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To the Greens!

The MGA TMA Timber Industry Golf Day farewelled a good friend and welcomed a lot of fun. Sixty players wheeled their golf bags onto the greens of Melbourne’s Kingston Heath Golf Club in early October for the MGA TMA Timber Industry Golf Day. As well as the traditional...

Easy Loader

Combilift’s Container Slip-Sheet loads in minutes. It’s hard to describe Combilift’s Container Slip-Sheet (Combi-CSS) without analogies. Imagine you’re putting a tray of pies in the oven and pull out the oven rack to guide them in smoothly rather than reach in and...

WADIC 2019 Expo

The country’s leading Windows and Doors manufacturers will be gathering in Melbourne this month for the industry’s major national event. From exhibitors to specialist speakers, it’s a chance to learn what’s happening and what’s coming up. Most window and door...

Competitive Skills

Thomas Neave is one of 15 young Australians competing against the best in the world at the 45th WorldSkills International Championship. Every two years, the best trainees and apprentices from 60 countries gather to compete against each other at the WorldSkills...

Proudly Australian

AKD has a new licensee relationship with the Australian Made Campaign. Long one of the country’s biggest promoters of sustainably grown timber for a huge range of end uses, AKD is now using the Australian Made logo to celebrate the fact its products are...

Timber Events

The WFTN Charity Cocktail Fundraiser and Boutique Timbers Annual Timber Auction are both coming up soon. This Saturday, 24 August 2019, the annual Women in Forests & Timber Network Charity Cocktail Fundraiser will be held at the Pineapple Hotel, 706 Mains Road,...
Moving Forwards

Moving Forwards

In 100 years of Bone Timber, the business’s succession plans and resilience stand out. Life is unfairly complicated. South Australian industry stalwart Bone Timber is celebrating its centenary this year. By any standard, it’s a mammoth achievement for a family...

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New CLT in Tasmania

New CLT in Tasmania

Stirling Machinery and CLTP Tasmania have joined forces for an Australian-first plantation hardwood CLT plant. In more good news for Tasmania, a brand new, purpose-built hardwood CLT plant will be constructed in the state’s north-west industrial centre of Wynyard....

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For Your Information

For Your Information

Keep abreast of recent developments in employment law. Several developments in case law and changes to awards that will affect the timber industry have newly come into effect. Case law hand grenade: accumulation of personal/carer’s leave Full time and part time...

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Happy birthday, Vekta!

Happy birthday, Vekta!

From one engineer’s belief that timber automation was worth investing in, to a thriving international company running out of Perth, it’s been 10 years of can-do. Craig Bull, truss and frame equipment support manager at Dahlsens in Melbourne, has been in the industry...

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To the Greens!

To the Greens!

The MGA TMA Timber Industry Golf Day farewelled a good friend and welcomed a lot of fun. Sixty players wheeled their golf bags onto the greens of Melbourne’s Kingston Heath Golf Club in early October for the MGA TMA Timber Industry Golf Day. As well as the traditional...

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Tasmanian Timber

Tasmanian Timber

Despite fires, ample supplies are available, writes Claire Bennett from Tasmanian Timber. Tasmanian timber is a product of exceptional beauty from a place like nowhere else. Our small island grows more than you ever imagined. Our timber has been around for millennia...

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Penetrating Insights

Penetrating Insights

Cutting into I-joists is not a casual endeavour, says Paul Davis. Sure, the photograph above is of a steel bearer, not timber, but as the most appalling example of beam-bastardry I’ve ever seen, I just had to show you. This photo tells you that on site anything is...

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Timber Noggins

Timber Noggins

George Dolezal, principal engineer at Meyer Timber, gets our new technical feature off to a good start. Welcome to Timber Noggins. Meyer Timber is delighted to be able to present this exciting new technical feature in every second edition of TimberTrader News. My...

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Underpayment Risks

Underpayment Risks

It’s not just high-profile companies being caught underpaying. By Emma Watt Have you been living under a rock?* No? Then it’s likely that media reports have made you aware of a number of high-profile employers who have been prosecuted by the Fair Work Ombudsman for...

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Fresh Cuts

Fresh Cuts

When Multinail sat down to design the PieceMaker, their new linear saw, company history, expertise and a long wishlist were all parts of the planning. Generational change is a necessary part of business success. It can be daunting, especially when an older product has...

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Making Trade Easier

Making Trade Easier

Timber product trading with Indonesian suppliers has been greatly enhanced by the development of the Indonesian Timber Exchange. By John Halkett. Head and shoulders ahead of other nations, Indonesia is Australia’s leading supplier of hardwood timber products. Merbau...

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Easy Loader

Easy Loader

Combilift’s Container Slip-Sheet loads in minutes. It’s hard to describe Combilift’s Container Slip-Sheet (Combi-CSS) without analogies. Imagine you’re putting a tray of pies in the oven and pull out the oven rack to guide them in smoothly rather than reach in and...

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The Ultimate Renewable

The Ultimate Renewable

FWPA’s push for greater timber use is a campaign we can all get behind, says Timberlink. An exciting mass media campaign has been launched by Forest & Wood Products Australia (FWPA) to promote the benefits of wood and timber products. Timberlink would like to see...

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WADIC 2019 Expo

WADIC 2019 Expo

The country’s leading Windows and Doors manufacturers will be gathering in Melbourne this month for the industry’s major national event. From exhibitors to specialist speakers, it’s a chance to learn what’s happening and what’s coming up. Most window and door...

read more
Competitive Skills

Competitive Skills

Thomas Neave is one of 15 young Australians competing against the best in the world at the 45th WorldSkills International Championship. Every two years, the best trainees and apprentices from 60 countries gather to compete against each other at the WorldSkills...

read more
Cutting Costs

Cutting Costs

Creating quality products from lower-rated timbers and supplying busy customers with affordable components is a winning strategy for Programmed Timber Supplies. Waste is the bane of the timber industry. Whether it’s idle time on the plant floor, missing out on a...

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Keeping It All Going

Keeping It All Going

Behind every great piece of timber machinery is a service department. We speak to Hundegger’s Australasian service manager Karen Steyn about taking on this vital role. Machinery lies at the heart of much of the timber industry, and often represents the most...

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Proudly Australian

Proudly Australian

AKD has a new licensee relationship with the Australian Made Campaign. Long one of the country’s biggest promoters of sustainably grown timber for a huge range of end uses, AKD is now using the Australian Made logo to celebrate the fact its products are...

read more
Tasmanian Triumph

Tasmanian Triumph

A house starring Tasmanian oak has won three ATFA awards, including Overall Winner Floor of the Year. The Australasian Timber Flooring Association (ATFA) Awards for excellence were held in late August and Tasmanian Timber finished the night with three awards including...

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Get the Framing Right

Get the Framing Right

Family-owned Gem Frame & Truss has kept growing throughout housing downturns by focusing on its relationships with builders and suppliers such as Framequip. Talking with Malcolm Fraser, you wouldn’t know he’s based in a state with an officially contracting housing...

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