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FASTENERS, ADHESIVES AND TOOLS I October - December 2017

KING OF THE HILL Meet six-time winner Craig Lowndes as he prepares for redemption at this year’s Bathurst 1000 Page 22

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How a simple idea helped Maddison Safety revolutionise mine sites. Page 15

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CONTENTS October-December 2017

About us The store listed on the front of this magazine is a member of the Construction Supply Specialist Group. While the majority of your work will be conducted with your local CSS Member, this store is part of a national network of stores that can provide you with exceptional service and support wherever you may be working in Australia. For more store locations, visit www.constructionsupply.com.au.

COVER STORY

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Mr Mount Panorama

Meet six-time Bathurst 1000 winner Craig Lowndes as he drives for redemption.

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4. Welcome Going places fast. 7.Return of the Sidchrome Project car 8. Born to build Meet David Moyle, the 2016 Master Builders Australia Young Builder of the Year.

13. The value of face-time There’s one important value the web can’t match—old fashioned expert advice.

15. The safety machine Maddison Safety’s vending machines revolutionise worksites.

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19. Buildex: A century of innovation Buildex has been making quality Australian products for 100 years.

27. Turn of the screw All you need to know about screw selection.

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31. Sheffield Blades The Alpha Gold series drill. 32. Safety Boot The revolutionary safety system. 34. HB Fuller A toolbox in a cartridge. 35. Macsim The Macsim 550 range. 36. FATMAG fun Puzzles and crosswords. Check out past issues of the CSS F.A.T.MAG at www.cssfatmag.com.au. CSS F.A.T. MAG 3


WELCOME Hello, I am Jeff Wellard, Manager of the CSS Group, and it gives me great pleasure to welcome you to another edition of the CSS F.A.T. MAG. As we have said before, whether you are a returning reader or this is your first encounter with our magazine, we certainly hope you enjoy the read and get plenty of value from the ‘good stuff’ our marketing team has put together in this issue and its accompanying F.A.T. Specials attachment. The CSS group continues to expand across Australia and we boast an impressive 58 members, who between them have in excess of 80 well stocked

and professionally manned stores, servicing the needs of all commercial construction, industrial, mining and manufacturing market segments with fasteners, adhesives, tools, safety solutions, application advice and more. All our members are independently owned and operated and have professionals in their industry segment working within the structure of their businesses or have other members they can call on if and when needed to help solve problems and offer solutions for weird and wonderful applications. Our supplier base is made up of an

exciting mixture of some of the biggest and best suppliers from around the world and they are regarded as partners and work with us to bring you, our customers, quality product, quality service, competitive pricing and, if and when required, solutions to your application problems and requirements. Thanks for taking the time to have a look at the F.A.T. MAG and we hope you enjoy the experience. If you do, please tell others. If you don’t, please tell me: email me at jeff@cssgroup.com.au. Best regards, Jeff Wellard

Going places fast! In keeping with our desire to bring corporate advantages to independents, CSS has adopted a young independent man going places (quickly) and we have signed him up in the hope of helping him get to where he wants to go. Tom Drane is just 11 years old and has a need for speed and desire to succeed that epitomises what we believe CSS Members are all about. We are now providing some tangible support to help him (and his family support team) along their journey. Tom’s parents are Matt and Lisa Drane of MD Steel Fabrication, Forbes NSW (a CSS Member). Tom has been riding dirt bikes for a number of years now. He started racing competitively at age seven and won his first State championship in

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2013. He is a nine-time National champion and nine-time State Champion. He was awarded Forbes Sportsman of the year in 2015 being the youngest ever to receive this award. In 2015 he also started Go Kart racing and placed 1st in his class at the Bob Hinde Memorial championship and placed first in the South Pacific Titles in his class. This year he won three Championships riding three different types of bike, at the one race meeting. Now this is a feat which only a very few riders have achieved at such a young age (just an aside, Casey Stoner was one of those few). He also won three State Championships and competed in the Casey Stoner Cup for the first time, and won two of his three classes which he rode in. There are another three

championships coming up this year and he has set himself a goal to win them all. “I will continue to race motorbikes next year however I am planning on stepping further into the Go kart scene,” he says. “This will give me the skills needed for when I turn 14 to be able to race a car. This is where my passion lies as my dream is to one day become a professional V8 Super Car driver. With CSS coming on as my sponsor this has allowed me to get closer to achieving my goals.” Tom is a young man on a mission and has the full support of his parents in his push to follow his dream. CSS is an official sponsor of TEAM TD and will be featuring an article on Tom and TEAM TD in subsequent editions of the F.A.T. MAG so we can share in his journey.


