2020 | Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
2020 | Rotorua, NEW ZEALAND

HarvestTECH provides an essential and independent platform to showcase new innovations and operating practices suited to our local harvesting and wood transport operations.

COVID-19 Update

HarvestTECH 2020 was scheduled to run in Melbourne, Australia on 16-17 September 2020 and then again in Rotorua, New Zealand for local harvesting & wood transport operations, on 22-23 September 2020. Because of current restrictions around COVID-19 in both countries and the uncertainty in the weeks and months ahead, it has been decided that the technology series has to be postponed.

Programmes had largely been completed for both countries in early April. It is intended that the current programme – or a very similar programme for both countries, will be run at a future date (after speaking to our currently confirmed event speakers and sponsors) as soon as we can get some sort of clarity around current issues. We’ll update you as soon as future dates can be locked in. Thank you for your support and understanding. Click here for further details.

2020 Event Details

What's Planned?

The HarvestTECH conference and exhibition that ran in June 2019 SOLD OUT well in advance of the event being run. Exhibitor space sold out months before. It was the largest gathering of its type ever seen in New Zealand. Close to 500 harvesting contractors, harvest planners, forestry managers and equipment and technology suppliers into the region’s logging industry attended.

In addition to most major New Zealand contractors there, a large contingent came across from Australia, North and South America and SE Asia. It well and truly established itself on the international stage. Because of the huge support and excellent feedback from recent wood harvesting events run by the Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA) – and previous wood transport events – the two-yearly Woodflow and Logistics event that is run in both New Zealand and Australia is now being brought under the HarvestTECH brand in 2020.

HarvestTECH 2020 will be focussing on log scaling, log segregation and loading, wood transport, logistics and data integration through the wood supply chain.

The objective of the 2020 technology series, with 30% – 40% of delivered log costs being contributed by transport, is to profile the very latest technologies for moving wood efficiently and safely from the forest through to the log yard, processing plant, port or market. New initiatives and operating practices being employed to improve log measurement, planning, logistics & operations within the wood supply chain will also be showcased as part of the series.

What's Covered?

New technologies, new processing systems and case studies to showcase “new technology and smart operating practices” in log loading and wood measurement, wood transport and logistics will be profiled at the HarvestTECH 2020 series. At this stage, based on requests and suggestions from industry, content is likely to cover;

  • 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 and distribution
  • New innovations around log and wood product handling, trucking, rail and shipping
  • New mobile communications and data transfer technologies for local operations
  • Developments in information technology and data management
  • Impacts and opportunities using robotics, automation, augmented and virtual reality, machine learning, telematics and UAV’s
  • Health and safety initiatives around harvesting and wood transport operations
  • Initiatives for resolving key skills and labour shortages
  • International models adding value to supply chain management
  • Effective tools, models and case studies for collaboration through the wood supply chain

Interested in Presenting?


At a later stage, expressions of interest in presenting at HarvestTECH 2020 will be sought. Already, from the many local and international companies involved as presenters or exhibitors at the HarvestTECH 2019 technology series, we have a list of interested companies that have expressed interest in presenting.

If interested in presenting at the HarvestTECH 2020 series, please register your early interest by clicking on the button below.

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Who Will Attend?

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

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

HarvestTECH 2020 offers a tremendous opportunity for companies involved in supplying equipment, products and services to Australasia’s booming log transport industry.

FIEA has earned a well-deserved reputation over 20 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 in this region.

For sponsorship and exhibition options, please contact our Sponsorship Manager, on (+64) 7 921 1384 or

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Event Sponsors

Trimble Forestry

FIEA Partners

Eagle Technology
NZ Logger
Lewis Controls
Trimble Forestry
Atlas Integral
Key Knife / Braford Industries


Distinction Rotorua Hotel

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.

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Bayview Eden
Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

6 Queens Road, Melbourne, Victoria 3004, Australia

Surrounded by green parks and minutes from the beach yet within easy reach of buzzing downtown Melbourne, Chapel Street shopping and nightlife, the Bayview Eden Melbourne has the best of both worlds. Many of the hotel’s 192 comfortable, stylishly refurbished rooms and suites overlook the picturesque Albert Park with its lake and golf course, while the rooftop spa and gym provide panoramic views of the Central Business District skyscrapers.

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Contact Us

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

How can we help?

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