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The solid wood, timber and panel processing trade show

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Cross Laminated Timber ... it’s on the way up in Melbourne! A

N $11 MILLION 10-storey timber building, the tallest of its kind in the world, has been launched in Lend Lease’s Victoria Harbour precinct, Melbourne. Known as Forté, the building will rise to 32 metres and will be built with prefabricated wooden panels made from cross-laminated timber (CLT) and will feature 23 apartments. The project was officially launched by Mark Menhinnitt, Lend Lease’s chief executive officer. He said the project would “unlock a new era for sustainable development by offering a viable alternative to traditional construction options, which are carbon intensive”. Menhinnitt said Lend Lease would look to establish a “viable supply chain” for the CLT product and would also look for other applications for the product. Lend Lease is aiming to develop 30% to 50% of its

 Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu

apartment pipeline using CLT. He said CLT was the most significant form of innovation in construction technology that Australia had seen in many years. “CLT will transform the construction industry by introducing a more efficient and environmentallyfriendly construction process that has never been undertaken in Australia before. “In 2001, we introduced the innovation of chilled beam technology to the Australian market which has now become the industry norm. CLT is another example of how Lend Lease is leading the way with innovations that will create value for consumers in the industry. “With an increasing number of people moving to urban areas, this innovation is timely given the urgency to create liveable, sustainable cities that are climate positive. The adoption

 Murray Coleman,

Managing Director, PMC, Lend Lease.

 Alex de Rijke and Ric Sinclair

of green technologies, materials and construction processes, like CLT, means we are closer to achieving this,” said Menhinnitt. “Lend Lease has a proud history of landmark innovations in sustainable construction and this project demonstrates how we are, once again, leading the way,” he said. Victorian premier Ted Baillieu – a former architect – described CLT as Creative Leading Technology, and was quick to highlight that not only was CLT and its building system important to Australia and Victoria, but opened up the opportunity for onshore production in the future. There will be seven onebedroom apartments (59 square metres) priced from the mid-$400,000, 14 twobedroom apartments (80 square metres) priced from the late $600,000s and two penthouse apartments with two-bedrooms (102 square metres) priced from $800,000. The ground floor will be for retail space. In addition there will also be four townhouses. It’s interesting to note that the footings were started in February and the whole complex is scheduled for completion in October – roughly the same time as it takes to construct a ‘normal’ single-storey dwelling. British-based architect and academic Alex de Rijke introduced Lend Lease to CLT when submitting ideas for the Olympic Village in London but was unsuccessful in having it incorporated into that project. However, CLT now forms a significant part of Lend Lease’s Elephant and Castle urban regeneration project. On a panel with Ric Sinclair, CEO of FWPA, de Rijke was strident in his support of engineered wood as being the building material of the future important in replacing high carbon concrete and steel. An Austrian firm will be supplying the 25 container loads of panels required for the building.

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Director noms sought FOREST AND Wood Products Australia Limited (FWPA) is seeking to appoint up to four Directors to its Board, including at least one Independent Director. FWPA is an unlisted public company, limited by guarantee, that provides national, integrated promotion, research and development services for the Australian forest and wood products industry. It is committed to helping the industry be collaborative, innovative, sustainable and competitive. FWPA is jointly funded by the Australian forest and wood products industry and the Australian Government through the collection of industry levies on a range of primary products and matched by the Government on a oneto-one basis for R&D, tech transfer and education. The role of the FWPA Board is to provide direction to the management of the company, including strategy development, financial performance and risk management. To ensure a balanced, skill-

based Board an independent Director Selection Committee, established under the Company’s Constitution, will consider proposals for candidates and recommend to the FWPA Board persons for nomination for appointment as a Director. All candidates should: • provide sufficient information to allow the Director Selection Committee to fully consider the candidate’s nomination • include specific information about the candidate’s ability to meet one or more of the requisite skills and experience nominated in FWPA’s Constitution (clause 13.13) • include a statement that the proposed candidate is aware of his or her nomination and is willing to accept appointment as a Director of FWPA if elected. Applications will only be received by email and should be sent to the Secretary, Director Selection Committee at: au The closing date for applications is 29 June.



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American red oak gaining traction in Australia A

MERICAN WHITE oak has already emerged as a favourite among designers in Australia over the past two years. “It seems to be in vogue with architects and designers at the moment. It’s also a great alternative to French oak. It’s such a beautiful timber and has a lovely grain. It can be used raw or stained and due to the strength of the dollar it’s affordable too,” says Vince Ciolino of Sydneybased Ciolino Constructions: Ciolino is using increasing quantities of this particular American hardwood in his work and it seems he is not alone. The latest data from the US Department of Agriculture shows

that exports of American hardwood lumber to Australia for the first quarter of 2012 have risen 53% relative to the same period in 2011 to a volume of 2,134 cubic metres. While American white oak still accounts for 65% of imports in this period (and in volume terms it has grown by 32% year-on-year) its total share of export volume has decreased. This can be attributed to the increase in demand for a few lesser-known species, including red oak and tulipwood. American red oak gets its name from the red colour of its foliage in autumn rather than the colour of its wood, something that is often misunderstood.

Many are therefore surprised by the pale straw colour of this timber, which shares the sought after grain pattern of white oak. Greg Natale, renowned Australian designer and opinion leader, says that his company is turning to red oak in more of their work: “At the moment we’re using a lot of timber in homes,” he says “but we stain and lacquer it. The American oaks are particularly good for that because they have such a strong and distinctive grain – you need a heavy grain if you’re going to stain wood. We’re looking at using more American red oak; it accepts stain well because it’s a more porous wood. It looks beautiful but still it’s really durable.”

An opportunity and also a challenge ASIA’S DOMINANT position in the global panel demand and supply cannot be challenged, but in the future the real game changes will be raw material supply security, uncertain and high cost energy, access to the state-of-art technology and best-in-class industry practices. The demand for wood panels originating from Asia Pacific accounted for more than half of the global demand in 2010, by far overtaking Europe, the historical leader. In fact 76% of the 2010 Asian Pacific demand came from China. Undoubtedly, China is set to experience the highest growth rates in the next decade making the gap between it and the Western world even more pronounced. At the same time, China has an insufficient domestic wood fibre supply, and massive new demand for energy, which create a huge challenge for local panel producers. In response, the renewable bioenergy appetite for woody biomass has started to add pressure to the already-felt fibre supply imbalance.

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For a number of industry leaders Asia Pacific remains earmarked as the strategic direction, however, the region continues to be both an opportunity and a huge challenge for investors. The new investment hot spots continue to emerge in Asia Pacific, although many investors either had their fingers burnt in the past or continue to wait for the return on investment. Nevertheless, the local producers are in acute need of the access to the state-ofart technologies as well as best-in-class management practices, especially supply chain management and sustainability. Against this background, Pöyry Management Consulting has decided that it is the right time to publish the new Pöyry Viewpoint report entitled ‘The Asia Pacific Panel and Surfacing Industry – Investment Hot Spots.’ The report will be ready in autumn and, based on an extensive program of direct dialogue with key industry players, will provide an in-depth analysis of the fundamentals of the local market, industry and fibre supply dynamics. “This industry Viewpoint report aims to address key questions for investors and to provide direction on where growth opportunities in the Asia Pacific region are,” said Dr George Goroyias, the newly-appointed head of

Wood Products Asia Pacific at Pöyry Management Consulting. “It also identifies challenges and how best to address them. It is a strategic analysis that every CEO who is planning investment in the Asia Pacific region should read and use to stress test their growth plans. “China will continue to be a major industry paradigm shift, driven not only by its booming demand but also by re-examining the sustainability of traditional trade flows of raw, semifinished and finished products to and within the APAC region,” said Dr Goroyias. “‘The anticipated increase in China’s panel production is going to put enormous pressure on regional resources and energy to satisfy this demand,” said Rudolf van Rensburg, head of Land and Forests Asia Pacific at Pöyry Management Consulting. “Commonly South East Asia is seen as the platform to grow incremental volumes but the reality is that land availability will seriously constrain possibilities. What we are seeing in the market at present is that CEOs are contending with diverse strategies to address sustainability and profitability concerns. “The future of fibre supply security rests with those companies bold enough to take strategic supply chain

 Dr George Goroyias. and resource positions,” said van Rensburg. For more information and report brochure, please contact Dr George Goroyias on +61 3 9863 3755 or send email to george.goroyias@ Pöyry Management Consulting is part of the Pöyry Group and has been actively following developments in the sustainable wood products area and has become one of the most authoritative sources of knowledge about this value chain from procurement to technology, markets and customers. Pöyry is a global consulting and engineering company dedicated to balanced sustainability and responsible business. It has 7,000 experts and a local office network in about 50 countries.

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attain fluidity and flexibility, then attaching hundreds of varied hued, clear-finished precision-cut veneer triangles to linen. Strozyk foresees applications for curtains, lampshades, and even upholstery, noting that polychrome designs will result from the mixing of veneers such as oak, maple, beech, cherry, pear, and bubinga.


