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ROM A striking public art project in Queensland to stunning residential properties in innercity Melbourne and rural Tasmania, the four winning projects in the 2013 Intergrain Timber Vision Awards inspired and impressed with their creative timber applications. The winners were announced at an awards breakfast hosted by Intergrain in Melbourne. The Intergrain Timber Vision Awards aim to recognise and celebrate the valuable role timber plays in Australian architecture and design, with the 2013 awards delivering outstanding entries, which embody Australia’s distinct design aesthetic. The winners include: Coolum Beach Streetscaping Project (Coolum Beach, QLD) for ‘Best Commercial Exterior,’ Captain Melville (Brunswick, VIC) for ‘Best Commercial Interior,’ while the House House (North Fitzroy, VIC) was voted ‘Best Residential Exterior’ and the Shearer’s Quarters (North Bruny Island, TAS) was awarded ‘Best Residential Interior’. Intergrain Brand Manager, Krystal Brabham, said the Intergrain Timber Vision Awards continue to grow year on year, due in part to the rising prominence of timber features in both residential and commercial design. “The Intergrain Timber Vision Awards received a record number of entries this year, with the calibre of submissions reaching a new high,” Brabham said. “Timber in design is being viewed differently, with architects experimenting with applications and uses of recycled timber. The winning projects showcased these ideals alongside inspirational design visions,” she added. The entries were evaluated by a prestigious judging panel consisting of Hamish
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Lyon, Principal and Design Director at NH Architecture (VIC); Virginia Kerridge, Principal of Virginia Kerridge Architect (NSW); Cameron Bruhn, Editorial Director at Architecture Media (VIC) and Douglas Curr, Dulux Specification & Project Services Consultant.
Breathe Architecture also implemented an innovative way of recycling and re-imagining timber as something other than its natural form, with the timber evoking an image of layers of gold ingots. Providing inspiration for home builders and renovators,
“Calibre of submissions reached a new high” The Coolum Beach Streescaping Project, designed by Carl Holder Product Designer & Urban Artist, won “Best Commercial Exterior.” It was awarded for its strong daytime and night time presence as a public work of art. The project speaks to the philosophy of its surrounding environment as an indirect expression of textures and forms in a fluid and tactile three-dimensional, 12 metre long timber surface. Judged “Best Commercial Interior” was restaurant and bar, Captain Melville in Brunswick, designed by Breathe Architecture. The project was awarded for successfully balancing the heritage ideal of the Australian Gold Rush with a contemporary design and sensitively inserting timber seamlessly into the interior.
the two residential award categories showcase the increasing trend of utilising timber’s natural beauty in functional features around the home. The House House, by Andrew Maynard Architects, took home the title for ‘Best Residential Exterior,’ as an impressive new addition to two existing terrace houses, with the timber structure a natural stand out. The project uses timber as an overall expression of a new architectural innercity type, with the timber adding domestic warmth and vibrancy to the exterior facade of the house. The project cleverly spans two existing houses and disguises the join between them. The “Best Residential Interior” went to the Shearer’s Quarters, a property on
n ITVA Winner Residential Interior-Shearers Quarters
North Bruny Island (TAS), designed by John Wardle Architects. The building sits as a companion building to a historic cottage and provides accommodation for shearers and rural contractors. Making use of local and recycled timbers, including timber from old rural windbreaks and recycled apple box crates, the building design forms a holistic story between the artist, home and setting. The adaptive use of materials is impressive and the timber usage is creative in design with its unusual panel size and offset joints adding texture throughout. The wooden bookcase in the living space is a standout feature.
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R C H I T E C T U R A L PROFESSIONALS are invited to apply for the five exclusive places available on the 2014 Dulux Study Tour. Now in its seventh year, the Dulux Study Tour is a coveted program organised by Dulux in partnership with the Australian Institute of Architects and EmAGN that seeks to inspire and foster Australia’s next generation of emerging architectural talent. The 2014 international tour will involve visits to leading global architecture and design firms in some of the most architecturally-rich destinations. Dulux General Manager – Trade Division, Phil White, says this Study Tour focuses on supporting the ‘next generation’ of talent in the architecture and design industry. “The Dulux Study Tour is an intense 10 day trip where recipients are immersed in architecture,
visiting iconic buildings and firms, and spending important one-onone time with notable heavyweights in the industry. They will eat, live and breathe architecture from day one of the Tour and will be guided by representatives from both the Australian Institute of Architects and Dulux,” says White. Entry is a two stage process. Stage one requires entrants to answer four questions that will determine a shortlist, which is selected by a panel of highly regarded professionals in the industry. This includes AIA president Paul Berkemeier and EmAGN president Jacqueline Connor. Shortlisted entrants will then be notified to enter stage two, where a more detailed entry covering recent work needs to be submitted. The judging panel will select the five recipients based on their individual contributions to architectural practice, education, design excellence
and community involvement. 2013 Dulux Study Tour recipient Mel Bright says the Tour has given her a new perspective on her own practice of architecture. “The Dulux Study tour accelerated my growing sense of the possibilities for future directions in architecture. I’m sure this will resonate with me for many years.” All graduates of architecture, up to 10 years from graduation, from the tier-two or five-year Bachelor of Architecture degrees are eligible to enter the 2014 Dulux Study Tour. However, the competition is only open to Australian citizens or residents, and New Zealand citizens residing in Australia. The deadline for stage one entries is Thursday 19 September 2013. The five successful recipients will be announced at the Australian Architecture Achievement Awards in March 2014.
