What was Wood Manufacturing 2010?
It was a new Technology Show and Expo run in New Zealand and Australia in September 2010 for all wood processing operations in the Dry-mill and for stand-alone wood manufacturing companies. For over 13 years the Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA) has been running the very popular Wood Manufacturing technology programmes for New Zealand and Australian companies.
The programmes detailed with international and local expertise the very latest technologies, tools, innovations and operating practices that could be adopted and used by local wood manufacturers to improve their profitability. Linked to the wood manufacturing theme, DryTech technology programmes were also run every 2-3 years for those involved in kiln drying.
Based on feedback from a wide cross section of the industry on both sides of the Tasman, both technology programmes were amalgamated into Wood Manufacturing 2010.
What was covered in Wood Manufacturing 2010?
An extensive programme covered;
- Plant layout and design
- Cross cutting and ripping
- Scanning technologies
- Production moulding
- Timber machining
- Kiln Drying
What was the format?
Wood Manufacturing 2010 like the previous Wood Manufacturing and Kiln Drying technology events run by FIEA provided an independent and practical platform where local companies were able to evaluate the very latest in technologies. It included workshops, displays and managed exhibitions as part of a larger Expo and covered all of the core operations being undertaken in Dry-mill and stand-alone wood manufacturing plants.
It was a much more expansive programme than has been run in the past with over 230 wood manufacturers and technology providers attending.
Site managers, project managers, plant supervisors and operators from wood manufacturing, timber machining and kiln drying operations. All major equipment, product and service suppliers to this part of the industry also attended.
Because of the interest by local companies in the new format, Wood Manufacturing 2010 attracted an even wider range of major technology providers to this part of the world. In addition to local companies – product suppliers and wood manufacturers – technology providers from as far afield as Canada, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Germany, Austria and South Africa participated in the technology series.
When will it next run?
Because of the interest in this event, the next Show and Expo for Wood Manufacturing is being planned for September 2013.