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Weekly news for the timber and forestry industries in Australia and New Zealand

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  • 125 AUGUST, 2014 | PAGE

    By JIM BOWDENYOUNG engineers are shaping the framework for the acceptance of mass timber design and structure in Australia.

    A group of engineering students has returned from the World Conference on Timber Engineering in Canada pumped with new knowledge about engineered wood cross-laminated timber in particular and theyre ready and impatient to inspire their lecturers, employers and colleagues about why wood is the natural structural material

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  • PAGE | 25 AUGUST, 20142

    US-based Koppers Inc. has finalised the acquisition of the Osmose global wood preservation and North American railroad services business units.

    The global wood preservation business will be known as Koppers Performance Chemicals with Paul Goydan serving as president.

    The aggregate cash purchase price for the acquired businesses was $US494.1 million, which includes $27.3 million of cash in foreign countries as well as the value of an anticipated tax election that is expected to provide cash tax savings of about $7 million.

    Paul Goydan graduated with a double major (mathematics and geology) and earned his masters specialising in hydrogeology.

    Aged 24, Mr Goydan was appointed assistant research scientist with Koppers Company. He was promoted to research scientist and supervised multi-million-dollar projects.

    He was promoted to Koppers forest products division as supervisor of environmental engineering, later changing his career path into a profit centre position as marketing manager of specialty wood chemicals.

    Mr Goydan joined Osmose in 1983 at the age of 36. His first

    position was as vice-president of marketing at Osmoses headquarters in Buffalo, New York.

    The trading name Osmose Australia will continue for a short period with business operating as usual.

    Koppers is a leading integrated global supplier of carbon compounds and commercial wood treating products and services, headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. With annual sales of about $US1.5 billion and more than 1600 employees, the company operates facilities in the US, Canada, the UK, Denmark, the Netherlands, Australia and China.

    Primary end-markets include aluminum, railroad, rubber, utility, steel, and specialty chemicals and concrete industries.

    Acquiring the two Osmose businesses is an important step in our long-term growth strategy for Koppers, president and CEO Walt Turner said.

    The businesses fit well within our core competencies, expand both our chemicals offering and

    our existing railroad and utilities products and services platform, and provide additional growth opportunities as we gain leading market positions in strategic end-markets around the world.

    The synergies from the acquisition are expected to be at least $12 million, and we anticipate that the annual run rate will be realisable by the end of 2015.

    Osmose Australia general manger Elias Akle said the newly-formed Koppers Performance Chemicals business would continue to operate with little visible change.

    He said over the next several weeks, industry would receive updated information in regard to employee email address changes.

    Office telephone numbers and employee cell phone numbers would remain the same.

    We pride ourselves on being a preferred quality supplier, and we will continue to serve our clients as we have done in the past, Mr Akle said.

    Note: Koppers Inc. has no connection with drug manufacturer Lonza Group AG, based in Switzerland, which acquired Arch Chemicals (formerly Koppers Arch Wood Protection in Australia) for about $1.2 billion) in 2011.

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  • 325 AUGUST, 2014 | PAGE

    for large building projects.The visit was an inspiration

    for all of us; fellow students who knew little about timber will be absolutely pro-timber after a trip like this, enthused structural engineering graduate Lisa Thom, 23, who attended the international event in Quebec from August 10 to 14.

    The study tour was arranged by Forest and Wood Products Australia and supported by the Gottstein Trust.

    Theres comparatively little exposure to large timber projects in Australia, so the conference gave participants the opportunity to see the enormous activity thats happening on a global scale, FWPA managing director Ric Sinclair said.

    This was the third FWPA-organised student delegation to WCTE; in 2010 the conference was held in Italy and in 2016 it will be in Austria.

    The response this year was fantastic with participation from 21 university engineering departments, Mr Sinclair said.

    This underlines the value of the opportunity to engage and inspire the next generation of timber engineers for our sector.

    Lisa Thom, who is a structural engineer in timber solutions at Lend Lease, passed on the super-useful learning from WCTE to students when she presented her university thesis on cross-laminated timber at the young designers showcase at

    the University of Melbourne last Friday, an event organised by the Institute of Structural Engineers.

    She said working with Lend Lease had exposed her to the opportunities presented by CLT structural timber.

    After study tours like this, and if we continue to convince young engineers about woods values, well, then we can go back to our lecturers and employers and explain how good wood is and why it should be incorporated in buildings in a big way, Lisa said.

    There a great chance here. There are no negatives.

    She added: We really can do a lot more with timber. We must convince a lot more people in the building industry of woods tremendous potential. It really is possible.

    Lisa says she was both nervous and excited about meeting some real icons in mass timber design at the Quebec conference, people like Hans Blass of Germany who is doing amazing things with .the mechanical properties of CLT, and Robert Malczyk, a leading Canadian design and construction engineer who is developing the tall wood project and seismic design of CLT structures.

    Meeting Hans Blass was awesome because I referenced him a lot in my university thesis,

    Lisa said.FWPAs Boris Iskra, a structural

    engineer, who with Alastair Woodard of TPC Solutions, accompanied the students to Quebec, said there was great interaction between the post-graduate students.

    They were all very positive about timber, he said, and this will carry on through their professional lives.

    Im sure the engineering students they mix with will feed

    off this enthusiasm.Dr Woodard said the WCTE

    event had been a flat-out program and on top of tours and functions was very demanding.

    The students were great very committed and enthusiastic, he said.

    The event was an eye-opener for all of them, particularly the technical tour which included some very impressive timber members and some impressive

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    From P 1 Trailblazers .. young Australian engineering students at WCTE 2014 in Quebec, Canada, flanked by Alastair Woodward of TPC Solutions (left) and Boris, Iskra , Forest and Wood Products Australia.

    We must convince a lot more peopleabout woods tremendous potential asa primary material for large buildings

    COVER PICTURE: Front-row four-wards at a presentation on tall wood structures at the World Conference on Timber Engineering in Quebec, Canada, are structural engineering students Lisa Thom, Lend Lease, Marcus Kernahan, University of South Australia, Allison Goddard, University of New South Wales, and Angelina Lu Zhang, Monash University.

  • PAGE | 25 AUGUST, 20144

    TALL wood buildings have existed for centuries tall wooden pagodas equivalent to 19 storeys high were built in Japan and China some 1400 years ago and are still standing today.

    With the resurgence of modern mass timber products and systems, a renaissance in construction of tall wood buildings is becoming a reality. Mass timber products include glued-laminated timber (glulam), structural