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• Masters of design • Double performance • Easier for tradies • AWISA success

CANTILEVER STORAGE SYSTEMS PTY LTD The No. 1 Choice in CANTILEVER RACKING Sipag Storage Systems Aust Pty Ltd was established in Australia in 1991, we have recently changed our name to Cantilever Storage Systems Pty Ltd We now supply CANTIPRO Cantilever Racking from the Provost/Redstock group of Companies based in France. Cantilever Storage Systems Pty Ltd is 100% Australian owned with its manufacturing The CANTIPRO can be provided if required. CANTIPRO Racking systems manufactured, imported and supplied by Cantilever Storage Systems Pty Ltd are designed to meet a broad variety of individual requirement.

CANTIPRO Why Cantipro Racking? Redstock has redesigned the original Sipag System and now market it as Cantipro The columns are straight, not tapered, giving greater strength. The bases are bolted, not welded, allowing for lower freight charges and easier handling. The removable connecting lugs installed through each column giving a good stability to the whole column row compared with lugs welded only from one column side. All steel is sourced from Europe.

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Congratulations Multinail would like to congratulate the following winners at the FTMA awards night held on the 16th June 2012 Winner Overall National Award BB Truss & Timber (VIC)

Innovation Award Keith Timber & Hardware (SA)

1st Runner Up Overall National Award Pine Design Truss & Timber (SA)

Innovation Award Bendigo Truss Company (VIC)

2nd Runner Up Overall National Award MB Pre-Fab Framing Pty Ltd (VIC)

National Training award Banner Truss & Frames (SA)

Winner National Large Fabricator BB Truss & Timber Pty Ltd (VIC)

National Design Award The Banner Group (SA)

1st Runner Up National Large Fabricator MB Pre-Fab Framing Pty Ltd (VIC)

Supplier of the Year Pryda Australia (National)

2nd Runner Up National large Fabricator Owen Truss (VIC)

National OHS Award Large MB Pre-Framing Pty Ltd (VIC)

Winner National Medium Fabricator Pine design Truss & Timber (SA)

National OHS Award Medium Pine Design Truss & Timber (SA)

1st Runner Up National Medium Fabricator Dahlsens Building Centre Ballarat (VIC)

National OHS Award Small Eco Truss Company (Tasmania)

2nd Runner Up National Medium Fabricator Keith Timber & Hardware (SA)

Pictured from Left to Right Bob Stubbs, Tania Baxter, Peter Stanley

Pictured from Left to Right Peter Stanley, Ryan Mansell, Bob Stubbs


BAD TIDINGS seem to have been the lot of the timber industry over recent times – tough market conditions and a weak housing sector – but such issues pale by comparison with the very sad news of the death of prominent industry identity and highly respected leader Peter Gunnersen, on 22 August. Peter was an exceptional contributor to an industry much in need of its leaders and champions. He was most certainly in that elite category. Flags on Gunnersen buildings across Australia and New Zealand flew at half mast to mark Peter’s passing and the terrible loss his death has brought to his family, the Gunnersen business network and to the Australasian forest and timber industry.

Future Build Held from 2 - 4 October 2012 at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, Future Build is Australia’s first ‘complete experience’ event with a focus on the latest sustainable building technologies and solutions specifically for commercial applications. Brought to you by the company that organises CityScape Global, Future Build is unlike current conferences that offer an exhibition, or trade shows that have accompanying seminars, Future Build offers a ‘complete experience’ shared equally between a significant, cuttingedge trade expo and a multi-conference/seminar program. WoodSolutions is a sponsor of Future Build. Read more and register at the Future Build website.

Vale Peter Gunnersen 1943 - 2012 Along with brother Thorry, Peter led the Gunnersen family timber dynasty for three decades. A larger than life character Peter was also actively involved in many facets of sport, community, clubs, friends and extended family. Widely loved, he was caring, competent and witty. Peter enjoyed contributing at all levels in the industry and until his recent illness remained active in industry leadership positions, including his work with the Gottstein Trust, to which he was dedicated and very proud. The Gottstein Trustees have expressed their sadness at the news

of Peter’s passing. They have paid tribute to his contribution and dedication as the chairman of the JW Gottstein Memorial Trust for 16 years. They note that his service and love for the industry and its people will not be forgotten. Until relatively recently Peter was also a director of Wood Products Victoria. He was a past director of the National Association of Forest Industries and a past president of the Victorian Association of Forest Industries. His brother Thorry described Peter as a beautiful brother, loyal career partner,

staunch family man – steadfast, courageous and good fun. In a message Gunnersen staff across Australasia recorded the passing of; “a wonderful man who was highly respected by all of us who had the pleasure of working with him”. Peter was 69 and is survived by his wife Julie, and his children Katrina, Andrew, Christian and Thomas. To his immediate and the wider Gunnersen family the industry extends it sincerely condolences and acknowledges a life of service to the industry, family and the community. Silence in the forest – a mighty tree has fallen. A memorial service for Peter was held at St John’s Anglican Church, Toorak, Melbourne.

Qualifying for EITE classification M

ANUFACTURERS OF wood-based panels have qualified for emissions intensive trade exposed (EITE) status under the Federal Government’s Clean Energy Legislative package. “This has been a long and expensive process but it effectively adds $10 million to the bottom line for EWPAA members,” said Simon Dorries, general manager of the Engineered Wood Products Association of Australasia. “We now will receive 65% free carbon permits after demonstrating our emissions intensities were above a certain threshold which was quite a technical challenge. “Once we achieved that, we were able have audits carried out on about 12 sites

by energy and financial auditors.” The classification was signed into the Clean Energy Amendment Regulation 2012 by the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency Greg Combet. The regulation, under the Jobs and Competitive Program (JCP), amends the Clean Energy Regulations 2011 to assist with compliance with the Clean Energy Act 2011 and administration issues associated with the carbon pricing mechanism. The JCP program assists businesses that undertake eligible EITE activities through the allocation of free carbon units in relation to an EITE activity carried on at a facility. The basis for the issue of free carbon units for manufacturers of

number of signatures as part of their feasibility study to demonstrate that Australians want this investment to happen. Making paper in Australia creates local jobs and provides consumers with certainty about the standards of sourcing and manufacture. “This investment comes at an important time for the pulp and paper sector, providing much needed jobs as well as value creation and recycling to help meet domestic demand. It clearly demonstrates the renewability of the wood and paper based industries and ongoing innovation in the industry,” said AFPA pulp and paper manager Mick Stephens. If the plant goes ahead it would more than triple Australian Paper’s use of de-inked recycled fibre and divert up to 80,000 tonnes of waste paper from local landfill every year. It would also support up to 20

reconstituted wood‑based panels (particleboard and medium density fibreboard) is by a tonne of raw reconstituted wood-based panel that has a density of greater than 500kg a cubic metre, has individual wood particles or fibres with an average maximum dimension of no more than 30mm and is produced by carrying on the emissions-intensive tradeexposed activity. The manufacture of reconstituted wood‑based panels is the physical and chemical transformation of wood, including wood


Taking a stand for Australian recycled paper THE AUSTRALIAN Forest Products Association (AFPA) has strongly endorsed recent plans by Australian Paper to build a major paper recycling facility at Maryvale to more than triple the volume of Australian made recycled paper. As part of the project, Australian Paper is calling for public support by signing or sharing their online pledge. Thousands of people have already taken a stand for Australian made recycled paper but more signatures would help send a strong message about the value of Australian made products. AFPA encourages industry members and communities to sign the pledge and support Australian manufacturing and jobs. Public support for Australian made recycled paper will help secure this positive investment. Australian Paper is recording the total

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particles and residues (such as chips, shavings and sawdust) into a reconstituted wood-based panel product. The Federal Government has committed to reduce carbon pollution by 5% from 2000 levels by 2020 irrespective of what other countries do, and by up to 15/% or 25% depending on the scale of global action. These targets will require cutting pollution in 2020 by at least 23% from the level it would otherwise have been expected to be. The Government has also committed to a new 2050

 Simon Dorries .. good news for wood-based panel manufacturers.

target to reduce emissions by 80% compared with 2000 levels, in line with targets announced by the UK and Germany.


Join now to have your voice heard in Canberra Covering all aspects of Australia’s forest industry: • Forest growing • Harvest and haulage • Sawmilling and other wood processing • Pulp and paper processing • Forest product exporting

 AFPA pulp and

paper manager Mick Stephens.

jobs and 60 in supply chain and collection. A further 60 jobs would be created during the construction phase.

AFPA represents industry-wide views to Parliamentarians, government departments, inquiries and committees on: • Wood and paper products manufacturing • Carbon and energy policies • Plantation investment • Forest certification • Curbing illegal imports and dumping • Water policies • Timber market development For more information about AFPA or for information about membership, please call (02) 6285 3833 or visit


TIMBERMAN, Setember 2012 – 4

A vote of confidence for the industry T

HOUSANDS OF visitors, hundreds of exhibitors and eight renowned leaders in design attended FURNITEX and DECORATION + DESIGN this year, with the event unveiling the latest collections and forecasting future trends. Held at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, Australia’s largest furniture and furnishings trade fair saw established furniture labels exhibit alongside newcomers, both attracting high acclaim. LIGHTSOURCE, a special feature of DECORATION + DESIGN returned for its third year. Here, local and international exhibitors showcased the latest lighting products and technologies for commercial, retail, industrial and outdoor spaces. HOTEL + HOSPITALITY Furnishings returned as a key attraction within FURNITEX, focusing on the newest products and

directions for the hotel, motel and hospitality industries. Held for the first time in Melbourne, FLOORING & FINISHES with ATFA showcased an impressive line-up of over 80 companies displaying flooring and surface finish developments in design, texture, style, colour, safety, versatility and sustainability. The ATFA Creative Timber Live Demonstrations drew crowds daily with their flooring installations. The inaugural ATFA Business and Industry Seminar Series was also held offering valuable insights on topics and trends influencing the flooring industry and how companies can maximise their brand offering. The series comprised of four seminars headed up by prominent representatives from BORAL Timber, the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC), ATFA and Brandstorm.



