Wood Transport & Logistics 2024

Insights into wood handling & transport innovations, automation, log scheduling & logistics being employed by leading forestry, wood harvesting and log transport companies
  • 22-23 May 2024, Rotorua, New Zealand
    22-23 May 2024, Virtual Event
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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.
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Event Details

Wood Transport & Logistics 2024 will follow up on last year’s near-sell-out event. It covers recent transport 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, remote-controlled machines and improved remote site connectivity.

These developments show 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.

Planned Format

As part of the revolution to move forest harvesting and log transport operations towards a low emissions future, a raft of new innovations and results from commercial and operational trials across Australasia are now ready to be shared.  Wood Transport & Logistics in May 2024 will again be providing that independent platform for local businesses.

In line with recent industry events run by the Forest Industry Engineering Association for the wider industry, Rotorua, New Zealand will be used as the location for this event.  Like the large contingent that were involved in the Wood Transport & Logistics 2023 event, Australian companies will be able to travel, and build in long overdue customer or site visits at the same time.  The full programme will also be live-streamed for those outside New Zealand unable to travel into Rotorua to attend in person.



Last year, well over 250 forestry and log transport delegates from companies across Australasia, North and South America and Europe met up in Rotorua, New Zealand.  The occasion?  The long overdue Wood Transport & Logistics 2023 conference, workshops and exhibitions.

With so much effort going into larger transport companies decarbonising their fleets and innovation and early adoption of electric, hydrogen and dual-fuel hybrid technologies by log transport operators in this part of the world, the Rotorua venue, inside and outside (see images from 2023) was packed.  The place was humming.

Feedback from speakers, delegates and exhibitors from the 2023 event overwhelmingly were looking for another technology update in 2024.  The drivers?  The sheer pace of change with new and emerging technologies, the operational and commercial trials underway by local heavy transport fleets and the rapid deployment of this technology into forests and wood cartage operations all meant another industry get-together was being sought – one year on.

And, we’re delivering.  Wood Transport & Logistics 2024 is planned to run in Rotorua, New Zealand on 22-23 May 2024.


Pace of Change Increasing

The uptake of electric vehicles into heavy transport operations is really picking up speed.  The global electric truck market was valued at US$728 million in 2022.  In recent years, the market has been dominated by the Asia-Pacific region.  Between 2023 and 2032, the electric truck market is estimated to show a compound annual growth rate of 31.3 % and will reach US$11.08 billion over this time.

Electric trucks are replacing diesel trucks.  In many countries, a raft of government initiatives and financial assistance are promoting their adoption. Market growth is being spurred on by rising demand for logistics services, lower fuel costs, and maintenance expenses.  Moreover, there are incentives to use zero-emission vehicles.  As well as new battery technologies, the development of automated battery swapping hubs and the roll out of charging infrastructure across the country is also encouraging the switch from diesel to electric.

Hydrogen and dual fuel hybrid trucks likewise have been out on local roads.  Larger fleet operators are upgrading and transitioning their fleets.  High-capacity hydrogen refuelling sites across multiple regions have also recently been set up to service these new trucks.

Along with rapid advances being made in log transport fuelling options, significant advancements in just 12 months have been made in truck convoy platooning, single-vehicle autonomous operations, off-road AV driving technology, systems for log measurement and new log transport safety initiatives.  Improved connectivity being rolled out for more remote sites has also led to unprecedented innovation being seen in moving logs through the wood supply chain.  And recently, the new fuelling technologies are also moving up the wood supply chain, into wood harvesting machines out in the forest.


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
  • Wood supply chain and logistics companies
  • Key suppliers to forestry, wood harvesting & transport operations

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

Wood Transport & Logistics 2023 offered 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.  Exhibition spaces sold out before the event ran.

Wood Transport & Logistics 2024 will provide leading equipment and technology suppliers another unique opportunity to get in front of major forestry and log haulage companies from across Australasia.

Exhibition opportunities 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 2024 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.

Event Partners

Event Supporter

Sponsor Logo - Log Transport Safety Council

FIEA Partners

Sponsor Logo - Scion
Sponsor Logo - Logrithm
Sponsor Logo - NZ Logger
Sponsor Logo - Key Knife | Braford Industries
Sponsor Logo - Trimble Forestry
Sponsor Logo - Atlas | Integral
Sponsor Logo - Holtec
Sponsor Logo - C3
Sponsor Logo - USNR
Sponsor Logo - Eagle Technology
Sponsor Logo - FWPA
Sponsor Logo - Arxada (formally Lonza)
Sponsor Logo - Remsoft

Media Partners

Sponsor Logo - HarvestTECH News
Sponsor Logo - WoodTECH News
Sponsor Logo - Friday Offcuts
Sponsor Logo - ForestTECH News
Sponsor Logo - NZ Logger


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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 will be available shortly.

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