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Become a F.A.T. MATE and go into the draw OR buy any Bordo, HB Fuller, Impact-A , Paramount, Saint-Gobain, Flexovit and Norton product from any CSS Member store and register your purchase at www.constructionsupply.com.au (remember to keep your receipt).

Promoter is Construction Supply Specialists Pty Ltd ABN: 67100073087. Starts 01 Oct 2017 8:00 AM AEDT and ends 31 Dec 2017 11:59 PM AEDST. Open to Australian Residents 16+ who fulfil the entry / eligibility requirements. Prize is a CSS F.A.T Mate pack valued at $990.00 INC GST (AUD). Prize Draw at 12:00PM 09/01/2018 at Manbrands; 17 Simmons St, South Yarra VIC 3141. Winner notified and published at www.constructionsupply.com.au by 11/01/2018. Authorised in Australia under NSW Permit Number LTPM/17/02159. For full terms & conditions go to: www.constructionsupply.com.au

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INTRODUCING THE 2017 SIDCHROME PROJECT CAR!

PHOTOS CHRIS THOROGOOD

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RESENTING the Sidchrome Project Car for 2017! It has been a pretty cool series so far, starting with an awesome bay-window Kombi in 2015, built by the kids at Chisholm TAFE and the gurus at the Australian VW Performance Centre. Next came a Coyote-powered Cobra replica, created from scratch by George Vidovic and his team from Python Vehicles Australia. Both cars were given away to a couple of lucky Sidchrome customers, and now they’re at it again! This time, the Sidchrome team have turned their attention to a ’69 Mach 1 Mustang, and joined forces with Charlie Schwerkolt’s Team 18 Supercar crew to manage the build from start to finish. The starting point is a dead-stock Mach 1, recently arrived in Australia after spending the past couple of decades apparently doing very little in California – the last tag on the licence plate being 1988. As you can see in the photos, the car has quite a delightful patina and is very complete, including the 12-slot rims, bonnet scoop and pins, cool Mach 1 decals and the flip-up metal rear visor. The interior is quite well-preserved, but there is definitely some rust in the body, particularly around the tail-lights and front windscreen.

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The Sidchrome Project Car returns The Sidchrome Project Car for 2017 has been named. This year, the Sidchrome team have got their hands on a ’69 Mach 1 Mustang. The plan is to team up with Charlie Schwerkolt’s Team 18 Supercar crew to manage its transformation into a fully fitted-out muscle car, which will then be given away to one lucky Sidchrome customer. Over the last two years, Sidchrome has teamed up with the students at Chisholm TAFE and the guys at the Australian VW

and a three-link rear end, also with coil over shocks. The factory engine and driveline will be totally rebuilt, with the aim of a modest but thoroughly enjoyable 400hp. The FMX is copping a rebuild by Pro Automatics with heavy-duty clutch plates, while out back will be a brand-new nine-inch, including a new housing and 31-spline axles. The paint and trim will follow pro touring lines, with carbonfibre accents and a Clarion audio system. 

Performance Centre to transform a baywindow Komib; and last year the project car was a Coyote-powered Cobra replica. This year’s project has been sitting idle in California since 1988. The running gear consists of a 351 Windsor, FMX auto and nineinch. In terms of theme, Sidchrome has plumped for a pro touring-style vibe, starting with RRS underpinnings front and rear to vastly improve the Mustang’s handling abilities, including a coil-over front end, power rack-and-pinion steering,

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David Moyle outside BCM’s headquarters in Ballarat. Opposite: The award-winning company offices.

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PROFILE Meet David Moyle, the 2016 Master Builders Association Young Builder of the Year who matches ambition with ability. By Andy Kollmorgen

Born to build

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t’s been a while since Ballarat Construction Management (BCM) director David Moyle picked up a hammer, which is not necessarily to his liking. These days, the working life of the 2016 Masters Builders Australia Young Builder of the Year is “one hundred per cent administrative”, Moyle told the F.A.T.MAG. But that’s what happens when you start up your own business before your apprenticeship is through and proceed to make a distinct mark on the Victorian landscape with a series of sleek and striking constructions, including the glass-clad, ambitiously futuristic BCM headquarters itself, which was unveiled in May last year to wide acclaim. That effort won BCM a People’s Choice Award for best building façade at the Architizer A+ awards in New York City last year. The BCM building, a bold celebration of glass and light, pushed the limits of melding construction with design and seems to defy conventional construction principles in a pleasing way, not an unusual outcome for a BCM project. And the Ballarat firm was in good company in NYC. Other 2016 Architizer prize recipients included Porsche’s North American headquarters and the Allianz Tower in Istanbul.