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The dynamic design competition for new and emerging designers, VIVID (Vibrant Visions in Design) celebrated its 10th anniversary. One hundred innovative pieces by 50 talented designers were on display, with winners selected from Student, Concept, Commercial and Green award categories. Student winner Tate Anson was congratulated for his elegant and honest Tryst Stool, whilst Concept winner David Hardwick won praise for his Unfold Desk. Andre Hnatojko won the Commercial award with his striking Popper Pendents, whilst Ash Allen’s innovative Sticks and Stone Stool was judged the best Green entry. Harvey Stockbridge, Managing Director, Australian Exhibitions & Conferences congratulated all VIVID designers for their tremendous work and believed this year’s high calibre of entries highlighted Australia’s innovative and emerging design talent. “We are extremely proud to showcase the industry’s best furniture and furnishings designers at FURNITEX and DECORATION + DESIGN. The fair provided a real shot in the arm for the industry during these uncertain times,” he said. Attracting hundreds of attendees, this year’s International Industry Seminar Series welcomed

Genty Marshall’s DESIGN FUTURES presents Colour Visions installation at DECORATION + DESIGN offered interior designers and architects an inspired look at the future of colour and how it will affect the future of design. At the heart of DESIGN FUTURES was the exciting Australian debut of Carnovsky, Milan’s artist/designer duo Francesco Rugi and Silvia Quintanilla. A custom installation of Carnovsky’s incredible Animalia RGB wallpaper appeared in an enclosed room with LED lighting shifting through the colour spectrum. Another exciting first for the fair was POP UP PARK, an inaugural forested park amidst the fair. Designed

by renowned landscape designer, Wendy Clarke of Dirtscape Dreaming and curated by Barbara Marshall, the Outdoor feature offered fair goers a unique green space to sit, meet and potentially adopt a new approach to interior design. DECORATION + DESIGN co-located with the AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL FURNITURE FAIR (AIFF) and FLOORING & FINISHES will be held in Sydney from 6-8 February 2013 at the Sydney Exhibition Centre. FURNITEX returns for its next instalment from 18 - 21 July 2013, co-located with DECORATION + DESIGN at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre.

Smart Timber Monitor set to save industry millions RESEARCHERS AT the University of Melbourne are reporting the success of a remote monitoring device that can accurately measure decay and insect infestations in construction timber over vast distances – and could save Australia’s building and electrical distribution industries, millions of dollars. The wireless device, which will eventually fit into the palm of a hand, can be attached to timber

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a stellar line-up including world-renowned lighting designer, Beau McClellan from Portugal. Taking place over two days, the Seminar Series also welcomed Chris Lefteri, an internationally recognised authority on materials and their application in design, and back by popular demand, global trend guru Milou Ket (NL). Award-winning international interior designer, Thomas Hamel headed up his seminar with The Renovators judge, Robyn Holt. Other Australian speakers included influential blogger (Interiors Addict) Jen Bishop, well known interior designer and writer, Darren Palmer and DECORATION + DESIGN’s resident trend forecaster, Genty Marshall.

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Masters of design. More coverage pages 12-13.

beams, joists or power poles, where it monitors at predetermined intervals their structural integrity, moisture content, and – through an ingenious ‘listening device’ – the movement of termites and other wood-boring insects. The device is the brainchild of Dr Berhan Ahmed, a senior research fellow at the University’s Department of Forest and Ecosystem Science and a 2009 Victorian of the Year, who has been developing the technology over the past four years with distinguished radar technology expert, Associate Professor Peter Farrell and senior engineering lecturer, Dr Graham Brodie. Dr Ahmed has spent more than 20 years studying environmental impacts on hardwoods and softwoods in some of Australia’s harshest natural terrains. Supported by IT technician Deepan Babu Thanigasalam and PhD student Ahmed El-Hadad, he recently completed successful field trials with hundreds of

sensors reporting decay and insect damage on 40 power poles and 87 miniature model houses at a test site near Gove in Arnhem Land – “one of the most challenging building environments in Australia”. The researchers believe their system, which delivers its findings in realtime through a dedicated online program, will provide significant savings in building inspections, transport and labour costs – and, ultimately, in the amount of timber consumed by the construction and electrical industries. “We have strong evidence that thousands of power poles are pulled down and discarded when they could still have several years of valuable service left in them,” says Dr Ahmed. “By monitoring the health of the timber according to appropriate parameters for their specific environments, we can determine precisely when they will reach the end of their safe and useful service life.” In addition to Australia’s 3.5 million wooden power poles, the device has major

implications for home builders and owners, whose life savings can be tied up in a property that may literally be disintegrating around them. “Thanks to advances in online communications, our monitor can deliver its findings remotely in real time to a server which will send a warning directly to the mobile phone of a home owner, a building inspector, or an electrical company, identifying exactly where a problem is emerging,” says Dr Ahmed. This research also has implications for domestic markets. “If these remote sensors can reproduce the same levels of accuracy and reliability in urban settings as they have in simulated conditions, there’s no doubt they hold enormous promise for the building inspection trade,” says Archicentre’s State Manager for Victoria, David Hallett. Archicentre is committed to supporting this kind of research to ensure our inspectors can continue to utilise the most advanced technology in their structural monitoring work.”

Representatives of some of the World’s leading timber machinery companies invite you to be inspired at the 2012 must-see roadshow presentation...

Automation and your business future Don’t leave your business success to fate. Attend a presentation and make it happen. Empower your business future with the knowledge you gain from the KNOCK ON WOOD roadshow. KNOCK ON WOOD is a presentation that will showcase the latest developments in scanning, optimisation and timber processing from all aspects of the process, together with case studies and Q&A time on specific areas of interest.

AUSTRALIA Melbourne Sandringham Yacht Club, Jetty Road, Sandringham. When: 2:00 pm Wed. Sept. 26, 2012. Dinner provided NEW ZEALAND:

Guest presenters are from: Springer. Europe’s largest supplier of log and timber handling equipment, from green sawn to remanufacturing Microtec. Arguably the largest supplier of wood and timber scanning equipment in the world, EWD. The bandsaw company who boast the very latest in sawing equipment for all sizes and aspects of operations and Gilbert. From Canada, the market leader in design and manufacture of planing equipment. Visit for more details.

When: 10:30 am – 3:30 pm Tues. Oct. 2, 2012. Lunch provided



Discover the who, how, what and where of processing and automation options for your business. Informative, entertaining... a must-see for companies moving forward in the timber processing industry.



VENUE DETAILS Either lunch or dinner is provided to allow time for one-onone informal discussions.

Nelson Trailways Hotel, 66 Trafalgar Street, Nelson Rotorua Novotel – Lake End Tutanekai Street, Rotorua When: 8:30 am – 2:00 pm, Wed. Oct. 3, 2012. Lunch provided RSVP (by 10/9/12): ✆ Kerry Bruce 0061 (0)2 6496 1222 or  June Bolton Please inform us of how many staff will accompany you.


TIMBERMAN, Setember 2012 – 6

Hard times call for HARDLAM A

FTER SO much bad news and indecision coming from Tasmania it was a welcome relief when Bob Gordon, managing director of Forestry Tasmania, launched a new timber product HARDLAM, at the AWISA 2012 exhibition in Sydney. Gordon acknowledged during his speech that Tasmania had been experiencing challenging times and that the impact of increasing levels of reservation of forests would impact significantly on the industry. He viewed the challenges of the future with optimism saying that the forestry industry needed to step beyond its traditional product mix of sawn timber and export woodchips and explore further value-added opportunities. HARDLAM: an overview Products made from wood strands, particles, fibres, flakes or veneers lead the way in offering not only new products but expanding product ranges that can be exported internationally. HARDLAM is such a product and its introduction at AWISA heralded a

new avenue of income for Forestry Tasmania to explore in partnership with Malaysian-based company Ta Ann. Ta Ann formed a partnership with Forestry Tasmania in 2005 to process regrowth timber that would otherwise be exported as woodchips for the international pulp and paper market. The company invested in two rotary veneer mills in Tasmania to process smaller, thinner pieces of regrowth eucalypt timber. One mill is located in the upper north west region of Tasmania in Smithton, the other in the south at Southwood. Through Forestry Tasmania’s partnership with Ta Ann, up to 25% of wood that was previously chipped is now ‘peeled’ for higher value veneer production. Logging residues from small diameter or poor quality logs that are the result of sustainable forest harvesting will provide the material for producing HARDLAM. This material will be rotary peeled and individual veneers glued together with the grain orientated along the length of the panel. With HARDLAM the

wood used is a native hardwood that is intended for structural use as well as for appearance applications. Europe and North America are considered mature markets for LVL with both using it extensively. LVL in North America represents around 35% of the material used for bearers and joists. Closer to home the fourstory Nelson-Marlborough Institute of Technology in New Zealand is built entirely of structural LVL. When used for its appearance LVL is a very versatile material that can be fashioned into furniture, accessories and decorative finishes. HARDLAM will be available in billets (Ash or Blackwood), endsections (Ash), panels including mouldings (Ash or Blackwood), and flooring (Ash or Blackwood),. HARDLAM: the details HARDLAM will be supplied in standard or premium grades with the standard grades possessing features including knots, gum vein, patches and even fillers none of which will impact upon the materials structural performance.

With the premium grades the LVL will be of the highest visual grade. HARDLAM will be certified in accordance with the requirements of AS/ NZS 4357.0:2005 Structural Laminated Veneer Lumber and supplied with either a Type-A or Type-B bond, which is a phenol-formaldehyde that

will not deteriorate under wet condition, heat or cold temperatures. Traditionally, softwood LVL has been used edge-wise in structural applications, as a beam with the surface veneers exposed however, the superior strength of HARDLAM means it can be re-sawn to produce a surface appearance

similar to quarter-sawn or back-sawn timber. Unfinished HARDLAM can been planed or sanded, painted or stained but it should not remain unfinished as it is susceptible to surface swelling and cracking due to the exposure of lathe checks to the elements.

Putting the good oil on wood environmentally friendly renewable resource

Hardlam is a sustainable value-added product that can be used as a practical and affordable alternative to solid lumber in a range of appearancegrade applications. For more information, contact Matt Wood on 03 6235 8333 or visit our website

Bob Gordon Managing Director - Forestry Tasmania

SCIENTISTS AT Rotorua’s Crown Research Institute, Scion, have been testing ways to prevent the growth of mould in homes and preserve timber using natural treatments.   “We started by testing more than 100 compounds that showed promise as potential wood preservatives,” says bio-preservation scientist Dr Tripti Singh. “Our laboratory work paid off with a handful of essential oils identified as lead candidates for further testing.”   Plant-based essential oils have been used as medicines and have attracted research attention to help prevent food spoilage. These plant oils are labelled ‘essential’ because they frequently give a plant its distinctive scent, such as the aroma of manuka. In their first experiment, Dr Singh and her team bought several dozen Gypsum wallboards from a local hardware store which they either left bare, painted or wallpapered. These boards were then treated with a range of essential oils or remained untreated. Six boards per treatment were sprayed with spores of the most common household mould and stored in a warm, humid dark-room (similar to a mushroom farm) for 12 weeks.

