Together with industry, the Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA) will be communicating much more regularly with sawmilling, wood manufacturing and timber preservation companies along with key suppliers to this part of the sector.
Who is the new service aimed at?
The plan at this stage is to include site managers, production and engineering staff, green-mill and dry-mill managers, saw-doctors, those involved in mill maintenance, kiln drying, timber machining, finger-jointing, wood finishing, timber treatment …. Anyone really that’s involved in wood products in Australasia.
Why set it up?
Many of the industry networks such as the saw-doctor’s groupings that worked so well in the past, in both Australia and New Zealand, no longer exist. WoodTECH delegates and those involved over the years with events run by FIEA have suggested a platform for more regular communication and networking amongst themselves really needs to be set up. WoodTECH delegates have suggested that the website (www.woodtech.events), used for the latest sawmilling series in September this year, is the logical tool or vehicle to make this happen.
What will it include?
The plan is not to cover the many excellent services currently being supplied by existing industry associations. Instead, we have to set up a platform that can be actively used by those working within the industry. It can be used during the year rather than meeting in and around the wood processing, manufacturing and timber treatment tech events that are being run by FIEA.
As well as annual technology gatherings, the WoodTECH website will now be used to provide the very latest updates on breaking news, research results, reports, troubleshooting tips, practical guidelines to improve operating efficiencies, information on new technology and links for those involved in processing, manufacturing or treating wood in Australasia.
At this early stage, WoodTECH and Wood Innovations delegates that have attended FIEA events over the last couple of years have been added to this new community of blog subscribers. We’ll start here. If you are not subscribed, or you have team members to add, please subscribe directly using the link below (or via the website).
Contributions, recommendations, leads and advice on what you’d like added will certainly be welcomed.
- Subscribe to WoodTECH (if you are not already)
- Got a new story or resource you want to submit to WoodTECH?
The plan is to send out regular updates during the year. We’ll keep in touch.