Wood Transport & Logistics 2023

Insights into new innovations, tools, technologies and smart operating practices being employed by leading forestry, wood harvesting and log transport companies
  • 24-25 May 2023, Rotorua, New Zealand
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Wood transport faces the largest shift in technology we have ever seen. Transitions to new electric, hydrogen and diesel-hybrid powered heavy vehicles, including the integration of truck automation and platooning, are already happening. There are also new innovations in log measurement, scheduling and logistics that are nothing short of phenomenal. Join us to hear the latest developments and be at the forefront of this conversion.

Event Supporters

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Event Details
Wood Transport & Logistics 2023 will provide a long overdue platform for those involved in this part of the industry to finally get together. The event will cover recent developments, including automated driving systems, truck platooning, hydrogen, dual-fuel and hybrid electric trucks, the development of electricity-based fuels, innovations around new biofuels and automation and remote-controlled machines with improved connectivity being rolled out for more remote sites. There currently is an unprecedented level of innovation being seen in moving logs through the supply chain. Join hundreds of your industry colleagues to discuss where the sector will be over the next 5 to 10 years.
The Background

The Woodflow series has been Australasia’s premier technology event. It provides timely insights into innovations, new tools, technologies and smart operating practices being employed by leading forestry, wood harvesting and log transport companies. It’s been run in both New Zealand and Australia, by the Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA).

With up to 40% of delivered log costs being contributed by transport, the events have provided the platform to showcase the very latest technologies for moving wood from the forest through to the log yard, processing plant, port or market. New initiatives being employed to improve planning, logistics & operations within the wood supply chain have also been profiled.

The last Woodflow series (or Wood Transport) ran mid-year in 2018. Since then, two large wood harvesting events, HarvestTECH 2019 and HarvestTECH 2021, have been run with record numbers of forest managers, harvest planners and logging contractors attending. Both focussed on innovations around steep slope harvesting operations and in-forest automation.

Since 2018, wood harvesting and log transport companies have been kept up to date on new innovations and developments through the regions’ monthly newsletter, HarvestTECH.News, that’s produced by FIEA. Over this time, huge advancements have been made in log measurement, transport and wood scheduling.

After 2-3 years of Covid-related travel, border and in-person meeting restrictions, those involved in log measurement, transport and scheduling have set up a major wood transport event for May 2023.

Key Topics
  • Innovative systems to integrate planning, operations, harvesting, transport & sales
  • Advances in automated measurement
  • Opportunities for hydrogen fuel-cells for heavy-duty trucks
  • Battery electric options for wood transport operations
  • EV, biofuel and hybrid -diesel fuel technologies to drive fleet decarbonisation
  • Commercialisation of platooning and autonomous truck technologies
  • Advances in remote control operations for log loading and machine operation
  • Fleet electrification – moving from concept to reality
  • Innovations in log truck/trailer design
  • Improved options for log load securing
  • Developments in information technology and data management
  • H&S initiatives tackling speed, fatigue & distraction for wood transport operations


Who Will Attend

  • Harvesting and wood flow planners
  • Wood harvesting and log haulage contractors
  • Transport operators
  • Forestry managers
  • Forest owners
  • Port companies
  • Technical foresters
  • Forestry consultants
  • Forest researchers
  • Wood supply chain and logistics companies
  • Key suppliers to forestry, wood harvesting & transport operations


We have worked closely with a wide range of New Zealand, Australian and international companies, service suppliers, researchers and government bodies to develop a strong and innovative programme. If you have any questions about the programme, please contact Brent Apthorp on brent.apthorp@fiea.org.nz or (+64) 3 470 1902.

Workshops + BBQ Event

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Pre-conference Workshop: Remsoft Operations

Wednesday 24 May 2023 | 8.30 - 10.00am

Unlock hidden productivity and synergies by leveraging Remsoft Operations to create, track and manage operational harvest plans and wood flow.

Hosted by: Corinne Watson, GM Asia Pacific, and Adele Wedding, Manager, Projects and Solutions, Remsoft

Free for all delegates. Registration required

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Pre-conference Workshop: Integrated e-docket Workflows - from Harvest to Customer

Wednesday 24 May 2023 | 10.00 - 12.00pm

Demonstrations including: WSX and WSX Mobile Solutions | Driver Lead e-dockets | Crew and Customer interfaces | Delivery Pre Notification | The role of third party data in the validation process.

David Joll, General Manager, Dan Turkington, Business Development Manager, Trimble Forestry Logistics & Francis Richardson, Transport Data Analyst, Orana Enterprises, Australia

Free for all delegates. Registration required

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Post-conference Workshop: Woodfibre Measurement in Industry 4.0

Thursday 25 May 2023 | 1.00 - 2.00pm

Woodtech SA invites you to learn more about technologies and the state of art of measurement of raw material in forestry market. Get an insight on woodfiber measurement products that Woodtech offers and learn more details of our main product, Logmeter. Join our speaker for this informative session!

