3-4 August 2021 | Rotorua, NEW ZEALAND & Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

WoodTECH 2021 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

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From about March 2020, COVID-19 created havoc with events, meetings and travel across the world. Cancellations and postponements were commonplace throughout 2020 with major woodworking tradeshows, exhibitions and conferences throughout Europe, North America and Asia being canceled. Stops have already being put on most shows well into 2021.

Thankfully, New Zealand and Australia, through stringent health guidelines and Government restrictions fared much better in 2020 than many others. At the end of 2020, discussions were already underway regarding a trans-Tasman bubble opening for travel and the very first vaccinations had just been administered in the UK. The forest products industry in Australasia is hopeful of getting back to something close to normal later in 2021 although it’s still likely that border and travel restrictions may still apply to countries from outside the region.

Planning for WoodTECH 2021

So, with this background, the regions major sawmilling and wood products event, WoodTECH, is planned to be run for wood producers in both New Zealand and Australia in early August 2021. It is expected to be one of few that will be run in 2021 – anywhere around the world.

What’s the Format?

WoodTECH has been run by the Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA) for over 20 years, both in New Zealand and Australia. It’s provided an independent showcase for local companies to evaluate the very latest innovations, technology and operating practices around saw design and operation, mill maintenance, wood scanning, sawmilling, mill optimisation and wood manufacturing operations.

In more recent times, the event has alternated each year between green-mill and dry-mill technologies. In addition to tech updates and the opportunity of sharing information between tech providers and mill staff, the annual event also provides the only opportunity for mill production and operational staff along with mill management to get together in both countries.

The last sawmilling event, WoodTECH 2019 drew in close to 350 delegates. It really struck a chord with Australasian sawmills. WoodTECH 2020, with a focus on wood manufacturing, like all other events around the world, had to be cancelled. During lockdown, and based on discussions with local mills, it was decided to still run the WoodTECH 2020 wood manufacturing event on-line. FIEA together with local industry ran six interactive on-line webinars for all major mills across Australasia in July 2020.


What's Planned

It’s planned to run in early August 2021. Because of the uncertainty still surrounding international travel, there will be a few exciting differences for local mill staff though.

1. It will run concurrently in both countries

What’s this mean? It will run at the same time in both Melbourne and Rotorua on 3-4 August 2021. For the very first time, sawmillers and wood producers will be meeting in different countries – with live links being set up between the two separate meetings so mill staff will be able to interact during the event.

This is going to enable;

  • Presentations from either country to be seen in the other – at the same time
  • Live workshops from key presenters outside Australasia to be given to mill staff - in both countries - at the same time
  • Questions to be asked from delegates in either country to presenters and key technology providers from outside their region
  • Local exhibitors to be involved at their local venue
  • Exhibitors from outside Australasia to be involved through a number of opportunities that are being set up
  • Mill staff to be able to meet up as usual in their own country to learn from in person and remote presenters, exhibitors and each other. Networking, such an essential part of these technology events, will be retained.

2. Live streaming options

Again, for the first time, the sawmilling and wood products event being run in Melbourne and Rotorua will be live-streamed for those outside Australasia. This enables overseas mill staff and key tech providers to participate and to either watch the event live, or access the recorded presentations for their own use later.


What's Covered?

Because of disruptions around travel and wood working events in 2020 and likely impact into 2021, WoodTECH 2021 will expand on the usual focus of saws and sawmilling to include much-needed updates on other aligned wood processing operations in and around the green-mill. Early planning re content for WoodTECH 2021 includes;

  • Tech innovations in wood scanning, sawmilling and mill optimisation
  • Disruptive technologies changing just how we do business
  • Integration of robotics and automation into the mill
  • Improving sawing accuracy and lumber recoveries within the mill
  • Collecting and using real-time production and machine centre data
  • Advanced troubleshooting across sawing machine centres
  • Saw alignment, saw deviation monitoring and size control
  • Preventative maintenance & planning
  • Implementing and effective use of on-line QC
  • Lessons from recent mill upgrades, rebuilds and installations
  • Machine data dashboards to drive your business.
  • Advances in kiln drying and on-site energy management
  • Timber treatment and wood modification technologies
  • Options for the better utilisation of wood wastes
  • Harnessing the skills of your on-site team

Who Will Attend?

The New Zealand and Australian wood processing industry, including:

  • Sawmill site managers
  • Sawmill production and engineering managers
  • Saw-doctors
  • Mill supervisors, maintenance and production staff
  • Mill and lumber Q.C. personnel
  • Wood treatment managers
  • Kiln drying production staff
  • Technology, equipment, product and service suppliers to sawmilling and wood manufacturing companies

Interest in Presenting & Exhibiting

At this stage, if interested in presenting or exhibiting at WoodTECH 2021 (in either New Zealand or Australia), please get in touch with us. If planning to exhibit, best to get in early as spaces will go very quickly. Further details will follow shortly.

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

WoodTECH 2021 will, once again, offer again a unique opportunity for companies involved in supplying products or services to Australasia’s wood processing companies. For our last green-mill focused event, WoodTECH 2019, sponsorship 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 at the WoodTECH 2020 technology series are available on request.

For information on planned sponsorship options and benefits for the planned WoodTECH 2021 series, or other upcoming FIEA events, please contact Gordon Thomson, Sponsorship Manager, (+64) 7 921 1384 and .

Event Sponsors

Lonza Wood Protection
Key Knife / Braford Industries
WIDE Trust

FIEA Partners

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

Media Partners

Friday Offcuts
NZ Logger

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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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