A successfuland diversifiedForest 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 nameto Resources Expo, perhapsand trimming the show to two days.
As it stands now, Forest and Resources Expo will be back in Prince George June 3-5, 2010.
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 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 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 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
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
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 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
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