love for the work, which goes back a long way. “I’ve wanted to be a builder since pre-school, so I set my goals on that,” Moyle says. “There’s never been any question of what career path I should take.” He’s also had good training. After going through a pre-apprenticeship course as a year 11 and 12 student at Ballarat Grammar, Moyle served a fouryear apprenticeship with Peter James Construction. Toward the end, he received plenty of encouragement for following through on his dream. Moyle registered BCM as a business shortly before his apprenticeship ended and made a name for himself in fairly short order— not least because a BCM building tends to serve as a an effective promoter of the business. “There’s definitely a trend in the buildings we do, though I wouldn’t say we have a specific design aesthetic in

mind with each new build. It’s more of a loosely defined concept—modern, edgy and angular, I guess, however that might apply to the needs of the client and practical demands of the actual construction.”

The secrets to success

Angularity may be its trademark, but BCM has also built medical centres and primary schools whose visuals are somewhat tamer and demonstrate the firm’s versatility. To some extent, building runs in the blood. Moyle’s grandfather was a Ballarat builder whose homes can be found throughout the area. But along with a hands-on sense of what it takes to bring complex builds to life, the real secret to Moyle’s strong track record seems to be a talent for communication, both with the client and the team of architects and draftsmen which have been central to

Learning the trade

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Reception at the BCM offices show the firm’s aesthetic: modern, edgy and angular.

every project’s success. “A good, strong relationship between the designer and the builder is absolutely crucial, and we’ve developed some really good relationships with designer through a number of projects,” Moyle says. “Each project is unique, but our management approach has always been based on keeping the lines of communication open for everyone involved, particularly the client. The most important ingredient in any clientbuilder relationship is communication.” For BCM, good communication

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comes down to fortnightly meetings with the client at a minimum and mandatory check-ins with all stakeholders if questions arise.

The bigger picture

Moyle has seen the building industry in Victoria evolve since he got BCM off the ground, and not always in ways that smaller builders would welcome. “The industry is becoming more challenging to get into,” Moyle says. “There’s a big gap between mum-anddad builders and volume builders, and

the gap is growing. In some cases the VBA [Victorian Building Authority] has been cracking down on smaller builders more than it had previously, and the increased red tape can make it difficult, though the intentions are good. We’re somewhere in the middle between volume and mum-and-dad operations, building about 20 homes a year and four or five commercials projects, which is exactly where we want to be.” Apparently the market agrees. One BCM home building client testimonial starts off on a cautionary note, “It is easy to find horror stories from people who have experienced nothing but negativity with their build and the whole process has become a nightmare.” It then goes on to conclude, “I can honestly say that my experience with BCM was really enjoyable and stress-free from start to finish. David impressed me throughout the project as someone who at all times put the client’s interests first.” It turns out word-of-mouth can be a powerful multiplier. The jobs keep rolling in, as do Moyle’s administrative duties. But at least he doesn’t have to worry about marketing. “We don’t do any active advertising or anything like that,” Moyle says. “It’s all about referrals.”


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The value of face-time

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here is no doubt the Internet is a convenient way to shop—browse, click, pay and bang, your next consignment of goods is on its way. But it’s rarely that simple. Most businesses have highly specific requirements for the tools they use, and they need to see them in action, talk through the variations in models with a professional, and have somewhere to return the product if there’s a problem or if they need spare parts. Our customers, particularly the sort of customers we prefer to deal with, value face-to-face conversations,” says Michael Dann, managing director of CSS member store Allfix Fasteners in Underwood, Queensland. “Nothing beats being face-to-face and eye-to-eye with an expert, asking questions and getting direct answers. They see the investment we have not only in stock but also in bricks and mortar.”

With Internet sales becoming more and more popular, it’s becoming clearer there’s one important value the web can’t match—old fashioned expert advice, like you get from a CSS member store. By Sue Nelson

What you see and what you get

It’s clear that many people feel more comfortable purchasing tools they can handle and test out in store, and value the convenience of a returns process that allows them to simply walk back in and chat about whatever it is that doesn’t meet their needs. “They can see the tool and pick it up, they can compare the different brands side by side, and we can demonstrate the features and benefits,” says Michael. It’s important to be able to check all the details about a product—particularly in relation to safety and parts availability—if you’re in the market for tools. Some web sites can lack information, and what you see isn’t always what you receive. “If our customers have any problems with a tool they can simply walk back through the door, instead of having to email, make the phone call and transport the product back. In some cases this isn’t cheap and it’s at a cost to the buyer,” Michael says.

