Joiners Magazine Dec 2013

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Joinery, Cabinetmaking & Kitchen Manufacturing Industries

December 2013

christchurch a city in recovery mode


sourcing, selling, servicing


mdf’s older sibling is on a comeback

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A city coming back 16 COVER Itri knob from the Hettich ProDecor Collection see p42.

Between the shakes and financial recession Christchurch has been between a rock and the proverbial for the last couple of years. With signs that it is emerging we visited the city and spoke to a cross section of manufacturers.

Photo courtesy of Hettich.


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Master Joiners 4 Andrew Bellamy reflects on a positive year for the NZJMF and notes a returning optimism in the industry.

Winner of the 2013 MJ Awards for Best Kitchen and Best Use of Colour was a Wackrow’s kitchen that really did pay attention to detail.

Laminex NZ Update 8 New GM Richard Pollington introduces himself and looks forward to a New Zealand summer. Dr Buzz 73 Duncan Such suggests if we look after the small stuff the big stuff will look after itself. Due Process 74 Geoff Hardy looks at liability issue for defective work and informs us that you could be held responsible for quite some time. A view from both sides 75 Tony DeLorenzo talks about good clients and bad clients and wonders about industry standards.

handle fashions 39 To run a successful handle supply business you really need to understand your clients and know your suppliers. We talk to six NZ firms who do.

happy birthday 49 MJN McNaughton are well know as one of NZ oldest and finest window and door manufacturers. We report on their 90th birthday party.

REGULAR News & Info 4 - 15 JITO news - 76 Trade Directories - 78 Product Focus - 84 Classifieds - 88

particleboard revival 58 Particleboard was here before MDF and indications are it’s regaining momentum on its finer rival. We look at its history and the role Laminex New Zealand have had in its manufacture and current favour.

Birthdays in this issue MJN McNaughton 75th, Hafele 90th, Hettich 125th

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from the presidents desk

the accolades continue ...

Positive times ahead


s we come to the end of another year, we look back and think what have we achieved. For the Master Joiners 2013 has been a very productive year. We had a fantastic conference in Nelson, released our 4211 (JMF) project to the market, increased both our full and associate membership throughout the country and continue to build public and industry awareness of our MJ brand.

The positive sign would have to be the increase in optimism throughout the sector which finally seems to be backed by some physical signs. Most regions and members are experiencing increases in workloads and levels of enquiry for the year ahead. I believe that 2014 will see this trend continue and allow us all to see a more positive business future. The problem that we all have is that we carry very high overheads compared to charge out and wage rates. We need to all be aware that our industry has changed, we have a lot more technology, compliance and fixed cost have increased, our trade continues to become more complex but we do nothing to our charge out rates to reflect this. We need to take some time to compare ourselves to other industries and ask why do we under charge our skills, expertise, experience and knowledge. Staffing within our industry is becoming and will continue to become a major problem. The industry has seen a huge loss of skilled staff to other sectors and a massive decrease in the number of trainee apprentices. If we want skills to return to the trade we need to make the trade more attractive to our employees. We need to train, take on apprentices to build the future of our industry, if we don’t start now we will look back over the next few years and say I wish I had. JITO our industry training body has recently merged with the BCITO. It is great to hear the number of positive changes that this merger will bring for our trade. More about it in Deb Pauls column at the back of the mag. Deb has been fantastic throughout her time with JITO and on behalf of the Master Joiners we thank her for her help during the transition. 2013 has seen our JMF (4211) initiative released into the market place, and we all must thank Ken, Gary, Julian and all the others involved for the countless hours that have gone into making this a reality. It is fantastic to see such a good uptake in membership and interest for the product. We all need to embrace this new asset and continue to build it for the future. The way to protect our investment and see it develop further is by using the tag system. Don’t take the ‘never mind I’ll worry about it later’ attitude, embrace the concept and order your tags from

Auckland Art Gallery wins World Building of the Year for 2013 The jury at the recent World Architecture Festival held in Singapore has awarded the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (FJMT) and Archimedia the prestigious World Building of the Year Award. The Gallery project won the Completed Buildings – Culture Category first before beating off sixteen other category winners for the grand title. This is pretty much as good as it gets. “The winning project transcended category types. You could say it is about new and old, or civic and community, or display. It contrasts the man made and the natural, and the relationship between art and science. This is the major design achievement in a seismic zone, providing an example of design pragmatism and a careful reworking which does no more than it needs to until it is required. Balancing many different elements, the resulting design is a rich complex of built ideas.” World Architecture Festival Director Paul Finch Basulto, David “World Building of the Year: Auckland At Gallery Toi o Tamaki / FJMT + Archimedia” 7 Oct 2013 ArchDaily

Thank you to the Executive for all the work over the past 12 months and especially Corinne who has worked tirelessly keeping our organisation working smoothly. So as the year comes to a conclusion I wish you all a relaxing, safe and enjoyable Christmas. Take some well deserved time out with your families, unwind and recharge for the prosperous year that I am confident 2014 will be. Andrew Bellamy President N Z Joinery Manufactures Federation


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Richard Pollington

New Business Development Manager

Darran Lees

Senior appointments at Laminex New Zealand

GVP is very pleased to welcome Phil Attwell to GVP as our new Business Development Manager. Phil comes to us with a wealth of experience and knowledge in the building, renovation, furniture making & shop fitting markets and will be working with and developing some of our great brands ... NAV, Greenlam Laminates and NaturaStone. Phil started his working career in the marine industry as a boat builder and given that GVP has always played a large part in supplying quality product to the building of superyachts, Phil’s knowledge of the marine industry will be very valuable. Phil is a keen swimmer and water polo player, in fact he played for the New Zealand’s Under 19’s Water Polo team in his earlier years! We are excited to have Phil on board and look forward to a successful and productive 2014 within the NaturaStone, Laminates and NAV range.

Laminex New Zealand has a new General Manager at the helm, Richard Pollington. Richard joins the company from the UK where he was the President of Formica Europe. He replaces Melle de Pater, who has taken on the role of President of Formica Europe. In addition to his role as GM for Laminex New Zealand, Richard will continue his responsibility for leading the development of the Formica India business.The move follows a re-shuffle of some of Fletcher Building’s key international leaders, to ensure international growth and stability through organisational restructuring, manufacturing recovery, rebuilding the brand and redefining the company’s vision and values. “It feels fantastic to be here in New Zealand,” says Richard. “Melle did a great job of restructuring the business to get it in good shape to meet the numerous opportunities such as the Christchurch rebuild and growth of the Auckland housing market. My job will be to build on this to steer the business forward and ensure that we continue to add value to our customers.” Darran Lees has been appointed as National Sales Manager completing Laminex New Zealand’s Management team. Darran joins us from Fletcher Building Infrastructure Products Group and he brings 18 years experience in the construction industry both in the UK and New Zealand working for companies such as Winstone Aggregates, Lafarge, SGB, Holcim and Tarmac. He has a strong sales background and was selected to work on the Fletcher Building Learning Council due to a career of managing successful sales teams and implementing sales strategies.

Prime Minister John Key opened the Mercer Christchurch factory upgrade in October see page 18 for more.

Shonagh Bond joins Ingersoll Rand Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies Customer Service team is excited to welcome Shonagh Bond on board as Customer Services Representative. Shonagh has broad experience delivering exceptional customer service. Her energy to deliver beyond customer expectations complements the industry leading service already offered by Jo, Fati and Willie. 

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Creative Cam move to East Tamaki

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Routing specialists Creative Cam NZ Ltd formerly based on Auckland’s North Shore, have now moved to new premises at 30 Andromeda Crescent in East Tamaki, Auckland. “It was a smooth move and we were quickly back to being fully operational.” comments co owner Catherine Gafa. The company, which provides a professional cutting service, is best known for providing CNC router cutting solutions and a fully professional design package. “We have the technology and knowhow to provide a really up to date service.” New phone number 09 215 8358

Sean Opie joins Mercer Sean joined Mercer in September as Northern Region Sales Manager. Representing Wilsonart, Reginox & Mercer across Auckland, Northland, Bay of Plenty and the Waikato. Sean brings a wealth of industry and HPL experience and is a welcome addition to the Mercer team. he can be contacted on 021 775 231 or at Sopie@ 









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a touch of Frizzell Laminex New Zealand


meeting & greeting Hello JOINERS readers. I’m Richard Pollington, the new General Manager at Laminex New Zealand, a role that I started just a few weeks ago having ‘swapped jobs’ with Melle de Pater who has taken on my previous role, heading up Formica Europe. Certainly it seems as if I have had the better deal weather-wise, transitioning from the seventh-sunniest UK summer since records began in 1929 to a glorious New Zealand spring. The structure of the European business is a bit different to here in New Zealand. In Europe we manufacture HPL and Compact and outsource our particleboard production, while here in New Zealand we manufacture our own high quality particleboard making us an integrated supplier of materials (over 80% of our products are manufactured in New Zealand). As you may expect, my first couple of months are going to be pretty busy travelling the country to visit our branches and meeting as many staff and customers as possible before the Christmas break. I have already been to see all our manufacturing facilities in Taupo, Hamilton and Papakura which I’m delighted to say have just been awarded FSC accreditation. I’ve already had the pleasure of meeting a few of our customers last month at the Formica Formations award ceremony hosted by Laminex New Zealand. It was a fantastic event, held on a beautiful November evening at the Villa Maria Estate. The Formica Formations awards challenged both established and up-and-coming designers to to reinvent the humble Formica table with the winning entries having their designs fabricated and unveiled at the event. The result was phenomenal and the two winning tables drew gasps of awe. And so they should, they were stunning – beautifully designed and showing exceptional craftsmanship from the joiners. I would like to thank our customers: Eurodesign Benchtops of Auckland who made Hugh Worth’s Red Herringbone Table, and Bench Top Shop of Rotorua who made Frances Fraser’s Time Table for their care and attention to detail in creating these wonderful (and very complex) pieces. The event made for a memorable end to our Formica 100th anniversary celebrations. I look forward to getting to know you all better over the coming months. In the meantime I wish you and your families a wonderful Christmas and a prosperous 2014. Regards Richard Pollington General Manager Laminex New Zealand

At the recent Blum function. (left to right) Kate Ward, Joseph Eggels, Dick Frizzell, Nicola Chan, Moira Smith, Andreas Lubetz (ex. Austria), Michael Hawkins and Scott Ronald.

Architectural hardware supplier Blum held a function in late October at their head office showroom in Auckland to celebrate the Dick Frizzell inspired range of drawer pull out designs to be offered next year. Some of New Zealand’s leading architects and interior designers were treated to an evening of tasty canapés and an amusing commentary by Mr Frizzell, a leading New Zealand pop artist, about the designs he chose and events that have inspired his work. Some of his original designs were on display as well. Blum personnel both local and from Austria were on hand for the launch which was well received by attendees. For more info on the Frizzell designs and their availability call Blum 09 820 5051. 

a piece of cake

Hettich Chairman Dr Andreas Hettich recently visited Australia and New Zealand as part of the company’s anniversary celebrations. He is seen here cutting the cake alongside NZ Manager Mike Cross.

Hettich celebrated their 125th anniversary with an evening of drinks, nibbles, entertainment and a verbal and video history of the company delivered by the chairman of the board Dr Andreas Hettich. Upwards of 150 guests drawn from the manufacturing and design communities enjoyed the celebrations with local and international Hettich personnel who were also celebrating the 25th anniversary of the company’s Australian and New Zealand presence. 

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SICAM a global event Satisfaction with the positive results of the fifth edition of SICAM was the assessment of most of the participating exhibitors. Despite the enduring critical condition of the international furniture market, once more the Italian trade fair confirmed its value in generating business relations. The statistics confirm the success of the event, both in relation to visitor attendance – with numbers exceeding sixteen thousand – and the presence of exhibitors – confirmed again at 500 companies. “The international scale of the trade fair is an irrefutable fact, with operators arriving from 95 different countries this year,” the SICAM organiser, Carlo Giobbi, revealed. “This year, foreign operators counted for roughly 35%, an extremely high percentage, which clearly demonstrates SICAM’s standing in the global trade fair market.” While foreign markets represented approximately 35% of attendees, SICAM continues to corroborate its status as the top event for the Italian furniture industry. All leading names of the furniture industry visited the trade fair. “It is essential for the Italian furniture industry,” Carlo Giobbi reiterated, “that it can avail of a trade event in Italy every year that can be used as a carrier of the innovation and design our enterprises are capable of expressing.” The other new element characterising this 2013 edition of SICAM was the brand new app for iPhone and Android. It proved to be an excellent tool to smooth the progress of visiting the trade fair, enabling easy access to all the information available on the event, the trade fair area, and how to get there. As always, SICAM proved its ability to second guess and anticipate the needs of its public of international operators. Even the change in the exposition days was pertinent; the same Tuesday to Friday calendar will be proposed again for the next edition, when SICAM will be underway at Pordenone from Tuesday 14th to Friday 17th October 2014. 

In early December 2013, Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies spun-off from Ingersoll Rand to form a new security business; Allegion. The name represents the collaborative, long-term relationships the company forges with customers. It embodies the company’s team of experts and their relentless commitment to safeguarding people and property. There will be no change to the high level of service you currently receive from Ingersoll Rand, and no change to the portfolio of strategic brands including Briton, CISA, LCN, Legge, Schlage, and Von Duprin. The future is bright for Allegion. We are a company with a history of intelligent, industry-defining products. Our people take great pride in putting the customer at the centre of everything we do, and have a problem-solving spirit and eagerness to tackle our customers’ toughest security challenges. As a global enterprise, we will continue to lead the industry in defining and raising the standards for safety and security everywhere. The future demands a company that understands the security landscape inside and out. It demands people who can help customers adhere to codes and standards, because they help advocate for and raise those security standards in the first place. Above all, it demands a company that will speak out for safety and security everywhere. That’s us. That’s Allegion. For more information, contact Allegion (New Zealand) Limited on 0800 477 869 or

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From The Publisher

Christchurch Revisited This issue has been a very interesting one to put together especially with the material we gathered for the Christchurch feature. Being in Christchurch was the first time for me since the earthquakes. Looking out my sixth floor hotel room in the central CBD on vacant land being used simply as carpark space was quite sobering. Michael and I had an intensive three days of interviews with a number of businesses based in Christchurch the results of which you will find in this issue. There was still some understandable caution but you got the impression the corner had been turned. Some were badly affected and others were not. Lessons appear to have been learnt and changes made accordingly. All I can say is that they are a resilient lot who are each in their own way moving forward once more. Michael and I hope you find our coverage provides some interesting insights. The last quarter has seen a number of birthdays celebrated by various businesses notably Hettich (125 years), Hafele (90 years) and Master Joiner stalwart McNaughton Doors & Windows (75 years). We have a little something on all of them in this issue. One of the big events for 2014 is given an airing in this issue as well. The AWISA Exhibition is being held in Brisbane in early August next year rather than Sydney. For attendees old and new it will make for an exciting event what with the warmer weather and new places to see in association with the event. There is an update as well on this event on our website under Trade Shows. Talking of announcements, we had the biannual winners in the Formica® Formations competition run by Laminex New Zealand at the Villa Maria Winery in Auckland in mid November. First seen here in 2011, these awards are part of an international event. The two big winners were once again impressive uses of Formica® product. There appears to be a general increase in business over the last few months as well with lots of new product launches as various businesses set the scene for business in 2014. Just as in Christchurch, one gets the feeling that the economy as a whole appears to have turned a corner. Lets hope so. So far it looks like we are in for another summer of good weather as well. Again, let’s hope so. Catch you next year. Bob Nordgren

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Dr Andreas Hettich

Hettich head visits NZ Hettich Chairman, Dr Andreas Hettich was recently in Auckland as part of an Australasian tour to celebrate Hettich’s 125th birthday and 25 years of Hettich in Australia and New Zealand. JOINERS Magazine caught up with him and spoke about their latest drawer system and the company’s current development projects. ArciTech has been a very successful product development for us say Dr Hettich of their new range of drawer systems which was first launched at interzum in 2011. Such was the demand for the product in Europe that the launch in this part of the world has been delayed until now. “We have been pleased but not surprised with the reaction to it,” says Dr Hettich. “It is a stronger and smoother running system with a wide platform that enables it to hold up to 80kgs - heavy for any drawer system but becoming more important as drawers get wider and often have heavy fronts. It hasn’t replaced InnoTech which is now 18 years old, but rather sits above it as our premium range. “Our aim with ArciTech was to provide kitchen and furniture manufacturers with a wide range of options as to how they can arrange drawers which they can then provide as standard to their clients - the success of ArciTech shows we have achieved that.” Dr Hettich is the 4th generation Hettich to run the German company which employs 6000 people internationally and cites growing markets and product development in predicting a strong future for the company which is represented in most parts of the globe. “Europe is still a little stagnant although Germany is showing some initial signs of recovery following what has been a long recession. Where we are seeing real growth at the moment is in the Asian countries where both population and income levels are growing faster than elsewhere. Out sales are very much tied to the size of the population and their income levels. If both these are growing, as in Asia, there are more people who can afford furniture with our fittings in them.”

In recent years the company, while looking to extend its reach into growing markets has also looked to extend it range on offer. “Our R&D staff are constantly looking at all areas of our living space - furniture, kitchens, appliances - where development can make things easier and more efficient. For instance the fridge, for which we have supplied hinges and handles to manufacturers for many years, is really a rather badly designed kitchen cabinet where we see development potential in terms of storage and access. It may have to wait though, R&D at Hettich is competed for among the company’s product groups, prior to ArciTech the company focussed on the development and release of the Sensys Hinges system and is now looking to put its research spending into sliding choices as illustrated by its Slide It. Love It. campaign at interzum this year. “There is a lot to be said for sliding systems,” says Dr Hettich, “they are easy to handle and generally don’t get in the way and our latest developments look to explore the ergonomics of these areas.” “R&D is a necessary part of doing business for us and is always a future commitment. We spent around 100 million euro on bringing the ArciTech to market which has resulted in a drawer system that with the occasional update will last us up to 20 years.” Dr Hettich completed his brief stay in Auckland by visiting some of the regions bigger manufacturers before hosting a birthday bash at Auckland’s Westhaven marina for staff and clients. 

Face-to-Face flourishing in digital age While many may believe that social media and online technology is the out front leader in modern sales and marketing, Auckland based company XPO Exhibitions knows differently.

“No sensible B2B marketer would argue the conversion rate statistics from selling face-to-face versus a Google ad.”

“Trade Shows are enjoying an incredible resurgence in popularity,” says managing director Brent Spillane as he announced their acquisition of HAYLEYMEDIA’s trade exhibition division. The purchase which includes The National Safety Show, MHL (Materials Handling & Logistics) Show, SouthMACH and the South Island Hospitality Show took place in late September. “People tend to have a preconceived idea that New Zealand is too small to host quality industry exhibitions, but that’s just not true,” says Brent. “Many world first innovations are being launched at our existing industry events and we estimate hundreds of millions of dollars in trade is happening onsite each year. We continue to receive serious attention from local and central government who consider our ten existing B2B Trade events as prime ways to communicate with industry and encourage export growth.

XPO’s acquisition will see the four shows added to the company’s current line-up which includes the New Zealand Gift & Homewares Fairs, Engineering Machinery & Electronics Exhibition (EMEX), Foodtech Packtech, BuildNZ, Designex and MyBiz Expo.

Brent Spillane says face to face selling is often the most effective.

“XPO has a growing database containing more than 140,000 unique business visitors who have attended our shows in the past three years. This surge in attendance is attracting growing marketing budgets from business exhibitors who are seeing value in selling their products face-to-face to targeted customers.”

“XPO will be rolling out our bespoke visitor registration technology to the newly acquired shows. This allows exhibitors to better qualify and follow up leads via permission-based scanning to retain visitor contact details.” The acquisition also allows XPO to extend value to their list of event sponsors such as Ford, BNZ and 2 Degrees Mobile, who offer products and services tailored to each industry. 

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AWISA 2014 three-quarters booked and NZ enquiries welcome The AWISA 2014 exhibition, that will be taking place in Brisbane from 6-9 August 2014, is already three-quarters booked and the Australian Woodworking Industry Suppliers Association expects that it will be another sell-out success. “All the major players that have been associated with the exhibition over the last quarter century have committed to the event. And we have the first half of 2014 in which to finish the sales process,” says Geoff Holland, AWISA general manager. “We’ve completed our initial sales process that allocates space to major and regular exhibitors. Space is now available on a first-come first-served basis. We welcome enquiry from New Zealand companies that want to strengthen their exporting efforts in Australia. Nor should any N.Z. company forget that significant numbers of New Zealanders visit the show – so business can be done with companies from both sides of the Tasman.” Not only does a Queensland located event create new opportunities for exhibitors, it also creates new opportunities for visitors. The industry is well used to the attractions of the Darling Harbour area of Sydney. AWISA 2014 in Brisbane means that visitors from outside Queensland will now be able to discover the attractions of Brisbane and other parts of Queensland. In the new year, AWISA will be promoting holiday packages so that visitors can consider a visit to AWISA and follow it with a holiday elsewhere in Queensland, either close to the show on the Gold Coast or Sunshine Coast, or further north. AWISA 2014 presents a wide range of machinery, tooling, hardware, decorative products and software for cabinet makers, kitchen manufacturers, shop and office fitters, joinery and furniture manufacturers, and other timber and panel processing industries.

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The first meeting of the 2014 Auckland Master Joiners Assoc will continue 2013’s focus on wooden joinery. Hosted at the Auckland showroom of W & R Jack Ltd the meeting will include live demonstrations and details on some of the newer machinery that improving the quality and efficiency of making wooden joinery – particularly windows. Machinery on display includes a mix of new machines alongside those that have recently been introduced to the New Zealand market and are quickly proving to be extremely profitable. With Jacks staff on hand for questions, machines already in production in New Zealand will include Weinig’s Cube, Centuauro’s Beta – the CNC Chisel Mortiser, as well as Saomad’s revolutionary quick-change spindle tenoner, while new machines include Morsø’s notching and cross-routing machine for fast processing of glazing bars. The meeting takes place on Wednesday the 12th February.

MBIE position paper The Ministry’s Position Paper for the Safe Use of Machinery is now available on the MBIE website. Here is the link to the Position Paper h t t p : / / w w w. b u s i n e s s . g o v t . n z / healthandsafetygroup/information-guidance/ national-programmes/safe-use-of-machineryin-manufacturing/legislation-and-guidance This document sets out the Ministry’s position on the application of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 (HSE Act) and Regulations for the safe use of machinery. It is primarily focussed on the manufacturing sector but the principles apply to machinery in any workplace. 

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Brandt’s AirTec comes to town Jacks are issuing an invitation to see what all the fuss over laser-edge tape is about. Having successfully installed the first laser-edge processing edgebander in New Zealand earlier this year, Jacks will have another Brandt with AirTec technology on display in their Auckland showroom on the 5th& 6th of March. Not only will visitors to the event get to see live demonstrations, but there’s also the opportunity to pick the brains of Brandt specialist Bert Schreck who will be visiting from Germany. This is a unique opportunity to see the very latest German edgebanding technology up close and in-person. Bookings for a personalised demonstration of AirTech technology can be made via your local Jacks rep, by calling 0800 522 577 or via

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Häfele celebrates 90 years To celebrate their 90th year in the industry, Häfele is delighted to announce a birthday gift to YOU – A brand new edition of The Complete Häfele. Since 1971 ‘The Complete Häfele’ - which contains 11,000 products is the preferred industry reference tool worldwide. Every one of the products is designed for a very specific purpose and solution to assist customers in realising their diverse ideas. “We simply want to be able to answer all of our customers’ questions, even those they haven’t asked themselves yet.” says Sibylle Thierer. Häfele Engineering is constantly developing new products while improving existing ones in order to allow their partners to get their work done better, faster, more efficiently and more creatively. Häfele TecServices, provide all the additional technical data often required when planning, specifying and installing. Häfele partners are given access to planning documents that are not in “The Complete Häfele” Furniture Fittings catalogue. They can all be found simply by searching for the article number in the TecService link on In the printed catalogues, there are references to the online availability of tender texts, CAD data and installation instructions. In addition, Häfele also have a dedicated team of customer service representatives that can help with complex hardware systems, configuration options, and certificates. The quickest way to TecServices is via the online shop e@sylink. “I hope this Complete Häfele serves you well as an inspirational tool as well as a solution” – Michael Farrugia, Managing Director Häfele New Zealand.