Around 90% of the boards that were bare or painted were covered with mould after 12 weeks. Wallpapering proved surprisingly effective at preventing mould growth with only 10% of the wallpapered board area covered with mould. All of the boards treated with the oils had virtually no mould growth. Dr Singh and her team then tested if these essential oils could be a valuable timber preservative. In a near identical method to the Gypsum board study, they tested exposed pine wood blocks to rot fungi and again tested several essential plant oils as potential preservatives. “These essential oils preserved the wood spectacularly well compared with untreated samples,” says Dr Singh. However, when these treated samples were exposed to water for several days, the oils were leached out of the wood. Dr Singh and her team, together with an industry partner, are evaluating ways to overcome the leaching issue. The sweet smell of success from this research will be healthier homes that are less prone to decay and mould as well as naturally-preserved timber products that can be exported to high value export markets.


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Minister applauds Australian manufacturer T

HE RECENT AWISA trade show, held at Darling Harbour in Sydney, allowed Multicam Routing Systems to exhibit and demonstrate its range of Australian made CNC routing machines to members of the woodworking industry. During the exhibition Sophie Mirabella MP, the Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry and Science, visited the Multicam stand to view the only Australian manufactured CNC routing machine on show at AWISA. In a sea of foreign imports, the Minister said it was refreshing and encouraging to see an Australian made machine successfully competing with, and beating, machinery manufactured overseas. When asked by the Minister how Multicam was able to compete with cheaper imports from countries such as China and India, spokesman for Multicam Systems Kevin Gordon replied: “Over the last 25 years imported machines have come and gone. Multicam Systems has built up a great reputation for providing quality machinery and exceptional service and support. While it is true that imports are sometimes cheaper than our Aussie made machinery, the price advantage is soon negated when you look at the construction of the machines, quality of the components used and the local service and support that we can offer. “We have heard all sorts of horror stories where

companies have purchased products made in China or India. Service, support and spare parts can be a nightmare and the question of quality and reliability still remains. There is no point of purchasing a machine to last for 12 months,” Gordon said. “We installed our first CNC router 26 years ago in Sydney and still service it today.” The Minister was surprised to learn that Multicam Systems had more than 3000 machines in service throughout Australia and Oceania in industries such as kitchen manufacturers, shopfitters, wardrobe and door manufacturers, furniture manufacturers and point-of-sale companies. The Minister congratulated Multicam Systems on its efforts and urged companies to support quality Australian made machinery and finished by arranging a visit to the Multicam factory in Newcastle to see, first hand, how Multicam CNC Routers are manufactured.

 Sophie Mirabella MP, the Shadow Minister for

Innovation, Industry and Science, and Kevin Gordon.

New deal for cabinet makers “THIS YEAR we stamped our stronghold on the cabinet maker insurance market by introducing Cabinet Makers Insurance Brokers to the Australian market at the AWISA Exhibition,” said Paul Wright, national manager. “This demonstrates our commitment to your industry, an insurance broker dedicated to your needs.” Wright said it had been found that most cabinet makers were missing essential elements of cover, were largely 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. He said that, in most

cases, cabinet makers were paying too much premium for too little cover. “The time to get it right is at the time you purchase your insurance; it needs to be nailed before you have a loss so that it will work effectively. “Our aim is to provide the industry with broader insurance coverage at a more competitive price, while at the same time providing exceptional service and risk management advice. We will take the time to review your insurance and advise you in a way that you will better understand what you are insuring and paying for. “We have developed specific insurance packages with leading Australian insurers to suit your needs; they are easy to understand and will represent value,” Wright said.

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 Paul Wright (left) and Paul Skene (right).



TIMBERMAN, Setember 2012 – 8

 Admonter (L-R) Norm Nelsen (Australian

Timberman), Jane Lindsay, Bernhard Waschl.

 MPB Engineering

(L-R) Aaron Bottomley, Haley Huang (Blue Steel Machinery Co. Taiwan), Tristan Merritt.

 Forestry Tasmania (L-R)

Sandy Chen, Dr Matt Wood, Nicole Pepper, Kenny Griffin.

 ForestWorks

(L-R) Devika Mudaliar, Sharmily Mukherjee.

 Advanced Timber Systems (L-R) Watkins, Liam Miller.

Matt Jenkinson, Luke Simmons, Ian

 Thatcher Engineering (L-R)

Jane Weinert, Russ Thatcher, Ryan Thatcher, Vanessa Manitta.

 Linbide (L-R) Trevor, David and Faye Lindsay.

 Neville Smith Forest Products – Ian Whiteroad.

 AWISA entrance.

 Forestry Tasmania – Bob Gordon.

 Weinig (L-R)

Stephan Weber, Donna Sofi.

 Gregory Machinery –

 AWISA aerial.

Alan Gregory.

 Cabinet Makers Insurance Brokers (L-R) Paul

Skene (Lumley Insurance), Paul Wright (National Manager), Marshall Kennedy (S.A/Vic Sales Manager), Denis Edleston (NSW Sales Manager).

 DKSH (L-R)

Jonathan Tan, Eric Paulsen.

 Leuco (L-R)

Sam Travers, Jayson Jeffers, Paul Lever, Patrick Connery.


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 Intermic

(L-R) JP Sproules, Andrew Wickham (White Box Shop), Mick Rowe.

 Position Partners (L-R)

Bob Bent, Warren Logue (CDA Eastland), Mike Ryan.

 Dimar Direct (L-R)

Bob Dordieski (Hughans WA), Sarah Marchant, Mike Duff.

 ForestWorks (L-R)

Devika Mudaliar, Sharmily Mukherjee, Sharyn Wright.

 Airtight Solutions (L-R)

Scott Northam (AWM), David Van Rol, David Moody (Crescon Joinery), Dean Ingram, Peter Bishop.

 Hordern & Co (L-R) (Benton Kitchens).

Tim Gore, Glenn Benton

 Ron Mack Machinery (L-R) Paul De Lisle, Andy Foong, Darryl Mack, Matthew Clayton.

 Tooltechnic Systems

– Bruce McKinley (foreground), Greg Lennie (background).




 Hawleys (L-R)

Nico Olde Keizer (Vecoplan), Michael Guy, Leo Demarco.


 South Western Sydney Institute of TAFE NSW – David Johnson.

 TABMA Australia (L-R)

Mike Vink, Sarah Convery.

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Christof Schulte Gobel (Managing Director: Schugoma GmbH), Tony Mirabile (Managing Director: Beyond Tools), Andrea Volpato (Managing Director: Fravol Machines).

 Woodbond Adhesives – David Jackson.

MPB Engineering has a solution for you: Custom designed sorting lines Infeed and Outfeed systems Moulders Bandsaws Endmatchers fingerjointing


TIMBERMAN, Setember 2012 – 10

Biesse gets interactive at AWISA 2012 V

ISITORS WERE involved, entertained and educated on the Biesse stand at the 2012 AWISA exhibition. With 11 fully running machines on the stand, Biesse’s aim was to provide a service to all exhibition entrants. From planning customised production line solutions to delivering educational software classes and interactive machine demonstrations for multiple applications. Biesse provided an educational service at the exhibition by providing free interactive design software training classes by an experienced software trainer. The classes focused on BiesseWorks and Icam, with up to five participants at a time. The classes gave visitors the opportunity to increase learning and development in an environment away from the usual distractions of the workplace. Participants were able to ask questions similar to the training that is done on site after installation of any Biesse machine. Customised factory layout design is always available as a part of the Biesse service and this was

no exception at AWISA 2012 and specialised meeting rooms were utilised to discuss these plans in a relaxed and private environment. Vistiors were intrigued by the growth of Biesse’s product range since they last participated in AWISA in 2006. The range is broader than ever and the machinery on display at AWISA covered a variety of applications. Visitors were given live demonstrations on many machines within the Biesse range, taking the guesswork out of finding the right solution for their production needs. These demonstrations allowed viewers to experience the ease of use of the machinery and to understand the advantages and results. Some of the machines that were featured on the stand included: The Rover A G FT Numerically controlled machining centre with the latest technical solutions including the innovative loading and unloading system with automatic labelling of panels. The entire range of Biesse edgebanding solutions; demonstrating different

sizes to suit different factory requirements. The Skill range of nesting solutions; one of Biesse’s most popular products, specialised for nesting applications the Skill offers a wide variety of devices for processing on panels and solid wood components and elements. The Skipper V31; the new, compact and versatile Biesse drilling machine, combining flexibility and performance in a small space. Featuring a fully automatic gripper making panel handling easy with zero set-up time. The Intermac Master 33 Stone; this numerically controlled stone processing centre provides a high tech solutions such as drilling, milling, grinding, craving, engraving and tapering stone materials. The Biesse Smart S400 Panel Saw; AWISA 2012 marked the launch of Biesse’s brand new panel saw, suitable to cut solid wood, plywood, MDG board, particleboard and various kinds of laminated boards. It is a very compact structure and is capable to size panels with high precision. Overall, AWISA 2012

was a successful venture for Biesse Group. The stand had a constant flow of visitors over all four days of the exhibition; many of these were repeat clients and many of them new. They were keen to absorb information about Biesse’s most recent innovations, view live demonstrations or catch up on some software training at the software booth.


