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TABMA National Conference

At the organisation’s 80th anniversary and conference, TABMA members will ‘shape the future’ of the timber industry. In June 2021, TABMA Australia will bring together the timber industry community in the picturesque Hunter Valley to ‘honour the past, treasure the...

Driving Change

The 23rd Frame Australia conference is coming up, and things have grown a lot since the first. Kevin Ezard has just finished talking about speakers scheduled for this year's Timber Offsite Construction event when he pauses. “Of course,” he says, “the thing I've just...

Working Together

Although this year’s Independent Hardware Group Expo was held virtually, it brought together more people from the group than ever before to learn, make deals and celebrate their best. Last year in February, an auditorium full of people gathered on the Gold Coast to...

Retail Heroes

The recent 2020 IHG Awards of Excellence were the good kind of different. There’s a charm and quality to good homemade products that the professionals can rarely match, simply because they don’t know their targets as well. This year’s IHG Awards of Excellence was the...

Position Vacant

MGA TMA is looking for a new national membership manager to fill a fulltime permanent role in Victoria. National Membership Manager (MGA TMA) Permanent FT   Malvern, VIC About the business Master Grocers Australia Ltd (MGA) trading as MGA TMA (Timber Merchants...

The Finest Cuts

Timberlink’s new CLT/GLT plant in Tarpeena has moved a step closer towards production with the order of a new Hundegger PBA Industry Machine for millimetre-perfect panels. Tarpeena, on South Australia’s Limestone Coast is a typical small town. The pub is the centre of...
An Expo Like No Other

An Expo Like No Other

The Independent Hardware Group is taking its annual networking and awards events online.  When no one knows if they’ll be able to travel to the 2021 IHG Expo, IHG’s simple answer is to bring the Expo to their members instead. From 22–26 February, IHG Virtual Expo will...

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Windows and Doors

Windows and Doors

More than just openings, windows and doors are the faces and the security of our homes. And now there are more sophisticated options for them than ever before. There’s a cliché that residential building is conservative and slow to change. Nothing disproves that as...

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Testing Tool

Testing Tool

A new state-of-the-art facility will test safety and save lives. A state-of-the-art impact testing facility was launched at Monash University in December last year. The National Drop Weight Impact Testing Facility (NDWITF) uses world-leading technology that can...

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Responsible and Beautiful

Responsible and Beautiful

Meet the expert craftsman bringing a ‘Timber Hub’ to life. When Timber Queensland and Responsible Wood relocated to their shared new office, an opportunity arose for both to create a ‘Timber Hub’ – a vision showcasing Responsible Wood-certified Queensland timber...

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Atrium Roofs

Atrium Roofs

When things get a bit fancy, make sure the engineering keeps up. Mum says that when she and Dad emigrated from England to Australia by boat in the mid 1960s, she never expected to see England again. The subsidised trip cost them £10 each and she simply never expected...

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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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