To request your copy of the 2013 “Complete Häfele” catalogue freephone 0800 4 hafele.

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JOINERS Magazine visited Christchurch for three days in early October and spoke to a cross section of the city’s joinery, kitchen and furniture manufacturers about their experiences of the last few years and expectations for the future. The next 18 pages tell the story.


adversity and opportunity T

hree words that are in constant use in Christchurch are resilience, support and loyalty. Words which reflect a populations response to difficult times and emergence into a decade and more of growth and opportunity. There are definite signs that things are beginning to move in the city with a mood of cautious optimism among the city’s kitchen manufactures and joiners. For the first time in years manufacturers are busy in the lead up to Christmas with many being able to choose the work that suits and referring the rest on to others. With a general acknowledgement that if they get it right there will be a lot of opportunities in the near future manufacturers have spent the two years since the quakes readying themselves for what many believe will be 10 - 15 years of commercial and residential rebuild. Initially this simply meant ensuring their business survived, retaining key staff while little work was in front of them and adapting to a regime ruled by insurance, EQC and government decree. Now it is about positioning to take advantage as the rebuild gains momentum. Factories are being expanded and relocated, new machinery is being purchased and systems and procedures being reviewed and refined. For many the future is about loyalty and relationships. Manufacturers are aligning with building companies who are taking the lead in the rebuild. Suppliers are working to ensure continuity of product and materials, with those not already warehousing in Christchurch establishing depots to ensure supply is available and ready when needed Overall there is a feeling that adversity has hardened the already famous Canterbury resilience and the city’s kitchen manufacturers and joiners who have got through a series of horrendous earthquakes and a six or seven year global recession have an opportunity to be part of an exciting city rebuild which will be both restorative and profitable. 

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royal furniture the right mix of people and technology


ine bedroom furniture manufacturer, Royal Furniture has survived the recession and the earthquakes in Christchurch because, as they put it they understand the value of employing good people and investing in the right technology on the one hand and the crucial support of their client retailers on the other. “The earthquakes did not spare us. They caused considerable damage but we were able to get back up and running pretty quickly” says Director Roydon Bonney.

However they did lead to a number of significant changes for the business as Mr Bonney explains.“Right through the recession we had in fact been quite busy supplying our largely retail client base including leading furniture retail companies such as Harvey Norman. With the earthquakes there came the need for a change in the business model we used. Most local retailers here in Christchurch were not carrying stock anymore and we moved to a just in time manufacturing model in terms of supplying our clientele. The key was convincing them that New Zealand made was still the best in terms of quality and finish compared to most imported furniture. Thus today, quality, finish and timely delivery have become even more significant to our success.” The last eighteen months has also seen considerable operational and organisational change for Royal Furniture. The company has experienced a 30% increase in turnover since 2012 which has led to pressure to expand the business. “We have invested heavily in new and good second hand machinery to increase production. To do this we will be expanding the factory” comments fellow Director Alister McKenzie. The company, established back in 1990, has been based in their present purpose built, 4500 square metre factory in Woolston since 2005 and have recently purchased more adjacent land to expand into. “It’s a fine balance between using technology and human resource to remain competitive. We in fact have reduced from some 32 staff pre earthquake to our present staff level of 22 as we took on more machinery.” comments Mr McKenzie.

The business operates five double headed CNC routers and two point to point machines around the factory. “It is not only technology that makes the difference: having the right systems in place has proved to be just as important in attaining better profitability.” says Mr Bonney. The distraction of the company’s brief foray into importing product also ended and the company has moved away from a commissioned agent system to a sales team led by a sales manager with an emphasis on marketing the company’s products and services both locally and around New Zealand. “We have refocused on what we do best: manufacture affordable quality bedroom furniture. The new machinery we employ has enabled us to change how we do business and how we produce our product by improving the speed of production and hence delivery timeframes as well as offering us greater design opportunities in what we produce.”

Alister McKenzie & Roydon Bonney

Challenges to come? “More space and speeding up the supply chain to meet demand. Increasingly, it is also meeting the demand of clients now wanting more individualised product lines. We are for example now implementing a plan to introduce a range of furniture where the customer can choose their own handles, colour and style.” says Mr Bonney. “With recent events like the earthquakes and the competitive business landscape (literally) changing so quickly there is the risk that the marketplace will see the bigger get bigger and the smaller players simply disappearing.” With the Christchurch rebuild looking set to progress well into the next decade the need for manufacturers like Royal Furniture looks assured.

For further information contact Royden Bonney or Alister McKenzie Royal Furniture Ph. 03 389 3060 Email:

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Mercer believes the new bowls have great export potential, and is encouraged by the early interest being shown from offshore.

Prime Minister John Key amuses Mercer staff including Director Paul Smart (left) and CEO Rodger Shepherd.

export markets & employment growth An example of optimism returning to the market was the recent upgrade of the Christchurch Mercer manufacturing plant. Opened by the Prime Minister in mid October the plant signify’s a growing confidence in the regional and national economy welcomed by politicians, investors and workers alike. We report on the event. Mercer Group continues its renaissance with the launch of a new ‘European-styled’ seamless sinkware range from its upgraded production facility at its manufacturing plant in Christchurch. Prime Minister John Key had the honour of officially opening the upgraded production facility. With strong orders already coming in from the domestic market and Australia, and enquires from the United States and Singapore, Mercer Group is currently ramping up production and hiring new staff. Over the past 12 months the NZX listed manufacturing company has increased staff levels from 161 to 187. Rodger Shepherd, chief executive of Mercer Group, said that the new sinkware that the company will produce is currently available from Europe. “The new high fashion square look is characterised by a reasonably tight radius but is

seamless without any welds. These are difficult to manufacture, but after extensive simulation tests in the United States and much testing in our Christchurch plant, we have perfected the technique to manufacture the bowls to the standard we sought.” “Much of the credit for this must go down to the great skill of our staff and suppliers. The company is 130 years old and we hold a tremendous amount of intellectual property inside our company. Mercer is the only company left in New Zealand pressing sinkware, with the others closing down their local operations and relying on imported product,” he said. Initially Mercer will produce two bowls, a 400mm by 400mm unit and a 400mm by 250mm unit. “The New Zealand market is being flooded by cheaper, lower quality imported product out of Asia, and our research shows that their is a definite demand for better quality,

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European-styled bowls which we can manufacture here in this country at a good price,” he said. Even with such a high dollar, Mercer believes the new bowls have great export potential, and is encouraged by the early interest being shown from offshore. “To be a successful export manufacturing company in New Zealand you need to work in the high value end of the market with innovative products. At present we export around 20% of the sinks we manufacture but we expect this to grow significantly.” “With the Prime Minister opening the upgraded facility today, I urged him to push harder a ‘New Zealand made’ message throughout the Government departments. This will support local businesses and provide a backbone to grow exports.” Mr Shepherd said that last year the company invested close to

$2m on new product development, including the S-Clave sterilisation project, Titan Bacon Slicer IVS (Involute Vision Slicer) machine, and development of this new sinkware range. “The Board decided to pick a few key opportunities and invest in them for future growth.” After coming into the business two years ago, Mr Shepherd has set about putting the 130 year old company back onto a strong financial footing, having just reported a trading profit (EBITDA) of $2.5 million for the full year to June 30, 2013, and a net profit before tax of $1.2 million.

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The company recently purchased a Brandt Ambition 1200 series edgebander through Jacks. “It’s compact but has all the features of Brandt’s successful larger edgebander series.

providing the personal touch brings success


oinery By Design is a good example of a small Christchurch based joinery firm with a big reputation for producing quality product and maintaining the personal touch, whilst coming through more than their fair share of the adversities faced by Christchurch over the last six years stronger than ever. Established back in 1991 by Master Joiners stalwart Owen Wright as Owen Wright Joinery, the business quickly developed its reputation for customer satisfaction and the personal touch. In 2005 Evan McLachlan and Dave Phillips joined Owen as business partners and the business became known as Joinery By Design. Tragically, Owen died in the 2011 Christchurch earthquake but his passion, skill and training left an indelible mark on the business and its staff. The business today has survived the recession and the earthquakes through a combination of employing up to date technology and software along with traditional skills. “We have focused on producing quality, made to measure kitchen cabinetry along

Evan McLachlan and Dave Phillips

with windows, doors, stairs and other feature joinery. This has been our strength.” comments Mr McLachlan. Central to their success has been their design, build and install service. “There is nothing unusual about the service we offer. It’s the personal touch, the one on one feeling our clients get when they deal with our design team that distinguishes Joinery By Design” Mr McLachlan says. With currently eight staff the business turns out around 12 kitchens a month. Virtually all

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their work comes from referrals through a pool of s ma lle r builders and housing companies. Mr Phillips comments “The earthquakes have had less of an impact than you would think and we have seen a steady increase in new project work over the last twelve months or so.”

The company recently purchased a Brandt Ambition 1200 series edgebander through Jacks. “It’s compact but has all the features of Brandt’s successful larger edgebander series. It fits in our factory just right. With this technology we can do an even better job.”

Their design, manufacturing and installing service revolves around developing close client relationships.

And of the future? “Times are improving here in Christchurch but there is still some way to go yet.” comments Mr McLachlan. Helpful has been a grouping of some ten or so joiners and suppliers who have been giving each other advice. “The joiners are all Master Joiner members and quite a closely knit group which has helped us through the tough times. We are now continuing to build on our reputation for quality and service in what will be a long rebuild here in Christchurch.”

“Having good design software and an efficient manufacturing operation using experienced personnel is key.” says Mr McLachlan. The company uses Vectorworks, an American software package (available here through Megabits). “We have had it for several years now and it offers both us and our clients real flexibility in the design process.” The factory, pretty much a nested base operation is small but efficient. “This is all part of the one on one service we provide.” comments Mr McLachlan. “It’s about having the right gear to do the job. Investing in good machinery is significant for us as well.”

For more information contact Evan McLachlan at Joinery By Design ph. 03 384 8461 or visit

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being successful is providing the client the service they need - with our builder clients this is a lot about fitting in with their timing, for instance we are currently looking at doing some installs before the painters go in because it suits a couple of our clients that way

DING kitchens As it turned out we visited Misco Joinery about a year early as they are currently in the process of building a new factory in Kaiapoi which they expect to move into complete with upgraded machinery next year. The move was planned prior to the quakes but would seem extra well timed now given what would seem to be a busy time ahead for the city’s kitchen manufacturers. We spoke to Glenn Colenso of Misco Joinery about their set up, the last couple of years and the coming rebuild. Misco Joinery, a family business run by Glenn and Mike Chernishoff has been operating from its semi-rural location in Marshlands, just out of Christchurch, since 1988 and currently design, manufacture and install around 20 kitchens a week, mostly new kitchens for builder clients. They have considered themselves pretty lucky through both the recession and the quakes. Work did slow says Glenn but we have some very loyal building company clients that kept the wheels turning and now we are so busy that we are referring work to other joiners. The company runs a CNC nesting set up with a Biesse router and edgebander. While satisfying their current requirements they are in the process of upgrading to the latest generation Biesse to accommodate future expansion. “We will keep our existing machinery,” says Glenn, “both for back up and parts but we are purchasing a new Biesse Skill 1836 and a Biesse Roxyl edgebander with a view to increasing our productivity and capacity. The edgebander will have a return system and we will be able to run both machines with just the one operator which will effectively save a man while also improving our through put speed.

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“We use Cabinet Vision software from design to manufacture and have done so for a long time. Phil Smith (from Joinery It who supply Cabinet Vision) has been very good to deal with. We recently just added Cabinet Vision’s Label IT to our system for better tracking of parts and process, I talked to Phil, he hooked it all up, and it was sorted - its like having a good mechanic. “We also use them if we need to add hardware to our library, for instance if Hafele bring out a new carousel or flap stay or whatever, we simply ring Joinery It, they get the specs off the Hafele people, include it in our library and it’s ready to go. “The rebuild is only really starting to happen now and I think will maybe peak in 3-4 years and carry on for sometime after that. We intend to capitalise on that by positioning ourselves to be part of it. Which means having the machinery, software, staff and systems in place. “Staff is likely to be an ongoing issue as everybody gets busier, we are currently looking to take on 4 new staff and are likely to need more in the future. We look to employ local first and primarily need good staff with the right attitude to fit in with our system and ethic. It’s not rocket science, the machinery

and software largely do it all for you - you just need to ensure you have the right colour and right amount of panel. “The quakes have bought about a significant shift in the mind set of many of our clients. Previously anyone looking to renovate or install a new kitchen wanted to do it and had planned for it, in the last couple of years people are installing kitchens because they have to. They have often undergone significant stress sorting out insurances, dealing with the earthquake commission and organising their rebuild, by the time they arrive at our designers desk they have often had enough of the whole process which means we have to be little more proactive with our advice and patient in letting them discover what they want. “It is certainly an exciting time and a busy time for all of us - its not often you get to rebuild a city - it has obviously generated a lot of stress but has also shown the resilience of the people of Christchurch.”

80 Mairehau Rd Christchurch ph 03 383 4384

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Left: The Weeke Vantage purchased from W&R Jack introduced Elite Joinery to the benefits of a CNC set-up. Above: The Hettich Endorsed Showroom demonstrates product and design quality.

streamlining for a busy future Husband and wife team Hayden & Sarah Illingworth run Elite Joinery with the help of a couple of full timers and contract workers as they require them. Quiet times in the last couple of years have been used to develop systems and capacity which will serve them well over the next decade as the Christchurch rebuild gains momentum. JOINERS Magazine met with them in early October. Hayden and Sarah started the company in 2007, predominantly concentrating on new houses for builders and clients in the Canterbury district. After a couple of years of working hard to secure a constant work flow, they are now enjoying creating high-end kitchen on an average of three per week which are fitted out with the latest Hettich innovations. Currently a high percentage of work has been received through regular builders and clients who are managing EQC and insurance projects. “This is the first summer since the quake where we are looking busy in the build up to Christmas, with work through to the end of January, and such is the backlog of work in the city that we expect for that to continue for some time” says Sarah. “We have mostly been able to keep out of the EQC and insurance paperwork and find it works best for the builder to complete this; that way we don’t have to worry whether we are being paid by the owner, the insurer, the EQC, or a combination of the three.” While the commencement of the business in 2007 was amidst a tough economic period to start up a kitchen business in Christchurch, Hayden and Sarah have weathered it well and have established themselves for what they believe will be a busy decade.

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Our Hettich endorsed showroom has worked out really well in showing clients the latest innovations in storage and the use of difficult space “After the quakes of two years ago we decided to invest in the coming rebuild. At that point we had been cutting our panel with a saw and decided we needed to step up and move to a CNC, so we purchased a Weeke Vantage 22S from W &R Jack.” “The timing turned out to be good as it has given us time to come to grips with nesting, the Weeke and the Microvellum software we run it on, during what has been a relatively slow period. The change to nesting has had a huge impact in terms of time saving and productivity and gives us excess capacity to expand with little or no further outlay,” says Sarah. They also decided to align themselves with the Hettich Endorsed Showroom program, and have found the business support, along with their lifetime warranty to be a big benefit when working with clients.

“We are able to bring them into the showroom where they can see Hettich product in situ. This helps dramatically with their decision making process, especially as many homeowners have had no kitchen renovation or new build experience before. Accessories like the pull out pantry units and the effective corner units are proving popular as people look to maximise their space. We also have in our showroom the latest drawer system to hit the international market in around 15 years, ArciTech.” Hayden sums up the last few years as a preparation for the future. “We have been streamlining our business and getting ready for a busy period which may go on for some time. We aren’t necessarily looking to grow just to continue to produce quality kitchens to meet the needs of our clients. That means getting the right systems in place and maintaining a close liaison with our builders, something that we have been concentrating on over the last two years and which we are now seeing the benefits of.”

1/97a Sawyer Arms Rd Papanui, Christchurch phone 03 354 8311


With their team of twelve staff Sanco Tooling are well placed to make a vital contribution to the rebuild of Christchurch in the coming years.

When only the best will do tooling manufacturer and supplier provides vital service As their website says, chances are if you are a joiner, cabinetmaker, timber machinist or sawmill and have been in the woodworking industry for a number of years, then you will have more than likely used the services of Sanco Tooling Ltd at some point. Bob Nordgren from JOINERS Magazine caught up with Director Craig Phillips to find out why. Sanco Tooling has been in the hands of its current owners since 2002. They specialise in the manufacture, supply and sharpening of tooling mainly for the woodworking industry although other industries such as those in the aluminium, printing, engineering and recycling industries also use their services. I asked Craig why Sanco Tooling has been so successful “This business is a hands on business where you deal with the owners direct” he comments. “We deal with clients all over New Zealand and offer a free weekly pick-up and delivery service around the Christchurch district. The key to why so many people deal with us has been that we have been producing a quality product with an efficient service for a long time now be it manufacturing custom made tooling, supplying name brands or the sharpening service we offer.”

With the recession and then the earthquakes it must have been a difficult time, how did the company handle it? “Business has been challenging. After the big quake things were a bit quiet for about two months then demand returned as businesses got back up to speed. Now it looks really promising. One of our strengths has been our ability to provide solutions for businesses with both our custom made tooling as well as specialist imported CNC tooling from world renowned BUP Tooling in Italy.” says Craig “We are able to manufacture special profiles as and when required. Our clientele can rely on us to deliver. With the upturn in production here in Christchurch, keeping the tooling side of things up to scratch is vital.”

Manufacturing is a big part of the Sanco operation. Everything from cutterblocks, profile knives and solid profile tooling to their specially designed throwaway tips and sets for spindle moulder blocks, grooving saws, cutters, router shafts and blades. Sanco Tooling supply mainly tools that cut wood be it timber machining, joinery or CNC. They deal direct with overseas suppliers and import direct so as to be able to offer the best price and quality. “This has long been a forte for us.” says Craig “ We go to all the major trade shows around the world to ensure we source the best available. Everything we source from knife steel and router bits to compression cutters, CNC tools and tungsten tips is the best available.” 

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Joinery Scene meets the competitive cha K

itchen manufacturer Joinery Scene Ltd based in the Christchurch suburb of Bromley has come a long way since their inception a decade ago.

necessary. To operate efficiently using the just in time approach ie make as ordered, you have to be geared up both machine and staff wise. The truth of the matter is that the price of the product we make given its quality, is not enough but that is the marketplace we are in these days. To produce the 20 to 25 kitchens a week that we do we need to be competitive in every way possible.”

“The last two years since the earthquakes have been particularly challenging but the manufacturing we do for the Ezy Kitchens retail outlets, a franchised network we have established around the South Island and the recent upturn in business here in Christchurch has helped us tremendously” says Joinery Scene’s Richard Hill. Using nested base, just in time production has seen the company go from strength to strength in recent times. “As well as the work for Ezy Kitchens we do of course deal with our own clientele as well here in Christchurch doing amongst other things a lot of residential and commercial fitouts. We have seen

Joinery Scene is a good sized operation with its 1200 square metre factory site in Bromley and currently some fourteen staff along with another five at their showroom in Sockburn. Having the right machinery and systems in place is vital.

Richard Hill and the new Pratix N12D.

a steady improvement in the level of production as the rebuild here gets underway.” says Richard. In an increasingly competitive environment what brings success in kitchen manufacturing?

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“For us it has been being price competitive first and foremost followed closely by good production performance.” says Richard “Technology has proved to be the game breaker in meeting the production performance now

“ Wi t h g o o d p r o d u c t i o n performance you can meet demand” says Richard. To this end the company recently bought the latest in CNC technology with an SCM Pratix N12D flatbed router


allenge with automatic pre-labelling, loading and unloading from New Zealand distributors Gabbett Machinery. “The beauty of this machine is that it needs only one operator as it loads and unloads automatically saving time and money. It has a number of the latest features including digital brushless motors on all three axis, a large drilling capacity and a 20 position tool change magazine. Even the lubrication is controlled by the CNC. The machine fits well and enables us to meet the increased production we are now seeing.” comments Richard. Factory systems are another area where change has been underway. Richard says “We have progressively been installing and using Seradex, a Canadian factory management software package that has greatly improved our ability to operate efficiently and profitably.” With the changes in Christchurch does business looks more promising? “The rebuild will take a long time, probably a decade or so.” says Richard “We will continue to service our franchisees with good quality, cost effective product as our priority while the renovation scene rather than the new house market will remain our prime focus for us here in Christchurch. Significantly, having and retaining good experienced staff will be an ongoing challenge while monitoring supplies of component product will be become more important as conditions continue to improve.”

For more information contact Richard Hill at Joinery Scene Ltd Ph. 03 623 446 or email

working joiners Bob Nordgren from JOINERS Magazine caught up with a well known Christchurch joiner and kitchen manufacturer to see how things were going heading into 2014. It was with some pleasure that I had the chance to call in and see Grant Woodham from Modern Age Kitchens and Joinery Ltd while I was in Christchurch. This business has always impressed me. A five time Master Joiner Award winner, Modern Age started from humble beginnings back in 1988 as a wooden joinery manufacturer operating out of Grant’s garage. As Grant recalls “We moved to our present location in 1990. In the next few years we bought up a couple of neighbouring buildings as they became available and expanded the business. My son Graham joined the firm in 1997 and the two of us have continued to build the business.” The business has a team of nine staff in the factory and their showroom over the road. The firm bought their fourth building in 2009 across the road from their factory that now houses their showroom. To reflect the fact that they now concentrate on kitchen manufacture, Modern Age Joinery became Modern Kitchens and Joinery Ltd in 2010. I asked Grant what made the firm successful? “We offer the package of design, manufacture and install as lots of firms do these days but I guess the ability to translate design into reality through good quality work sums it up. Most of our work is through referral and we work closely with both interior designers and architects. Although kitchen work is a mainstay we also offer a many and varied range of joinery solutions for kitchens, bathroom vanities and wardrobes through to laundries and staircases. Timber joinery projects like doors and windows are also part of what we offer.” Grant comes across as a solid professional but there is that certain traditionalism about him. “Above all I see us as working joiners who have been judged

to be good at what we do.” Being traditional doesn’t mean he and his son Graham are not up with the play. Since 2005 Modern Age have purchased CNC operated machinery to bring the benefits of efficiency and further accuracy to the business. “We work with a wide variety of product be they man made like Corian and engineered stone or natural like solid timber. It’s what makes the modern kitchen so diverse and interesting to manufacture.” comments Grant Modern Age has won many Awards for their kitchens over the last five years including the only winner to have a hat trick of wins for Region Award (Canterbury) and NZ Best Kitchen Award (2009, 2010 and 2011) at the Master Joiners Awards. What about the earthquakes? “We have been fortunate to have been largely unaffected by them” comments Grant. Business appears to be moving forward for Modern Age with orders well into 2014. “We have a top team here and they are all important to the smooth running of things here. If things keep going the way they are, touch wood, we along with the rest of Christchurch will be in for a busy time for some years to come.”

For further information contact Grant or Graham at Modern Age Kitchens & Joinery Ltd on 03 365 1675 or visit www.

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Blum ready for business W

hile in Christchurch JOINERS Magazine’s Bob Nordgren called in on architectural hardware supplier Blum to see how things were going for them. I had heard that the earthquakes in Christchurch really shook up the Blum showroom and warehouse out in Woolston. “The damage was superficial really with the main issue being with the racking system being toppled creating a jumble in the warehouse” comments South Island Manager Scott Ronald. “It didn’t take too long before we were up and running once more though.” Business has been on the up for Blum with the rebuild now starting to gather pace. “Events of the last two years and coming out of the recession have made for challenging times here in Christchurch. We have noticed though particularly more recently that economic activity has begun at last to pick up.” says Scott.

