Forestry 4.0

Challenges

What are the problems faced by the industry in this area?
Acute labour shortages (trucking, harvesting)
Inadequate connectivity in remote forest operations is preventing timely flow of information
Lack of reactivity and agility in the timber supply chain is creating opportunity losses

Actions

What does FPInnovations do to address the challenges?
Demonstrate advanced trucking technologies (autonomous trucks in mill yards, platooning systems on forest roads)
Test and deploy internet of forests (IoF) real-time connectivity throughout forest operations
Develop automated harvesting machines through robotics and exact forest inventories

Goals & Impacts

What are the goals to reach and what are the impacts on members?
In 2025 – 25 million m3 will be harvested by automated forestry machines, which accounts for 15% of annual harvesting in Canada
In 2025 – 25 million km will be driven by approximately 200 autonomous forestry trucks
In 2025 – $25 million/week in additional product value will be generated by the sector—an increase of 3.6%

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