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By Tony Kryzanowski

ComactComact thinks big—and moves to Mirabel

Comact, one of North America’s leaders in the design and manufacturing of equipment for wood processing plants, has opened a new 30,000 square foot facility in Mirabel, in the Greater Montreal area.

The company says this is an important investment that will allow its people to operate and provide services in world-class facilities.

The new workplace will provide Comact, a Quebec subsidiary of British Columbia’s BID Group of Companies, with a dedicated space for testing as well as training for the company’s clients.

“The project became a priority in June 2013,” says Brian Fehr, Chairman and Managing Director of the BID Group of Companies, about the relocation. “We wanted to be able to offer our customers an experience that matched the quality of products and services delivered by Comact.”

The new offices will house over 110 people in state-of-the-art spaces. The optimization services, after-sales service team, calling centre, and administrative staff will be located in the new space.

Aussie harvester and slasher barAussie harvester and slasher bar manufacturer inks deal with Wallingford’s Inc

Australia’s GB Group PTY Ltd has inked a new agreement with Wallingford’s Inc to be the exclusive distributor in the U.S. of GB harvester and slasher bars.

The GB Group has been expanding its range of guide bars, sprockets, and accessories catering to all markets and customers throughout the world. Their full range of guide bar options include 3/4” and .404 pitch bars with replacement nose, double ender bars, as well as replacement nose tips and drive sprockets.

Wallingford’s Inc has been serving the logging community since 1975.

“We are very excited to be part of the GB Global distribution group and are confident in the brand as recognized by our customers,” says John J. Wallingford. “Formally one of the market leaders here in the U.S., GB has survived the global financial crisis,” he added. “With this behind them, we intend to make GB the number one brand of choice. Through intensive marketing and extensive field presence, we will claim market share and demonstrate to our customers that GB will outperform its competitors while also providing for considerable cost savings.”

Komatsu’s new log loaderKomatsu’s new log loader lean on fuel

Komatsu has launched its PC210LL-10 log loader, which features a more environmentally friendly engine that increases horsepower by 7 percent and lowers fuel consumption by 10 percent.

The Komatsu engine in the PC210LL-10 is also EPA Tier 4 Interim certified.

The newest addition to Komatsu’s Dash-10 series of log loaders has a flywheel horsepower of 158 hp and weighs 65,118 lbs in road building configuration. The PC210LL-10 is also available in log loader and processor head carrier configurations.

All major components on the new PC210LL-10, including the engine, hydraulic pumps, motors, and valves, are exclusively designed and produced by Komatsu. The loader uses a high carbody with reinforced front idlers, higher capacity recoil springs, ski-type full length track guiding guards, straddle-mounted carrier rollers, HD swivel guard and front and rear pull hooks.

The swing system and undercarriage components on the PC210LL-10 are from the next-size-larger Komatsu excavators for work in demanding logging applications. The larger final drives and motors provide high drawbar pull for shovel-logging applications.

Updated full length support ski-type track roller guards help increase track life in tough logging conditions. The rear compartment covers on the PC210LL-10 are more than three times thicker than those used on comparably sized excavators, and the compartment doors also feature stronger door hinges.

The new ROPS/OPS/FOPS/TOPS/FOG/WCB/Oregon OSHA certified Komatsu forestry cab is built to provide a more comfortable and quiet work environment.

Tigercat low-wide bunk systemTigercat’s new low-wide bunk system combined with reshaped hooked crane

Tigercat has released the revolutionary low-wide bunk system as well as a new hooked version of the F195T85 high capacity crane for the 1075B and 1085B forwarders.

The extendable bunks are angled to reduce overall gate height and eliminate the need for a vertically sliding gate. The low-wide bunk system allows for easier crane operation and decreases loading and unloading cycle times.

In combination with the hooked crane, the low-wide bunk system significantly reduces the chance of contact with the gate or bunk stakes. The working envelope of the crane is expanded for reduced machine travel and improved productivity.

Operator visibility and ergonomics are enhanced. The operator enjoys a clear sightline to the top of the load, increasing log placement accuracy and decreasing cycle times. In addition, the grapple stays within the operator’s view through the entire loading and unloading cycle for reduced operator strain.

The low-wide bunk system is available on the 20-tonne capacity 1075 series forwarders and the 1085 series 25-tonne machines.

