Wood Transport & Logistics 2024

Insights into wood handling & transport innovations, automation, log scheduling & logistics being employed by leading forestry, wood harvesting and log transport companies
  • 22-23 May 2024, Rotorua, New Zealand
    22-23 May 2024, 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.

Wood Transport & Logistics 2024

Event Details

Wood Transport & Logistics 2024 will follow up on last year’s near-sell-out event. It covers recent transport developments, including automated driving systems, truck platooning, hydrogen, dual-fuel and hybrid electric trucks, the development of electricity-based fuels, innovations around new biofuels and automation, remote-controlled machines and improved remote site connectivity.

These developments show an unprecedented level of innovation being seen in moving logs through the supply chain. Join hundreds of your industry colleagues to discuss where the sector will be over the next 5 to 10 years.

Planned Format

As part of the revolution to move forest harvesting and log transport operations towards a low emissions future, a raft of new innovations and results from commercial and operational trials across Australasia are now ready to be shared.  Wood Transport & Logistics in May 2024 will again be providing that independent platform for local businesses.

In line with recent industry events run by the Forest Industry Engineering Association for the wider industry, Rotorua, New Zealand will be used as the location for this event.  Like the large contingent that were involved in the Wood Transport & Logistics 2023 event, Australian companies will be able to travel, and build in long overdue customer or site visits at the same time.  The full programme will also be live-streamed for those outside New Zealand unable to travel into Rotorua to attend in person.



Last year, well over 250 forestry and log transport delegates from companies across Australasia, North and South America and Europe met up in Rotorua, New Zealand. The occasion? The long overdue Wood Transport & Logistics 2023 conference, workshops and exhibitions.

With so much effort going into larger transport companies decarbonising their fleets and innovation and early adoption of electric, hydrogen and dual-fuel hybrid technologies by log transport operators in this part of the world, the Rotorua venue, inside and outside (see images from 2023) was packed. The place was humming.

Feedback from speakers, delegates and exhibitors from the 2023 event overwhelmingly were looking for another technology update in 2024. The drivers? The sheer pace of change with new and emerging technologies, the operational and commercial trials underway by local heavy transport fleets and the rapid deployment of this technology into forests and wood cartage operations all meant another industry get-together was being sought – one year on.

And, we’re delivering. Wood Transport & Logistics 2024 is planned to run in Rotorua, New Zealand on 22-23 May 2024.


Pace of Change Increasing

The uptake of electric vehicles into heavy transport operations is really picking up speed.  The global electric truck market was valued at US$728 million in 2022.  In recent years, the market has been dominated by the Asia-Pacific region.  Between 2023 and 2032, the electric truck market is estimated to show a compound annual growth rate of 31.3 % and will reach US$11.08 billion over this time.

Electric trucks are replacing diesel trucks.  In many countries, a raft of government initiatives and financial assistance are promoting their adoption. Market growth is being spurred on by rising demand for logistics services, lower fuel costs, and maintenance expenses.  Moreover, there are incentives to use zero-emission vehicles.  As well as new battery technologies, the development of automated battery swapping hubs and the roll out of charging infrastructure across the country is also encouraging the switch from diesel to electric.

Hydrogen and dual fuel hybrid trucks likewise have been out on local roads.  Larger fleet operators are upgrading and transitioning their fleets.  High-capacity hydrogen refuelling sites across multiple regions have also recently been set up to service these new trucks.

Along with rapid advances being made in log transport fuelling options, significant advancements in just 12 months have been made in truck convoy platooning, single-vehicle autonomous operations, off-road AV driving technology, systems for log measurement and new log transport safety initiatives.  Improved connectivity being rolled out for more remote sites has also led to unprecedented innovation being seen in moving logs through the wood supply chain.  And recently, the new fuelling technologies are also moving up the wood supply chain, into wood harvesting machines out in the forest.


Who Will Attend?

  • 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

Event Speakers

Chris Murphy Profile Image

Chris Murphy

Managing Director, TrackIT NZ
Ross Lockyer Profile Image

Ross Lockyer

Retired, Forest Ranger/Adventurer/Author
Mike Hurring Profile Image

Mike Hurring

Owner, Mike Hurring Logging
Neil Dennett Profile Image

Neil Dennett

Director, Shea Transport
Hamish McConnon Profile Image

Hamish McConnon

Regional Manager, Rayonier Matariki Forests
Simon Mackintosh Profile Image

Simon Mackintosh

Operations Manager, Trimble Forestry
Grant Doull Profile Image

Grant Doull

National Manager Hydrogen & Eco Commercial Vehicles, Hyundai Motors New Zealand
Ryan McDonald Profile Image

