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Swedish technology outlined to north forestry industry

29 September 2015

Around 60 north forestry professionals will hear how to get the best from the technology built into their timber harvesting machines when a Swedish forestry expert visits the Highlands and Islands this week.

The Highlands and Islands Forest Industry Cluster (HIFIC) is behind the event being held at the Scottish School of Forestry, at Balloch, Inverness this Wednesday, 30th September. HIFIC events stimulate a great deal of discussion and the latest thinking around important subjects in the forestry sector.

This week’s event provides a valuable insight into maximising the potential benefits of technology often found in the cabs of forestry machinery like harvesters and forwarders. A wide range of forestry workers, from harvesters, processors and contractors to estate personnel, managers and public sector employees will attend the event.

Norbord who employ 135 people at its Inverness mill where it manufactures engineered wood-based panel products has kindly supported this week’s event.

Chairman of HIFIC Neil Stoddart said: “Like many other sectors, embracing technology is key to remaining competitive locally, nationally and globally. Much of the forestry machinery currently working in the north of Scotland is equipped with technology that allows valuable information to be gathered for operators, contractors, and owners of woodland amongst others, but it isn’t currently being used to its full potential in Scotland.

“Our main speaker for the evening, John Arlinger from Skogforsk in Sweden, is at the cutting edge of developing these technologies and he will provide a valuable insight for those attending. John will outline what the technology is capable of; how it is used in Scandinavia; the benefits to be gained by embracing these technologies; and the technology that the next generation of forestry machinery will be equipped with.”

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has provided core funding to HIFIC to deliver eight events over a two-year period, as well as the services of a facilitator to help organise these.

Caoimhe McCarthy, HIE’s Development Manager Energy Infrastructure and Supply Chain said: “Bringing an international dimension to our impressive programme of events demonstrates the considerable experience HIFIC members bring to the north of Scotland’s forestry sector.

“Attracting Skogforsk’s John Arlinger from Sweden will help build on other events held over the last 12 months. These have seen a range of other local, regional and national speakers share their knowledge on different subjects to enable those attending to gain valuable insights into the latest forest industry developments and thinking.”

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