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Austimber 2016

Austimber 2016 was held in the Latrobe Valley, Victoria from the 12th to the 16th of April. The Austimber conference, field trips and demonstrations brought together experts, manufacturers, trainers, employers and operators from around the country and overseas.

Demonstrations on site varied from forwarder competitions, harvesting, in-field chippers and in-field processors. The site also contained leading forestry machinery manufactures from CAT, Tigercat, Komatsu and Warratah just to name a few. As well as forestry machines, there were manufactures on site covering haulage, safety (ROPS and FOPS), tires, oil and technology displaying new and innovative products.

Many of the machinery manufacturers are demonstrating advances in operator comfort and training. Cabin/operator comfort is being developed to increase productivity and well-being of the operator. The increased access to simulator training technology is increasing the ability of contractors to get staff training hours up within a safe environment. The simulator training environment can be used by employers to assess a safe level of competency of a user before entering a work site.

Experienced contractors tend to pick a brand and stick with them. This makes it difficult for new and established manufacturers to win over these contractors with their products. Therefore all manufacturers invest a lot of time and money into innovative and exciting new technologies to win over established contractors. Many of these new technologies were on display during the 5 day event.

PF Olsen Australia and the Forestsmart team were on site meeting many of our valued clients and potential new clients. Discussions were had with our clients around development ideas for our current safety management system. All feedback is helpful and welcome to further improve the system.