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Wood Matters

Prime Sawmill Announces Closure

Prime Sawmill, located at Matawhero, just out of Gisborne announced this week that it will be closing its mill on Christmas Eve and "mothballing" the plant.

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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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