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A refreshed and improved AWISA exhibition on again in Sydney from 11-14 July W

HEN THE woodworking industry attends AWISA 2012 visitors will see a show that is similar to previous events, but also a show that is different. It once again occupies four of the halls at the Sydney Exhibition Centre at Darling Harbour … but has a new layout. For the first time the show will have machinery separated from the hardware and decorative products. AWISA 2012 is Australasia’s international exhibition of machinery, materials, hardware and services for cabinet, joinery, furniture, timber and panel industries and takes place from 11-14 July at the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour, Sydney. Hardware and decorative products will be in Hall 2 of the venue under the AWISA-Design banner, and the exhibits will be arranged around a central café. Panel processing machinery will be in Hall 1, and in Halls 3 and 4 will be more panel processing machinery plus solid wood and timber processing machinery. AWISA will be the place to see a huge range of woodworking machinery, from the basic through to the world’s latest technologies including the best in CNC equipment. The biggest machinery exhibitors are Advanced Timber Systems, Altendorf, Beyond Tools, Biesse, Felder, Gregory, Homag, Leda Machinery, Major Woodworking, Masterwood, Multicam, The Wood Tech Group, Weinig and Woodtron. In the AWISA-Design area Blum, Form-Tek, Hafele, Hettich, Just Stone, Lincoln, Polytec, Salice and Wilson & Bradley are the dominant exhibitors. In total, more than 100 companies are exhibiting at AWISA 2012. “Of course, AWISA is not just the place to see woodworking machinery. Manufacturers that process

aluminium will be able to see aluminium processing machinery on the Elumatec, Gregory, Luna Machinery and other stands. Stone processors will see machinery of interest to them on the Biesse, Breton, CDK Stone, and The Wood Tech Group stands, and there will even be glass equipment from Intermac on the Biesse stand. Don’t forget that a lot of the machinery around the show is also capable of processing plastic materials,” said Geoff Holland, general manager of AWISA Ltd. Admission and registration AWISA 2012 is a trade-only exhibition and all visitors are asked to register. They can do so on arrival at the exhibition, but it is preferred that they pre-register. Pre-registrations can only be done through the AWISA website, www. As in the past, children over 6 months of age and under 15 years of age are not admitted, but AWISA provides a professionally run children’s hospitality suite with activities and entertainment to suit the various age groups. Accommodation Special rates have been negotiated at a number of hotels around the venue, and enquiries should be directed to the Lido Group on 1800 817 339 or 02 8585 0888 or by booking online at www. Airport shuttle buses A fleet of 48 seat coaches will provide a complimentary shuttle service between the two domestic terminals and AWISA 2012, with the service running every half hour from 8am each show day, with the last service leaving the exhibition one hour after the close of the show each day. For full details on the pick up point at the airport visit

“Breakfast with Sam Kekovich” The AWISA 2012 celebrity breakfast will take place on 13 July in the Parkside Ballroom at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre. “Breakfast with Sam Kekovich” will be an entertaining start to what is always AWISA’s busiest day. Sam Kekovich is one of the real personalities of AFL football and since his playing days has become a media identity, most recognised as the Australian Ambassador for Meat and Livestock and is seen on multi-award winning advertisements for Australian lamb as “Sam the Lamb Man.” Tickets cost $60 and can only be booked online at through the registration page. For more information on all aspects of AWISA 2012, including the list of exhibitors, and to preregister, visit www.awisa. com

2012 AWISA is the international exhibition of machinery, materials, fittings and services for the Australian and New Zealand wood and panel processing industries. The exhibition returns in 2012 refreshed and improved. With new panel, solidwood and design areas, AWISA has created three shows within the event. Organised by the australian WOOdWOrking industry suppliers assOciatiOn limited

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Spotlight on new products at AWISA T

HE AWISA 2012 exhibition will feature a host of exhibitors when it opens at the Sydney Exhibition Centre on 11 July 2012. The exhibition involves everyone in woodworking and its associated industries and while the seminar sessions will provide a host of information similarly the exhibitions will show what’s new and popular in the market.

Here’s just a sample of what’s new at the show. Gregory Machinery is the Australian distributor of Cehisa and is exhibiting the Bryko range at the AWISA event. Founded in 1956, CEHISA is a family company based near Barcelona in Spain and was originally established to produce an array of basic woodworking machinery. However over the years the company has become an

internationally renowned business completely devoted to the production of edgebanding machinery. From 1975 the brand started distributing around the world to five continents and in 2006 celebrated its 50th anniversary. Traditionally Cehisa’s core business was manufacturing large industrial edgebanders suited to high level production workshops but realised a market

 Gregory Machinery’s Spanish influence. Gregory Machinery is the Australian distributor of Cehisa and is exhibiting the Bryko range at the AWISA event.

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opportunity to produce a medium to small edgebander that carried all the features of their big brothers. In 2009 Cehisa released the first range of Bryko edgebanders and the company has since released several models, the latest the Bryko PC Plus. The PC Plus is a comprehensive machine with a combination of simple design and solid reliability matched with a full suite of machining applications. Equipped as standard is a diamond tool premilling unit. Edging of freshly cut composite boards needs to occur immediately to achieve a perfectly flat edge as swelling can occur due to atmospheric moisture. Premilling means the edge is trimmed as the edge material is applied so a perfect finish is guaranteed. Premilling also assists in elimination of glue lines and the operator does not need to distinguish between top and bottom faces of the panels. The PC Plus is supplied with a Teflon coated hotmelt glue tank fitted with an electronic thermostat. The Teflon coating makes cleaning the unit very straightforward and the thermostat assists in accurately managing glue temperature throughout the working day. Automatic feeding for strips up to 2mm thickness is standard so a single operator can load and unload the machine on most projects. A nice touch is the high frequency twin saw end trim unit. Unlike guillotine trimmers, saw trim units will not stretch the edge material. After trimming, each edge is finished with corner rounding. The machine also has a top and bottom trimming unit, horizontal/vertical tracers and numerical indicators for adjustments. There is a LCD control display for easy viewing.

See the new Cehisa Bryko and a host of other machinery at Gregory Machinery’s stands 1211-1213, 1216-1218 at AWISA or visit www. Sear Insurance Brokers is launching a special insurance offer, available solely for cabinet makers, shopfitters and the joinery industry at AWISA 2012 through its Cabinet Makers Insurance Brokers (CMIB) brand. Sear Insurance Brokers is a leading national insurance brokerage that strives to provide value and excellent risk management advice with a record of saving the industry premiums while offering a more comprehensive cover. In 2008 Sear Insurance Brokers launched Cabinet

Insurance cover, too Makers Insurance Brokers & Cabinet Makers Insurance Australia and in 2010 introduced Cabinet Makers Insurance. From experience with hundreds of cabinet makers it was obvious that most cabinet makers had not had assistance when reviewing their insurance arrangements nor had they been well informed of their options. The company found most cabinet makers were missing essential elements of cover, were generally underinsured and did not fully understand some of the basic insurance concepts such as the meaning and requirements of reinstatement and replacement conditions or the effects of the average clause. In most cases cabinet makers were paying too much premium, too little cover. Sear Insurance has developed specific insurance packages with leading Australian insurers to specifically to suit the needs of cabinet makers, shopfitters

and joiners, they are easy to understand and will represent value. Visit Cabinet Makers Insurance Brokers on stand 3332 or au Ron Mack Machinery efficiently provides metalwork and woodwork machinery, including CNC machine tools (e.g., CNC lathes) and quality spare parts by the industry’s most sought-after brands. The company also offers a wider service, which includes visiting onsite to assess woodwork and metalwork machinery requirements through to commissioning and after-sales service and support. At AWISA 2012 the company will feature a new Xcalibur sawmill the YES 700M. The 700M has a 10hp main electric motor and is an efficient, fast and effective bandsaw type of mill for the processing of logs and rough sawn timber. It has an NC control panel with powered blade elevation and variable travel speed, a safety switch lockout and caters for a maximum log diameter of 700mm with a six metre track. On the stand Ron Mack will feature the Casadei’s ALA 20 PLUS edgebander. This is a newly redesigned model with all of the features a small shop or craftsman could want. It has a PLC controller along with Teflon coated glue pot for easy clean-up and quick heat-up. Top and bottom trimmers along with end trimmers, edge scraping and buffing are typically only found more expensive machines. It can cope with up to 3mm strips and has a new and innovative automatic edge strip loading system. Also on Ron Mack’s stand, which is stand 4207-4209 will be the Romac P400 E panelsaw and the company is offering a special deal for show attendees.

to secure your place at these 12 short, sharp talks for senior executives and key decision makers. 8.30 am to 12.30 pm (followed by a networking lunch) Melbourne VIC 10 July 2012

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Precision, price and performance is paramount F

OR DECADES Weinig has been a leader in the international market of solid wood processing. Far more than 80,000 moulders made by Weinig are being used in more than 120 countries. “Our name stands for absolute precision, simple to operate and a return on investment that remains untouched. Price and performance relationship which is unachievable by others,” said Neil Forbes,

managing director of Weinig Australia. “With WEINIG’s Unimat series, you not only get the latest technology, but a simple to operate and highly productive moulder with a great return on investment. The Unimat series means quality where it counts. Whatever you manufacture, quality is required in every case, and the cost has to be reasonable. The Unimat series meets all of these requirements,” he said.

“From the Unimat 217 starter model to the powerful Unimat 818, the right machine is available for every application,” said Neil. “Now we are re-defining 4 side planing,” he said “and the Weinig Cube is here. It’s fast, precise, efficient,” he said. “It’s 4 side planing – with no setup! “It’s time to think inside the box. Think cube,” said Neil. Weinig will be one of the major exhibitors at AWISA (stand 3309-3316).

Wood First: public sector should lead by example IN A mirror image of Forest and Wood Products Australia, a sustainability campaign Wood for Good has launched its 2012 campaign ‘Wood First’ and is calling for the public sector to lead by example in the UK’s battle to cut carbon emissions. The campaign calls for the introduction of a “Wood First” rule in local authority planning

change by absorbing CO2 and emitting oxygen during the growth process, resulting in carbon being captured in timber products. David Hopkins, head of external affairs for Wood for Good said: “Increasing forest cover is recognised as one of the most effective weapons we have in the battle against climate change, and

When you add in the wider positive economic, biodiversity and community impacts, it’s obvious that one of the most effective ways to build a low carbon future is to start with Wood First. guidance. This would require sustainably sourced wood to be considered, where feasible, as the primary construction material in all new-build and refurbishment projects. The organisation states that this will help the UK meet local, national and sectoral targets for carbon reduction. Such a rule is already in place in many other parts of the world, most notably France, as a key element of climate policy. Current proposals from the European Commission will enable the carbon stored in harvested wood products to be taken into account in national carbon budgets. Wood for Good says that several local authorities are already considering versions of the Wood First rule, including a major London borough. Timber’s low carbon properties have already been well documented in a range of scientific studies and academic reports, which outline how wood actively mitigates against the effects of carbon

the best way to achieve this is to stimulate demand for sustainable timber and wood products. “The introduction of a Wood First rule will help to make this happen. “Introducing the rule would bring multiple benefits to local authorities. It will help drive efficiencies by increasing the speed of construction, while timber’s exceptional thermal insulation properties will enable them to create homes and buildings that consume less energy. “When you add in the wider positive economic, biodiversity and community impacts, it’s obvious that one of the most effective ways to build a low carbon future is to start with Wood First.” The Wood First campaign has strong support from a wide range of stakeholders, including the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC), which was the first organisation to set global standards for responsible forest

management, the Program for the Endorsement of Forestry Certification (PEFC UK) and Confederation of Forest Industries: promoting forestry and wood (CONFOR). Charles Thwaites, the executive director of the Forest Stewardship Council’s UK National Office, said: “Deforestation is still a major issue in many parts of the world with devastating impacts on the environment and local communities. Nevertheless the Forest Stewardship Council is convinced that timber harvested in a responsible manner can be environmentally appropriate, beneficial to local peoples and make a fair economic return. This is why we believe that timber products, when sourced from forests managed and certified to our exacting standards, can be regarded as one of the world’s most sustainable materials. Stuart Goodall, chief

