
May 31, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada, Canada West

Tolko Industries could re-open its High Prairie OSB plant within months. That was one optimistic prediction by plant manager Doug Stangier and Dave West, manager of stewardship and tenures for Alberta and Saskatchewan, when they updated Big Lakes County council at its regular meeting May 24. “If all the chips fall into place, we could probably start a log haul in September and produce our first board by the end of the year,” West says. “We are excited about the start-up and we want to keep it going.” …Over the past several months, Tolko has hired key management positions, including a human resources co-ordinator, safety manager, and technical manager.

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Stop delaying clean-up of mercury at Grassy Narrows: Editorial

Star Editorial Board
The Star
May 31, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada East, Canada

Despite promising to get on with the clean-up of contaminated water that the Grassy Narrows and Whitedog reserves depend on, the Ontario government is once again delaying. It’s got to stop. The Wynne government appears to have found yet another way to delay cleaning up the mercury-polluted waters that have poisoned generations of people living on the Grassy Narrows and Whitedog reserves in northern Ontario. Now, instead of focusing on an important task the government repeatedly promised to take on, Environment Minister Glen Murray is engaging in a legal dust-up with the new owners of the pulp and paper mill where the mercury pollution first originated back in 1962. …Understandably, Domtar says it is concerned the province is seeking to transfer its responsibilities to an “innocent bystander” and vows to fight the order. …That is inexcusable in light of what the government already knows.

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Margaret Atwood, alongside more than 100 authors worldwide sign Greenpeace’s pledge for free speech and forest protection

By Greenpeace
Canada Newswire
May 31, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada East, Canada

More than 100 authors from around the world including Nobel Prize winner John Maxwell Coetzee (Disgrace); Booker prize winners Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid’s Tale), and Yann Martel (The Life of Pi); writer and comedian Stephen Fry (More Fool Me); and thought leaders Naomi Klein (The Shock Doctrine) and Rebecca Solnit (Men Explain Things to Me) signed a pledge with Greenpeace to support free speech and stand up for forests. …”Ultimately we all benefit from free speech. If Resolute Forest Products manages to shut Greenpeace up with its heavy-handed legal tactics, we ALL lose. This is not just a question of preserving our environment but our civil society,” said author Yann Martel. …”It is a dilemma for global publishers to source paper from a company that is fundamentally threatening the right to free speech. Without this fundamental right, think of how many books, how many ideas, would have been suppressed,” said Head of Forest Campaign for Greenpeace Canada, Shane Moffatt.

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Greenpeace’s battle royal over the boreal

by Adria Vasil
NOW Magazine
May 31, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: Canada East, Canada

Can you judge a book by the paper it’s printed on? According to Greenpeace’s latest report, Clearcutting Free Speech, that page-turner you’re reading may not only be clear-cutting forests, but also shutting down free speech. Welcome to the latest chapter in the battle over the boreal between Resolute Forest Products, Canada’s largest logging company, and Greenpeace. The two have been at odds since negotiations around the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement went south and the eco org started labelling the company a “forest destroyer.” That was back in 2012. …Greenpeace isn’t the only environmental organization questioning Resolute’s forestry practices. …Lauren Regan, executive director of the Oregon-based Civil Liberties Defense Center, says it’s highly doubtful Resolute’s fraud and racketeering charges have a chance of sticking. She argues that California should be a much more favourable venue for the environmental org.

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Montana Timber Workers Respond To Trade Dispute With Canada

By Corin Cates-Carney
Montana Public Radio
June 1, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: United States, US West

Lumber industry workers in Montana gathered in the capitol this afternoon to update the governor on the health of their businesses amidst a trade dispute between the U.S. and Canada. Montana lumber workers received a positive jolt last month when the Trump administration placed a first round of tariffs on softwood lumber coming across the border. “It’ll help our market on the U.S. side of things,” says Chuck Roady, Vice President of F.H. Stoltze Land and Lumber in Columbia Falls. He says the tariffs on Canadian wood products will increase pressure to renegotiate a trade deal between the countries that expired in 2015. Roady says a new trade deal is preferable than “living with the animosity of a tariff.” He says U.S. lumber manufactures would like a new deal establishing a quota limiting how much Canadian softwood products could come into U.S. markets.