In most cases, an online purchase means the business is based overseas. This instantly brings a raft of regulatory and convenience concerns into play. If the model you choose online isn’t available in Australia, it will be difficult to source spare parts—and if it’s a pneumatic nailer, for example, you run the risk of not being able to purchase the consumables necessary to work the tool sustainably over the long term.

Safety first

There are also safety issues associated with purchasing tools from overseas online sites. Domestic regulations require Australian C Tag approval, and an Australian business isn’t going to honour the warranty if it didn’t sell you the tool. It’s always wise to get advice before you launch in and buy from an offshore company, especially if you have no prior relationship with that business. Michael says he has noticed trends CSS F.A.T. MAG 13


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in purchasing habits over time. “Some have tried it and been burnt,” he says. “Our customer base is made up of people who can’t wait or haven’t got the time to look online. We are simply a phone call away, and we deliver to site, usually the same day or the next day.” Ross Wharton of Resources Trading (also a CSS member store) agrees: “People want knowledge and service. They’re not often totally informed on the purchase they are to undertake. In store we are able to provide options that provide them best value for money based on our sales knowledge. It’s also a bonus to pick up and handle the goods as part of the buying experience.”

Shops offer more than price

Ross doesn’t feel that there will be any permanent shift away from bricks and mortar shopping among his customers, even though competitive pricing might persuade them. “Technology allows them to obtain an online comparison in seconds and use this to bargain

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“They can see the tool and pick it up, they can compare the different brands side by side, and we can demonstrate the features and benefits.” with us at the shop,” he says. “But I challenge them on the issue of product fault or warranty returns and how they expect to handle this if purchasing their equipment online.” Ross thinks that viewing the product in store is usually the clincher for a sale: “Possession is nine-tenths of the law, and having the stock represented on the floor certainly influences the purchase.” The Australian Retailers Association thinks that added competition might change the in-store experience over the long term. “Bricks-and-mortar retailers are re-inventing themselves,” says executive director Russell Zimmerman. “We continue to see physical retailers take consumers on a journey, providing customer-centric shopping experiences from in-store activities to virtual reality.” The most important of these experiences is the relationship that

forms between the customer and the business beyond the single transaction—particularly when it comes to trade equipment. Retaining customer loyalty has never been more important.

The future of retail

The ARA believes with the rise of international marketplaces, multiple digital platforms and the dynamic needs of modern businesses, it’s those retailers who redefine their businesses to adapt to consumers’ demands that will thrive in the shifting landscape. “Over the next few years I believe we will see many retail chains reduce both the number and footprint (size) of their stores to cater to consumer demands” says Russell Zimmerman. “But I also think we will see many pure play online retailers open physical stores to cater to their consumer needs.” 


MEMBER PROFILE

The Safety machine Maddison Safety’s vending machines has revolutionised the onsite delivery of PPE and industrial consumables. By Meg Crawford

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addison Safety has grown exponentially since Tim Maddison’s dad Keith started it in 1990. “In the very early days, the old man was working out the back of his Ford Falcon station wagon,” Maddison says. “Then it went into a shared warehouse, to us having our own warehouse and on to where we are now. It’s been a slow and steady evolution but we’ve continued to grow the whole time.” Maddison, who has worked with the family business since the early ’90s (barring a period of seven years out for rugby) and managed the sales team since 2003, now largely manages the enterprise

and its 20 something staff, albeit with his parents retaining ownership. Traditionally, the company exclusively sold safety products. “We knew safety back-to-front and wrapped up a good chunk of the market here in the Hunter Valley by becoming the go-to company for safety,” Maddison reflects. While maintaining that reputation, these days Maddison Safety also locally manufactures a range of goods including leather tool belts, pouches and bags for the mining and construction industries. They also make items to spec, ranging from safety vests in different colour configurations through to leather welding jackets with holes for safety lanyards at

the back. More recently, Maddison Safety became a member of the CSS group, which opened out the company’s range to include industrial products.

