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Bushfire Recovery

Timber industry and government bodies are leading the way. The industry response to this summer’s unprecedented fire season is ongoing and inspiring. We know that the whole process of recovery is going to take time and involve a great deal of expertise, but there are...

Managing Risk

Insurance is central to the survivability of any business in a disaster. We spoke with David Keys of AB Phillips about what businesses and insurers get right and wrong. Over the last few months, around Australia, thousands of people have been feeling relieved they...

FLAMEfixx BAL 29 Pine

A clever new product gives pine a BAL 29 rating, marrying all the advantages of sustainable radiata to fire resistance. Innovative Timber Ideas (ITI) has recently launched FLAMEfixxdFx onto the Australian market. A highly innovative product, it’s the first durable...

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...
Prints Not-so Charming

Prints Not-so Charming

A look at biometric attendance records – are they lawful? And what are the concerns employers should consider before introducing them? By Emma Watt A 2019 decision of a Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission found that an employer’s direction to an employee to consent...

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Put a Coat On

Put a Coat On

Customers may not always know exactly what colour they want, but when it comes to consistency and environmental concerns, they have some very clear views. There’s a surprising amount of crossover between interiors trends celebrating the natural qualities of timber and...

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Let’s Get Connected

Let’s Get Connected

Physical links are essential to structures, and good engineering makes all the difference. By Afzal Laphir, Principal Engineer, Meyer Timber What does it mean to be connected? A street survey would invariably be full of associations to Linkedin, Facebook, WhatsApp or...

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Covid-19 in Brief

Covid-19 in Brief

You don’t need 96 rolls of loo paper, but you do need to stay abreast of the facts regarding the Covid-19 outbreak. By the time you read this, things will probably have changed again in Australia’s rapidly evolving response to the Covid-19 outbreak. Already the text...

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New Facility

New Facility

Timberlink has announced a new CLT and GLT manufacturing plant in SA or Vic. With mass timber carving out an ever-increasing market in Australian construction, it’s the ideal time for more local production. Leading timber producer Timberlink is taking on the challenge...

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Clever Cladding

Clever Cladding

Two new products hit top trends with none of the traditional problems. InStyle Timber Products is known for its extensive, high-quality timber offer, so when the team there is excited about a new range, you know it’s something special. In this case, it’s two thermally...

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Bushfire Recovery

Bushfire Recovery

Timber industry and government bodies are leading the way. The industry response to this summer’s unprecedented fire season is ongoing and inspiring. We know that the whole process of recovery is going to take time and involve a great deal of expertise, but there are...

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Deck Fixings

Deck Fixings

Life is fragile enough without poorly engineered decks. I found myself outside Oslo Royal Palace two years ago. It has a grand processional arena 300m long that leads up the hill to the castle. Minding my own business, I watched a family with a stroller and German...

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Echo in Australia

Echo in Australia

Japanese quality tools now have local availability and website. Workers have personal preferences when it comes to top-quality forestry tools, but power, light weight and premium performance are on everyone’s list. Japanese brand Echo’s X Series delivers on all fronts...

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Managing Risk

Managing Risk

Insurance is central to the survivability of any business in a disaster. We spoke with David Keys of AB Phillips about what businesses and insurers get right and wrong. Over the last few months, around Australia, thousands of people have been feeling relieved they...

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Timber Noggins: Floor Squeaks

Timber Noggins: Floor Squeaks

Squeaks in timber floor systems always have a cause, here’s how to find yours. By George Dolezal, principal engineer, Meyer Timber Timber floor systems have been used in residential housing for centuries. They are a natural material, renewable, light and stronger than...

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New Views

New Views

Windows and doors are still largely sold on appearance, but the new technical innovations in the sector spell opportunities for retailers, fabricators, suppliers and builders. There are three practical factors behind decisions regarding windows and doors: how they...

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Employers and Natural Disasters

Employers and Natural Disasters

Disasters and relief efforts bring their own employment issues. By Emma Watt Many employers have been touched by the fires around the country. Some employers have been directly affected, either by losing worksites, or having to evacuate. Others have released employees...

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Thermory Modified Wood

Thermory Modified Wood

This durable and environmentally friendly cladding and decking is ideally suited to Australian conditions. Australia’s harsh environment and voracious insect life means most of the timbers in our market are either chemically treated or naturally highly durable. The...

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FLAMEfixx BAL 29 Pine

FLAMEfixx BAL 29 Pine

A clever new product gives pine a BAL 29 rating, marrying all the advantages of sustainable radiata to fire resistance. Innovative Timber Ideas (ITI) has recently launched FLAMEfixxdFx onto the Australian market. A highly innovative product, it’s the first durable...

read more
Providing Support

Providing Support

Ottobock’s Paexo Shoulder exoskeleton. For fans of the Paralympic Games, chances are the name Ottobock is already familiar to you. The century-old German company is a world-leader in prosthetics, orthotics and wheelchairs. As part of their range, unpowered passive...

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Get the Culture Right

Get the Culture Right

How embracing a challenging process changed this company’s staffing problems. By Jane Clark When Kennedy’s Timbers picked up the gong for Small Employer of the Year at the 2019 Queensland Training Awards recently, it wasn’t a huge surprise to the audience. Twice as...

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Finding Solutions

Finding Solutions

A focus on world-leading automation hasn’t stopped Bliss and Reels from helping smaller fabricators make an entry into the lucrative panelisation market. Post-war Australia was a time of booming industry. Large government infrastructure projects were being funded and...

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Best in Show

Best in Show

Every year the Timber Design Awards highlight brilliant uses of timber materials, and 2019’s overall winner is a gem. The annual Timber Design Awards (TDA) Excellence in Timber Design Award celebrates the use of wood in architectural design. Rarely has a winner...

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Young Crafts

Young Crafts

Britton Timbers has supported these student designers. For many years, students at Northern Beaches Secondary College (NBSC) Freshwater Senior Campus have enjoyed a top-class technical education. The 2019 Year 12 students enrolled in ‘Industrial Technology Timber’ had...

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