Behind the scenes with Grand Designs TV BUILDING show Grand Designs will swap a castle for a caravan as it hits the highways for a live stage tour of Australia in October. Grand Designs - An Evening With Kevin McCloud will see the British architecture aficionado look back on the most fascinating buildings and people from his long-running TV series. “Australia is an amazing place and I am very much looking forward to returning in October,” said McCloud. “My brand new show puts Grand Designs under the microscope ... celebrating the highs, the lows, the laughter and tears of my amazing 14-year journey.” Using footage from the show, McCloud promises to reveal what he was really thinking during the dream-home
renovation sagas and what happened to properties and their owners after the TV cameras left. The evenings will also feature McCloud taking about his latest ventures as a developer and an audience Q&A segment. Grand Designs - An Evening With Kevin McCloud is at: • The Plenary in Melbourne on October 28 (Ticketmaster). • Sydney’s State Theatre on October 29 (Ticketmaster). • Brisbane’s Lyric Theatre on October 30 (qtix). • Perth Concert Hall on October 21 (Ticketek). Grand Designs airs on ABC and the LifeStyle Channel and has spawned a local version, Grand Designs Australia. The tour coincides with Grand Designs Live home shows taking place in Sydney from October 18-20 and Melbourne from October 25-27.
Dates for your Diary Promote your events in this publication (and also on our electronic Daily Timber News). Lodge details at email@example.com or phone (08) 7127 6370. 6 September 2013 Annual assembly of Eumabois, the European federation that gathers 14 national associations of woodworking technology, tools and accessories manufacturers, Jyväskylä, where the meeting will be hosted by the Finnish association. http://www. woodandpanel.com
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8-13 September 2013 15th Fundamental Research Symposium, Cambridge, England. www.ppfrs.org 21 September 2013 WADIC AGM and Forum, Holiday Inn in Brisbane, commencing 6pm. 25-26 September 2013 Timber Expo, Ricoh Arena, Coventry, UK. www.timber-expo.co.uk 25-28 September 2013 VietnamWOOD. Saigon Exhibition & Convention Centre (SECC). Drying equipment, joinery equipment, joinery and moulded products, equipment and instruments for furniture industry, abrasive
11 October 2013 Building stronger value chains - Australian Timber Industry Seminar 2013 10.30 am5:00 pm, Novotel Rockford Darling Harbour Hotel, Sydney Joint hosts: Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA); the Australian Timber Importers Federation (ATIF) and Timber Merchants and Building Material Association (TABMA). The Australian timber industry’s must attend event for 2013. Enquiries to John Halkett, ATIF, 02 9356 3826; Colin Fitzpatrick, TABMA, 02 9277 3100; Ric Sinclair, FWPA, 03 9927 3200, or Eileen Newbury, Leading Edge Events
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HE RESIDENTIAL building industry recognises the importance of investing in training the next generation of builders, particularly with the industry beginning to show some signs of recovery over the coming one to two years,” said HIA Chief Executive Industry Policy and Media, Graham Wolfe, when announcing the latest round of scholarship winners for the Build Your Future program. “The Build Your Future program is an important initiative that gives a hand up to young tradespeople, giving them access to training opportunities that they may not otherwise have,” he said. In conjunction with program partners JELD-WEN Australia and STRATCO, Build Your Future provides assistance to help offset the cost of training fees for young builders undertaking nationally recognised training courses. The program first started back in 2010 and since then there have been 115 successful recipients. The total value of scholarships is almost $300,000. Following are the latest recipients: • Steven Atkinson (SA) • Terry Packer (SA) • Aaron Scanlan (SA) • Ashley Boulter (Qld) • Emily Smith (Qld) • Kain Bliss (Hunter) • Matthew Norman (Hunter) • Sam Drury (Victoria) • Patrick Kindellan (Victoria)
HIA Build Your Future Training Scholarships are available to apprentices, employees or contractors in the building industry to help them achieve their training goals, meet professional development objectives and reach their full potential. Applications for the current
Managing Director Shane Goodwin. “Sometimes apprentices or young tradesmen and women are not in the position to finance the additional qualifications they need to become licensed as a builder. “An HIA Build Your Future scholarship can help them by
“Scholarship winners are our future leaders and HIA and its partners are pleased to support them in their endeavours” round of HIA Build Your Future Scholarships close 31 October 2013. To be eligible, nominees must be engaged in the building industry as an apprentice, employee or contractor up to the age of 25. Successful recipients are able to offset some of the cost of training by using the scholarship towards HIA training fees for the Nationally Recognised Training (NRT) you need to gain an industry licence or registration. “Scholarship winners are our future leaders and HIA and its partners are pleased to support them in their endeavours. They will set a fine example for other young people in our industry who recognise the need to continually strive to improve their skills,” said HIA
taking away the concern of meeting the significant costs of training. “The building industry will always have a demand for skilled tradespeople, and by offering scholarships we hope to ensure that talented young builders aren’t locked out of an otherwise rewarding future because of a lack of resources at one point in time,” Goodwin said. Scholarship recipient Alex Turner said he learned a lot of new skills and got tremendous support all along the way. “HIA provided me with a lot of literature that will help me when I want to go further.” “I got a full scholarship. It’s been really good financially, especially in the first few years when you’re out of your apprenticeship,” said scholarship recipient Carlo Simpson.
