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A successful—and  diversified—Forest and  Resources Expo 

The Forest and  Resources Expo show  in Prince George, BC  proved to be successful  and diversified,  with the first-time  participation of the  mining and energy  industries.

By Jim Stirling

The Forest and Resources Expo team  put on a successful and diversified  show despite the unprecedented  pressures facing the forest industry. The  254 exhibitors participating this year was  down from record levels but it could have  been a lot worse, notes Trudy Swaan, the  event’s general manager. She was pleased  with the overall response to the biennial  show held in Prince George, British Columbia.

Final attendance figures were unavailable  at press time, but after a slow start on  the opening morning, momentum steadily  grew and by the end of the three-day  event, Exhibition Park in Prince George  was bustling with energy and activity.

The mining and oil and natural gas  sectors were represented at Expo for the  first time. Participation levels were solid  for an inaugural event. And it appears the  resource sectors were impressed with the  organization after scoping out this year’s  show.

 “Representatives of two associations  from the industries (mining and oil and  gas) came to me separately and said  they’d be back,” reports Swaan. “The  associations are going to recommend to  their respective memberships that Forest  and Resources Expo is a good place to  further their marketing.”

The International BioEnergy Conference  & Exhibition held in conjunction  with Forest Expo was a huge success  before the doors opened. More than 400  delegates from several countries shared  experiences and explored opportunities  for developing the industry’s hottest seminal  issue.

The series of seminars on shared  resource industry issues were not as fully  registered despite having expert speakers  focusing on timely issues, reports Swaan,  She surmises one of the reasons might  be the industry’s tough times, resulting  in companies underwriting fewer of their  employees to participate in and gather  knowledge from the seminar program.  The varied fare at Expo included a  crowd pleasing chainsaw carving competition  and a well supported Northern BC  Big Rig Truck Show.

TruckSafe was prominent at the show  with a realistic hands-on awareness campaign.
Members of the public received an  in-the-driver’s-seat appreciation of large  trucks and the “blind spot” and other  challenges with which truck drivers have  to contend. Goggles simulating impairment  (everything from alcohol consumption  to using cell phones when driving)  dramatically demonstrated what can happen  to driver judgment and reaction.
    
The social highlight of Forest and Resources  Expo was the chairman’s dinner,  charity auction and dance. Totals were  still being tallied for the auction’s primary  beneficiary, the Prince George Hospice  Society. The last five Forest Expo shows  raised a total of $622,000 for the society’s  work.

The Forest and Resources Expo board  of directors will be meeting to critique the  2008 show and brainstorm what moves might be taken to improve it. Everything’s  on the table. That includes changing  the event’s name—to Resources Expo,  perhaps—and trimming the show to two  days.

As it stands now, Forest and Resources  Expo will be back in Prince George  June 3-5, 2010. 

Advertorial Review

Husqvarna
The “Z” Series- zero turn mowers generated  considerable interest, featuring the power, reliability  and efficiency that enables these machines to cut up  to eight acres of grass an hour.

Husqvarna introduced X-TORQ chainsaws,  with featured favourites that included the 455 & 570  models. The X-TORQ engines offer industry leading  technology with more power and more efficiency,  reducing emissions by up to 60 per cent and lowering  fuel consumption by a substantial 20 per cent.

Additional new products included the125B  handheld blower featuring a low weight, well  balanced design with the Smart Start function at a  price point that makes it ideal for the homeowner.  Husqvarna is the world’s largest producer of lawn  mowers, chainsaws and portable powered garden  equipment. World leader in diamond tools and cutting  equipment for the construction and stone industries.  www.husqvarna.com

Log Max
Log Max promotes products for healthy forests  with a continued focus on providing harvesting and  processing solutions for the unique conditions of  the North American market.

  The XT series is engineered to meet the needs  of loggers in the toughest of applications, with the  7000XT with over 50 major changes from the  previous series.

  Log Max is excited to release the newest  addition, the 10000XT. The 10000XT has a  maximum delimbing diameter of 25” for larger wood  and is able to be installed on a smaller carrier for  an efficient forestry package.  www.logmax.ca

Brandt
Brandt Tractor had 17 pieces of green and  yellow iron at their exhibit area plus two log  loaders assisting the sawmilling exhibitors at the  far end of the fairgrounds. Machines included  Deere's new 2454D log loader and a new 2154  processor carrier. Other noteworthy machines at  Brandt's exhibit area included the Deere 1490D  forest debris bundler and the 903J feller buncher  In addition to Brandt's full line of Deere forestry  and construction equipment, the company also  featured the Bandit Beast 4680 horizontal  grinder at the show.  www.brandttractor.com

Liebherr
Liebherr used Forest and Resources Expo to  show off part of its line of millyard machines. At  home in the mill yard, loading CTL wood or biomass  at roadside, the Liebherr A 934 offers a hydraulic  cab riser that lifts the cab to operator eyesight at  19 feet.

  This gives operators unparalleled visibility  around the machine. Also on display was Liebherr's  L 566 industry articulated wheel loader configured  with a Vallee logging front capacity of 31 m2. This  highly productive machine has a 255 hp engine  and weighs in at approximately 22,500 kg.  www.liebherr.com

Pierce Pacific
The next generation in processor technology. 
Designed for North American forestry conditions,  the Pierce TITAN 23 Processor has been  tested in the toughest hardwood applications.  The head is engineered to absorb crooks and  irregularities, while allowing for efficient stem handling.  The delimber system’s third arm allows the  TITAN 23 to feed and delimb easily in forward and  reverse. It comes with a self-cleaning measuring  wheel, featuring a tapered wheel center to reduce  clogging from bark and other debris. Arms are  soft-clamped, available to add appropriate settings  for varying species. The TITAN 23 can be installed  on a wide range of carriers.  Visit www.piercepacific.com

Letourneau
When it comes to moving logs, the machine you  can count on is the LeTourneau Log Stacker.  Whether it’s unloading trucks, sorting, decking,  or loading the infeed at the mill, this machine does  it all. The current electric drive LeTourneau Log  Stacker is designed from the ground up to provide  quick response, precise maneuverability, fast travel  speed, and rapid hoist speeds. The LeTourneau  4592/4, with a 24’ lift height, low fuel costs, and low  maintenance costs, is carving an impressive mark in  the log-handling world.  www.letourneau-inc.com.

Edge Equipment
Edge Equipment sells quality narrow-line  mulchers, large mulchers, dozers, loaders,  excavators, telescopic handlers, chippers and  stump grinders to Western Canada. All our  machines are low ground pressure and have  been thoroughly tested in the field .Our manufacturers  have excellent delivery times so you will  never be waiting for equipment to arrive on site,  plus they offer competitive warranty terms. We  have a fully-stocked parts department and are  committed to service.  www.edgeequipment.com

Greatwest Primetech
BC's Volvo Construction Equipment dealer, Great  West Equipment chose Forest and Resources Expo to  announce that they are now British Columbia's  exclusive dealer for PrimeTech Shredding Equipment  Ltd. PrimeTech manufactures two models of machines  specifically designed for forestry and right-of-way  mulching. Both the PT-400 and the PT-200 offer a  number of advantages to BC contractors looking at the  mulching segment of the business. These include a low  ground pressure oscillating undercarriage, excellent  comfort and visibility through the ROPS cab and  extremely high productivity in demanding conditions.  With nine branches across British Columbia and with  excellent focus on service and customer care Great  West Equipment is the right match for the PrimeTech  product line.  www.gwequipment.com www.prime-tech.com