Ryan McDonald

Head of New Business, Hiringa Energy
Jason Williams Profile Image

Jason Williams

General Manager, Williams & Wilshier Transport Ltd
Deon Stephens Profile Image

Deon Stephens

Sales Director, Scania New Zealand
Campbell Gilmour Profile Image

Campbell Gilmour

General Manager, Pacific Haulage
Gareth Wishart Profile Image

Gareth Wishart

Group General Manager Innovation, HWR Group
Ross Linton Profile Image

Ross Linton

Director, Etrucks
Jade Whiteman Profile Image

Jade Whiteman

On-Highway Business Manager, Cummins New Zealand Ltd
Warwick Wilshier Profile Image

Warwick Wilshier

Managing Director, Williams & Wilshier Transport Ltd
Dave Adams Profile Image

Dave Adams

Operations Manager, G White Logging
Wendy Fennell Profile Image

Wendy Fennell

Managing Director, Fennell Forestry
Keith Raymond Profile Image

Keith Raymond

Harvesting Theme Leader, Forest Growers Research
Romesh Rodrigo Profile Image

Romesh Rodrigo

Head of Vehicle Homologation, Regulatory Affairs and Future Mobility, Daimler Bus & Truck Australia Pacific
Dom Kalasih Profile Image

Dom Kalasih

Interim Chief Executive, Transporting New Zealand


We have worked closely with a wide range of New Zealand, Australian and international companies, service suppliers, researchers and government bodies to develop strong and innovative programme. View the programme by clicking on the button below. If you have any questions, please contact Brent Apthorp via or Tel: (+64) 21 227 5177.
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Programme | New Zealand

Timezone: NZST

Day One

Wednesday 22 May 2024
9.30 –10.30am
Pre-Conference Workshop: Log Transport Safety Council – All things Certification

LTSC Contractor Certification has now been up and running for two years with growing success throughout the Log Transport Industry. Come along to learn more about the audit process and benefits of the Certification program

The LTSC Contractor Certification was built by the Log Transport Safety Council and aims to be the tool that can be used by multiple customers and forest managers, reducing the number of audits the log transport contractors may have to complete.

It was built with the idea to provide an industry focused, credible tool which can be seen as a sustainable evaluation process for the future. The evaluation tool will continue to evolve and change as industry moves forward while remaining cost effective over time.

Chris Murphy, Managing Director, TrackIT NZ & Jason Williams, General Manager, Williams & Wilshier
Morning Tea & Networking
11.00am – 12.00pm
Pre-Conference Workshop: Integrated e-docket Workflows; from Harvest to Customer
  • WSX and WSX Mobile Solutions
  • Driver Lead e-dockets
  • Crew and Customer interfaces
  • Delivery Pre Notification
  • The role of third party data in the validation process

Industry case study on the process, benefits and results of integrating e-docket workflows into their log haulage operations.

Simon Mackintosh, Operations Manager Trimble Forestry, Matthew Perry, Operations Manager, Rotorua Forest Haulage & Dave Cummings, WSX Champion, McCarthy Transport
Registrations + Lunch + Networking


Conference Introduction

Session1: The Changing Face of Transport & Running Heavy Vehicle Fleets

Transitioning Towards a Low Emissions Economy

The future for heavy road transport – opportunities, challenges and solutions

Dom Kalasih, Interim Chief Executive, Ia Ara Aotearoa Transporting NZ

Session 2: Switching to Alternate Fuels

Technology innovations set to dramatically change transport & log haulage operations. What are the operational and commercial trials really telling us?
The Future for Commercial Transport

Key drivers, trends and technology innovations internationally impacting on local log transport operators

Romesh Rodrigo, Head of Vehicle Homologation, Regulatory Affairs and Future Mobility, Daimler Truck Australia Pacific
Australasia’s First Electric Log Truck

Twelve months on, on and off-road, how’s it performing?

Wendy Fennell, Managing Director, Fennell Forestry, Australia (remote)
Helping Heavy Transport Transition to Hydrogen

HWR’s journey and lessons in fuel conversions, on-road dual fuel hydrogen/diesel operations and installations of the South Island’s first hydrogen refuelling stations

Gareth Wishart, Group General Manager Innovation, HWRichardson
Afternoon Tea & Networking
Afternoon Tea & Networking
kindly sponsored by Patchell Group
Coffee-Chic “Real-Coffee” Cart
kindly sponsored by Finance New Zealand
Event Sponsor Patchell Group LogoEvent Sponsor Finance New Zealand logo
New Zealand’s First Hydrogen Powered Truck

Performance and results of Hyundai’s zero emission fuel cell Xcient Truck since starting its on-road trials with NZ Post. New Zealand was just the second country in the world to adopt this technology in a commercial setting.