Carlos Bussinger, CEO, Woodtech S.A., Chile

Free for all delegates. Registration required

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Drinks, BBQ & Networking

Wednesday 24 May 2023 | 5.30pm

Larger BBQ event for event delegates, sponsors and exhibitors along with local log transport operators

Free for all delegates and local guests


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http://woodtransport.events/wp-content/uploads/2023/02/Andrew-Clennett500px.jpegAndrew ClennettCEOHiringa EnergyNew ZealandAndrew is an experienced energy executive with over 25 years ofinternational experience. As CEO of Hiringa Energy, Andrew is bringing hydrogen technology to the forefront in New Zealand and Australia's energy transition.
http://woodtransport.events/wp-content/uploads/2023/02/Andrew-Davies-500px.jpegAndrew DaviesCOOISONew ZealandAndrew has been within the logistics field for the last 15 years and has had extensive experience managing Port based Oil & Gas, mining, warehousing and transport operations in Australia. ISO Limited is at the forefront of providing a safer working environment and increasing efficiencies in truck movement and material handling.
http://woodtransport.events/wp-content/uploads/2023/02/Ben-Roberts-Image-500x500-web.jpgBen RobertsHarvest Optimisation ManagerForicoAustraliaBen is the Harvesting Operations Manager for the North East region. He has been in Tasmania for the year 20 years in a range of operational and planning roles for private and industrial forestry estates. Ben grew up living near the forests across regional Victoria and completed a B.For.Sc at Melbourne University.
http://woodtransport.events/wp-content/uploads/2023/02/Brendan_King500px.jpegBrendan KingGroup General ManagerTR Group LtdNew ZealandBrendan has nearly 30 years in transport. As Group General Manager, he has oversight of all TR operational facets in NZ and Australia. TR are driven to become the best in the world at Renting & Leasing Trucks and Trailers and believes decarbonising the transport industry will make a positive difference for our climate.
http://woodtransport.events/wp-content/uploads/2023/02/Bryan_Brilhart500.jpegBryan BrilhartVP of Strategic PartnershipRobotic Research | RRAIUSASpeaker WebsiteOver the last 20 years, Bryan has become a leader in unmanned vehicle experience across air and ground vehicles. He led the New Flyer program that developed the first autonomous bus in North America and continues to develop, produce, and deploy ground control stations for a variety of UAV platforms.
http://woodtransport.events/wp-content/uploads/2023/02/Carlie_Porteous-500px.jpgCarlie PorteousGeneral ManagerAFCAAustraliaSpeaker Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/AFCA.asn.auCarlie brings more than 12 years experience in the forestry industry and has worked in all aspects of the value chain. Carlie recognises that driving real change in business culture and achieving real commercial outcomes requires vulnerability, transparency and great communication skills - including the most important skill of all, listening.
http://woodtransport.events/wp-content/uploads/2023/02/CarlosBussinger-500px.jpegCarlos BussingerCEOWoodtech S.AChileCarlos has been the CEO since 2013 leads the team in developing cutting-edge technology solutions for the forestry industry. Based in Chile, they enable a better management and a sustainable use of resources in the industry through the Digital Transformation.
http://woodtransport.events/wp-content/uploads/2023/02/Corinne_Watson-500px.jpegCorinne WatsonGeneral Manager APACRemsoftNew ZealandSpeaker WebsiteCorinne is responsible for ensuring forestry companies and their key partners across NZ, Australia and Asia are able to plan ahead, mitigating risks and maximise value. With a background in transport, Corinne thrives on seeking out the business challenge and finding an enduring solution which is simple, scaleable and repeatable.
http://woodtransport.events/wp-content/uploads/2023/02/Darren_Herd_500pxy.jpegDarren HerdGeneral Manager - Plantation PerformanceForico Pty LimitedAustraliaSpeaker WebsiteDarren oversees the operational planning, roading, harvest, haulage and plantation establishment operations across their plantation estate. Darren is passionate about the role that Forestry will play in contributing to providing meaningful climate and environmental solutions.
http://woodtransport.events/wp-content/uploads/2023/02/Daryl-Hutton-500px.jpegDaryl HuttonManaging DirectorANC Forestry GroupAustraliaDaryl has been involved in the harvesting and haulage of plantation timber since 1996 and specialises in cable logging on the very steep and difficult terrain. He recently introduced new innovation for the safer cartage of logs though a lower centre of gravity unit and superior load restraint systems.
http://woodtransport.events/wp-content/uploads/2023/02/David-Fraser-500px.jpegDavid FraserProduct ManagerISONew ZealandDavid's role at ISO is to maximise the value of technology with their clients. David has recently focused on the use of Fixed and Mobile Robotic Scaling technology, automate the counting and scanning of logs onto vessels and the integration of Mobile Harbour cranes at ports.
