19-20 August 2020, Rotorua, NEW ZEALAND

25-26 August 2020, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

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

WoodTECH 2020 Theme: Timber Manufacturing, Dry-mill Optimisation and Robotics & Automation

WoodTECH 2020 | Event Details

What's Planned?

The Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA) is now providing regular annual technology updates for sawmilling and wood manufacturing companies across New Zealand and Australia. In addition, monthly updates are being provided through newsletters.

The technology events alternate every year between wood scanning, sawing and green-mill optimisation and dry-mill and wood manufacturing technologies. In 2019, the focus was on the green-mill. For 2020, the focus is on innovations and new technologies around dry-mill, wood treatment and timber manufacturing operations.

Like the previous event, short focussed presentations, quick-fire technology updates and a large number of exhibitions will be used to provide a unique platform for local mills and manufacturers to learn. It’s anticipated that practical troubleshooting workshops will also be set up for production and operational staff to hear how they can extract the very best performance out of their own timber manufacturing equipment.

Interested in Presenting?

At a later stage, expressions of interest in presenting at WoodTECH 2020 will be sought. Already, from the many local and international companies involved as presenters or exhibitors in the 2019 sawmilling series, we have a list of interested companies that have expressed interest in presenting.

If interested in presenting at the WoodTECH 2020 series, please register your early interest by emailing

What's Covered?

New technologies, new processing systems and case studies to showcase “smart operating practices” in dry-mill, wood treatment and timber manufacturing operations will be profiled at the WoodTECH 2020 series. At this stage, based on requests and suggestions from industry, content is likely to cover;

  • Industry 4.0 and application to manufacturing
  • Opportunities with VR and AR in a wood manufacturing environment
  • Robotics and automation
  • Advances in wood scanning and board optimisation
  • Wood modification technologies
  • Use of machine production data to drive the business
  • Mill maintenance planning
  • Sensors, barcoding and timber tracking
  • Wood-plastic composite advancements
  • Technology and process improvements in;
    • Finger-jointing, ripping and cross-cutting
    • Timber gluing and laminating
    • Timber machining
    • Kiln drying
    • Surface finishing
    • Material handling operations
    • Wrapping & strapping
    • Heat plant options and energy savings initiatives
    • H&S, training and skills development
    • Waste management and disposal
    • Q.C. systems
    • Timber standards changes
Who Will Attend?

The New Zealand and Australian wood processing industry, including:

  • Wood processing & manufacturing site managers
  • Dry-mill & production managers & supervisors
  • Technology and R&D Managers
  • Timber machining, moulding, finger-jointing, gluing and laminating operators
  • Mill and lumber Q.C. personnel
  • Mill maintenance staff
  • Kiln drying operators
  • Local and international equipment, product and service suppliers
  • Wood treatment managers

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

WoodTECH 2020 will again offer again a unique opportunity for companies involved in supplying products or services to Australasia’s wood manufacturing companies to be involved in this event. For WoodTECH 2019, exhibition spaces SOLD OUT two months before the event ran.

FIEA has earned a well-deserved reputation over 20 years of providing both event sponsors and exhibitors with a unique independent platform for promoting their products and services to forestry and wood products companies in this region. Details for sponsorship and exhibiting at the WoodTECH 2020 technology series will be made available within the first two months of 2020.

For early information on planned sponsorship options and benefits for the planned WoodTECH 2020 series, or other upcoming FIEA events, please include your details in the form on the right or contact Shaun Hunt, Sponsorship Co-ordinator, (+64) 7 921 1382 or (+64) 27 275 8022,

FIEA Partners

Eagle Technology
Lonza Wood Protection
NZ Logger
Trimble Forestry
Mobile Mentor
Lewis Controls
Atlas Integral
Key Knife / Braford Industries

Media Partners

Friday Offcuts
NZ Logger



Distinction Rotorua Hotel

390 Fenton Street, Rotorua, New Zealand

With its beautiful garden setting and located just minutes from the city centre, Distinction Rotorua Hotel is the perfect place to relax and unwind after a big day at the conference. After the event, this hotel is also a great base to enjoy the wealth of attractions and activities Rotorua has to offer. Free car parking is available at the venue, however, spaces are limited and hotel guests take priority.

Special accommodation rates (incl. GST):

  • Superior Rooms: $160 per room/night
  • Deluxe Rooms: $180 per room/night
  • Junior Suites: $220 per room/night
  • Executive Suites: $240 per room/night

Accommodation rates include single, double or twin share occupancy options.

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Bayview Eden
Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

6 Queens Road, Melbourne, Victoria 3004, Australia

Surrounded by green parks and minutes from the beach yet within easy reach of buzzing downtown Melbourne, Chapel Street shopping and nightlife, the Bayview Eden Melbourne has the best of both worlds. Many of the hotel’s 192 comfortable, stylishly refurbished rooms and suites overlook the picturesque Albert Park with its lake and golf course, while the rooftop spa and gym provide panoramic views of the Central Business District skyscrapers.

Special accommodation rates will be available soon.

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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

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