11 - September 2012, TIMBERMAN

New technology helps boost competitive edge F

OUNDED IN 1979 by Dick and Shari Pyle, Northland Forest Products Inc., an American hardwood moulding and dimension lumber manufacturer, has invested more than $1.4 million in new technology over the past 30 months to grow its productivity and profitability. According to president Dick Pyle, NFP’s profits have continued to grow despite the economic downturn — and without any layoffs of full-time employees. New technology also has helped the company to significantly reduce its turnaround time on lineal mouldings — by 70% — from 10 days down to three. In recognition of its efforts, Northland Forest Products was recently awarded a WMIA Wooden Globe for “Commitment to Excellence through Technology and Innovation.” Inherent in its commitment to product excellence and competitiveness was Northland Forest Products’ revamping of its manufacturing process. Pyle says this was a direct response to the shifting paradigm of the marketplace. “To survive, you have to look at changing. We were sitting with all this high production equipment ready to go, but large production runs were no longer in demand by our primary customers [cabinet manufacturers and retail lumberyards],” Pyle says. “In order to keep going, we realized we had to approach the market differently.” Shorter, custom runs was the answer. Pyle says the company used its capital and “retooled to play into these smaller runs. We’re ready to take on business as it comes back”. Pyle notes moulding sales now comprise 60% of his business, while sales of S4S hardwood dimension lumber are 40% of Northland Forest Products’ revenues. “Before the downturn it was flipped,” he says. Primary species offered by the company include: red oak, poplar, maple, cherry, alder and hickory. Northland Forest Products is also a distributor for red grandis. There are no minimum quantities on runs. Unique to Northland Forest Products’ manufacturing process is its use of the MillVision Pro 2.0 software system to track production — at anytime — from anywhere that has cellular phone/internet access. Available from Michael Weinig Inc., MillVision Pro 2.0 seamlessly networks and tracks each area of the 60,000-square-foot plant via laptops at each machine station. The software system also provides the company with a variety of other capabilities including creation of cut bills, and offers real-time status updates of work in process. “Using an iPad or cell phone from anyplace, I can find out what the plant is doing,” Pyle says. The MillVision Pro 2.0 system is part of the Weinig Lineal Moulding Cell at Northland Forest Products. An integrated manufacturing management system, the cell includes: two Powermat 1000 moulders with HSK technology and the PowerLock tool system for fast setup of standard and custom mouldings, a Rondamat 960 grinder and two Raimann ripsaw lines, a Valu Rip KM and the Valu Rip KR movable arbor gang ripsaw line, the latter of which is equipped with an inkjet printer for identification of every board output from the ripsaw. Newly added to the KR line is Ultimizer’s Ulti-Vision four-sided scanning system. The Ulti-Vision scanner features two color cameras and two black-and-white cameras, plus four lasers for complete viewing. The defecting

cameras and lasers check the profiles and geometry of the wood, as well as defects, such as knots or pitch, Pyle says. The color cameras also provide workers with a detailed working image of the board, plus information on stains, colors and splits. “Prior to the scanning system, we had to have 12 people on the ripsaw line. Now we have six,” Pyle says. The company also bar codes dimension parts for accurate tracking and shipment of products. Other machines in the plant include a Grecon fingerjointing line, which allows Northland Forest Products to minimize waste and maximize lumber supply, a Dimter optimizing chop line, Ultimizer’s width recognition high resolution camera with inkjet printing, a Friulmac end matcher, Taylor clamp system, Baker resaw, Cantek and SawStop saws, and three Cresswood grinders. Another recent investment for Northland Forest Products is Timesavers 52-inch sanders with three heads. The new sanders offer faster production while increasing its capabilities, Pyle says. Cutting time in the toolroom Northland Forest Products’ quest for continuous improvement also has led to changes in the toolroom. Investments in new equipment have significantly reduced grinding time while improving accuracy. Using Weinig PowerCom grinding room software in conjunction with the Opti-Control system and a Rondamat 960 grinder, the company has the capability to manufacture its own tools with an accuracy of ±0.0005 inch. Identification on each tool provides an easy reference for operators and ensures the correct cutter is used. It removes any chance of operator error. Knives are also quickly and accurately machined on the new Flow Waterjet Pro, which runs at approximately 60,000 psi and shoots garnet-bearing water through a ruby orifice. According to Remund and Pyle, the Waterjet has cut knife roughout from 1.5 hours down to 4 minutes.

 Our newest HewSaw SL250 sawing lines delivered to Russia and

Scotland are equipped with the double service opening technology described above.

Doubling the performance THE HEWSAW SL250 sawing lines have been meeting the efficiency requirements of clients for over a decade, with the sawlines’ ability to allow for the quick changing of the saw pattern between logs (scan-n-set). This has enabled the efficient and economical sawing of rough sorted or entirely unsorted log batches. The hydraulic positioning cylinders set the circular saws, chipper heads and edging tools quickly and precisely to the optimal position for each log, resulting in maximum recovery. Now you can also increase the efficiency of sawing units when it comes to changing the circular saws. It is now possible to open the circular saw unit from both sides of the sawing lines. This way the saws on the right and left sides can be changed simultaneously with a high level of work place ergonomics, thus reducing the shutdown time by half. Well-tried methods for attaching the saws are used for HewSaw sawing lines, e.g. using one bolt fasteners to speed up the changing process. Another benefit resulting from the double service openings when operating with smaller saw patterns is that the sawing can be performed by only using one unit while the other one is opened for saw maintenance. This makes the time spent for replacing saws very short. These machine types, previously known as the PLUS series, can also be equipped with double saw pattern change for the ripsaw circular blades. Thus the worn out saw assembly is (for example) taken out from the machine to the left and simultaneously a new saw assembly on the right can be installed in the machine, reducing shutdown time. The technology is already efficiently utilised at the AB Karl Hedin Krylbo sawmill in Sweden and can be also installed to other existing PLUS series machines.

Biomass management A sustainable manufacturer, Northland Forest Products has three dust collectors to separate its wood waste for sale to the dairy, poultry and equine industries. Unique to the company is the setup, in place since 2003 that enables Northland Forest Products to efficiently manage its waste for transport. Two pipes of varying lengths feed into the trailer and wood dust from the collector moves through the longer pipe first, filling the front portion. A sensor signals when the trailer is half full and the system automatically switches to the smaller pipe to feed wood waste to the back half. Another sensor signals when the trailer is full, and triggers an alert light. Integral to this process is a microwave system with a camera mount that counts the dust particles as they flow through the pipes and past the camera eye. According to Pyle, numerous trials were undertaken to determine the particle count for each shaving type needed to fill a trailer. “This eliminates human error in the filling process, and allows us to maximize our waste removal.” “You have to have a good team on board to embrace all these changes,” Pyle adds. “Our people are the strength of Northland.”

 Example of sawing with one of a maximum of five.

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TIMBERMAN, Setember 2012 – 12


Glulam mentors the masters of design

‘Glulam is sustainable, it’s a reliable product, it’s going to be fit for purpose, it’s going to last, it allows you a flexible design. It’s proven, this is not something new. It’s cost effective and you have built-in fire resistance.’


HROUGHOUT THE world the call for alternative building materials to steel and concrete is prevalent. In Europe particularly, architects and engineers have answered the call using traditional materials in less traditional ways, materials such as glulam. In Australia and New Zealand, a handful of companies are leading the way in producing and selling glulam. They recognize the need to coach and mentor engineers and architects so that these materials take their rightful place in construction circles. One such company is McIntosh a New Zealand operation that has been working with glulam since 1958. “[We’ve been] involved for 40 odd years taking the imaginative and innovative ideas of architects, and the careful calculations of engineers and turning those into structural systems that we then hand on to the constructor who can put it together,” said Owen Griffiths, Sales and Marketing Manager McIntosh.

McIntosh specialises in constructing glulam from plantation grown pine, and that’s where the company chooses to concentrate its efforts. “We don’t have engineers on staff,” said Griffiths at a meeting that was held in Melbourne on a cold July evening to inform and educate engineers and architects in the uses of glulam. “We believe there is a place in this world for consulting engineers and we rely on the expertise of you people to come up with something that will have substance and enable us to express that in a form that we can all put our names to. “We provide you with confidence in the material and give you some ideas of the design possibilities of structural glulam. [In] our company 80-85% of project work, and 60-70% of that is for offshore projects so it’s not just something happening in NZ it’s an international trend.” Clubhouses, exhibitions halls, bridges, wineries, restaurants, resorts, hotels and educational facilities all over the world are where you will find the material used

as beams and portals. You may have seen it in Hong Kong at the famous Hong Kong Jockey Club or at the National Wine Centre in Adelaide. Achieving success for both McIntosh and its partners is a package according to

Griffiths, one that needs to be fostered and developed. “To achieve a successful outcome for our clients we need the close cooperation between client, architect, engineer, manufacturer and constructor,” he said. “I think for too long we’ve all existed in our own little empires and there’s been not enough cohesion and connection. “We’re looking to provide our clients something of quality, there needs to be that contact all through the chain and there needs to be some integrity in the passing of information so that what we end up with is something that is buildable, efficient.” The plea from McIntosh is for architects and engineers to get in touch early “When you get a project contact people like us so that we can perhaps add to the whole mix and that way we can produce something that is so much more effective and cost effective,” said Griffiths. “Glulam is sustainable, it’s a reliable product, it’s going to be fit for purpose, it’s

going to last, it allows you a flexible design. It’s proven, this is not something new. It’s cost effective and you have built-in fire resistance.” Griffiths believes that the frontiers need to be pushed further and that architects and engineers in Australia need to explore and expand the borders of what can be done with glulam. Before this can happen a robust understanding of the material is required, with that strength of knowledge and belief in the product will follow exploration and innovation, according to Griffiths. Glulam is more environmentally sound than steel and contrary to preconceptions it is strong and durable. Treatments for the glulam not only give it strength but weatherproofing as well. “The first thing when we look at timber is that it has to be fit for purpose,” said Griffiths. “And by and large we use radiata pine. It’s an excellent material for receiving treatment. Wherever this

is used in an external application whether that is for buildings or for bridges these need to be treated to hazard class 3. We use the H3 treatment, which is a full penetration treatment, and we do that up to hazard class H5 or H6. “It’s a matter of finding the treatment that’s fit for purpose.” Griffiths adds that the thing to remember is to try to avoid post-treating glulam beams. There are options to make up the beam in untreated material but when you do that you are only doing an envelope treatment and if you cut or drill through it you can allow moisture into the untreated timber. “Make sure it’s kiln dried, and it’s a pretty exacting science. The moisture has to be taken out of the timber at a controlled rate to avoid twisting and splitting. That gives the timber stability,” said Griffiths. “If you’re going to use glulam make sure you get it from a certified producer. continued next page.


13 - September 2012, TIMBERMAN

Glulam mentors the masters of design

 Owen Griffiths and Bruce Bell. continued from previous page. “We’re also certified to FSC chain of custody. I think we’re the first in Australasia to get FSC certification. If you allow uncertified material on your site then you take the risk but if it’s a certified manufacturer then he takes the risk. So it’s really important.” Another vital piece of information is that when you are using glulam you must know that the grading is true. “In our plant we have a mechanical grader. It weighs the timber, it measures it, it sends an impulse through the timber and that reads its stiffness and that gives us its MOE (modulus of elasticity),” he said. “You need to check that the material you’re getting is actually graded and not just visually graded. You might have a very nice looking stick of timber but it may not be very dense, it’s not very stiff and you can get problems with sagging and deflection.”