Grant Doull, National Manager Hydrogen & Eco Commercial Vehicles, Hyundai Motors New Zealand & Neil Dennett, Director, Shea Transport
Panel Discussion: Decarbonising Wood Transport Operations

What are the realities, constraints to adoption and real opportunities of making the switch?  

Day One Presenters
Technology Showcase

Short presentations on new product or service innovations from exhibitors

Elephant Logging in Burma 1984

Adventures of a NZ forest ranger

Ross Lockyer, Forestry & Logging Industry Pioneer/Retired Forest Ranger/Adventurer/Author
5.30pm - 7.00pm
Drinks, BBQ & Networking

Larger BBQ event for event delegates, sponsors and exhibitors with invitations extended to local log transport operators at the venue

Day Two

Thursday 23 May 2024
Day-Two Introduction

SESSION 3: Matching the Fuel Technology to the Refueling Infrastructure

Zero Emissions Energy Solutions for on and off Highway Heavy Trucks and Equipment

Fixed battery electric, battery swapping electric, hydrogen and methanol fuel options

Ross Linton, Director, ETrucks
Taking Hydrogen Refueling Stations out into the Forest

A fueling pilot for on and off-road trucking with dual fuel transport

Ryan McDonald, Head of New Business, Hiringa Energy & Manulife presenter (tbc)

Session 4: New Technology, Equipment & Operating Practices

Improving efficiencies and safety across the wood supply chain
Revolutionising Transport Operations through Advances in Connectivity and New Alternate Power solutions

The use of technology to enable improved fleet management, semi and fully automated driving systems, advanced services and remote diagnostics. Scania’s global outlook on low emissions heavy trucks, the options for BEV, hybrid and other fuels and how they relate to NZ.

Deon Stephens, Sales Director, Scania New Zealand
Destination Zero

Fuel agnostic internal combustion engines – a practical solution for decarbonisation

Jade Whiteman, On-Highway Business Manager, Cummins New Zealand
Technology Showcase

Short presentations on new product or service innovations from exhibitors

Morning Tea & Networking
Morning Tea & Networking
kindly sponsored by NZI
Coffee-Chic “Real-Coffee” Cart
kindly sponsored by Finance New Zealand
Event Sponsor NZI LogoEvent Sponsor Finance New Zealand logo

Session 5: Log Extraction off Steep Terrain

Meeting the increasing operational & environmental challenges
Running all Wheel Drive Log Transporters (Modified Astra 8x8’s) in Challenging Environments

How does two staging wood recovery operations on steeper and more difficult terrain really stack up?

Dave Adams, Operations Manager, Offroad Trucking Services (G White Logging)
East Coast Log Haulage Case Study

Lessons in running a fleet of ten 8×6 Scania trucks to assist in harvest planning, roading and log transport in challenging environments – directly to port

Campbell Gilmour, General Manager, Pacific Haulage
Lunch & Networking

Session 6: Through the Wood Supply Chain

Optimising forest products planning & scheduling
Streamlining Truck and Supply Chain Management

Planning and Despatching Operations using TrackIT. Lessons from switching regional forestry and log haulage operations from paper to electronic log dockets

Chris Murphy, Managing Director, TrackIT NZ Ltd & Hamish McConnon, Regional Manager, Rayonier NZ

Session 7: Inside the Forest Gate

Development and adoption of new transport & low emissions technologies
Operating NZ’s First Logset Diesel-Electric Hybrid Harvester

Lessons on machine productivity, fuel savings and in forest performance

Mike Hurring, Director, Mike Hurring Logging
The Electric Fowarder, the PONSSE EV1

In-forest trial results from a new electric wood harvesting machine developed by Ponsse and Epec

Jussi Hentunen, Vice President, Asia, Africa & Australia, Ponsse

Session 8: R&D and Industry Initiatives driving Transport Innovation

Creating Value Across the Forestry Supply Chain with Automation

Progress and plans with FGR’s Automation & Robotics programme

Keith Raymond, Harvesting & Logistics Theme Leader, Forest Growers Research
Industry Led Initiatives for Log Transport Operators, Trailer Manufacturers and Forest Companies
Warwick Wilshier, Managing Director, Williams & Wilshier Transport Ltd (Chairperson Log Transport Safety Council, Chairperson, Ia Ara Aotearoa Transporting NZ)
Conference Concludes
3.00pm onwards
Post Conference Meeting, Networking & Dinner

50-year reunion of harvesting researchers (LIRA/LIRO) – Keith Raymond, FGR (organiser)



Workshop - Log Transport Safety Council - All things Certification

Scheduled: 9.30am – 10.30am, Wednesday 22 May 2024
Price: Free for conference attendees

The LTSC Contractor Certification was built by the Log Transport Safety Council and aims to be a tool that can be used by multiple customers and forest managers, reducing the number of audits the log transport contractors may have to complete.