The Christchurch facility including the 1125 sq m warehouse which services the whole of the South Island, has seven staff and two full time reps on the road. There is as well a full showroom displaying the latest offerings from Blum. It is no accident that the site’s layout of showroom, offices and adjacent warehouse is very similar to the Auckland Head Office. “We can handle any enquiry about our product range from our fully kitted showroom. We also have what you could call a specifiers meeting room for architects and designers to bring clients in to look at Blum product just as they do in Auckland.” comments Scott. The place has a feel good atmosphere. I even saw a local joiner calling in to collect some product. The signs suggest the recovery is truly underway. 

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Above: Blum SI Sales Manager Scott Ronald discusses options with clients in the specifiers meeting room. Below: A before and after shot of Blum’s Christchurch wharehouse as a result of the quakes.

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shifting gear Hagley Kitchens have been in business for 30 years, the business was divided a couple of years ago with the separation of the aluminium side into a different company, part of a move that has seen Hagley Kitchens focus on its strengths and ready itself for the coming decade in Christchurch’s development. JOINERS Magazine spoke to General Manager Nathan Moore. The kitchen side of the business does around 30 kitchens a week and also manufactures office furniture, laundries and wardrobes. The restructure of the last few years has seen the company reduce staff to 27 down from 40 odd before the recession. “By the time of the recession we had become a borderline corporate, a little too heavy in management with a too extensive product range. We had to downsize to survive so we reduced staff and consolidated our product range which resulted in us moving out of benchtop production, buying in our vinyl wrapped doors and contracting out the finishing part of our operation,” says Nathan Moore. “We suffered no real damage in the earthquakes, but things just stopped - we knew the work would come back and knew we needed to keep our staff. Fortunately we had some very good office furniture work much of it under contract for government departments and this and our branch in Blenheim allowed us to juggle our work and retain staff. Now the business is flourishing and Hagley Kitchens are looking to expand in the new year into an adjoining factory. “It will double our factory space and along with the purchase of new machinery will increase our capacity without the need for a lot of new staff - which we believe will set us up for the years ahead.

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Hagley’s currently run two Biesse CNC routers one about 4 years old and the other about 6, along with a 12 year old Homag edgebander which is still doing a great job but will probably be replaced following the shift. “We are likely to get a new CNC as well” say Nathan, “and it is likely to again be a Biesse as the two we currently run have been good machines and we have a good relationship with the Biesse guys.” In anticipation of the new machinery Hagley Kitchens have also upgraded their software. “We recently purchased Cabinet Vision from Joinery It. Previously we were using a range of software, one for design, a package we had developed ourselves for pricing, another for project management and then a further one for production. Cabinet Vision brings everything together and does it all at once - design, price, management, manufacture - with virtually all the input done at the design stage. We have only had it for four weeks and are merging with the old system rather than an overnight change but it is progressing well and we expect it to significantly improve flow through the factory. “Things are starting to move now but still not any where near full steam. I believe rather than a boom we will see a sustained growth period for a decade or more as the city rebuilds and redefines itself.

“A big change for us has been a shift from retail to trade work. Prior to the quakes the majority of our kitchen work was retail now we are 80% trade. The reason for this is that the majority of work is being dished out to the housing companies from the insurance companies, and we simply follow in line. “At times it can be difficult to fit in with the building process as their schedules can change significantly for all sorts of reasons, you just have to be flexible and have the production and storage capacity to fit in with them “It has been a very difficult time for all business in Christchurch and has required us all to look closely at all aspects and make changes. However for those that have got through the recession and quakes, business looks positive and I believe we are in for a good run over the next decade.”

Hagley Kitchens 6 Nazareth Ave, Christchurch phone 03 961 0966


providing a quality spray finish S pray finishers M F Turnbull Ltd has developed an enviable reputation since it was set up back in 1988 by Murray and Monique Turnbull to service the joinery and furniture trades as specialist finishers of spray applied coatings.

They moved to their current location in Mowbray St in Waltham in 1996. The business expanded in 2002 with the purchase of Murray White Furniture Finishing in North New Brighton. “This purchase gave us a presence in the Northwest of Christchurch” comments Murray. “The earthquakes made that site untenable and we have now consolidated all our services under one roof here in Waltham.” With a team of thirteen staff the factory is a well oiled operation. “We have always been a market orientated business looking for new opportunities,” comments Murray “and the earthquakes made us rethink what we are doing in many ways.” The company has a strong work ethic that involves everyone in the business working toward common objectives and is a key factor in their success. Kitchens and high end house lots form a large part of their workload. “We do a lot of contract work for joiners

Yellow Pages, advertising or simply word of mouth. “Opportunities come in many forms and it is a matter of being alert to them. Our reputation for good workmanship resulting in a quality product means we can explore these opportunities as they arise. For example we are currently developing a finish for use on a high density MDF we believe will be highly sought after in the marketplace.”

and cabinetmakers providing quality spray finishes. Restoration and refurbishments not surprisingly, are also a major part of what we do these days. Providing those we contract to with a full service with things like dealing with clients direct on colours and finishes, new and refinishing work, a back up service and advice has become part of our reputation.” As well as the trade they also work with interior designers and architects offering advice on specific situations. Working on finishes for kitchens, vanities, wardrobes and all kinds of furniture has become their forte. Business comes to them not only through referrals from existing clients but also from a variety of other sources such as their website,

Working with the best suppliers in the business such as PPG Industries and Mirotone and being registered as a Master Furniture Finisher has also been an important part of the service offered. Murray reflects “The earthquakes were a setback but they led us to refocus in one location and with the right systems in place particularly good staff, many of whom have completed or are doing apprenticeships with us, we have positioned ourselves to really move forward as Christchurch recovers.”

For more information contact Murray or Monique Turnbull on 03 365 2519, or visit their new website at

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The TN38 Postformer from Proform is an important part of the Freeform formula

getting the formula right Freeform Laminates expands to include Dunedin


ince their start in 2002, Christchurch benchtop manufacturer Freeform Laminates (2002) Ltd has established itself in the marketplace as a leading player. The company based in Sockburn occupies two factories with a space of 1350m2 and employs 22 factory and support staff. They have seen through the recession and the recent spate of earthquakes.

Freeform Laminates’ growth has been built around three elements: first and foremost having a dedicated team; secondly sound technology, production methods and lines of supply and thirdly through the first two, providing a quality product and always striving for the best in customer service. Freeform Laminates manufactures kitchen bench tops, counter tops, table tops and custom designed products. Most of their business is through the trade. “We make a full range of bench tops and counter tops from laminates to acrylic for both residential and commercial applications” comments Managing Director Hein Bremen. Freeform Laminates have also earned a name in the market with their outstanding range of toilet and changing/shower room systems. Being a project based product this puts extra demand on the organisation through quality assurance and performance. “Having an organised, well trained and motivated team is paramount” says Mr Bremen, “Add to this, the right technology, and you have a basis of a good recipe for being successful in both good times and bad.” This year the business has undergone an expansion run in tandem with investments in new machinery and a new factory. In mid-January 2013, Freeform Laminates Dunedin Ltd was established.

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“This operation has been set up to service the Southern part of the South Island in a more efficient way and give us additional capacity to service the projected increase in demand for the Christchurch area ” Mr Bremen explains. This has meant a considerable investment in plant and equipment. The Christchurch factory has purchased a second CNC (Biesse - Skill 1836) with a workable area of 3670mm by 1860mm to augment their existing CNC router, an electronic spindle moulder through SCM and a new ducting system from Egmont Air. Bench top manufacturing is central to what the company produces. “We have been very fortunate to have engaged Steve Fifield from Proform NZ Ltd early in the decision process. We discussed our current requirements and future needs and the proposal put forward by Steve resulted in the purchase of a flow through TN38 Postformer for Christchurch, with a further TA5 Postformer and Orma Press through his company for the Dunedin factory earlier this year. We have therefore been able to repeat the formula for the Dunedin operation. The TN38 Postformer has really made benchtop manufacturing a lot easier with increased production, a decrease in faults and an increase in quality. Steve’s advice through this process was critical from our point of view: we needed the right machine and it has proved to be the right one.” The TN38 Postformer has all the latest features available including three primary and two secondary forming stations, in feed and out feed conveyer tables both 2400mm long, electronically controlled PVA application, quick change forming assemblies, rapid response heating elements and the latest digital control box. The latest unit Freeform purchased also has an overspray unit attached.

The production model Freeform have been using to date has been based on just in time. “This manufacturing model has been widespread here in New Zealand for some time now. It means componentry levels are minimal and expensive storage is not required, but it creates a complex business system.”, says Mr Bremen. “ Today’s customers require an uncomplicated product offer, better service and back up. If we can deliver this we increase productivity and reduce cost at the same time. Where possible, the advantage achieved is passed on to the customer as well.” In another development Freeform Laminates has teamed up with Maungataroto based specialist tops manufacturer Beautycraft Surfaces Ltd. “This working relationship offers our customers nationwide coverage, economies of scale and the ability to service our customers better in a very competitive marketplace,” explains Mr Bremen. For Freeform Laminates business is looking promising going into 2014. Mr Bremen adds “With the market starting to lift, I think attention to detail is going to be even more important. Keeping good staff and staying abreast of change both technologically and market wise will prove critical. Keeping it simple with clear objectives looks like the best way forward.”

For more information, contact Hein Bremen at Freeform Laminates Ltd on 03 343 1515 or John Cochrane at Beautycraft Surfaces on 09 431 8184. Or visit and

Egmont Air cleaning up the dust in Christchurch MACKAY KITCHENS & STAIRS Mackay Kitchens were forced into moving building after substantial earthquake damage was discovered in their previous premises. The new building was much larger and that combined with the purchase of two new machines meant a whole new dust extraction system was needed. Timing of this project was critical. The original dust extraction system had to be removed from the existing building at short notice and the new system set-up in the new factory with minimum disruption to production and in conjunction with machinery installers, compressed-air and other services. Chris Moore from Mackay Kitchens quotes ‘Egmont Air had men on the ground ready to assist with the move, and eventually fitted a complete new set-up for the upgraded plant. They were efficient and easy to deal with� HARDIE & THOMSON Egmont Air installed a new dust extraction for Hardie & Thomson in Christchurch. With a move to new premises and increasing growth and demand Hardie & Thomson required a large dust-extraction system with an automated dust collection system and powerful extraction to keep the factory and machinery clean of shavings. Egmont Air was commissioned to determine what they would require to meet these requirements and provided a new large bag-house filtration plant complete with automated bin-loading system to handle the large volumes of timber waste produced. WEBCO JOINERY With the large amount of damage to homes in Christchurch Webco Joinery knew they would need to be able to keep up with the increased work-load. This meant installing new machinery & upgrading their dust-collection system in a very short time frame. Egmont Air was able to assess their needs and quickly supply & install a new dust collection system. The new system is modular and can be easily up-graded providing future-proofing for further growth & expansion FREEFORM LAMINATES Freeform Laminates specialise in manufacture benchtops for house kitchens through to large-scale commercial projects. With the rebuild increased production was required to provide their quick turn-around and high-level of service to their customers. Egmont Air was commissioned to evaluate their requirements and install a new system that would provide good suction and allow for future expansion. Freeform also installed Egmont Airs Eco-power system this system automatically powers the High-efficiency Fan up or down depending on how many machines were operating, this provides large energy savings for Freeform (a 20% reduction in airflow can give up to a 50% in power savings) whilst ensuring that they are getting optimum suction to every machine. Call Egmont Air for an on-site evaluation to determine your exact requirements and provide an optimum solution for your application.

Images from top: Mackay Kitchens; Hardie & Thomson; Webco Joinery and Freeform Laminates.

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Master Joiner Awards 2013 - Best Kitchen & Best Use of Colour - Wackrow’s Joinery Ltd

the Devil is in the Detail This year’s Best Kitchen and Best Use of Colour winner at the Master Joiners Annual Awards is an integral part of a striking house designed by architects Stephens Lawson, built by specialist architectural builders Tomik Ltd and part of a full fit out by winning joinery firm, Cambridge based Wackrow’s Joinery. Known as the ‘Headland House’, the home overlooks Onetangi Bay on Auckland’s Waiheke Island. The house consists of two levels: a basement level with three bedrooms, an ensuite and a bathroom, linen store, laundry and wine cellar and an outside terrace, and a ground floor with the master bedroom and ensuite and adjacent outside deck, living, dining and kitchen areas, a study and an outside verandah overlooking Onetangi Bay. A double garage is adjacent to the house. “This project had everything for us: being able to work with Stephens Lawson and Tomik on the one hand and meeting the high standard of workmanship required to turn what was a demanding brief into reality.” comments Wackrow’s Carl Riley.

And demanding it was. It was beset with a number of challenges. The exterior of the house was clad in rough sawn vertical Western Red Cedar weatherboard. The aim was to have this look flow through the house entrance and into the kitchen where it was seen as cladding and on the cabinetry. “The challenge was to have a bandsawn finish like the outside on the inside but sanded smooth and a pattern that appeared ‘random’.” explains Carl. Several kilometres of bandsawn Cedar was employed on the interior and exterior combined. At the same time the brief called for the slate gray colour used on the exterior to be matched in the interior. (continued over page)

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“The winner has to be commended for the project’s complexity of design, detailing and shapes while capturing the vision of the brief. All colours complement each other from inside to outside. The judges recognise the challenge, skill and complexity required to achieve the blended colour to match the exterior cladding.” Judges comments

“As they wanted a polyurethane stain finish on the interior which was more durable and servicable we had to find a stain to match the wood oil colour of the exterior.” The interior look was achieved by overlaying vertical cedar band sawn patterned weatherboards onto the cabinetry and surrounding walls in such a way that appeared ‘random’. All the cabinetry had to conform to a 6mm negative detail between floor, ceiling and benchtops “This sounds challenging enough but it was further complicated by the fact that all the house’s walls were either curved or at off angles.” comments Carl. The devil was definitely in the detail. The answer lay in every 60 to 180mm Western Red Cedar board having to be individually scribed to suit, hand sanded and then spray coated to get the colour and texture just right so that it matched the adjoining bandsawn, oil finished exterior boards before being finally reinstalled. “This was really exacting work involving many man hours” Carl recalls.

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The kitchen presented particular demands of its own. One of three pods on the ground floor (see floor plan), the brief called for all the cabinetry and surrounding walls to blend seamlessly. Handles were not to be seen so had to be custom made to match in with the weatherboard pattern. Indeed, upon first sight you need to know where the doors to the pantry (left of island) and the hallway door leading to the bedroom and ensuite behind the kitchen (right of island) are located if you want to find the handles! The pantry has four large stainless steel upstands on the top and four acute angles to deal with in a confined space. “Installation of this was a challenge in itself’ recalls Carl. A real nicety in the pantry is the solid Oak clashing used. The kitchen island is noteworthy for its shape and size (4100mm by 1400mm) with a 30mm thick granite benchtop made from two adjoining pieces supported by a 6mm stainless steel plate. The same granite is used for the hob area and splashback.

The floor is polished concrete with a spectacular view out to Onetangi Bay. The granite benchtop is punctuated with a sink and tap combination with substantial storage space underneath. “This was one of the most challenging projects we have had in a long time. With the complicated, labour intensive nature of the brief it was also quite difficult to price” comments Carl. “The end result though was most satisfying.” The last word goes to the owner. “A kitchen should be both beautiful and functional. This kitchen scores 10 out of 10. You can reach everything with a couple of strides whilst enjoying the stunning view. I love the way it is a continuum of the rest of the house, being an intrinsic part of the room but not dominating it. I also love the beautiful organic shaped island and the clever design of the handles. Congratulations and thank you to Wackrows who crafted the challenging design of the kitchen to perfection.” 

CREDITS Photography Mark Smith Architects Stevens Lawson Builders Tomic Ltd Kitchen Joinery Wackrow’s Joinery Western Red Timber J S Scott Ltd Exterior Oil Finish Dryden’s Oil Interior Polyurethane Oil Finish Resene Paints Eku Clipo Pocket Doors Hafele Taps Quooker (filtered boiling water) and Grohe Oven Miele Tandembox Blum American White Oak Veneer & Affinity Tawa Melteca The Laminex Group Granite Benchtops & Splashback SCE via Designsource

Best Kitchen was sponsored by Arborline Best Use of Colour was sponsored by Resene

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handle supply and demand The handle business can be a very demanding one to operate in - you need to import product which you hope people will buy in sufficient quantities to have enough if they decide they will. JOINERS Magazine talks to six national suppliers about buying and selling and accomodating style and fashion trends.

the finishing touch to any piece of furniture Leather Barcelona from Katalog

Recessed, Knob & Straight edge from Elite Hardware

Häfele offers a range of over 1300 furniture handles and knobs to add the finishing touch to any piece of furniture. Whether it’s contemporary, modern, provincial, minimalistic or antique, you’ll find the perfect match within Häfele’s range of decorative hardware. Made from an array of metals including stainless steel, brass and zinc alloy as well as ceramic glass. Available in a large variety of finishes, you are sure to find the ideal handle for your needs. Each handle is offered in a series of sizes, so matching a handle for a 900 mm wide drawer and a 450 mm wide cabinet is never an issue. And if matching handles to your appliance is a priority, then our range of stainless steel handles will cater to you perfectly. If you prefer clean lines and the handle-less look, then our profile or rebated handles are for you. So when it comes to putting the finishing touch on your cabinets or furniture, just ask for Häfele.

Finishing a kitchen from Stefano Orlati

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finding better sources Selling handles has become a very competitive business over the last 5 years - the global financial crisis has seen the market diminish, prices fall and margins reduced. We spoke to Christchurch distributor Mark Gardner of Elite Hardware about his business and how he has managed it through this period. Mark Gardner and Annette Hilton set up Elite Hardware about 10 years ago. Operating out of the Christchurch suburb of Wigram the company specialise in kitchen handles which it sells direct to manufacturers and kitchen professionals. Recent years have seen margins reduced as the fight for market share has intensified. To combat this Mark has had a simple formula - source better and that inevitably led to China. While Elite Hardware source product from China, Taiwan and Italy, Mark has found that Chinese and Taiwanese product is often more cost effective for the New Zealand market with the lower manufracturing costs compared to the European factories helping to keep pricing competitive. “The quality from China and Taiwan is now equal to the European factories and some European brands now source their handles from China. There is good and bad from any country where you source product. You need to know what you are doing and make sure you are dealing with the factories that produce quality. To this end we visit the factories most years to keep in touch,” says Mark. “Both China and Taiwan are pretty much up with the play when it comes to design, manufacturing

We add continuously to our range - we have to to stay competitive.

Mark Gardner

methods and quality. They will also produce a handle from your own custom design with a minimum order plus a small tooling charges. This is very handy if like us, you want your own handle design. All you need is a cad picture with measurments. “Designers do set the market here for fashion and we always need to pay attention to what they are doing in terms of what we select. “Currently extrusion handles are very popular they fit in with the minimalistic look of the last decade, but they do have a draw back. Because of their position on the top of the drawer they don’t accommodate any future change

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of handles, which can be a good way to simply update a kitchen - just something to think about when you plan your kitchen. “Classic designs tend to buck fashion trends and are always popular especially in high end kitchens. We are seeing a few new things in contemporary designs such as dual movement insert handles which can include personalised colour sections to match the kitchen colours and recessed touch system handles which are virtually invisible. But application and use can be limited which make some of these options difficult to stock at a commercial level.

We add continuously to our range - we have to to stay competitive. While sometime this can be a new design much of it is extending existing ranges to accommodate changing fashion. If chrome becomes the new look we have to go out and get a chrome version of our existing range. It can be an expensive exercise but you have to have what your customers wants. “At the end that epitimises what we offer - quality product and a customer focussed service at competitive prices,” says Mark. 

the creative minds at JNF in Portugal have created a range of handles, hooks, flush pulls, door stops, locks and hinges that will fit seamlessly into any building

Mardeco opens the door JNF architectural hardware in New Zealand Mardeco, a leading supplier of designer architectural hardware, is thrilled to introduce the JNF range of designer stainless steel hardware to the New Zealand market. Mardeco imports and markets an ever-expanding range of furniture, kitchen and joinery hardware. With a real focus on quality, Mardeco had been searching for some time to find a stunning range to offer to the high-end market within New Zealand. With that, the door to the JNF rangewas opened to the kiwi market for the first time. Featuring sleek European design, and guaranteed quality, JNF offers something excitingly different for the discerning consumer. JNF pride themselves on addressing and creating trends within contemporary architecture, whilst always adhering to strict quality guidelines, ensuring that only the best products make it over to our shores.

Two new handles from Mardeco

4026 available in BN, PC and SC finish. 96, 128, 160, 192, and 320 mm

The range fulfils the needs of New Zealanders by being appealing, durable, and most importantly, practical.The creative minds at JNF in Portugal have created a range of handles, hooks, flush pulls, door stops, locks and hinges that will fit seamlessly into any building. Specify JNF in your next project and keep your clients happy by creating the home they have always envisioned. JNF architectural hardware by Mardeco, is available now through selected specialised hardware stores nationwide.

2005 Stainless Steel handle 192 and 448 mm


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from Katalog

‘Inspired by Life’

Chamfer handle > brushed nickel Itri



< Edge straight mount handle brushed nickel available in various sizes Pavona

Gloss handle > brushed nickel finish ...

ProDecor Collection Trends change the world. They are the result of constant new directions in society and technology. Trends express personality. Resolutely focusing on the market, the ProDecor handle collection from Hettich provides the basis for individualising furniture in line with the latest trends. Proceeding from intensive market research and futures studies, the Hettich trend forum currently defines the four trend styles of New Modern, Deluxe, Organic and Folk. Hettich have just released a new ProDecor catalogue with some new exciting handles being showcased to help you with new ideas for your kitchens and furniture. To complement the “Inspired by Life” ProDecor Handle Range, Hettich have created an online interactive handle selector using the latest technology. This tool provides enormous design flexibility, allowing you to quickly and conveniently choose a variety of handles that are then displayed and configured showing you how they will look on your kitchen design. Check this out at

For further information visit, speak to your sales representative or phone our friendly customer services team on 0800 HETTICH

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handling trends H

andle fashion is hard to well get a handle on, mostly because the choice is huge not just in style but in materials used and finish and texture achieved. Add to this the number of applications involved and the numerous price points required and any fashion definitions become very wide. However, there is a definite fashion element to sales says Jim Greetham who runs Stefano Orlati one of the country’s larger handle importers and distributors. “What we buy is influenced by a number of factors - trade shows particularly the larger ones in Europe indicate international trends which we are likely to follow here, but our local designers, architects and manufacturers have a role to play as they are at the forefront, dealing with the retail end if you like, and as such have a big influence on what ends up in a kitchen or on furniture.

“As a distributor we too have a part to play. Firstly we need to import what will sell so we need to know our clients likes, but we also need to lead at times to show our clients that we are aware of fashion trends and influences and have an eye out for what they might like or wish to use. Indeed on occasion we will select a handle because we think a particular client might like it.

Stefano Orlati supply handles through out New Zealand and Queensland many ending up in high end kitchens such as this.

“Kitchen & furniture design varies dramatically from the inexpensive to the high end and so do the handles used in them but they do show common traits in fashion. For the moment there seems to a be a move away from the recessed and no handle look. Perhaps because they are showing up more in the flat pack DIY options in our hardware stores. Classical and colonial styles always remain popular and there is a move towards the industrial look which follows a trend across the design industries.

“However having the right style and design is only part of the equation”, continues Jim. “The others are price, quality and service. Price is a very competitive element and is obviously closely linked to volume both when we buy and when we sell. Quality will vary with price and it is our job to ensure the product coming in is a product that will meet the consistency and handling requirements of the manufacturer as well as the durability requirements of the end user.

“And service is critical to keeping clients, often the handle is the last thing decided on in the kitchen, sometimes even after the kitchen has been installed. If we get a call from a client saying they want ‘x’ number of ‘y’ handles on site tomorrow we need to be able to do it - and that often means you have to carry a wide range and depth of stock. 