Joining the glulam is another area to watch especially with long pieces. “We’re making beams that are anything from 10 to 30 metres long so we’ve got to end joint them. We do that using finger joints and they’re covered by AS5068 and that means that out of every batch of finger joints we make we have to test samples to breaking,” said Griffiths. “We have to record the strength at which they break. You’re not sacrificing strength by having a finger joint though that will probably be the weakest point in your joint because that’s where the natural continuation of fibres is interrupted. “So the code requires that the finger joints are dispersed throughout the beam. It cautions against having a lot of short finger joints. This is something that you need to be aware of. Be discriminating and check out how the beams

you buy are being made.” There are two types of glue that the company uses. One is boiled waterproof glue that is used for all treated material; it won’t deteriorate under heat or under moisture. So in terms of fire it doesn’t break down and in terms of immersion in water it doesn’t break down there either. The other adhesive that McIntosh uses is a melamine fortified urea for internal work and that is also a boiled waterproof glue. In terms of length of beam the company can do any length and shape including curves. The basic formula for curved work is that the tighter the radius then the thinner the pieces of timber and the more machining and the more glue is used. “When you’re looking at curved work a standard lamination is 45mm thick that will curve to about a 12 metre radius. When you get down to a three-metre radius you’re looking at 18mm thick laminations. If you want tight curves say a 1.2 metre you’re looking at 10mm lams and that incurs greater cost per unit,” said Griffiths. “We can do beams of any size, we can do bridge beams like 1.5 metres deep and 25 metres long and they can be pressed in one unit.” Basically there are two types of finishes for glulam; one is straight off the planer. This is suitable for most applications. The other finish is sanded in which case blemishes are filled and the beams are sanded then the final thing has a coat of sealer which is designed to protect the timber during construction. “When you look at what the best sealer is to put on the finished beam you’ve got a choice a film sealer or a penetrating sealer. We caution against film forming coatings because inevitably with UV exposure they will fracture or breakdown, you’ll get the ingress of moisture,” said Griffiths. “The penetrating sealers will get into the

material and provide a much better protection and can be easily recoated.” There are basic design issues that can make a big difference to the economy of using glulam. Slender and deep is better than squat and wide in terms of cost. Another area where design is important is functionality versus appearance. It’s

a matter or solutions for problems. “When we get into large spans, large arches we get into fairly big sizes and using a box beam can save up to 24% rather than making it completely solid,” he said. “Joints are the Achilles’ heel of timber design and there are some joints you should avoid. Like an external

knee joint with a slotted steel plate that has been joined with big bolts. With these bolts you get a kind of tear along the dotted lines scenario. “Effective design makes all the difference. “ Glulam is made in New Zealand by McIntosh Timber Laminates and distributed in Australia by Bruce Bell of Laminated Timber Supplies.


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TIMBERMAN, Setember 2012 – 14

Laminated beams a highlight of new “shed” H

YNE TIMBER laminated beams were incorporated in the potting shed project at the University of New England. James Cubitt Architects (JCA) were appointed by UNE to undertake the design of a new greenhouse precinct, which included the potting shed and two new glasshouses. Armidale is a significant regional centre and has a long and prosperous history with a  strong connection to the land and agriculture.  It was during a visit to Armidale

and a scenic drive of the region that the language of the ‘shed’ become the vernacular that JCA sought to deliver - a re-imagining of a  traditional Australian icon. Hyne Timber ‘s beam solution helped achieve the structural requirements, while a softness of colour was made  more dramatic by the extent of natural light. For instance, the use of laminated timber beams offered the clear floor span required of the potting shed. Timber remains a prominent feature within

the potting shed - plywood ceilings compliment the strength of the Hyne laminated beams similar to the branches and canopy of a tree. • Hyne Timber products used in the project included: • R afters 525 x 85 Hynebeam17S Select Grade LOSP H3 • C olumns 525 x 85 Hynebeam 17S Select Grade LOSP H3 • P urlins 65 x 65 Hynebeam 17S Select Grade LOSP H3 • C onnections 525 x 25mm 4 Bar Flange Connection.

LVL substitute for F17 hardwood for roof truss manufacturers


-beam+ [F17] from Wesbeam, manufacturers of Laminated Veneer Lumber, enables roof truss fabricators to replace F17 hardwood in their manufacturing process – and build to a tighter specification with less allowance needed for a margin of error. e-beam+ [F17] is the only softwood based LVL that meets all relevant Australian standards for F17 hardwood. It is engineered to offer structural properties that are equivalent to or better than hardwood F17, according to Wesbeam sales and marketing manager Denis Cullity. “F rated hardwood is visually graded, which means that designers and specifiers have to build in a margin of error to compensate for the variability of strength, stiffness and load-bearing capacity,” Denis said. “As an engineered wood product, e-beam+ [F17] is straighter and performs more consistently than hardwood. “The JD3 rating also means that roof truss fabricators can use smaller, cheaper connectors, less material and the job’s up a lot quicker. “ e-beam+ [F17] is available in lengths up to 12.6m and is available in the same section sizes as F17 hardwood. “These are significant advantages

 e-beam+ [F17] is the only softwood based LVL that meets all relevant Australian standards for F17 hardwood. for e-beam+ [F17],” Denis said. “Hardwood is difficult to obtain in set pack lengths and lengths greater than 5.4m, and often requires finger jointing or nail plating. The fact that e-beam+

[F17] comes in the same section sizes as F17 hardwood makes substitution a breeze.” Made in Australia from 100% Australian plantation e-beam+ [F17] is also available ex. stock. “The easy availability of e-beam+ [F17] ex-stock in packs of standardised lengths means that purchasing officers can order exactly what they need and be confident that it will be delivered exactly as requested, with minimum turn around time.” e-beam+ [F17] is included in all major truss design software, and like all Wesbeam LVL products, it features high load bearing capacities and is designed to be stronger yet lighter. With chamfered edges it makes it easier and safer to handle. It is competitively priced when compared to F17 hardwood, and is manufactured in Australia, from 100 % Australian plantation pine, by a whollyowned Australian company. “So, when you specify Wesbeam’s e-beam+[F17], you’re not only using the best LVL around, you’re helping support the Aussies who make it,” Denis said. For more information about e-beam+ [F17] go to or contact wesbeam on 08 9306 0400.

Revolutionary innovation for plywood MAIJA LIIRI, who is about to graduate as a Master of Science (Technology) from the School of Chemical Technology, has written a thesis that examines the properties of a new plywood product, which is claimed to be the most revolutionary innovation in the plywood industry for 30 years The new product, UPM Grada, which has been designed for such uses as furniture industry, is like ordinary plywood but easier to shape. The veneers have been put together using a new type of glue joint, which means that when heated the product can be bent into desired shapes. The new product is also more resistant to moisture than ordinary plywood. Maija hit on the topic of her thesis on a course where the CEO of UPM was

giving a visiting lecture. Liiri heard that UPM was launching a new plywood product. She wanted to know more and realised that the product could be an interesting topic for her Master’s thesis. “I felt lucky because my dream had come true. The best thing about writing the thesis was that I was able examine a new innovation. I was able to see the whole product development process.” UPM Grada plywood has already been used in chairs made by Isku. According to UPM, the positive publicity resulting from Liiri’s thesis has also prompted other contacts requesting more information about the product. Maija Liiri is still interested in working with UPM Grada even though she has already found work elsewhere.


15 - September 2012, TIMBERMAN

Intergrain awards bring out the best T

HE CREATIVE and non-conventional use of timber saw five projects emerge as the 2012 Intergrain Timber Vision Awards. The Intergrain Timber Vision Awards aim to recognise and celebrate the valuable role timber plays in Australian architecture and design, with the 2012 awards delivering some outstanding entries. The winners include: Saltwater Coast Lifestyle Centre (Point Cook, Vic) for ‘Best Commercial Exterior,’ the Annexe – Art Gallery of Ballarat (Ballarat, Vic) for ‘Best Commercial Interior,’ the ‘Best Landscape,’ went to the Barwon Heads Bridge and William Buckley Bridge (Barwon Heads, Vic), while the HANShouse (Aberfeldie, Vic) was voted ‘Best Residential Exterior’ and the Jarrah Block House (Rushcutters Bay, NSW) awarded

 Residential interior. ‘Best Residential Interior’. Intergrain Brand Manager, Krystal Brabham, said the Intergrain Timber Vision Awards aim to continually celebrate industry professionals who inspire with creative and innovative timber design. She said this year’s awards showcased visionary timber use in Australian architecture.

 The Annexe – Art Gallery of Ballarat, Best Commercial Interior.

National Carpenters’ Day reveals Australia’s best The best of the best on show to all THE AUSTRALIAN Timber Design Awards are a national competition to promote and encourage outstanding timber design in the built environment professions. Now in their thirteenth year, the awards are distinguished by a proud heritage of innovation and achievement. The aim of the awards is to develop a timber design ethos through the encouragement and showcasing of superlative timber design in a variety of applications. A broad range of entry categories demonstrates the diversity of timber and permits recognition of achievement in a variety of areas. The Australian Timber Design Awards are open to builders, designers, architects, engineers and landscapers: to anyone involved in the design or building of structures that feature timber. A Rising Star Award is available to students and entrants aged 35 or under.

Timber is a beautiful, strong and environmentally friendly material. The Australian Timber Design Awards encourage entries that showcase these properties. Categories recognise outstanding use of timber in residential buildings and public or commercial buildings. Voting has already opened for the 2012 People’s Choice Award! Members of the public may view all entries into the 2012 Australian Timber Design Awards (ATDA) and vote online for whichever entry they like best. Although the public chooses the winner of the People’s Choice Award, an expert judging panel selects all other ATDA winners. The winner of the People’s Choice Award will be announced in late September at the National Awards Presentation night in Sydney.

SOME OF Australia’s best carpenters used National Carpenters’ Day to battle it out for the title of the nation’s carpenter and apprentice carpenter of the year. The Minister for Skills, Senator Chris Evans, said the event at Melbourne’s Federation Square recognised that a career in a trade can be both personally and financially rewarding. “Having a trade qualification can open up endless opportunities,” Senator Evans said. “Qualified tradesmen are in high demand by employers, and their skills are the key to Australia’s future growth.” Peter Bazzan, 42, from Gympie in Queensland was named National Carpenter of the Year. Peter has employed around eight apprentices as a business owner and is passionate about encouraging more Australians to take up the opportunity of an apprenticeship. Twenty-seven-year-old Paul Tran, a former police officer turned carpentry apprentice from Diamond Creek, Melbourne, was named National Apprentice Carpenter of the Year. “Both Peter and Paul are examples of the opportunities that an apprenticeship can bring,” Senator Evans said. “Regardless of your age or background, it’s never too late to change professions.