Wood and carbon: Some facts and figures: • For every cubic metre of timber or wood products used in construction, approximately one tonne of carbon dioxide is saved. • Wood products have some of the best thermal performance properties of any mainstream construction material. Wood insulates 15 times better than concrete, 400 times better than steel and 1,770 times better than aluminium. • Europe’s stock of wood products stores an estimated 220 million tonnes of carbon. • The timber industry employs nearly 200,000 people in the UK and is worth nearly £20 billion to the UK economy. As demand for wood grows, so will the industry, increasing the strength of the rural economy in the UK. • Currently, European forests provide a carbon sink for around 150-200 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide, with an additional 500 million tonnes sequestered annually. These same forests also provide approximately 90% of European timber and wood products, which store an additional 220 million tonnes of carbon dioxide. • Climate change experts have claimed that simply by increasing the UK’s forest cover from 12% to 16% the country could, by 2050, abate up to 10% of its national carbon dioxide emissions. • At end-of-life, timber can either be recycled into panel boards and other products or used for renewable energy recovery. • Between 12-30 tonnes of carbon can be stored in the fabric and content of an average timber house • A 10% increase in the percentage of wooden houses in Europe would produce sufficient CO2 savings to account for about 25% of the reductions prescribed by the Kyoto Protocol.

executive of Confor: promoting forestry and wood, said: “It is about time we put Wood First in this country. The forest based industries

play a vital role in the rural and wider economy in the UK yet they receive little attention or support. We believe this campaign will help place

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Comprehensive range on display W

HEN THE AWISA 2012 exhibition opens its doors on 11 July this year, one of the most comprehensive ranges of machinery for solid timber at the show with be the range presented by Advanced Timber Systems. The company will be

displaying the very latest machinery from Fullpower including a four side moulder, jet pulse dust extraction, tool grinders and much more. Now entering its second decade in Australasia, and with more than 500 machines sold, Fullpower is becoming a familiar sight in the

solid timber industry in all areas from small timber merchants and joineries right through to large sawmilling companies. Tighter regulations for dust emissions require better filtration systems to be employed in dust extraction systems. The Fullpower Jet Pulse dust extraction


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systems not only meet these stringent demands in a quiet efficient manner but also come equipped with a self cleaning jet pulse system to maintain a constant air velocity. With ever increasing demands on tooling to not only offer a high grade finish but also longevity, diamond is becoming firmly entrenched in the woodworking industry. Along with a range of the traditional HSS and TCT knives, Advanced Timber Systems will be showcasing the latest in PCD technology. This tooling is increasing life expectancy in hardwood

flooring production from around 20,000 lineal metres when using TCT to more than 800,000 lineal metres in a single run. With setup costs now in the very affordable range Advanced Timber Systems can customise this latest technology to suit a client’s exact requirements. Advanced Timber Systems is located in Hall 4 at AWISA 2012, on stands 4113 – 4118. The company was established in 1996 to service the solid timber

industry and offers a full range of machinery and accessories to cover almost all facets of woodworking, but with the main focus on the solid timber industry. Advanced Timber Systems offers professional and personal service throughout Australia and surrounding countries including NZ, Fiji and PNG. The company specialises in moulders, four siders, band resaws, end matchers, fingerjointers, optimising docking saws and grinders.


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Launch of a new product at AWISA exhibition I

N THE highly competitive market of timber panelling and flooring, the launch of a new product onto the Australian market is both exciting and challenging, according to Jane Lindsay, who oversees Admonter’s Australian sales and service. “In contrast, Admonter has quietly been getting on creating beautiful spaces in Europe’s commercial and residential markets for the last 40 years. Now, it’s Australian’s turn to get a taste of Austria’s finest from Admonter,” she says. From small beginnings to global impact Austrian company STIA which produces Admonter Natural Wood Panels and Wide Plank wood flooring was founded in 1972. STIA has an unusual background, being the industrial arm of the Benedictine Monastery of Admont, Austria. This monastery was founded in 1074 and has been involved in wood processing ever since. Today, STIA employs 300 people, has an annual manufacturing capacity of around 2,100,000 square meters of flooring and 500,000 square meters of 3-layer panels. The Admonter panel and flooring brands have an excellent reputation throughout Europe in the premium wood sector. The product range is broad, appealing to both domestic and commercial markets, with product integrity being of paramount importance. The entire portfolio carries the PEFC certificate – Europe’s quality seal for wood products made using sustainable forest material. The panels also carry the IBR-quality certificate, issued by Germany´s independent

Institute for Construction Biology in Rosenheim, which assesses a product´s harmlessness in terms of health and ecology. Importantly for Australia is the CE marking they hold in terms of Fire Classification. Admonter wood panels are produced in accordance with EN 13353. The CE marking is done according to EN 13986. The background of STIA and its environment bind it to sustainable forestry. For each tree felled, four are planted, reinforcing the company’s commitment to environmentallyresponsible manufacturing. Making its Australian debut at this year’s AWISA exhibition, visitors will get a taste of what Admonter has to offer the wood panel and wide plank flooring markets. On show will be a sample of bespoke furniture and wall treatments made from the Admonter Natural Panel range especially for the Exhibition. The stand has been designed with cabinet and furniture makers, architects, door manufacturers and wooddetailers in mind. Admonter will also showcase a selection of their wide plank flooring range. “Whether for furniture, cabinetry, wall cladding or doors, Admonter Natural Wood Panels are available in the same wood species as Admonter Natural Floors which means the design possibilities are endless,” says Jane. The range of Natural Wood Panels includes nearly all of the 20 different wood species from which Admonter wide plank floors are produced.

From classic hardwoods and softwoods to exclusive special timbers such as stone pine, cherry or naturally dark thermo-treated wood. Admonter Wood Panels are available in a standard width of 2030mm and in lengths from 2000mm to 5000mm. The thickness of each panel ranges from 15mm to 40mm with a variable construction of the middle and bottom layers on request. All panels are sanded with grit K80. The panels can be finished with a number of options such as brushed, naturally oiled or limed or with a colour finish and can be cut either lengthwise or traversely. “Depending if you seek consistency or contrast in the design of the living environment, the choice of panel and flooring combinations will decide the design outcome. Whichever way

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you choose, the special three-layer construction means Admonter Natural Wood Panels are of the highest durability and stability, creating long lasting, beautiful interiors.” In order to ensure the quality of Admonter products, only 2% of a tree has the quality required to produce a wood panel. From the manual pre-sorting of raw material to final delivery, a wood panel undergoes a total of five quality checks. Due to the special multi-layer construction, Admonter panels achieve the highest level of durability and stability which is sure to add quality and character to any interior. See the beautiful wood from Admonter at Stand 1420 in the Design Section AWISA 2012 Exhibition. Jane Lindsay, who oversees Australian Sales and Service and Bernhard Waschl, who has a building background and sound technical knowledge of the product, will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

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2012 2012

Power package with sensor-controlled hammer mechanism T

HE NEW cordless impact screwdriver TI 15 IMPACT from Festool was developed especially for machining many and large screws. It’s patented EC-TEC motor works without carbon brushes and boasts strong performance, an intelligent energy supply and a long service life. As a 3-in-1

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device it works not only as a powerful impact screwdriver, but also as a fully-fledged screwdriver and elbow screwdriver. The German power tools manufacturer Festool is continuing to expand its cordless range of tools and will add to the new cordless impact screwdriver TI 15 IMPACT to its existing line of cordless products. Its sensor-controlled hammer mechanism is unique: Here the impact areas of the hammer and anvil permanently meet on top of one another with exact coverage and transfer the power of the torque optimally to the screwhead thus ensuring exceptional power with minimum wear. This can be noticed mainly in the assembly work of many and large screws, which not only can be screwed in smoothly, but, at the same time, also protect the wrist through the discontinuation

of the otherwise typical recoining. As the bit sits on the screwhead without any application pressure, the bits do not rotate and the screwhead remains intact. The automatic switch-off function for the hammer mechanism is unique: If the chuck is mounted, the hammer is automatically switched off and the TI 15 IMPACT becomes a drill with infinitely adjustable speed. The new TI 15 IMPACT combines the advantages of all three devices in one: impact screwdriver, screwdriver and elbow screwdriver. This means fewer procurement costs and less weight and spatial requirements. And above all, always having the right tool on hand. Drill bits are changed in a flash using the quick-change chuck and CENTROTEC. And thanks to the tried-and-tested FastFix elbow adapter, the

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TI 15 IMPACT becomes an elbow screwdriver in lightning speed. EC-TEC is a drive concept specially developed by Festool, which uses the required energy in an economical and really intelligent way and outputs full power where it is also needed. The result: the TI 15 IMPACT, whose power is coordinated precisely to the work situation each time while at the same

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IMPACT, charger and even the battery packs. Festool, together with sister brand Protool, is part of the strong coalition of brands under the organisation known as TTS Tooltechnic Systems (Aust.) Pty Ltd. Festool power tools have been manufactured by Festool in Germany for more than 80 years. For 30 years, Festool’s range of high-end power tools has been distributed through specialised partner dealers throughout Australia and has been extremely well received by professional trades people and demanding DIY users. The latest products will be featured at the Tooltechnic stand (1233) at AWISA, 1114 July, Sydney Exhibition Centre.

