February 2010

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The markets are bringing good news for sawmills, with lumber prices on the rise. Canadian sawmills, such as the Western Forest Products mill at Cowichan Bay, B.C., are more than ready for the market upturn. The mill underwent a $12 million upgrade--which included a good amount of Coe equipment--several years back. (Photo of Cowichan Bay mill by Paul MacDonald)

Spotlight

China's emergence as a major, and valuable, market for B.C. lumber producers is gathering speed--the country is now B.C.'s second largest lumber market after the United States.

Pioneer Logging grinds out the biomass

B.C.'s Pioneer Logging is busy on the logging side, but the company is also very active on the grinding side, with two newly acquired Peterson grinders.

Cutting lean in the sawmill

Alberta's Zavisha Sawmills has achieved major volume and productivity gains in just a year's time by adopting a Lean Manufacturing management approach.

Turning bug wood into bioenergy

B.C.'s Trace Resources is taking one heck of a lot of beetle-killed timber and turning it into fuel for the co-gen plant at the Domtar pulp mill in Kamloops.

Making its mark

An automated marking system--with rugged printheads capable of operating reliably in challenging industrial environments--is helping an Ontario sawmill improve its reman facility.

White cedar specialists

Ontario's Taylor Sawmill has cut itself a solid market slice by specializing in products made from white cedar--and making use of all of the wood fibre.

Supplier Newsline

Read all about the newest logging and milling equipment in Logging and Sawmilling Journal's authoritative Suppler Newsline.

The Last Word

New players--and the dealmaking going on between the new players and older companies--are making the forest industry a more interesting game, says Tony Kryzanowski.