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Made for the future ArciTech: a drawer platform for the premium segment The new ArciTech drawer system has been developed to give kitchen and furniture manufacturers the capability of creating perfect drawers for different segments and every consumer need. Providing incredibly smooth running action and high stability, ArciTech sets new standards. With its luxuriously smooth running action the innovative drawer system meets the exacting demands placed on furniture in the premium segment. ArciTech has been developed to help kitchen manufacturers make themselves ready for the future under the aspect of efficiency because the broad product line-up based on a single platform is made for the future. Luxuriously smooth running action The luxurious action of the Actro runner is nothing short of impressive: unequalled running smoothness, stability and softclosure are combined to create a perfect system. The unique prism principle sets the benchmark. This is where profile geometry ensures exceptional lateral stability. Synchronised control guarantees coordinated runner action that's second to none. The perfectly balanced Silent System for soft-closure gently shuts drawers while giving them maximum loading capacity. Opening with effortless ease, they additionally enhance convenience for the kitchen user.

Luxurious action

Maximum stability Featuring runners in the three loading categories – 40, 60 and 80 kg – as well as always using the same carcase drill-hole pattern, ArciTech not only caters to today's needs but also tomorrow's. The Actro runner's prism principle ensures high lateral stability and minimal sag even with heavy and large-sized front panels. Efficient platform concept The ArciTech platform concept provides the capability of quickly responding to customer preferences and market trends as well as drawing the perfect distinction between different kitchen lines while guaranteeing to rationalise production and keep it lean. Using one and the same side profile, drawers and pull-outs can be produced in different heights and design forms to leave kitchen buyers wanting for nothing. And all in a choice of white, silver and anthracite.

Heavy loading

Efficient platform

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One side profile, endless options: The ArciTech platform concept has what it takes to meet market trend and consumer preference on the basis of just one side profile. The drawer side profile is also used for all pot-and-pan drawer options – whether designed with railing, TopSide in steel or DesignSide in glass. Even heavily laden, ArciTech stands out with its incredibly smooth running action and exceptional stability.

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Alupanel composite panel has an array of uses


ign Sheet Distributors (NZ) Limited is an offshoot of the Head Office in Sydney. It is a family owned business of approx 18 years. The progressive CEO is a young fellow that has an eye for quality products, These he introduced to the joinery, signage, display and construction markets in Australia and now New Zealand. These products include ProFlute Fluted Polypropylene, PVC foam sheets, cast acrylic sheets, footpath signs and of course Alupanel™ branded ACM (Aluminium Composite Material). Sign Sheet Distributors and Alupanel Australia are the Australasian agents for Alupanel™ Branded Products and supplies in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.

Alupanel™ is manufactured by Multipanel UK Ltd. This top quality product is produced under British quality control with a production capacity of 20,000m2 per day and is distributed through Europe, United Kingdom, USA, Asia, Africa and of course the South Pacific including Australia and New Zealand. Alupanel ™ is widely used in the joinery/ shopfitting, construction, signage and automotive industries. Some common uses are as cladding on commercial, industrial and residential buildings, signage backing panels and extensively throughout the shopfitting and automotive industries.

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Alupanel™ is available in the widest range of colours from primary and secondary colours, woodgrains, spectras, hammertone, brushed, stainless steel and mirror finishes. Sizes range from 1830mm x 1220mm right up to the massive 4050mm x 2000mm. Alupanel™ Aluwall Biocote™ panel is another product useful where hygiene and cleanliness are of utmost importance. Aluwall Biocote™ inhibits the growth of a broad spectrum of microbes including bacteria, mould and fungi giving 24 hour protection. Alupanel™ XT is the range of superior exterior building cladding for curtain walling offering a warranty to suit every application. Sign Sheet Distributors offers competitive pricing, a listening ear on your requirements, a cutting service, daily deliveries, service second to none and most of all our knowledge and friendly staff. We have satellite re-distribution points through our agent network and a New Zealand wide delivery service. Our man of the moment and company representative is Paul Picot who can be contacted on 0274 785 586 or in our office in Auckland on (09) 414 7676. 

superior joinery still the motto after 75 years This year MJN McNaughton Ltd are celebrating 75 years since they first opened their doors for business back in 1937. In October, the four family members who currently run the business, Garry, Dennis, Grant and Ross McNaughton, held a gathering at their premises in the Auckland suburb of Mt Roskill for staff, family, friends and suppliers. It was a night of nostalgia as well as marking the way forward for the company. Garry McNaughton spoke of events past and then handed over to their new General Manager Andrew Riley who spoke about the future of the company. Bob Nordgren from JOINERS magazine attended the evening. MJN McNaughton Ltd is probably the best known wooden window and door manufacturer in New Zealand with a brand name second to none dating back to 1937. The family owned and operated firm is best known for making a wide range of quality, innovative timber and aluminium joinery, fire doors and shutters and louvres from a range of locally grown and imported timbers. The company has seen the full breadth of change in the industry over the years. Garry McNaughton comments “It wasn’t long after the second generation of McNaughtons, Dennis, Ross, Grant and myself started our apprenticeships that aluminium windows were introduced and the timber window market share went from 100% to just 5%. In those days we were mainly supplying windows to the Maori Affairs Department for about 120 houses a year and some State contracts in stock sizes easy to manufacture.”

The 75th year celebration was also about change for McNaughtons. In 2012 the company brought Andrew Riley on board as their new General Manager. As Garry put it on the night “Dennis, myself, Ross and Grant are not getting any younger. We needed to look ahead and plan for the next 75 years. The restructure was not easy on the team or the family but that is behind us now and boy oh boy do we have a team we can be proud of!”

Members of the McNaughton family: Grant, Dennis, Maisie, Garry and Ross.

In response to the change the firm soon after diversified. “We moved into the architecturally designed house market where we are still to this day.”

“That was about 1000 doors that saw us half way through the 1987 share crash” recalls Garry, and secondly, the later export business to Hawaii which proved pivotal. “While the exchange rate was low this was a good business for us, but not so as it rose. The key to the Hawaii experience was how it drew us into shop drawings and detailing we had never done before: we had to produce a manual our agent could sell from in feet and inches. That was in 2005 and it led us to realise we needed a manual for NZ.”

A couple of highlights noteworthy of mention: firstly was the development of fire doors with their first large contract being for the old Centra Hotel in Auckland.

The latest highlight for the firm came from the testing of timber windows for NZS4211 compliance. From their Hawaii experience the firm realised that

architects and designers need drawings and other information if they were going to have their product specified. This led to them setting up a testing program. Around this time the Department of Building & Housing announced that the joinery industry had two years to have their wooden window joinery comply to NZS4211. Through the leading efforts of McNaughtons and the NZJMF of which McNaughtons are a stalwart member, the industry was able to develop a robust testing program and produce a manual in 2012. “The process is almost there with only the final steps in complying with window installation under E2 early in 2014” comments Garry.

The company now has a board with Garry as Chairman. The Board works in close association with Andrew who runs the day to day activities of the business. “The foundation of the company lies in our mission statement: to produce the best joinery with the best service.” comments Andrew, “ Everything we do is to these ends. Through leadership and teamwork we look to accuracy and accomplishment.” The new structure makes for better operational capabilities and quality control and the company’s clientele can be assured that the McNaughton brand, a significant factor in the success of the business, has been reaffirmed. “We continue to strive for superior joinery and superior service” says Andrew. 

Phone 09 620 9059 to specify NZ 4211 compliant windows and doors JOINERS Magazine December 2013 page 49

Waterloo - Partition and Locker Systems & Empower Time Tracking Software - a case study

Bathurst, NSW, Australia

Empower Management on two 50 inch TV screens, presenting LIVE work in progress status from the factory floor on each: order, product and job, down to process level.


aterloo is a high volume manufacturer of partition and locker systems, for commercial changing rooms. We employ 34 staff with a revenue base greater than $10 million per annum. The majority shareholder of Waterloo is the Laminex Group Australia, a division of Fletcher Building. We have been using Empower Software for over 12 months and discovered this software from a local furniture manufacturer in Cowra, NSW that employs around 100 employees and is using Empower, and which is very happy with the software. In our offices we have 5 managers with Empower Software reporting on their PCs and we have eight 2nd hand PCs and screens through-out our factory floor with Empower on them for all our factory staff to view and log onto their jobs. We have two large 50 inch TV screens set up in our production office one screen permanently showing Empower screens of ‘all current jobs with current status’, the other screen permanently showing our ‘daily dispatches’.

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Reception & customer service using Empower.

These large Empower TV screens are displayed for all our management and factory staff to be fully aware and accountable to production progressing as planned. Before the introduction of Empower Software Waterloo were manufacturing the conventional way for 13 years using a manual system of factory staff recording and reporting by hand writing job status which gave us very limited information. As the business grew flaws were appearing in this system, so change was inevitable as progress was not optional, hence the introduction of Empower Software. In contrast PCs on the factory floor and Empower Software has given us highly accurate production information in real time live as every job and every process progresses through the factory. Empower screens and reports are very clear and visual and they allow me and all our production management team to be informed and make better management decisions.

Empower has increased our awareness of jobs and helped Waterloo in several areas but the greatest would be: live job tracking and reporting, time management and production times. The Empower tool is entrenched into our business system and daily management now and I believe it is an important tool in today's highly competitive manufacturing environment. The way Empower has improved our business gives me no hesitation in recommending the system, this is something Waterloo would not be without. Please feel free to phone me to dicsuss Empower if you wish.

David Norris General Manager Waterloo, CTCI Pty, Bathurst, NSW 02 6334 3222

Truth is out here T

he range of window and door components from Truth Hardware is known the world over for its quality and reliability. The American manufactured products for casement and awning windows, doors, patio doors and skylights has gained this reputation over many years and will soon be available through Schlegel in New Zealand. Recently Tyman plc, a UK quoted company, announced the acquisition of Truth Hardware Inc to add to its established door and window component brands of Amesbury, Grouphomesafe and Schlegel. As a direct result, the extensive Truth range will be offered by Schlegel across both Australia and New Zealand from the first quarter of 2014. Amongst the Truth range that will be available are its Nexus MultiPoint Locking System, Maxim Casement Stays, Encore Window Operators, Maxim & Homegard Sash Locks, and Truth Skylight Operators. For more information on any part of the Truth range go to or ask your local Schlegel Territory Manager, Owen O’Meagher at or +64 214 732 55. Truth Hardware will complement the door and window hardware products already available from Schlegel. The company recently added a number of new products for doors, casement and sash windows, including a new 13mm super boost spiral balance and new hardware for bi-folding doors. Schlegel recently celebrated 50 years of manufacturing in Australia and New Zealand and are Australia’s first and now only manufacturer of woven pile weatherseals.

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Formica Formations Design winners

Frances Fraser

Hugh Worth

designing Formica tables


wo tables that reference the history of the iconic Formica brand in its 100 year anniversary have been selected as the winning entries in the biennial Formica Formations Design Competition. Launched by Laminex New Zealand, this year’s competition challenged New Zealand’s professional and emerging architects and designers to design a sculptural piece of furniture. For its sophomore season Formica Formations was literally Turning the Tables on Formica and asked entrants to reinvent the humble Formica table as part of its 100 year anniversary celebrations. Laminex New Zealand General Manager, Richard Pollington, said he was delighted with the quality of entries received. A top judging panel comprising leading New Zealand Designer David Trubridge, Formica Group Vice President of Design Renée Hytry Derrington and award-winning New Zealand architect Ron Sang judged the entries. Auckland designer Hugh Worth was awarded first place in the professional category of the competition, while top spot in the emerging designer section went to recently retrained Wellington designer Frances Fraser. “The entries we received this year were of an exceptionally high calibre and I would like to thank the judges for making a very difficult decision,” Richard Pollington, comments. “I love that Formica continues to be inspired by, and in turn inspires outstanding design. I would like to congratulate the winners for doing justice to the iconic Formica laminate in our 100th anniversary year – it just goes to show that New Zealand really does have talent!”

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Professional Category Worth, an interior designer from Auckland created the ‘Red Herringbone’ - a striking and colourful table comprising angular pieces of Formica AR+ gloss laminate. He describes the table as a ‘multipurpose statement furniture piece’. “The vivid colours and herringbone patterning will enliven the dreariest of dinner parties. His use of colour was applauded by the judges, especially red, the corporate colour of Formica. Emerging Category A brand marketer who recently completed studies in Spatial Design at Massey University, Fraser runs her own interior design business, Honour Creative, in Wellington’s Newton. Her piece, named ‘Time Table’, was inspired by the rings of a tree representing the incremental growth and strength in trust and understanding that builds up over time through shared meal time experiences with family and friends. The tables were fabricated by Laminex New Zealand customers Eurodesign Benchtops of Auckland (Red Herringbone) and Bench Top Shop of Rotorua (Time Table). Laminex New Zealand is delighted to announce that the next instalment of the biennial Formica Formations Design Competition 2015 will be ‘Luminate’ – a challenge to designers to reimagine how we interpret lighting hardware, fixtures and applications for the New Zealand and global stage – using Formica Laminate. For more information visit

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Weinig celebrates 35,000th moulder off t In 1970, Weinig pioneered line assembly of machines for solid wood processing. To this day, the majority of production is completed on the 'Montage 1' assembly line. In fact, the production line has just recently delivered its 35,000th moulder. When Weinig commenced line assembly in 1970, it was a first in the sector that drew much attention. Series production was not yet the norm and placed high demands on organization and construction. With 26 workstations on the first assembly line, the ambitious company was also making a declaration of intent. Subsequently, series production would be continually expanded to several lines and increasingly tailored to requirements. The most important development came in 2007 with the shortening of throughput times achieved by reducing the number of workstations. Simultaneously, material supply trolleys were linked in accordance with the

Kanban principle. The average throughput time for a Weinig moulder is currently 10 working days.

Powermat 600, 1200 and 2400 models, which also account for the majority of sales revenue from Weinig's core business of planing and profiling machines.

The first assembly line commissioned was a breakthrough in accelerating growth and guaranteeing quality for today's market leader. On the one hand, it enabled modern production technology to supply growing markets with large volumes. On the other hand, it guaranteed consistently high standards. Over 43 years, the 'Montage 1' assembly line has paved the way for the production of the globally renowned Unimat, Hydromat and Powermat moulder lines. The line currently produces the premium

Authenticated milestone machine: Georg Sörnsen shows his delight with his new Powermat 1200. Weinig CEO Wolfgang Pöschl (right) and factory representative Thorsten Ruff offer congratulations.

In fact, it was a Powermat 1200 that rolled off the assembly line to mark the 35,000 milestone. Weinig used its traditional summer festival to celebrate the event, which also chronicled a large portion of the company's production history: If you were to arrange all the machines produced on the 'Montage 1' assembly line in a row, they would stretch over 175 kilometers. Several million working hours have been spent on the now legendary production line.

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the assembly line

The Weinig 'Montage 1' assembly line: Cradle of the successful Unimat, Hydromat and Powermat moulders

Indeed, this is a particularly relevant aspect for the people living in the vicinity of the Weinig factory: "The assembly line has not least made an important contribution to creating jobs in Tauberbischofsheim," underlined Wolfgang Pöschl in his speech. The Weinig CEO went into more detail on the financial potential harnessed within the assembly line. In terms of sales, 'Montage 1' has generated billions of euros. This has provided a solid foundation for developments that have made Weinig the leading technology provider for industry and small businesses. The milestone machine is one such innovation. Equipped with the patented PowerLock tool system, the machine is the epitome of modern production technology with low setup times and "Made in Germany" with perfect results in surface quality. The Powermat 1200 also features state-of-the-art control technology and can be integrated seamlessly into highperformance industrial production lines. The customer who received the milestone machine perfectly complements the history of the assembly line, said the CEO.

Traditional company Sörnsen Holzleisten GmbH, based in northern Germany, is a longstanding Weinig customer that has fully embraced the company's technological advances from the outset and used the benefits of its partnership with the full service provider from Tauberbischofsheim intelligently to expand its European business. Sörnsen now runs its entire, highly efficient and economic production process using Weinig systems technology. This comprises a number of moulders as well as the tool, tool grinding system, measuring system and automation – all from a single source, all from Weinig. The celebration of the 35,000th moulder was also an opportunity for the board to thank the employees whose commitment has made possible the success of the 'Montage 1' assembly line. Some 700 employees and guest of honor Georg Sörnsen looked on as the milestone machine was presented to the celebrating crowd on a forklift to rapturous applause. "The 35,000th machine from this assembly line will not be the last milestone we celebrate together," said a confident Wolfgang Pöschl. 

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New products and services also allow for greater profit margins to be enjoyed, and provide smarter new ways to tackle old technical problems

Bigger better product finishing range With technology constantly changing and new product ranges becoming available to New Zealand on a daily basis, it is important for businesses to keep ahead of market trends and new initiatives. New products and services can provide a valuable point of difference from competitors, allowing businesses to further develop their market and establish a strong brand. It is with this in mind that Wood Finishing Supplies are constantly exploring international markets, seeking products that will allow its clients to offer a wider range of services to their New Zealand client base. Sherwin Williams acquire Becker Acroma Sherwin Williams have long been established as an international paint and coatings company, although their name in New Zealand is relatively unknown. Since its founding by Henry Sherwin and Edward Williams in 1866, The Sherwin-Williams Company has not only grown to be the largest producer of paints and coatings in the United States, but is among the largest producers in the world. Sherwin Williams are now in New Zealand as a result of their recent acquisition of Becker Acroma, which extends even further Sherwin-Williams’ existing range of product lines. Christopher M. Connor, Chairman and CEO of The SherwinWilliams Company, said “We are pleased to bring Becker Acroma, a well-respected company, and their employees into the SherwinWilliams family. This is another positive step in our strategy of steady growth and expansion through quality products and people who provide excellent customer service. This acquisition reaffirms our commitment to

growing globally through organic expansion, accelerated by appropriate acquisitions.” Becker Acroma is one of the largest manufacturers of industrial wood coatings globally, and a brand very well known in New Zealand. The Becker Acroma products have long been available in New Zealand and are technology leaders in water, UV, and other wood coatings range of wood finishes. Sherwin Williams secures new local distributor Sherwin Williams engage in the manufacture, distribution, and sale of its products to customers around the globe, and chose to distribute their products via a carefully chosen network of distributors. Wood Finishing Supplies work closely with Sherwin Williams’ as their New Zealand distributor for a growing range of products. As Sherwin Williams expands its networks adding and acquiring products, Wood Finishing Supplies taps into this diversity as a way of feeding the hungry New Zealand market. These brands include Becker

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Acroma and Sayerlack, and as of the 1st of January, Wood Finishing Supplies are adding the Inchem range of product finishes to their portfolio. More brands will be added to the Wood Finishing Supplies range over time, providing New Zealand businesses with greater options for diversity and business growth. Adding choice with the Inchem product range The Inchem products add a new selection to the current Wood Finishing Supplies range. The Inchem products will be available in a range of gloss levels, and are ideal when a cost effective, high volume solution is needed. WFS product range keeps growing Wood Finishing Supplies continue to add a variety of brands and products to their range – the most recent being the addition of new fire retardant paints. These specialist products undergo rigorous testing before being released to market, which is vital when looking for a solution for hard wearing environments such as on boats or kitchen bench tops.

Landing soon The Inchem range of pre-catalysed lacquers and stains will be available from January the 1st, and orders are being taken now. Wood Finishing Supplies continue to review and assess other market opportunities to stock new product ranges. For more information about the Sherwin Williams product finishes and the other products and accessories sold by Wood Finishing Supplies including data sheets, simply head to

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Particleboard MDF’s older sibling making a comeback


articleboard has come a long way since it was first produced commercially in Germany in 1942. It was intended as a replacement for plywood which in turn was seen as a replacement for solid wood as by the end of the 1940’s lumber was becoming too scarce to produce plywood affordably. The first particleboard used waste material such as shavings, offcuts or sawdust, hammer milled into chips and bound together with a phenolic resin. Most subsequent particleboard makers used similar processes, though often with slightly different resins. It was soon found that better strength, appearance and resin economy came from using more uniform manufactured chips. Board makers began processing solid wood into consistent chips and

flakes. These finer layers were then placed on the outsides of the board with the central section composed of coarser cheaper chips which became known as three layer particleboard. In more recent times this process has become far more sophisticated with graded density particle board evolving. This board contains particles that gradually become smaller as they get closer to the surface. Particleboard panel production included the use of a wide range of chemicals to produce a variety of characteristics including water resistance as well as fire and insect proofing.

into use in furniture construction although in many cases it was still more expensive than solid wood. A particle board kitchen was only available to the wealthy. It wasn’t until the manufacturing technology improved that particle board got much cheaper. To maintain quality at a low cost though saw manufacturers using particleboard, MDF or the like but with higher density or higher quality resins. In general though the much lower cost of products such as particle board, MDF, fibreboard and other engineered wood products has helped to displace solid wood from many applications.

Particle board has had an enormous influence on furniture design. In the early 1950’s particle board kitchens started to come

Particle board, despite in the early days being prone to expansion and discolouration due to moisture, offered a low cost alternative,

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was available in large sheet sizes and could be decorated with all kinds of overlays. Over the years with the use of new technology and successfully meeting new demands, particleboard has become increasingly more useful yet maintained its cost advantage. Laminex New Zealand has been at the fore front of particle board manufacture in New Zealand since its Taupo plant commenced operation back in 1968. JOINERS Magazine takes a look at the history of the plant and then on the next page gains comment from Laminex New Zealand’s GM Richard Pollington about why their latest version Superfine Particleboard is proving so popular. 

an nz history story Laminex New Zealand Taupo plant installed to sand both PB2 and PB3 board and the drum debarker was installed in the logyard at a total cost of $4.8 million. The plant produced its first board on the 17th of December 1974 with an annual output of 50,000 m3.


he Laminex New Zealand Taupo plant has produced a variety of particle board and MDF board products since the site was first commissioned in 1968. Today, the site produces a fine surface medium density particle board known as Superfine; this plant was first commissioned in 1974. It employs 34 people, and produces approximately 50,000m³ of board per annum in a range of thicknesses from 9mm to 35mm. Approximately 85% of all production goes into the New Zealand market with the remaining exported to Australia.

Rhesa Goldsbury, Plant & Engineering Manager, Taupo Plant.

• History • 1942 Fletcher Holdings Ltd, original parent company of what is today Fletcher Wood Panels, began manufacturing plywood for the New Zealand market. • 1968 beginning of Taupo site as Fletcher Holdings subsidiary company Fletcher Timber Company, later to become Fletcher Wood Panels. • Build particle board plant (PB2) in Taupo to utilise timber from its Tauhara forests. • 1973 builds thin particle board plant (Bison) at Taupo. • 1974 builds thick particle board plant (PB3) on the Taupo site. • 1977 name changed to F l e t c h e r Wo o d P a n e l s Limited. • 1984 first MDF plant started at Taupo site. • 1985 commissioning of MDF plant. • 1986 first export orders to Japan. • 1993 NSL (New Standard Lakepine) gave the plant the capacity to use sawdust as a part replacement of hack chip. ISO9002 certification achieved. • 1996 Thin particle board plant (Bison) closes. • 1999 EO MDF released to market.

2000 Wood panels Runner up National training company of the year. Upgraded to ISO 9001 certification. 2001 Wood panels Champion training company of the year. Separate refining lines for chip and sawdust for MDF plant. 2003 Fletcher Wood Panels Sustainable Business Award 2003. Lakepine MDF is now exported to Australia, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Vietnam, Singapore, Korea, Indonesia and the Pacific Islands. F4S (Super EO) MDF released to market.