THE FEDERAL Government has launched a new version of its highly popular E-resource kit for small businesses at the Small Business Forum in Brisbane. The Small Business Resource Kit is a USB flash drive containing information and resources designed to help small business owners and start-ups get down to business. Minister for Small Business Gary Gray said the flash drive had found its way to more than 40,000 small business owners since it was launched just over two years ago. “The upgraded information in the kits includes revised versions of the useful Starting your Business and Growing your Business checklists,” Gray said. “These checklists have been downloaded more than half a million times and are among the most popular tools downloaded from the business.gov.au website.” The USB kit also includes information on legal issues, independent contractors, and key contact information for small businesses. Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business, Bernie Ripoll launched the kit while hosting the Australian Government’s Small Business Forum. “This resource kit allows small business owners and intending operators to access the key information and resources they need to start and grow their business,” Ripoll said. “It is a simple-to-use and gives instant access to tools and resources in a variety of formats: video files, audio recordings, as well as traditional handbooks. “The information in this kit is useful to small businesses, in all industries, and at any stage of the business’ development.” The Australian Government also launched the new Building Success website which contains useful information and success stories about the impact of Australian Government programs designed to help small businesses. “The website: buildingsuccess.innovation.gov.au has some great information about direct assistance and advisory services that are targeted toward small business, as well as programs that help small businesses build skills in their workforces,” Ripoll said. “The case studies explain how small businesses have been able to use resources like business.gov.au to build their business and decision making skills.” You can obtain a resource kit by contacting the Small Business Support Line on 1800 777 275 emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. au or going to: www.business.gov.au/resourcekit.
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ESIGNED BY architects Kimmo Lintula, Niko Sirola and Mikko Summanen of K2S Architects, the newlycompleted Kamppi Chapel of Silence is part of the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 program and was granted the International Architecture Award by The Chicago Athenaeum in 2010. The innovative acoustic design has sparked a lot of interest due to the variety and quantity of wood used in construction. Alder planks cut to shape line the interior walls of the chapel while the simple furnishings are made of ash wood. The chapel’s façade is made of horizontal strips of spruce bent at various radii. Large glued laminated – or glulam – beams were cut to
shape to create the structure’s frame and all the wood was glazed with wax using nanotechnology. From the outside, the chapel resembles a large wooden bowl. K2S architects decided on a wooden structure to improve sound quality, resulting in outside noise being blocked out leaving visitors with only their thoughts. Besides creating a stunning aesthetically pleasing structure, wood panels are eco-friendly and are fairly easy to install. Wood has the ability to store carbon and can help lower the detrimental elements of pollution. Furthermore, it requires eight times less energy to produce a tonne of timber than a tonne of steel, and 46 times less energy than aluminium.
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Home run for wood researchers! THE US Forest Service has literally come out swinging and achieved a home run with baseball fans. Testing and analyzing thousands of shattered Major Baseball League bats, US Forest Service researchers at the Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) developed changes in manufacturing that decreased the rate of shattered maple bats by more than 50% since 2008. While the popularity of maple bats is greater today than ever before, the number of shattered bats continues to decline. With the help of TECO, a third-party wood inspection service, the FPL team established manufacturing changes that have proven remarkably successful over time. Limits to bat geometry dimensions, wood density restrictions, and wood drying recommendations have all contributed to the dramatic decrease in multiple-piece failures, even as maple’s popularity is on the upswing.
A 51-year old Hungarian agricultural worker, who has created a car almost entirely out of wood, says he loves to work with wood and likes to create unique things that attract interest from people. The frame, axles, gears and even the fuel tank — which was fashioned from an old beer barrel — are made of wood. The only non-wooden parts are the engine- which is from a Fiat 126-, the Mercedes-Benz steering wheel and the windscreen. Istvan Puskas spent more than four months on the project in his workshop in Tiszaors, in the Great Hungarian Plains. Puskas said the long winter gave him plenty of time to design and build the wooden wonder and that he was encouraged by his wife to take on the project. “I started to work on it at Christmas and it took me four months to finish it. This
kept me busy during the winter time,” he said. “There’s not much to do here,” his wife Iren admitted. “It’s much better than spending the winter at the pub.” Last year, her husband made a fully functioning wooden motorcycle. That took him one year to build. Although the car cannot be officially registered, local police have allowed him to drive it around the roads in his village. But not for much longer: Puskas has put the wooden car on the market, with a view to using the proceeds to fund his next project – a three-wheeled vehicle. “I have no place to store it. I have no garage, I have nothing. It can be good for a collector, for somebody who likes nostalgia, for somebody who likes to drive slowly,” he said.
