Australasia's home for timber news and information

WoodEXPO is an exciting new concept

WOODEXPO 2013 for Australasia has finally arrived. Australasia’s first wood products show is running for sawmillers, wood manufacturing companies and wood panel producers in Albury on 3-5 September. It runs again, just one week later, for New Zealand wood products companies on 11-13 September. Source: Timberbiz
The line-up of participating companies is impressive, with leading technology providers coming from throughout Australia and New Zealand as well as the USA, Canada, Finland, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Austria and Indonesia. It’s undoubtedly the largest gathering of wood expertise yet seen in either country.
“It’s an exciting new concept. We’ve been working on this with industry and many of the larger global technology providers for some time,” says Brent Apthorp, Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA) Director.
“North America and Europe have a number of well-established trade shows highlighting the very latest in wood products technologies every couple of years. The trouble is that they’re half way around the world, they’re expensive to get to and often the equipment on display is not suited to local companies or the wood being processed here. While we have had some larger forestry trade shows in the past, until now there has been no dedicated wood products show held in either Australia or New Zealand.
“WoodEXPO 2013 is the first dedicated ‘business to business’ wood products show run in this part of the world. It’s a first for local wood producers and it builds on the world class technology events that FIEA has designed and run over the last 13 years,” he said.
As the name suggests, WoodEXPO 2013 is covering all things wood – from log yard handling, sawing technologies, saw-doctoring, wood scanning, wood gluing and laminating, timber machining, lumber QC, mill maintenance, kiln drying, finger-jointing, wood finishing, composite panels and engineered wood products.
Apthorp explained that “rather than travelling offshore to evaluate the very latest gear for your mill or new products to diversify your current operation, it instead happens on your own back door step”.
Full details on the WoodEXPO 2013 program can be found on