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BESSEY HAS released a heavy duty one-handed clamp and spreader with a pistol grip handle – The EZS One Handed Clamp. The clamp utilises two component technologies in the clamp body design – an integral rubber material for the handle grips and a strong glass fibre reinforced polyamide material for the body and reversible jaw. Tim Gore, national marketing manager for the Artarmonbased Hordern and Company, national distributor of the full range of Bessey products, explained that the lever trigger was protected and not exposed to prevent any unwanted release at an untimely location. The reversible jaw has a simple push ‘in/out’ button release that enables a quick transition from a clamp to a spreader and vice-versa. “The concealed ratchet release mechanism ensures reduced wear, prolonged and trouble free operation. This clamp also features soft pressure pads that guarantee positive secure grip and work piece protection. As with most BESSEY clamps, a high quality profiled steel rail is utilised with an added black oxide surface treatment to assist in the prevention of rust. “The Bessey rail profile maintains its strength over the clamps’ operational life,” he said. The Bessey EZS One Handed Clamp has an 80mm throat depth with clamping sizes ranging from 150mm – 900mm, whilst its spreading capacities range from 360mm – 1110mm. “We’ll be demonstrating clamps, levels, lasers and screwdriver bits at our stand 3236 at AWISA,” said Tim.


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Diversity of services on offer to the industry M

PB ENGINEERING is exhibiting at AWISA this year on stand 4228, and will be showing the diversity of its services to the timber industry with its custom made machinery and the agencies it represents. “Our major strength is the design and manufacture of custom made machinery for all sectors, including handling equipment to increase production, multi slicing machines for the box industry, TechBeam assembly machines, and many more,” says a company statement. “Our agencies make it possible for us to offer machinery to complement our manufacturing division including PAUL Edger’s and Multi Rips for the sawmilling industry, Gau Jing moulders, High Point Band Re-Saws, all the way through to CR Onsrud CNC Routers for furniture manufacturers and cabinet makers.

“We also offer reconditioning of old warn out machinery or fire damaged machinery. We are able to assess and rectify health and safety issues for machinery (which may not otherwise reach the standards) by adding custom built guards or adding light curtains. “So, whether you’re a coffin manufacturer and you need to

drill or shape your product, laminated beam manufacture who needs a new press or a vacuum loader to move your product, or if you simply wish to sand your product and a traditional sander just won’t cut it we have a solution for you. “No challenge is too great or small. We can create a solution for you.”

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meters, which cater for all budgets according to the features required. Another problem Hawleys can help you deal with is the high cost of disposing of wood waste with its range of shredders and chippers. “With one of these machines you can turn your waste into something saleable if it is clean timber or, if it is contaminated with glue, you can greatly reduce the volume of the waste,” says Michael Guy. “Clean, shredded wood can be used for animal bedding, landscape gardening or used as feed-stock for re-processed wood products like chipboard, pellets, briquettes etc.,” said Michael. Hawleys Pty Ltd is at AWISA stand 3333.

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Architects wanting to use Australian product C

A M BERW ELL LIES at the heart of Melbourne’s wealthiest eastern suburbs; in its centre is Camberwell Junction where five major roads meet and join prestigious areas such as Kew, Hawthorn East, Camberwell, Canterbury and Auburn. This is what you might describe not only as ‘old money’ areas but traditional, establishment and conservative. As an example, a proposed redesign of Camberwell railway station caused actors and exresidents Geoffrey Rush and Barry Humphries to help scuttle the project because it might dilute the suburb’s character. On this backdrop, at the very centre of the junction is a new development, which overshadows the heritage listed 1885 built E,S&A Bank building – the Aerial Apartments. Now, by understanding a little of the background of Camberwell Junction you will more easily appreciate the temerity needed to build a

modern skyscraper reaching many storeys into the sky and dwarfing the little brick bank building. Wood/Marsh Architects took on the challenge to transform what was previously a car sales site, albeit a Mercedes Benz dealership, into a multistorey apartment building that would not offend the locals. To do that Wood/Marsh selected Durabeam supplied by Bruce Bell of Timber Engineered Structures. “There’s now a desire to look towards timber for a wide range of structural and non-structural applications where they are well aware of trying to break-up the monotony of what these high rise commercial buildings are all about,” said Bell. With the Aerial Apartments complex the 336 wooden fins are “going to form a very pleasing break-up of huge areas of glass and steel and concrete. This (wood) is forming a stockade around the first four floors of the building”.

The beams, which are Cutek coated white cypress Durabeams, are 533mm x 60mm and 10.5 metres tall. Fitted both sides to a rolled steel joist (RSJ) and the RSJ is fixed to the building 25 degrees off-centre to form a colonnade in a sweeping pattern. Not only is this sweeping design breaking-up the glass and steel behind it but it is forming a link with the E,S&A Bank building, joining the two eras together in a way that is warm, contemporary and environmentally functional. “More general interest is being expressed by architects and engineers in the use of timber and particularly if it carries the chain of custody/ sustainability certification with PEFC and FSC and NFS,” said Bell. “Wood/Marsh selected Durabeam because of its durability and general stability in its glue laminated state,” said Bell. “Importantly the whole thing is presented in a Cutek coated system to protect


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that kiln-dried timber against UV, weathering and moisture.” That’s not all though, cypress from which the Durabeam is made, is an Australian native tree whose timber is attractive, easy to grow and tough, really tough. About 27 years ago field tests were conducted using cypress inground and out-ofground that showed that after 17 years cypress inground was still totally intact when it was pulled out. “As a result of those tests it made me very much aware of Australian cypress as a unique softwood species only common to the continent of Australia. There was no other product like it in the world in terms of its resistance,” said Bell. “There are some very valuable Tasmanian timbers like huon pine, King William pine and celery top pine and so on but they grow in an eco system which is very fragile. Cypress grows like a weed. It grows on very marginal land, on rocky and sandy soils and very dry climates. It has minimal log diameter of about 600mm. “It is well known for its white ant resistance but

comes with a fair degree of sapwood, which we grade out and separate in the finished product. So we minimize the sapwood particularly when it’s an exterior use.” According to Bell, iron bark, spotted gum and black butt and other east coast tree species are becoming rarer and so it is almost impossible to get consistency, continuity and large dimension lumber with a degree of stability. That presents the industry an ongoing challenge. “We have to keep up with reforesting new products like blue gum and spotted

in a caring and sensitive way which doesn’t remove the original characteristic vegetation,” he said. So architects wanting to use local Australian products with outstanding attributes have a winner just on these points alone, but wait there’s more. The service life of the cypress Durabeams is in the order of 50 to 100 years and if it is well managed, well designed and well maintained it may last indefinitely. Well designed is in the detail. It’s about protecting

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gum for instance where they’re going into large eco system plantations. Cypress in some way is similar as it grows in a relationship with other hardwood species. And by selective culling and tight land management it is a perpetuity-sustainable product. “This is very important because in order to make as little impact in a fragile eco system it must be managed

exposed joints against long term moisture and also ensuring that anything that carries or captures water is deflected or designed in such a way that it not exposed. Equally important is the maintenance, but it’s not constant maintenance. Many of the fins on the Aerial Apartments won’t require maintenance for 2-5 years. There are parts of the building that because of the serpentine shape of the colonnade the fins will last for 10 years without maintenance because they are not getting exposure. UV degradation and weathering plays a large part. According to Bell, the clients were fearful that on a commercial structure located at one of the busiest five-way intersections in Melbourne that they would not be able to handle a structure that required a lot of care and maintenance.


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“They don’t have the luxury of being able to get in there regularly with a paintbrush to coat them,” said Bell. “The worst thing that will happen to these beams is they will just dry out on the exposed sections and all they’ll need is a quick clean down to remove all the grime and pollutants and then just apply another rag coat of oil with a colour because that acts as a UV filter.“ Hanson Yuncken, the builders of the Aerial Apartments project worked with Bruce Bell to coordinate the prefabrication and assembly of the fins. The apartment building is expected to be complete within the next few months. Dreamtime development Another recent project that has also employed Durabeams as a pivotal part of its design is the Rumbalara project in Shepparton, Victoria. Rumbalara is actually two distinct structures, the elders care facility is on a greenfield site at Maroopna and the other is a medical centre in Shepparton. Both are health service facilities for aboriginal community members. Baldasso Cortese of Collingwood in Melbourne, were chosen as the architects for the two sites. In the medical centre they used Durabeams, which were coated with Cutek in a black ash colour, as shade fins and to highlight the structure and elevation. Rendered orchre walls and the beige prow roof are highlighted by the vertical Durabeams. The timber for the Durabeams was sourced sustainably from the Pilliga region of Central Western New South Wales.

“The beams are 420mm x 65mm and 4.8 metres tall and tapered. Fixed vertically to the building to the glass front entrance. The architect was looking for a break-up of elevation and highlights as well as vertical shade,” said Bell. For Rumbalara the architects wanted conspicuous natural products to incorporate into both structures, products that would suit the environment as well as reflecting some aboriginal aspects of design. “This is a good example of how a collaborative effort between the architect, the engineer, the supplier and

the builder can put the whole thing together cohesively. It’s quite a ground breaking design,” he said. In the case of the elders care facility the design reflects the Yorta Yorta peoples affinity with the Barmah Forest and their connection with the earth, hence there is substantial use of wood and natural materials inside and out. With the elders care facility the architects employed the Durabeams not only for visual appeal but also as structural members using them on the exterior and interior as discernible, durable features.


TIMBERMAN, July 2012 – 14

Solid wood now certified as engineered product by EWPAA S

OLID WOOD producers have widely accepted a certification system that will give consumers the confidence that structural timber is a true and reliable engineered product. The Plantation Timber Certification System is a voluntary certification program for MGP and F graded timber administered by the Engineered Wood Products Association of Australasia and accredited by JAS-ANZ. It is an ISO-type 5 product certification system that incorporates in-mill process control and batch verification, six-monthly audits of the QC system in the mill, independent third-party testing of the structural properties of product and marketplace surveillance testing. “This is the same level of scrutiny as other engineered wood products such as LVL, I-beams and plywood,” said Andy McNaught, EWPAA technical manager, who is directing the program. “Uptake of the certification scheme has been excellent with seven of the 11 major mill sites in Australia now using it.” Since the Australian Forest Products Association’s quality certification program was moved across to EWPAA – ending a long association with NCS International, one of Australia’s largest third-party certification bodies – AFPA believes the scheme has added value to its member mills. Membership of the Plantation Timber Certification Scheme entitles mills to have their AFS chain of custody certification and Australian wood packaging certification completed at no extra cost.

