20-21 September 2017
Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
26-27 September 2017
Rotorua, NEW ZEALAND
WoodTECH provides a unique independent platform for Australasian companies to evaluate the very latest wood scanning, sawmilling equipment and mill maintenance tools from around the globe.

2017 Event Summary

What was WoodTECH 2017?

It was certainly a full house – in both Australia and New Zealand. The WoodTECH 2017 technology series that focussed on sawmilling or green-mill operations drew in a record number of over 400 delegates in September 2017. It was the largest gathering yet seen of sawmilling companies, saw-doctors and technology providers from around the globe in Australasia.

The series run by the Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA) included:

1. World-Class Exhibitions

Exhibitors involved included; WoodEye, Sweden | ScanMeg, Canada | Linck | Germany | DO2, Canada | Gilbert, Canada | Prinz, Austria | VAB Solutions, Canada | Carbotech International, Canada | LMI Technologies, Canada | Nicholson Manufacturing, Canada | Metriguard, USA | Holtec, NZ | Keymatic Technology, Australia | Braford Industries, Australia | Z-TEC, Canada | Andritz Iggesund Tools, NZ | Supply Services, NZ | Thode Knife & Saw, Acora Reneco, Australia | Finlease, Australia | Saito, NZ | Kleentek, Australia |Spraying Systems, NZ | USNR/Soderhamn Eriksson, USA/Canada | Autolog, Canada | HewSaw, Finland | MiCROTEC, Italy | JoeScan, USA | Tui Technology, NZ | Optimil Machinery, Canada | Checkmate Precision Cutting Tools, NZ | SalesTech/AKE, Australia | GreCon, Germany | ILS, NZ | Lucidyne Technologies, USA | Lakeland Steel, NZ | SiCam Systems, Canada | The BID Group, Canada | Toi Ohomai, NZ | Fire Protection Technologies, Australia | BraveGen, NZ | SEW Eurodrive, NZ | Baxley Logpro, USA | Lewis Controls, USA | EWD, Germany | SPRINGER, Austria | Finsan Inc, USA | Precision Manufacturing, Canada | PMP Solutions, Canada | Stinger, Australia | California Saw & Knife Works, USA. 

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2. Technology Updates

Short focussed presentations, quick-fire technology updates and a large number of exhibitions provided a unique platform for leading tech providers and innovators to outline the very latest wood scanning, sawing, and mill optimisation technologies best suited to local sawmilling operations. 

3. Practical Workshops

A comprehensive series of practical troubleshooting workshops were also run throughout the two days in each country. They were specifically designed alongside industry for sawmill production and operational staff. They provided the opportunity for local sawmills to hear how they could extract the best performance out of their own saws, machine centres and sawing operations. 

The objective was to encourage sawmill teams - management, mill production, saw-doctors and maintenance staff - to take advantage of the line-up of international specialists being brought into the region. This ensured that teams from local mills were collectively able to put the practical learnings from the event into practice once back on their own work site. 

Workshops of between 60-120 minutes were given on;

  • Quality & lumber size control
  • Troubleshooting and improving band-mill, gang and board edger performance
  • Selecting, operating and maintaining log carriage and optimiser (softwood and hardwood) operations
  • Saw-guide selection, installation, operation and maintenance

Where to from here?

Feedback from the WoodTECH 2017 series from delegates, sponsors and exhibitors has been excellent. A follow-up programme for sawmilling companies will follow in 2-3 years. 

1) Wood Manufacturing

After an absence of years, FIEA will be running a WoodTECH programme in September 2018. It will run again in both New Zealand and Australia. The focus will though be on Dry-mill operations – It will include; timber scanning and optimisation, plant design, automation, cross cutting and ripping, finger-jointing, timber gluing and laminating, timber machining, kiln drying and timber finishing technologies.

Already we have a listing of local and international companies who have expressed their interest in either exhibiting (space at WoodTECH 2017 SOLD OUT) or presenting at WoodTECH 2018. If interested in registering your interest on being involved, please contact brent.apthorp@fiea.org.nz

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2) WoodTECH Website 

Up until now, there has been no formal mechanism for regular communication for those working in saw-doctoring, sawmilling, wood manufacturing, wood treatment or wood products companies in Australasia. Now there is. FIEA is stepping in to assist. 

Between regular technology events, we’ll be providing this updated website as a new independent platform for wood processing and manufacturing companies. It’s going to provide you with;

  • more regular communication
  • information and news relevant to your own job, business and operation
  • technology updates and troubleshooting materials
  • key leads and contact information on global technology leaders, and
  • solve issues and provide advice if needed

We’ll be building this platform and resource over the next 12 months and so will be welcoming your input, advice and suggestions on how we can improve this new service. Its set up for local mills and wood producers. We’re dependent on your buy-in. It’s a service we think will finally improve communication across all those working within this part of the sector.

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Who Attended?
Over 400 representatives from the New Zealand and Australian wood processing industries, including:
  • Sawmill site managers
  • Sawmill green-mill, production and engineering managers
  • Mill supervisors, maintenance and production staff
  • Mill and lumber Q.C. personnel
  • Saw-doctors
  • Local and international equipment, product and service suppliers

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Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

WoodTECH offers a tremendous opportunity for companies supplying equipment, products and services to Australasia’s wood processing, manufacturing and wood products industries.

In 2017 this event attracted over 270 industry representatives and, while we had space for more than 30 sponsors and exhibitors, these places sold out well in advance of WoodTECH 2017 running.

WoodTECH 2018 is already being planned, with the major focus in 2018 being on New Zealand and Australia's wood manufacturing producers. We already have strong interest in the sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities available. This will likely be another event where getting in early will be essential to avoid missing out. Early partners will also benefit from exposure in the regular technology updates we will be providing the WoodTECH community.

Sponsorship and branding opportunities are also available for other Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA) events and in the region’s most widely read weekly e-newsletters, Friday Offcuts and WoodWeek.

For a full range of sponsorship, exhibition and branding options, please contact Gordon Thomson, Sponsorship Manager, (+64) 7 921 1384 or (+64) 27 275 8022, gordon.thomson@fiea.org.nz.

2017 Event Sponsors

FIEA Partners

Media Partners

Event Supporters

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FIEA

Since 1998 the Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA), a division of Innovatek Ltd, has run an extensive series of technology related events for Australasian forest products companies. Over 200 conferences, trade shows and exhibitions have been run for local companies.

FIEA’s objective is to improve the performance and productive capability of forestry and wood products companies in the region. It is now recognized as one of the most effective information providers for the Australasian forestry & wood products industries.

FIEA Contact Details

  (+64) 7 921 1382
  1800 126 398 (from Australia)

  • Rotorua Office

    Forest Industry Engineering Association

    Building X91, Sala Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand

    PO Box 1230, Rotorua 3040, New Zealand

    Ph (+64) 7 921 1382

  • Dunedin Office

    Forest Industry Engineering Association

    c/o Distinction Dunedin Hotel, 6 Liverpool Street, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand

    PO Box 904, Dunedin 9054, New Zealand

    Ph (+64) 3 470 1902

Forest Industry Engineering Association: A division of Innovatek Ltd

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