Rise of the machines

Off the back of those developments, Maddison Safety also moved into the supply, maintenance and restocking of on-site vending machines for its customers. “We saw the concept about 10 years ago at a trade show in the Hunter Valley,” Maddison muses. “It’s very different to the way we manage vending machines today, but it was a lightbulb moment for us.” Initially, the vending machines stocked CSS F.A.T. MAG 15


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PPE (including knee pads, respirators, dust masks, safety specs and gloves), but following a slew of customer requests, Maddison Safety’s vending machines now also stock small industrial consumables, like tapes, drill bits, sealants, cutting discs and padlocks, depending on customer requirements. The vending machines, which are built in the US as the biggest snack and drink machines in the world, are converted into units suitable for dispensing the items. To keep tabs on stock levels and usage, Maddison Safety runs a module in its vending machines that requires workers on site to use a swipe card, which must be run through the reader on the machine before the goods are selected and dispensed. This records every transaction into a live reporting system at the back end, to which both Maddison Safety and its customer have access. It’s not overstating things to describe the system as something of a revolution in terms of stock management. Amongst

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“In one of our first ever vending machines, the guys were using 6000 pairs of one type of glove every month. We dropped the number to 2,500. We’ve saved them three and a half grand every month.” other benefits, it enables users to pinpoint over usage of products and obsolete stock, and critical stock levels are set in the machine, alerting Maddison Safety via text or email that it’s time for a refill by one of the company’s several dedicated vans that are permanently out on the road for that purpose. “It offers the user a 24/7, automated store,” Maddison explains.

A revolution in stock management

With around 50 vending machines embedded in its customers’ businesses, averaging around 40,000 individual transactions each month, Maddison Safety has ample case studies demonstrating their beauty. For instance, Maddison describes

vending machines on a construction site where the majority of workers are subbies—the machines have been modified to operate on a 100 per cent retail basis (anyone wanting to purchase an item from the machine uses a credit card or prepaid card). Another customer recently engaged Maddison Safety to supply a workshop vending machine, dispensing items like brake cleaner, WD40 and sealants, the cost of which automatically gets allocated to a job number, so that when an invoice is raised for a job all of the consumables are invoiced also. The system has also had a few unforeseen benefits, including the capacity for companies to check usage and allocation of PPE in instances of workplace injury.

Hidden benefits

One of Maddison’s favourite examples saw a mining customer save thousands per month. “In one of our first ever vending machines, the guys were using 6000 pairs of one type of glove every month and within the first month of the machines coming on board, we dropped the number to 2,500. “We’ve saved them three and a half grand every month on one style of glove, by going to a single transaction. Beforehand, the habit was to take a whole box of gloves underground with them and no matter how many were used, the box would never come back to the surface. Now, it forces the user to grab just one pair at a time. We’re seeing reductions of 30 per cent plus of the consumption of products.” 

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Now the nation’s leading manufacturer of self-drilling screws and fasteners, home-grown company Buildex® has been making quality Australian products for 100 years. By Merran White

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A century of innovation

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hen Walter Arnold Deutscher began a backyard business making garden equipment in Melbourne’s Ripponlea, he never would have imagined that, a century later, the company he founded would be Australia’s most trusted fastener manufacturer. The grandson of pioneering German immigrants, Deutscher translated his mechanical aptitude into metalwork and tool-making, fashioning brass hose nozzles, connectors, taps and sprinklers in the 1920s and ’30s, then producing nuts and bolts for General Motors Holden, pivoting to large-scale breechblocks and torpedo primer casings in WWII. In the ’50s, he formed a cold-heading department, churning out brass screws and rivets and, from 1958, making speciality screws under license for US firm Illinois Tool Works. The following decade, the Buildex division was created to manufacture and supply self-drilling fasteners to the

Above: Walter Arnold Deutscher. Below: Buildex RoofZIPS fasteners.

construction industry, and the company upsized to the 19,500sqm Moorabbin factory it occupies today. The innovation and breakthroughs continued: Buildex’s HiGrip® design, HiTeks® forged-point self-drilling screw; ShankGuard®; and the company’s revolutionary self-drilling screw, RoofZips®—introduced in 2002 as the first domestic roofing screw for timber and thin metal and “Australia’s favourite” metal roofing fastener today. Then came a series of Climaseal® corrosion-protecting coatings that continue to set new benchmarks and, in 2016, Buildex’s innovative Roof-Lok® Cyclone Assembly, is able to fasten corrugated and square-rib roofing profiles and provide unrivalled roof holding capability in cyclonic conditions. Today, Buildex is the most-used roofing fastener on Australian steelroofed homes. Its Moorabbin factory produces two-plus million screws a day, all to strict quality-control standards, and Buildex fasteners hold together CSS F.A.T. MAG 19


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the amazing group of people who have worked in the business”. Scarini notes that “the business that started in 1917 is much different to the business we have today”. Some fundamental things, however, have stayed the same. One is Buildex’s client-centred perspective: “We take a customer-back approach, where we focus on building relationships with major customers to develop deep insights around their key needs, and have an ongoing commitment to developing innovative solutions to meet these needs,” he says. “The quality of Buildex fasteners is proven over a long period of time, and we’ve been fortunate to enjoy the loyalty of our customers, who are also our best advocates for the brand.”

