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.

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.

June 2022

Environmental Forestry 2022

28-29 June 2022
Rotorua, NEW ZEALAND + Virtual Online

Improving our environmental performance brings both challenges and rewards. For the first time, this event will bring together a wide range of foresters working on improving industry outcomes.

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July 2022

Residues to Revenues 2022

26-27 July 2022
Rotorua, NEW ZEALAND + Virtual Online

We have the potential to transform the forestry sector into a provider of biofuels, bioenergy and a range of renewable bioproducts. This event helps you understand the real value of energy tied up in wood residues.

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October 2022

WoodTECH 2022

18-19 October 2022

  • In-Person | Rotorua, NEW ZEALAND
  • Virtual Event | Australia & International

New innovations, technologies, processes and systems in sawmilling, scanning, saw maintenance and mill optimisation.

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November 2022

ForestTECH 2022

  • 15-16 November 2022, Rotorua, NEW ZEALAND
  • 22-23 November 2022, 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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2023 TBA

HarvestTECH 2023

Last held April 2021 in Rotorua, New Zealand. An announcement on the next event will be made at a later date.

This event covers new technologies in wood transport, log measurement and scaling and mechanised harvesting.

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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 57
    on 9 May 2022

    Welcome to the latest issue of Foresttech.News. We are major proponents of digital technologies and the opportunities that they enable. FWPA’s new […]

  • A single source of information for private...
    on 4 May 2022

    Forest & Wood Products Australia (FWPA) is developing a single, centralised database for private forestry information through a national project […]

  • NASA releases new forest biomass-carbon product
    on 4 May 2022

    NASA’s GEDI mission has reached a major milestone with the release of its newest data product, which provides the first near-global estimate of […]

  • GOES 18 weather satellite launched
    on 4 May 2022

    Whether it’s wildfires that sweep across the West Coast, storms rolling in from the Pacific Ocean or dense fog that blankets the Pacific Northwest, […]

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WoodTECH News
The latest updates on news and technologies relevant to sawmilling, wood manufacturing and wood products companies in Australasia.
  • WoodTECH News | Issue 47
    on 9 May 2022

    Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News. When taking a look at new stories across New Zealand and Australia, it is hard not to see that […]

  • Worker shortages start to bite
    on 4 May 2022

    New Zealand’s forestry industry is facing a “perfect storm” of skyrocketing demand and being unable to meet its staffing needs. A shortage of […]

  • Australia faces critical housing timber shortage
    on 4 May 2022

    Australia’s housing construction sector faces a critical timber shortage and our reliance on imported timber will double by 2050 if our nation […]

  • Lucidyne competes brand integration with Microtec
    on 4 May 2022

    Lucidyne Technologies, Inc., a North American leader in automated lumber scanning and optimization, has announced its brand integration with […]

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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 30
    on 9 May 2022

    Welcome to the latest issues of HarvestTECH.News. As previously highlighted, the Australian mining industry is leading the way in large vehicle […]

  • Wood Energy New Zealand Partnership formed
    on 4 May 2022

    A partnership between Pioneer Energy and Niagara Sawmilling Company Ltd in the lower South Island of New Zealand has been formed to meet the demands […]

  • Giant 180-tonne robot trucks are mining
    on 4 May 2022

    As global demand soars, extractive industries are embracing automation. A mining outfit in Australia is making a big bet on big robots. Following a […]

  • Revised compensation package for WA forestry
    on 4 May 2022

    The WA government has tried to ease the pain on forestry businesses affected by a logging ban by announcing a revised multi-million-dollar […]

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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

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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