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  • November 2016 Vol. 42. No. 1

  • 1November 2016 // Wood Southern Africa & Timber Times

    November 2016 Vol. 42 No.1

    Editorial comment .............................................................................................. 2

    Forestry Fire management symposium a roaring success ............................. 3

    New Integrated Fire Management book .............................................. 3

    Advanced fire information system essential for firefighters and control centres ................................................................... 4

    Vulcan’s elite firefighting crew a first in South Africa ....................... 6

    Forestry firefighters need specialised helmets .................................... 9

    Bullard wildfire helmets’ heritage began in 1898 .............................. 10

    Stihl BR 700 Magnum blower ........................................................................ 11

    The intricacies of saving the rhinoceros ................................................. 13

    Ezigro focuses on R&D, partnerships and economic empowerment ...................................................................................................... 14

    Forestry seedlings & clones compared growing in plastic and polystyrene containers ........................................................... 16

    First Agfo Expo sets the trend for the future ........................................... 17

    sawmilling New levies and tariffs for treatment plants ........................................... 23

    Sales staff must understand timber treatment .................................... 24

    Wood and furniture producers from Africa visit Italian research laboratory ........................................................................................... 26

    Current market trends for sawmilling is positive ................................. 28

    Record number of saw doctors attend educational forum ....... 32

    Timber is in top 10 fastest growing UK manufacturing sectors ... 34

    New MD for Bell sales operation................................................................. 35

    What is grinding? Beware of imbalance of grinding wheels ................................................................................................... 36

    Laser engraving and damping mass reduce vibration of circular saw blades ...................................................................................... 40

    Leitz mourns passing of chairman............................................................. 42

    New Lincoln PowerLuber grease gun ..................................................... 43

    Multisaw launches SA designed and built Pinnacle finger-joint systems .............................................................................................. 44

    woodworking Cover story: PG Bison has the answer to: What colour should I choose? ..................................................................... 48

    Getting the best out of MelaWood SupaGloss boards .................. 50

    Taking care of MelaWood SupaGloss surfaces ................................. 52

    Thermally modified ash upcycled into the Cocoon ....................... 54

    Designs and products from Spotlight Kitchens & Interiors in demand ............................................................................................................. 56

    Mirka’s innovative net-backed sanding discs still a trend-setter ............................................................................................................. 60

    Seven local designers collaborate in Seed to Seat project ........ 62

    Festool expands its family of circular saws ........................................... 64

    Joos Joinery is dedicated to quality through technology and craft .................................................................................................................. 68

    Biesse offers systems approach to engineering problems .......... 72

    Inside Biesse 2016: The era of the artisan’s digitisation ................... 73

    Ekamant achieves black ownership and Level 2 black empowerment status ........................................................................................ 76

    Dewalt adds three new models to XR 18V brushless drill and impact driver range ................................................................................ 78

    Classifieds ................................................................................................................ 80

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  • 2 November 2016 // Wood Southern Africa & Timber Times

    November 2016 Vol. 42 No. 1

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    editorial

    Fight the carbon tax - FSA

    All employers must manage their financial (profits), social (people) and environmental (planet) risks, obligations and opportunities. However, it all boils down to making enough money to grow the business. In this issue, we focus on some of these expenses: fire prevention and fighting, tooling maintenance, education and training and adopting new technologies.

    Forestry South Africa (FSA), says that in addition to these challenges a carbon tax could be devastating. FSA is calling on the forestry and forest products industries to fight the introduction of a carbon tax.

    FSA is reacting to the report “Modelling the Impact on South Africa’s Economy of Introducing a Carbon Tax,” which was commissioned by the National Treasury. The report recommends the implementation of the tax, as a way in which the country can meet its international commitment to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 42% relative to business-as-usual by 2025.

    This is a direct result of the government signing the UN’s climate change Paris Agreement that comes into force from 1 December 2016. The contribution that each country makes to achieve the worldwide goal to keep carbon emissions “well below 2°C … and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C” is called the nationally determined contribution (NDC). The NDC has no standing in international law, and there is no mechanism to force a country to set a target by a specific date, and no enforcement if the target is not met.

    PMR bases its analysis on two scenarios, a GDP growth of 3.5% and a growth of 2.4%. FSA, warns that these predictions are way too optimistic. We are currently hovering at zero growth and the situation is not likely to improve unless there are structural changes made to the economy.

    “The bad news is that given a more realistic minimal growth scenario the potential negative impacts on employment, GDP growth, household consumption and real wages of introducing this tax will be far more profound than those contained in the report. “The good news is that if carbon credits can be claimed, the industry could, potentially, mitigate most if not all of any carbon tax payments levied. The bottom line is that given the current state of the economy, the last thing business needs, is an additional tax,” says FSA.

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  • 3November 2016 // Wood Southern Africa & Timber Times

    Fire

    Fire management symposium a roaring success More than 120 delegates attended the annual wild fire management symposium, which succeeded in bridging the divide between the world of science and the reality of on-the-ground firefighting.

    T he Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Saasveld Campus and the Southern African Institute of Forestry (SAIF) organised the 11th Fire Management Symposium in the Kruger Park.

    The event was held over two days. There was a good mix of scientific and applied presentations covering multiple land uses. During the field visit on the second day, participants were given a once in a lifetime opportunity when they were taken to the long-term fire experiment plots near Pretoriuskop.

    The objective of the symposium was to streamline the efforts of natural resource managers, engineers and scientists through an integrated approach. This would ensure better management throughout the wildfire community by making the different role-p

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