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From top to bottom: Monitoring corrosion performance at the Buildex Real World testing site in Newcastle, NSW; Ongoing testing at the Real World testing site; A member of the Buildex technical team, who are involved in ongoing, exhaustive product and prototype trials. some of our largest public structures, including Melbourne Convention Centre and Etihad Stadium. The company exports to 18 countries across Asia, Africa, Europe and the Pacific, recently opening an officewarehouse facility in Dubai.

CONTINUAL, CLIENTCENTRED CHANGE

Staying popular and profitable over a century is no easy feat. So how has Buildex done it? Edi Scarini, who joined Buildex’s Sydney office as Business Manager in June, attributes the company’s ongoing success to its capacity to “change and innovate over a long period of time and 20 CSS F.A.T. MAG

What sets the company apart and keeps customers coming back, contends Scarini, is “superior product performance”. “The level of manufacturing control means each batch of Buildex fasteners is produced to the highest standards,” he notes. “This focus on quality has earned Buildex the reputation of producing fasteners you can rely on.” That concern for quality translates into rigorous product testing to ensure Buildex materials can withstand oft-harsh environmental conditions, including extreme weather and moist, salty air. Technical and Product Development Manager David Collinson, a Buildex veteran who thrives on “working for a company that wants to continually improve its products”, is proud to work with a team that has “a range of expertise in corrosion and development of new coatings, polymers and washer technology, and automated fastener installation systems; the latest systems for 3-D computer modelling, rapid prototyping and computer finiteelement analysis for stress analysis; and 40 years’ experience in the manufacturing and design process for self-drilling screws and quality control processes”. Collinson and his team conduct extensive pre-development R&D and exhaustive product and prototype trials.

“We start with manufacturing trial parts on production equipment,” he explains. “Laboratory testing ... breaks the fasteners and tests the joints to ensure strength [and] compliance to Australian and international standards. Batch and quality-control testing ensures every batch is made to the highest standard.” And it doesn’t end in the lab. In 1994, Buildex pioneered the use of outdoor exposure testing that’s continued to this day. “Our fasteners and the Climaseal® coating process have been proven to stand the test of time in Australia’s harsh marine environment,” Scarini assures.

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As a home-grown company, Buildex has the jump on international competitors Down Under. Its fasteners are tailored to Aussie conditions and available nationwide, Scarini says. “Distribution points in every state, and the capability of painting locally, help Buildex deliver what you need, when you need it, wherever you need it,” he notes. “Our experienced design, technical and customer service team are all located in Australia, which allows Buildex to be more responsive to any requests and potential issues. So you’re supported every step of the way.”

CONTINUING, CUSTOMER-FOCUSED INNOVATION

Buildex’s tradition of client-centred innovation is set to continue into the company’s second century, Scarini says. “We will continue to work closely with our customers and develop innovative solutions to help meet changing customer demands.” Scarini says he’s confident that if Buildex’s enterprising founder could see the company today, he’d approve of its evolution. “I’d hope Walter would be extremely proud of his legacy,” says Scarini. “Of our commitment to Australian manufacturing—and the absolute commitment shown by every Buildex employee to only deliver the best solution available.” 


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fter claiming his sixth Bathurst 1000 title in 2015, TeamVortex driver and sentimental favourite Craig Lowndes had a horror run at his favoured Mount Panoroma track just 12 months later. Mechanical problems destroyed his chances of going back-to-back in 2016 and he finished well off the pace. The event commemorated the 10-year anniversary of the death of legendary driver and Lowndes mentor Peter Brock. It was a race he desperately wanted to win. For Lowndes, Bathurst is not just another race. It has held a special place in his heart since he won the inaugural Peter Brock Trophy in 2006. “It was the most emotional race that I have ever driven, and winning it is something I will always cherish,” he says. “There’s something spiritual about the track. As soon as I drive into town and see the white rock signage of ‘Mount Panorama’ it gives me goosebumps. I’ve been fortunate to drive a lot of tracks, and I still regard it as one of the best.”

