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Proud finalists

Vekta Automation were recently proud to announce that they had been selected as finalists in the 2017 WA Telstra Business Awards. The Telstra Business Awards has just reached its 25th year, aiming to recognise small and medium businesses, and for 2017 received over...

Austrian Industry Seminars on Structural Timber Construction

Thanks to its rich and sustainably managed timber resources, Austria has built up extensive expertise in timber construction methods and materials. With the recent surge in construction of tall timber buildings in Australia, Austrian companies have become pivotal...

ASH will be joining the CFMEU Rally

ASH will be joining the CFMEU to Rally on Tuesday the 21st March. All branded trucks are encouraged to park on the foot path in front of Parliament House at 10:00am. Trucks with windows, staircases, furniture, wrapped packs of timber, etc - are all encouraged to come...

Modular living

A Melbourne entrepreneur thinks outside the box by building within it Mechanical engineer David Nicolaides was on the hunt for a new career following the closure of the Holden plant in Port Melbourne. He decided to combine his skillsets of engineering and property...

Better benefits

TABMA helps members grow their business. The Timber and Building Materials Association (TABMA) represents timber and building material merchants, suppliers, manufacturers, frame and truss fabricators, wholesalers and timber importers. TABMA’s aim is to help members...

Global standards

Facilitating international trade of wood with ISO standards By Clare Naden Where would we be without wood? In 2015 alone, we humans consumed a whopping 310 million cubic metres of softwood lumber and 130 million cubic metres of hardwood lumber, totalling USD 129...

Taronga Zoo Centenary Theatre

Tanner Kibble Denton (TKD) Architects recently completed the new Centenary Theatre at Sydney’s iconic Taronga Zoo. The theatre focuses on the real heart of Taronga Conservation Society Australia, demonstrating commitment to environment and wildlife conservation....

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The burning question

How does timber construction stand up in bushfire prone areas? By Finn Seccombe A friend recently recounted a story about his brush with disaster during the 2013 Dunalley fires in Tasmania. “My timber deck caught fire and our only source of water was our rainwater...

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World class design

World Architecture News shortlists Sydney's Tanner Kibble Denton Architects for 2017 Commercial Award. Glasshouse at Goonoo Goonoo Station, Tamworth, NSW, by Sydney architects, Tanner Kibble Denton is one of six projects shortlisted for the 2017 World Architecture...

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Strong investment

Saw millers invest $900m in industry future – despite growing log supply shortfall. Australian saw millers and associated manufacturers have invested an estimated $900 million over the last five years in efficiency and productivity initiatives on the back of strong...

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The cancer risk tradies cannot see

Cancer Council Australia raises awareness of silica dust risk With new estimates showing that over 230 lung cancer cases in Australia each year are caused by exposure to silica dust in the workplace, Cancer Council Australia is calling for tradies to be more aware of...

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Winning work

Vekta Automation, an industrial automation manufacturing business providing automated saw and material handling equipment to the truss and frame industry, is excited to announce they were selected as the winners of the Innovation Excellence award and finalists in two...

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Gnome pun intended

Occasionally a job comes along that needs a special design. That’s when you need professional engineering advice. By Paul Davis We spend most of our time designing houses. And let’s face it, they are generally pretty standard variations on the same theme; rectangular...

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Dazzling design

International House Sydney builds on its winning reputation at the 2017 Australian Timber Design Awards. Australia’s first engineered timber multi-storey office building, International House at Sydney’s Barangaroo, was announced as the winner of the Grand Prix Award...

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Building boost

A growing trend in timber mid-rise apartment developments has been keeping this Adelaide business busy. Pin Design Truss & Timber is an Adelaide-based timber supply company that manufactures quality roof and floor trusses. The business has been serving the South...

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Decoding timber treatments

It’s the process that can dramatically improve timber durability and lower your lifetime costs. Here’s how to choose the right timber treatment. Australia has one of the most comprehensive timber treatment standards in the world. Legislated across a region stretching...

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prefabAUS 2017

Prefabrication and the role it has to play in Australia’s built environment Recently, industry leaders from Australia’s built environment came together at the prefabAUS 2017 conference to discuss the role prefabrication should play in the future of architectural...

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Community service leave explained

Under the National Employment Standards, an employee is entitled to be absent from employment when engaging in an eligible community service activity. This provision does not apply to employees of sole traders and partnerships in Western Australia, but otherwise, it...

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Mighty helpful

From a humble sawmill to a network of successful trade hardware outlets, Clennett’s Mitre 10 is a proud family business built out of passion and foresight. Clennett’s Mitre 10 is a significant trade player in the Southern Tasmanian market, being synonymous with...

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MiTek University

Every facet of MiTek University delivers an advantage There’s always something new to learn in any profession, but for the time-poor, study or adopting the extra burden of attending courses can be a deterrent. Doctors have to learn about new drugs and new procedures,...

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Tailored solutions

The right equipment for every timber application. As Australia’s leading long load and narrow aisle forklift specialists, HUBTEX Australia can offer tailor-made solutions for the handling of long, bulky and difficult loads in the timber industry. The company is the...

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Renos set to rise

Renovations set to be Australia’s next construction boom. The latest Housing Industry Association report predicts that home renovations will become an increasingly important aspect of the residential building industry in the coming years. The report indicates that...

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Crowning glory

Gold Coast Timbers & Trusses is keeping pace with customers’ demands for ever-evolving and challenging designs. A recent undertaking for a Gold Coast private school saw Gold Coast Timbers & Trusses (GCTT) meet a challenging project head-on. This job – with its...

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Dressed up for summer

There’s nothing like relaxing on a great deck to get the most out of your summer season. The season for taking full advantage of Australia’s outdoor living spaces is upon us. This time of year also traditionally marks the annual household ritual of “oiling the decks”...

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OneFortyOne takes on CHH mill

The prefab industry will have a new supplier for its construction timbers, following the announcement that OneFortyOne Plantations are taking over the Jubilee Highway timber mill. South Australian forestry company OneFortyOne Plantations has announced its intention to...

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