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EXPO 2017 Floor Plan: SOLD OUT!

Southern Forest Products Association
June 1, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: US East, United States

The floor plan for Expo 2017 is now sold out. Two weeks from today, SFPA’s 34th Forest Products Machinery & Equipment Exposition will open at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. For three days, June 14-16, 184 exhibitors will showcase the latest technology and services for the wood products industry, displayed across more than 54,000 square feet. More than 50 exhibitors are SFPA Associate members. The expansion of industry participation at Expo 2017 is reflected by the list of 33 first-time exhibitors. Visit the show’s website to review the full list of exhibitors and the floor plan. …Expo 2017 will be the largest event in many years.

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Sawmill’s revival gives Arkansas town a lift

By Stephen Steed
ArkansasOnline
May 31, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: US East, United States

GLENWOOD — A sawmill has reopened in Glenwood nearly seven years after being shuttered, providing an economic boost to a town of 2,500 hard on the banks of the Caddo River and nestled in a valley of the Ouachita Mountains. …The owners and employees of Caddo River Forest Products are scheduled to meet Gov. Asa Hutchinson and various town, county and economic development leaders and elected officials in a ceremony at the plant today.

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Forestry Mill Tax Has Deep Roots In Wisconsin’s Logging History

By Scott Gordon
WizContext
May 31, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: US East, United States

The potential cutting of a state-level property tax would change the way Wisconsin pays to maintain forests. Gov. Scott Walker’s 2017-19 budget proposal would eliminate the forestry mill tax. Whereas other property taxes in Wisconsin are levied by counties, cities, technical colleges, school districts and other units of local government, this tax is statewide, authorized in a 1924 amendment to the state constitution. …Walker’s proposal would get rid of that tax levy and instead fund forestry programs by drawing on the state’s general funds. His budget currently provides for general-fund transfers to replace these tax revenues through 2019, which, the administration contends, would approximate what the state would raise assuming property values keep steadily increasing. In the LFB’s analysis, this projection adds up. The question, then, is what happens to Wisconsin’s forestry funding starting in 2020.

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Mediator appointed to overhaul alleged unfair timber contracts

By Bronwyn Herbert
ABC News, Australia
June 1, 2017
Category: Company & Business News
Region: International

A mediator has been appointed to avoid a bitter legal dispute over alleged unfair contracts in the regional timber industry. Timber processor Hurford’s Hardwood employs more than 260 staff, including 100 on the north coast of New South Wales. Hurford director Andrew Hurford said contracts between its competitor, Boral, and the NSW Government-owned Forestry Corporation gave Boral an unfair advantage over other timber processors. Boral’s contract secures its supply of rare Australian hardwood to 2027, five years longer than other mills, and guarantees specific quantities of high-value varieties including blackbutt and spotted gum….”The Government has given a more favourable agreement to Boral timber, and what that means is that they have contractually committed to supply certain volumes of all the high-value species to Boral, where they haven’t made the same commitment to the rest of the industry,” Mr Hurford said.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Maintaining the Fiber Flow

Biomass Magazine
May 31, 2017
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

For the past 13 years, Dave Fetzer procured wood for Energex America’s Mifflintown, Pennsylvania, pellet facility, where the material arrived in 20-ton truck loads. At full song, the plant consumes more than 4,000 tons of sawdust, chips or shavings per week, and it was Fetzer’s job to make sure each of 200-plus truckloads of material that arrived at the plant met its tight quality specifications. “We test each load for ash content and moisture content,” Fetzer says. “Our purchase order asks for about 35 percent for green material, and about 7 percent for the dry, and both need to be around 1 percent ash content.”  Ensuring that one or two suppliers’ loads met these parameters would be
one thing, but Fetzer, like many of his fiber procurement colleagues across the industry, oversees material deliveries from a long roster of suppliers

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Georgia-Pacific mill completes boiler upgrade