It was built with the idea of providing an industry-focused, credible tool that can be seen as a sustainable evaluation process for the future. The evaluation tool will continue to evolve and change as the industry moves forward while remaining cost-effective over time.

Chris Murphy, Managing Director, TrackIT NZ & Jason Williams, General Manager at Williams & Wilshier


Workshop: Integrated e-docket Workflows - from Harvest to Customer

Scheduled: 11.00am – 12.00pm, Wednesday 22 May 2024
Price: Free for conference attendees

Trimble Forestry’s WSX platform continues to lead forestry innovation, introducing new apps and integration points to connect all pieces of the supply chain. Come and hear first-hand from some of their customers how the evolution of Trimble’s solutions continues to add benefit to their business:

  • WSX mobile solutions
  • Driver created e-dockets
  • Loader and customer dashboards
  • Third-party validation

Industry case study on the process, benefits and results of integrating e-docket workflows into their log haulage operations.

Simon Mackintosh, Operations Manager Trimble Forestry, Matthew Perry, Operations Manager, Rotorua Forest Haulage & Dave Cummings, WSX Champion, McCarthy Transport


Event - LIRA / LIRO 50th Anniversary Reunion of Harvesting & Logistics Researchers

Scheduled: 3.00pm – 10.30pm, Thursday 23 May 2024
Price: $90 incl GST

The Logging Industry Research Association was founded in 1974 by Mr Jim Spiers to undertake research and development projects in logging and log transport. LIRA, as it was commonly known, was a very successful example of the Research Association model that existed in many industries. In 1990, LIRA was merged with the Harvest Planning Group of NZ Forest Research Institute (NZFRI) to form LIRO, the Logging Industry Research Organisation.

LIRO continued until the late 1990s when it became a victim of the Asian market crisis and reduced funding for research. Despite this, it is remembered as one of the most successful examples of industry and government collaboration in research. Over the 25 years of its existence LIRA/LIRO employed over 100 young foresters, engineers and researchers, generating over 590 project reports, brief technical reports, technical releases and technical notes, plus an annual logging industry seminar and many courses, field demonstrations and workshops every year over its lifespan. Many of the people who worked at both LIRA and LIRO remember it as an extraordinary concept and a remarkable group of people.

The 50th Anniversary Reunion of LIRA/LIRO will be celebrated at the Distinction Hotel in the Conference Room, after the conclusion of the Wood Transport & Logistics 2024, on Thursday 23rd May 2024.

  • 3.00pm: Welcome and presentations on current Forest Growers Research R&D, a pictorial presentation of LIRA /LIRO history (‘slide show’) and an “open mike’ session, an opportunity for speakers to remember their time at LIRA/LIRO.
  • 4.30pm: Bar facilities open (cash bar in the Hotel Main Bar)
  • 6.00pm: Dinner in the Kowhai Restaurant
  • 8.00pm: After-dinner speaker, Mr Paul Mahoney, a well-known local historian, who will give a lively visual presentation on the History of Logging in New Zealand.
  • 10.30pm: Event close

Keith Raymond, Programme Manager, Harvesting & Logistics, Forest Growers Research Limited, Rotorua.

For further details about this reunion event, contact Keith Raymond at (+64) 7 921 7239 or

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

Wood Transport & Logistics 2023 offered a tremendous opportunity for companies involved in log measurement, log loading, wood transport, scheduling and logistics to maximise their exposure to the New Zealand and Australian industries.  Exhibition spaces sold out before the event ran.

Wood Transport & Logistics 2024 will provide leading equipment and technology suppliers another unique opportunity to get in front of major forestry and log haulage companies from across Australasia.

Exhibition opportunities include both stands inside the hotel venue, or space outside the venue for displaying larger equipment such as trucks or log loading machinery. Please contact us for further information.