Audits for the three certification schemes are integrated to minimise disruption to mill staff and production. Also, members receive technical assistance on grading and other issues as part of the certification cost “This means EWPAA now provides technical and general input on behalf of the industry to standards development,” Andy McNaught said. “The bottom line is that producers of solid structural timber can now be part of a rigorous JAS-ANZ accredited product certification scheme that gives consumers the confidence to consider MGP and F graded timber as a true engineered product.” McNaught said the plywood and LVL industries had always valued the services of EWPAA and the value of the EWPAA brand was something the solid timber industry wanted to embrace. “Users of the program appreciate the value of EWPAA’s input, both at an audit level and a technical representation level and they see this as value for money,” he said. “And it’s an obvious extension to the EWPAA certification program which now provides certification services to every timber product, except glulam. “Previously, the degree of rigour associated with product certification didn’t extend to solid timber. “What we’ve done is to pitch it at exactly the same level as our LVL and plywood programs so users can be totally confident that the material they are buying is an engineered product – and the EWPAA brand confirms this.” FWPA will for the time being retain the former ‘PTAA’ brand for certified sawn timber products. However, in

Japanese audit of JAS scheme in Brisbane REPRESENTATIVES OF the Japanese Food and Agricultural Materials Inspection Centre (FAMIC) were in Brisbane recently for the annual audit of the JAS standards program that certifies plywood and LVL use in Japan. The JAS (Japan Agricultural Standard) program refers to the certification system that attaches the JAS marks to products inspected in accordance with requirements of Japan’s Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. FAMIC was created in 2007 with the task of improving the quality and labelling of agricultural and forest products and to ensure the quality and safety of fertiliser, agricultural chemicals, feed and feed additives and soil improvement materials in the interests of consumers. The centre works in close collaboration with the Japanese government, other national agencies, prefecture governments and international organisations. The EWPAA has just received JAS-ANZ accreditation for sawn timber and wood packaging. This will expand the services EWPAA can provide to the wood product manufacturing industry and allow Australianmade wood products to meet international phytosanitary requirements. The accreditation will also make it far easier for EWPAA members to market wood products in a number of different applications. The general manager of the Engineered Woods Products Association of Australasia Simon Dorries visited Japan in mid-January where he discussed extension of the EWPAA JIS certification standard with government and building authorities. The JIS marking system is governed by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. Mr Dorries met with officers of the Japanese Ministry of Forestry and visited the Japanese Centre for Destruction Material Testing in the village of Asa. The visit works towards accreditation to certify Australasian decorative overlay board in Japan.

 Caillum, is pictured (right) with laboratory technician Andrew McLaughlin.

 Andy McNaught, EWPAA technical manager.

product distribution and promotion and on member company websites the engineered certification by EWPAA will be recognised. “After 12 months we are ‘bedding down’ the program while the subject of specific branding is under review,” McNaught said. JAS-ANZ accreditation was established in 1991 by the Australian and New Zealand governments to strengthen the trading relationship between the two countries and with other countries. Known as the JAS-ANZ Treaty, it operates as a joint accreditation system to deliver on four goals relating to integrity and confidence; trade support; linkage; and international acceptance.

Young EWPAA engineer has enthusiasm for wood ENTHUSIASTIC YOUNG engineer Caillum Falknau has joined the Engineered Wood Products Association of Australasia working with the technical team at Plywood House in Brisbane. Caillum, who joined EWPAA late last year as quality control engineer, is pictured (right) with laboratory technician Andrew McLaughlin. He graduated in civil engineering from the University of Queensland in 2010 after which he worked for the Toowoomba City Council and then a Darling Downs firm consulting in the structural and civil design sector. He alternated his employment by assisting his father, Don, who is an arborist looking after trees in the Garden City. “Working with EWPAA is a wonderful opportunity for me and I’m learning much from it,” Caillum said. One of his first assignments will be a visit to Melbourne to help on an engineered wood project at Carter Holt Harvey. “I’ve done my homework and I’m well prepared,” Caillum said.

Imported formwork unsafe after bond quality fails in EWPAA tests THE ENGINEERED wood products industry’s vigilant watch on imports has snared another non-compliant product that has threatened the safety of workers on a Melbourne building site. Formwork on the site, imported from Asia, has failed all pressure tests for plywood bond quality at the Brisbane laboratories of the Engineered Wood Products Association of Australasia. “The durability of the product is not what the manufacturer is claiming, so if gluelines fail it has serious implications for structural reliability,” EWPAA general manager Simon Dorries said. “This imported material had a 100% failure rate which again highlights the industry’s constant monitoring of standards compliance.” The bond qualities and thicknesses of the samples were determined in accordance with AS/NZS 2098.22006 and AS/NZS 2098.4-2006 respectively. Bond quality pass criteria was used in accordance with AS/NZS 2269. The importer of the formply has been put on notice, pending further investigation by building site inspectors and the CFMEU (Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union). Dorries said the use of the non-

compliant formwork again reflected a common attitude: “if it’s cheap and looks the same, we’ll use it”. He said to prevent inferior products entering the market, importers and local suppliers were urged to have each batch of structural plywood independently tested by an organisation registered with the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) to ensure compliance with the standard. “The end users of the structural plywood (such as builders and consumers) should insist on receiving the certificates of testing for the relevant batches of structural plywood purchased. A copy of such certificates should be forwarded to the certifying building surveyor to ensure compliance with building codes in New Zealand and Australia,” Mr Dorries said. “It is the responsibility of governments to have effective regulations to prohibit the use of dangerous or illegal materials and the industry is concerned about the ineffectiveness of current policing.” The EWPAA is the only organisation providing NATA testing and is supplying NATA reporting on every production shift of its members in New Zealand, Australia, Fiji and Papua New Guinea.

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Andrew McLaughlin examines samples of imported plywood that have failed tests for bond quality.


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Online testing portal provides timber treatment plants and their customers with confidence standards are being met I

N D E P E N D E N T VERIFICATION Services Australia Ltd (IVS) has launched an online timber testing portal that provides timber preservation plant operators – and their customers – with assurance that relevant industry standards are being met. “Since the recent introduction of a raft of changes to consumer protection legislation relating to issues such as guarantees and warranties, retailers and end-consumers purchasing timber products are demanding assurance that treated timber meets the relevant Australian Standards, such as AS1604,” said Tim Evans, IVS Australian Business Development Manager, based in Brisbane. “Owners and operators in the processing, importing, and distribution chain also have heightened awareness of their responsibility to produce products that are fit for purpose. The Durability of Buildings document, prepared by The Australian Building Codes Board, is another benchmark manufacturers are looking to meet. This document suggests minimum design life for buildings and components. “These consumer protection changes put the liability back onto treatment plants to ensure treatment methods

are robust and meet industry standards. The financial and reputational consequences of non-compliance are now higher than ever before,” said Evans. To help timber treatment plants meet these new consumer expectations, IVS has launched a new online timber testing portal that allows treatment plants to submit samples for testing. Tim says the new online portal allows companies to log in to IVS’ secure site, input their samples for testing, track samples through the process, read results online, and track treatment trends based on sample history. “Customers we’ve introduced to the site especially like the ability of being able to look at the history of samples. Through the portal, they will be able to monitor and refine plant performance on a timely basis,” he explained. It is also possible, via the provision of secure access codes, for a third party to have access to specific test results where a client requires evidence of ongoing quality assurance. IVS has joined forces with what has been recognised as one of Australasia’s foremost analytical testing labs, Hill Laboratories of New Zealand. All samples are shipped to Hill Labs IANZaccredited timber testing

 Tim Evans, IVS

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 The Hill headquarters. facility in Hamilton on the North Island. “In 2011, we began working with Hill Laboratories and launched a timber treatment testing service in New Zealand which has been operating successfully for about a year. “Over that time, the Hill Labs/IVS team has become expert in timber treatment and has put a great deal of research and development resource into optimising testing methods for this niche industry. Our partnership has been extremely successful in New Zealand, with several of the country’s leading timber companies choosing to do their testing with us. “The success of our New Zealand service is what led us to develop the online portal and launch it into the Australian market,” said Evans. He believes there is no other provider in Australia offering the industry knowledge IVS provides its clients. “IVS

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specialises in timber and we understand the standards, inside and out. There are a lot of labs out there testing timber who are good at testing, but who don’t understand the relevant standards. That’s what makes IVS unique in this market. “Add to that Hill’s intimate knowledge of timber testing methods and we can confidently say we’re the only company in the Australian industry with this level of knowledge and expertise. “What that means for our

customers is they can have complete assurance that their timber samples are being tested correctly by an independent party and the results they receive are fully reliable. With the new, robust Consumer Protection Legislation now in place, having this confidence is critical,” he says. The IVS online timber treatment portal complements the company’s Timber Preservation Quality Assurance Program, which involves auditing timber treatment plants’ processes and

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TIMBERMAN, July 2012 – 16

Engineered wood construction at Frame T

HE FORTHCOMING Frame Australia 2012 conference and exhibition will feature sustainable wood construction systems for residential and commercial buildings. Designers and builders will be particularly interested in international presentations on structural timber and engineered wood systems (such as CLT), with updates on the latest European developments currently being integrated into high rise apartments

 GBCA chair Tony Arnel.

gottstein trust applications for 2013 awards

the Joseph william Gottstein Memorial trust invites applications from interested persons for Gottstein fellowships and Gottstein industry awards.

and dwelling projects in Melbourne. The conference, from June 18-19 at the Park Hyatt Melbourne, also will include the new digital model technology (BIM) transforming the design and construction supply chain, and the latest software for 3D design and estimating programs. Speakers include GBCA chair Tony Arnel and international authorities on pre-fabrication and manufacturing and the conference will feature presentations by developers Australand, Lend Lease, Grocon, and Leighton Holdings. Frame Australia is the major national event for engineered timber and building pre-fabrication over the past 14 years, and will include a wide range of topics such as green star ratings and carbon neutral buildings, wood construction as an

alternative to concrete and steel, and emerging global technologies in design software and timber products. The conference provides an opportunity for building design and construction professionals to engage with delegates from the structural timber, engineered

wood products and prefabrication industries, to gain knowledge and develop contacts to assist in the challenges and benefits of using timber and wood as a construction material. For more details visit the website

GOTTSTEIN FELLOWSHIPS Fellowships are awarded to people from or associated with Australian forest industries to further their experience, education or training either within or outside Australia. Project proposals on any relevant topic are welcome. Candidates will be selected on the value of the project, and on their ability to complete and disseminate the information acquired.