The Beginning In 1953 the Plyco Products Division of the Fletcher Timber Company Limited began to examine the economics and practicality of particleboard manufacture. The first manufacture of particleboard in New Zealand, as far as can be determined, was in the Fletcher's Plywood laboratory in Christchurch on an experimental basis by Pat Craighead. New Zealand's first commercial particleboard plant (PB1) was built in Christchurch in1957. The plant had a multi-daylight press 2400 x 1200mm designed to manufacture medium density particleboard. The company decided to build a second particleboard plant (PB2) in Taupo to utilise suitable timber from its Tauhara forests in 1967

adjacent to the company's recently built sawmill. Construction started in May 1968 and the plant made its first board in May 1969. This plant had a six daylight Dieffenbacher press 3600 x 1800mm and a thickness of 9 to 32mm and was built for a cost of $2 million. The plant went onto continuous operation in November 1969. The following year the plant's output was increased by 66% with the addition of two driers, a flaker and a forming head. The annual output from this plant was 50,000m3. Bison In 1972 the company took the decision to enter the thin particleboard market with the building of BM1 (Bison Mende 1) plant. This plant had a roll press which made a board 2100mm wide and to any length the customer required. Thickness range of 2.5mm to 8.2mm and was built for a cost of $2.8 million. Annual output from this plant was 39,000 m3. PB3 In 1974 the company took the decision to increase the output of thick particleboard from the Taupo site which led to the building of PB3. This plant had a single daylight press and made a 7500 x 2400mm board in a thickness range of 9 to 33mm. At the same time this plant was being built, a four-head Bison sander was

MDF In 1984 the building of the company's first MDF plant started. This was to be the largest plant on site having an annual output of 110,000 m3. The plant made its first board on the 25th of September 1985. Two years later output was increased up to 165,000 m3 by the installation of a further refiner, dryer, furnace and forming head. NSL In 1993 project NSL (New Standard Lakepine) was commenced which incorporated series refining, right at the leading edge of technology. The major part of the project was the installation of two new Hymac 60 inch refiners, sawdust processing equipment and new fully enclosed surge bins. The project gave the plant the ability to use sawdust as a part replacement, instead of the more costly hack chip. Product development and certifications From 1998-2003 the site went through a period of intensive product development. During this time, the thickness range of Lakepine was extended to 40mm, and E0, Armour, Colorati, Armour Black, and F4S (Super E0) were among the new products released to market. During 2004-2005, the site achieved certification to JISmark for its MDF, ISO 14001 (Environmental Management), A u s t r a l i a n Wo o d P a n e l s Association (AWPA) Product Certification Scheme (accredited by JAS-ANZ), and also upgraded its ISO 9001 certification to the year 2000 version. 

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Plants are officially green FSC status achieved In line with Laminex New Zealand’s aim to be New Zealand’s trusted business partner for decorative surfaces and panel products, we are proud to announce that Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certification has been achieved across all three of our Manufacturing Sites (Hamilton, Papakura and Taupo). This complements the certification throughout Laminex NZ’s Branches and Distribution Centres achieved in 2012, enabling FSC certified products to be manufactured and distributed to NZ customers This important step has been spearheaded under Laminex New Zealand’s ‘Green First’ initiative an ongoing programme of sustainable projects that span the entire breadth of the business from re-cycling to corporate social responsibility, FSC certified substrates are now available across the majority of Laminex NZ’s product portfolio including MDF and Particleboard – with laminated products to follow suit soon. “As sustainable building practice is becoming an expectation, an increasing number of commercial and residential projects are demanding certified wood-based products, explains Rebbecca Page, Sustainability Advisor at Laminex New Zealand. “Laminex NZ supports the Forest Stewardship Council by enabling consumers to make informed choices about the forest products they buy, and create positive change by engaging the power of market dynamics.” This latest FSC accreditation joins a number of other robust eco-labels held by Laminex NZ, including Environmental Choice NZ and ISO14001 (Environmental Management Standard). FSC also provides opportunities with the NZ Green Building Council and its GreenStar and HomeStar accreditation programmes. For further information about Laminex New Zealand’s sustainability initiatives go to www.

on the rise It’s fair to say that Particleboard has had its share of detractors in the past. But times change, as do products and machinery. These days more and more customers are realising the benefits of using Superfine Particleboard. “Gone are the days of the ‘Weetbix’ mentality.” says Richard Pollington, GM of Laminex New Zealand. “The quality we are producing at our Taupo plant is exceptional – and Superfine is now one of the best fine surface particleboard solutions in the world. Unfortunately some overseas producers are still manufacturing low-grade options for budget use which brings down the reputation of the whole product category. But the truth is, NZ made Superfine Particleboard, while it may be seen as a cheap option, has a lot more than just price going for it. Not only is Superfine available in a range of sheet sizes and thicknesses, Superfine also carries some impressive green credentials. Superfine is manufactured from particles of New Zealand Radiata Pine, sourced from renewable NZ forests and carries ECNZ certification. FSC board can be supplied if required and it also has the added benefit of having very low formaldehyde emissions less than 1.5mg/l. Superfine is subjected to rigorous testing in our laboratory at our Taupo plant to measure its performance in relation to other board products and to ensure it has been manufactured to far exceed the requirements of our New Zealand standard, AS/NZS1859. For example, the specification on 16mm moisture resistant particleboard permits a maximum swell of 15% after soaking in water for 24 hours whereas our Superfine MR on average, only swells by 4%. There is no requirement for imported board to meet the same stringent manufacturing standards. This and many other tests have proven that Superfine performs significantly better than imported particleboard and Laminex New Zealand is constantly testing and improving the recipe in order to make it suitable for an even wider range of applications. From a well being perspective; Superfine performs better than other alternatives in that during the cutting process, the larger dust particles don’t stay in the air for as long making the workshop a more tolerable work environment. “Many of our customers now prefer using Particleboard, continues Pollington. In the past older machinery restricted which type of substrate to work with, but these days modern machines can achieve the same result with different materials, in terms of particleboard this means that the edge finish is just as good as you can get using MDF.” “Superfine is our preferred option over MDF, says Craig Wattam, Managing Director, Kitchen Creators. “We order around 8,000m² of Melteca from Laminex New Zealand per year, and of that approximately 85% uses particleboard. There are a number of reasons for this: it’s lighter, easier and quicker to cut and causes less strain on our cutters, giving them a longer life. Particleboard is more stable and doesn’t blow out as much as MDF when exposed to water – essential in a kitchen environment. It binds better when gluing and unlike MDF there’s no need to drill a pilot hole – you can just direct screw. Competitive pricing allows us to produce better value for money for our customers so it’s a win win for us. ” 

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Peter Bjarnesen beside his Cube, the older buzzer and thicknesser in the background no longer get much use.

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ased in Rotorua, Wood Masters produce an extensive range of wooden souvenirs that “represent New Zealand’s unique cultural heritage” - including Maori tiki, taiaha, clubs, walking sticks, 21st keys, and other decorative woodwork. The company has a long history of mixing traditional craftsmanship with the latest technology to craft souvenirs from wood. Their latest purchase – a Weinig Cube – is already making a significant difference. Owned and managed by Peter Bjarnesen, Wood Masters was established by Peter’s father – a shipbuilder and furniture-maker from Copenhagen – back in 1969. When Peter took over in 1996 Wood Masters had up to nine competitors at any one time and it was still a constant struggle to manufacture enough to meet the market. Today the competitive picture is much different. Wood Masters’ have cemented their place at the forefront of the souvenir market, with a distribution network across the country, while many competitors are no longer in business. However, with the lowering of baggage allowances on airlines, overenthusiastic Australian customs agents who confuse souvenirs with artefacts, and fewer visitors from the European and North American markets, efficiency is even more important to ensure business remains profitable.

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The process of manufacturing at Wood Masters is similar to many other solid timber joineries. A piece of timber is taken from a raw rough-sawn state, then dressed, cut to length, shaped, sanded, polished, and in this case often engraved.Working mainly with Fijian Kauri and some Tawa, the processing steps have been refined to near perfection over the years, utilising all levels of technology from hand tools to CNC and laser cutting and engraving. In one corner sits a Gilman Copy Mill – from the mid 1850s! Modified from its original steam powered flat belt drive, it is still in use. While specialist machines have been part of the production at Wood Masters for many years, time saving was Peter’s reason for purchasing the Cube. “Every minute the Cube runs we save 8 minutes” he says. The efficiency of Weinig’s straight-four-sider is clear in the changed workshop layout: the buzzer and thicknesser are now crowded together, only for occasional use. “We used to buzz and thickness, then cut to length, then use a copy lathe to get some of our products into the right shape. We’d have to load the copy lathe, and each block would take 4 minutes, with a lot of manual handling. Now, from the same 75 x 75 bit of timber we can dress it down to 72mm square in the cube, while getting the finish we need for our next step. Saving ourselves a lot of time and handling” he says.

The Cube is benefitting the company in unexpected ways too. “We’ve picked up a bit of four-siding work from some of the big local guys” explains Peter. “Sometimes they just want one or two packs of timber dressed, and they don’t want to reset their big moulder, or interrupt the tool room for just a short run. So while we’re slower (although 12m/min isn’t that slow!) we can run their small jobs. And with the quick-change knives there’s no tool room costs – I can easily replace the knives in a few minutes myself.” In addition to their souvenirs, Wood Masters have a proud history of specialist timber joinery and bespoke furniture, having been involved in a wide range of heritage building restoration projects – including Rotorua’s historic Museum where over 40m3 of totara and matai were used to produce hundreds of ornate turnings and many pieces of unique carving. Wood Masters shows a respect not only to the native timbers used, but the staff using them as well. It’s revealing that the last change of staff took place over eight years ago. And that sense of community – a mix of modern and traditional – comes through in their products. 

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or the first time in New Zealand, you can now purchase Quadra Worktops to order in the confidence that supply is only two working days away. Duropal is the world’s leading HPL manufacture, creating the best quality HPL, now available in our market. For example, Duropal Quadra Worktops, will take the heat of a hot pot due to the unique resin formulas that are created in Duropal own laboratories. When you combine this high quality product with an online design, quoting and ordering process, and seamless manufacturing, you get brilliant quality in both product and services. Amorini have invested in systems that allow us to despatch your orders in two working days from time of order confirmation. What’s more we have no seasonal close off period. The Quadra Worktop, can not only take a hot pot, but is more stain, chemical and scratch resistant than other brands. Quadra Worktops are 39mm thick with a tight 3mm profile radius to top and bottom edge’s, and come fully sealed with a laminated vapour barrier to the entire underside of the worktop. The substrate is a HMR board and the finished worktop remains perfectly flat. T h e Q u a d r a Wo r k t o p Solution is available now. Pricing is available 24 hours per day, seven days a week via Amorini's on-line design centre. All orders are despatched two working days after order. More information

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Case Study

A classic filter for Classi S

pecifying the correct filter for a customer is the secret to future sales and a solid reputation according to Geoff Ebdon of New Zealand Duct & Flex, and Larry McKenna, owner of Classic Kitchens in Napier reports his experience was he got everything he asked for.

3 Module Filter with access doors to 42 bags.

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In the Joinery business for over 35 years, Larry knew that with the Christmas rush approaching, it was time to step up his filtration system in the workshop where he has 3 fulltime joiners with 90 years combined experience between them, manufacturing for mostly local customers who spread word of their satisfaction with new kitchens and joinery work from the very successful company: order books are full until after next March. “The best season for 4-5 years” reckons Larry.

The secret to long lasting dust removal, with minimal maintenance, is applying the principle of “Low pressure operation” for the filters, more filter area worked less hard which means they last longer and save companies money both short and long term. Like the supplier JKF Industri based in Denmark, this is what NZ Duct & Flex Sales Manager Geoff Ebdon promotes when specifying the correct filter for his customers. Geoff Ebdon suggested a classic 3 unit Modular Filter with a massive 1000mm Rotary Valve exit for collection all from Danish based JKF Industri. Twinned with a 7.5kw fan from the same manufacturer blowing into the bottom ‘collecting chamber’ of the filter, much of the dust goes straight into the base to exit through the Rotary valve, not even touching

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1000mm Rotary Valve with 6 bladed rotor.

the 42 filter socks suspended above. As all components, the fan, filter, bags and ducting come from one manufacturer, optimum performance and compatibility is ensured. Manufactured from galvanised Swedish steel, the filter unit provides “low pressure filtration”, a high actual filter area for the dollar, combined with easy access via large solid inspection doors so that if a bag does pop out of its seating, it is not necessary to remove half the other bags in the filter to get at it. “I can’t emphasise the idea of Low Pressure enough”, says Geoff, “if you have more actual filter cloth available to deal with the air and dust volume two things happen: 1) The velocity of the dust as it leaves the ducting and enters the filter drops off quicker, so more dust simply drops straight into the collecting area. 2) The dust that does come into contact with the filter socks does so at a lower velocity and so tends to settle more on the edge of the cloth forming a ‘cake’ that actually aids the filtration process rather than be driven deeply into the fabric of the material. This means less clogging of the bags, longer life, less changing of filters and cleaning.” Cleaning filter bags is often more hassle than its worth says Geoff. Apart from removing the socks and getting covered in dust, freight

costs, the cleaning costs, and refitting time, most filter bag suppliers will tell you that after washing you only get about 50% of the performance of new bags anyway, so it makes sense to get the specification right at the beginning. “We don’t sell ‘maintenance’ or ‘service’ plans” says Geoff, “because if we have done our job properly you won’t need one. Modular Bag Houses may be one of the older filter methods in the industry, but they are still often A VERY COST EFECTIVE solution for high air volumes and heavy dust loads in not only the wood working industry but others also. We offer a range of filters from 1000 m³ /hour to the hundreds of m³ per hour with exits into plastic bags, via rotating valves, into a collecting bin or into containers or a silo” Larry McKenna was completely satisfied with the installation work and advice from Neal England, Engineering Manager from NZDF. Rotary Valves are the perfect solution for a high volume factory and Larry has now completed the install with a custom-made bin from JJ Richards and will add a skirt around the Rotary Valve to contain the dust extracted so effectively. For more information contact New Zealand Duct & Flex Freephone 0508 69 38 28 www. or email info@

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New book depicts the birth and expansion of an international icon

Formica Forever celebrates colour, culture and the world’s love affair with the Formica® brand

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aminex New Zealand recently launched the Laminam CS45 Façade System, a lightweight cassette system that combines very durable Laminam Italian porcelain panels with an aluminum cavity façade system to create a light weight and resilient external cladding solution. “Two of the biggest issues facing the New Zealand construction industry in recent times have been leaky buildings and earthquakes,” comments Jesse Staines, Category Manager, Laminex New Zealand. “Laminam has been used extensively around the world, particularly in Europe and Asia and we’ve developed this system locally to make it perfect for New Zealand specific conditions so that it meets NZ standards for façade performance. Laminam is also backed by a 15 year warranty provided by Laminex New Zealand which makes it very appealing for commercial projects.” The beauty of using a high quality porcelain panel means that it simply doesn’t rot; combined with a superior cladding system, the result is an extremely durable and weather tight system. The system is one of the lightest on the market using a light weight aluminium frame with panels that weigh just 7kg/m2. The total system only weighs 13kg/m2 reducing loadings on the superstructure and foundations, leading to cost savings and less momentum during a seismic event so it remains weather tight. Laminam comes in a diverse range of solid colours, patterns, woodgrains, stone, gloss and metallics. 24 colours are in stock in New Zealand with a further 60 or more available to import from Italy. Laminam panels have the added benefit of being virtually graffiti proof. Harsh paints and markers can be cleaned easily and it’s scratch resistant, making it ideal for public spaces. The Laminam CS45 Façade System has already been specified for a number of key New Zealand projects including The Amity Transport Hub, Panmure, the Kathleen Kilgour Centre, Tauranga, and the offices of Foley Group Architects, Christchurch.

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Laminex New Zealand celebrates 100 years of the Formica® brand with Formica Forever, a commemorative book that captures the company’s 100-year evolution through cultural shifts, economic uncertainties, trend exploration and global growth. “The Formica® brand has touched every aspect of our lives each and every day, surfacing millions of spaces in which we gather, work, learn, heal, shop, eat and play,” noted Mark Adamson, former CEO of Formica Group and current CEO of Fletcher Building, parent company to Formica Group. “Many people have grown up with the Formica® brand, and this book encapsulates the company’s influence in interior design as well as its struggles and perseverance to remain a viable business through changing ownership, global expansion and the changing landscape of the surfacing market.” Designed by Abbott Miller, a partner in the renowned international design consultancy Pentagram, the 408-page, 6.5” x 9.5" book contains more than 400 images and is modeled after a Formica® brand laminate swatch book from the 1960s. “We didn’t want a cumbersome coffee-table book; we wanted to create something celebratory rather than grandiose, authoritative but also lively,” Miller said. Formica Forever features: • 100 years of worldwide visual assets, including advertisements, logos and product swatches organized by color • Three essays in which notable authors lend perspective to the various Formica Group storylines that have unfolded over the course of the last century, including: - Global Business Expansion (authored by Phil Patton) - Modernist Design Legacy (authored by Alexandra Lange) - Cultural Impact (authored by Peter York) • Literary excerpts referencing the Formica® brand, which demonstrate both its importance in pop culture as well as the challenges faced by Formica Group to diligently protect the brand • An appendix featuring six color-coded translations: French, Spanish, Finnish, Thai and Simplified and Traditional Mandarin Formica Forever can be purchased from: 

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Leitz AS OptiCut Sawblades German made for precision cutting


awblades are a main consumable product for every woodworking manufacturer, from larger panel processing or furniture manufacturers to small tradesman and craftsman’s shops. Leitz tools are indispensable for quality, productivity and cost effectiveness with an extensive range of German made and designed sawblades for all materials and budgets.

The latest premium circular sawblade developed by Leitz is designed for both superior cutting quality and a reduction in noise levels. Noise is a sensitive topic in the timber industry and Leitz has been continually focused on developing a circular sawblade that significantly reduces noise levels while at the same time improving the cut quality. Over the years Leitz has developed a range of designs in low noise circular sawblades. The latest premium AS OptiCut sawblades are designed with irregular tooth shape technology combined with an improved laser ornament design, to reduce vibration in the sawblade, cutting noise levels by up to 8 dB(A). Utilising a change in tooth shape and the use of ultra fine-grade carbide tips, the latest design ensures a smoother cut on all materials with or without the use of a scoring sawblade. A further benefit of all noise reduction designs in Leitz sawblades is the reduction in tool body vibration ensuring a more stable running sawblade and a further increase in cutting edge life. The new premium AS OptiCut sawblades are available for cutting all materials; solid timber, coated timber products, plastics and aluminium and are available for both panel saws and beam saws. Both the entry level standard circular sawblade range and the premium AS OptiCut circular sawblade range are German Made to exacting European standards ensuring a high cutting quality, a superior finish and a longer tool life. ďƒŒ

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NaturaStone is manufactured in a wide range of beautiful colours to enhance any decor. It can be installed as a new surface and substrate or easily applied onsite resurfacing existing surfaces and substrates. NaturaStone is marketed and distributed in New Zealand through GVP, an established reseller of quality decorative surfacing, supplying to cabinet makers, joiners, shopfitters, solid surface fabricators, stone masons, builders, architects, interior designers and other commercial specifiers. GVP will maintain stocks of NaturaStone at a strategic distribution warehouse to readily service the New Zealand market. Please contact GVP on 09-838-3000 or www.gvpnz. com or Phil Attwell on 021-877-838 or phila@


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Fold out bar wins Furniture Trainee of the Year award The Forest and Wood Industry National Training Awards took place this September and saw Alex Rau from Molloy Custom Furniture win the Trainee of the Year Furniture category (sponsored by Milwaukee). This category required nominees to craft a unique piece of furniture and the five judges were blown away with Mr Rau’s entry commenting that it was “a true example of creativity and great workmanship which displayed complexity in build and would be a highly popular commercial item of furniture.” Of the category’s 10 entrants, three finalists’ were selected to attend the prestigious Awards evening held at the Rotorua Energy Events Centre.


Alex Rau – Molloy Custom Furniture Alex Rau must be a very sociable man. Certainly, the portable bar that Alex has spent many hours of overtime completing this year would make him very popular amongst friends. That’s not to say a drinking culture was the inspiration for Alex’s creation. He says his rolling drinks cabinet came about through necessity and solve the issue of his mother entertaining in a reasonably small space. It’s handcrafted furniture at its best. Working for Molloy’s, an Auckland-based company specialising in custom furniture, has given Alex a taste for high quality one-off pieces. If the commitment he’s shown in completing such an ambitious project is anything to go by, this is unlikely to be his last.


Chad Butson – Otago Furniture Chad Butson has been involved in furniture manufacturing for a more than 18 months now. Half way through his apprenticeship, Chad is pretty clear on what represents good design. ‘It’s got to be functional while still being attractive to the eye. Getting the proportions right is also important.’ While Chad is usually involved in large scale commercial and retail fit outs, he wanted his entry to be ‘slightly different to what we’re doing in the factory.’ His particular entry to the awards was inspired by his own need for a set of drawers. But what started out as a basic need soon turned into a creative project in which Chad has invested over 150 hours. Having solved a number of challenges along the way, Chad can be proud of his achievement. The resulting chest of drawers is truly stunning.

Nicole Goble from sponsor Milwaukee with winner Alex Rau


Set of drawers from Chad Butson

Jason Michie – Naturally Wood A macrocarpa jukebox with full download capability is not something you see every day. As well as hugely inventive, Jason Michie’s entry to the Furniture Trainee of the Year Award is a triumph of the imagination and a testament to outstanding craftsmanship. Now a fully qualified furniture maker, Jason has only a year to go until he completes his Level 4 Furniture/ Craft Finishing qualification. Judging by the superior finish on his jukebox, it’s obvious that Jason draws huge satisfaction from a job well done. His commitment to quality has helped at work too. ‘As I’ve built up my skills, I’ve been able to offer more at work. It’s helped to get the finishing qualification side of things. Now I can do 100% of any job.’ Macrocarpa jukebox from Jason Michie

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The pull-out can be clipped onto the runner without tools.

Introducing the No.15 under-bench pull-out with 3D-X adjustment


rought to you by Häfele, the No.15 pull-out by Kesseböhmer has long been a favourite slimline solution for under-bench storage. The No. 15 pull-out runs on a Grass Dynamic runner to allow for maximum use of storage space while still offering excellent softclose functionality. This pull-out can fit cabinet widths from as small as 112 mm making ultimate use of

a slim area – ideal for that space next to oven units.The new No. 15 pull-out can now offer additional features such as 3D front adjustment making adjusting the front panel ultra simple – vertical, lateral and depth adjustment can be achieved. The new ClickFixx brackets for the front panel enable easy installation and the entire pull-out can be clipped onto the runner without tools.

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sweat the small stuff


t seems as though the year has just started and here we are at Christmas. I won’t talk about how we have been having such great weather for fear of giving it the commentators curse, but fingers crossed we get settled weather across the country and hopefully none of the flooding which has wiped out some campsites over the last couple of years. 2013 has been an interesting year with the overall impression that the New Zealand economy is improving and in particular from the perspective of the wood industry, construction is picking up quite well. The cheapest bank loans since the 60’s have certainly given a kick to house prices in Auckland (not necessarily a good thing) and the renovation sector is in full swing with new construction also picking up. For the people of Christchurch who have been through unimaginable challenges, it seems that the reconstruction (rather than demolition) effort is starting to get some positive momentum. No doubt this will create difficulties, for example with availability of skilled labour but overall this is positive and should flow into other areas of the economy. With the general improvement in optimism, machinery dealers are telling me there is a noticeable pickup in equipment sales. It is a good sign as it means profitability is returning to the sector and an opportunity to improve productivity through improved efficiency. This raises the question of quality. We have seen our customers buying cheap imported product because the up-front cost is less which means you can get more items for the same dollar. What we don’t perhaps factor in is the fact that in 5 years, they are throwing this in the landfill and replacing with new. Did we factor in the 20% per year cost of depreciation of those items compared to paying say 30% more for a better quality product and after 5 years, instead of taking it to the tip, we might get 30% of the value back on trade me. In the meantime we have had a product which looked better and performed better all during its life. Buy the best you can afford. The performance difference, and resale value of a better quality machine will be dramatically better so don’t be allured by the lower ticket price of inferior machines. Exactly the same applies with tooling, and in fact it is probably even more significant. Tooling is like the tyres on your car. Put cheap tyres on your Ferrari and see how it drives. It is difficult to quantify the cost benefits of these things. How do you measure the savings to your business because you bought a more rigid router that has a better quality spindle and you fit it with the best tooling. How do you measure the increased tool life, increased feed speed, improved edge finish, reduced rework etc. These things are all small details but they all add up to better products and better productivity. And interestingly, all those little gains which are improving productivity and quality of your products, mean that you have more time when the next customer rolls in the door. So you give them more time and voila!, you make more sales. The extra profit on these sales is in addition to and even more significant than the productivity savings you make. So don’t be afraid to sweat the small stuff, it all adds up to the big stuff. Have a safe and happy Christmas, take a break, do some fishing and we will see you in the new year.