Driven to compete

While Lowndes is a perennial crowd favourite at the iconic event, his long list of achievements spans well beyond the Mount Panorama dais. He’s a three-time Australian champion, holds the record for

the most race wins in the history of the V8 Supercar Championship, and was the first driver to reach 100 Championship wins. “Also close to my heart are my five Barry Sheene Medals, which is the Supercar’s best and fairest award,” says Lowndes. “Off the track I was very humbled to be awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia, for my ‘service to motor racing and the community’.” Having accomplished so much in the sport, you’d forgive the 43-year-old for wanting to spend less time in the driver’s seat and more time on the couch. But it’s the fierce competition and the sheer enjoyment of driving race cars that Lowndes says keeps him coming back season after season. “In my opinion this season is one of the most competitive fields that I have ever seen,” he says. “So the constant push to lift and perform both as a driver and a team member definitely drives my motivation.”

Rolling with the punches

That competitive drive has been a constant in Lowndes’s career since he won the national Formula Ford title in 1993 as a fresh-faced 19-year-old. A year later he finished second on debut at Bathurst, and has been a major presence in the sport ever since.

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However, that’s not to say that Lowndes hasn’t faced his fair share of challenges. In 1997 he left Australian shores to contest the European F3000 Championship, only to have funding pulled after his rookie season. “It was the first time that I’d lived in a foreign country so getting my head around that and the language barrier teaches you to think creatively,” he says. “The challenge of new tracks and a new car were a good distraction as I was determined to succeed. I would have loved a second year to apply what I had learnt and prove myself. But that’s the nature of our sport.” Lowndes was quick to reassert himself on the V8 Supercar scene, winning back-to-back championships in 1998 and 1999. Then came the most controversial decision of his career—a swap from Holden to Ford in 2001. “We are lucky that our fan base is very passionate, so a lot of emotion came with the change,” he says. “But with the negative there was also a positive. The Ford fans embraced me and with time a lot of the heat came out of the situation. I think people understood that it was nothing personal. It was about racing.” 24 CSS F.A.T. MAG

Always a team player

It’s testament to Lowndes’s every-man appeal that he’s been able to maintain his popularity with fans throughout his career, no matter what badge is on his

car. Now with TeamVortex, the everhumble Lowndes is quick to shift credit back to his team. “Triple Eight expanding to three cars has allowed me to stay with the team and has provided me with what I need to perform at the top level. But at the end of the day, I am one cog in the wheel,” he says. Long-term relationships with sponsors such as GearWrench have also been strong contributors to his success. GearWrench is distributed by CSS partner Apex Tools, and is available in CSS member stores. “As a brand, GearWrench is second to none for its reliability and quality,” he says. “When I’m in the race car approaching 300km/h down Conrod Straight at Bathurst, all I’m thinking about is how to approach the corner as quickly as I can. My confidence in the car comes from knowing it’s built by the best tools.” And it seems we’ll be seeing Lowndes roaring down Conrod Straight for at least a couple more years. “Retirement isn’t on my mind. There is a lot of pressure, both physically and mentally on race weekends. So being able to deal with the outcomes and keep your eye on always doing better is essential.” 

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GOOD ADVICE Taking the time to understand correct fastener selection is a no brainer when a poor choice can, and often does, result in you taking a financial hit. By Tracey Porter

Turn of the screw I t is difficult not to resort to clichés when discussing the subject of screws. But the truth of the matter is when it comes to selecting the right one for the job you’re doomed if you get it wrong. ITW Buildex product development engineer John Mallet, who has spent almost his entire 40-year career involved in the design of the tooling which manufacturers such fasteners, recalls an incident in North Queensland some years ago where the incorrect fastener was chosen for the region and corroded much faster than would normally be expected. The building concerned was within 150 metres of the coast line and the roofing sheet used in conjunction with the fastener was designed for severe marine environments, Mallet says. The fastener corroded within just six years of roof installation, however the roofing sheet manufacturer had recommendations on its website that in the case of severe environments, a thorough review of the site and conditions needed to be undertaken. “It was later determined the fastener supplied was not suitable for the environment and therefore not warrantied. The end result of which meant it fell to the builder to replace the fasteners at their own cost.” Mallet, who is heavily involved in product prototype manufacture, says most fasteners are manufactured from carbon steel before being case hardened. What this means in actual terms is that the hardening process

results in a hard outer case which enables the fastener to drill through cladding and materials while the softer inner cores gives the fastener strength while maintaining ductility. After hardening, the protective corrosion coating is applied. He says there are several main types of self-drilling screws used for fastening to timber and/or steel commonly used by DIYers and those in the construction trade.