World’s highest wooden observation tower is PEFC Certified THE OPENING of the Pyramidenkogel in Carinthia, Austria, sets another milestone for the promotion of sustainable forestry. Imposing, this almost 100 metre high observation tower spirals into the air, making it the world’s highest wooden observation tower. Yet the Pyramidenkogel does not only offer breathtaking views – the main structure is made entirely of wood originating from PEFC-certified, local forests. “The Pyramidenkogel is the crowning glory of my 25 year career. As it is PEFC certified, it goes without saying that this will set an example for responsible forestry,” says Helmut Hödl, Head of Timber Engineering for Rubner Holzbau GmbH, the PEFC-certified company responsible for the tower. “For a company such as Rubner, the preservation of forests for future generations, and therefore our sustainable raw materials, is an essential issue.”
Rubner paid attention to using wood from PEFCcertified wood from the region for the construction to also reduce transport-related carbon emissions and to support the local economy. Designed by the architectural firm Klaura Kaden + Partner from Klagenfurt, the tower extends over 10 levels with two platforms exposed to the sky. During its construction, attention was paid to ensure the greatest efficiency and effectiveness possible. The high degree of prefabrication by Rubner Holzbau GmbH enabled rapid construction – the shell was ready after two months and total construction time was five months. “This tower will find worldwide attention, and we are very pleased that this project is PEFC certified. Rubner is thus making a strong sign that performance and sustainability go hand in hand within the domestic timber industry” says Dipl.-Ing (FH) Rainer Handl, Association of the Austrian Wood Industries, Board Member PEFC Austria.
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Wood “charges” forward in battery test A SLIVER of wood coated with tin could make a tiny, long-lasting, efficient and environmentally friendly battery. But don’t try it at home yet – the components in the battery tested by scientists at the University of Maryland are a thousand times thinner than a piece of paper. Using sodium instead of lithium, as many rechargeable batteries do, makes the battery environmentally benign. Sodium doesn’t store energy as efficiently as lithium, so you won’t see this battery in your cell phone - instead, its low cost and common materials would make it ideal to store huge amounts of energy at once, such as solar energy at a power plant. Existing batteries are often created on stiff bases, which are too brittle to withstand the swelling and shrinking that happens as electrons are stored in and used up from the battery. Liangbing Hu, Teng Li and their team found that wood fibres are supple enough to let their sodiumion battery last more than 400 charging cycles, which puts it among the longest lasting nano-batteries. “The inspiration behind the idea comes from the trees,” said Hu, an assistant professor of materials science. “Wood fibres that make up a tree once held mineral-rich water, and so are ideal for storing liquid electrolytes, making them not only the base but an active part of the battery.” Lead author Hongli Zhu and other team members noticed that after charging and discharging the battery hundreds of times, the wood ended up wrinkled but intact. Computer models showed that the wrinkles effectively relax the stress in the battery during charging and recharging, so that the battery can survive many cycles.
Election policies must focus on housing T
HE HOUSING Industry Association (HIA) has called on both major parties to embrace election polices to promote a housing led recovery in the Australian economy. “Residential building is one of the few sectors in a position to generate substantial economic activity in the wake of the mining boom,” said HIA Managing Director Shane Goodwin. “New home building has a significant multiplier effect that drives activity throughout the wider economy.”
“Modelling demonstrates that for a 1% productivity increase in new home building - through cutting red tape or modernising the taxation system, for example - the wider economy will benefit by around $1 billion. “Australia is currently building around 25,000 homes per year less than a decade ago, which is not only putting the brakes on job creation in the sector, but placing upward pressure on housing prices,” he said. “Housing affordability is consistently being nominated as one of the top few issues on the minds
of voters, and there is clearly a great deal of angst among Australians about how the current and future generations will be able to afford a home.” HIA says that key areas for policy action to promote a revival in new home building include: • Reform the taxation system, including the removal of inefficient taxes on new housing • Reduction of the red and green tape burden that is choking small business • I mproved funding mechanisms for residential related infrastructure • Better access to finance for home buyers and builders • Modernisation of the industrial relations system “Any party or candidate that goes into the Federal election without a significant housing platform in their policy list is ignoring a key part of the economy and the concerns of millions of Australians,” Goodwin said.
