Wood transportation expertise added to Woodflow 2018

Woodflow 2018 – As part of the upcoming two-yearly tech update for forestry, wood harvesting and transport companies around Australasia, the very latest international and local developments around vehicle fleet operations, planning and safety as they apply to the wood transport businesses are being unveiled.

Included in the line-up for WoodFlow 2018 are; Alexander Mastrovito, Head of Sustainable Transport Solutions, Scania – Asia & Oceania, Hong Kong. Alexander is the project leader for Scania’s autonomous vehicle development in Singapore and the head of sustainable transport solutions for Scania in Asia and Oceania. He’s responsible for promoting and implementing future solutions; electric and alternatively fueled vehicles, connected transports and self-driving trucks and buses. He heads up Scania’s regional work in Asia paving the way for electromobility, autonomous vehicles, ITS and mobility as a service. Prior to joining Scania Alexander was based in Beijing spending 11 years in the Greater China region working in the automotive industry.

Max Blatt, Head of Business Development, LOTS Group, Sweden. As Head of Business Development for LOTS Group, a Scania company, Max has had 17 years’ experience in managing the implementation of strategic and operational improvement initiatives within forest products and other heavy manufacturing sectors across North America, Europe and Asia.

A former Director at Pöyry Management Consulting and Head of Western Operations for Perforex, Max has worked with over 100 companies in 25 different countries. Max’s focus with LOTS Group is in providing transport solutions that combine technology and methods to positively impact costs, safety and sustainability.

Fernando Paredes, Transport Manager, Forestal Mininco, Chile. Fernando manages the transport area for the company CMPC, one of Chile’s largest forestry companies. Over the last 10 years, Fernando has managed the supply chain, loading and transportation of timber to the industrial centres of CMPC and other processing operations.

Fernando will be outlining an array of initiatives that have been employed by the company to improve efficiencies and safety, including utilizing technology available with on-board cameras being installed across their trucking fleet.

Andrew Rushworth, Managing Director, Zero Emission Vehicles, NZ. Andrew has an extensive background in new technology development, commercialization, manufacturing and sales of electric heavy vehicles worldwide. His company, one of just a few in this region, is designing and manufacturing EHV’s.

Full details of the WoodFlow 2018 series can be found on the event website, click here for details.
The conference programme, including two workshops around transport planning the day before each conference, run in Melbourne, Australia on 20-21 June then again in Rotorua, New Zealand on 26-27 June.