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 2021 Postponed to May 2022
Reluctantly, following numerous discussions and calls with sawmilling companies across New Zealand and Australia, the decision has been made to postpone WoodTECH 2021.
As of mid-June 2021, international borders remain closed. This precluded many presenters, exhibitors and delegates from outside of New Zealand from attending WoodTECH 2021. With ongoing COVID-19 issues in Australia, including major lockdowns in Melbourne, companies have also been reluctant to travel. This has meant Australian mills are unable to meet together, as they usually do, at this event.
We have also experienced, post-COVID-19, an unprecedented building activity across Australasia. As a consequence, mills are working extra shifts and extra hours to meet the demand. This means that many of the mills we’ve been speaking to are disappointed that they’ll be unable to attend in 2021 – as right now – they’re just too busy.
In the end, the decision was simple. WoodTECH 2021 has now been postponed until May 2022. The plan is to run a very similar programme – much the same content and international speakers as set up for WoodTECH 2021, will now run in both Rotorua, New Zealand on 18-19 May 2022 and Melbourne, Australia on 24-25 May 2022. We are hopeful that most international borders will be open to travel and many of our international presenters – and exhibitors – who haven’t been out to Australasia for at least a couple of years, will instead be able to participate in person.
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 the local industry ran six interactive online webinars for all major mills across Australasia in July 2020.
Due to continued COVID-19 disruptions, WoodTECH 2021 was postponed until 2022.
What's Planned for 2022?
WoodTECH, the region’s major sawmilling and wood products event, is now planned to be run in person for wood producers in New Zealand and Australia in May 2022. We also expect a return to limited international travel, which should enable the majority of our international presenters, equipment suppliers, sponsors and delegates to make the trip over.
WoodTECH 2022 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. Much of the programme originally scheduled for 2021 will move over to the 2022 event. Close to 30 international, New Zealand and Australian presenters will be there. Topics include:
- 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
- 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 Exhibiting
Sponsor & Exhibitor Opportunities
WoodTECH continues to offer 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 are available on request.
Rotorua, NEW ZEALAND
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 to be announced
Bayview Eden Hotel
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 to be announced