Demand for skilled labour still soft, says HIA THE DEMAND for skilled labour in Australia’s residential construction industry is running well below the historical norm, according to the Housing Industry Association, the voice of Australia’s residential building industry. The HIA Trades Report, a quarterly survey of builders and sub-contractors, shows that the availability of skilled trades increased moderately during the June 2013 quarter. Trade price developments were weak, with the average increase clocking in below the rate of general inflation. “These figures will not come as any surprise to trades people on the ground in the residential contruction industry who are generally coping with demand conditions considerably softer than their historical experience,” said HIA Senior Economist Shane Garrett. “While new home building is starting to recover from decade lows, the national improvement is modest to date. Meanwhile, the pace of renovations activity is very weak,” said Garrett. “The persistence in 2013 of a credit constrained environment for residential construction isn’t helping, nor is an onerous
regulatory and taxation framework. Any moves to increase regulatory costs further from the pre-existing high and inefficient base would considerably hamper the prospects of a recovery in residential construction. “This report is also significant because it indicates that many trade rates have not kept pace with general inflation, another consequence of the weak base from which demand conditions are endeavouring to recover,” Garrett said. The HIA Trade Availability Index rose to +0.24 in the June 2013 quarter from +0.19 in March 2013, meaning that the modest oversupply in trades has increased slightly. This situation has resulted in muted increases in the HIA Trade Prices Index for most sectors. The Index increased by 0.4% in the June 2013 quarter, meaning that it was 2.2% higher than a year previously. This is slightly lower than the current inflation rate of 2.4%. When the residential construction industry does recover, the current profile for skilled labour will quickly reverse. Commenting on the price pressures remaining in
certain trade categories, HIA Executive Director, Industry Workforce Development, Liz Greenwood added: “The declining availability of plumbers and plasterers points to the inevitable challenges ahead as housing activity recovers from its low base. If we can’t improve the supply levels for trades such as these, we can expect more of the same, once the keenly anticipated housing recovery takes hold.” The HIA Trades Report is a quarterly measure of trade prices and availability on a capital city and rest of state basis for 13 different trade categories in the 5 largest states. The data is sourced each quarter from a sample of HIA builder and contractor members. The price series is the current charge out rate minus GST and materials. The data is weighted and expressed in terms of an index (with a base of 100 being the weighted average price for all trades in all regions in September 2002). The trade availability measure is derived from a question asking members about the availability of their trade in
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their particular region. There are five possible responses ranging from critical short supply to massive oversupply. A net balance method is used to derive the single measure.
Overlooking the obvious ... Australian made! ISN’T IT wonderful that the Federal Government is virtually throwing bags of money at research and development to “foster” bigger and better and more competitive industries on the home front. That’s obviously a plus! But -- and there’s usually always a but – this same Government then ignores those very same industries by not utilising their wares. Overlooking (and that is being polite) local purchase is pure folly. It makes even more of a mockery of the constant Government rhetoric about becoming a smarter, more productive, more competitive nation. One would think that BUY AUSTRALIAN would be enshrined in Government purchasing lore. Alas, it’s not, and for that the Government stands condemned. No-one in industry is asking for a handout or (as some would call it) a freebie. A level playing field (where competition and quality can be matched), prudent and reasonable purchasing and a bent for AUSTRALIAN MADE is their simple request. Taking things a step further ... the Government purchases from overseas companies that don’t pay taxes here; don’t employ people here (who then pay taxes); don’t contribute to the social wellbeing of this country. With the emphasis on the pulp and paper industry, the workers have made it crystal clear what they think ... they don’t want charity, they “just want to see sensible policies put in place to ensure the ongoing viability of this important industry”. That is not complicated. Those in power (and those seeking to join those ranks) owe it to Australia to do the right thing. Remember that when you cast your vote in the Federal election.
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Government support urgently needed for Australian made paper A
USTRALIAN PAPER, the Latrobe Valley’s largest private sector employer, has confirmed the importance of the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union’s Let’s Spread it Around campaign. The campaign calls on all levels of the Australian Government and public service to buy Australian made paper in order to support the thousands of local jobs generated by Australia’s pulp and paper industry. “Benefitting from the high Australian dollar, imported papers from countries such as Indonesia, China and Thailand, are flooding into Australia while the valuable contribution of locally manufactured papers to our Australian economy, communities and jobs, is being ignored by many. Together, Australia’s federal, State and Local Governments form the largest national paper buying group and we need their support for Australian manufacturing now more than ever before,” said Jim Henneberry CEO of Australian Paper. “As a significant local manufacturer, Australian
Paper’s operations have a major positive revenue impact across all levels of Government. Independent analysis shows that our annual contribution to Government revenue equates to $1.81 per ream of copy paper or $724 for every tonne of paper we manufacture. It makes real sense for Governments to take this into account and actively support paper made locally rather than from overseas. “Stronger Government support for Australian made paper should also extend to our colleagues across the broader paper manufacturing industry including the packaging, tissue and newsprint sectors. “The CFMEU’s Let’s Spread it Around campaign recognises the importance of local manufacturing and local jobs to healthy Australian communities. Governments at all levels are large users of paper and the campaign emphasises the important role local, State and Federal Governments can play in taking into account the value created by a major Australian manufacturing industry and