For early information on planned sponsorship options and benefits for Wood Transport & Logistics 2024 or other upcoming FIEA events, please contact Gordon Thomson, FIEA Marketing & Sponsorship Manager, (+64) 7 921 1384 or (+64) 27 275 8022,

Event Partners

Premium Event Sponsor

Sponsor Logo - Te Uru Rākau – New Zealand Forest Service

Event Supporters

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

Event Sponsors

Sponsor Logo - C3Sponsor Logo - TDDA (The Drug Detection Agency)Sponsor Logo - SILodec – Electronic Weigh SystemsSponsor Logo - Affiliated Insurance BrokersSponsor Logo - Penske New ZealandSponsor Logo - RemsoftSponsor Logo - Waimea EngineeringSponsor Logo - WaitomoSponsor Logo - ZSponsor Logo - AutoSenseSponsor Logo - Astra / MIMICO
Sponsor Logo - ForestLink
Sponsor Logo - ETrucksSponsor Logo - Patchell GroupSponsor Logo - Mills-TuiSponsor Logo - MIMICOSponsor Logo - Port of TaurangaSponsor Logo - Trackit (SML)Sponsor Logo - WIDE TrustSponsor Logo - FilterProSponsor Logo - LevantaSponsor Logo - Trimble ForestrySponsor Logo - AlemlubeSponsor Logo - NZISponsor Logo - Finance New ZealandSponsor Logo - CaltexSponsor Logo - ChemzSponsor Logo - BWI – Brown and Watson International

FIEA Partners

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

Media Partners

Sponsor Logo - WoodTECH NewsSponsor Logo - ForestTECH NewsSponsor Logo - Friday OffcutsSponsor Logo - NZ LoggerSponsor Logo - HarvestTECH News


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Rotorua, New Zealand

Distinction Hotel Rotorua

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 on-street Car parking is available close to the venue. The hotel car park itself is not available due to expo. Contact venue for further details.

Special accommodation rates are available:

  • Superior Room $195.00 incl. GST
  • Deluxe Room $215.00 incl. GST
  • Junior Suite $275.00 incl. GST
  • Executive Suite $305.00 incl. GST

Use the button below for further details and to book online. Alternatively, you are welcome to phone the hotel reservations team on (+64) 7 349 5200 and quote promo code: WOOD24.

Book Accommodation


Standard | $995 + GST
Rates are per person
Group Rate (3-5) | $795 + GST (Save $200)
A minimum of 3 attendees are required for this special rate. Rates are per person.
Large Group Rate (6+) | $595 + GST (Save $400)
A minimum of 6 attendees are required for this special rate. Rates are per person.
Workshops & Events
Workshops are free for attendees. The 50th Anniversary Reunion is $90 incl GST. Please select the workshops and events you want to attend when registering.
Virtual Event | $495
This is restricted to attendees from outside of New Zealand and Australia. No GST is charged for registrations outside of New Zealand. Access to live and on-demand event videos post-event. Rate is per person.

Registration Details

  • The Conference Rate refers to your attendance in person at the Rotorua, New Zealand conference and exhibitions.
  • Virtual Event registrations can be booked by delegates from outside of New Zealand. This will ensure that those unable to travel into either New Zealand to attend in person will be able to participate directly live online, or view the recorded presentations at a later date.
  • All prices exclude GST (15%). For virtual online registrations from outside New Zealand, GST does not apply.
  • For New Zealand transactions, including the virtual online event, a credit card processing fee of 2.9% will be charged.
  • The Early Bird Rate applies only to the standard conference rate. To be eligible, registrations and payment must be received ON or BEFORE the listed date above. All special discounts require payment at the time of registration and before the cut-off date in order to receive any discount.
  • 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.
  • For those attending in Rotorua, the event registration payment covers morning and afternoon teas, lunch, refreshments, BBQ Networking Evening, workshops, a conference handbook and post-event access to presentation PPT’s (electronic download of PDF’s, for those presentations where presenter approval has been given).
  • For Virtual Event registrations, your registration payment covers live access to all New Zealand conference presentations, post-event access to presentation PPT’s (electronic download of PDF’s, for those presentations where presenter approval has been given) and recorded presentations, for a limited time and where speaker approval has been given.

COVID-19 related information:

  • The event organiser will work to ensure that all instructions provided by the New Zealand Government Health Authorities, relating to travel and the running of events because of COVID-19 are strictly adhered to.
  • It is the responsibility of the sponsor, exhibitor or delegate, if intending to travel to attend the conference, to check on all updated health and Government guidelines for any specific entry requirements.
  • If for any reason the venue is unable to be used because of COVID-19 restrictions that might have been imposed by Government, the event organiser may need to either reschedule the event or move the event online. Your registration will automatically transfer to the new dates and/or format. In this situation, no refunds will be given. If the event is not moved online or able to be rescheduled within 12 months of the original date, you will be entitled to a credit or a full refund.

Cancellation policy:

For cancellations on or before Friday 19 April 2024, 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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