GOTTSTEIN INDUSTRY AWARDS These awards are available to assist workers in the Australian forest industries to improve their industry knowledge and work skills. Applications focusing on small group study tours will be favourably viewed, although any relevant project topic may be proposed. Candidates will be selected on the value of the project.

INTERVIEWS Applications for each category will be considered by the Trustees and promising applicants will be selected for interviews in October 2012.

FURTHER INFORMATION Further details may be obtained from the Trust’s website at, or from the Secretary.

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS The closing date for applications is 7th September 2012. Applications should be forwarded to: Dr Silvia Pongracic, Secretary, J. W. Gottstein Memorial Trust Fund, Private Bag 10, Clayton South, VIC 3169 Telephone: 0418 764 954 Fax: 03 9545 2139 Email:

CSAW podcasts a first for timber education and skills in Australia THE UNIVERSITY of Tasmania’s Centre for Sustainable Architecture with Wood (CSAW), presents another first in timber education and skills to partner its Graduate Certificate in Timber (Processing and Building). CSAW Director, Associate Professor Greg Nolan, has announced the release of the centre’s first free podcast: short online videos on fundamental aspects of using or producing timber and wood products. “We want to start with an immediately useful subject so this first podcast is about using a moisture meter. We also wanted the information to be accessible to everyone so it is available on YouTube and as a free download from CSAW’s website. “The idea of timber podcasts really came from industry colleagues, especially builders and those in hardware stores. They wanted clear information about timber use for their staff and their customers. We hope our podcasts can provide that. They will be short, only deal with a single topic and be available for free at any time online. This podcast is an example of that approach,” Professor Nolan said. A series of monthly podcasts are planned, with several already in production. The next podcast, due for release in early June, will be on assessing moisture content by oven drying. Podcasts on basic wood products: poles, sawn timber, and engineered wood products will follow. The podcasts complement CSAW’s other major educational activities on timber’s production and use in building: its online Graduate Certificate in Timber (Processing and Building), and its regular Master Classes. Enrolments for the GradCert Timber are currently open. “Our aim is to continue to build confidence and skill with wood in Australia’s building and design community and this will lead to more efficient and sustainable building practice,” said Professor Nolan. The Graduate Certificate in Timber (Processing and Building) is part of the School of Architecture & Design’s continuing timber education and skills program.


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New wood construction systems N

EW ENGINEERED wood construction systems for residential and commercial buildings in Australia and Europe will be discussed at the forthcoming Frame Australia 2012 conference on June 18-19. Globally, the wood construction system that’s leading in popularity is Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) which, because of its acceptance by architects and builders, is being incorporated widely into high-rise development design and residential housing throughout Europe. ‘Forte’ in Victoria Harbour at Melbourne’s Docklands has the distinction of being both the world’s tallest timber apartment building and Australia’s first timber high-rise development. The CLT system is integral to its construction and its completion this year will usher in a new era of

sustainable development in Australia. Designed and built by Lend Lease, Forte is aspiring to be the first 5 Star Green Star residential building in the country, containing 23 boutique residential apartments and four townhouses within its 10 storeys. This development will be covered in detail at a Green Buildings session presentation of Frame Australia 2012 by Andrew Nieland, Business Manager Lend Lease Development. Major developer Grocon is also featuring the CLT system in its planned ‘Delta’ building in Melbourne’s CBD – one of Australia’s first developments that is part of a new breed of zero carbon multi-storey buildings using wood as a central building component. With a design closely connected to the new European model for mass timber construction to

Passive House standards, which significantly reduces the requirements for heating and cooling to lower energy costs, the Delta 50-unit residential tower will be at least 10 storeys high atop a heritage bluestone building. Following extensive development of wood construction systems for Grocon’s Delta project, architectural firm studio505 director Dylan Brady has now committed to the issue of CLT and engineered timber structures in residential housing by undertaking a dual occupancy dwelling on a very difficult and steep site in the upmarket Melbourne suburb of Canterbury. “We have designed and budgeted for both traditional construction and a CLT prefabricated system (for comparative purposes), and the design team are putting a real project on the ground to be carbon neutral, effective and elegant,” Dylan explained. The project delivers the CLT structure for two threestorey houses of 350m2 each. The CLT systems were workshopped with engineers Arup in Melbourne, and the ESD and services designed by Umow Lai, who with studio505 delivered Grocon’s renowned Pixel building. The final CLT structure will be designed and engineered by Eurban and Carbon Eng, and manufactured in Europe, a topic more fully discussed in the Wood construction systems session at Frame Australia by Philipp Zumbrunnen, Design Director of Carbon Eng. UK.

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 Dylan Brady CLT house view. Dylan advised that despite an extremely minor capital cost saving of about one per cent (including shipping and installation], the real project saving is time, with a reduction of between four and five months in the framing period. The time and finance savings more than offsets the challenge costs, with the Timber 185x131 23/5/12

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Awards reflect increasingly diverse and comp F

& J Sanders Builders Pty Ltd has taken out the 2012 HIA Australian Home of the Year, and also the award for the Australian Custom Built Home of the Year. Judges were impressed with this pavilion-style house that was mostly hand built from raw materials. Winners of the HIACSR Australian Housing Awards, the ultimate platform to showcase the talents of the nation’s top builders and designers, were announced at a prestigious awards ceremony at the Gold Coast Convention Centre. Sammut Constructions Pty Ltd won the Australian Apartment Project of the Year. Judges were impressed by the modern and luxurious finish, resulting in a “houselike” feel and look. Mirvac Victoria Pty Ltd won the Australian Tow n h o u s e / Vi l l a Development of the Year. Judges described the use of stunning screens as highly artistic and a great compliment to the minimalist approach to finish. Tony Rettle Builders won the Australian Special Purpose Housing Project of the Year. Judges said it was an excellent representation of a stylish and practical house that seamless blends special purpose features into the design. MC Building & Construction Pty Ltd won the Australian Spec Home of the Year. Judges said this house is perfect for the market it is built for and makes great use of an attractive canal frontage. APS Homes won the Australian Display Home of the Year. The judges described this house

as visually outstanding and faultless in its workmanship. Gage Roads Constructions won the Australian Renovations/ Additions Project of the Year. The judges applauded the seamless transition between old and new, making a technically challenging home, appealing. Webb & Brown-Neaves won the Australian Outdoor Project of the Year. The infinity pool made this outdoor space spectacular. The use of different sustainably elements was commended by the judges. Dale Alcock Homes won the Australian Project Home of the Year. The judges described this home as both modern and functional with great emphasis on drawing the outside rural surroundings into the design. F & J Sanders Builders won the Australian Custom Built Home of the Year. The judges applauded the quality of workmanship, saying the attention to detail was meticulous. Sugar Designs won the Australian Bathroom Design of the Year. The judges described the finish as faultless, demonstrating a high level of innovation. Everyday Homes Pty Ltd won the Australian Bathroom of the Year. The judges loved the way the functionality and luxury came together bringing the surrounding views into the design. Quail Construction Pty Ltd won the Australian Solutions in Steel. The judges appreciated the minimalist and understated design that expresses its simple detailing. Sublime Cabinet Design won the Australian Kitchen

Design of the Year. The striking and visually balanced design works well with the open plan layout. The unique mural was described as incredible by judges. Sublime Cabinet Design also won the Australian Kitchen of the Year. The space was designed to be the focal point for all activities and to bring the outside into the home.

Ruairi Taylor has won the Jim Brookes Apprentice of the Year. A carpentry apprentice from ACT, he impressed the judges with his holistic approach to site safety. Dale Alcock Homes won the Australian Professional Major Builder of the Year. The business is built on a legacy of innovation and leadership and takes a hands on approach to customer service.

Wilson Homes won the Professional Medium Builder of the Year. By offering quality at an affordable price, the company strives to maintain a high level of customer satisfaction. Today’s Homes & Lifestyle won the Professional Small/ Renovator Builder of the Year. Today’s Homes & Lifestyle can be seen as

a market leader when it comes to quality individual, custom designed, sustainable homes. Franzine Karamflies won the Business Partner of the Year. Franzine dedicated herself to the business her husband built, juggling a family and her commitment to seeing Karamflies Builders grow. HIA MANAGING DIRECTOR Shane

Federal Budget missed the mark on housing


HE HOUSING Industry Association claims that the Federal Budget missed a golden opportunity to reinvigorate new home building activity and alleviate the nation’s housing affordability pressures. “While the Budget provides a handful of useful measures more broadly, it contains nothing to address the ongoing weakness in residential building, nor anything to help the nation’s chronic housing shortage and poor levels of housing affordability,” said HIA senior economist Andrew Harvey. “At a time when new home building is in decline in virtually every state and territory, the Budget has failed to deliver any new measure to reinvigorate the home building sector, despite the sector’s health being absolutely crucial to a

healthy domestic economy. “Despite this tight Budget it is sensible that the Government has retained its existing commitments to the Housing Affordability Fund and the National Rental Assistance Scheme, and has also continued to invest in training and skills, which are essential ingredients to the delivery of affordable new housing. “However, the Budget was an opportunity to introduce measures to progress housing supplyside reforms with the States and Territories, reduce the excessive tax burden on new housing, and expand and extend existing measures aimed at boosting housing supply,” he said. “Without dedicated housing policy measures and housing supplyside reforms the residential building sector will continue to act as a drag on the macro-economy and the

nation’s growing housing shortage will continue to place undue pressure on the household Budgets of home buyers and renters,” Harvey said. According to Andrew Heaton, The Architect & Specifier Bulletin, on balance, despite some notable positives, broken promises regarding the retrofits and also company tax rate reductions, this Budget was disappointing for the construction industry. “The real test of how the Budget will be seen is the degree to which it will boost business and consumer confidence,” said Wilhelm Harnisch, chief executive officer of Master Builders Australia. “Business confidence is severely lacking in the building and construction industry.  The industry faces a stalled housing recovery

and commercial builders are experiencing a severe slow down following the BER Program. “The move back to a Budget surplus – albeit a slender $1.5 billion – sends the right message to international investors that Australia can run a disciplined fiscal strategy which in turn better positions the nation to withstand any further global shocks to the economy. “The planned surplus should help the Reserve Bank find room to move further on interest rates. “Master Builders remains disappointed at the lack of progress on the previously proposed one per cent reduction in the company tax rate. This is an area of unfinished tax reform,” he said. Chief among concerns expressed by architects, builders and consultants with the Federal Budget

was a failure to address house building and an infrastructure backlog, and the scrapping of tax breaks for green buildings,” said Harnisch. “The absence of Budget funding to guarantee the future of tax breaks for green buildings indicates a Government missing the opportunities of reducing GHG emissions quickly and cost effectively, the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC),” said ASBEC president Tom Roper. “This disappearance of allocated funding from last night’s Federal Budget indicates that the Tax Breaks for Green Buildings scheme has been scrapped contradicting Government assertions that it had been merely deferred for 12 months to fine-tune the details,” he said.


