26-27 June 2019, Rotorua, NEW ZEALAND

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

Event Summary

They came, they learnt, business deals were done and there was plenty of networking going on. It was a record. It was the largest gathering yet seen in New Zealand. Almost 500 logging contractors, forestry managers, forest owners, harvest planners and all major equipment and technology suppliers into the logging industry in this part of the world met in Rotorua at HarvestTECH 2019. It was organised by the forest technology specialists, the Forest Industry Engineering Association. The Sold-Out sign, like it did in 2017, had gone out months before the event ran.

Two days of interactive activities showcasing new logging innovations, presentations from contractors and technology leaders as well as comprehensive exhibition areas (both inside and outside the venue) provided a unique opportunity for local harvesting operations to check out an array of new harvesting equipment suited to local conditions. They were able to meet up with world leaders and innovators in this space, first hand. It wasn’t only the kiwis though. Over 50 contractors and forest managers from Australia came across. Representatives from companies drawn from across Canada, the USA, Brazil, Chile, Finland, South Africa and Papua New Guinea were also involved in the event.

Forest tours were also run by some suppliers for their key customers. The HarvestTECH event has truly become an international event for this region and it was another outstanding week of networking for the local logging industry. Check out the array of photos taken during the event to get a full appreciation of the full range of activities at the event.

Where to from here?

Next year, planning is already well underway to run the very popular Forest Industry Safety Summit, both in New Zealand and Australia in May 2020. Later in the year, the two-yearly Woodflow series which runs in both Australia and New Zealand will be expanded to include log loading, log segregation, wood transport and logistics.

At this stage if interested in either of these two major events (both are being run in New Zealand and Australia), please get in touch with us. If planning to exhibit, best to get in early as spaces will go very quickly. Details will follow shortly.

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What was Covered in 2019?
  • Recent innovations in steep slope and winch assist harvesting
  • Getting the best out of existing hauler & ground-based operations
  • Harvest planning - new systems really making a difference
  • Effective use of collected data from your harvesting operation
  • Options for eliminating log sorts and reducing landing sizes
  • Tools & Systems for harvesting smaller woodlots
  • Remote sensing technologies for harvest planning and operations
  • Solutions for improving in-forest communications
  • Increased automation and mechanisation - new R&D
  • Remote control, robotics, virtual reality and automation in the bush
  • Filling the skills gap in harvesting
Who Attended?

Hundreds of representatives from the New Zealand, Australian and international wood harvesting operations, including:

  • Harvesting contractors
  • Forestry managers
  • Forest owners
  • Harvest planners
  • Wood flow planners
  • Harvesting equipment engineers
  • Forestry H&S managers
  • Forestry & harvesting researchers
  • Technology, equipment or service suppliers to local wood harvesting operations

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

HarvestTECH offered a tremendous opportunity for companies involved in supplying equipment, products and services to Australasia’s booming logging industry. Once again, registrations, sponsorship and exhibition places sold out months before the event run. If you are considering sponsorship or exhibiting for future events, please make contact with us early to avoid missing out!

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

Contact Sponsorship Manager

2019 Event Sponsors & Supporters

Premium Sponsors
AB Equipment / Tigercat
Gough Cat
John Deer
McFall Fuel
Event Sponsors

Dr Diesel
SouthStar Equipment
Foxx Tyres
Boss Attachments
Lubricants NZ
Komatsu Forests
Mercedes-Benz Trucks | Freightliner
ATL (Applied Teleoperation)
Finance New Zealand
Porter Group
Chainsaw & Outdoor Power Ltd (OREGON)
Eagle Technology
Mobile Mentor
Firestorm New Zealand Ltd
Electrical and Machinery Services Ltd - EMS
Duxson / Donaldson Mechanical
Woodsman Pro
Trimble Forestry
Shaw's Wire Ropes
DC Equipment

FIEA Partners

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

Media Partners

NZ Logger
Friday Offcuts
Logging & Sawmilling Journal
HarvestTECH News

Event Supporters


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

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