ESTONIAN timber tech company Timbeter has signed a deal to distribute its solutions in Japan.

The company’s digital workflow management solutions for the timber industry will be distributed and resold through Japanese construction material supplier Itochu Kenzai Corporation.

With this agreement, Timbeter’s solutions will be available to the Japanese forestry industry, as well as other sectors that use timber in their processes. Itochu Kenzai Corporation engages in domestic trading, import/export, and overseas trading of various housing materials, wood products and materials, and design and construction, among other services and products.

Itochu Kenzai Corporation is a subsidiary of Itochu Corporation, one of the leading trading companies in Japan, which operates in many sectors including textiles, energy, metals, minerals, and food.

Timbeter’s technology uses the capabilities of Artificial Intelligence, machine learning and cloud computing for measuring roundwood to create inventories and reports, trace shipments throughout the logistics chain, and control volumes throughout the supply chain.

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Timbeter’s solutions, which include mobile applications for iOS and Android, as well as a cloud platform, are all available in Japanese. Timbeter also offers support for the JAS (Japanese Agricultural Standard) formula, along with other formulas used around the world.

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Yasuo Toyoda, Itochu Kenzai Corporation executive officer and senior general manager in the wood products division, commented: “It is a social responsibility to effectively use domestic forestry resources from the perspective of land conservation. We consider that the active domestic forestry and wood industry is relevant to the effective use of the forestry resources.”

Mr Toyoda added that Itochu Kenzai Corporation believes broad familiarisation with Timbeter’s technology “will promote the digitalisation of the forestry and wood industry as well as the optimisation of operations and help the industry active”.

Anna-Greta Tsahkna, CEO of Timbeter, said: “We are glad to cooperate with Itochu KENZAI Corporation to bring the innovative Timbeter technology to the Japanese market to help companies become more efficient and to manage their timber sustainably.

“I think it is very important that Itochu Kenzai Corporation has validated Timbeter’s technology on its own operations to clearly understand the benefits and positive side effects it brings.”

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