“An Australian Apprenticeship is a perfect way to kick-start a new and exciting career.” Paul is currently helping build Australia’s first, and the world’s tallest, residential cross laminated timber structure. “The career change gave me a better lifestyle,” Tran said. “Instead of shift work, I now work daytime hours. Carpentry also gives me skills I can use in everyday life - if I want to renovate at home in the future.” Senator Evans invited Tran and Bazzan to join Scott Cam, Kevin Sheedy, Renya Xydis, Neil Perry and Cameron Ling as Australian Apprenticeships Ambassadors and help spread the word about the value of a nationally recognised qualification. The Federal Government is investing more than $1.2 billion in 2012-13 in the Australian Apprenticeships system including initiatives to boost apprentice completion rates and to help employers overcome critical skill shortages. “The Australian Government is working hard to build a skilled and productive workforce - increasing the number of Australian Apprentices is central to ensuring we have a workforce that can meet the challenges of a modern, diverse and prosperous economy,” Senator Evans said.


TIMBERMAN, Setember 2012 – 16

Building big and green in timber By Matthew Lovering


OR A short while it”s going to be the world”s tallest timber residential building, and it”s being built in the Docklands precinct in Melbourne. Lend Lease”s Forté residential apartment building is 10 stories high, with the top nine stories being built using cross laminated timber (CLT). CLT panels are made up of timber boards glued into alternating-grain layers to form large sheets that function like concrete tilt slabs. Alternating the grain directions of each layer reduces the effect of any weakness in any board (in a similar manner to plywood), minimizes shrinkage and swelling, and lets the stress loads of the building be transferred in more than one direction. The finished panels have excellent fire resistance as well as first-

rate heat and noise insulation properties. CLT panels are made in a factory off-site to strict tolerances in the correct size and shape for each section of the building, they can be 16.5 metres long, 2.95 metres wide and 0.5 metres deep. When required they are transported to the site, lifted into place and joined by brackets and screws. It”s a clean, effective and strong building materials solution. But how good is it for the environment? As it turns out, almost any way you measure it, CLT is pretty good! Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA), commissioned Dr Enda Crossin and his team at the Centre for Design at RMIT University to investigate the environmental performance associated with the production of the materials and construction of this new-to-Australia building using a life cycle assessment

(LCA). The owner, Lend Lease, wanted to have a better understanding of the environmental benefits (or drawbacks) of using CLT in a multi-storey residential building, compared to a conventional concrete with steel reinforcing design. “Life cycle assessment is

other important aspects of the environment, such as the emissions resulting from energy use during occupancy.” When complete, the study will assess the environmental impacts across the entire life cycle, which includes resource extraction, building

building site in Australia. As a comparison the LCA assessed the environmental impacts of making concrete which would only have to travel 30 kilometres from its place of manufacture. But the results are still affected by one large variable: is the carbon stored in the

Environmental impact assesment an important consideration for star rating schemes of buildings. The Green Building Council of Australia are currently investigating how LCA could be integrated into their Green Star rating scheme. We encourage the use of LCA in star rating schemes,” says Enda. “Architects and specifiers should seek to understand not only the embodied impacts of a material, but also how these materials influence

material fabrication, building construction, use and end of life. The first part of the study has been completed, which evaluates key environmental impacts for materials used in the construction of the building shell, in essence from cradleto-site. Developing any LCA is a complex process and has to take into account as many environmental impacts as possible including greenhouse gas emissions; eutrophication— the nutrients (mainly phosphorous and nitrogen) released into land and water systems; fresh water use; and cumulative energy demand—all energy use including fossil, electrical and feedstock (renewable energy use not included). The LCA assessed the environmental impacts for growing and manufacturing the CLT panels in Austria, as well as the impacts of the 362 kilometre truck journey and the 19,433 kilometre sea voyage to bring them to the

CLT wood to be considered (in terms of carbon credits and the like) as “locked in” to the CLT or not? As the future is always uncertain the LCA has modelled both full sequestration (best case) and no sequestration (worst case). Even when taking into account the need to ship the CLT panels around the world, CLT has reduced environmental impacts in every category that was able to be measured and compared. If the Forté building was made of concrete its construction materials would emit 690 tonnes of CO2 equivalents. The CLT constructed building, however, emits only 185 tonnes if no sequestration is included, but results in a net uptake of 761 tonnes of CO2 if sequestration is included—in effect more CO2 is sequestered than is released during manufacture and transport. In addition, on a cradleto-site basis, the CLT uses

56% less cumulative nonrenewable energy demand (embodied energy), 83% less water, and eutrophication impacts are 69% lower when compared to concrete construction. This difference is based on the construction of the shell only. The environmental impacts of the other life cycle stages (operation and end of life) are currently being assessed by RMIT. “Another potential environmental benefit of CLT which warrants further investigation is reduced trucking movements, reducing congestion—and associated emissions—as well as noise pollution,” says Enda. One thing the findings do point to is that shipping the CLT has a considerable impact, around 50% of total “no sequestration” global warming impact. CLT already has the potential to perform well as a construction material for buildings 10 to 15 stories high; if Australia could develop its own CLT manufacturing plants using timber grown locally then it could, perhaps, perform even better in the LCA environmental stakes. “The use of CLT could revolutionise the way buildings are designed and constructed. There is evidence to indicate that building practices have already changed, given Lend Lease”s commitment to this project, and future CLT projects,” says Enda.

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Helping to make life easier for the tradies S

TILL ONLY a fledgling business Stapylton-based 5 Star Timbers is not your ordinary timber merchant. It’s veritable one-stopshop, especially for tradies. Started a little over four years ago with six workers, 5 Star now employs 13 and is constantly looking to valueadd its business. Managing director Justin Lanyon explains... “We have a gas/solar kiln so we dry material on-site. We have a four-sided Iida moulder, a band saw, an optimising docker and an end matcher so we do a bit of decking and flooring and we’ve just started running a secret fix decking. We’ve also incorporated an automated oiling machine.” But, as he says, none of it would have been possible without invaluable assistance from Advanced Timber Systems. “The boys from ATS have been involved setting out the machinery so we are able to run it at peak efficiency and with this new oiling machine we can pre-finish the products. “The mobile oiling machine, a la Perlina out of Italy ... it’s the first of its kind in Queensland ... it’s a mobile automated

oiling machine; it’s called a decking tunnel. You feed timber in and it goes through a series of rollers and brushes and air knives and dryers and it comes out the other end beautifully pre-finished. “It’s a good little machine. It saves a lot of work and it has been well received by our builders; the amount of time it takes for them to get their guys to paint stuff on site then they only paint the top side of the decking and as we all know that creates several issues in itself. This takes all that out of the equation,” says Justin. The business sources predominantly Australian material. “We are actually Chain of Custody certified; we are right into the legal side of things (legal logging and sustainable product) and we were one of the first merchants in Queensland to get a full scope of CoC which has been quite god to us.” Their main client base stretches south from Tweed Heads out to Ipswich and north to Caboolture. “We’re predominantly trade based; 90% of what we do is for trade customers. “The thing with our business is that we are slightly different to your

regular timber merchant by the fact we do kiln drying on site and re-machine and value add and all sorts of things,” he says. 5 Star Timbers recently won a gold Coast business award ... “not a bad achievement in such a hard market”, and has also been judged for the coming timber industry awards. Justin is quick to hark back to the connection with ATS explaining that they had supplied and installed all five machines at the site “We’ve had no problems. None with the oiler, no hassle with any of the machinery. The boys at ATS are fantastic. They know their gear and they take the time to run us through the installation and how to set up and how to run it. They’re a fantastic company actually.” Advanced Timber Systems first became involved with 5 Star Timbers in 2010 when they were running an old Dankaert 4 side planer. A service technician went to the site at Stapylton to service and set the Dankaert and give some basic training on operating the machine. It wasn’t long however, due to the demand for higher throughput and quality that managing director Justin Lanyon decided it was time to upgrade, and in early 2011 ATS traded the 4 Sider and installed a fully serviced Iida 6 head moulder. As with any well managed business it wasn’t long before the added flexibility of the Iida brought demands for further value adding and during 2011 a Doldene 38” band resaw, Fullpower TG-230 universal tool grinder, Fullpower SOC100 automatic fault docker and an EMA-250 automatic end matching machine were added to the machine shop. “An agreement to produce Deckmaster secret nailed and end matched Australian

Hardwood decking brought with it a need for not only the automatic fault docker and end matching machine but also a timber oiling machine to allow the product to be sold pre-finished, not only saving the builders time but also enhancing the already exceptional durability of the product,” says Ian Watkins of ATS.

Advanced Timber Systems was again contacted to source a cost effective means of applying the Cutek oil to the product at point of production. After discussions with Paoloni in Italy a decision was made to install a la Perlina flow coat applicator which is a basic machine suitable for all timber products up to

240mm x 120mm, suitable for not only decking but any timber products requiring coating. With a powered feed rate of 16m/min it is capable of producing around 6,000l/m of finished product per day. “It’s been a good four and a half years so far and we’re looking forward to a solid future,” says Justin.

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OUPLED WITH the Hyster product, which has been synonymous with the timber industry for many decades, the Agria and Combilift products complete an impressive portfolio, providing alternatives when standard products fail to meet customer requirements in materials handling. The European built Agria, is a tough, rough-terrain 4WD forklift that is specifically designed to work in difficult conditions, especially where rough terrain or limited access defeats other machines. It excels in any application from agricultural, mining and construction to working off the back of a brick truck. Competitively

priced and available throughout Australia from Combilift Australia’s national distributor Adaptalift Hyster, there are now 5 models to choose from with capacities ranging from 1600kg up to 3000kg and lift heights up to 6m. The Agria is built to work around the clock with ample power supplied by either a Deutz or Perkins diesel engine. Driver comfort and ease of operation are important features of the Agria, with excellent visibility due to the high mounted driver’s cabin. Hydrostatic transmission and steering and a double service brake system make the Agria an excellent forklift to operate. Sideshift is fitted as standard. Suitable for loading and unloading road trucks it

has no problems negotiating the tightest or steepest truck ramps and difficult terrain areas. Its ease of serviceability and robust construction make it a reliable practical choice when you need to go where a standard forklift will not. The Agria is ISO 9001:2000 certified, following established protocols of quality in every phase of production, through all aspects of manufacture from the reception of the raw materials to the final product. The latest incarnation from world leading 4-way forklift manufacturer Combilift, is the market leading CombiCB, bringing to the market a multidirectional forklift in a

COMBILIFT AUSTRALIA Established in 2002, Combilift Australia, a division of Adaptalift Hyster has matured to become Australia’s “best solutions provider”. In response to a growing need within Australia for forklifts that could handle long loads in a safe and efficient manner, Adaptalift Hyster decided to look abroad for the solution. After extensive research, the Combilift and Aisle-Master forklifts stood out as the products that would eliminate the deficiencies of traditional forklifts in this area and improve both safety practices and space utilisation. After inspecting the Combilift facilities in Ireland, Adaptalift Hyster entered into a strategic alliance which has seen AAL Hyster introduce the Combilift and AisleMaster products to the Australian market with immediate success.

