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In Memoriam

George Zammit has left a legacy of customer-centric service at his family business, Warringah Timbers. The Sydney timber trade has lost another stalwart with the death of George Zammit, founder of Warringah Timbers. In 1962, George started a business erecting timber...

Back in Caboolture

AKD’s Caboolture Sawmill has resumed operations. Back in June the AKD team watched in horror as fire ripped through parts of its Caboolture Sawmill. After everything else this year has brought, it was very much lemon juice on a scraped knee. In good news, no one was...

In Memoriam

Keith Wilkinson of North Shore Timbers is remembered as a man of positivity and possibility. As a young man, Keith Wilkinson went on a diving holiday with friends off the coast of Mozambique. At home in the water, he was nevertheless caught in a strong rip and washed...

All-Terrain Sideloader

The Hubtex DQ-X redesign is a perfect match for timber. Think of the typical Australian timber yard and you could be imagining anything from vast concrete-floored sheds filled with racks to snow melting in tyre tracks near Tumut. Happily, top European manufacturers...

It’s a Wrap

AKD’s new wrap design and new product names hit the market with a celebration of the company’s proudly Australian-grown and made heritage. Over the coming months, the market will start to see AKD products being wrapped in a new plastic design. It features several...

Focus on Local

As the recession starts to bite and Covid plays havoc with both freight and currency stability, a campaign to Buy Australian Timber First hopes to save local jobs throughout the sector. High-vis is the dominant fashion trend in the sea of faces looking out from the...
Getting the Job Done

Getting the Job Done

With an emphasis on local supply, Multinail has helped its customers get through a difficult year. We look at lessons learned and what they mean for Australian F&T and manufacturing. Forty-one years ago, when Peter Taylor founded Multinail, he pushed through a run...

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2021 Themes

2021 Themes

Prophecy is a risky game after the past few years, but there are a few key indicators worth focusing on. Looking back on the last few years, there have been many times when people have said “Who could have foreseen…?” Yet while the combination and timing of events...

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Traps in Building Design

Traps in Building Design

Even a careful designer can fall into one of these common traps when calculating design elements within residential timber structures. Any building industry practitioner designing a structure understands that individual, or groups of members are designed by following...

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Little Wonder

Little Wonder

For 23 years, North Shore Timber and Hardware has built its store’s capacity around Hubtex sideloaders. North Shore Timber and Hardware (NST) grew into a Sydney-wide operation during the time it was managed and then owned by the late Keith Wilkinson, a true innovator...

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Adapt to Thrive

Adapt to Thrive

Permewans Mitre 10 has undergone a great period of growth and revival over the past two decades. So when a competitor with deep pockets came to town, this local hero was ready. At the start of practically every successful business story, there is a familiar pattern of...

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Timber v Steel

Timber v Steel

Paul goes undercover to make the case for timber over steel. The spy’s mantra is “keep your friends close and your enemies closer “. In the truss and frame industry you might think your ‘enemies’ are those other timber fabricators that you regularly compete with. But,...

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New Certifier Standards

New Certifier Standards

NSW has new mandatory standards for building certification. The release of a compulsory and comprehensive new practice standard for building certifiers by the NSW Government is designed to cut back on sub-standard certification that has led to both actual problems in...

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Lower the Risk

Lower the Risk

In the wake of the last, disastrous, fire season, materials are under close scrutiny. Clever options like FLAMEfixx use advanced technology to make timber safer in BAL-zones and more. The Bushfire Royal Commission recently handed down its 1000-page final report....

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Covid Christmas

Covid Christmas

Jingle bells might sound a little different this year, here’s how to help staff adapt. Around the country, we are still at various stages of emergence from the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions into something more like our normal lives albeit with a big ‘new’ preceding...

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Built by Families

Built by Families

Mitre 10’s new ad campaign celebrates independence. Over the past few years, readers of TTN have come to know many of the families behind the nation’s Mitre 10 stores as part of our IHG profiles series. Now the rest of Australia will be doing likewise as the...

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Make Timber Your First Choice

Make Timber Your First Choice

With multiple benefits over steel, timber can do almost any structural job better. By Afzal Laphir, Principal Engineer, Meyer Timber Steel as a material has played an integral role in timber-framed domestic buildings for many years. The reliance on steel became more...

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New FWPA Chair

New FWPA Chair

The first virtual AGM for Forest Wood Products Australia (FWPA) was recently held with business proceeding smoothly and a wide attendance of members from across the forest and wood products supply chain. Following the retirement of incumbent chair John Simon, Craig...

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Well at Work

Well at Work

How to boost performance with wellbeing At the time of writing this article, I am sitting in lockdown in Melbourne and, like others, hopefully and, at times, frustratingly awaiting news that restrictions will ease and I will be able to gradually resume my normal life....

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Local Timber Supporters

Local Timber Supporters

The campaign to Buy Aussie Timber First is gaining pace. The people and faces supporting the Buy Aussie Timber First (BATF) framing campaign come from across Australia and all along the supply chain, from foresters to carpenters. For several months now they’ve been...

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Community Hub

Community Hub

Serving the growing regional centre of Bendigo for 140 years, Hume & Iser Mitre 10 has seen it all. Along the way, they’ve become a key part of local life for the growing city. With much of Australia tightening belts due to Covid, Stephen Iser has the grace to...

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Tips and Traps

Tips and Traps

Navigating the changing employment legislation in these troublesome times. For most of us, 2020 will be the most challenging year in our business lives on a whole range of fronts. There are the commercial challenges with disrupted operations and cashflow and trying to...

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What’s in a Name?

What’s in a Name?

Trusses and air conditioners often don’t play nicely, but this design might fix that. As a lover of all things building industry and the English language, I often have a chuckle about some of the terms we use in building. My all-time favourite word is podger, which...

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In Memoriam

In Memoriam

George Zammit has left a legacy of customer-centric service at his family business, Warringah Timbers. The Sydney timber trade has lost another stalwart with the death of George Zammit, founder of Warringah Timbers. In 1962, George started a business erecting timber...

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