the thousands of local jobs we support,” Henneberry said. Australian Paper’s commitment to sustainable innovation has been reinforced with its $90 million investment in Australia’s only white paper recycling plant. The plant will begin operation in 2014, diverting up to 80,000 tonnes
Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union’s ‘Let’s Spread It Around’ campaign — carried a simple message: “Don’t shred pulp and paper jobs. Buying Australian paper means Australian jobs.” For Robertson, who has worked at the mill for 23 years, the future of his local
“Workers in the pulp and paper industry don’t want charity, they just want to see sensible policies put in place to ensure the ongoing viability of this important industry.” of wastepaper from Australian landfill every year. Australian Paper manufactures approximately 600,000 tonnes per annum of premium office, printing and packaging papers, including market-leading Reflex, at the Maryvale Mill in the Latrobe Valley and the Shoalhaven Mill in Nowra. AP Maryvale is Australia’s largest integrated pulp and paper mill. With four generations of his family having worked at Australian Paper’s Maryvale Mill, Traralgon local Chris Robertson is passionate about the future of the largest private sector employer in the Latrobe Valley. Along with fellow mill workers, he launched two prominent billboards in the heart of Morwell which putting their industry’s future firmly on the political agenda. The billboards — part of the
employer, and the Australian paper industry generally, is a deeply personal issue. “Four generations of our family have worked at the Maryvale Mill,” he said. “My grandfather, father and uncle worked there, as did my father-in-law and motherin-law, and more recently my 23-year-old son started working at the mill in 2011. “This mill opened in 1937, and since then it’s been an economic backbone for the communities of Morwell and Traralgon, where most of the 1000 direct employees live. “But times are tough for our industry, and we’ve all watched as more than 700 manufacturing jobs in the pulp and paper industry have been lost in just the last three years. “You can’t help but worry when you see mills close at Burnie and Wesley Vale in Tasmania and machines shut
down in Millicent, South Australia. “These billboards are part of a campaign to fix the procurement policies of the Australian Government, which is the largest customer of paper products in the country, so that the jobs of Aussie workers in the industry aren’t thrown on the scrapheap. “I’ve got a 10-month-old grandson, and I really worry that without decisive political action he won’t have the chance to follow in his family’s footsteps, because there won’t be a local pulp and paper mill.” “Workers in the pulp and paper industry don’t want charity, they just want to see sensible policies put in place to ensure the ongoing viability of this important industry,” said CFMEU Pulp and Paper Workers District federal secretary Alex Millar. “A simple challenge workers laid down to all political parties and candidates is to put their money where their mouths are on supporting Australian jobs by using Australian made paper products for all their election materials.” Millar said the union had been encouraged by Industry and Innovation Minister Kim Carr’s announcement that the Government planned to introduce a target for 100% of the cars in Government fleets to be Australian made, but hoped other industries would receive similar support. “The way Governments choose to spend their money is a simple, yet highly effective, technique to provide essential long-term sustainability
n Jim Henneberry CEO of Australian Paper.
to local manufacturing industries,” he said. “The Commonwealth Government is the biggest purchaser of paper products in the country, but their broken procurement policies currently mean quality Australian products are often being replaced with inferior overseas paper, sometimes sourced from companies with a history of environmental and labour abuses. “Our union is working with pulp and paper workers around the country to seek bi-partisan support for improved procurement and standards policies to allow Australian manufacturers of paper products to compete with imported products on a level playing field. “For communities like the Latrobe Valley, where thousands of jobs are directly and indirectly supported by the pulp and paper industry, getting these policies right is essential for the ongoing health of the economy in the coming years.”
n WORK IS progressing well at Australian Paper’s $90 million de-inking recycled paper plant (the only one of its kind in Australia) at its Maryvale Mill.
Buy Australian made wood and paper products THE AUSTRALIAN Forest Products Association (AFPA) has called on candidates in the Federal election to recognise the true value of buying Australian made wood and paper products. These products, such as timber, office paper, newsprint and tissues, help to meet our building and daily consumer needs, while meeting the highest standards of environmental and social responsibility. “We want candidates to acknowledge
that with $4 billion in paper and timber being imported into this country every year, it makes sense to make a stand for our home grown operators,” said AFPA Chief Executive Officer Ross Hampton. This industry supports more than 200 000 direct and indirect jobs in growing forests and manufacturing, mostly in rural and regional Australia. “No one will have missed the Government announcing that all Government cars must
be Australian made in support of Australian jobs. “But where is Government procurement policy when our forest product manufacturers need it? “AFPA supports the call by Australia’s largest paper manufacturer, Australian Paper, and the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union for all levels of Australian Government to buy Australian made paper in order to support the thousands of local jobs generated by the
domestic industry and their economic flow-on benefits. Australian Paper alone directly employs 1400 staff which in-turn provide follow-on employment for another 6000 Australians. “Using domestic wood and paper products can also make a significant contribution to the environment through their low carbon footprint, renewability and high potential for recycling. Sensible procurement policies can deliver win-win outcomes for both the economy and environment,” Hampton said.