A few years later, the Spanish forklift Agria was introduced, allowing Combilift Australia the ability to also offer forklifts specifically designed to work in areas under difficult conditions. This rough terrain vehicle is being widely used in the building and agricultural industries as well as other specialised industries. Seven years on, Combilift Australia continues to source and import specialised materials handling equipment for both rental and sale within Australia. With over 700 Combilifts, Aisle-Master and Agria forklifts working throughout Australia in a wide range of different industries. Visit:

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for the whole timber industry compact conventional layout, the perfect solution for both palletised and long load handling issues. The innovative Combi-CB (counterbalance) will bring many advantages to customers who today may be using a combination of standard conventional counterbalance forklifts, reach trucks, side loaders, or electric 4-way forklifts. Customers have realised that replacing a combination of these forklifts with just one Combilift, capable of performing multiple tasks both indoors and out not only increases safety but saves on time and costs. The Combi-CB now with capacities of up to 4000kg, is available in a variety of fuel types including LPG, Battery

design and develop a warehouse truck that could work in narrow aisles thereby increasing storage space and also operating indoors and out. The AisleMaster is primarily aimed at warehousing and logistics operations and third party logistics companies, but can be used in many diverse applications. It’s not application-specific: its uses are as wide as the variety of product you can store on a pallet! The major advantages of the AisleMaster are; Space saving, by narrowing down working aisle widths to just under 2 metres, a potential increase in storage capacity of 50% can be achieved over reach and counterbalance forklifts. It was specifically designed to work both inside and out, and incorporates features such as cushioned tyres for operation on unpaved yards. It can therefore replace an inefficient combination of counterbalance trucks for outside offloading and reach or guided VNA trucks for pallet placement inside, making for much simpler and

Electric and Diesel with lift heights up to 7.5m. Its rubber tyres give the advantage of indoor/outdoor capabilities, the standard 1,400mm wide fork carriage with integrated fork positioner offers excellent support for handling long products while a fully enclosed cabin with heater can be offered to accommodate harsh/wet environments. Currently the Combi-CB is working in a wide variety of applications, particularly in retail outlets, timber yards and manufacturing plants where not only the use of all available shelf space is crucial but where safe handling of loads and manoeuvrability is paramount. The Combi-CB is truly a multi-directional counterbalance,

straightforward operations, eliminating double handling and speeding up “truck to rack” transportation. Lift heights of up to 12.5m and capacities of 2500kg, AC electric and LPG powered make the Aisle-Master a flexible option for a wide variety of applications. With the Aisle-Master customers have been able to double storage capacity by replacing a reach truck with an Aisle-Master and consequently halved working aisle-widths in store areas. Visit:

ADAPTALIFT HYSTER Adaptalift began as Forklift Engineering Australia, which was founded in 1979 to design and manufacture forklift attachments. As demand grew for these attachments to be supplied with forklifts, Adaptalift Forklift Rentals & Sales was formed. Adaptalift has grown rapidly to become the largest privately owned forklift

as there is no platform, perfect for palletised goods and long loads where they can be stacked directly from the floor up, enabling 100% use of lower storage areas. The small physical compact size of the Combi-CB allows it to load and unload containers and transport the pallets or long loads directly to the warehouse. Contact Combilift Australia directly or ask your forklift supplier for information on the Combilift or Agria products. Combilift Australia will provide no obligation free customer site demonstrations as well as warehouse layouts to illustrate the best possible use of available storage space using the Combilift systems.

rental company in Australia, with a fleet of over 10,500 unit’s nation wide. The combined strength of Adaptalift and Hyster Forklifts will revolutionise materials handling in this country. Adaptalift Hyster’s reputation has been built on total commitment to customer service while providing customers with the most reliable, flexible and cost effective solutions to their materials handling and forklift fleet management requirements. With service centres Australia wide, in all metropolitan & major regional areas, and a commitment to expand this network nationally, Adaptalift Hyster guarantee industry leading response and efficient service. Adaptalift Hyster provides the most flexible total forklift fleet management solution in the industry, with several top 20 companies taking advantage of Adaptalift Hyster’s National Network. Visit: Hyster is one of the leading global brands

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Early interest in Wood EXPO 2013 W

OOD EXPO 2013, Australia’s first dedicated event for wood processing and manufacturing companies, is already generating keen early interest. Announced by the Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA) last month, Australasia’s first wood products show scheduled to run in September 2013 is now generating interest from Australasia, North America, Asia and Europe says FIEA director Brent Apthorp. “The EXPO will be unique in this part of the world. It’s an exciting new concept. It builds

on the professionally run series of FIEA technology events that have proved so successful over the past 13 years and will focus specifically on wood products companies rather than aiming to appeal to the full range of other industries within the sector. This means it’s targeted to sawmilling, wood manufacturing, kiln drying and wood panels operations in this part of the world. It also has been designed to complement the other major wood working shows that are well established on the North American and European wood working calendars,” says Apthorp.

However, compared to other EXPO or Show formats there is a major bonus for exhibitors. Like the FIEA Technology events, the EXPO in 2013 is going to run in two locations, Rotorua in New Zealand and Albury in Australia in consecutive weeks. This means that international product and service suppliers can meet all of the major wood products companies in both countries in a relatively short space of time. For delegates travelling into Wood EXPO 2013, it means local companies can travel only a relatively short distance

to meet with a wide cross section of leading Australasian and international technology providers over three days. What’s more, if assessing new plant to upgrade their processing or manufacturing operations, site, production and mill managers can come through as well as engineering and production staff to evaluate options and speak first hand to leading technology providers. As the name suggests, the Wood EXPO 2013will cover all things wood – from log yard handling, sawing technologies, saw-doctoring, wood scanning, wood gluing and laminating, timber machining, lumber QC, mill maintenance, kiln drying, finger-jointing, wood finishing, composite panels and engineered wood products. This new event will comprise a unique mix of conferences, practical workshops, displays and networking opportunities to ensure industry maximise their time while there. These are starting to be designed now with industry. Since the first announcement, interest has already been fielded from key suppliers from around the world. Over 5000 companies have been notified first hand and currently, more detailed EXPO packs are being designed and will be sent out in the next few weeks. For further information at this stage, check out the event website, www.wood-expo. com Mark the dates into your diaries and for prospective sponsors, exhibitors and delegates, details can be posted onto the event website. The Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA) a division of Innovatek Limited is a unique grouping in Australasia. It’s the principal vehicle for technology transfer for forestry and wood products companies. Through a range of independent programmes, new product and process technologies are introduced to New Zealand and Australian companies. Technologies best suited to the size of the industry and to the local resource are being identified and “showcased”. A regular series of conferences, practical workshops and managed exhibitions are run every year. Forestry and wood product companies, key product suppliers, researchers and technology providers from throughout the world are targeted and involved with the programmes. In addition to these events, new resources from the technology programmes are being supplied to New Zealand and Australian companies. FIEA is also now the largest provider of weekly and monthly forest products news in Australasia

Wood Innovations to improve international competitiveness GLOBALLY, MANUFACTURING 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. Each job in manufacturing generates on average between 2 and 5 additional jobs. Processing or manufacturing in the forest products sector though is increasingly coming under pressure. 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. 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 is looking 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. Wood Innovations 2012 is a new technology programme being set up with a wide cross section of Australian and New Zealand companies to address some of these concerns. “It’s a new initiative and it’s been a long time coming” says Brent Apthorp, Director of the industry grouping, the Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA). For more than 13 years FIEA has been working with wood producers to design and run a wide range of technology events for the sector, both in Australia and New Zealand. “The focus has been more on step change – in profiling new tools and technologies that can be adopted by local companies to improve their processing and manufacturing operations”. Wood Innovations 2012 has quite a different focus. “It’s designed to provide a global insight into new innovations, new wood products and new business systems that can be employed to attract future investment and to increase their international competitiveness” says Apthorp. “The very latest in new and emerging technologies –in solid wood, panel products, bio-materials, wood finishing systems, wood modification technologies, building materials and construction systems that potentially can be picked up by local companies – will be the event’s focus. 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. The program runs in Melbourne on 10-11 October and again in New Zealand on 16-17 October. Full details of the program for each country can now be downloaded from the event website

 Brent Apthorp.


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New grant system could be a winner for housing industry T

By Kersten Gentle Executive Officer FTMA Australia





HE OTHER day I drove past a corner block in my home town of Healesville where a new house was being built. It was a hive of activity with tradies’ utes parked along the road and it looked like a scene from Backyard Blitz. They had painters, landscapers, roof plumbers and builders on site and the local building supplies truck was delivering goods. This wasn’t a unique site but unfortunately it’s not as common as we would like it be. The 2011/2012 financial year according to the HIA New Housing Forecasts showed the lowest new housing starts for many years. In total Australiawide the forecast stated there were 36,997 new houses built which meant with the exception of the Northern Territory every other Australian State or Territory had a decrease in housing starts ranging from 2% to 16%. The forecast for this financial year is brighter with most States seeing an increase and new housing starts expecting to reach 38,438. Unfortunately for Victoria, Tasmanian and the ACT the drop in new housing starts will continue for the next couple of years. So what is needed to get us out of this slump? Should businesses just ride it out or is action needed to address what some say is a crisis in the building industry. FTMA Australia believes the NSW Government has found a solution with the introduction of the First Home Owner Grant (New Homes). The grant applies to new homes only and does not apply to the purchase of an established home, vacant land, business premises or a holiday home. The only hiccup with the scheme

is the total value of the property cannot exceed the cap amount of $650,000 which means it would be fantastic for rural and regional communities and businesses dependent on the building industry but there is no way you will get a place under that price closer to the city and suburbs. If someone buys an established home with Government assistance such as the first home owners grant the people to benefit are; the buyer, real estate agent, a solicitor and a conveyance whereas a first home owner grant focusing on new homes will benefit; the land developer, water / gas / electricity companies, solar panel people, solicitors for the land developer and the building company. You may create business for the soil testers, the conveyancers, concreters, draftsman, local councils, builders, plumbers, sparkies, plasterers, cabinet makers, fitters, tilers, carpet layers and the list goes on. But wait, there’s more....what about the manufacturers of the plaster boards, tiles, electrical cables, paint companies and of course the all important timber companies. Now that’s what I call bang for your buck as far as Governments go. Their support for people purchasing a new home will result in increased business for many companies which will result in healthier businesses and healthier communities with greater taxes being paid back to the Government. FTMA Australia calls on other State Governments to take a leaf out of the NSW Government’s book and launch their own Home Owners Grant specifically targeting new homes. There are some more radical thoughts that I have heard over the past few

months where some believe the Government should limit the size of the house and parcel of land resulting in the ability to create more blocks per area developed, thus bringing the price down and making it more affordable. I have three children, two adult boys and a younger daughter and I worry how they are ever going to be able to afford a new home while having the benefits we have had growing up so perhaps the ‘more radical’ thoughts aren’t that radical after all. FTMA Australia is holding a breakfast meeting

in Victoria on 13 September with the keynote speaker being Harley Dale, HIA’s Chief Economist. Harley will present an overview of where the building industry is at, what the future may hold and how we may be able to help turn things around through changing Government policies, such as the national introduction of a policy as outlined above. For further information on this breakfast please contact me at kersten@ftmaaustralia. 2013 FTMA Australia National Conference

