18-19 May 2022, Rotorua NEW ZEALAND + Virtual Online Event

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

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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.

Interest in Exhibiting
At this stage, if interested in exhibiting at WoodTECH 2022, please get in touch with us. If planning to exhibit, best to get in early as spaces will go very quickly by contacting Gordon Thomson on .

Health & Safety
The health and safety of everyone who participates in this event is our top priority. Click here to learn more about how we host safe events and why you can book with confidence.

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?
So, this time, third time lucky. With this background, the region’s major sawmilling and wood products event, WoodTECH, is planned to be run for wood producers in both New Zealand and Australia in mid-May 2022. At this stage, it’s still expected to be one of few that will be run in 2022 – anywhere around the world.
A one-day conference and exhibitions will run over the two days for sawmilling staff and saw doctors (see programme for more information). In addition, two workshops will be running; a pre-conference workshop on the morning of the 18 May 2022 titled 'Managing and Making Use of Data to Drive the Business' and post-conference workshop, running just after the conference concludes, on the afternoon of the 19 May 2022 titled 'The Wood Processing Skills Pipeline – Broken but Repairable.'
NZ Mills
Because of the uncertainty still surrounding international travel, there is an expectation that most international presenters and delegates won’t be involved in 2022 in person. It’s planned that New Zealand sawmillers and saw doctors along with key local equipment suppliers will be able to meet up in person Rotorua. Recorded presentations will be also available to NZ mills post-event where multiple registrations are received (see registration page).
Australian & International Mills
Australian mills will be able to live stream the full two-day event. Sawmill site registrations for WoodTECH 2022 will be able to be set up. This enables the event or specific presentations to be watched live or the presentations accessed later for mill sites (where a site virtual rate has been set up) to use for their own on-site meetings, troubleshooting or training.
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
  • 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


We have been working closely with a wide range of New Zealand, Australian and international companies, service suppliers, researchers and government bodies to develop a strong and innovative programme. If you have any questions about the programme, please contact Brent Apthorp on or (+64) 3 470 1902.
DAY ONE  |  Wednesday 18 May 2022
New Zealand (NZDT) | Australia (AEST)
Pre-Conference WorkshopManaging and Making Use of Data to Drive your Business
8.30am 6.30am

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)

10.00am 8.00am

Morning Tea & Networking

10.30am 8.30am

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)

12.00pm 10.00am

Lunch & Networking

WoodTECH 2022 Conference & Exhibitions
1.30pm 11.30am

Welcome & Introduction


Session 1: Australasian SawmillingAn industry under stress or an industry actively embracing new technology and operating systems to improve its efficiencies and international competitiveness?
1.10pm 11.10am

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

1.40pm 11.40am

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

Session 2: Technology Advancements in Sawing, Scanning, Mill Optimisation & Manufacturing
2.00pm 12.00pm

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)

2.15pm 12.15pm

2. Using AI and X-Ray Technologies to Scan, Sort and Trace Lumber through the Mill

Jere Heikkinen, CEO, Finnos, Finland (remote)

2.30pm 12.30pm

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)

2.45pm 12.45pm

4. Maintenance, Repairs & Operation - Optimising Parts Availability & Asset Performance in Your Wood Processing Operation

Andrew Jordan, Managing Director, Xtivity, Canada (remote)

3.00pm 1.00pm

Afternoon Tea & Networking

3.30pm 1.30pm

Fine-tuning your Batch and Continuous Kiln Drying Operations

Steve Riley, Wood Processing Scientist, New Zealand

4.00pm 2.00pm

Saw-guides and Lubrication - Troubleshooting saw, lubrication and guide issues in the mill

Joe Shields, Upgrades & Conversion Specialist, USNR, USA (remote)

4.30pm 2.30pm

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

4.45pm 2.45pm

Technology Showcase

5.00pm 3.00pm

End of Day One | Drinks, Refreshments & Networking

DAY TWO  |  Thursday 19 May 2022

New Zealand (NZDT) | Australia (AEST)
9.00am 7.00am

Welcome & Introduction


Session 3: Saw Design, Selection, Maintenance & Operation
9.05am 7.05am

Fine Tuning your Circular & Band Saws

Key factors influencing the cutting behaviour and operation of your saws

Bruce Lehmann, Senior Scientist, FPInnovations, Canada (remote)

9.30am 7.30am

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

9.45am 7.45am

Simonds International (Topic and content to be confirmed)

Dave Purinton, VP Marketing, Simonds International, USA (remote)

10.00am 8.00am

Morning Tea & Networking

10.30am 8.30am

Cutting Edge Sawshop Technology - Saw Servicing Development and Advances in Smart Machinery

Philipp Iseli, CEO, Iseli & Co, Switzerland & Thode Knife & Saw (remote)

Session 4: Wood Treatment & Modification Technologies & Opportunities for Local Wood Producers
10.45am 8.00am
Thermal Wood Treatment in Australasia

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)

11.05am 9.05am

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

11.25am 9.25am

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
Stina Moldrup, Area Manager Marketing, IWT Moldrup, Denmark (remote)
11.45am 9.45am

Technology Showcase

12.00pm 10.00am

Conference Concludes | Lunch & Networking

10.15am - 10.30am | Australian & International Audience

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)

Post-Conference Workshop: The Wood Processing Skills Pipeline – Broken but RepairableRedefining and building on your workplace culture, boosting worker engagement, skills retention and recruitment to plug the talent gaps
1.00pm 11.00am

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

1.40pm 11.40am

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

2.00pm 12.00pm

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

2.45pm 12.45pm

Workshop Concludes


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.

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

Event Sponsors

Sew Eurodrive
Accurate Australia
Key Knife / Braford Industries
MillRight and TS Manufacturing
AE Automation & Electronics - Windsor Engineering
Arxada (formally Lonza)
Prodetec | Firefly

FIEA Partners

Atlas Integral
Trimble Forestry
NZ Logger
Arxada (formally Lonza)
Key Knife / Braford Industries
Eagle Technology
Mobile Mentor

Media Partners

NZ Logger
Friday Offcuts

Registration Rates

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

In-Person | Register Here
Virtual Online
(Available to Australian and other International attendees)

Virtual Online | Single Rate

NZ$495 + GST*

Virtual Online | Sawmill Sites

Rate details below

Register | Virtual Single
Enquire | Virtual Sites

Registration Details

  • 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 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.

Cancellation policy:

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.

To read our full Terms and Conditions, Click Here.



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