Dr Buzz

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Due Process Geoff Hardy

When is a joiner finally free of liability for defects?


am quite often asked how much time has to elapse before a building owner or head contractor (which I will call the “Principal”) can no longer insist on a joiner rectifying construction defects. The short answer is - up to 10 years - but it depends on the circumstances. The first point to note is that it has nothing to do with the defects liability period in your joinery contract, if you have one. This is a period immediately following completion or installation, during which you have to rectify any defects in your joinery, and they typically range from 30 days to 3 months. If you don’t have a joinery contract as such, you may have given a similar undertaking in your tender, quote, or confirmation of order. They are a bit of a misnomer, actually. They should more properly be called “defects notification periods” because they are the period during which the Principal can notify the joiner that there are defects in the works that require fixing. Typically the joiner is then required to fix the defects within a reasonable time after notification, which may be some time after the expiry of the defects liability period itself. Many people mistakenly assume that once the defects liability period expires, the Principal has no further right to insist on defects being fixed. That is not correct. Four different laws already give the Principal similar rights to what the defects liability provisions do, but for a much longer period. So you would have to wonder what the point is in having defects liability periods at all. The main attraction of these defects liability provisions, however, is that the joiner will normally fix the defect automatically, without an argument. After the warranty expires, the Principal might have to argue the point, or refer the dispute

to a judge, arbitrator, adjudicator or Disputes Tribunal referee. The defects liability provisions are an express promise by the joiner to rectify notified defects, so they are easy to enforce. The only argument is likely to be over what exactly constitutes a defect and what exactly constitutes rectification. The Building Act is about to be amended to introduce a one year warranty for residential building work. A homeowner will have 12 months from completion to notify the builder of a defect, in which case the builder must rectify it within a reasonable time. But this is a warranty with a little more bite to it. First, the homeowner merely has to say that there is a defect, and he is presumed to be correct, unless and until the builder proves otherwise. And secondly, any subsequent owner can enforce the warranty against the original builder, provided they are still within the 12 month period. This will only apply to joiners if they are making or installing joinery directly for a homeowner and not, for example, if they are subcontracting to a head contractor. But if they are contracting direct, then what this means is that in residential projects, the existing defects liability periods will automatically become 12 month periods by default, regardless of what the joinery contract says. That will keep joiners on tenterhooks for longer. If they are notified of a defect within 12 months, they will need to rectify it at their own cost (as they do now) except where they dispute the claim. Joiners will want to dispute the claim when the alleged defect is actually due to fair wear and tear, or natural causes, or lack of maintenance or repair on the owner’s part, or some other tradesman for whom they are not responsible, or it is a trivial, cosmetic blemish rather than an actual defect, or the standard of finish the owner is demanding is

beyond what was agreed and paid for. Some of those exceptions are recognised exceptions to the one year warranty, but not all of them. And if the joiner says that an exception applies, once again the onus will be on him to prove it. The reason why this new 12 month warranty is overkill, is that the homeowner already has four different 10 year warranties available to him. Those warranties can be found in the law of contract (when the joiner broke some promise he made to the Principal), the Building Act (when the joiner breached an implied warranty), the Consumer Guarantees Act (when the joiner breached an implied guarantee), or the tort of negligence (when the joiner was careless in the way he went about his work). Let’s start with the contract warranty. It is a fundamental premise of every joinery contract (whether express or implied) that the joiner will do a competent job in return for the money he gets paid. Doing a competent job includes fixing defects that emerge in the workmanship or materials, or paying compensation to the Principal for the cost he incurs in getting someone else to fix them. The law of contract will force the joiner to do that. Admittedly, only the Principal who hired the joiner can enforce the contract against him, and sometimes contracts contain exclusion clauses or limitations of liability which reduce the joiner’s exposure. But that is where the Building Act warranties come in. Every residential building contract since 30 November 2004 automatically contains the warranties in section 397 of the Building Act. The same applies to any sale agreement by a spec builder or residential developer to his purchaser. Those warranties basically say there won’t be any (major) defects in the building work, and those warranties can’t

be whittled down by exclusion clauses or limitations of liability. Furthermore, the benefit of those warranties passes to subsequent owners. There is a similar (but not identical) set of warranties under the Consumer Guarantees Act, except that they are referred to as guarantees, and only the original homeowner can enforce them. However, the homeowner can enforce them not only against the builder (or spec builder or developer), but also any subcontractor or supplier who was actually responsible for the defect. Then there is the joiner’s liability in negligence for workmanship or materials that didn’t meet minimum standards. Like the Building Act implied warranties, the joiner can be liable in negligence to subsequent owners, and like the Consumer Guarantees Act guarantees, a subcontractor or supplier can be liable in negligence as well. But a few criteria need to be satisfied before anyone is liable in negligence. It depends on the degree of carelessness, and whether the resulting damage was foreseeable, and whether the owner at the time is within the range of people who are covered. How long can a joiner be liable for under each of these warranties? The answer is: until the relevant limitation periods (as defined in the Limitation Act) run out. The normal limitation period is 6 years from when the defective work was done, but if you don’t discover the defect until later on, you get an extension. That could potentially take forever, so there is one more relevant limitation period. Under the Building Act no claim for defective building work can be brought more than 10 years after construction. So a joiner potentially remains liable for rectifying latent defects for between 6 and 10 years after the original building work was done. ²

Geoff Hardy has 37 years’ experience as a commercial lawyer and is the senior lawyer in the Auckland firm “Madison Hardy”. He guarantees personal attention to new clients at competitive rates. His phone number is (09) 379 0700, fax (09) 379 0504, and e-mail This article is not intended to be relied upon as legal advice. JOINERS Magazine December 2013 page 74

a view from both sides Tony DeLorenzo

Good days and bad days


he classic concept of entropy says that variances in pressure, density, and temperature all tend to equalize over time. In the end the entire universe will fall into a perfectly uniformed blob with all atoms equally distributed at exactly the same temperature. Basically the personality of Switzerland, but on a universal scale. For me entropy means that for every really horrid client there will be a good one. This of course ignores all the good clients that happen every day but go unnoticed because they are so good. Unfortunately more thoughts and emotion are spent on the bad ones so they tend to get acknowledged more. We have a bad client now. All the classic bad client comments have been made and we are working through the process of resolution. So here are the top 5 client comments with industry translations in italics “I have been advised …” This advise was free, and from someone either unqualified or not prepared to be named. Probably because it is wrong. “In a certain light …” There is a flaw that is so bad that it is ruining my life. You can see it if you stand on your head under the island between 7.30 and 8.15 pm, and it is totally unacceptable. “People have noticed that blah blah is wrong …” Initially they said what a great kitchen it was, but I managed to draw their attention to some minor imperfection. (See “in a certain light ...”)

“I haven’t been able to use my kitchen …” One anti-slip mat is missing so clearly the oven won’t work. “I’m not paying you a penny more …” I want you to do more work and give me stuff for free. And smile when you do this! Haven’t you heard of customer service? To balance this out entropy gave us an email. It was from a client from 10 years ago who sent us a random note to say how much he still loves his “new kitchen”, and wished us well. Sadly this email has got 2 sentences and the obnoxious client got a paragraph. Why do we do this? It could be tall poppy syndrome, in that no one likes a show off so hence we don’t tell people all the good things that happen. Or maybe the bad clients are actually more interesting. Either way I think we should celebrate the victories with more gusto and energy. In our small office when we get a sale there is a compulsory dance of joy. It is silly but it does make us stop and acknowledge that lots of good things do actually happen. I am sure lots of us get letters from happy clients saying how much they love their new joinery and we proudly display them in our showrooms or website. Well take it a step further. Put a copy in the staff room and make a point of reading them out to everyone at your place of work. It is just as easy to point out when things go right as when they go wrong. Perhaps you can get the factory floor doing the dance of joy. It would make a great YouTube clip.

Overall there are more wins than losses and I would think that this is pretty standard in the industry. So now it is time for the completely left field and rave about something else. Industry Standards. What are they? Where can I look them up? Who decided them? Are they fair? Do I meet them? Clients often pull out it ‘is not good enough’ but then can’t actually say what ‘enough’ is based on. On the other side of the fence ‘within tolerance’ is used but there is nothing to compare this against. Language that my wife tolerates during an All Black game would be grounds for divorce in some households or indeed excommunication in a church. “Get off your knees ref! You’re blowing the game!” But it is tolerated for 80 minutes as long as I do the dishes afterwards.

manufacturers would be a great asset to the industry. It could even be a starting point for membership applications to MJF or NKBA. Finally I would like to say thank you to all the people who have given me feedback and commented on my words of … er wisdom (?) over the past few years. It is great to get an email or a shoulder tap at conference saying they laughed at a comment or that they agreed with an idea. Thank you. It is nice to know what is written in silence is actually heard. I hope you enjoy your holiday break and that 2014 is a great year. Tony DeLorenzo

There are a couple of standards out there, but they seem to be out of date or too vague. Having a piece of paper you can give to a client that says an island should be aligned with the closest benchtop rather than the crooked tile line would be handy. Or that a 2mm gap on the side of a shelf is within tolerance might stop an annoying client turning into a bad one. I think there is a place for such a document and I would like to call on our industry leaders to put a bit of time into developing one. We are the experts apparently, so we should be able to say what is acceptable and what is unreasonable. A simple non binding standard that is reviewed at a conference or during the year and available for the public and

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JITO has reached agreement with the BCITO Following a full and in depth consultation with the timber and aluminium joinery, glass and kitchen and bathroom design sectors, JITO concluded its final negotiations with the BCITO. The JITO Board is pleased to notify you that agreement with the BCITO has been reached and the merge will proceed on the 1 January 2014. You may remember there were 11 conditions that were a vital part of the negotiations and of these 8 have been met and the final 3 have been scheduled for further consultation once the Specialised Trades Division of the BCITO has been brought together. The agreed JITO conditions are: 1. A Specialised Trades Division is to be formed within the BCITO, which the JITO sectors will be a part of together with the Flooring and Painting sectors who have also recently

agreed to a merge into the BCITO. 2. All sectors will be able to submit an application for a person to be considered for election to the BCITO Board. 3. Each of the JITO sectors will have their own advisory groups which will retain their industry voice and views. These groups are called NAGs (National Advisory Groups). Reports from the two meetings held each year will be submitted to the relevant Associations requesting endorsement for any changes. 4. All JITO staff will be transferred to the BCITO. Deb Paul the JITO Chief Executive, has been offered a one





year contract to undertake project work (review of the Specialised Trades sectors) and also to ensure the ten + years of industry knowledge is transferred. All other JITO staff will be transferred in their current capacity. Small sector qualifications will be maintained and reviewed as is currently happening. The Specialised Trades will benefit from specialised services such as data analysis, IT support under the BCITO. Literacy and numeracy support will be facilitated by the field staff as part of the JITO designed training programmes. Intellectual Property is maintained and updated as qualifications are reviewed and registered. Sector IP held by the BCITO will always remain with those sectors.

The remaining conditions require further consultation once the Specialised Trades Division has been formed: 9. Will the Specialised Trades want this division to operate under a trading name which is different to the BCITO? 10. It is expected that in the not too distant future and once the Specialised Trades Division is up and running, the JITO sectors will enjoy full support from field staff nationally. 11. As part of the review of the Specialised Trades current models of training will be looked at in consultation with the National Advisory Groups. Whilst this has been an extremely long process (over 18 months) the JITO Board is confident the sectors will be very well looked after and supported under the BCITO. The button will be clicked

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on the 1 January 2014 and of course it is expected you will not notice significant change as the transition occurs. The BCITO is very keen to maintain business as usual. Of course it is understood there is considerable sadness that a great ITO which has served its industries extremely well for nearly 20 years, will no longer be around. There are many many people who were a significant part of the Trade Boards and continued as JITO evolved in 1994. There are also numerous people, far too many to mention, who contributed in so many different ways as Directors on the JITO Board, on advisory groups and as field staff who voluntarily supported our companies and many other roles. To all of you, thankyou for making JITO a fantastic and respected ITO in all facets of tertiary education. Looking ahead it is expected that JITO will take into its new ITO a wealth of knowledge about our sectors and we see a very bright future ahead for the timber and aluminium joinery, glass and kitchen and bathroom design sectors particularly now as we expectantly travel into a boom time in construction. On behalf of the JITO Board and staff thank you for being such a fantastic bunch to work with, a group of passionate and conscientious people who value training and see the benefits of it to ensure your companies operate in a productive environment. Kind regards Deb Paul Chief Executive JITO

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master joiners members AUCKLAND Secretary, Matt Woodward 15 Wheturangi Rd, Greenlane, Auck. Ph 09 524 7054, email Advanced Timber Joinery PO Box 132, Silverdale, 217 Spur Road, Stillwater/Silverdale, Ph 09 426 9785, contact Wade Saunderson. NZS4211 Affiliated. All Timber Joinery Ltd Unit A, 1058 Great South Road, Mt Wellington, Auckland. Ph 09 270 9605, contact David Heather. Alpha Joinery Services (2010) Ltd 124D Felton Mathew Ave, St Johns, Auckland, Ph 09 578 0391, contact Juan Whippy. NZS4211 Affiliated. Artiture Ltd 209 Wairau Road, Glenfield, Auckland, Oh 09 442 2424, contact Michael Law. BML Builders Ltd 18 Shamrock Drive, Kumeu, Ph 09 412 2350, contact Kaye Butler. NZS4211 Affiliated. Bowden Doors Ltd 38c Greenmount Drive, East Tamaki, Auckland. Ph 09 274 4798, contact Paul Bowden. NZS4211 Affiliated. Bream Bay Joinery Ltd 38 Kepa Road, Ruakaka, Northland. Ph 09 432 7324, contact Karl Morgan. Bungalow Villa & Beyond Ltd 377 New North Rd, Kingsland, Auckland. Ph 09 846 1502, contact Barry Rusher. NZS4211 Affiliated. Cedarlite Industries Ltd 4 Mahunga Drive, Mangere Bridge, Auckland, Ph 09 633 0410, contact John Harrison. NZS4211 Affiliated. Composite Joinery Ltd PO Box 34, Warkworth. Ph 09 425 7510, email, contact Murray Wylie. Continental Stairs Ltd 32 Waipareira Ave, Henderson, Auckland, ph 09 836 1935, contact John or Anthony van Erp. Counties Joinery 11 D Glasgow Road, Pukekohe 2120, Ph 09 238 7264, contact Roy McKerras. NZS4211 Affiliated CT Timber Joinery Ltd Unit A / 37 View Road, Glenfield, Auckland, Ph 09 444 9041, contacts Cameron Stringer and Thomas Evans. NZS4211 Affiliated. Cube 3 Cabinetry Ltd 8 Tironui Station Road West, Takanini, Auckland, Ph 09 297 7830, contact Nigel Hanley. Dando Doors and Windows Ltd 62 Stoddard Rd, Mt Roskill. Ph 09 629 2461, contact Peter Facoory. NZS4211 Affiliated. Danska Cabinetmaking 177 Lower Dent St, Whangarei, ph 09 438 1100, contact Aaron & Carolyn Rawson. Euro Timber Joinery Co Ltd 34 Waipareira Ave, Henderson, Auckland, ph 09 837 1833, contact Shane Paterson. NZS4211 Affiliated. Fineline Joinery Limited Unit 6B, 64 Henderson Valley Road, Henderson, Auckland, Ph 09 836 2212, contacts Chris Lipp / Richard Schaefer. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Seaboard Joinery Ltd PO Box 11 035, Ellerslie. Ph 09 579 9571, contact Mrs Maureen Beattie. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Colourform Joinery Ltd PO Box 10121, Te Rapa, Hamilton, Ph 07 849 6655, contact Mike Taylor. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Grandvue Joinery 42 Gregory Road, Waitakere. Ph 09 810 9398, contact Robert Piacun. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Smith & Parker Joiners 35 Waipanga Road, Kamo, Whangarei, Ph 09 435 5415, contact Albert Smith or Simon Parker. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Concept Kitchens & Bathrooms Ltd 73 Riverlea Rd, Hamilton, Ph 07 856 4705, contact Ross Bones. NZS4211 Affiliated.

G & J Joinery (1997) Ltd 372 West Coast Rd, Glen Eden, Auckland. Ph 09 818 5585, contact Alan Parry. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Total Timba Joinery PO Box 101 153, Glenfield. Ph 09 444 7772 contact Rob Pickup. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Hampton Court Ltd 78 McRobbie Road, Karaka, Auckland, Ph 09 292 7096, contact Steve Bird.

Van Holst Timber Joinery 2/26 Manga Road, Silverdale, Ph 09 426 8602, contact Ron Wheeler. NZS4211 Affiliated.

IP Joinery Ltd Unit 8, Industrial Building One. Opua Marine Park, Baffin St, Opua. Ph 09 402 6885, contacts Bill & Julie Kidman.

Western Joinery Ltd 26 Cartwright Road, Glen Eden, Auckland, Ph 09 818 8802, contacts Jim Purvis or Leanne Beaumont. NZS4211 Affiliated.

JT Cabinetry Ltd 32 Neil Park Drive, East Tamaki, Auckland, Ph 09 279 8984, contacts Noel Rowse and Ben Brown.

Westpine Joinery Ltd 7 Binstead Rd, New Lynn, Auckland. Ph 09 827 6488, contact Bill or Donny Rawlinson. www. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Goldfinch Timber Joinery Ltd 20 D & E Onslow Avenue, Papatoetoe, Auckland, Ph 09 277 8803, contact Harvey Whitehead. NZS4211 Affiliated

Kay Joinery 1226 Oruru Road, R D 2, Peria, Kaitaia, Ph 09 408 5547, Fax 09 408 5542, contact Daniel Kay KBL Joinery 50 Anzac Road, Browns Bay, North Shore City, Ph 09 479 6380, contact Philip Tapp.

Whenuapai Joinery (1988) Ltd 49 Pupuke Rd, Takapuna, Auckland. Ph 09 416 4995, contact Ian Midgley. NZS4211 Affiliated. Woodstar Ltd PO Box 57 050, Owairaka. Ph 09 620 5711, contact Stuart Penny.

Leslie A J & Co Ltd PO Box 35 628, Browns Bay. Ph 09 479 4662, contact Steve Leslie. NZS4211 Affiliated. Matakana Kitchens & Joinery Ltd 50 Matakana Valley Road, Matakana, Ph 09 422 7804, contact Jeffrey Smith. NZS4211 Affiliated. Mattson Joinery PO Box 76690, Manukau City. Ph 09 277 7642, contact David Mattson. NZS4211 Affiliated.

WAIKATO BAY OF PLENTY Secretary, Rae Wackrow 12 Grey Street, Cambridge 3434, Ph 07 827 3656, email

McNaughton Windows and Doors PO Box 27 061, Mt Roskill. Ph 09 620 9059, contact Dennis McNaughton or Dave Cunningham. NZS4211 Affiliated.

2 Brothers Joinery 44 Balmoral Drive, Tokoroa, Ph 07 886 7664, contacts Duane & Philip Cox.

Meridian Joinery Ltd 18 Parity Place, Glenfield, Auckland, Ph 09 441 7289, contact Roydon Woodcock.

Advance Joinery Ltd 71 Higgins Road, Hamilton, Ph 07 846 0026, contact Murray Ashton.

Neo Design Ltd 96 Hillside Road, Glenfield, Auckland. Ph 09 443 4461, contact Wayne Church or Paul Burgess.

Arborline Products PO Box 9003, Hamilton. Ph 07 847 8217, contact Julian Jaques. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Nicks Timber Joinery Ltd 56 Forge Road, Silverdale, Auckland. Ph 09 426 6862, contact Ken Caldwell. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Autocrat Joinery 31 Maru Street, Mount Maunganui, Ph 07 574 8162, contact Tony Morgan. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Old Bay Joinery 202 Old Bay Rd, RD 2, Kaikohe, Northland, Ph 09 405 9650, contacts Phil & Sandy Ellis. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Beaver Kitchens 28 McAlister Street, Whakatane, Ph 07 308 7642, contact Mark Bruce.

Owairoa Joinery Ltd PO Box 58 336, East Tamaki. Ph 09 273 3699, contact Mark Harriman. NZS4211 Affiliated.

BenchWorks Limited 601 Te Rapa Rd, Hamilton. Ph 07 849 5216, contact Ross or Wayne Cooney, email rossc@

Pakuranga Joinery & Cabinetmakers PO Box 38 381, Howick. Ph 09 576 8858 contact David Heaney. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Bennetts Joinery Ltd Box 15-096, Dinsdale, Hamilton. Ph 07 847 7495, contact Paul Tottie.

Papakura Joinery Ltd 45-51 Tironui Road, Papakura North, Auckland, Ph 09 298 7145, contact Glenn Haszard. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Classical Doors 2009 Ltd Cnr Chadwick Rd W & Sherson St, Greerton, Tauranga, Ph 07 578 4908, contact Colin Harris. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Rockfield Woodworkers (2003) Ltd 9 Parkwood Place, East Tamaki, Manukau, Ph 09 274 4698, contacts Bryan Hancock and Nick Jones. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Clearline Ltd 65 Hull Road, Mt Maunganui, Ph 07 572 4307, contact Barry Ririnui.

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Cromptons Joinery PO Box 751, Taupo. Ph 07 378 7968, contact Allan Crompton. NZS4211 Affiliated. Customtone Kitchens 33 Progress Drive, Otorohanga, Ph 07 873 8083, contact Dave Frederiksen. Design Line Kitchens & Motorhomes 21 Gateway Dr, Whakatane. Ph 07 307 0058, contact Adam McNeil. Eastern Waikato Joinery Ltd 3 Allen Street, Morrinsville. Ph 07 889 7654, contact Paul Bennett. NZS4211 Affiliated. Fernlea Cabinetry & Joinery Ltd 17 Bandon Street, Frankton, Hamilton, Ph 07 847 2027, Frank Lawrence. NZS4211 Affiliated. Fine Woodworking 1536 Main North Road, R D 5, Te Kuiti, Ph 07 878 6194, David Higgins. NZS4211 Affiliated. Gartshore Group PO Box 2117, Tauranga. Ph 07 578 4529, contact Bill Gartshore. Hopkins Joinery 126 Taupo St, Putaruru. Ph 07 883 7951, contact Ron or Hilary. NZS4211 Affiliated. Hostess Joinery Ltd PO Box 1048, Hamilton, Ph 07 847 3099, contact Peter Clarke. NZS4211 Affiliated. Huntly Joinery 2000 Ltd PO Box 170, 22-26 Glasgow St, Huntly, Ph 07 828 8370, email NZS4211 Affiliated. Keith Paton Joinery 15 Carters Crescent, Cambridge, ph 07 827 3249, contact Keith Paton. King Country Kitchens 49 King St, Te Kuiti, Ph 07 878 8820, contact Richard Pethybridge. NZS4211 Affiliated. Kitchen Fx Ltd 8 Bandon Street, Frankton, Hamilton. Ph 07 847 3003, contact Mark Davies. Lee Brothers Joinery Ltd PO Box 1170, Rotorua, Ph 07 348 0620, contact Paul Ingram. NZS4211 Affiliated. MAKZ Joinery 34 Valley Road, Whakatane, Ph 027 284 9412, contact Jamie McConnell. Makepiece Limited Unit 2, Number 10, Gateway Cres, Coastlands, Whakatane 3194, Ph 07 219 0903, contact Richard Knott. NZS4211 Affiliated. Montage Kitchens & Joinery PO Box 5266, Frankton, Hamilton. Ph 07 8479 174, contact Ken Monk. NZS4211 Affiliated. Morrinsville Industries Ltd PO Box 69, Morrinsville. Ph 07 889 5199, contact Murray Foster. NZS4211 Affiliated. Native Timber Joinery Ltd 92 Bruce Berquist Drive, Te Awamutu, Ph 07 871 6188, contact Stuart Walker. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Executive Officer - Corinne Moore, 20 Cambridge Tce, Taradale, Napier. Ph/Fax 06 844 9956, email:

Personal Touch Kitchens Ltd 20 Rickit Road, Te Awamutu, Ph 07 871 3998, contact Gyan Prole or Kerry Prole.