http://woodtransport.events/wp-content/uploads/2023/02/David-Joll-Photo-500x500-web.jpgDavid JollGM Forest LogisticsTrimble ForestryNew ZealandDavid has worked for Trimble Forestry's Logistics team since the acquisition of Asset Forestry Ltd in 2013 and manages their APAC and European operations and software license customers. He is heavily involved with the Global Product Management to design the future Trimble Logistics offerings.
Francis Richardson
Transport Data AnalystOrana EnterprisesAustraliaBorn and raised in the Gippsland region of Victoria, Australia, Francis began his career as a transport planner and has a background in telematic system development. Francis works for Orana Enterprises as a Transport Data Analyst and deals with quota management, transport compliance & business system development.
http://woodtransport.events/wp-content/uploads/2023/02/Gareth-Wishart-500px.jpegGareth WishartGM InnovationHW Richardson Group LimitedNew ZealandGareth leads HWR's technology developments in scheduling and optimisation, deployments of in-cab technology and alternative fuel systems. This includes the development of HWR’s refuelling and production Hydrogen project in Southland.
http://woodtransport.events/wp-content/uploads/2023/02/Ian_Brown-500pxy.jpegIan BrownManaging DirectorWoodhill Consulting LtdNew ZealandIan has more than 40 years’ experience in harvesting, transport, marketing, forest management, and commercial forest development. Ian retired from full time work as the CEO of Aratu Forests in late 2020 to pursue aspects of forestry that he was personally interested in, through his company Woodhill Consulting Ltd.
http://woodtransport.events/wp-content/uploads/2023/02/Jan-Augustyn-500x500-Web.jpgJan AugustynGM Business Performance ImprovementC3New ZealandJan joined C3 in 2019 as the General Manager Business Performance Improvement and is responsible for the business improvement, fleet, PMO, business intelligence and product development departments. Before C3, Jan has had 14 years of experience in Logistic and Supply Chain Management and optimisation.
http://woodtransport.events/wp-content/uploads/2023/02/Lex_Forsyth500px.jpegLex ForsythGeneral ManagerJanus Electric LtdAustraliaSpeaker Websitehttps://twitter.com/JanusElectricAs the Co-Founder of Janus Electric, Lex brings with him a wealth of knowledge, gained over 27 years, of energy supply to large transport & logistics businesses in Australia and the US. Lex understands the fundamental costs of running a transport business, which was the key driver behind the electrification business model
http://woodtransport.events/wp-content/uploads/2023/02/Nick-Leggert-2.jpegNick LeggettChief ExecutiveIa Ara Aotearoa Transporting New ZealandNew ZealandSpeaker WebsiteNick took up the role of chief executive of the Road Transport Forum New Zealand (RTF) in December 2018. Nick has had a distinguished career in local government, serving two terms as Mayor of Porirua City from 2010-16 and was at that time the youngest Mayor in New Zealand. Nick is a regular commentator in his own right on RNZ and Newstalk ZB.
http://woodtransport.events/wp-content/uploads/2023/02/Paul-Mahoney-500px.jpegPaul MahoneyLogging HistorianNew ZealandPaul Mahoney has for decades collected NZ forest industry history, especially interesting stories and images from early logging around the country. Paul has published a book, many articles and given over 100 talks to the industry. This has been a personal interest and hobby of Paul’s and forms part of his heritage job with the Department of Conservation and consultant with UNESCO.
http://woodtransport.events/wp-content/uploads/2023/02/Ryan-McDonald-500px.jpgRyan McDonaldHead of New BusinessHiringa EnergyNew ZealandRyan's career spans almost 20 years' of engineering consultancy principally in the energy and resources sector throughout Australasia. Ryan is a Chartered Professional Engineer who has spent much of his career executing concept development and feasibility studies as well as managing teams in the design and optimisation of onshore/offshore facilities across Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.
http://woodtransport.events/wp-content/uploads/2023/02/Steve_Divers-500px.jpegStephen DiversRisk & Compliance ManagerDynes TransportNew ZealandSpeaker WebsiteStephen heads up Dynes' safety team, compliance activities and cadet programme and has a key mandate to keep people safe by not over complicating safety and to improve performance through innovation. Current legislative requirements are a blunt tool that are based upon assumptions. Dynes prefers active monitoring and developing actions that actually protect their valuable people.
http://woodtransport.events/wp-content/uploads/2023/02/Wendy_Fennell500px.jpegWendy FennellManaging DirectorFennell ForestryAustraliaSpeaker WebsiteWendy is an influential Forest Industry Leader and is driven by her passion for harvesting and delivering high quality timber products in a productive and safe work environment. Wendy owns and manages Fennell Forestry, a South Australian based softwood harvest and transport company, and has won multiple industry awards, including Business Women of the Year in 2015.