 Harley Dale. We encourage you to lock in your diary for 2013 the FTMA Australia National Conference which will be held on the Gold Coast on 23 July, 2013. We are currently putting together a program and locking in venues and will send further information out shortly.

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Reducing your redundancy costs By Brian Beecroft Chief Executive Officer Timber Trade Industrial Association


N CERTAIN circumstances, employers can reduce their liability for redundancy where they offer an employee another acceptable role within their business or find another comparable role for the employee within a local business of a similar nature. Also, if your business is struggling financially, Fair Work can make an order that the redundancy costs be reduced to a specified amount or nil if there is satisfactory financial evidence to support the application. What is other acceptable employment? The Courts take a number of factors in account when assessing, on an objective basis, whether to vary or set aside an employer’s obligation to pay redundancy entitlements to an employee who has been offered other acceptable employment including: • Pay levels compared to the previous role

•H  ours of work/workload start and finish times and weekend work • Employment status/level of seniority • Nature of employment – how the duties compare • Location – any increased travelling requirements • Skills and qualifications – what each role requires • Loss of existing accruals if employer different • Job security - from permanent to casual status The onus is on the employer to demonstrate that the alternative employment is comparable to the previous role. When comparing the roles, the Courts are focused on whether the duties are similar to each other as opposed to whether the employee can perform the duties of the new role. If an employee rejects an alternative role this does not make it unacceptable on an objective basis. Also, if one person out of a group accepts alternative employment, this does not necessarily make it acceptable for the others in the group. In a recent case, an employer arranged an interview for an

employee that it planned to make redundant with another company. The employee was offered a new role with the external company and the employer made an application to Fair Work Australia seeking an order for a reduction of redundancy pay to the employee. The Commissioner considered the following before reducing the redundancy payments due to the employee by 50%: • the efforts of the employer in arranging a job interview for the employee with another company • the age of the employee (he was 61 years old) • the loss of the employee’s long service leave credits after 4 years’ service; and • the loss of the employee sick leave accruals (30 days) In another case, the redundancy payments due to 6 employees were reduced to nil. In this case there was no opposition by the employees and the Court took into account the extraordinary efforts by the employer to find employment for all the employees.

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Incapacity to pay redundancy entitlements If an employer cannot pay redundancy entitlements because of financial constraints it can make an application to Fair Work Australia for the redundancy payments prescribed by the National Employment Standards to be reduced. In these applications an employer would need to prove to Fair Work Australia that it is not financially viable or that it did not have the funds to make the payment. To support such an application, employers need to provide supportive financial evidence such as profit and loss statements. In a recent case, a claim on this basis was rejected because after examining the employer’s financial records, Fair Work Australia found that the employer had the capacity to pay wages and salaries of

other employees including the owners of the company. Also, there was evidence that the company had made redundancy payments to another employee albeit in installments and had offered to pay redundancy to the employee in question in the same way. Dad and Partner Pay Scheme Timber employers should be aware that the Dad and Partner Pay Scheme passed through Parliament at the end of June. The new payment will be added to the Paid Parental Leave Act 2010. Dad and Partner Pay will be available to eligible fathers and partners, including adopting parents and parents in samesex couples, who are caring for a child born or adopted from 1 January 2013. Eligible fathers and partners

 Brian Beecroft. will be able to receive two weeks of Dad and Partner Pay at the rate of the national minimum wage, the same weekly rate as for the existing parental leave pay – currently $606.40 per week before tax. The scheme will be paid by the Australian Government and administered by the Family Assistance Office. If a TTIA member has any queries with regard to these articles, please contact the TTIA Office on (02) 9264 0011.

Dramatic growth in membership By Colin Fitzpatrick Chief Executive Officer Timber & Building Materials Association (Aust.) Ltd TABMA NSW THE LAST few months has seen a dramatic growth in TABMA membership. This is attributable to the many services and benefits offered by TABMA, not the least being the exclusive trade credit insurance scheme provided to members by IMC Newbury. To obtain information on this money saving scheme, contact should be made directly with Henrik Valentin at . The exclusive to TABMA arrangement with National Fleet Australia has also attracted a lot of interest. This deal makes buying, financing, insuring and caring for motor vehicles more time efficient and cost effective. Details can be obtained from Steve Cunningham at au . TABMA QUEENSLAND Special welcome to Brad Saunders from Parkside Timbers who has joined the Board of TABMA QLD and attended his first meeting on July 11 and also to Chris Atkinson who has joined the staff of TABMA QLD as a Field Officer. Some sponsorship is still available for the Queensland Timber Industry Awards & Dinner which will be held on November 3. This is a great opportunity to obtain exposure across the industry at a ridiculously low price. Contact Alicia Oelkers .

TABMA WA Kristina Holdorf joined TABMA WA on July 9 and has been busy introducing herself to new and existing TABMA members. Kristina’s employment by TABMA has filled a void in WA and members should be prepared for some new and exciting announcements in coming months. Kristina is available to talk with all members of the timber industry at any time and can be contacted kristina@tabma. . TIMBER TALLYING The Timber Tallying division of TABMA, headed up by Kevin Kelly, is experiencing an increase in the volume of timber being imported into Australia from North America. This increase can only mean that there are perhaps better times ahead for the building industry and the days of doom and gloom are at last starting to diminish. Timber Tallying takes responsibility for the timber when it arrives by ship, transports it to our yard where it is sorted and stacked, obtains quarantine approval and then contacts the importer who arranges pick up. CHAIN OF CUSTODY CERTIFICATION Interest in chain of custody certification is on the increase, with TABMA receiving 42 enquiries, on how to obtain certification, in the last 3 months. This service is available to members and non members alike and is provided as an assistance to the timber industry. Information can be obtained by contacting the writer



As previously advised Matt Thomas joined TABMA SA on July 16. Since commencing, Matt has been out and about meeting new and existing members espousing the value of hosting a TABMA employed apprentice or trainee. Ably assisted by Lauren Johns, Matt is delighted with the response to his calls and excited about the future of TABMA SA. Matt can be contacted .

The 2012 Timber Industry Dinner on November 30, being supported by TABMA, NSW FPA, WADIC, TTIA, ForestWorks, Hoo Hoo and all major suppliers is delighted to announce ITI, Tasman KB, John Cook & Sons, Gunnersen, ATS Timber and Meyer Timber have each signed on as Gold Sponsors of the evening. This support is overwhelming and we express our thanks and gratitude to these great supporters of our industry.


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Volvo L90 Loader

Comes complete with quick release, large chip bucket and log grapple forks.

Valen Kone VK26 Debarker In and out feed conveyors.



New firewood processing equipment from Whitlands Engineering


ABN 57 109 570 336

FOR SALE 2002 CATERPILLAR 924G Wheel loader 11500 hrs $55,000+GST

BRUNNER HIGH VAC KILN 45m3 capacity Hot water boiler All trolleys, computer system, manuals, etc Great hardwood drying kiln $300,000+GST

TIMBER TREATMENT CYLINDER Ex CCA plant 1.8mt diameter 10mt long $20,000+GST

RANDALL’S PRENTICE 150 LOG GRAB ON EX-ARMY INTERNATIONAL 6X6 TRUCK Mounted on back with own diesel motor and hyd pack $18,000+GST

KOCKUMS FORWARDER 85-35T No grab Good engine, hydraulics, transmission and tyres $15,000+GST

SMITHS TWIN EDGER 2 x 75hp motors Will cut 700mm diameter x 6100mm log $30,000+GST

LARGE STAINLESS STEEL TANK 3.05mt diameter 4.8mt high Some damage

LARGE STEEL TANK 3.6mt diameter 9.2mt high

Robinson 54” wheels heavy duty bandsaw

50hp motor, Hydraulic feed. $12,500+GST $9,800+GST

Forano Twin 60” Bandsaw Log Breakdown line

Top dogging. Log handling. Remote operator. Log diameter 60cm – 12cm, 6m - 2.4m. Hydraulic sizing 30cm – 7.5cm. $188,000+GST

Free Call 1800 702 701

Salem Twin 54” Band Resaw

Roundabout. Operator cabin. Hydraulic sizing, fence, line bar, cant turner and handling equipment. Sawn timber transfer deck. $279,000+GST

Moreen Johnston 50” Horizontal Band Wing line


For Information, please, call 0419-536 804 or email your postal address to

For all enquiries please call Damien on 0417 570 616

With roundabout and wing transfer deck.$44,000.00+GST

Windsor board twin edger

With laser guides, pneumatic sizing and conveyor waste transfer.


Austral Timber Group Contact Ken Baker 0438 643 992



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New model BigX50 coming soon!

Different sizes of mills with optional feeding table. Tractor, Diesel Power Pack or Electric Power Pack driven models.

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FOR SALE GREY ONE MAN BENCH • Late model Hydraulic Reversible • Full length line bar • Right hand • 5 Strand out feed deck • Grey pop-up docker • Green chain (5) strain • Bench and Docker has grey blower extraction system Cost 360K in 1998 will sell for 85K Gympie Qld Phone KARRA 0408002858

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Australian Timberman  

September 2012 issue