Wood Flow Optimisation 2016 is Australasia’s premier technology event providing practical tools, new innovations and key insights to help improve planning, logistics and operations within the wood supply chain.
14-15 September 2016
20-21 September 2016
Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

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What is Wood Flow Optimisation 2016?

Wood Flow Optimisation 2016 is this regions premier technology event providing insights into innovations being developed and employed by leading forestry, wood products and transport companies. The objective, with 30-40 percent of delivered log costs being contributed by transport is to improve efficiencies through the wood supply chain. The FIEA event is run every two years in both Australia and New Zealand.

Over 300 forest managers, harvesting contractors and wood transport companies in the region participated in FIEA’s Wood Flow Logistics event in June 2014. Local companies were keen on checking out just what innovations had been developed and how these new technologies were being employed in processing and transporting wood – from harvest operations through to the manufacturing plant or port.

An array of new decision support tools being used successfully in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Ireland, Brazil and Chile by larger forest products companies were discussed as part of this 2014 technology series.

Wood Flow Optimisation 2016 will again provide an independent platform for local companies. It will be a unique opportunity to review the very latest tools & new innovations that have been developed, adopted and used to improve planning, logistics & operations within the wood supply chain.

If you are interested in being involved in Wood Flow Optimisation 2016, you are welcome to get in touch with us!

What's being covered?

  • Effective tools for collaboration through the wood supply chain
  • Remote sensing and real-time tracking of logs and wood products
  • Innovative systems to integrate planning, operations, harvesting, transport & sales
  • Advances in automated measurement, materials handling, packaging, freight forwarding and distribution
  • New innovations around wood harvesting, trucking, rail and shipping
  • New mobile communications and options for integrating into local operations
  • Developments in information technology and data management
  • Impacts of robotics, automation, machine learning, telematics and UAV’s being seen in supply chain management
  • Health and safety initiatives around forestry and wood transport operations
  • International models that add value to supply chain management

Who will be attending?

  • Forestry managers
  • Forest owners
  • Technical foresters
  • Forestry consultants
  • Forestry researchers
  • Harvest and wood flow planners
  • Harvesting and haulage contractors
  • Transport operators
  • Supply chain and logistics companies
  • Key suppliers to forest growing, wood harvesting and transport operations


We have worked closely with a wide range of New Zealand, Australian and other international companies, service suppliers, researchers and government bodies to develop a very innovative new programme. The updated New Zealand and Australian programmes and event brochures can be viewed and printed below.

New Zealand Programme

To view the programme CLICK HERE

New Zealand Event Brochure

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Australian Programme

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Australian Event Brochure

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Distinction Rotorua Hotel, NEW ZEALAND

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 car parking is available at the venue, however spaces are limited and hotel guests take priority.

Special accommodation rates are available to delegates for a limited time:

  • $150 Superior Room .00 (incl GST)
  • $170 Deluxe Room .00 (incl GST)
  • $200 Hotel Suites .00 (incl GST)

All rates include GST and are per room per night, based on single or double share occupancy.

Please book accommodation directly with the Distinction Rotorua Hotel via the online booking button below. If you have difficulties in using the online booking, you can call 0800 654 789, (+64) 7 349 5200 or email reservations@distinctionrotorua.co.nz.

Book NZ Accommodation

Bayview Eden Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

6 Queens Road, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Perfectly positioned for business and pleasure. Bayview Eden Melbourne is located adjacent to the beautiful Albert Park Lake & Golf Course and close to all Melbourne has to offer.

Special accommodation room rates:

  • $162  Queen Room

Accommodation rates include GST.

For reservations phone (+61) 3 9250 2222, email bayvieweden@bayviewhotels.com or book directly via the hotel website. Please state you are attending the Wood Flow Optimisation 2016 conference when booking.

Event Sponsors

Supporting Organisations

FIEA Partners

Media Partners

Sponsorship Opportunities

Wood Flow Optimisation 2016 offers a tremendous opportunity for companies involved in wood harvesting, transport, logistics or communications technologies to maximize their exposure to New Zealand and Australia’s forestry and wood products industry. Be part of another major event for this growing part of this region’s forest products sector.

Remember, exhibition spaces for recent FIEA technology events (Forest Industry Safety Summit 2015, HarvestTECH 2015 and WoodTECH 2015) all SOLD OUT. For the last Wood Transport & Logistics event, spaces were also at a premium.

FIEA has a well-deserved reputation in providing both sponsors and exhibitors with a unique platform to promote their products and services to the right people as part of a wider series of technology related events in BOTH New Zealand and Australia.

For a full range of sponsorship options and benefits please contact:
Gordon Thomson, Sponsorship Manager, Tel: (+64) 7 921 1384 or (+64) 27 275 8022, Email: gordon.thomson@fiea.org.nz

Registration Rates

Please Note

  • The conference above rates are per person and do not include registration for the conference dinner.
  • All prices exclude GST. For the Australian event, GST is 10% and for the New Zealand event, GST is 15%.
  • A credit card fee of 2.5% applies to transactions for the New Zealand event. A credit card fee of 2.2% applies to transactions for the Australian event.
  • Attendance to the conference dinner is optional and will be charged at the rate above if selected. The conference dinner is on the evening of Wednesday 14 September 2016 in New Zealand and on Tuesday 21 September 2016 in Australia.
  • Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA) member discounts of 10-25% apply on ALL listed Conference Rates. FIEA Membership Details and Benefits can be seen on www.fiea.org.nz. Membership status and discounts available can be checked by calling our FIEA offices.
  • Supporting Organisations (Supporters) discount: Click here for a list of eligible supporting member organisations
  • To be eligible for the Special Group and Early Bird rates, registrations and payment must be received on or BEFORE the due dates listed above. All discounts require payment at time of registration and before the cut-off date in order to receive any discount.
  • Any discounts offered (including group discounts) require payment at the time of registration.
  • Your conference registration payment covers the morning and afternoon teas, lunches, refreshments, a conference handbook and access to presentations (electronic download for those presentations where presenter approval has been given).
  • Cancellation policy: For cancellations before Friday 29 July 2016 a 10% administration fee applies. Cancellations received after 29 July 2016 are non-refundable but are transferable. 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.
  • The organisers reserve the right to change the programme were required.
  • Click here for our full terms and conditions.



Since 1998 the Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA), a division of Innovatek Ltd, has run an extensive series of technology related events for Australasian forest products companies. Over 500 conferences, trade shows and exhibitions have been run for local companies.

FIEA’s objective is to improve the performance and productive capability of forestry and wood products companies in the region. It is now recognized as one of the most effective information providers for the Australasian forestry & wood products industries.

FIEA Contact Details

  (+64) 7 921 1383
  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 1383

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

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