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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Sales of Russian sawn softwood products


Sales of Russian sawn softwood products to export markets demonstrate strong growth at the beginning of 2017. 

Traditional seasonal decrease of shipments of sawn wood resulting from the long New Year holidays this year had a slight impact on the dynamics of export volumes. 

In January-February 2017, the export volume of sawn softwood products from Russia amounted to 3.6 million m3 (+19% YoY) worth $448 million (+20% YoY).

Significant growth of sales was completely provided by the main consumer of Russian sawn softwood products — China, which in the two months of 2017 increased purchases from Russia by 41% to 2.1 million m3. 

Thus, the share of China in the total sales amount of sawn softwood products from Russia amounted to 58%.

Read more on: http://whatwood.ru/english/in-jan-feb-2017-demand-for-russian-softwood-lumber-grew-19-to-3-6-million-m3/



Sunday, June 11, 2017

Your Service Team


When you contact your service team, you naturally expect for good customer service.

But what is good? Is it still the same as 30 years ago?

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Focus on China 2017


Competition from Chinese imports may have cost some Americans jobs. Economists have found that, of the fall in manufacturing  jobs between 1990 and 2007, one-quarter could be attributed to a surge in imports from China.

What a company such as Apple would have done without low-cost Chinese assembly workers is unknowable. Nevertheless, American shoppers were able to buy cheaper stuff.

Americans were able to buy products to lower prices and this raised consumer's incomes by the equivalent of 13-percentage-point cut in tariffs.

It also helped poor Chinese workers get richer, which should be regarded as a positive development from a global perspective.

Source: The Economist, March 2017





Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Terex® Fuchs material handlers


„For decades now, our company’s name has signified top-class products and inventiveness. Innovation, quality and customer focus - we have stood by these core values down the changing years. With our focus on key sectors of the materials handling industry, we continue to develop material handlers to the highest standard, and offer excellent service to our customers. Take a look at our innovative, powerful solutions - and let Terex® Fuchs material handlers give your material flow a whole new dynamic."

Dominik Vierkotten, 
General Manager
Terex® Fuchs

Source: http://www.terex-fuchs.com/en/company/fuchs.html

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Cut-to-length operators learn in the woods on the job

Good harvester - forwarder operators are hard to find, however. Most contractors working cut-to-length processors in the woods learn on the job.

But it’s not something you can learn overnight. George Merrill from Maine, USA, said "it took him a year and a half to get proficient with his first processor".

“It’s just paying attention,” he said.

But it’s paying attention to many things at once. The trail, the stranding trees, working the joysticks, making sure the computer that cuts the logs to length is doing so accurately.

Source: Forests For Maine



Sunday, February 05, 2017

The change of Power


I almost missed the entire party because I was late in the Office figuring out how to send a video footage the next day from our point of observation.

There're these long, winding conversations  over long hallways. You get into the building and it's pretty small and very crowded.

You can't really say much more than your name and where you're from before you hit the door. We also saw that people's names were taped to the doors.

In terms of figuring out who would be in what office, we looked at the floor plan, and we had a plan to put most of those responsible into the right physical location.

For the communications team, especially the team on the spot, you realize that you are going to be working with full access to all material in the newsroom, the transition is going to be smooth.

The briefing-room door is almost always open. It's hard to have a confidential conversation when there is a dozen reporters standing in your office.

Close your eyes and imagine the physical space at the campaign - one giant room. Desks of people collaborating throughout the day.

But ultimately this is a good thing. Dealing with reporters face-to-face will lead to better relationships. You'll better understand each other as human beings.

Some of them know the history. They've been around for quite some time. Has it always been like this? Maybe.






Saturday, February 04, 2017

Energy Intensive Industrial Background


Our energy intensive industrial background has taught us to handle big-ticket engineering, process development, and knowledge management projects in industries close to our head and hearth.


