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June 2006 - The Logging and Sawmilling Journal

 

INDUSTRY SHOWS

Forest Expo: helping to make
the industry more efficient

The numbers—in terms of exhibitors and attendees—illustrated the success of Forest Expo 2006 in Prince George, but the real story was perhaps in the large variety of new equipment and services that help to make logging contractors, and the industry, more efficient.

By Jim Stirling

On several fronts, the numbers illustrate the success of Forest Expo 2006, held over three days in June in Prince George, British Columbia.

The show featured 302 exhibitors occupying more than 612 booth spaces. The event attracted almost 16,000 attendees. But the real story probably dwells behind the figures. It lies in the breadth of the Forest Expo experience. All of those 302 exhibitors had something new to offer their customers and potential customers.

The manufacturers of large and support equipment and services have undergone exponential technological upgrades in the two years since the last show. That translates into literally hundreds of new ways—and ways of thinking—to make the logging industry in its many facets more productive, efficient and profitable.

“It’s basically good news,” reports Trudy Swaan, the show’s general manager, on the response to the 2006 version of Forest Expo. “Most people were happy with the show generally,” she adds. “And kudos, absolutely, to the volunteers and board of directors and all the other people who almost literally come out of the woodwork and work their butts off for Forest Expo,” says Swaan. The wide ranging support donated by volunteers significantly helps to keep costs down for Forest Expo participants.

From here on in, the show will be known officially as Forest and Resources Expo. It is their vision to be more inclusive of all resource-based industries—such as mining, oil and gas—in the future, says Doug Hanson, outgoing chair. “We’ve already opened the door,” concurs Swaan who, with the board, will be working to establish participation from other resource users, while enhancing Forest Expo’s well-earned reputation as Canada’s top forestry show.

“We hope the new exhibitors will stay with it and give it the time it takes to develop,” Swaan adds.

The BioEnergy Conference & Exhibition, held in conjunction with the show, was a huge success, reports Swaan, as reflected in the tripling of its size from the 2004 version.

“It’s just the tip of the iceberg,” she says, as the potential and acceptance of bio energy fuels including wood biomass gathers momentum. Swaan predicts that further opportunities to grow will occur if current plans materialize to move the second day of the BioEnergy Conference to the show site from the University of Northern British Columbia
campus. She believes the show’s two half-day seminars—one on safety and the other on the implications of cut-to-length harvesting—benefited by switching locations to the CN Centre/Exhibition Park complex from UNBC, where they were held in 2004.

The Westcoast Lumberjack Shows from Squamish, BC, and supported by Waratah Forestry Attachments, proved a popular addition to the show, especially among family groups, continues Swaan. The three daily shows reprised the traditional skills of yesterday’s loggers with entertaining demonstrations of events like log rolling, axe throwing, pole climbing and chainsaw events.

Another new attraction organizers hope will become a regular feature is the active logging demonstrations. For people not working directly in the woods, the demonstrations provided a first-hand look at the equipment involved in tree harvesting, processing and skidding. The demonstrations were well designed to give people a good view of what was happening, accented by back-up commentary, in a safe environment.

Final figures were still being crunched at press time, but if past shows are any indication— and they always have been— the generosity of the forest community will be evident in funds raised by Forest Expo’s Charity Auction for its primary beneficiary, the Prince George Hospice Society. This year, Finning Canada’s annual golf tournament—the contractors classic— raised more than $3,000 to help the hospice society’s work.

The next Forest and Resources Expo is scheduled for Prince George June 5-7, 2008. For more information visit www.forestexpo.bc.ca.

 

Follow-Up Forest Expo Pictorial Review

RISLEY

Risley Equipment offers a full line of timber harvesting and processing attachments that are designed for cut to all applications with trees ranging from 3” to 40” diameter.

