FIEA delivers world class technology events for Australasian forest products companies.

We provide a unique and independent platform to showcase new and emerging technologies to the industry.

Since 1998 the Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA) has designed, managed and run over 500 conferences, trade shows and exhibitions for local companies. Our objective is to improve the performance and productive capability of forestry and wood products companies in the region.


Australia & New Zealand Forest Products Industry Map 2022 Released

on 13 May 2022
FIEA is recognised as one of the most effective information providers for the Australasian forestry & wood products industries

Event Calendar

FIEA's platform of events showcases the best and brightest minds from the industry and around the world. Held each year in Australia and New Zealand, these events are global leaders and bring in the latest new and emerging technologies direct to the Sector. FIEA's core events include: ForestTECH, WoodTECH, HarestTECH and the Forest Industry Safety Summit.

May 2023

Wood Transport & Logistics 2023

24-25 May 2023
Rotorua, NEW ZEALAND + Virtual Online

The time is right to bring this part of the industry together to learn about technology developments being employed to assist in harvest and transport planning, logistics & log transport operations.

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June 2023

Environmental Forestry 2023

20-21 June 2023

This event brings together key technical and management people from industry and government. It is designed both for people with boots on the ground and those planning operations to meet policy requirements.

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July 2023

Residues to Revenues 2023

25-26 July 2023
Rotorua, NEW ZEALAND + Virtual Online

The 2023 event will build on the technologies and innovations profiled for bio-fuel harvesting and collection, handling and transport.

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November 2023

ForestTECH 2023

  • 14-15 November 2023, Rotorua, NEW ZEALAND
  • 21-22 November 2023, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

The ForestTECH series, run annually since 2007, is the ‘must-attend’ technology event for all forest resource managers, remote sensing, GIS and mapping specialists and inventory foresters from across Australasia.

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Wanting to Attend?

If interested in attending any of these events, all details, including how to register, can be found on the event's website. You will also be able to subscribe to receive email updates about the event.

We run a wide range of events and focus on new technologies and innovations within the forestry and wood products sector. New FIEA events will be featured on this events calendar.

Sponsoring or Exhibiting?

If interested in sponsoring or being involved with displays at any of these planned events in 2021 (best to book early as these are sold out every year), please contact FIEA’s Marketing & Sponsorship Manager:

Gordon Thomson, (+64) 7 921 1384, (+64) 27 275 8022,

Longer term sponsorship and branding opportunities can also be discussed.

Wanting to Present?

If interested in presenting at the HarvestTECH, WoodTECH or ForestTECH events please contact:

Brent Apthorp, FIEA Director, (+64) 3 470 1902, (+64) 21 227 5177,

For other events, please contact:

John Stulen, FIEA Director, (+64) 7 921 1382, (+64) 27 275 8011,


FIEA Event & Technology News

ForestTECH News
The latest updates on breaking news, research results, reports and links relevant to forest resource management and planning in Australasia.
  • ForestTECH News | Issue 66
    on 5 March 2023

    Welcome to the latest issue of Foresttech.News. In New Zealand, the news over the last month has been dominated by Cyclone Gabrielle and its […]

  • ChatGPT could make these jobs obsolete
    on 5 March 2023

    Artificial intelligence is here, and it’s coming for your job. So promising are the tool’s capabilities, Microsoft — amid laying off 10,000 […]

  • Early EOI to present at ForestTECH 2023
    on 5 March 2023

    In 2021 and 2022, the ForestTECH series, like many other meetings and events, was disrupted by Covid. In saying that, over 300 delegates from 15 […]

  • Harnessing laser technology to measure native...
    on 5 March 2023

    The results of a recently completed, FWPA-supported collaborative research project have demonstrated the potential of using dense, 3D point cloud […]

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WoodTECH News
The latest updates on news and technologies relevant to sawmilling, wood manufacturing and wood products companies in Australasia.
  • Growth in sawmill investment – HewSaw seeing...
    on 21 March 2023

