Newsletter - Issue 56
Feature article

The future has arrived

STIHL is the world’s best-selling chainsaw brand, with STIHL known for its constant investment in research and development. Hayden Hutton, STIHL South Africa General Manager, says, “This is essential to keep our stable of products in line with the demands of our loyal consumers, and to retain our lead ahead of competitors in a tight marketplace. The latest STIHL chainsaw to be released locally is the MS 382, the enhanced version of the legendary MS 381, which until now has been the top selling chainsaw model in South Africa. The MS 382 follows a long line of popular STIHL chainsaws, which progressed from the O38 to the MS 380 and to the MS 381.”

Specially designed for the rigorous demands of professional forestry and agricultural applications, the 3,8kW MS 382 is a worthy successor to the MS 381. This is a robust fuel-powered chainsaw that is ergonomic and lightweight (6.2kg) with an excellent power to weight ratio and various enhanced features.

Controlling STIHL quality

The MS 382 has been developed in line with the exacting STIHL standards that are in place wherever STIHL machines are produced. Regardless of whether a machine is designed for professional or home users, STIHL never comprises on additional features. STIHL is one of the few manufacturers to control the quality of its products by producing the various elements: STIHL makes its own chain and guide bars, carburettors, crankshafts, pistons, cylinders, and outer housings.

There are STIHL plants in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, China, Brazil, Japan and the USA. STIHL in South Africa maintains high stock levels of machines and spares to ensure that consumers, supported by a nationwide network of expert STIHL dealers, are not inconvenienced.

A history interlinked with the chainsaw

STIHL’s history is based on the chainsaw. Company founder, German engineer Andreas Stihl, had a vision of transforming the timber industry of Europe in the 1920s, when saws used in forestry were hand-powered and unwieldy. When he released his prototype of the first engine-driven two-man saw in 1929, it changed the timber industry forever.

The STIHL two-man petrol-powered chainsaw was first introduced to South Africa in the late 1940s. Until this time, STIHL consumers were largely small-scale users, generally farmers. When the timber industry started to take off locally in the 1950s, STIHL was ready for the commercialisation of the sector, introducing a number of popular, tough chainsaws for professional forestry applications: the Contra, the O7S, the O7O and the flagship model, the O8S, which was introduced in the late 1970s-1980s. The one man harvesting system was introduced to South Africa in the mid-1970s, replacing the massive, heavy two-man saws with the STIHL O38, a revolutionary chainsaw design with an electronic ignition, anti-vibration feature and Quickstop™ chain brake system, designed to reduce the risk of injury in certain kickback situations.

Impressive fuel savings

The MS 382 has a modern 2-mix motor and delivers impressive fuel consumption, up to 20% less than previous models. Jonathan Rencken, Forestry Manager for Tree Fall Harvesters, whose teams have been working with the MS 382 for the past few months, comments, “This is a hassle-free machine that offers better fuel economy – we find we are saving a tank of petrol a day per machine, which is a significant saving.”

His comments are supported by Andre Barnardo, Procurement and Harvesting Manager for Treated Timber Products, who says, “The MS 382 has a lot of power yet is lighter than the MS 381, which makes my team happy. In addition, we are saving almost a litre and a half of fuel per daily set task.”

Enhanced features add quality

The STIHL Ematic™ bar lubrication system adds to the MS 382’s economy, ensuring longer wear and reducing chain oil consumption compared to conventional methods of chain lubrication (up to 50% less depending on the cutting attachment and the type of wood being cut). The enhanced fuel pump has a one-gear drive system and ensures a consistent and steady flow of oil to the saw chain links and guide bar rails.

In line with the STIHL emphasis on constant evolution of its products (without losing the iconic elements of the various popular models), the lightweight MS 382 has been developed to deliver an impressive professional-grade performance without loss of power. It is easier to service, more cost-effective to maintain, and more comfortable to operate (reduced noise, lower emissions and lighter, ergonomic design).

Other MS 382 features that have been re-engineered include an optimised crankshaft and an improved 100% aluminium flywheel with fewer fins that offers better cooling. Because there is less rotating mass, there is reduced wear on the main bearing and the crankshaft, resulting in enhanced reliability. The upgraded starter has a wheel made of polymer instead of aluminium for improved cooling; less dirt enters the cylinder fins, so there is less wear and need for maintenance.

