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F&T Hits the Spot

The leaders in frame and truss gathered on the Gold Coast for the FTMA Australia National Conference, where information and inspiration were the order of the day. Every two years, FTMA Australia brings its members together with industry leaders and specialist...

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...

Unit Pricing

Industry responses to a call to expand unit pricing into hardware stores. In submissions to the Federal Government’s review of the Retail Grocery Industry (Unit Pricing) Code of Conduct, consumer groups including CHOICE and the Consumers Federation of Australia have...

Snowy Rail Bridge

A Victorian community is trying to save an historic timber rail bridge. Completed in 1916, the Snowy River Rail Bridge was part of a 100km railway lifeline for Orbost, in Victoria’s Gippsland region. At 770m, it’s the longest timber rail bridge in Victoria, with huge...

IHG Expo

When the many ‘villages’ of the Independent Hardware Group come together for the annual National Expo, the true spirit of family-run independent businesses comes to light. For three days in February, independent hardware retailers gathered in Adelaide for the annual...

Hands-on Weinig

Over three days, existing and prospective clients will have a chance to talk with Germany-based technicians and see machines in full operational mode. Weinig Australia’s machines for solid wood and panel processing have long enjoyed a strong reputation for their...

TuffPlans That Last

A clever approach to choosing printing media means TuffPlans can survive whatever hard use or weather a worksite throws at them. After a long and successful management career in New Zealand and Australia, everyone would have understood if Peter Haszard had decided to...

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Cutting Show

Multinail is running a display for attendees at the 2019 FTMA Australia National Conference. There might be the odd sore head at Recovery at Multinail, the breakfast and demonstration being held at Multinail’s Stapylton headquarters on the morning after the FTMA...

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IHG National Winners

These are the independent hardware stores judged best in class in a hotly competitive field to take home national titles at the 2018 IHG Awards of Excellence. Just in time to meet our deadline, the winning stores were announced at the 2018 Independent Hardware Group...

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Clever Coating

A decision to pre-coat timber has led to new income streams for Brisbane suppliers Classic Improvements and Woodstock Timber Specialists, thanks to support from Intergrain. There are a lot of quality timber suppliers in the Australian marketplace. When it comes to...

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Timber Best Building

The Royal Institute of British Architects has announced their best building. Every two years the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) selects its favourite 20 new builds from around the world in May, before announcing the RIBA International Prize for the...

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Slip-safe Timber Techniques

The latest WoodSolutions publication is designed to help people keep their feet on timber floors, decking and stairs, inside and out, no matter what the conditions. Every year over 1000 Australians are fatally injured in slips and falls. From home to worksites, and...

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Kustom Flooring

Strong and beautiful, this flooring is ready for anything. Melbourne’s premium flooring supplier Kustom Timber has released a new range, Immerse. This top-of the line engineered European oak flooring is available in five exclusive colours and a unique textured finish....

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Opening Acts

Windows and doors are more than just practical elements, they set the scene for a house. Timber’s ability to adapt to any role makes it the ideal choice for a room’s starring parts. Australian home buyers and renovators juggle a complex matrix when deciding on...

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Uniting Independents

The IHG National Expo is about to roll into Adelaide again, bringing together the biggest gathering of hardware retail experts and suppliers in the country. Once a year, the Independent Hardware Group (IHG) gathers its members, the people who own and operate the Mitre...

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Fire on the Bay

Situated in Mount William National Park, northeast Tasmania, award-winning krakani lumi shows how timber can create buildings that meet the multiple needs of tourism, whole-of-life sustainability and celebrating the spirit of a location, all on a small budget. To...

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Name Change for Breeders

National success is behind a new moniker for the tree genetics specialists. Like any agribusiness, forestry relies on the best genetics to deliver superior crops now and in the future. For many years, the Southern Tree Breeding Association (STBA) has managed national...

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Bangkok Cool

The Australian Embassy in Bangkok has won a second major award thanks to its embrace of natural materials and traditional architectural motifs. With its monumental red brick curves standing tall in central Bangkok, the new Australian Embassy, by BVN, has a touch of...

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Brace Yourselves

The first in an ongoing series of lessons on bracing is in session. By Paul Davis. It’s the summer storm season and so in TimberTrader News it’s bracing season! I’ve addressed wall bracing many times in TTN over the last twenty years, but over the next few months I’m...

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Subcontractor Payments

As yet another major West Australian construction firm goes under, subcontractors are asking that governments step in to stop them being left hundreds of thousands of dollars out of pocket. Louise Stewart is a woman with a mission. As spokesperson for the Australian...

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Regional Heroes

The Petries Group of eight Mitre 10 stores are trade stalwarts across a wide swathe of NSW. Technically, you could drive to all the Petries Mitre 10 stores in a day. Not by yourself, of course – all the Driver Reviver coffee you could drink wouldn’t keep you going for...

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Workplace Change

Employers have specific obligations when things change at work. Change is a constant – and business is no exception. Without ongoing change, businesses could stagnate, fail to meet market expectations, and lose relevance. But what are an employer’s obligations to...

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Long Service

A focus on retaining long-term staff makes a real difference to the bottom line for Multinail fabricators. By Jane Clark. In a competitive market where margins are constantly being squeezed, maintaining full production capacity is critical to the success of a truss...

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Chapel of the Woods

A simple structure shows the elegance and power of timber building in one of the loveliest but least expected German settings. Ruhewald Schloß Tambach is not your everyday cemetery. Set in the grounds of Tambach Castle, near Coburg, Germany, it is made up of hectares...

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Fighting Fire

With record fires happening more and more frequently, builders and fabricators working in timber are playing an important role in keeping residents safe in at-risk areas. It’s the survival calculus everyone in a bushfire-prone area performs when the warnings appear:...

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DIY Sawmill

It’s not all major operations when it comes to timber… For Paul McKay, founder of Julia’s Onsite Timber Milling, every tree deserves a second life when it reaches the end of its time growing. His operation can collect logs or even come to you, set up a small mill on...

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