SCA is participating in a comprehensive project to develop autonomous forestry machines. The goal is to make things easier for operators and ultimately to be able to control forwarders from an office. The forest industry is now entering into the development of automated work tasks. With the Auto2 project, the forest industry wants to use the technology to develop autonomous forwarders – the machines that carry the harvested timber to the forest road. Auto2 will begin by focusing on the machines themselves, giving them the capability to plan their driving, move through the terrain and make sure that there is a safety zone around the machine so that no one is injured. Click read more below for additional detail.
Catalyst Paper has announced that two of its machines have been turned off, as of last Friday, November 30th.
President and CEO Ned Dwyer said one machine at Powell River’s mill and one at Port Alberni’s mill have been shut down for a temporary ten-day period.
He noted that the temporary stoppage will affect around 140 employees at both mills, according to the company.
“The company is working to balance labour and production time to mitigate layoffs,” Dwyer said in a statement.
Dwyer also said the curtailment is due to the “sudden weakness in Asian markets”, where the company had increased its sales following recent U.S. trade actions.
“The shortage of economic fibre in the province and extremely high natural gas prices limit our ability to respond more effectively to these market-related changes.”
The company noted that the curtailment of the two paper machines will not affect existing customer orders or the company’s pulp production.