WoodTECH 2022

Sawmilling, Mill Data Management & Wood Treatment
  • 18–19 October 2022 [CANCELLED}, Rotorua, New Zealand
    18–19 October 2022, Virtual 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

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. 2022 faced similar issues.

Event Cancellation 

The WoodTECH 2022 event, after two years of postponements because of Covid travel and meeting restrictions, was set down to run in Rotorua, New Zealand on 18-19 October 2022. The programme had been revised, speakers lined up and promotions were about to get underway. Exhibitors and sponsors likewise were ready to actually meet up with sawmillers and saw-doctors’ after several years of being unable to meet up face-to-face. Unfortunately, it has been decided after speaking to a number of major sawmills within New Zealand, that it is in everyone’s best interests, to cancel this year’s event, WoodTECH 2022.

Why? This time it isn’t Covid getting in the way. Instead, it’s a perfect storm of unprecedented demand for building materials in both New Zealand and Australia. This has meant all mills are working extra hours and shifts to try and get timber out the gate. Adding to this are the upgrades and projects now underway to try and boost mill production and the critical shortages currently being experienced in finding workers just to keep mills running.

Future WoodTECH events

We, together with local sawmillers and equipment suppliers, will review options at a later date to see if we can reintroduce the sawmilling and wood processing tech updates to New Zealand and Australia in the future and will stay in touch through your monthly communication,

Who Attends

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

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

We always receive strong interest in the sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities available. For a full range of future sponsorship, exhibition and branding options, please contact our Marketing & Sponsorship Manager on (+64) 7 921 1384 or

Event Partners

Premium Sponsor

Sponsor Logo - Te Uru Rākau – New Zealand Forest Service

Event Sponsors

Sponsor Logo - HoltecSponsor Logo - Industrial Lubricants and Services Limited (ILS)Sponsor Logo - Key Knife | Braford IndustriesSponsor Logo - ArxadaSponsor Logo - ProDetecSponsor Logo - CamcoSponsor Logo - Automation & Electronics (A&E)Sponsor Logo - STINGERSponsor Logo - TimTechChemSponsor Logo - Toi OhomaiSponsor Logo - USNRSponsor Logo - MillrightSponsor Logo - Accurate Australia and New ZealandSponsor Logo - HewSawSponsor Logo - Fagus-GreConSponsor Logo - MiCROTECSponsor Logo - Wellons

FIEA Partners

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

Media Partners

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