14-15 November 2018
20-21 November 2018
Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
ForestTECH is New Zealand and Australia’s leading forest management technology series, providing companies with the latest technologies, innovations and practical tools to increase forest operations productivity.

Event Details

The ForestTECH series has been run annually since 2007. Now in it's 12th year, ForestTECH has firmly established as the annual technology event for forest resource managers, remote sensing and GIS specialists and inventory foresters from throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Technology continues to evolve and, come November 2018, it will have moved considerably in just 12 months. Remote sensing is probably right now, showing the fastest pace of change anywhere within the forestry or wood products industries. The payback in savings on improved productivity, the level of accuracy in the data being collected and processed and safety out in the field is indeed significant.

In 2017, a record number of 250 delegates attended the series. ForestTECH 2017 outlined new systems to manage and process large data sets, results from recent in-forest trials and outcomes of the AU$1.8 million FWPA remote sensing project. It also highlighted a number of disruptive technologies impacting the sector, including; automation, robotics and virtual reality.

For ForestTECH 2018, the focus will be on new emerging technologies and the adoption of key research projects by local forestry companies. Local and international experts will tackle the issues and detail what this means, both operationally and financially, to our forestry sector.

14-15 November 2018, Rotorua, NEW ZEALAND
20-21 November 2018, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
Who Attends?
Over 250 representatives from the New Zealand and Australian forestry industries, including: Forestry managers | Forest owners | Technical foresters | Forestry consultants | Forestry researchers | Forest resource planners | Inventory foresters | Technology & equipment suppliers

Programme | Speaker Interest

We will be working 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 at brent.apthorp@fiea.org.nz or (+64) 3 470 1902.

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Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

ForestTECH offers a tremendous opportunity for companies involved in developing innovative tools, technologies and resources for forestry planning and management to maximise their exposure to New Zealand and Australia’s forestry companies. Exhibition spaces are always 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.

ForestTECH 2018 is already being planned. We already have strong interest in the sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities available. Early partners will benefit from exposure in the regular technology updates we will be providing the ForestTECH community.

Sponsorship and branding opportunities are also available for other Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA) events and in the region’s most widely read weekly e-newsletters, Friday Offcuts and WoodWeek.

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

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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 200 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)

  • 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

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