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Tenco is one of New Zealand’s largest exporters of forest products. We have built to this position since 1991 when the company was set up to export lumber to growing Asian export markets. Experience and reputation count; from small beginnings Tenco has become the largest independent exporter of New Zealand lumber and New Zealand’s 4th largest log exporter. Tenco has a regular shipping program of their own log vessels and in combination with these and other ships currently calls at 7 New Zealand ports (5 North Island and 2 South Island).
Tenco buys standing forests. Tenco regularly buys smaller tracts of forest to harvest immediately or immature forests to hold until harvest time. A deal with Tenco is a certain transaction. The owner and Tenco will agree on a value of the tree crop and then Tenco will pay this amount to the owner either in a lump sum amount or on rate per volume unit out-turn from the forest depending on the nature of the tree crop.
Tenco is actively interested in buying harvestable forests or trees from areas including all the North Island (except the Gisborne and East Coast districts) and Nelson & Marlborough in the South Island .
If you own a forest in this area (16 years and older) and are ready to enter into this kind of agreement Tenco is interested to develop something with you.
Please contact: Josh.Bannan@tenco.co.nz
Work: +64 7 357 5356 Mobile: +64 21 921 595 www.tenco.co.nz
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Thursday, June 27, 2019
The talk of transitioning to a low carbon energy future seems to be more about continuing the status quo rather than actually having a transformation. It seems also to be a factor of supporting vested interests.
The focus still seems to be on electricity and not energy.
A true transformation analysis would look at the renewable natural resources we have and ask how can we extract the maximum economic wealth and wellbeing out of them to meet our community needs, including that of energy. By focusing the discussion on how we can produce electricity and use energy today limits our opportunities for transition.
Biomass is 100% renewable and is available nearly everywhere. Processing biomass provides food, construction, biochemicals and energy products. Its sourcing affects land use. Processing it creates jobs, regional economic benefits and products for trade. An analysis starting from what we can do with biomass would show that many of these, including energy, are co-products and optimisation of output would show the importance of the interactions between the pathways. Yet what is happening today is that policy analysts are treating energy as if it were separated from the other product streams. The additionality of any energy project is ignored.
Many of the renewable energy sources such as solar and wind produce only electricity and have few other community benefits. There is only one supplier of solar and wind resource. A single piece of equipment will convert the resource into a useable form. And the distribution and sale of the useable energy tends to have one or two players. On the other hand the sourcing and transformation of biomass and waste into heat, electricity or a transport fuel requires a number of parties to work together and the community benefits may be a significant component of a bioenergy or biofuels project.
To achieve optimised renewable energy from biomass and waste requires integration of land use, forestry, waste and business growth strategies. This necessitates facilitation and leadership from central and local government so that bioenergy and biofuels can contribute to the wellbeing benefits, including that of climate change, that we all seek.
News items in this issue show some of those local government entities who are stepping up to the mark, it is a pity that central government policy makers aren't standing with them.
Monday, May 06, 2019
“You have many contacts among the lumberjacks
To get you facts when someone attacks your imagination…
But something is happening here and you don't know what it is
Do you, Mr Jones?" Ballad of a Thin Man; - Bob Dylan
The trouble with specialty timbers is they're like Ostrich feathers the niche market can disappear before your eggs have hatched.
Back in the wood old days when I was alive we had a whole lot of products made of what would now be called specialty timbers:
Road-men with picks, shovels and wooden wheel barrows excavated the carriage-way. There were wooden road paving blocks. Scows sailed up on the beach at high tide for the wooden trucks to come down at low tide and take the shingle cargo.
“Butter-box” buses were built from kahikatea, the same timber used for curd vats and factory butter-churns. Wooden phones as big as your head, were fixed to the wall, connected by wire slung on eucalypt poles to a wooden switchboard. Eventually the poles rotted off and the worms under-grounded the network. No NIR sensor, nor any other such tools that a farm forester takes for granted today.
I first came across the farm foresters while I was studying at Salignadale. They were very old men dressed in period costume driving vintage trucks heavily laden down by a single log hanging off the back. Around that time it began to be seen that there was a need to grow more trees, and fast.
A body of evidence was built up by the NZFFA & the Forest Service (later FRI) on the performance of the durability class 3 (D3) eucalypts: E botryoides and E saligna and their hybrids; as well as the D2 & D3 eucalypts E pilularis and the stringybarks. These were trialled. They were grown well on forestry sites, easily milled and built with The pudding has been eaten: that's the proof. There continue to be growers with healthy E saligna crosses having minimal end splitting.
Cut to now, with proposed anthropogenic global warming; a perceived need for lots of trees growing fast; greater competition for higher classes of soils; disruptive technology, and social change. Are the plantation owners really backing a programme fit for a future of higher risk and tighter constraints?
What else is changing for specialty woods before your next crop is harvested? Environmentally benign in-ground timber treatments derived from forestry by-product; precisely-controlled post-avoiding horticultural robots; electronic fencing; tiny houses; eating out.
Perhaps add in the advertised effects of global warming. In addition to recognised harder droughts and significant warming, there's, greater climatic variability; stronger storms; salt winds driven further inland; more severe rain events; humidity extremes; higher erosion, wind-throw, etc.
Take in a groundswell of public and consumer distaste for environmental degradation;
along with a greater competition for higher classes of soils by horticulture, lifestyle blocks; and urban sprawl may mean that available land close to a port is insufficient for the industry.
Keeping these points in mind, we may note that the plantation owners have allocated the bulk (60%) of eucalypt research funding to three ground durable species of relatively low productivity; nothing to the faster growing and sometimes better D3 species; and then 40% to the non-durable ones.
In the narrow scope of profitability: the research into non-durable species will be useful for areas that continue to be cold enough. But the ash group of eucalypts are becoming uncomfortable with the heat in the northern portion of this pot. Ground durable species from relatively non-variable climates should also be considered with a lot more caution. There's been very good growth of some D1 eucalypt shelterbelts, but on horticultural soils only.
The most fit eucalypts to be the plantation owners’ “ideal forest tree” and also to meet the strategic objectives of their Science and Innovation Plan are some of the D2 to D3 stringybarks. The most applicable research is in the NZFFA/FRI (now SCION) stringybark programmes the backing for which has been left to a small number of unfashionable farm foresters. Jst as it was at Salignadale.
This may be the closest you've gotten to a market risk analysis. Mr Jones.
[ further indepenent farm forestry blog posts can be found at https://forestneeds.wordpress.com ] ð
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