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11 September, 2019

WoodTech 2019

11 -12 September 2019 and 17 -18 September 2019
Location: Rotorua, New Zealand and Mebourn, Australia

Wood Tech

What's Planned?

The two-yearly technology update for sawmilling companies in New Zealand and Australia is being planned with local industry and key technology providers. It runs in September 2019. Record numbers attended the last event in 2017. 2019 plans to be even better. Mark the date now into your diaries.


The WoodTECH series was reintroduced to Australasian sawmilling and wood manufacturing companies in 2017. After a decade of national training programmes falling over, saw-doctors groupings folding, mill closures and consolidation within the industry, local wood producers were keen on getting their teams together again at one central location. An independent forum to learn about new technology, new processes and systems, to exchange ideas and to network was being called for.

That's where the Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA) stepped in. This had been a core component of their technology related events in the past. The WoodTECH series was set up with local industry and key national and global technology providers.

The WoodTECH 2017 technology series focussed on sawmilling or green-mill operations. It drew in a record number of over 400 delegates in September 2017. It was the largest gathering ever seen of sawmilling companies, saw-doctors and technology providers in Australasia. WoodTECH 2018 achieved similar support with the focus being on dry-mill or wood manufacturing technologies. Details of both events can be found on this website.

Following both events, the monthly news service, www.woodtech.news to improve communication amongst this part of the industry was also, as a consequence, set up.

What's Covered?

Again, an independent platform will be provided in both New Zealand and Australia for local companies to evaluate new innovations, technologies, processes and systems in sawmilling, scanning, saw maintenance and mill optimisation.

Practical troubleshooting, maintenance, QC, saw alignment, training and recruitment sessions will also be built into the two-day programme with short presentations, workshops, trade exhibitions and tech talks being planned.

The event programme will be specifically designed with industry to ensure sawmill production and operational staff will gain maximum benefit from attending the September series. Local sawmills will hear how they can extract the best performance out of their own saws, machine centres and sawing operations.

The objective is 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. This will ensure that teams from local mills will be able to put the learnings from the event into practice once back on their own work site.

Source: WoodTech 2019


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