Kitchens By Healey Ltd 42 Bennett Street, Palmerston North, Ph 06 355 4646, contact Peter Healey.

Fisher Taranaki Window & Door PO Box 3061, New Plymouth. Ph 06 758 5068, contact Mark Whitaker.

Doorpro Ltd 1283 Louie Street, Hastings, Ph 06 878 2600, contact Geoff Gibson.

Plain & Fancy Furniture & Kitchens 2 Lake Rd, Frankton, Hamilton, Ph 07 847 4563, email s.jclausen@

Lanwood Joinery 26 North St, Palmerston North. Ph 06 357 4757, contact Steve Duck.

Glen Valley Joinery 83 Breakwater Road, Maturoa, New Plymouth, Ph 06 751 4631, contact R G Barlow. NZS4211 Affiliated.

D Stevens Ltd 336 Childers Road, Gisborne, Ph 06 867 5700, contact Peter Claydon. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Ross Curtis Joinery PO Box 396, Taumarunui. Ph 07 895 7152, contact Ross Curtis.

Levin A1 Joinery Co Ltd 27 Hokio Beach Rd, Levin. Ph 06 368 9987, contact Phil Benefield. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Rotorua Joinery Ltd Karaka Street, Rotorua, Ph 07 347 9610, contact Dean Carnell.

L G Petterson (1994) Ltd 49 Bennett Street, Palmerston North. Ph 06 354 8170, contact Lindsay Petterson.

Santa Fe Shutters PO Box 4009, Mt Maunganui South, Tauranga, Ph 07 547 4042, contact John Kemsley.

M R Osman Furniture & Joinery 383 Heads Road, Wanganui, Ph 06 344 2391, contact Murray Osman. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Stanley Joinery Ltd 6 Browns Street, Matamata, Ph 07 881 9234, contact Sean Wood. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Murray Judd Joinery Limited 25 Station Street, Woodville, Ph 06 376 5043, contact Murray & Tessa Judd. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Stu Martin Joinery Ltd 49A Matai Street, Taupo. Ph 07 378 8049, contact Stu Martin.

Pelco Joinery 834 Tremaine Ave, P. North. Ph 06 357 8031, contact Robert Wilson.

Thames Joinery (1995) Ltd 913 Queen Street, Thames, Ph 07 868 6951, contact Bruce Fulton. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Pridex Kitchens 47 Railway Road, Palmerston North, Ph 06 356 9397, contact Patrick Lau,

Torrington Stairways 24 Matos Segedin Drive, Cambridge, Ph 07 827 6323, contact Brian Courtney.

Rob O’Keeffe Joinery Ltd 368 Heads Rd, Wanganui. Ph 06 344 5040, NZS4211 Affiliated.

Wackrow’s Joinery Ltd Gillies St, Box 150, Cambridge. Ph 07 827 5981, contact Carl Riley or Liam Wackrow. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Reilly Joinery 18A Parkview Ave, Feilding, Ph 06 323 3743, contact Andrew Reilly. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Waikato Benchtops Ltd Glasgow Street, Huntly, Ph 07 828 8370, contact Simon Curran. Waikato Joinery Specialists 26 King St, Frankton, Hamilton, Ph 07 847 6006, contact John Vercoe. NZS4211 Affiliated.

CENTRAL Secretary, Jenny Wallace P O Box 5358, Terrace End, Palmerston North. Ph 06 354 6699, email Benchtop Surfaces Ltd 590 Tremaine Ave, P. North. Ph 06 356 9384, contact James Hurren.

Taihape Joinery 11 Kuku St, Taihape, Ph 06 388 1886, contact Mark Shaw. The Door Shoppe 157 London Street, Wanganui, Ph 06 345 7707, contact Mark & Diane Thompson. NZS4211 Affiliated. Townshends (1994) Limited 59 Makomako Road, Palmerston North. Ph 06 354 6699, contact Denise McLean. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Heritage Doors Ltd 3 Muhunua West Road, Ohau, Levin, Ph 0274 418 934, contact Tod Aitken. NZS4211 Affiliated.

East Coast Benchtops Ltd 15 Edmundson Street, Onekawa, Napier, Ph 06 843 1465, contact Wayne Hurring or Chris desLandes’.

Kitchen Designz NZ Ltd 225-229 Courtenay St, New Plymouth. Ph 06 759 8324, contact Dan Holmes.

European Designer Kitchens 80 Taradale Rd, Napier. Ph 06 843 7319, contact Murray Nattrass.

KP Joinery Ltd 2 Dowding Place, Waitara. Ph 06 754 4726, contact Ken Parsons.

Garry Nugent Joinery 14 Lipton Pl, Onekawa, Napier. Ph 06 843 5588, contact Garry Nugent.

MacLeod Joinery 42 Beach St, New Plymouth. Ph 06 757 8172, Kieran MacLeod. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Gemco Trades Ltd PO Box 8360, Havelock North. Ph 06 877 1204, contact Darren Diack. NZS4211 Affiliated.

New Plymouth Joinery Ltd 10 Cody Place, New Plymouth. Ph 06 758 8580, contact Roger, Paul or John Ancell. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Hastings Laminate Ltd 1021a Manchester Street, Hastings, Ph 06 879 8564, Fax 06 879 8561, contact Mark or Grant Eyles.

Newton Gordge Joinery 67 Breakwater Rd, New Plymouth. Ph 06 751 5065, contact Newton Gordge. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Kitchens by McIndoe PO Box 3221, Onekawa, Napier. Ph 06 843 3880, contact Murray McIndoe.

Pace Office Furniture Ltd 113 De Havilland Drive, Bell Block, New Plymouth. Ph 06 755 4012, contact Lew Dickie or Bryan Frank.

Kitchen Zone 219 Stanley Road, Gisborne. Ph 06 863 2044, contact Tony & Lynda Sharp. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Prestige Kitchens 2001 Ltd 98 Molesworth Street, New Plymouth, Ph 06 759 9177, contact Mark Schmidt. Rhys Powell Joinery 7A Euclid Street, New Plymouth. Ph 06 753 3822, contact Rhys Powell. NZS4211 Affiliated. Wayne Lovegrove Joinery 647 Frankley Road, R D 1, New Plymouth 4371, Ph 06 753 9002, contact Wayne Lovegrove. Westwood Kitchens 90 Rata Street, Inglewood, Ph 06 756 7592, contact Wayne Herbert.

UCOL Princess St, Palmerston North. Ph 06 952 7001, contact Craig Fleet. NZS4211 Affiliated. Unique Timber Joinery 143B Gillespies Line, R D 5, Palmerston North, Ph 06 355 2654, contact James Griffin. NZS4211 Affiliated.


Awapuni Joinery Ltd 22 Parkinson Street, Gisborne, Ph 06 867 3301 contact Peter Webster.

TARANAKI Secretary, Graeme Paul PO Box 4136, New Plymouth. Ph 06 751 1111.

H.R. Jones & Co. Ltd Aorangi St, Feilding. Ph 06 323 4388, contact Mark Pickford. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Arthur Brown Construction Ltd PO Box 266, Hawera. Ph 06 278 5199, contact contact Mark Dombroski

Hughes Joinery Ltd PO Box 4250, Palmerston North, Ph 06 952 3581, contact Cliff Hughes.

Broadway Joinery 381 Broadway, Stratford, Ph 06 765 6829, contact Graham Podjursky.

Jeff Clayton Joinery 25 Roxburgh Cres, Palmerston North. Ph 06 357 1736, contact Jeff Clayton.

Elite Kitchens 2004 Ltd 221 Devon Street East, New Plymouth, Ph 06 759 8221, contact Sean Rice.

Kevin Molloy Joinery Ltd PO Box 3251, Napier. Ph 06 843 5037, contact Simon Molloy. NZS4211 Affiliated. Linnell Joinery Ltd PO Box 14019, Hastings. Ph 06 876 6710, contact Ivan Linnell. NZS4211 Affiliated. Mackersey Construction Ltd Box 320, Hastings, Ph 06 876 0252, contact John Bower & Ross Morgan. NZS4211 Affiliated. Parkhill Joinery Ltd 112-114 Stoneycroft Street, Hastings, Ph 06 878 9145, contact Bob Parkhill / Tom Robertson. NZS4211 Affiliated. Peter Norris Joinery Ltd Unit 9, 28 Edmundson Street, Onekawa, Napier, Ph 06 843 8086, contact Peter Norris. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Secretary, Dianne Hurring P O Box 7103, Taradale, Napier 4141. Ph 06 843 1465. Email:

Careys Joinery (1989) Ltd PO Box 229, Marton. Ph 06 327 7949, contact Karl Parry. Counter Concepts 16 Bisley St, Palmerston North, ph 06 355 5971, contact Graeme Andrews.

In 2 Kitchens Limited 78 Portia Street, Stratford, Ph 06 765 4058, contacts Brent and Jo Russ. NZS4211 Affiliated.

CedarVille Joinery & Building Ltd Gate 20, Irongate Road, Hastings. Ph 06 878 0019, contact Alan Whyte.

Rabbitte Joinery Limited 150 Brookfields Road, R D 3, Napier, Ph 06 870 8911, contacts Greg & Trudi Rabbitte. NZS4211 Affiliated. Rawcraft Kitchens of Distinction PO Box 3375, Onekawa, Napier. Ph 06 843 9008, contact Mike Daly. Shayne (Joe) Tuapawa 26 Gardner Place, Gisborne, Ph 06 867 3872, contact Joe Tuapawa.

Cherrywood Joinery Ltd 398 Palmerston Road, Gisborne. Ph 06 868 0971, Richard Childs.

Stephen Jensen Cabinetmakers Ltd 37 Takapau Road, Waipukurau, Ph 06 858 9028, contacts Stephen Jensen / Kane Griffin. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Christie Builders & Joiners 11 Husheer Place, Onekawa, Napier, Ph 06 843 6676, contact Peter Christie. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Summerfield Joinery 4 Innes Street, Gisborne, Ph 06 868 4236, contact Dale Summerfield. NZS4211 Affiliated

Classic Kitchens (1977) Ltd PO Box 3150, Onekawa, Napier. Ph 06 843 6500, contact Larry McKenna.

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Sydaz Joinery Ltd Unit 6, 7 Cadbury Street, Onekawa, Napier. Ph 06 842 2086, contacts Simon Wakeman or Darryl Strachan. Waipukurau Joinery Limited 2322 Takapau Road, Waipukurau. Ph 06 858 9961, contact Greg O’Kane. Your Solutions Joinery Ltd 46 Ford Road, Onekawa, Napier. Ph 06 843 5954, contact Craig Russell.

Renalls Joinery Limited 147 -155 High St Sth, Carterton. Ph 06 379 8008, contact Steve Ruscoe. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Viking Furniture & Joinery Ltd 88 Vanguard Street, Nelson, ph 03 548 0493, contact Barry Thomas.

Stylish Interiors Ltd 38 Puruaha Road, R D 2, Te Horo, Otaki, Ph 021 911 585, contact Mathew Gubb.

Waimea West Joinery Ltd 111 Beach Road, Richmond, Nelson, Ph 03 544 0177, contacts Kathy & Alan Gibbs. NZS4211 Affiliated.

The Joinery King Limited 73 Hutt Road, Thorndon, Wellington, Ph 04 473 6367, contact Tony King. NZS4211 Affiliated. TRS Joiners Ltd 58 Fisk Street, Naenae, Lower Hutt. Ph 04 566 0650, contact Theren Sugrue. NZS4211 Affiliated. Valleys Joinery Shop Ltd PO Box 13098, Johnsonville. Ph 04 478 7652, contact Bruce Scandlyn. NZS4211 Affiliated.

WELLINGTON Secretary, Peter George PO Box 1575, Paraparaumu Beach. Ph 04 297 0212, fax 04 207 0213. Amalgamated Joiners 1977 Ltd 4 Mountbatten Grove, Upper Hutt 5018, Ph 04 526 8091, contact Paul Pepper. NZS4211 Affiliated. BM Hamilton Kitchens & Joinery 68 Montgomery Crescent, Upper Hutt 5018, Ph 021 923 231, contact Benn Hamilton. Carroll’s Joinery Limited 148 Lincoln Road, Masterton. Ph 06 377 3160, contact Richard Carroll. David Ladd Joinery Ltd 19B Broken Hill Road, Porirua. Ph 04 237 9175. Goldmark Group Ltd 9-11 Jean Batten St, Kilbirnie, Wellington. Ph 04 387 8964, contact David Goldsack. Graedon Joinery 23 Clendon St, Naenae, Lower Hutt, Ph 04 939 0405, contact Graeme Hopkirk. NZS 4211 Affiliated. Hanns Builders and Joiners 72 - 74 Sydney Street, Petone, Ph 04 570 0000, contact Peter Hanns. Joinery ITO Box 11-435, Wellington. Ph 04 385 8814, contact Deb Paul. Joinery Productions Ltd 457 Jackson Street, Petone, Ph 04 569 8808, contact Wayne Wilmshurst. NZS4211 Affiliated. L & P Crown Joinery (2002) Ltd 37 Burden Avenue Wainuiomata. Ph 04 564 8895. NZS4211 Affiliated. Living Timber European Joinery & Furniture Ltd 64 Fisk Street, Naenae, Lower Hutt, Ph 04 567 2577, contact Horst Mundt. NZS4211 Affiliated. Maymorn Joiners Ltd 247 Parkes Line Rd, Upper Hutt, Ph 04 526 6657, contact Anthony Neustroski. NZS4211 Affiliated. Orchard Joinery Ltd 14-18 Te Roto Drive, Paraparaumu, Ph 04 298 3380, contact Geoff Orchard. NZS4211 Affiliated. Paraparaumu Doors & Joinery 102 Kapiti Road, Paraparaumu, Ph 04 297 2233, contact Tony Thomson. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Wainui Joinery (1977) Ltd Box 42-062, Wainuiomata. Ph 04 564 7011, contact Nikki Wynne. NZS4211 Affiliated. Well Hung Joinery 21 Lower Tyers Road, Ngauranga, Wellington, Ph 04 494 7230, contact Stephen Fairbrass. NZS4211 Affiliated. Woodworkshop Ltd 118 Tirangi Road, Lyall Bay, Wellington, Ph 04 387 3228. Contact Steve Hind.

NELSON / MARLBOROUGH Secretary, Philip Thompson P O Box 1348, Nelson 7040. Ph 03 547 1730

Grieve Construction Limited 179 Alford Forest Road, Ashburton 7700, Ph 03 308 0328, contacts Ben Grieve and Scott Jamison. NZS4211 Affiliated. Hagley Kitchens 6 Nazareth Ave, Addington, Christchurch. Ph 03 961 0703, contact Nathan Moore. Hardie & Thomson Ltd 1062 Colombo Street, Christchurch, Ph 03 366 4303, contact John Thomson. NZS4211 Affiliated.

CANTERBURY Secretary, Josie Gray 28 Carlsen Street, Burwood, Christchurch Ph 03 387 0676 Adrian Harris Woodcraft Unit J, 3 Timothy Place, Wigram, Christchurch 8042, Ph 03 348 6996, contact Adrian Harris. NZS4211 Affiliated. Advanced Joinery Ltd 27 Watts Road, Sockburn, Christchurch, Ph 03 348 7700, contact Greg Ayers. Alsop Joinery Ltd 18 Alloy Street, Sockburn, Christchurch, Ph 03 348 4666, contact Gary Alsop. NZS4211 Affiliated. Anderson Joinery Ltd 117 Alford Forest Rd, Ashburton. Ph 03 308 2988, email:, contact Dougal Anderson. Ashburton Joinery Limited 8 John Street, Ashburton, Ph 03 308 5059, contact James Donaldson or Kathy Jones. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Homeview Building Products Ltd 9 Tenahaun Place, Sockburn, Christchurch. Ph 03 343 9949, contact Garry Ottmann or Howard Stone. NZS4211 Affiliated. Hooper Joinery 43 Phillips Street, Christchurch, Ph 03 366 9629, contact Aaron Hooper. Joinery by Design PO Box 19 973, Woolston, Christchurch. Ph 03 384 8461, contact Evan McLachlan & David Phillips. NZS4211 Affiliated. Joinery Concepts 2006 Ltd 25 Osbourne Street, Phillipstown, Christchurch, Ph 03 381 1066, contact Peter Robertson. LX Joinery 39A Buchanans Road, Sockburn 8042, Christchurch, Ph 03 342 9605, contact Steve Mangan. NZS4211 Affiliated. Mackay Kitchens Ltd 345 Brougham Street, Sydenham, Christchurch 8023, Ph 03 365 3988, contact Chris Moore. Millbrook Kitchens Ltd 25 Southbrook Road, Rangiora, Ph 03 313 5764, contact Andrew Silcock.

A K Joinery Ltd Units 3-5, 28 Dublin Street, Picton, Ph 03 573 6860, contact Andrew Kenny.

Bates Joinery (2008) Ltd 101 Shortland Street, Christchurch 8061, Ph 03 388 8111, contact Mark Allworthy. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Modern Age Joinery 24 Hawdon St, Christchurch. Ph 03 365 1675 contact Grant Woodham. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Atkinson’s Innovative Interiors 207 Akersten Street, Port Nelson, Ph 03 548 0612, contact Kelvin Atkinson

Benchtops Plus More 16 Nazareth Avenue, Middleton, Christchurch, Ph 03 961 0710, contact Mike Davidson.

Murray Hewitt Joinery Ltd 25A Lunns Rd, Christchurch, Ph 03 343 0360, Fax 03 343 0363, mob 027 239 5934, contact Murray Hewitt. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Bays Joinery Ltd 6 Tokomaru Place, Wakatu Industrial Estate, Stoke, Nelson, Ph 03 544 0087, contact George Molnar. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Bower Kitchens and Tops Ltd 12a Bower Ave, Christchurch. Ph 03 388 2924, contact Russell Lloyd.

Brightwater Cabinetmaker & Joinery Ltd 8c Merton Place, Annesbrook, Nelson 7011, Ph 03 548 6400, contact James Palmer.

Brent Johnson Joinery Ltd 30A Newnham Street, Rangiora, North Canterbury, Ph 03 313 6256, contact Brent Johnson. NZS4211 Affiliated.

MWF Manufacturing Ltd 23 Leeds St, Sydenham, Christchurch. Ph 03 365 6218, contact Gary Altenburg. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Cantwell Joinery and Window Centre 15 Bristol Street, R D 4, Riverlands, Blenheim, Ph 03 578 3375, contact Ian Cantwell.

Busch Joinery Limited 1737 Boundary Road, R D 3, Ashburton, Ph 027 563 4537, contact Nathan Busch

NZ Doors (2004) Ltd 41 Anchorage Road, Hornby, Christchurch, Ph 03 344 2516, contacts Ron and Lisa Zwarst. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Matai Joinery Ltd 26 Quarantine Road, Stoke, Nelson 7011, Ph 03 547 7990, contact Greg Couper. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Creative Joinery Ltd Unit 1/ 7 Homersham Pl., Burnside. Ph 03 358 4900, contact Wayne Brown.

Motueka Joinery Co 2001 Ltd 20 Old Wharf Road, Motueka, Ph 03 528 9012, contacts Phil or Barb Sharkie.

Don’s Joinery Ltd 43 Sandown Cres, Christchurch. Ph 03 382 0828, contact Don McClintock.

Nazareth Joinery Ltd 1 Warwick Street, Blenheim, Ph 03 578 8752, contact Ruda Suleiman.

Elite Joinery Ltd Unit 1, 97A Sawyers Arms Road, Papanui, Christchurch, Ph 03 354 8311, contact Hayden & Sarah Illingworth.

Orange Building Group Joinery Ltd 16 Nayland Road, Stoke, Nelson. Ph 03 547 9784, contact John Andrew. Re Space Limited 2 Kidson Place, Nelson 7011, Ph 03 547 1636, contact Steven Harvey or Peter Harvey.

Pete’s Joinery & Building Ltd 205 Main St, Greytown. Ph 06 304 9137, contact Peter Algie, Rhys Severn or Paul Coventry. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Ruby Bay Joinery Ltd 8 Warren Plc, Mapua, Nelson. ph 03 540 2123 contact Wayne Roberts. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Prestige Joinery Limited 140 Perry Street, Masterton, Ph 06 377 1331, contact Gregory Morgan. NZS4211 Affiliated.

The Sellers Room 9 Echodale Place, Stoke, Nelson, Ph 03 547 7144, contact Margaret Sellers

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Finesse Joinery 423 Main North Road, Christchurch. Ph 03 352 3457, contact David Street. G E Joinery Ltd 653 Ellesmere Rd, Lincoln, Christchurch, Ph 03 281 8830, contact Gareth Evans. NZS4211 Affiliated. Grant Kearney Joinery 51 Boys Road, Rangiora, North Canterbury, Ph 03 313 7125, contact Grant Kearney. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Murray Milne Ltd PO Box 356, Ashburton. Ph 03 308 8018, contact Murray Milne.

Paul Renwick Joinery Ltd PO Box 11047, Chch. Ph 03 349 7049, contact Paul Renwick. R A Hale Ltd PO Box 9020, Addington, Christchurch. Ph 03 3666 909, contact Donald Bisphan. NZS4211 Affiliated. Ruben’s Joinery Limited 402 Bethels Road, 4 R D, Christchurch, Ph 03 329 5458, contact Ruben Patchett Ryan’s Kitchens and Joinery Unit 3, 50 Dakota Cres, Sockburn, Christchurch 8041, Ph 03 348 7921, contact Ryan Butler. NZS4211 Affiliated Shane Boyd Granite Benchtops Ltd 7 Tanya Street, Bromley, Christchurch, Ph 03 981 0616, contact Shane Boyd. Sockburn Joinery PO Box 11227, Christchurch. Ph 03 342 6044, contact Tony Lemmens.

Southbridge Furniture & Design 103 High Street, Southbridge, Canterbury, Ph 03 324 2517, contact Sandro Dyer. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Rycole Joinery 44 Homestead Road, 1 DRD, Oamaru, Ph 03 434 5012, contacts Darryl and Adrienne Whitburn NZS4211 Affiliated.

Sydenham Joinery Ltd 96 Byron Street, Sydenham, Christchurch, Ph 03 379 6840, contact Bernie Hunt. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Tony Boyce Builders & Joiners Ltd Washdyke Flat Road, Washdyke, Timaru, Ph 03 688 2181, contact Tony Boyce. NZS4211 Affiliated.

The Joiner Shop Kaikoura Ltd 19 Beach Road, Kaikoura 7300, Ph 03 319 5562, contact Fraser Syme. Timber Tru Ltd 374 Ferry Road, Woolston, Christchurch, Ph 03 389 2986, contact Tony van der Plas. NZS4211 Affiliated. Trends Kitchens Ltd 34A Parkhouse Road, Sockburn, Christchurch, Ph 03 343 5242, contact James McKeown Vision Joinery Limited 150 Ashworths Road, Amberley 7481, Ph 03 314 8083, contacts Scott Drewery & Yvette Drewery. Walklins Joinery Ltd 493 Bealey Road , R D 1, Christchurch 7671, Ph 03 318 1529, contact Mark Walker.

WAITAKI Secretary, Bill Foote 221 Pages Rd, Timaru. Ph 03 686 2208. Alpine Joinery 480 Fairview Road, No 2 RD, Timaru, ph 03 688 5748, contact Paul Butchers. Barrett Joinery Ltd 204 Hilton Highway, PO Box 2115 Timaru. Ph 03 688 4738, contact Mark Mitchell. NZS4211 Affiliated. Firman Joinery Ltd 9 Dee St, Oamaru. Ph 03 434 1561, contact Gary Firman. NZS4211 Affiliated. Geraldine Timber Products 27 High Street, Geraldine, Ph 03 693 9598, contact Paul Autridge. NZS4211 Affiliated. J E Dennison Ltd 5 Redruth St, Timaru. Ph 03 688 0029, contact Gary Dennison. NZS4211 Affiliated. JMAC Joinery Ltd 7 Laughton Street, Washdyke, Timaru, Ph 03 688 2725, contact Craig Mason. NZS4211 Affiliated. Joinery Zone 2012 Ltd 110 Fraser Street, Timaru. Ph 03 688 8223, contact Warren Atwill. NZS4211 Affiliated. Lunds Joinery Ltd 33a Grants Rd, PO Box 128, Timaru. Ph 03 688 9149, contact Mark Albert. NZS4211 Affiliated.

