Focus for WoodTECH21

WoodTECH21 – 3-4 August 2021, Rotorua, NEW ZEALAND

Two years ago – over two weeks – the FIEA WoodTECH technology series achieved a record turnout of local sawmilling companies. Over 350 delegates from all major sawmilling companies in addition to leading tech providers from throughout Australasia, North America and Europe converged on Melbourne, Australia and Rotorua, New Zealand.

Two years later, after huge disruptions worldwide, WoodTECH 2021 will again be running in this region. In fact, it’s likely to be one of very few major sawmilling events run – anywhere in the world – this year.

What’s been covered?

The list is comprehensive. It’s again going to be one of the largest gatherings of sawmillers, saw-doctors and tech and equipment providers seen in two years.

This year, in addition to a raft of exciting new innovations around sawmilling and saw maintenance, a feature of this year’s event will be the number of practical workshops being given, including:

  • Saw guides and lubrication
  • Fine-tuning your circular and band saws
  • Making use of machine data in the mill
  • Real-time data collection for machine diagnosis and troubleshooting

A focus this year has also been given to one of the major constraints to increased production, how we can retain and attract younger skills into the industry. A series of presentations around new timber treatment and wood modification technologies have also been built into the event.

For a full programme of presentations and workshops planned as part of this year’s WoodTECH 2021, check out the website,

If you have any questions about the programme or are interested in speaking, please contact Brent Apthorp on