Supported by the nationwide network of STIHL dealer outlets that offer advice, servicing and spares, this new flagship chainsaw, the STIHL MS 382, continues the legacy of powerful performance and superb after-sales service that has established STIHL as a global leader.

Contact: Andreas Stihl (Pty) Ltd
Forestry News

An Exciting New Agriculture and Forestry Industry Initiative

AGFO Expo is an impressive new initiative focusing on the joint interests & natural symbiosis between the Agriculture & Forestry Industry.  This first ever Agriculture & Forestry Expo will take place from Friday the 21st to Sunday the 23rd of October 2016 at the Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre in White River. read more

Invitation: ICFR/SAIF Seminars

Please join us for two excellent seminars coming up in August that promise to generate much discussion and interest! These events are jointly hosted by the ICFR and the KZN branch of the SAIF and all are welcome to attend. read more
All land claims after ’98 on hold
ALL land restitution claims made after December 1998 have been put on hold by the Constitutional Court, after the court found that Parliament did not properly consult the public before deciding to reopen the window for claims. The Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Act - which reopened the window for claims - was rushed through Parliament in 2014 ahead of national & provincial elections. read more
11th Fire Management Symposium
The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (George Campus) and Southern African Institute of Forestry (SAIF) invites you to the 11th Fire Management Symposium. Globally, effective wildfire management is impeded by a lack of integration between research results, technological development and efforts by fire managers to prevent, suppress and protect the environment, human wellbeing and assets against wildfire. read more
Forestry’s industrial revolution has job-creation potential
At a recent media briefing, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe stuck to his guns and refused to revise the gross domestic product (GDP) growth targets of 5.4 percent set out in the National Development Plan (NDP), despite the backdrop of stagnant economic growth since the 2008 financial crisis. read more
Memorandum on the potential legal liability of AgriSA members serving on DLRCs
Several farmers affiliated to Agri SA's members have been appointed by the Minister of Rural Development & Land Reform to represent organised agriculture on the District Land Reform Committees (DLRCs). According to the National Development Plan, DLRCs are supposed to identify 20% of land in each district & transfer it to previously disadvantaged individuals through the land reform programme. read more
Wattle Rust is Back
The wattle rust that was identified roughly 4-5 years ago has made its return in KZN. Its been lying dormant during the draught. Now with the wetter conditions the wattle rust has manifested itself once again. The above photos were taken in the KZN midlands in the Richmond area. All wattle farmers should be aware of this problem once again. read more
Forestry industry looks forward to exciting times
Forestry company Sappi says despite the gloomy economic times worldwide, it can still sustain jobs. The company owns almost 300 000 hectares of land countrywide & manages 100 000 hectares from contractors. Over 400 000 people are employed by Sappi in SA. Despite the on-going economic hardships & drought, the company keeps growing & about 900 000 people benefit from the company indirectly. read more
Draft Genus Exchange Regulations Suspended
After a 16-year long battle with the DWS, they finally agreed on 15 July 2016, to suspend the draft Genus Exchange regulations. As members will know, DWS had intended to use the regulations, to force timber growers to firstly apply for a licence or amendment to a licence, when switching genera & more importantly, insist on a blanket 30% reduction in plantation area, when switching from pine to eucalyptus. read more
9th International Woodfiber Resource and Trade Conference
We're excited to announce a program full of high level speakers from around the world. Known by many as "The Woodchip Conference," this unique conference is the only one that focuses on the international trade in woodchips & biomass, covering the entire supply chain from plantation forest through ocean transport and to overseas end-users. read more
Drier than ever in KZN as Umfolozi stops flowing
Umfolozi river, which courses through much of KwaZulu-Natal has dried up, as the drought in the province worsens. This is having a huge effect on areas such as St Lucia, the home of iSimangaliso Wetlands Park - a 332,000ha park and a World Heritage Site - Mtubatuba, Hluhluwe, Umhlabuyalingana, Jozini and Hlabisa. read more
WoodEX for Africa 2016 fulfills all expectations
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International News
Opportunity knocks for forestry sector
Timber prices are back to boom-time levels and long term demand will outstrip supply. The timber prices achieved in Ireland have traditionally been higher than those achieved in our nearest neighbour in the UK. read more
Metsä Group benefits from Brexit