ROOF OR SIDE CLADDING FASTENERS

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for drilling and installing into steel such as in the use of a large commercial building) or a Type 17 fastener for fixing cladding to timber (for use with timber battens or when a building is re-roofed). Typically, the cladding fasteners have a hexagon head to drive the screw and an integral flange which retains a EDPM rubber sealing washer in place (the sealing washer is to ensure a watertight seal on the cladding).

BUGLE BATTEN SCREWS

Have a head shaped like a bugle and come with an internal hexagon socket to drive the screw. They are usually used to fix timber house trusses on the wall of a house or attaching the wall to a timber foundation. Another use is for landscaping such as planter boxes and retaining walls.

DECKING SCREWS

Usually used for fixing timber decking to a timber frame, the head of this fastener is usually an internal square drive. When installed the fastener is flush or just below the surface of the decking. Some are designed so that the installer does not need to pre-drill the hole in the decking and have special drill points to reduce end splitting of the timber.

CHIPBOARD FASTENERS

Sometimes called multi-use fasteners, they feature an internal square drive or a cross recess drive with a thread designed to be driven into chipboard, plywood or MDF so as not to split the timber. In most cases when installed 28 CSS F.A.T. MAG

the head is flush with the surface.

PLASTERBOARD (DRYWALL) FASTENERS

Designed for fixing plasterboard to timber or metal wall frames and ceilings. They come with a bugle head for ease of entry and are sold singularly or in plastic strips for speed of installing when used with a collated tool.

FASTENERS FOR FIXING FLOORING TO METAL FLOOR JOISTS (WING TEKS)

Recommended for indoor use, this fastener has a flat, countersunk head with a cross recess drive. Contains two parallel wings the purpose of which is to drill a hole in the timber so there is clearance between the thread and the hole. The wings then break off when they make contact with the metal joist.

FASTENERS – EITHER TIMBER, METAL OR ZIPS WHICH HAVE SPECIAL METAL PLATE ASSEMBLIES FOR CYCLONIC REGIONS The metal plates (referred to as cyclone plates) are designed to withstand cyclone conditions. The plates’ function is to help stop the screw from tearing through the roof cladding by providing a wide area. They must conform to government standards.  

CHOOSING THE RIGHT SCREW

As with all fasteners, ensuring you start

off with the right one ensures a long working life & security. When selecting a screw, it’s important to get the gauge and length of the screw right for starters, then look at whether you’re drilling into timber or steel and work towards the coating required to meet the conditions the screw is to be used in. (i.e. Inside or outside, in corrosive environment, non-corrosive environment etc). For example, using a timber screw when drilling / fixing to steel may result in the point not penetrating, even if it does, the coarse thread will not provide a secure fix into the steel. Using a steel screw in timber results in failure because the fine thread cannot form a thread and engage/bite into the timber. Mallet says. “While the lifespan will vary depending on a myriad of conditions, decomposition is usually the first sign and most obvious sign screws will need replacing. “As soon as a reddish tint appears on any part of a fastener or red dust or weeping commences, the fastener has reached its useful lifespan.” So when looking at screws for fasteners, it is important to remember that these are engineered parts that have specific purposes and selection of the right screw is paramount. Gauge, length, material to be fixed to, finish, compliance with codes & Australian Standards, accessories are just a few criteria that form part of the selection process. If in doubt seek expert advice as it can save you time and money. 


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of depth 107. Abrade 108. Procession 109. Takes (company) public 111. Acquire 112. Reclaim 113. Allocate 114. Pranced 120. Speed 121. Nest egg 123. Financially unviable 124. Hassled 127. Purifying strainer 128. Pakistani city 135. Do well (at) 136. Socially cut off 139. Rekindle 140. Informed 141. Stumble 144. Jeans pioneer, ... Strauss 147. Russian emperor 148. Goes astray 150. Shoo! 153. Grotesque 155. Data entered 158. Nephew & ... 160. Ogled 162. For all eternity, ... after 164. Muslim leader, ... Khan 165. Liquid crystal display (1,1,1) 166. In direction of 167. Burial garments 169. Top credit rating (1,1,1) 170. Glass stopper 172. Allergy symptom 173. Song words 174. The ... Tea Party 175. Tie 177. Desert plants 178. Bake (meat) 179. Glowing coal 180. Reveal secret (3,2) 182. Feudal masters 184. Incites 185. Whinny 186. Greek fable writer 187. Streetcar 189. Terrace

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