20-21 September 2017
Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
26-27 September 2017
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.

2017 Event Summary

Over 270 representatives from the New Zealand and Australian wood processing industry attended the WoodTECH 2017 technology series.

WoodTECH 2017 provided a focused and independent platform to showcase the very latest in wood scanning, sawmilling, and mill optimisation technologies from around the globe. Through a series of tailored presentations and on-site exhibitions, delegates heard from key companies, including; USNR, US/Canada – Autolog, Canada – HewSaw, Finland – MiCROTEC, Italy – ScanWare, Sweden – JoeScan, USA.

For the first time in Australia and New Zealand, a series of practical workshops was set up for sawmill production and operational staff from local mills. They provided a unique insight into how sawmills can extract the best performance out of their saws, their machine centers and sawing operations. The workshops covered:

  1. Quality & lumber size control
  2. Troubleshooting and improving bandmill, gang and board edger performance
  3. Selecting, operating and maintaining log carriage and optimiser (softwood and hardwood) operations)
  4. Sawguide selection, installation, operation and maintenance

The objective for WoodTECH 2017 workshops was to encourage sawmill teams – management, mill production, saw-doctors and maintenance staff – to take advantage of the line-up of international specialists being brought into the region to work alongside local mills. This helped ensure that local teams can collectively put the practical learnings into practice once back on site.

Workshop presenters include; Nick Barrett, SiCam Systems, Canada – Joe Shields, USNR, USA – Marv Bernhagen, Lewis Controls, USA – Chuck Boaz, Corley Manufacturing – Ralph Wijesinghe, (Author of the Bandmill Book) – Josh Bergen, Precision Manufacturing, Canada – Udo Jahn, Modern Engineering, Canada.

Who Attended?

Over 270 representatives from the New Zealand and Australian wood processing industries, including:

  • Sawmill site managers
  • Sawmill green-mill, production and engineering managers
  • Mill supervisors, maintenance and production staff
  • Mill and lumber Q.C. personnel
  • Saw-doctors
  • Local and international equipment, product and service suppliers


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Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

WoodTECH offers a tremendous opportunity for companies supplying equipment, products and services to Australasia’s wood processing, manufacturing and wood products industries. In 2017 this event attracted over 270 industry representatives and, while we had space for more than 30 sponsors and exhibitors, these places sold out well in advance of WoodTECH 2017 running.

WoodTECH 2018 is already being planned, with the major focus in 2018 being on New Zealand and Australia’s wood manufacturing producers. We already have strong interest in the sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities available. This will likely be another event where getting in early will be essential to avoid missing out. Early partners will also benefit from exposure in the regular technology updates we will be providing the WoodTECH community.

Sponsorship and branding opportunities are also available for other Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA) events and in the region’s most widely read weekly e-newsletters, Friday Offcuts and WoodWeek.

For a full range of sponsorship, exhibition and branding options, please contact Gordon Thomson, Sponsorship Manager, (+64) 7 921 1384 or (+64) 27 275 8022, gordon.thomson@fiea.org.nz.

2017 Event Sponsors

FIEA Partners

Media Partners

Event Supporters



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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