Field Trip

The one day field trip which will include visits to new wood processing facilities and other sites.


Confirmed visits are below with other visits yet to be confirmed and added to the days programme.


Cost of the Field Trip is NZD 250.00 (plus GST for NZ Delegates). Included in this cost is Coach transport to the various sites, escorted site visits and lunch.


Limited availablity, register now on the registration page.










Day 2: 30 August 2016 - Field Trip

  Field Trip
 7.45am Delegates to meet in Lobby of Novatel Lakeside Hotel Bus will arrive at 7.30am for delegates to load luggage if necessary
 8.00am Delegates gather at ACC building, Pukaki Street,  close to Novotel - Can walk from Novotel weather permitting or bus can drop off if not. Confirmed. New Building constructed using CLT and LVL. Robin Jack of CLT supplier Xlam will explain construction in the ACC foyer, showing exposed CLT and LVL
 8.30am New Red Stag Sawmill Site Visit - to be the largest in the Southern Hemisphere Confirmed 
 9.45am Depart Red Stag for Kaiangaroa Villiage  
10.30am KLC Add Value Processing Plant Site Visit at Kaiangaroa Village Confirmed
11.30am Depart KLC for Kawerau  
12.45pm Lunch in Kawerau Venue to be Confirmed
1.15pm  Sequal Lumber Site Visit -  Major recent expansion / upgrade, Kawerau Confirmed 
2.15pm Depart Kawerau for return to Novotel Lakeside  
4.15pm Field Trip terminates Novotel Lakeside Hotel, Rotorua Assistance provided for those on late afternoon flights from Rotorua Airport. If required please advise the Conference Secretariat of your requirement on Monday 29 August

Field Trip Hosts


RST Logo

Red Stag Timber consists of two sawmill lines, with associated timber processing operations for kiln drying, planning, treating and remanufacturing. Currently producing over 450,000m³ of Radiata Pine and Douglas-fir lumber per annum, resulting in an annual turnover of over NZ $180 million, Red Stag Timber is commissioning a new sawmill that will be capable of cutting over 700,000 m3 per annum. Red Stag Timber employs approximately 300 staff.
Red Stag Timber has a long-term commitment to further developing its product range and market base. Its particular focus is on structural lumber products, but it also produces landscaping, industrial, appearance and furniture lumber grades. These products are sold in New Zealand and exported to Australia, the Pacific Islands, Asia, Africa, Europe and North America.

 KLC Logo

KLC Limited was started in 1997 and is located at Kaingaroa Village, 50 kilometres south east of Rotorua, on what was the site of the NZ Forest Service Workshops.
KLC started as a kiln drying operation and has quickly progressed into being one of New Zealand’s largest and most innovative timber re-manufacturing operations.
KLC has FSC certification and Codemark certification for the Generation II H3.2 product range.
KLC’s 100 loyal staff are key to the success of the operation. The combined knowledge and experience of KLC’s staff, ensure that KLC produces timber products that are of a high quality and are fit for purpose. KLC has a significant presence in the NZ market for products ranging from Finger Jointed Blanks to our Generation II H3.2 MicroPro treated range of Dressed Boards, Fascia and Weatherboards.
KLC is technically advanced in its manufacturing processes using sophisticated German engineered machinery and equipment to produce output in excess of 2200cu per month.
KLC exports to Australia and the United States.




Sequal is a family owned wood processor based in Kawerau, that specializes in custom cutting of utility grade logs.  Their product is used for a variety of applications in the construction, packaging, furniture and engineered wood market segments sectors.

Sequal currently processing approx. 350,000 ton of logs per annum.  This will increase to 500,000 tons over the next 2-3 years.  

Their most recent upgrade was the automation and optimisation of the main saw line to improve log gap control and recovery.  For this upgrade they used Linck (Germany) for mechanical equipment and Tui Technology (NZ) for the controls - it resulted in a significant production rate increase.  This December Sequal will be adding a third break down in the main saw line to maximize the amount of product variations they can produce in a single pass. This will be a double arbor circular horizontal, with setting capability and again using Linck (Germany) and Tui Technology (NZ) for this upgrade.  To cope with the added piece-count this additional cutting capability will produce, the Tray Sort Line will be rebuilt by Lakeland Engineering (Rotorua). In December 2017 the Bin Sort line will be extended and new stackers installed.   

Over the last 2 years Sequal have also been building their drying capability in partnership with local Iwi (NTGA). They have geothermal steam running directly through their kilns at 170 degrees to produce a closed loop, 100% renewable kiln drying operation sufficient to dry 500,000 m3 per annum. Sequal have partnered with Windsor (NZ) in this expansion because of their commitment to excellence and in-depth understanding of the impact of geothermal steam on the kiln drying process.  


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