Sunday, January 15, 2017

The Virtual Sales Person is travelling the world to find new clients and prospects

Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers

Planning Your Process Management Changes for 2017

Muutos = Change
Uudistuminen = Modernization 
Menestys = Success
Kansainvälistyminen = Internationalization

MUMK = CMSI
We'll pull together the Top 50 Data Mining Innovation Applications of 2017.

The Rise of the Smart Creative makes life easier for technology innovators. 

Explaining what Emotional Intelligence has to do with Productivity and Innovation?

At the beginning of each month, we will profile the most interesting DM applications we've studied or stumbled upon.

 How to listen, interpret and respond to the weak signals of your prospects and clients.

The Future of The Internet of Things (IoT).

Pushing Innovation as a Service!

Presenting Transformative Trends in Process Productivity Analysis.

Why Collaboration Is Still The New Competitive Advantage.

How the Impossible Becomes Possible through open global collaboration.

Why Silly Mistakes Lead to Bigger and more Productive Innovations.

Explaining Innovation and the Organizational Culture.


Thursday, September 22, 2016

The history and present of Industrial Kokkola

Kemira and Outokumpu were strong players in Kokkola since the 1960s.There has been changes in the ownerships of the companies and new opportunities are looming around the next corner.

The Port of Kokkola is integrated to the industrial park, even though only a third of the goods shipped from the port originate from the factories in the area. One third consists of the transit traffic from Russia, while the rest comprises container traffic and general cargo.

The area boasts Finland's only all-weather terminal (AWT) where fright can be discharged and loaded under roof. One of the Port's main competitive advantages stems from good rail connections, combined with the fact that rail gauge in Finland is the same as in Russia and China.

The port and its connections to the rail network is KIP's main success factor. The access to qualified professionals in the region as well as investments in security and environment has also contributed to Kokkola's good reputation as a site for chemical production.

 One of the speakers 2014: Professor Johan Sjöblom (born in Pietarsaari) speaking at the Kokkola Material Week about a new paradigm in Water / Oil / Gas Separation Offshore. Department of Chemical Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, 7491 Trondheim Norway
Johan Sjöblom has been Professor in surface and colloid chemistry and the Head of the Ugelstad Laboratory at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim from January 1st 2002.
The present owners and big players at the Kokkola Industrial Park are:
  •     Boliden: zinc, sulfuric acid (Boliden's zinc plant one of the largest in the world)
  •     Feeport Cobalt: cobalt
  •     Yara: feed phosphates, potassium sulfate
  •     Woikoski: oxygen, nitrogen and argon gas, carbon dioxide
  •     Air Liquid: oxygen, carbon dioxide
  •     Tetra: calcium chloride
  •     Nordkalk: lime
  •     CABB: organic fine chemicals
  •     Kokkola Power: electricity, heat, steam
  •     Kokkolan Voima: electricity, district heating

Analyzing Kokkola Material Week 2014

Why did we go?  We wanted to know. KIP - the Kokkola Industrial Park - is the largest manufacturing site of inorganic chemicals in the Nordic region. Impressive, sure, we wanted to find out more about Kokkola, its research and development, scientific goals, future plans, and analyze present problems and opportunities.

The companies in the area do annually invest 50 million € in modernizations.

Furthermore, a combined investment of more than 100 million € in new production facilities by a number of companies at the KIP area have been made.

KOKKOLA MATERIAL WEEK

The KMW 2014 material chemistry event was held for the second time. Experts from ten countries with scientific, industrial and administrative backgrounds got together to learn, discuss, and network about material science, metals, nanotechnology, biomass, recycling, industrial symbiosis, lithium and natural products.

During the 2'nd Material Week more than 50 experts were covering a rich assortment of themes:
  •     biorefining
  •     nanotechnology
  •     sustainability
  •     leather
  •     metals
  •     industrial symbiosis (networking and collaboration)
  •     new technologies linked with business development
The session topics were dealing with futuristic point of views, catalysis, process intensification, biomass utilization, coating, REACH, LCA, industrial side streams, oil recovery and burgeoning lithium supplies from the region.