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Wood Matters

Taking Safety Leadership to the Forest

To communicate PF Olsen's safety message and to share information with forest workers, PF Olsen's CEO, Peter Clark is undertaking a programme of meeting and speaking with workers and contractor principals at their work-place, in the forest.

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Log Market - December 2010

December saw small price rises at most New Zealand ports driven by some lowering of ocean freight rates against steady in-market prices and demand in Asia.

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Staff Changes

PF Olsen welcomes back Erin Leahy [B ForSc (Hons)] who returned to PF Olsen after a two-year overseas working holiday. Tatai Dewes has also joined PF Olsen as part of the Land Information team.

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Log Market - November 2010

The market has continued its firm trend with stable demand and prices in the domestic market and a further increase in export log at-wharf-gate(awg) prices in November.

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Drug and Alcohol Testing Improves Forestry Safety

Managing workplace hazards in the forest is an ongoing challenge, but one we can not afford to ignore – the mechanisms of injury and the potential for serious harm are great. PF Olsen and its contractors are committed to eliminating hazards and providing a safe and healthy work environment.

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Log Market - October 2010

As mentioned earlier in Clarky's Comment, presentations by Gerry Van Leeuwan and Russ Taylor on both Russia and China wood markets were a highlight of the recent ForestWood conference in Wellington in October.

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Carbon Market

Trading on the domestic market continues to be light with a lack of supply of NZUs and sellers holding off for higher prices.

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Clarky's Comment - September 2010

This month's Wood Matters has a focus on safety. I thought I'd comment on a related matter that can help contribute not only to safety, but also to better commercial and environmental outcomes – the significance of clear work processes and procedures, and the importance of sticking to them.

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Log Market and Ocean Freight - September 2010

Last month we reported that in mid August we were getting strong signals that CFR prices had stabilised in China at USD120/JAS m³. We are pleased to further report that August was in fact a trough from a decline in price that commenced in April of this year.

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