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Economic transition from mining to building to be uncomfortably slow T
HE GENERALISED upswing in building activity that the Australian economy needs to rebalance its growth in the wake of the mining investment boom will gather momentum over the next two years, says leading industry analyst and economic forecaster, BIS Shrapnel. But according to the company’s Building in Australia 2013 report, the pace will be uncomfortably slow and not all States will benefit. “We’re in for a real nail-biter,” says Dr Kim Hawtrey, Associate Director with BIS Shrapnel. “We see an upswing in building but it will be uneven and slower to get going than usual. The next 12 months will be a critical test of how quickly the construction sector can take on more of the heavy lifting, and the Australian economy will remain balanced on a knife edge.” Building, especially home construction, is not responding to low interest rates as might be expected. “Home building has been punching below its weight and normally low mortgage rates would be stimulating the sector toward clear recovery by now. But the antibiotics are taking longer to work this time around,” said Hawtrey. “High household debt, concerns about the global economy, planning restrictions in some States and lack of land supply are among the factors that explain this new phenomenon.” Demographic changes are also at work. Population is growing strongly but generational changes mean it is not necessarily translating into demand for new housing. “Baby boomers, once the drivers of home
construction, are now putting a brake on building as their numbers outweigh younger generations,” said Hawtrey. “For their part, young people are discouraged by affordability barriers and changes to first homebuyer grants.” The Building in Australia report provides a respected and independent medium term assessment of the Australian building industry outlook. It contains demographic trends and detailed forecasts on the residential (housing, other
Australia, where population growth and stronger economies will see home building respond to rising stock deficiencies. Each has an estimated dwelling stock deficiency and in these States, recovery is expected to be driven by upgrader/downsizer demand and strong investor demand – including from overseas investors – with first home buyers taking longer to join in because of changes to grants. Lower interest rates, together with solid economic growth and employment,
low interest rates, strong population growth and pent up demand in key States. The lower Australian dollar -- compared with recent years -- will help stimulate traditional industries. The lower construction prior to 2013, as well as an expected improvement in confidence and income growth, will underpin the outlook. Moderating the upturn will be residual consumer caution amid concerns over rising unemployment, affordability barriers and high household debt levels. Natural cyclical factors
“Home building has been punching below its weight and normally low mortgage rates would be stimulating the sector toward clear recovery by now. But the antibiotics are taking longer to work this time around.” dwellings), non-residential (commercial, industrial, social and institutional) sectors, and the alterations and additions market, by State. The report covers key drivers for housing demand, population trends, the outlook for building material costs and the nonresidential building cycle. Residential building outlook Surprisingly, the Building in Australia 2013 report predicts that residential building will show little overall growth in 2013/14, with gains in some areas matching losses in others. It will be a year of change in the mix – from Victoria to New South Wales, and from high rise to bungalows – before gaining strong traction the following year, in 2014/15. An improvement in residential markets will be seen in New South Wales, Queensland and Western
will underpin improved confidence and promote new residential building – particularly in the key State of New South Wales. However, Victoria and other southern states will see a contraction, offsetting the above. This will be an inevitable correction following several record years of phenomenal home building in Victoria. These markets are generally in oversupply, notably Victoria. Consequently the immediate outlook for the number of dwelling commencements is mixed, and is forecast to change by -2% in 2013/14. Pent up demand and solid economic fundamentals will then sustain better overall national growth in home building during 2014/15 and 2015/16. A stronger pick up is forecast for 2014/15 (+9%) and 2015/16 (+4%) as the market builds momentum. This will be on the back of
will then lead to a correction in the cycle during 2016/17 (-5%) and in 2017/18 (-8%). Nationally, the recovery will see private detached house starts grow by two% in 2013/14 and 12% in 2014/15. Another lift of 6% will follow in 2015/16. Private multi-residential dwelling starts will initially fall by 5% in 2013/14 as the Melbourne apartment market cools, before a bounce back of 5% begins in 2014/15 and a further 1% the year after. Non-residential building outlook Non-dwelling building will strengthen once again in 2013/14 as the private sector supports new projects. The private sector is forecast to underpin something of a recovery in profitability and a return to growth in non-residential building in 2013/14. But that will turn into three years of retracement
from 2014/15 onwards, as a number of very large hospital projects drop out of the figures. Only in 2017/18 will growth of 3% return. Social and institutional building commencements (education, health etc.,) are expected to decline in the immediate term, as Governments cut back on fiscal spending. A number of large private projects in office, and entertainment and recreation building will make up ground, but even so commercial and industrial building (offices, hotels, retail etc.,) will record falls. Consequently, after the 7% rebound in 2013/14, total non-dwelling building is forecast to peak at $33.5 billon, and not surpass this level for the remainder of the next five years. This peak will fall short of the recent high of $39.4 billion in 2009/10. Public and private building investments are anticipated to move in opposite gears:
• Social and institutional building is forecast to weaken as public funding allocations dry up. Conscious of the credit rating and political implications of further expanding debt burdens, budget positions have tightened significantly at all levels of Government. • Commercial and industrial building is anticipated to enjoy a brief good year in 2013/14 (+16%), especially for retail, offices, warehouses and hotels. Businesses are expected to remain wary about committing to new developments in the near term, even as emerging undersupplies in some markets become increasingly evident. Access to finance continues to remain a problem owing to restrictive pre-commitment requirements. Consequently, negative overall growth will be a defining characteristic of 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Total building outlook: summary According to the report, the value of national building commencements is forecast to grow 3% in 2013/14: • A small slowdown in dwelling commencements (-1%) will occur because a rise in new houses (+2%) will be offset by a fall in other dwellings construction (-5%) as Melbourne’s apartment boom cools. • A moderate rate of growth is forecast for alterations and additions (+2%). • Non-dwelling building is forecast to speed up by 7%. A gain in commercial and industrial building will more than offset a drop in social and institutional building. The value of all building commencements will then grow by a further 3% in 2014/15. The sector will then stabilise in 2015/16 (0%) and record falls in 2016/17 and 2017/18. BIS Shrapnel is Australia’s leading provider of industry research, analysis and forecasting services. BIS Shrapnel helps clients better understand the markets in which they operate, through reliable and detailed market data, analysis of developments and drivers and thoroughly researched forecasts.
