Improving efficiencies through the US wood supply chain

Friday 9 Aug 2013

Better management of wood flows within the wood supply chain has been a clear priority for the majority of forest products companies over the last couple of years. The pressure’s been on to squeeze as much out of each segment – and across the entire wood supply chain – from harvesting and transport operations through to market. With a big jump in both the quality and type of data available that’s now being made available, significant inroads have been made in the last 12 months into capturing some of these inefficiencies.

For the first time in the Pacific North West, a one-day conference, ForestTECH 2013 – Improving Wood Transport & Logistics, has been set up for forestry managers, technical foresters, forestry consultants, forest logistics and supply chain managers, harvest planners and transport operators. The innovative program will provide a long overdue insight into innovations, strategies and technologies being used by forest products companies to improve planning, logistics and operations within the wood supply chain.

The well-known US forestry association, the Western Forestry and Conservation Association (WFCA) is joining forces with Australasia’s leading provider of forest products technology programs, the Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA) to run this inaugural event.

In addition to innovative practices being employed by local forestry operations to improve their wood harvesting and transportation planning, practical case studies are being drawn from the US, Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Presenters will be outlining how some of the strategic, tactical and operational planning issues are being resolved and more importantly, how efficiencies have been achieved and some of the tools that have been developed for wood supply chain design and management.

Speakers include; Enda Keane, CEO, TreeMetrics, Ireland Paul Gianotti, Transportation Coordinator, Weyerhauser Co, USA, Vincent Corrao, President, North West Management Inc, USA, Don Taylor, Sustainable Resource Systems, USA, Matt Ludbrook, General Manager, Asset Forestry Logistics, New Zealand, Brookes McKee, Product Manager, Trimble Forestry, USA, Mikael Ronqvist, Laval University, Canada, Jean Favreau, Manager Value Maximisation & Decision Support, Canada, Kevin Boston, Associate Professor, OSU, USA, Doug Jones, VP Forestry, Remsoft, Canada and Brendon Petrich, GM, VWorkApp, New Zealand.

ForestTECH 2013 – Improving Wood Transport & Logistics runs in Portland, OR, USA on Wednesday 9 October. Full details can be found here.

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