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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...

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...

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,...

Braking Good

Hundegger’s Sam Rowe gets his motor running to help save lives. If you were looking for Hundegger’s Sam Rowe around August 17, you would have had a hell of a job finding him. Somewhere near Byron would have been your best bet. For the third year running, he was...
Right for the Role?

Right for the Role?

Performance management in the workplace The first question in a performance management issue is what constitutes poor performance? Often an employer will know when an employee is not performing their role properly, but before addressing the issue, he or she needs to:...

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Get it Straight

Get it Straight

German measuring specialist Stabila is celebrating 130 years. For a measuring company, there’s no more logical way to celebrate a big birthday than with a set of celebratory spirit levels. Stabila has launched a limited-edition 1889 Anniversary Edition set. Each...

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Data Driven

Data Driven

When the Tilling Group began to redesign their Smart Portal, they quickly realised they had created a whole new set of tools for both their business and their customers. Many people like to quote Thomas Hobbes’ famous aphorism ‘Knowledge is power’, but in the 21st...

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A New Cut

A New Cut

Bringing in a new cutting saw – even a high-tech version – is a surprisingly straightforward experience but it succeeds or fails based on the quality of service. March saw a gathering of fabricators and other timber specialists at Multinail’s Stapylton headquarters to...

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Timber Marketing

Timber Marketing

Stirling Machinery has turned to its customers to get the message out about their product. Its first production with Thor’s Hammer in the ACT shows just how strong a story timber can tell. One of the biggest trends in advertising over the past few years is the...

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Floors With More

Floors With More

ASH’s new engineered flooring is exactly what the customer asks for. Australian Sustainable Hardwoods (ASH) has launched Australian Oak, an innovative and customisable engineered flooring range based on the results of an exhaustive survey of flooring specifiers, which...

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A Grain of Truth

A Grain of Truth

High quality abrasives make all the difference when it comes to floor sanding, but not all are created equal. By Steven Hutchinson, Norton Abrasives In today’s world it can be difficult to determine the authenticity of the products we use. Many products on the market...

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Safety Culture

Safety Culture

The NSW Centre for Work Health and Safety needs businesses to help their research. If you’ve ever seen the fall-out from poorly guarded machinery you will no doubt be motivated to ensure it doesn’t happen again. The traumatic injuries associated with this hazard are...

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Best Dressed

Best Dressed

Timber cladding combines architectural beauty with a long-lasting, natural, fire-resistant product that brings multiple benefits to the end user without high costs or installation difficulties. Every building needs a skin. Whether timber-framed domestic residences, or...

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Fire Safety

Fire Safety

Stronger fire protection requirements for external structures in NSW are being missed by some timber suppliers, but the Rural Fire Service is available to help. Timber merchants are generally good about regulation. They know the product they sell has to be fit for...

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A Path That Will Last

A Path That Will Last

Accoya modified timber forms the basis of a long-lasting refurbishment to a popular Queensland boardwalk. Noosa is one of Queensland’s key tourism hotspots, and a combination of big crowds, coastal climate and semi-regular extreme weather events on the Sunshine Coast...

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Swadlings on the Move

Swadlings on the Move

When Rozelle stalwart Swadlings Timber & Hardware was forced out of the peninsula where it had served the community for over a century, it took the chance to design a perfect new site in St Peters. WestConnex has seen several much-loved businesses pushed out of...

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Parquetry Promotion

Parquetry Promotion

It’s the best quality and most sustainable flooring, but there are problems to be solved. By Sharon and Ray Brice. This month’s Brice on Boards column expands on April’s TTN cover feature on parquetry flooring. Parquetry focuses on timber sustainability and recycling....

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La Trobe Upgrade

La Trobe Upgrade

Building has begun on a $100 million Victorian mass timber project. Construction has recently started on a 624-bed student accommodation project at La Trobe University’s Melbourne campus. Part of the university’s $5bn Bundoora campus transformation plan, the...

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We Grow Houses

We Grow Houses

Environmental concerns are at the forefront for many consumers and should be a key point of difference for timber suppliers. Michael Kennedy is a very fact-based environmentalist. The founder of Kennedy’s Timbers, his position comes from a simple proposition: timber...

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Show and Sell

Show and Sell

While many of the country’s top fabricators were gathered for the FTMA Australia National Conference, Multinail opened its doors at nearby Stapylton to show off its range of saws. On a misty March morning, almost 90 fabricators could be found at Multinail’s Staplyton...

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Printing Buildings

Printing Buildings

Australian research is at the forefront of 3D printing using timber products. FWPA’s latest WoodChat features Associate Professor Sandra Löschke, director of the Architecture Design Research Group at the University of Sydney. In the free 24-minute podcast, she talks...

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A Powerful Advocate

A Powerful Advocate

There was a thunderous outpouring of admiration when FTMA Australia named Jim Cheney as the 2019 Clive Martella Service to Industry Award recipient. Jim Cheney has long been a stalwart of the frame and truss industry in NSW and has driven industry improvements with...

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Frame Details

Frame Details

International exhibitors are teed up to display at Frame 2019 Kevin Ezard has announced more of the big national and international names that will be exhibiting at this year’s Frame Australia 2019 ‘Timber Offsite Construction’. Rubner Holzbau from Italy, will showcase...

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A Fair Dismissal

A Fair Dismissal

A recent sacking for leaking info has been upheld. This month I’ve summarised an unfair dismissal case decided recently that addressed two important questions. Can an employee be dismissed for failing to look after the interests of their employer? And can information...

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