Early interest - HarvestTECH 2020 – Wood Transport

Friday 20 Mar 2020

Although COVID-19 is uppermost in everyone's minds and actions right now, we are working towards some early planning for a series planned for September this year. At this stage, we are still some six months out so are hopeful of the series being run as originally scheduled.

With this in mind, early expressions of interest to present at this year’s HarvestTECH 2020 event are now being sought. The HarvestTECH conference and exhibition that ran last year SOLD OUT well in advance of the event being run. 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. This year, the previous wood transport and logistics event run by the Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA) is being brought under the HarvestTECH brand.

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

It will be running on 16-17 September in Melbourne, Australia and then again for the New Zealand industry on 22-23 September in Rotorua.

What's being 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 in September. Further early details on content can be found on the event website, www.harvesttech.events/ht20.

You may have a recent case study of technologies or systems that you have employed within your own business that you could share, you could have developed a product that’s really making a difference out on the skid site, in transporting wood to the processing plant or port, you may represent a tech or equipment supplier to this part of the industry or you will, come September, have completed research or trials that could be presented to the wider industry. If so, we’d like to hear from you.

If interested in being involved as a presenter, please email brent.apthorp@fiea.org.nz or phone: (+64) 21 227 5177 to discuss. Details on opportunities to exhibit in both countries will be available shortly but if keen on receiving information as soon as it is available, please contact gordon.thomson@fiea.org.nz.

Please note: We are planning to also run the Forest Safety & Technology 2020 series (origionally scheduled for May of this year in New Zealand and Australia - but postponed) alongside the Harvesting & Wood Transport event as we have done in the past. This we anticipate will add significantly to all those attending.

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