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January 9, 2019

Measuring contractor's financial sustainability

Profit is not the best measure for examining the performance of capital-intensive industries because it does not properly consider the capital, and cost thereof, required to be successful, writes Aaron Sinclair, president of Timber Tracks Inc. and principal at PNL Consulting. Instead, EBITDA is a better measure.

Editorial: Survey says

CFI’s 2018 Contractor Survey gives us an idea of where the problems lie. The reports may be controversial, but will hopefully start a national dialogue about the health of the industry and what the future will bring.

Chinese imports of hardwood chips reaches record highs: WRQ

Chinese pulpmills have continued to increase importation of hardwood chips throughout 2018, and import volumes reached a new record high of 3.5 million odmt in the 3Q/18 – 21 per cent higher than in the 3Q/17.

Positive heresy: unconventional saw filing tips

What is the right way to do any given task in a filing room? You might want to say, “Whatever you were taught in school,” or maybe, “Whatever works best,” but you would be wrong both times. The proper answer is: however the head filer tells you he wants it done.

Future of forestry uncertain as wildfires, infestations impact supply

With falling demand in the U.S., increasingly intense and frequent forest fires, and spreading insect infestations, the future of Canadian forestry is uncertain. This means production at sawmills, particularly in B.C., will have to be permanently reduced.
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OptiSaw presentations

OptiSaw welcomes presentation proposals

Attention manufacturers or researchers in the sawmill industry: Are you offering an innovative optimization or automation solution to modernize sawmill operations? Send us your proposal to present at OptiSaw on June 13 in Richmond, B.C. » Read more...
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Custom solutions: Carrier stays agile with fabrication shop

Carrier Lumber’s Tabor sawmill reflects the company’s motto: “A tradition of innovation and quality,” where traditional family values and a quality lumber product are produced with custom solutions tailored to each mill. The source of the bespoke equipment? Carrier Manufacturing, a fabrication shop owned by Carrier Forest Products Ltd. » Read more...

TLA Convention & Trade Show

January 16 – 18, 2019
Location: Vancouver, B.C.
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B.C. Natural Resources Forum

January 22 – 24, 2019
Location: Prince George, B.C.
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Western Forestry Contractors’ Association Conference & Trade Show

January 30 – February 1, 2019
Location: Victoria, B.C.
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PaperWeek 2019

February 4 – 7, 2019
Location: Montreal
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OFIA 76th Annual Meeting & Convention

February 27, 2019
Location: Toronto, Ont.
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