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petitive Australian housing industry  HIA Australian Home of the Year F & J Sanders Builders Pty Ltd

Goodwin said the HIACSR Australian Housing Awards were the pinnacle of housing awards and reflected the increasingly diverse and competitive Australian housing industry. “HIA is committed to recognising the outstanding achievements of our members. This year, we have had some of the most creative and innovative ideas from HIA members. They have certainly outdone themselves and it is my pleasure to congratulate each winner for the hard work and dedication they continue to display. From

sustainable initiatives to incredible workmanship, these homes will be unforgettable and we are proud to call these winners HIA members.” HIA is Australia’s peak building industry body representing more than 40,000 builders, suppliers and contractors involved in residential construction. Judged by industry professionals, the awards acknowledge the talent of builders, designers and building companies who plan and construct quality new housing, apartments, renovations, kitchens and bathrooms.

 HIA Australian Display Home of the Year APS Homes

 HIA Australian Apartment Project

of the Year Sammut Constructions Pty Ltd

 HIA Australian Special Purpose Housing Project of the Year Tony Rettke Builders


TIMBERMAN, July 2012 – 20

Wood Innovations to improve international competitiveness G

L O B A L L Y , M A N U FAC T U R I N G is the largest investor in applied research and innovation. It’s also a key driver of productivity improvement. The spill-over effect is also critical for the remainder of the economy with each job in manufacturing generating on average between two and five additional jobs. Processing or manufacturing in the forest products sector though is increasingly coming under pressure. New Zealand and Australian forest products companies face increasing competition, from low cost producers and from lower

cost, better performing non-wood products. Low costs and high fibre recovery, achieved through process and product innovation, are prerequisites to competing in today’s global forest products markets. Traditionally local companies have been very good at process innovation. How to squeeze as much as possible out of existing manufacturing operations is second nature to most companies in this part of the world. The focus has been on improving product recovery from fibre inputs in order to lower operational costs, reduce delivery time or increase flexibility.

To improve competitive advantage against competing non-wood products, the industry needs to look more closely at its product innovations and business systems. Our capacity to create and capture high value and niche manufacturing is essential to the future well-being of the sector. Science, research and technology are central to this. Like competition in the marketplace, unfortunately there has been a marked decline in real expenditure in R&D. For example, in just three years in the Australian forest and wood products sector, the number of research scientists has dropped by an alarming 47%.

 Combined wood innovations.

As well as private investment in R&D, Government spending in both countries on science has also dropped away. There needs to be better collaboration and a greater flow of ideas between businesses and research organisations. The industry needs to look closely at its investment in R&D for both innovation and risk mitigation. The R&D providers also need to engage more closely with industry to better identify priorities for the future. “Because of our location and size, international partnerships are proving to be essential to augment our science capabilities. In some instances, it is actually more cost effective to import relevant technologies and adapt them to local conditions rather than undertake R&D in Australasia,” says Brent Apthorp, Director of the Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA). Wood Innovations 2012 is a new technology program being planned for both Australia and New Zealand to address some of these concerns. “It’s been a long time coming,” says Brent. Together with industry FIEA has been running a wide range of independent technology events for the sector, both in Australia and New Zealand, for more than 13 years. “The focus has been more on step change in processing and manufacturing technologies and some of the new tools that are being developed for local companies to improve their operating efficiencies.” Wood Innovations 2012 has quite a different focus from other conferences or technology events. “It’s designed to provide a global insight into innovations, new wood products and new business

 Brent Apthorp, Director

of the Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA).

systems that can be employed by local companies to attract future investment and to increase their international competitiveness,” Brent says. “We plan on identifying and showcasing the very latest in new and emerging technologies – in solid wood, panel products, biomaterials, wood finishing systems, wood modification technologies and building materials and construction systems that can potentially be picked up by local companies. We’ve also identified leading R&D organisations undertaking ground-breaking research in each of these areas – who have or are in the process of commercialising these new products.” To date, presentations at Wood Innovations 2012 are planned from leading researchers or technology providers from Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Germany, Finland, Austria, the USA and Canada. Further details will follow in the next issue of this magazine. The program runs in Melbourne on 10-11 October and again in New Zealand on 16-17 October. Full details on the program at this stage can be found on www.

Wood in all its wonderful ways An ultra-modern rendition of its iconic wooden clutch has been introduced by luxury accessories brand Devi Kroell, New York City. The wooden clutch is embellished with a unique combination of stingray and ash wood and finished with the signature Devi Kroell roll clasp. Produced in Florence, Italy, Devi Kroell says each clutch is carved from perfectly matured wood that is aged for 10 to 15 years, and takes three days to finish, with three different artisans working on it. The wood clutches retail at $2,700. No

pricing offered on the veneer panels. David Mellis, a PhD student at MIT has published the circuit and case designs and the source code for a working mobile phone that he built using parts worth $150. The body is laser-cut from veneered plywood, and it has a 160x128pixel TFT screen. The DIY instructions come complete with 18 pictures. For his master’s project, Kihyun Kim challenged himself to design a chair made from balsa wood. Balsa is a soft, lightweight wood that’s perfectly suited to whittling but not

a whole lot else, which is a shame, according to Kim, because it’s a relatively sustainable, fast-growing resource that could be adapted to wider applications such as product design and architecture. To prove his point, for his master’s project at Royal College of Art, he used balsa to build an elegantly understated bistro chair that weighs in at 1.3 kilograms. Kim’s chair is made of compressed, molded balsa that is then covered in a hardwood veneer, which lends durability and structural integrity while adding little weight.

The South Korean–born, UK-based designer says he was inspired by Britain’s de Havilland Mosquito combat aircraft used in World War II. Constructed almost entirely of wood, the Mosquito (nicknamed the “Wooden Wonder”) was one of the fastest -- if not the lightest -- aircraft in the world. The Chess Club and Scholastic Centre of Saint Louis has unveiled a Guinness World Record chess piece that stands 14 feet 6 inches tall and is 6 feet wide at the base. The king piece is based on the “Championship

Staunton” design and made of layers of 3/4 inch exterior grade plywood and is 45 times larger than a standard chess piece. This new record beat the previous record, set in 2003, by one foot, 5 inches. The piece was built by R.G. Ross Construction, located in Saint Louis, and took 18 days to construct and weighs more than 2,200 pounds.


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Harmony lacking in harmonisation By Kersten Gentle Executive Officer FTMA


ANUARY 2012 was the date set for the introduction of the national Work Healthy and Safety Laws, often referred to as the National OHS Harmonisation laws, yet only the Commonwealth, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory and Queensland





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had new laws commencing on the scheduled date. The South Australian Government is still debating the new laws and the Tasmanian Government has changed the commencement date until 1 January 2013. The West Australian Government has finished drafting the WA WHS Bill for general industry but is not expected to introduce the bill into Parliament until July 2013 to allow plenty of time for community consultation and to iron out a few issues they have. That leaves Victoria who announced on 12 April that they would not be adopting the model WHS Laws. Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu has stated that his decision was made following the release of a Price Waterhouse Cooper report which found that the costs of implementing the new WHS legislation would be more than $3 billion over five years, with the majority of the costs borne by small business. Baillieu went on to say that he believes “Victoria has the best health and safety system in Australia, and he did not want to lower standards while imposing extra costs”. So where does that leave the National Harmonisation Process and what does this mean to your business? FTMA Australia supports the method behind the introduction of the model WHS Laws as we agree that Australian workers should be entitled to the same work health and safety standards, regardless of the jurisdiction in which they operate. Yet those states that have accepted the new laws doesn’t necessarily treat all workers the same. In NSW the WHS Act does not apply to mines and in Queensland their new legislation does not cover Mining and electrical safety. In my opinion this moves away from the whole concept of ‘harmonisation’. FTMA Australia has just finished travelling Australia judging fabricators for the National Awards and I must admit I was blown away by the high level of safety and OHS policies within the plants we visited, yet at times even the judges were confused about laws from state to state. For example, are seatbelts needed in forklifts? Actual laws in various states may change with this but what people need to remember is it comes down to a state of knowledge. Studies have proven that if a forklift rolls and the operator is not wearing a seatbelt then they can be

 Kersten Gentle. severely injured or even be killed so therefore there is a mitigating risk of injury or death. The employer is therefore responsible to ensure seatbelts are worn otherwise you can be held accountable in the event of an accident. If businesses use this as a rule for all their safety issues then you are headed in the right direction. There is no excuse for not acting on an issue if you know something is dangerous and the employee could be injured. It is your role as an employer to be on top of this information and as confusing as it is there are plenty of people to turn to for assistance. FTMA Australia as always is also here to support your business and have developed great material to assist businesses in meeting their obligations. The Frame and Truss industry is also extremely lucky to have people like Emma Watt of Emma Watt Consulting and Brian Beecroft and his team at TTIA who can assist with

the finer details to ensure your business is covering your backside and looking after the safety of your workers. I mentioned the high quality of OHS policies we encountered during our awards visits and many of our members are keen to share their information with other members. FTMA Australia will work with these members to develop a package we are sure will assist your business which in turn lifts the standards of the whole Australian frame and truss industry. For further information or if you have any specific requests or issues please drop me an email at ke r s t e n@f t m a a u s t r a l i a . as we are more than happy to assist and if we

FTMA Australia Awards Dinner on 16 June, 2012 at the Park Hyatt in Melbourne. don’t have the answers at the very least we will point you in the right direction to save you time. Finally, congratulations to the members who entered the 2012 FTMA Australia National Awards. You were outstanding and the judges, Peter Stanley and Bob Stubbs, were very grateful

for your time and both were extremely delighted at the high standards within the frame and truss industry. This is the tightest competition ever and all will be revealed of course at the FTMA Australia Awards Dinner on 16 June, 2012 at the Park Hyatt in Melbourne.