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

Wood Transport & Logistics 2023 offers a tremendous opportunity for companies involved in log measurement, log loading, wood transport, scheduling and logistics to maximise their exposure to the New Zealand and Australian industries.

Note: For similar FIEA wood harvesting events aligned to this programme, space SOLD OUT well before the event ran.

FIEA has earned a well-deserved reputation over 25 years of providing both event sponsors and exhibitors with a unique independent platform for promoting their products and services to forestry and wood products companies across this region.

Exhibition opportunities for this event include both stands inside the hotel venue, or space outside the venue for displaying larger equipment such as trucks or log loading machinery. Please contact us for further information.

For early information on planned sponsorship options and benefits for Wood Transport & Logistics 2023, or other upcoming FIEA events, please contact Gordon Thomson, FIEA Marketing & Sponsorship Manager, (+64) 7 921 1384 or (+64) 27 275 8022, gordon.thomson@fiea.org.nz.

Premium Event Sponsor

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Event Sponsors

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FIEA Partners

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Event Supporters

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Media Partners

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Rotorua, New Zealand

Distinction Hotel Rotorua
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:

  • Superior Room $185 (single|double|twin)
  • Deluxe Room $205 (single|double|twin)
  • Junior Suite $245 (single|double)
  • Executive Suite $285 (single|double)

* All accommodation rates incl. GST

View Hotel Website


Early Bird   |   $895 + GST (SAVE $100)

Early Bird ends 21 April 2023. Rates are per person.

Group Rate (3-5)   |   $795 + GST (SAVE $200)

A minimum of 3 attendees is required for this special rate. Rates are per person.

Large Group Rate (6+)   |   $595 + GST (SAVE $400)

A minimum of 6 attendees is required for this special rate. Rates are per person.

Workshops & BBQ Evening (In-Person Only)   |   FREE

Workshops and networking functions are provided free for Wood Transport & Logistics 2023 delegates only.

Virtual Online (Internationals Only)   |   $495*

The conference programme, except the workshops, is being streamed live online. This is restricted to attendees from outside of New Zealand. No GST is charged for registrations outside of New Zealand. Access to live and on-demand event videos post-event. Rate is per person.
Registration Details

General Notes:

  • The Conference Rate refers to your attendance in person at the Rotorua, New Zealand conference and exhibitions.
  • Virtual Event registrations can be booked by delegates from outside of New Zealand. This will ensure that those unable to travel into either New Zealand to attend in person will be able to participate directly live online, or view the recorded presentations at a later date.
  • All prices exclude GST (15%). For virtual online registrations from outside New Zealand, GST does not apply.
  • For New Zealand transactions, including the virtual online event, a credit card processing fee of 2.9% will be charged.
  • The Early Bird Rate applies only to the standard conference rate. To be eligible, registrations and payment must be received ON or BEFORE the listed date above. All special discounts require payment at the time of registration and before the cut-off date in order to receive any discount.
  • Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA) Member Discounts of 10-25% apply to the listed Standard Conference Rate. 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.
  • For those attending in Rotorua, the event registration payment covers morning and afternoon teas, lunch, refreshments, BBQ Networking Evening, workshops, a conference handbook and post-event access to presentation PPT’s (electronic download of PDF’s, for those presentations where presenter approval has been given).
  • For Virtual Event registrations, your registration payment covers live access to all New Zealand conference presentations, post-event access to presentation PPT’s (electronic download of PDF’s, for those presentations where presenter approval has been given) and recorded presentations, for a limited time and where speaker approval has been given.

COVID-19 related information:

  • The event organiser will work to ensure that all instructions provided by the New Zealand Government Health Authorities, relating to travel and the running of events because of COVID-19 are strictly adhered to.
  • It is the responsibility of the sponsor, exhibitor or delegate, if intending to travel to attend the conference, to check on all updated health and Government guidelines for any specific entry requirements.
  • If for any reason the venue is unable to be used because of COVID-19 restrictions that might have been imposed by Government, the event organiser may need to either reschedule the event or move the event online. Your registration will automatically transfer to the new dates and/or format. In this situation, no refunds will be given. If the event is not moved online or able to be rescheduled within 12 months of the original date, you will be entitled to a credit or a full refund.

Cancellation policy:

For cancellations on or before Friday 21 April 2023, a 10% administration fee applies. Cancellations received after this date are non-refundable but are transferrable. 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.

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