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The latest innovations in wood impacting use and global demand

Is forestry biomass carbon neutral?

By | July 18th, 2018|Wood is Good|

WoodWeek, 18 July 2018   ||   Wood energy will play a vital role in helping New Zealand transition to a low-emissions future through conversions that replace fossil fuel use for heat and process energy. The Carbon Zero Bill - the legislation that will guide New Zealand to becoming carbon neutral by 2050 – is now out for [...]

Kiwi company makes ‘green’ graphite from forestry waste

By | June 20th, 2018|Wood is Good|

Blenheim company CarbonScape has patented and innovative method for turning waste sawdust, such as from common radiata pine, into valuable graphite. Graphite is used in many applications such as lithium-ion batteries and is considered a 'strategic mineral' by the US. It is currently mined, with the bulk coming from China, and synthetic graphite is produced [...]

XLam invests for prefab housing boom

By | May 16th, 2018|Wood is Good|

Nelson-based XLam helps make prefabricated buildings and has invested $35 million in the business, as it anticipates a boom in the market for prefab homes. XLam is New Zealand's only manufacturer of cross-laminated timber (CLT); panels of layered timber boards, currently radiata pine, used to make certain prefab buildings that can be largely constructed off-site. [...]

Japan team invents ‘wood alcohol’ drink

By | May 15th, 2018|Wood is Good|

Researchers at Japan's Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute have invented a way of producing an alcoholic drink made from wood. They are able to preserve the specific flavour of each tree's wood. So far, they have produced tipples from cedar, birch and cherry. The team hopes to have their 'wood alcohol' on shelves within three years. [...]

Super wood stronger than steel

By | May 14th, 2018|Wood is Good|

Materials that are both strong and tough are difficult to find in nature, but a team from the University of Maryland has succeeded in 'densifying' wood to make it stronger than steel - but six times lighter. Read more: Super Wood - Rebekah White for New Zealand Geographic UMD Researchers Create Super Wood Stronger Than [...]

Renalls Masterton using new log truck technology

By | May 11th, 2018|Wood is Good|

Masterton company Renalls is one of the local cartage companies that transports logs from the Wairarapa forests we manage. In this video, Renalls driver Keith Bennett talks about the benefits of the advanced trailer system which allows load flexibility with their multipurpose self-loading truck.

The Future of Wood – The Story of Abodo Eco Timber

By | April 27th, 2018|Wood is Good|

New Zealand eco-timber company - Abodo - designs and produces timber products for construction, from sustainable New Zealand forest plantations. Watch their latest video to learn more about what they do.

Gisborne to adopt wood-first policy

By | April 13th, 2018|Wood is Good|

The Gisborne District Council was to have formally adopted a Wood First Policy on 5 April, the second local authority in New Zealand to do so. At the Wood Processors & Manufacturers' Regional Meeting on 4 April, Gisborne Mayor Meg Foon acknowledged the lead he had taken from Rotorua Mayor Steve Chadwick, winner of NZ [...]

Workplaces, wellness and wood

By | April 2nd, 2018|Wood is Good|

Wood is the key to increasing workplace productivity according to a new research report. Workplaces, Wellness and Wood, prepared for Forest & Wood Products Australia by strategic research firm Pollinate and the University of Canberra, provides fresh evidence supporting for biophilia – the principle that exposure to nature increases human wellbeing. The study found the more [...]

Kiwi ingenuity makes shoes from trees

By | March 28th, 2018|Wood is Good|

Kiwi/San Fran footwear company, Allbirds shot to fame with their merino wool running shoes. They have unveiled their latest innovation, the 'Tree Collection' ­– shoes made from eucalyptus fibre. Allbirds' ethos is about sustainable material innovation. When customers told them that wool wasn't as cool as it could be in warm weather, the company set about finding alternative materials to [...]