O’Brien Group 2012 97 Harrow Street, Dunedin, Ph 03 477 2182, contact Peter O’Brien. Peter Howley Joinery Ltd 224 Mersey Street, Invercargill, Ph 03 214 1055, contact Peter Howley. NZS4211 Affiliated. Queenstown Joinery 53 Industrial Place, Queenstown, Ph 03 442 7555, contact Kevin Harradine. NZS4211 Affiliated.


Pooles Joinery Ltd 22 Bay Road, Invercargill, Ph 03 215 9167, contact Peter Fisher. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Secretary, John Rigby P O Box 473, Dunedin. Ph 03 456 1805 Abernethy Joinery 18 Melbourne Street, Dunedin, Ph 03 456 1654, contact Ian Abernethy. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Ron Kirk Joinery Ltd 403 Kaikorai Valley Road, Dunedin, Ph 03 453 5718, contact Ron Kirk. NZS4211 Affiliated.

A Step Up Joinery Ltd 9 Midland Street, Dunedin, Ph 03 455 4455, contact Neil Rutherford.

Ruthven Joinery Ltd 16 Boomer Street, Green Island, Dunedin, Ph 03 488 4880, Murray Ruthven & Maureen Burn. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Cut-it Joinery Limited 22 Clan Mac Road, R D 2, Wanaka 9382, Ph 03 443 5031, contact John Titterton. Formatt Kitchens Ltd 180 Glenda Drive, Frankton, Queenstown, Ph 03 441 4944, contact Guy Shallard or Alex Blackford. NZS4211 Affiliated. Freeform Laminates (Dunedin) Ltd 343 Kaikorai Valley Road, Dunedin 9011, Ph 03 425 9693, contact Steve Howden. JP Quality Kitchens Limited 66 Vogel Street, Dunedin, Ph 03 474 1395, contact John Peddie. Joinery Specialists 1997 Ltd 608 Kaikorai Valley, Kenmure, Dunedin, Ph 03 488 2371, contact Graeme Emmerson. Kitchen Focus 2012 Ltd 544a Kaikorai Valley Road, Kaikorai, Dunedin 9011, Ph 03 488 5288, contact Spencer Bremner. Leading Edge Joinery Specialists Ltd 13 Surrey Street, Gore, Ph 03 208 3001, contact Donald McGuigan. NZS4211 Affiliated. Leith Joinery PO Box 778, Dunedin. Ph 03 477 0115, contact Peter Leith. NZS4211 Affiliated. Lloyds Joinery Ltd 141 North Road – cnr Kinloch Street, Invercargill, Ph 03 215 8383, contact Lloyd Richardson. NZS4211 Affiliated.

McMaster Joinery Leonard St, Waimate. Ph 03 689 7557, contact Des McMaster. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Masterwood Joinery 2008 PO Box 385, 28 McNulty Road, Cromwell, Ph 03 445 0313, contact Don McDonald. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Millennium Joinery Ltd 2 Regina Lane, Oamaru. Ph 03 437 0227, contact Michael Sandri. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Mearns & Leckie (2006) Ltd 7 Gow St, Mosgiel 9024, Ph 03 489 2024, contact Brian Ballantyne. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Paterson Joinery 307 Rosewill Valley Road, Timaru. Ph 03 688 7060, contact Alan Paterson.

Mojo Modern Joinery Ltd 2 Wolter Crescent, Cromwell, Ph 03 445 0128, contact Craig Harrison.

Quality Joinery Ltd 10 Ouse St, Oamaru. Ph 03 434 7922, contact Grant Pledger.

Mt Iron Joinery Ltd 66 Anderson Road, Wanaka, Ph 03 443 8075, contact Lawry White.

Ross Becker Joinery 20 Chelmer Street, Oamaru 9400, Ph 03 434 3336, contact Ross Becker.

Nigel Molloy Joinery Limited 300 Great North Road, Winton, Ph 03 236 0399, contact Nigel Molloy. NZS4211 Affiliated.

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Riversdale Joinery Ltd Liverpool Street, Riversdale, Southland 9744, Ph 03 202 5527, Barry O’Connor & Don Williams. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Coronet Woodware 1992 Limited 99 Glenda Drive, Frankton Industrial Est, Queenstown, Ph 03 442 3700, contact Martin S Macdonald. NZS4211 Affiliated.


Stevenson & Williams Ltd Joinery PO Box 4007, Dunedin. Ph 03 455 4034, Email: contact Gary Turner. NZS4211 Affiliated. Steves Joinery Ltd 22A Margaret Place, Frankton Industrial, Queenstown, Ph 03 442 3206, contacts Stephen Walak, Amanda Trainor. NZS4211 Affiliated. Stewart Construction Ltd PO Box 2125, St Kilda. Ph 03 455 2057, contact Paul Mulholland. NZS4211 Affiliated. Taylor Made Joinery 22 Orari St, Dunedin. Ph 03 455 6520, contact Chris Taylor. Wanaka Joinery & Glass Ltd 52 Ballantyne Road, Wanaka, Ph 03 443 7890, contact Jason Fisher. NZS4211 Affiliated. Wedgerwood Joinery Ltd 11 Ngapara St, Alexandra. Ph 03 448 8832, contact Blair Harris. NZS4211 Affiliated. Weigel Joinery 14 Earnscleugh Road, Alexandra. Ph 03 448 7042, contact Guenther Weigel. Withers Joinery 78 Factory Rd, Mosgiel. Ph 03 489 4179, contact Paul Crawley. NZS4211 Affiliated. Wood Solutions PO Box 2443, Dunedin. Ph 03 479 2323, contact Andrew Bellamy. NZS4211 Affiliated.

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STATE OF THE INDUSTRY AUCKLAND The Auckland region seems to be back up to full speed. There are a lot of bigger projects that are well under way and most of the joinery shops are reporting that they have stopped taken orders prior to Christmas. This is a massive turnaround from the previous four years when we were all waiting for the Christmas rush to start and it never really kicked off. Most of the builders in Auckland area are reporting the same thing. Their phones are ringing and they are trying to put projects off until the new year. We are still finding that most of the projects are renovation, alteration type work which is generally great for the timber joinery industry. As stated before, there is a lot of group housing happening in the Auckland Region but generally this is more in the market place of the aluminum industry were everything is price driven and cheapest is best. This is certainly not the type of market that I would wish to be involved in. Auckland Master Joiners are moving along reasonably well and we seem to be picking up a few new members. This is probably because of the NZS:4211 program and joiners are now more aware that they need to be part of our organization to be able to make compliant joinery. Architects are also starting to learn more about the NZS:4211 program and most of them that I have talked to have stated that they have been crying out for this type of Manual to assist them with their drawings and design, They have also stated that if they had this type of information available previously, they may have included a lot more timber joinery into previous projects. I think that the forecast for the next twelve months is shaping up pretty well, There is a huge number of businesses that never made it through the recession and often through no real fault of their own. But there are also a lot that have survived due to good management and business practices, These people need to be commended and now hopefully it is all behind us and we can all knuckle down and get back to making quality timber joinery for quality New Zealand homes and start to see some rewards for all the hard work. – David Cunningham CANTERBURY Xmas is nearly upon us again and with that comes the start to the silly season as we all know it! In Canterbury everyone seems to have a healthy workload now and ahead of them, but one thing that is happening, especially if you are supplying housing companies, is the amount of work that keeps moving out. This is mainly due to the subbies i.e. gib fixers, gib stoppers and painters and also

roofers seem to be all struggling with keeping up with demand. This has caused a few issues amongst some of the joinery companies where they are manufacturing a lot but not being able to send it out the doors, meaning storage has become an issue. Also you end up paying for materials and then not being paid for them for a month or two. I see this being an on-going issue especially since the rebuild is not going that fast at the moment and these subbies are already failing to meet demand. In regards to the rebuild, I and many others are now feeling that it’s not going to be a mad rush of work that will be done within 5 years, but being more spread out and closer to 10 years. This will happen due to the labour availability and also how the consents are released, and this will slow up even more once the commercial side kicks in. That is looking to be mid to late next year, so labour will become more of a problem. Customers are noticeably shopping around more for unfortunately a better price over quality. We need to make sure we keep our quality high and to not drop our margins but work out other ways to win that job over someone else. Bad debts around town still sound like they are low so that’s good. I think everyone has learnt to look into new clients and to manage their accounts a lot closer. Finding staff is and will be a problem for a long time to come. You hear on a daily basis how companies have been advertising for a long time and struggling to find anyone, especially people who are suited to the job. Member numbers are still increasing, especially associate members who are just as important to our group as full members; they are a valuable source of info with what’s happening in the trade. Socially, we have just had another great outing where 18 of us went go cart racing at super karts, followed by pizza and refreshments put on by the Granite Benchtop Company and Prime. Our next outing will probably be another fishing trip down to Moeraki. Something else that’s worth noting is that John Thomson from Hardie and Thomson has become a life member of CJMA. John is the first member to be given this in the Canterbury region, so big congratulations to John. Hope everyone has a good run into Xmas and wish everyone the best for Xmas and the New Year. - Nathan Moore CENTRAL The last 5 months have seen Central steadily picking up, but still not at the rate of other areas according to the reps I have spoken with. Positivity is up though and most are saying they have a good workload ahead and into the New Year. Pricing is still very competitive

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out there but we are hearing stories on where some have lost tenders at ridiculous amounts and thought they were on the sharpest price possible. If there is no fat in the system, how are we meant to attract new blood to the trade? One would think that other trades that don’t have the overheads of a joinery operation would charge out less, but it is not what I am seeing or hearing. On a lighter note we have had a couple of social events with good turn outs, especially for our annual race day with a turnout of 78 people. And looking at our losing ticket box and my pocket the TAB once again was the winner on the day. We are looking at doing a family fun day BBQ for Christmas so all can attend and have a relaxing day. We wish you all the best for Christmas and the new year from us all here at Central. – Craig Fleet HAWKE’S BAY / POVERTY BAY As another sunny day arrives in the Hawke’s Bay, I ponder the work load for joiners come February/March. With the first part of the silly season over (Labour weekend) we see the workloads increasing rapidly to the big day. 2013 has seen fluctuating workloads with margins again being difficult to manage constant workloads. Hawke’s Bay has seen a few house builders being forced to close shop with some joiners being financially affected. Latest reports show Hawke’s Bay’s population has increased recently, which is needed to provide further growth within our commercial and housing industries. Large commercial work locally has been tendered competitively with further pressure put on all trades to provide their best price to secure work. The word is Hawke’s Bay needs to be ready for the well overdue increase in workloads, with some large commercial projects being financed from out of town investors. Qualified joiners are still hard to come by, with out of town joiners filling our shortage. I urge all to look at apprentices as this was our start in the industry. Where will we be in another 5-10 years if we don’t move now! I congratulate Ken Monk and his Team on the NZS: 4211 and look forward to all Councils/Architects embracing these new and overdue standards. With that I wish all a profitable run into Christmas and well beyond. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all. - Ross Morgan NELSON / MARLBOROUGH As the famed sun begins to shine over the Top of the South, the region continues to be fairly buoyant.

However a few clouds are appearing on the landscape. As previously mentioned, the Nelson Tasman region and its MJ members received an unexpected injection of activity due to the Autumn floods that impacted many homes and businesses. This, combined with a number of commercial projects reaching installation stage, meant that the early Spring looked very positive for the industry. This activity however identified one of the clouds on the horizon for the MJ members and that is the ever decreasing number of good qualified tradespeople. A number have recently left the industry, others have made the move to opportunities in Christchurch. Any long term growth within the region is dependent on reversing this trend and it is certainly a task on the agenda for the new branch in the New Year. The branch is only six months into its existence and continues to grow, with Cantwell Joinery and Nazareth Joinery recently becoming members. Both these long established businesses are based in Blenheim which enhances the reach of the Master Joiners brand across the top of the South. We welcome them both. Unfortunately Blenheim remains affected by the economic slowdown, with the expected closure of TH Barnes Construction at the completion of existing contracts. A well established business with a trusted joinery division will be missed to the industry and also indicates the travails ahead for our Blenheim members. A recent branch meeting enjoyed a presentation from John Rolston, Crowe Horwath, an associate member, on the use of Benchmarking particularly in the construction industry. The translation of complex business information into intelligent business intelligence was very beneficial to the members that attended and may indeed be useful to Master joiners nationally. Many members have now indicated that they cannot accept any more work before Xmas which is always a good sign and we hope to see the demand to continue into the New Year. On that note, the branch will be travelling to Blenheim for our Xmas shindig which should be a lot of fun. – Alan Gibbs OTAGO / SOUTHLAND The Otago region has had very patchy workloads over the last 6 months. Some joinery businesses have been running day to day while others have got by with the odd large commercial job helping them with small jobs filling in the gaps. Due to the warmer weather the residential market has picked up, so now many are seeing their books filling up towards Christmas and for some into February. Commercial jobs are still coming through at a snail’s pace in Dunedin and Invercargill but

Reports from Branch Presidents received 6 November 2013

commercial in Central Otago is starting to take off. We have noticed movement in new residential & alterations which we hope will continue. MeetingsDunedin and Invercargill numbers are going well but it would be nice to see a few more take the time to turn up. Central Otago numbers are well down and unless the numbers pick up and support us coming through, we will cease having these meetings. Last month we had our meeting at Metro Glass, Dunedin. A big thanks to Dion at Metro for arranging this, as he organised a technical person, who was very passionate about the glass industry from Christchurch to come down and give a very informative view of the industry in relation to new product updates and a behind the scenes look at how to find out the cause of glass that goes bang, for what we think there is no reason. Apprentices - most joiners are struggling to get good replacement joiners but there are so few apprentices being taken on. Some of the larger firms still have 1 or 2 apprentices at present but all firms across the board whether large or small need to make a push to take on and train apprentices. The industry as a whole really needs to look into why there has not been the taking on of apprentices and what support needs to be put in place for this to happen. Thank you to Bill and Jackie from 4Trades, who organised our apprenticeship evening to congratulate those apprentices who have finished their apprenticeship over the past year and are now our tradesman joiners or glaziers. Also, thanks must go to Laminex and Carters for their sponsorship of the night. It was great to see they were supported by their employers and families and a good night was held by all. - Peter Leith TARANAKI As much as we may try to ignore it, the silly season is only just around the corner. I am pleased to report that the Taranaki economy is performing rather better than our rugby team did in the ITM cup. Most members seem to be reporting good workloads leading up to Xmas and the new year is also looking promising. There has been a lot more enquiries from the private sector of late and there is also still some commercial work out there for pricing, although in Taranaki not many large commercial projects are in the planning stage. Taranaki is fortunate to have the oil business based here as they are pumping at the moment with the biggest exploration programme for some time about to start. A lot of people related to the oil business are moving here for short term contracts, so people with

New Government spending in the commercial sector $millions 2012/13






Health Education Social Development Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Internationally-focused growth package Emissions Trading Scheme Review Other initiatives New contingencies

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disposable income are here spending money. So the future at last is looking more promising. Hopefully we can all now get more healthier margins on most of our work and continue to provide work for trades people and even start new apprentices if we have a more stable economy. The Taranaki Branch is hoping to have a good turnout for next year’s conference so attendees can really see what the Naki is all about. We would like to wish all other Branches all the best for the upcoming festive season and good trading for 2014. - Roger Paul WAIKATO/BAY OF PLENTY Is that a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel? As the nation seems to continue its steady growth from the GEC, the report from our members is still extremely mixed. Whilst many are reporting having their best period during the 2013 winter months for years, the forward workload is somewhat patchy, with many not having any secured work for the foreseeable future. On the other side of the coin, several members are now looking at not having any spare time in their production schedules until March 2014. The growth areas in general seem to be in the residential sector as public confidence grows but this is contradicted in certain areas such as Rotorua where growth is slow. Although building consents issued during 2013 up to August are increasing, several regions such as the Waikato are down on the national figures. From the commercial sector, again confidence and spending steadily gains momentum but this area is still a strongly contested tender market and it appears the desire to reduce margins and “cut your own throat” remains, which can only be damaging to the companies involved and the industry. One area showing considerable growth for the coming year in the commercial sector is government spending, especially education and public services. (see table above)

I suppose the question has to be asked “how many of our members are diversifying their businesses to meet the demands in other areas”. A common statement is that the residential joinery providers are ticking along, busy one month and quiet the next. The usual members who spread across several sectors report they have continued to be busy throughout. Suppliers and supply chains seem to be causing some concern. As mentioned in the June report by Liam Wackrow, a big issue is stock and lead times for certain lines to come back to levels where the need to advise lead times is eliminated. One instance has been a client chose a certain material for their bench top but was advised of a 2-3 month lead time to get it into the country because stock levels were at zero. Labour is obviously going to be a great concern in the coming year. As the Christchurch rebuild continues, the exodus of tradesmen from our regions will also continue for the foreseeable future. The governments reboot scheme has helped alleviate some of the short term issues but as the growth in the industry continues, the need for qualified tradesmen will increase and I suspect this shortage will push the hourly rates paid to these tradesmen up. One or two members have mentioned debtors being an issue in the last few months. The smaller “one man band” builders are still falling over but also the demise of Mainzeal has had an effect on several members. Unfortunately our members who sub-contract to such companies have little chance of debt recovery. To summarise, the Waikato and Bay of Plenty region on the whole seems to be in a positive position and our members pretty confident for the coming year. – Sean Wood WAITAKI Workloads for the rest of 2013 and into 2014 are looking very positive and busy for most. There seems to be plenty out there to price. Staffing levels are semi-stable with some members employing more staff while others

could do with an extra hand at times. Financially the region is doing well, most members find the odd one pretty slow to pay but overall the majority to be up to date with payments. All members seem to be positive for the outlook of well into next year. - Alan Paterson WELLINGTON November is here, and the usual pre Christmas juggling act is well underway. Our prices should go up at this time of year but our quotes were given in September/October, this is food for thought. Joiners I know in the Wellington area have enough work or are at full capacity. Work for the new year is becoming important. I have heard of timber and aluminium joinery from Wellington going to Christchurch with the message ‘just get it done please’. This is a welcome change from our usual status where joinery comes into our area. Recruiting new staff is harder than it used to be. Initiatives to get more school leavers into our industry is welcome and needed. NZS:4211 compliance is getting more exposure as our members inform all of its existence and importance. Money seems to be changing hands and needs to, as suppliers terms get more and more stringent. I am confident that good times are just around the corner. I hope you all have a safe and Merry Christmas. – Anthony Neustroski

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JOINERS Magazine December 2013 page 84 cross-router grooves the under and topside of the bars, giving you a strong, snug fit. It’s far stronger and less hassle than using a mortice and tenon, and so much faster. We believe the machines will pay for themselves with just one or two decent villa restorations.”

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The world's fastest Kiwi Bench Top Shop Rotorua 8 View Road PO Box 1409, Rotorua phone (07) 348-4656 fax (07) 347-1798 Ray Drake


Benchtops (HB) Ltd 14 Husheer Place, Onekawa PO Box 3251, Onekawa, Napier phone (06) 843-5226 fax (06) 843-5058 Simon Malloy

BBS Timbers Limited

PO Box 1407, Whangarei 0140 Ph 09 438 9358 Fax 09 430 0455 E.

Benchtop Surfaces 590 Tremaine Avenue Palmerston North phone (06) 356-9384 fax (06) 356-9270 James Hurren

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Creative Kitchens & Laminates 35 Miro Street, Taupo phone (07) 378-0619 fax (07) 378-0924 Phillip Greene

JSC Timber Ltd

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Hamilton Laminate Specialists Ltd 180 Kent Street PO Box 5234, Hamilton phone (07) 846-1577 fax (07) 846-1215 Allan Bedford

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Corey Bertelsen at Salt Flats with his Hideaway sponsored bike.


iwi Corey Bertelsen has broken two world land speed records at the famous Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. Corey from Muriwai, was among hundreds of motorcyclists from around the world to race at the venue made famous by the movie The World's Fastest Indian, which follows the life of Kiwi motorcyclist Burt Munro. Representing Salt Brothers Racing NZ, based in Waimauku in Auckland, Bertelsen broke two records in the 250cc sidecar motorcycle class. His first achievement saw him come off with a top speed of 133.324mph (214.56km/h) in the 250cc gas world record. He beat the previous record by about 20km/h. The next day he again rode his way to success, breaking the 250cc fuel world record with a top speed of 133.305mph (214.53km/h). More than 500 motorcyclists from around the world and of all ages took part in this year's races at the Salt Flats, which regularly attract tens of thousands of spectators. Bertelsen said it was exciting to perform in front of so many people - many of whom had come to know his name. "There's about 30,000 people watching every day. It's huge. People have started to sort of know us, which is pretty cool. It's buzzy over here. Everybody wants you to have fun - that's what it's all about."

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He said competition could be gruelling, but it was more about preparing mentally. "It's not so much physical. It's definitely a mental game. I'm waiting a long time for my turn ... you don't get to pick when you run. You just have to get into gear and wait your turn. "To qualify, you have to actually break the existing record. Once you've broken that, the next day you have to back it up and break it again. Then they take the average of those two speeds and that determines whether or not you get a record." Just days later Bertelsen went on to break two more records at the American Motorcyclist Association nationals in the United States. He rode his way to success in the 250cc fuel class with a speed of 145.816mph. “The old record was 139.436mph which has stood from 2008. I was pretty stoked and had a feeling during the run that I had gone fast enough,” he says.

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SPINDLE TIPS Over the coming year Spindles NZ Ltd will advise on different aspects of high speed spindle related issues important to the end user. The first issue covers safety. MANUAL COLLET SPINDLE It is important to have: • Clean internal taper on the spindle • Clean threads on the collet nut • A suitable sized collet for the tool. Try and get an exact collet. Collets that range between sizes can be confusing and sometimes difficult to tell if the tool is tight or worn. • Ensure the brush guards are replaced often, these actually slow the speed of quite large tools should they break. • If you have an older style spindle consider having DC injection braking fitted or even better have a modern inverter fitted. • After you remove a cutter ensure you have spare collet nuts. You can soak a collet nut, in a solution such as paraffin, and clean it at a convenient time. Resiny woods such as pine can create all sorts of difficulty with the internals of the tool clocking mechanism. • An example of tightening torque of ER 25 (mini nut) 2.2kW = 29Ft Lbs. ER 25 E-type nut 4kW = 95Ft Lbs. These are just numbers so get a torque wrench and see what this feels like. • Regularly check the condition of the spindle threads, if the collet nut wobbles on the threads when it is nearly tight - replace it. It is cheaper to replace the collet than the whole spindle shaft. • After you tighten the collet, spin the spindle by hand and just have a quick look to make sure things run true.

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AUTO TOOLCHANGE SPINDLE It is always recommended to remove the tool overnight or machine down time. Although your factory may be warm, moisture can appear especially if the spindle has been worked hard. Have a designated toolchange area where the dummy toolholder is bolted onto a firm bench. Same with

manual TC spindles, check the threads regularly and have spares so they can be cleaned.

Regularly check the condition of the pull stud. This is the top of the toolholder (on ISO30 tapers) and varies between machine manufacturer. Inspect it closely for burrs or radial scarring. To replace them they are held in with a very high grade Loctite and may have to be warmed to remove and replace. Use an engineer to do this. If the Pull stud breaks the tool holder will come out of the spindle at speed. A slight smear of oil on the collet nut threads will allow the nut to tighten and stop the collet twisting. Ask yourself any of these questions • Is there gouging around the collet? • Is there a line around the collet Gage line? • Has the collet lost it’s roundness? (Tools entered too shallow) • Are there any burrs on the collet?

Spindles NZ Ltd would be happy to answer questions if you would like to contact us by email or talk to us directly our details can be found at Please look out for our next Tips hints and advice on "Preserving the life of your High Speed Router Spindle" Jon Escreet Spindles NZ Ltd


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