StrongcoStrongco to represent Sennebogen in parts of Quebec

Sennebogen has named Strongco as its dealer north of the Greater Montreal area and in portions of southern Quebec. The arrangement builds on the existing agreements that Strongco has with Sennebogen in parts of Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island.

Strongco branches serving Sennebogen customers in Quebec include Baie-Comeau, Chicoutimi, Saint-Augustin, Trois-Rivières and Val d’Or.

“Strongco has been an extremely effective representative for Sennebogen in the Maritime provinces, making us a leader in purpose-built loading equipment for log yards, sawmills and pulp and paper mills in that area,” says Constantino Lannes, Sennebogen President. “Their understanding of these applications will be a great asset to us and to customers in Quebec’s forestry industry.”

Wood-mizerWood-Mizer offers new line of lumber dry kilns

Wood-Mizer now offers a new line of lumber drying dehumidification kiln kits. The Wood-Mizer KD Series of kilns, ranging from 1,000 to 35,000 board feet capacities, offer a variety of lumber drying solutions for any sized operation, says the company.

Joining the Wood-Mizer KS50 Solar Kiln, the KD Series of dehumidification kiln kits feature 100 per cent corrosion resistant aluminum cabinets and specially coated dehumidification coils to ensure quality performance and an extra long life.

B.C. issues third First Nations woodland licence

British Columbia has issued a woodland licence to Campbell River’s Wei Wai Kum First Nation, enhancing employment and economic opportunities in the region, says Steve Thomson, provincial Minister of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations.

This 25-year First Nations woodland licence allows the Wei Wai Kum to harvest almost 9,900 cubic metres of timber per year from their traditional territories. The agreement covers a 2414 hectare parcel of Crown land near Heydon Bay on B.C.’ s south central mainland coast and another 1212 hectares by Pye Lake, north of Campbell River.

This is the third First Nations woodland licence issued since the province began the program in 2011. These area-based, direct-award forest licences give First Nations a stronger role in forest and land stewardship and make it easier for First Nations forest companies to secure investment and loans,
says the government.

First-ever FPInnovates conference on innovation and new technologies coming up in November

FPInnovations invites participants to the first edition of FPInnovates, an exciting new conference on innovation and the impact of new technologies, to take place in Montreal, November 25-26.

FPInnovations—a not-for-profit world leader that specializes in the creation of scientific solutions in support of the Canadian forest sector’s global competitiveness and which responds to the priority needs of its industry members and government partners—says that this event aims to inform, inspire and change participants’ perspectives on innovation and collaboration between the forest industry and other sectors.

The one-and-a-half-day conference will also feature the latest progress, successes and technological advances by FPInnovations and university stakeholders, amongst others.

The FPInnovates Conference is aimed at business leaders, operations managers, innovators, researchers and representatives of government organizations and universities. The program includes many presentations by renowned specialists and representatives of FPInnovations as well as technology overviews and poster sessions.

TimberNavi jobsite mapping solution now included in John Deere ForestSight

TimberNavi is an easy-to-use, fully integrated mapping solution for John Deere L-series skidders and wheeled feller bunchers as well as M-series tracked feller bunchers.

It provides owners and operators with maximum visibility to the land they’re harvesting, helping them to be more efficient and productive in the woods. TimberNavi increases the operator’s spatial understanding of the job site, terrain information, harvesting areas and points of interest on a map, which in turn helps enhance productivity, increase uptime and deliver lower daily operating costs.

TimberNavi is seamlessly integrated into the machine as part of the John Deere ForestSight suite of technologies.

Duo create pressure treated wood manufacturing company

Goodfellow Inc has signed a letter of intent to form a treated wood manufacturing company in partnership with Groupe Lebel Cambium. It will consist of seven wood treating plants to better serve markets in Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic provinces.

Group Lebel Cambium’s four plants in Bancroft and Caledon, Ontario and those of Dégelis and St-Joseph, Quebec, will be combined with Goodfellow’s three plants in Delson, Quebec, Elmsdale, Nova Scotia, and Deer Lake, Newfoundland to form a new business unit The company becomes one of the largest producers of treated wood in Eastern Canada.

In conjunction with the creation of the new company, Goodfellow Inc receives the exclusive mandate to market and distribute the entire production of the company.