Risley’s controlled head harvester/ processor line includes the Rolly, Cobra and Sidewinder. The Rolly harvests wood up to 24” while the Cobra and Sidewinder process wood up to a 31” dia. The Limmit stroke delimber line process wood up to 36” dia. Risley offers two lines of saw head, the Rotosaw comes in both high-speed “hotsaw” and high-speed intermittent, and cut up to 31” wood.

www.RisleyEquipment.com

 

QUADCO

When it comes to forestry attachments, few companies could match Quadco's extensive line up of high speed and intermittent felling heads, harvester/processors and dedicated processor heads on display at Quadco's exhibit area near the entrance to the track. Quadco also featured their grapples, rotators, Prolenc snubber and Forespro stroke delimbers. During the show, the company announced that they will now be the exclusive North and South American distributor for the Keto line of tracked harvester/ processor heads.

www.quadco.com

 

NOVATRAX

VP-SERIES- Cleanfix Reversible Fan; reverses airflow automatically at full engine rpm to provide maximum radiator cleaning. The fan blades also automatically adjust airflow with temperature optimizing the cooling performance. This means that the fan blades increase airflow for the hot summer months and decrease the airflow for the cold winter months. The VP-SERIES fan provides sustantial fuel savings and allows for more usable engine power, while greatly increasing your machines daily productivity.

Learn more at www.cleanfix.ca.

BRANDT

Brandt Tractor had 28 pieces of green and yellow iron at their exhibit area and throughout the show. A few of the noteworthy machines included the 82,000 lb (with head) 909J tilting buncher and the 753 GH harvester/ processor. In addition to Brandt's full line of forestryequipment, the company chose Forest Expo as the demo ground for their new Bandit grinder line. Directly behind the track area, a Bandit Beast 4680 horizontal grinder processed beetle killed pine. This machine can fill a railcar with hogged material in 24 minutes.

www.brandttractor.com

 

SENNEBOGEN

Top Lift Enterprises introduced the Sennebogen "green line" of purpose built rubber tired log loaders at the show. At home in the mill yard and loading CTL wood at roadside, the 95,000 lbs. Sennebogen 835 offers a hydraulic cab riser that lifts the cab an additional 8'10". This gives operators unparalleled visibility around the machine and mill yard. The Sennebogen 835 has state-of the-art load sensing computer free hydraulic system and a centralized lubrication system.

www.toplift.com

 

TEMPUS MICROSYSTEMS

Tempus Microsystems provides cutting-edge Fleet Management solutions which enable companies to fully utilize their equipment and personnel by providing relevant real-time information to all levels of the organization, from the operators to the senior management team. The focus of our design is to provide ROI (return on investment) for the company and give an edge over the competition. At the Prince George Forestry show, Tempus presented our latest product lines which give a choice of satellite/cellular vehicle tracking, text messaging, comprehensive mapping, on-board “smart” scales, digital logbook, electronic paperwork, engine data monitoring, infield asset location, and a maintenance management system. We would like to thank everyone who stopped by our booth for their enthusiastic reception of our product offering.

www.tempusmicro.com

 

LEAVITT MACHINERY

Years of experience has made Leavitt Machinery the market leader in providing mobile equipment solutions to the forestry industry. By gaining an intimate understanding of each customers specific needs, we are able to tailor solutions geared towards achieving the absolute lowest total running cost.

Leavitt Machinery’s extensive product support network spans 15 locations in Western Canada giving Leavitt the ability to provide unparelled parts & service product support. Call us today and let us know how we can serve you.

www.leavittmachinery.com
PH: 1- 888- 346- 5884

 

KTI TREE KING

KTI would like to extend our thanks to many people who visited us at our booth at this year's Forestry Show in Prince George, BC.

We hope that your visit has given you some great ideas on how to optimize your businesses and create increases in productivity. Have a fantastic year, and enjoy your new Tree King heads.

For those who have requested demos, we'll see you in the bush. For everyone else, see you in 2007 at the Grande Prairie Forestry Show!

www.ktiforest.com
Toll Free: 1-877-KTI-FRST
Local: (780) 882-8804

 


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