Wood Transport & Logistics 2023

Insights into wood handling & transport innovations, automation, log scheduling & logistics being employed by leading forestry, wood harvesting and log transport companies
  • 24-25 May 2023, Rotorua, New Zealand
    24-25 May 2023, Event Virtual
Wood transport faces the largest shift in technology we have ever seen. Transitions to new electric, hydrogen and diesel-hybrid powered heavy vehicles, including the integration of truck automation and platooning, are already happening. There are also new innovations in log measurement, scheduling and logistics that are nothing short of phenomenal. Join us to hear the latest developments and be at the forefront of this conversion.

Event Summary

Wood Transport & Logistics 2023 returned to a packed audience, a car park full of large rigs and a range of next-gen technologies on display. Over 250 forestry and log transport companies from across Australasia, North and South America and Europe, joined the two-day technology programme in Rotorua, New Zealand.

With so much effort going into larger transport companies decarbonising their fleets and the innovation and early adoption of electric, hydrogen and dual-fuel hybrid technologies in this part of the world, the place, as expected, was humming.

Like the dramatic switch of consumers to electric passenger vehicles, NZ and Australian log haulage companies have been world leaders in trialling, and already rolling out, these new technologies. Presentations and practical case studies from early industry adopters like Fennel Forestry, Keith Andrews, HW Richardson and TR Group provided early insights into how this technology is actually performing out on the road and in the forest.

As well as being the first dedicated log transport event run for over five years, the event (conference, trade exhibits and pre-and post-conference workshops) was able to cover industry technology firsts for log transport operators including;

  • The first Australasian electric log truck using exchangeable batteries
  • Operations of the first hydrogen-powered log and timber haulage trucks
  • Trial results on running diesel-hydrogen hybrid transport fleets
  • Rolling out scalable hydrogen refuelling networks across NZ
  • Development of the first off-road in-forest log truck platooning
  • Robotic and mobile log scaling measurements
  • Operations of new automated chain throwing & tensioning

Workshops and trade exhibitions were used to discuss the technologies in-depth and live demonstrations showcased much of this new equipment to delegates in Rotorua.

The push to adopt new technologies within the logging and transport sector is only growing louder. And based on the level of discussion between attendees over the last two days, the future is bright.

Next Event

Wood Transport & Logistics 2024 will return to Rotorua, New Zealand in May 2024. There is an unprecedented level of innovation being seen in moving logs through the supply chain. Keep up to date and join hundreds of your industry colleagues to discuss where the sector will be over the next 5 to 10 years.

Who Attended

Over 250 forestry and log transport attendees from across Australasia, North and South America and Europe, which included:
  • Harvesting and wood flow planners
  • Wood harvesting and log haulage contractors
  • Transport operators
  • Forestry managers
  • Forest owners
  • Port companies
  • Technical foresters
  • Forestry consultants
  • Wood supply chain and logistics companies
  • Key suppliers to forestry, wood harvesting & transport operations

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Event Partners

Premium Event Sponsor

Sponsor Logo - Te Uru Rākau – New Zealand Forest Service

Event Supporters

Sponsor Logo - Log Transport Safety CouncilSponsor Logo - National Road Carriers Association – NRCSponsor Logo - Ia Ara Aotearoa Transporting New ZealandSponsor Logo - NTA – New Zealand Trucking AssociationSponsor Logo - AFCA | Australian Forest Contractors Association

Event Sponsors

Sponsor Logo - CCS Logistics & AutoSenseSponsor Logo - Raptor FlorestalSponsor Logo - ETrucksSponsor Logo - WIDE TrustSponsor Logo - McFall FuelSponsor Logo - Waimea EngineeringSponsor Logo - HellaSponsor Logo - UDC FinanceSponsor Logo - LOGRSponsor Logo - TRTSponsor Logo - LogrithmSponsor Logo - Trimble Forestry
Sponsor Logo - TATES NZ
Sponsor Logo - HWRSponsor Logo - Finance New ZealandSponsor Logo - Key Knife | Braford IndustriesSponsor Logo - RemsoftSponsor Logo - Woodtech Measurement SolutionsSponsor Logo - vWorkSponsor Logo - C3

FIEA Partners

Sponsor Logo - FWPASponsor Logo - Eagle TechnologySponsor Logo - ScionSponsor Logo - Key Knife | Braford IndustriesSponsor Logo - C3Sponsor Logo - USNRSponsor Logo - Atlas | IntegralSponsor Logo - Rotorua Economic DevelopmentSponsor Logo - HoltecSponsor Logo - Trimble ForestrySponsor Logo - NZ LoggerSponsor Logo - RemsoftSponsor Logo - Arxada

Media Partners

Sponsor Logo - ForestTECH NewsSponsor Logo - WoodTECH NewsSponsor Logo - HarvestTECH NewsSponsor Logo - NZ LoggerSponsor Logo - Friday Offcuts