For Our Future – Regional Forestry Collaborative Leadership Program

For Our Future – Regional Forestry Collaborative Leadership Program

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Industry Advisory Groups - FWPA encouraging participation

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Facilitating Technology Transfer

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Investing in Research and Development

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Building Capacity and Education

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Promoting our Industry and Products

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Industry Image Library

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FWPA Review of Performance

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We would welcome your involvement in an FWPA interest group.

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A market assessment and evaluation of structural roundwood products from hardwood pulp plantations

This project assessed the market for using small diameter roundwood (such as pulp logs and thinnings from sawlog plantations) as innovative building products. Using steam the poles are bent around a form to produce arched structural members providing a wide range of design options. Roundwood products have a range of advantages over sawn boards such as: improved strength attributes for equivalent cross-sectional area; reduced processing costs, lower embodied energy and reduced wastage due to minimal processing activities.

Senior architecture students from the University of Queensland produced designs for roundwood structures. Some of these concepts were included in a survey emailed to over 1,200 stakeholders representing a broad cross section of forest growers, designers, specifiers, engineers, timber industry representatives and users. The results provided an optimistic view for the potential of small, roundwood structures with 87% of respondents indicating that they liked the overall impression of the designs and concepts, versus 13% who were neutral.

Reference Number:
PRA154-0910

Findings Report:
FINAL_Report_Roundwood_pre-study_20091214.pdf

 

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Promoting the Advantages of Wood Products

Promoting the Advantages of Wood Products

Promoting the benefits and use of forest and wood products, in line with community attitudes, environmental awareness and market trends.

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Aligning Products to Market Needs

Aligning Products to Market Needs

Ensuring that the industry’s products and services are fit-for-purpose, appropriately aligned to market needs and their availability better communicated to key influencers.

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Assisting Value Chain Optimisation

Assisting Value Chain Optimisation

Increasing the value and volume recovery from existing resources to ensure that all wood fibre is utilised to its highest and best purpose.

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Increasing Resource Availability and Reducing Risk

Increasing Resource Availability and Reducing Risk

Increasing the availability of wood fibre to support an expanding market and associated manufacturing capacity.

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Impacting Decision Making and Industry Capability

Impacting Decision Making and Industry Capability

Ensuring that the industry has the skills and systems necessary to support improved decision making by all players across the value chain.

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