    Recent market conditions for wood products have many producers looking to upgrade their equipment and facilities with new technology and primary […]

  • WoodTECH News | Issue 56
    on 5 March 2023

    Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News. In New Zealand, the news over the last month has been dominated by Cyclone Gabrielle and its […]

  • Flood-hit businesses vow to rebuild
    on 5 March 2023

    In New Zealand, Pan Pac Forest Products’ mill at Whirinaki, north of Napier, was inundated by floodwaters in mid-February. Flood-hit factories and […]

  • Innovative infrared technology to test timber...
    on 5 March 2023

    AKD has announced the use of an innovative new technology that provides real time quality assurance for H2F timber treatment efficacy at its Tumut […]

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HarvestTECH News
The latest updates on news, research and technologies for wood harvesting and transport operations in Australasia.
  • HarvestTECH News | Issue 39
    on 5 March 2023

    Welcome to the latest issues of HarvestTECH.News. In New Zealand, the news over the last month has been dominated by Cyclone Gabrielle and its […]

  • John Deere Introduces New Mid-Size Crawler Log...
    on 5 March 2023

    MOLINE, Ill. (Feb. 20, 2023) — Designed for logging contractors of all sizes, John Deere is excited to introduce the new 2956G. The 2956G crawler […]

  • Plantation thinning for carbon, timber and...
    on 5 March 2023

    Plantation thinning may not be new in the forestry sector, which has been thinning to improve tree growth and vigour for years. But the operations […]

  • Fears for forestry contractor livelihoods
    on 5 March 2023

    New Zealand’s forestry contractors in the Tairawhiti, Hawkes Bay, Coromandel and Northland regions are facing immense pressure and compounding […]

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TECH Updates

FIEA Members Only

100's of papers available to FIEA Members This detailed and comprehensive resource has been set up specifically for FIEA members.

FIEA manages an extensive series of technology events each year for forest products companies. This page, Technology Updates, provides a selection of up to ten papers/presentations for each event (usually posted within two-three months after the event). These recent papers/presentations can ONLY be read and downloaded by FIEA members.

Membership details can be found in the Membership Section. For members who have forgotten their membership number, please contact our offices.

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FIEA Partners


FIEA Membership

Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA) members are provided an extensive range of benefits. Working closely with forestry and wood products companies throughout Australasia, the membership benefits have been structured to provide a package of services not being covered by other industry groupings.

Membership rates are low by industry standards. Membership is voluntary. It’s also not being set by any collected levy. FIEA members join only if they see real value in the array of discounts being offered through the technology programmes and resources that are being supplied.

Technology Updates on the FIEA website is one of the most comprehensive listing of resources available on any one website. The resource is being used extensively by member companies as an essential up-to-date reference for evaluating new and emerging technologies, for troubleshooting and for on-site training. Over 150 plus presentations/papers are able to be accessed by FIEA members.

FIEA is also now the largest provider of weekly and monthly forest products news in Australasia. In addition to breaking news and technology updates every week through Friday Offcuts and WoodWeek, free copies of FOUR leading industry magazines are sent directly to all FIEA members to ensure they stay abreast of key issues that will impact on their business.

FIEA Membership

- Discounts off FIEA Events
- Access to FIEA Presentations & Resources
- Discounts off Friday Offcuts & WoodWeek Rates
- Free Trade Magazines

Become an FIEA Member


About FIEA

The Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA), a division of Innovatek Ltd, has since 1998 been running an extensive series of technical programmes for forestry and wood products companies.

Programmes are being run, over 500 at last count, for both New Zealand and Australian operations.

An independent forum for local companies is provided by FIEA to evaluate new technologies. Networking with other companies and leading local and international technology providers is also a significant benefit of these events.

Forestry and wood products companies, largely distant from most major technology providers, can through FIEA, evaluate a wide range of new and emerging technologies suited to their own operations. FIEA is well established as a leading provider of technology transfer services for forest products companies.


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

Forest Industry Engineering Association: A division of Innovatek Ltd