Wood Flow Optimisation 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 was Wood Flow Optimisation?

Wood Flow Optimisation 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% 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 250 forest managers, harvesting contractors and wood transport companies in the region participated in FIEA’s Wood Flow Optimisation 2016 event in September 2016. Local companies were keen on checking out just what innovations had been developed and how these new technologies were being employed in harvesting, loading, and transporting wood – from harvest operations through to the manufacturing plant or port.

New tools and technologies being developed and employed by leading forestry companies in conjunction with the tech providers – from automating log measurement through to loading and transport scheduling, new delivery mechanisms, innovative communication and data exchange systems being used operationally and models for improved collaboration within the wood supply chain were profiled as part of the latest technology series.

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

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What was 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 attended?

  • 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

Sponsorship Opportunities

Wood Flow Optimisation 2016 offered a tremendous opportunity for companies involved in wood harvesting, transport and logistics to maximise their exposure to the New Zealand and Australian industry.

Exhibition spaces were at a premium. FIEA has a well-deserved reputation of providing both sponsors and exhibitors with a unique platform for promoting their products and services to the industry in BOTH New Zealand and Australia. Upcoming technology events in 2017 of direct relevance to this audience include the very popular Forest Industry Safety Summit (www.forestsafety.events) which runs in both New Zealand and Australia in March 2017 and the Wood Harvesting event, HarvestTECH 2017 (www.harvesttech.events) which will run in New Zealand in June 2017.

For a full range of sponsorship options and benefits to the next Wood Flow Optimisation event, or other upcoming FIEA technology programmes, please include your details in the form on the right or contact Gordon Thomson, Sponsorship Manager, (+64) 7 921 1384 or (+64) 27 275 8022, gordon.thomson@fiea.org.nz.

Event Sponsors 2016

Supporting Organisations 2016

FIEA Partners

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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 1382
  1800 126 398 (from Australia)

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Building X91, Sala Street,
Rotorua 3010, New Zealand

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Dunedin 9016, New Zealand

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