Finnish forestry companies such as the Metsä Group are benefiting from the exchange rate turbulence following Brexit, Britain's referendum decision to leave the EU. The news comes as a surprise as many Finnish companies were forecast to suffer financially following Brexit, as Britain is an important trade partner. read more
The prices for globally traded hardwood chips fell to a record low in May 2016
Global trade of hardwood chips have trended upward for six years and totaled almost 24 million tons in 2015. By far, the two largest wood chip-importing markets are Japan and China, both countries with limited forest resources to supply the pulp industry read more
New Zealand log export volumes and prices have increased in 2016
New Zealand, the leading softwood log exporter in the world, increased log shipments to India and South Korea during the first five months of 2016, while exports to China were down, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. With total shipments trending higher read more
European sawlog prices have fallen over 9% in two years...
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Forest Engineering News
  • Andrew McEwan joins the CMO team read more
  • CMO launches a practical supervisor empowerment programme read more
  • Course: Management of mechainsed harvesting operations read more
Low-cost timber winch wins two UKZN student engineers the inaugural Agristars Forestry Award
FSA sponsored a cash prize of R60,000 towards the Agristars Youth Award for Forestry in partnership with DAFF. This prize was awarded to bioresources engineering students Lesego Mokou & Kholofelo Moloko from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. read more
Forestry harvester market report
A recently released report starts with an overview of the forestry harvesters market with definitions, classifications, applications and the industry chain structure. The Global Forestry Harvesters market analysis covers the international market including development history, competitive landscape analysis, and major regions development status. read more
Value Adding News
One of the world’s largest biomass fired plants to open
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Live demos of the latest products in building & construction. Exposure to 7 different co-located industry shows. Gain access to more than 200 local and 180 international suppliers under 1 roof. Learn about the latest industry trends at free-to-attend seminars. Get insights from industry-specific workshops and conferences run by key associations...  read more
Unpacking the "sapwood" ratio
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Tanalised® C Wood Preservative Stands The Test Of Time At A South African Landmark
The restoration of Chapman's Peak Drive in 2002 was one of the most innovative engineering developments to be undertaken & has attracted the admiration of nature lovers & tourists from all over the world. Part of the project was the construction of a Boardwalk in 2013, which perfectly showcased the beauty of wood in its natural flora & fauna surroundings. read more
The benefits of pre-fabricated timber roof trusses
The ITC-SA, South Africa's professional body and regulator of the engineered timber structure industry,offers insight into the benefits of pre-fabricated roof trusses and how to prevent costly and potentially dangerous situations arising from having a non-compliant, site-manufactured roof installed by an erector that is not ITC-SA accredited.  read more
Environmental News
FABI scientists participate in IUFRO task force workshop on forest biological invasions
IUFRO regularly establishes Task Forces to address pressing issues relating to forests & forestry globally.  One of the ten most recently established Task Forces deals with the crucially important issue of biological invasions & the huge damage that they are imparting. read more
Two Ralstonia species associated with bacterial wilt of Eucalyptus
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New rules on toxic waste
New regulations governing the classification of toxic waste will come into effect in August and, in anticipation, the Vissershok landfill site ceased its current waste analysis service at end of June.  Under the current regulations, your waste samples are tested at Vissershok at a cost of R 300 for each waste consignment... read more
How forests recover rapidly on logging roads in the Congo Basin
Large areas of tropical forest worldwide are used for selective logging which requires extensive road networks to access trees harvested for timber. It's well documented that building roads into intact forest can have consequences for forest ecosystems. This is because they lead to fragmentation & facilitate access for people which can lead to long-term forest... read more
Norway commits to zero deforestation
Norway is a leader in funding forest conservation around the world, and has also taken a stand for the human rights of forest communities. But now the country has announced that it will walk the walk itself.  In what's being hailed as a groundbreaking move, the Norwegian parliament pledged today that the government's public procurement policy will be going deforestation-free. read more
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