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April 2019

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Hatton-Brown Teams With Ligna Summit

Hatton-Brown Publishers, Inc., which produces Timber Harvesting, Panel World, Timber Processing and Wood Bioenergy magazines, is the official media partner for North America for the upcoming Wood Industry Summit at LIGNA, May 27-31 in Hannover, Germany.

The Wood Industry Summit, which will be in its third season at Ligna, will be staged in Hall 26 and themed “Access to Resources and Technology.” The summit is organized by Deutsche Messe in conjunction with the German Forestry Council (KWF) and comprises a forum, lounge and exhibition area.

The summit will include an all-new group pavilion that will explore the implications of the German government’s “Charter for Wood 2.0” policy direction. The pavilion is a showcase for international startups, a hub where young, innovative companies can present their ideas and visions for the future of the forestry and wood industries.

The Wood Industry Summit is also focused on ways of optimizing the entire forest-wood-logistics value chain. Other key themes include digitization in forestry, data protection and data integrity, forest firefighting, forestry infrastructure, road networks and logistics.

The summit will once again feature delegations from the timber-rich regions of Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Germany, Finland, Canada, Columbia, Romania, Russia, Ukraine and the U.S. The 2017 summit resulted in contracts worth more than 30 million euros.

Ligna Hosts German Logging Event

The German Logging Championship is back for another high-octane season at the upcoming LIGNA, May 27-31, in Hannover. Some 100 contestants will be putting their endurance, handling skills and precision to the test in five disciplines: tree felling, chain fitting, combined cut bucking, precision bucking and delimbing. They will perform their chain saw handling skills under the watchful eyes of expert judges, who will score them on safety, accuracy and speed.

One of the big highlights of the championship is the tree-felling event. There’s no forest on the Hannover Exhibition Center campus, so the organizers have gone all out to re-create a real-life tree-felling scenario, complete with 18 m tall logs which have been set into the ground in specially cut 1.5 m deep bore holes. 150 metric tons of sand have been trucked on site and spread out in three sweeping arcs, creating a cushion to absorb the momentum of the falling logs and stop them from shattering when they hit the ground. The tree-felling event is followed by the delimbing contest, in which each contestant has to cut off 30 uniform-thickness branches (broomsticks) that have been specially attached to a horizontal log.

Sponsors of the German Logging Championship include Aspen, Zeller+Gmelin (Divinol), Husqvarna, Stihl, and Pfanner. All the sponsors will have their own exhibition stands adjacent the competition arena on one of the themed “avenues” in the outdoor forestry demonstration area. The demonstration area is a 3,000 sq m zone comprising a series of theme-specific “avenues,” where exhibitors can stage moderated live demonstrations of their forestry technology solutions. As in previous years, it is organized jointly by Deutsche Messe and the German Forestry Council (KFW). German Logging Championship events and moderated demonstrations will be held on the demonstration area on each day of LIGNA.

Fecon Offers Rotating Shear

Fecon introduces the FRS15, the latest addition to its lineup of attachments for 16-24 ton excavators. Made of Hardox Steel, this shear attachment provides a 360° rotation, which gives operators more reach and access to the trees and reduces repositioning of machines. A 29.5 in. blade opening allows the FRS15 to shear trees to 18 in. in diameter, while an accumulator arm allows gathering and continuous shearing of smaller materials. 

At a weight of 3420 lbs, the attachment can reach up and down slopes and other hard-to-reach areas with as little as 34 GPM and 4350 PSI hydraulic pressure. Shear rotation requires just 11 GPM, making it easy and fast to shear, bunch and gather materials. The FRS15 is a great tool for land clearing and right-of-way maintenance contractors as well as municipal agencies in land clearing, tree care and tree thinning applications.

Bandit Will Service Pronar Products

Bandit Industries will offer select trommel screens and conveyor stackers manufactured by Poland-based Pronar.

Bandit demonstrated the Model 60 GT-HD stacker and the Model 7.24 GT at the U.S. Composting Council’s Conference and Tradeshow in Glendale, Ariz. in late January.

“This partnership is very important for Bandit because it will broaden our product portfolio, and allow us to offer a more complete line of equipment for various markets,” says Bandit General Manager Felipe Tamayo. “Pronar is one of the largest manufacturers of agricultural, compost, recycling equipment in world. The mix of products that our companies offer blend perfectly.”

The Model 60 GT-HD is capable of moving up to 600 tons of material per hour, and able to stack material nearly 40 ft. high, creating piles of material without the need of an additional loader or operator. The stacker can be mounted on tracks, making it easy to move around a grinding yard quickly.

The Model 7.24 GT is a track-mounted or towable trommel screen that has some of the highest throughput in the industry. This trommel is capable of screening a variety of materials, including compost, urban wood waste, and biomass. Operators can swap out the drum screens to meet a specific size requirement.

Husqvarna Reveals New 50cc Saws

Coming 60 years after the launch of its very first saw, Husqvarna has developed two 50cc chain saws specifically for use by loggers and arborists. 550 XP Mark II and Husqvarna 545 Mark II deliver outstanding cutting capacity for handling small and mid-sized trees.

The cooling capacity of the 550 XP Mark II and 545 Mark II has been improved by 13% compared to the previous generation of 50cc chain saws from Husqvarna. This is made possible by three key improvements such as an optimized airflow; the addition of more cooling fins in critical areas that contribute to more effective cylinder heat dissipation; and an insulating heat shield specifically developed for the new chain saws, which provide sealing against the cylinder area and minimizes heat leakage. This helps keep the carburetor compartment cool to improve startability in hot conditions. In addition, a completely new muffler keeps temperatures down.


The list of exhibitors at EXPOBIOMASA 2019 already includes more than 320 names from 24 countries: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom and United States.  

The event will be held September 24-26 in Valladolid, Spain.

Topping the list of sectors that will be attending EXPOBIOMASA 2019 are firms operating in the field of energy generation for heating purposes, namely stoves and chimneys, boilers for domestic use and industrial equipment. They are followed by technological companies that produce agricultural and forestry biomass; biomass and wood chipping and grinding equipment; pellet and briquette production equipment; equipment for the production and distribution of pellets and chips; as well systems for storing, sorting and drying solid biomass.

Companies interested in exhibiting their products to 15,000 visitors at this twelfth edition in Valladolid still have time to apply for a quote.

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Tokyo Event Includes Workshop, Tour

The 10th Biomass Pellets Trade & Power Summit, schedule May 13-16 in Tokyo, will feature special pre- and post-conference events.

A pre-conference workshop on May 13 will discuss Japan’s regulatory requirements on imported biomass (FIT Scheme & Sustainability Requirement) and also looks at users’ perspectives on sustainability and traceability. Find out about interfacing the reality of biomass supply with buyers’ expectations and requirements as well as certification processes for wood pellets & PKS and more.

Following the conference on May 16 will be a visit to Summit Energy’s 50 MW biomass power plant in Sakata City. The biomass power plant will be the largest of its kind in Yamagata Prefecture and also one of the largest of its kind in the Tohoku region. Participants will take a flight from Tokyo (Haneda) to Sakata City and take a flight back to Tokyo (Haneda) after the site visit on the same day.


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