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Production and marketing of timber in Europe / PromotE.

Project Leader
Pertlik Ewald, Project Leader
Duration:
01.12.1996-31.12.1999
Programme:
FAIR (FP4)
Type of Research
Applied Research
Project partners
SkogForsk, SE-75007 Uppsala, Sweden.
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Staff
BOKU Research Units
Institute of Forest Engineering
Funded by
Commission of the European Communities, Rue de la Loi, Brussels, European Union
Abstract
The basic aim of this project is to develop and enhance the efficiency of timber production and timber trade in Europe by jointly introducing new information and processing technology on a broad scale throughout the wood chain and by incorporating successful features from one country in the development of the industry in an other (bench marking). The advances in relation to current state of the art would be to introduce and to improve wherever possible fully mechanised harvester technology in most countries of the European Union. The harvesters will optimise the timber output according to end use, and in the most advanced case studies, operate them online with the industry using tree length optimising software from the present tree length terminals. Support systems to find out the market needs, the optimal stand for every type of demand, the best grading system according to end use will also be developed. The advances in relation to current state of the art would be to introduce and to improve wherever possible fully mechanised harvester technology in most countries of the European Union. The harvesters will optimise the timber output according to end use, and in the most advanced case studies, operate them on-line with the industry using tree length optimising software similar to or from the present tree length terminals. Support systems to find out the market needs, the optimal stand for every type of demand, the best grading system according to end use will also be developed. The study starts by describing the most important marketing and production systems in Europe and with this mapping as a platform conduct, in cooperation with the partners, a series of investigations and practical tests to complete and improve the present methods and systems. The concluding phase includes the design of a modelling activity based on data from the earlier steps and an evaluation analysis with proposals and strategies for practical implementation of the best solutions found.
Keywords
forest technology; wood industry;
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