WoodTECH 2022 | Event Details
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 essential and 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 has also provided 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. Instead, FIEA together with local industry ran six interactive online webinars for all major mills across Australasia in July 2020.
WoodTECH 2021 likewise had to be postponed. COVID lockdowns were still impacting adversely on businesses in both countries. Also, what couldn’t have been anticipated was the post-COVID building boom that meant sawmills in both countries were working extended shifts to try and meet the unprecedented demand for lumber. Better to reschedule until 2022.
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Health & Safety
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Covid-19 and Vaccination Certificate
Public health guidelines as advised by the Ministry of Health will strictly be adhered to by the event organisers, the Forest Industry Engineering Association (Innovatek Ltd). As directed by the NZ Government, all attending this event will be required to be vaccinated.
Everyone attending or working at the event venue, will need to have with them on arrival, a vaccination certificate (either digital or paper). This will be scanned for verification before entering the venue. Click here for further details.
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What's Planned for 2022?
Australian & International Mills
What's this Mean?
This new format will enable;
- Presentations from the NZ event to be live-streamed directly into Australian mills and offices. Live streaming for the first time will also be able to be accessed by sawmilling companies from outside Australasia.
- Live workshops from key presenters outside Australasia can be given to mill staff - in both countries.
- Questions can be asked from delegates in either country to presenters and key technology providers from outside their region.
- Local exhibitors to be involved at the Rotorua venue for the first time in three years.
- Exhibitors from outside New Zealand to be involved through a number of opportunities that are being set up.
- Mill staff to be able to meet up as usual in New Zealand to learn from in person and remote presenters, exhibitors and each other. Networking, such an essential part of these technology events, will be retained. Staff from other mills will be meeting at their own sites.
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
The what, why and how of Statistical Process Control
What is SPC, why should you use it, and how can you best use SPC to manage and improve mill processes?
Scott Leavengood, Director, Oregon Wood Innovation Centre, Oregon State University, USA (remote)
Morning Tea & Networking
Real Time Data Collection and Use for Machine Diagnosis and Troubleshooting
Using Opening Face Data/Wane Analysis from your Sawing Machine Centres
Nick Barrett, President, SiCam Systems, Canada (remote)
Lunch & Networking
Welcome & Introduction
New Zealand - The Opportunity of a Generation?
Climate change and the readiness of the NZ wood processing industry to take advantage of a new future?
David Turner, Executive Director, Sequal Lumber, New Zealand
Australia - The current health of the country’s sawmilling and wood manufacturing industries
Measures to ensure the longer-term viability of the sector.
Cameron MacDonald, Executive General Manager-Australia, OneFortyOne, Australia
1. Band-mill Monitoring. Is it possible to create a safer band-mill environment while extending the life of your saws?
Jason Clay, International Account Manager, USNR, USA (remote)
2. Using AI and X-Ray Technologies to Scan, Sort and Trace Lumber through the Mill
Jere Heikkinen, CEO, Finnos, Finland (remote)
3. Automating Realtime Data Collection in the Sawmill. A case study of setting up a mill wide dashboard system for a Canadian sawmilling operation
Chris Graham, President, B3 Systems & Travas Hack, Superintendent, EACOM’s Nairn Lake sawmill, Canada (remote)
4. Maintenance, Repairs & Operation - Optimising Parts Availability & Asset Performance in Your Wood Processing Operation
Andrew Jordan, Managing Director, Xtivity, Canada (remote)
Afternoon Tea & Networking
Fine-tuning your Batch and Continuous Kiln Drying Operations
Steve Riley, Wood Processing Scientist, New Zealand
Saw-guides and Lubrication - Troubleshooting saw, lubrication and guide issues in the mill
Joe Shields, Upgrades & Conversion Specialist, USNR, USA (remote)
Case Study: A Processing Dilemma
How did Australian mills process and what were the lessons from sawing and processing large volumes of fire damaged logs arising from the 2019/20 summer bush fires
Jonathan Harrington, R&D Engineer, Ripple Tech, New Zealand & Kim Harris, Quality/Compliance Manager, AKD Softwoods (Tumut), Australia
End of Day One | Drinks, Refreshments & Networking
End of Day One | Drinks, Refreshments & Networking
DAY TWO | Thursday 19 May 2022
Welcome & Introduction
Fine Tuning your Circular & Band Saws
Key factors influencing the cutting behaviour and operation of your saws
Bruce Lehmann, Senior Scientist, FPInnovations, Canada (remote)
Voestalpine - A look inside one of the largest companies supplying Uddoholm steel for band-mill operations.