Parliamentary probe into NSW Workers Compensation Scheme By Brian Beecroft Chief Executive Officer Timber Trade Industrial Association THE NSW Workers Compensation Scheme is currently $4 billion in deficit. The cost of the scheme has been increasing despite the decline in both the number and severity of claims. Unless immediate action is taken, New South Wales businesses could face an increase in their workers compensation premiums of up to 28% per annum to restore the scheme to viability within five years. Premium increases of this size will damage business and jobs growth in NSW. Workers compensation premiums paid by

NSW employers are already 20% to 60% higher than in Victoria and Queensland. The NSW Government has agreed that workers compensation is in urgent need of reform and has set up a Parliamentary Inquiry to report on the scheme and WorkCover. It is important that information on the costly effects of poor workers compensation claims management and premium costs is put to the NSW Government. Hearing directly from employers is the only way the inquiry will be convinced of the need for reform. TTIA is seeking significant changes in WorkCover’s administration of the scheme and is strongly opposed to any premium increases and has made submissions to the inquiry, as have a number of members. TTIA will keep members up to date with developments as they occur.


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Ample servings of knowledge with breakfast By Colin Fitzpatrick Chief Executive Officer Timber & Building Materials Association (Aust.) Ltd


N INFORMATION breakfast covering the Personal Properties Securities Act legislation was held by TABMA in Brisbane on 16 May at the Broncos Leagues Club, Red Hill. A large attendance heard guest speakers Peter Mills – Principal M+K Lawyers and Scott McClintock Information Services Manager, Credit Works Australia give informative presentations. Carbon Tax On Thursday 14 June TABMA will be holding a breakfast in Sydney, at Parramatta Leagues Club, 13-15 O’Connell Street, Parramatta, on the ramifications of the carbon tax. Breakfast will be served from 7.15am and the speaker is the well informed

Roland Burt from MacPherson & Kelley Lawyers. The cost is $40 per head. Those interested in attending should contact John Theoharris john@ . Knowledge Tree Series The TABMA-sponsored Knowledge Tree Series on chain of custody continues with a breakfast to be held in Perth on Tuesday 19 June at the offices of the ISIS Group, Level 2, 263 Adelaide Terrace (opposite the Duxton Hotel). This informative breakfast is presented at no cost to attendees and will be addressed by: • Natalie Reynolds – CEO FSC Australia • Joshua Bruce – Group Manager Sustainability Isis Group • Nick Capobianco – Lead Auditor Scientific Certification Systems If you are in the timber supply, construction or contracting industry and want to understand chain of custody and gain a competitive advantage you cannot afford to miss this event. To

Yes, it’s OK to use paper! IT’S NOT uncommon to hear or see “please don’t print this unless necessary,” but officials with the South Carolina Forestry Commission say they have a different message: “It’s OK to print!” The message is even something some forestry officials include on the bottom of their email signatures. Notice: It’s OK to print this e-mail. Paper is a plentiful, biodegradable, renewable, recyclable, sustainable product made from trees. Producing paper and other forest products utilizes a renewable natural resource and provides jobs and income for millions of Americans. Thanks to improved forest management, we have more trees today than we had 100 years ago.

Widening the knowledge base

make a booking please contact Renee Andreacchio Workplace Health & Safety TABMA’s Workplace Health & Safety (WH&S) assistance service is compliant with the Workplace Health & Safety Act 2011. In conjunction with the Timber Trade Industrial Association (TTIA), TABMA offers a comprehensive service for all timber associated companies. For more information and an obligation free quotation on how we can assist you please contact Steve Cunningham Australian Timber Industry Dinner The 2012 Australian Timber Industry Dinner supported by TABMA, NSW FPA, WADIC, TTIA and other industry groups and associations will be held this year at Doltone House, Jones Bay Wharf, Sydney on Friday 30 November. Seating at this gala networking event is limited to 320 guests. Last year we had many who left it until the last minute to make a reservation and as a result missed out. So if you are thinking of attending this year please contact Nicollette Molnar from the TABMA office au to register your interest. Queensland Timber Industry Awards The Queensland Timber Industry Award categories have now been announced. The nomination form is available on the TABMA website . Look under QLD and current events. Some sponsorship packages for this huge event on Saturday November 3 are still available. Please contact

By Doug Howick National Secretary Timber Preservers Association of Australia FOLLOWING THE development of the TPAA Treatment Process Guidelines we have been planning, in cooperation with merchant and distributor associations, to organize a series of gatherings addressing merchant sales and assistance personnel who often do not have the necessary product background knowledge to pass on to their customers in stores. Initially, we have been working with the Timber Merchants Association of Victoria (TMA) to put together information seminars during which we believe that the topics covered should include basic technical information as well as Standards, branding, preservative chemicals, safety, treatment levels, handling procedures, disposal methods, and other matters such as fit-for-purpose treated products from TPAA Members treating according to the TPAA Treatment Guidelines. We recently held a preliminary breakfast meeting in Melbourne, at which more than 45 TMA senior members attended. Chaired by TMA President Ron Caddy, the

meeting comprised a TPAA presentation by Technical Committee Chair, Dr Harry Greaves, on what WE think merchant staff need to know. This was followed by a discussion with them on whether we’ve got it right or what else should be included in subsequent information seminars for their customer staff which will be run at the TMA Centre in Blackburn. The Q & A Session after Harry’s presentation was really interesting and provided a significant insight into the viewpoints of merchants and distributors, about the treated products that we supply to them. Issues of interest and concern were: •H  azard level definitions (H2, H3 etc) •C  utting treated timber • “ Garden Grade” sleepers in landscaping • “ After-Market” products •T  reatability of hardwoods •S  urface “blooming” on treated timber •L  eachability of treatment chemicals •C  onformity with AS 1604 Standards •D  isposal of treated timber offcuts This was a very well worthwhile exercise and will be followed up by further submissions from attendees and subsequent “refinement” of the TPAA presentation for more extensive, national exposure.

Glulam laminating timbers – shorter but just as strong RESEARCH HAS found that glulam beams made from laminating timbers as short as one metre in length are more than strong enough to meet Australian Standards and New Zealand Standards (AS/NZS). Currently, glulam manufacturers have to use relatively long laminating timbers in their glulam beams, specifically on the outer

laminations of the glulam beam, or else, under existing AS/NZS, they suffer the application of a ‘strength adjustment factor’ that has an adverse effect on the strength of the final product. Tim Goodall, chair of the Glued Laminated Timber Association of Australia (GLTAA), believes these exciting findings will reduce the timber input costs of

 Tim Goodall, chair of the Glued Laminated Timber Association of Australia (GLTAA).

manufacturing glulam beams by 30% or more. “For some time laminators with suitable finger jointing equipment have been using short length timber to make glulam beams,” he said. “In the past short meant longer than 2 metres. This project proves that short now means longer than 1 metre and if the laminator can reliably produce high strength finger joints, as shown by their in-house test results, verified by regular external audits, can use even shorter lengths than 1 metre.  “How short would depend on whether the required MOR (modules of rupture) can be met after the application of the strength adjustment factor in AS NZS Standard.  These findings have and will continue to assist Australian manufacturers to compete with imported glulam, some of which always uses short lengths.  “Thanks to Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA) and Glued Laminated Timber Association of Australia (GLTAA) sponsored research conducted by Dr Con Adam at Monash Timber Engineering Laboratory in Melbourne, our future is brighter,” said Tim. The strength of each glulam beam depends on factors such

as the feed stock species, the timbers’ wood strength qualities and the minimum spacing of joints (made using sophisticated modern ‘finger joint’ cutting machinery). Current standards link finger joint bending and tension strengths (i.e. the energy required to pull either the timber or joint apart) of the laminating timbers to the bending and tension strengths of the final manufactured glulam beam. The standards impose an upper limit on glulam strengths where they cannot exceed the strengths of the laminating timber. Unfortunately this penalises lower grade material, such as MGP10, which benefits most as laminating reinforces the greater number of knots and other defects. The research team, led by Dr Con Adam at Monash University, investigated the relationship between tension strength and finger joint spacing for radiata pine, slash pine and Victorian ash species. Finger joint spacing varied from 0.3 to 2.1 metres. The research quantified the effect of finger joint spacing on laminating timber tension strengths and determined that when joints are at least one metre apart glulam beam strengths are not affected. In addition, the researchers

developed a lamination factor that allows glulam bending and tension strengths to be determined from finger joint tension strengths. They found that glulam design tension strengths were understated in previous standards and recommended tension strength values in the glulam (GL) grade values be increased in any future standards. The report also recommended changes to the AS/NZS standards for determining the strength of laminating timbers based on the spacing and quality of joints – so that good quality joints are rewarded and poor ones are not. Furthermore, it proposed a framework for future glulam standards that would give designers greater flexibility in design and further enhance the appeal of structural glulam. For saw millers the findings mean shorter lengths of timber can now find a larger market and timber they may have previously sold for chipping will have a significantly higher value. For glulam manufacturers, it means they can further optimise the timber they use by cutting out any knots and defects in the timber, in effect upgrading the strength qualities of the timber.


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