By Anna Simet
Biomass Magazine
May 31, 2017
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States


Georgia Pacific has finished a $388 million boiler system overhaul at its Brewton, Alabama, containerboard mill. The project, which took two years to construct, has modernized and streamlined the equipment in the mill’s recovery boiler system, enabling it to generate all of its own energy by burning a mix of papermaking process waste, or biomass, and natural gas. Celebrating completion of the project, the company recently held an event that was attended by more than 700 people, including state and local officials who emphasized the positive economic benefits the project has had on the surrounding community.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Guitars crafted from Terrace, B.C. wood

By Jackie Lieuwen
Terrace Standard
May 31, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Did you know that the body of your guitar be made with wood cut at a small Terrace mill? JCI Touchwood Sawmills, located 10 kilometres north of Terrace on Hwy 113, evolved from a recent merger of several mills and is now branching into a new market. Finding a unique niche in the industry, the two-building sawmill has started cutting specialty timber used in pianos, guitars, wooden airplanes and ship masts. …Sitka spruce grows all over the world, but the highest quality is here on the west coast between Bella Coola and the Alexander Archipelago on the south east end of Alaska. The rich soil conditions foster growth at the perfect pace to get the prime grain of wood. Logging companies harvest the spruce with a blend of other trees, and JCI Touchwood buys it off their logging trucks.

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WoodWorks Issues ‘Call for Nominations’ for the 2018 U.S. Wood Design Awards

From the WoodWorks-Wood Products Council
BusinessWire
June 1, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

WASHINGTON–WoodWorks, an educational initiative that provides free technical support and resources related to the design and construction of non-residential and multi-family wood buildings, is now accepting nominations for the 2018 U.S. Wood Design Awards. The awards recognize excellence in wood design, engineering, and construction, as well as innovative projects that showcase attributes of wood such as strength, beauty, versatility, cost effectiveness, and sustainability. The deadline for nominations is September 29, 2017. …“Wood Design Awards are a way to celebrate ingenuity in wood design,” said Jennifer Cover, PE, President and CEO of WoodWorks.

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American Softwoods Website Remodeled

Southern Forest Products Association
May 31, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

There’s a whole new look to the American Softwoods website, AmericanSoftwoods.com. The new site functions as a comprehensive portal of information about North American softwoods for a wide range of applications. It’s built around a highly visual framework, using extensive photo galleries to illustrate both the performance and the appearance of all species. …This new site was launched yesterday in English, serving global audiences in the U.K., Europe, Latin America and many emerging markets. In the coming months, eight other languages – French, German, Italian, Chinese, Arabic, Japanese, plus Spanish for both Mexico and Spain – will be migrating to the new look. 

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LIGNA 2017: A ‘milestone in the digitalization of the wood industry’

June 1, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

LIGNA 2017 drew to a close on Friday, May 26 having delivered big in terms of innovations and global appeal, with a significant upswing in the number of exhibitors and visitors from abroad and new impetus for the wave of digitalization currently redefining the industry. After five action-packed days, the organizers could look back on a truly impressive event. The world’s leading trade fair for woodworking and wood processing plant, machinery and tools is booming. “LIGNA 2017 will go down as a milestone in the digitalization of the wood industry,” said Dr. Andreas Gruchow, the Deutsche Messe Managing Board member in charge of LIGNA, at the end-of-show press conference on Friday in Hannover.

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General

LIGNA 2017: A ‘milestone in the digitalization of the wood industry’

June 1, 2017
Category: Uncategorised

LIGNA 2017 drew to a close on Friday, May 26 having delivered big in terms of innovations and global appeal, with a significant upswing in the number of exhibitors and visitors from abroad and new impetus for the wave of digitalization currently redefining the industry. After five action-packed days, the organizers could look back on a truly impressive event. The world’s leading trade fair for woodworking and wood processing plant, machinery and tools is booming. “LIGNA 2017 will go down as a milestone in the digitalization of the wood industry,” said Dr. Andreas Gruchow, the Deutsche Messe Managing Board member in charge of LIGNA, at the end-of-show press conference on Friday in Hannover.

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