Voestalpine has locations in more than 50 countries and on all five continents
Stewart Martin, CEO, Checkmate Precision Cutting Tools, New Zealand
Simonds International (Topic and content to be confirmed)
Dave Purinton, VP Marketing, Simonds International, USA (remote)
Morning Tea & Networking
Cutting Edge Sawshop Technology - Saw Servicing Development and Advances in Smart Machinery
Philipp Iseli, CEO, Iseli & Co, Switzerland & Thode Knife & Saw (remote)
The technology, commercial applications, and journey from Australasia’s first heat treatment operation of Radiata pine to now
Mark Andrew, Technical Director, Tunnicliffe Timber, New Zealand (to be confirmed)
Researching, Developing, & Commercialising an Innovative Timber Treatment Solution
The inside story on a six-year journey culminating in the launch of the FLAMEfixx dFx®, a combined wood preservative (H3) and flame-retardant treated wood product in 2020
Ron Moon, Managing Director, Wood Modification Technologies, New Zealand
European Timber Treatment and Modification Innovations suited to local Wood Producers
- The use of copper naphthenate in an oil solution as a CCA and creosote alternative treatment
- A novel biocide-free wood protection system using resins – coming to New Zealand in 2021
- Advances in fully automatic material handling systems for existing and new CCA impregnation plants
Conference Concludes | Lunch & Networking
The Mechanical Properties of Australian Softwood Structural Timber
Research covering 13 structural mills, 15,000 pieces and 40,000 tests. Progress update.
Rameez Rameezheen, Associate Professor, UniSA, Australia (remote)
Tackling the real 'Elephant in the Room' - How to attract and retain skills within our workforce
1. Building the Workforce of the Future - How one innovative wood products company is addressing the skills issue to drive their business
Shane Vicary, CEO, AKD, Australia
2. Learning from 'Generation Z' - What can the industry be doing better to attract young people
Sam Von Duve, Mechanical Tradesman, Jubillee Sawmill OneFortyOne, Australia (remote) + Jethro Bosch, Apprentice Sawdoctor, Tenon Clearwood, New Zealand
Efficient People = Efficient Business: How to get the most from your people?
Case studies from recent forestry and manufacturing operations that have turned their business around
Trev Hall, Director, The Lean Hub, New Zealand
H&S & Performance Initiatives to build a Safer Business
Case studies of forestry and wood products companies using incident reviews to successfully boost on-site worker engagement
Brionny Hooper, Human Factors Scientist, Scion, New Zealand
Sponsor & Exhibitor Opportunities
WoodTECH continues to offer a unique opportunity for companies involved in supplying products or services to Australasia’s wood processing companies. Previous events have sold out.
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.
Rotoura, New Zealand(In-Person Event)
Early-Bird Rate (1-2 Attendees)
(Ending 8 April 2022)
NZ$795 + GST
Standard Rate (1-2 Attendees)
(From 9 April 2022)
NZ$895 + GST
Group (3-5 Attendees)
NZ$695 + GST
Group (6+ Attendees)
NZ$495 + GST
- The Conference Registration Rate refers to your attendance in person at the Rotorua conference, workshops and exhibitions. Registered conference delegates can attend the main WoodTECH conference in addition to a complimentary registration to the two workshops, Managing and Making Use of Data to Drive the Business and The Wood Processing Skills Pipeline – Broken but Repairable.
- Virtual Online registrations can be booked. These apply to companies from outside of New Zealand. This will ensure online attendance by Australian and other international companies.
- All prices exclude GST (15%).
- * For virtual online registrations from outside New Zealand, GST does not apply.
- A credit card processing fee of 2.9% will be charged for all transactions.
- Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA) Member Discounts of 10-25% apply to the listed Standard Conference Rate. FIEA Membership Details and Benefits can be seen on www.fiea.org.nz Membership status and discounts available can be checked by calling our FIEA offices.
- To be eligible for the Early-Bird Rate, registrations and payment must be received ON or BEFORE Friday 8 April 2022. All 'Early-Bird' discounts require payment at the time of registration and before the cut-off date in order to receive any discount.
- Your Conference Registration payment, if attending the event in Rotorua, covers morning and afternoon teas, lunches, refreshments, a conference handbook and post-event access to presentation PPTs for a limited time (electronic download for those presentations where presenter approval has been given).
- For Virtual Online registrations, your registration payment covers live access to all conference video presentations and post-event access to presentation PPTs for a limited time (electronic download of PDF’s for those presentations) where speaker approval has been given.
- Access to recorded video presentations (where speaker approval has been given) post-event will be made available to Sawmill Site virtual registrations that have been set up for mills outside New Zealand. For New Zealand delegates, mills sending more than six or more delegates to Rotorua will also be able to access recorded presentations (where speaker approval has been given) post-event.
COVID-19 related information:
- The event organiser will work diligently to ensure that all instructions provided by the New Zealand Government and Health Authorities, relating to travel and the running of events because of COVID-19 are strictly adhered to. You can be sure that we will have all measures in place to safeguard your health and safety.
- It is the responsibility of the sponsor, exhibitor or delegate, if intending to travel to attend the Rotorua conference, to check on all updated health and Government guidelines for any specific entry requirements.
- If for any reason the Rotorua venue was unable to be used because of COVID-19 restrictions that were imposed by the New Zealand Government, those registered to attend the physical event would be transferred to a new virtual online event that would be set up by the organisers.
- If for any reason registration numbers have to be reduced at the Rotorua venue under the new traffic light system (also known as the COVID-19 Protection Framework), any delegate registrations over the required limit set by the NZ Government will be transferred to a virtual online registration.
- Please refer to our full Terms and Conditions relating to any event related issues around COVID-19.
For cancellations on or before Friday 15 April 2022, a 10% administration fee applies. Cancellations received after this date are non-refundable but are transferrable. Please allow 30 days for refunds to be processed. If you wish to transfer your registration to another individual from within your company, please provide us with at least 24 hours advance notice.
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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