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Keith Crewes:- Professor of Structural Engineering Faculty of Engineering & Information Technology University of Technology Sydney. Crewes is an internationally recognised expert in the area of sustainable infrastructure with an area of expertise that includes structural assessment and timber engineering. He has published more than 300 papers and technical reports relating to the use, assessment, safety and reliability of timber structures and his work assessing the strength of round timbers represents the international state-ofthe-art. His publications include the Australian Timber Design Handbook and he is recognised as a world authority in the research, development and application for the development of high performance timber bridges and assessments of the strength of round timbers. n TMA breakfast.
An IKEA moment is on the horizon T
HAT [SUPPLY chain] to me is one of the key things that the timber industry needs to address to go down the path of innovation and actually get a market share in the non-traditional markets for timber,” said Professor Keith Crewes recently at a TMA industry breakfast. Non-traditional markets for timber are the multiresidential, commercial and industrial building markets, but just because they are non-traditional doesn’t put them out of reach. “There’ve been a number of studies … that highlight the lack of timber use in the non-residential sector and that’s currently worth in Australia about $16 billion so it’s not insignificant,” he said. According to Crewes, studies show that there are opportunities to improve market share particularly in the medium rise commercial and multi-residential construction areas.
A good example of that, he said, was the Forte building but it has also highlighted a number of specific obstacles that need to be addressed in order to realise the potential. “If we look at residential construction … obviously office and retail spaces are well suited and certainly up to six-storey constructions, and in fact higher if necessary, are opportunities that are not utilised at all in Australia at the present time,” he said. “ There’s been a decentralisation of employment outside of the CBD in Sydney and so the demand for high rise CBD office space is reduced and there is an increased demand for medium and low rise buildings and that presents opportunities,” said Crewes ,who is Sydney based. “Structure is a large proportion of construction costs so there’s potential for large use of timber … where you can value add and maximise gross margins, and
n Eric Siegers (TMA executive officer) and Professor Keith Crewes (right).
that potential for maximising margins really leads to having a business model that integrates fabrication, design and supply. So you have to understand the supply chain.”
“It’s obvious that the industry has to move beyond the factory door and integrate into the whole supply chain, as it needs to be able to take advantage of prefabrication. The name of the game is
getting compliant solutions, certified solutions,” explained Crewes. “My personal view is that it’s unlikely for someone to produce CLT in Australia in the foreseeable future for a
“Market penetration is somewhere around one billion dollars per annum.” He believes one of the challenges is that the steel and concrete industry is not simply waiting for the timber industry to come in and take its market share. That industry will fight tooth and timber nail for its share. “That market is highly competitive; we won’t be able to increase market share without targeting investment in R&D and value adding,” he said. “We estimate that the market penetration is somewhere around one billion dollars per annum. There is a need for development of innovative engineered products. “We don’t want to reinvent the wheel, [but] one of the things that Australians have been very good at is doing technology transfer. [This is] a quick way we can tap into expertise and developments overseas and then look for hopefully a fairly rapid implementation of new technologies in Australia. “There’s also a need to develop building systems. We’re not interested in selling bits of timber … we’re actually interested in building systems, and if you can get that mindset and understand what’s behind that then you start to change your business model. It’s a challenge.
we’ve got to make our industry commercially competitive. “[The] likes of Lend Lease, and the big construction companies, they will do innovative projects as a one off project to try to brand themselves as being distinctive in the market but at the end of the day … they’ve got more bureaucracy than the Federal Government in the complexity of their business. “You need to understand that whilst you may have one part that says we’re going to build this building there’s another part that’s looking at the commercial realities of that investment,” said Crewes. “Those two have got to align for us to get that market penetration. One of the big challenges we’ve got is particularly when we roll out to designers – designers are dealing with material that they’re not familiar with so they put heaps of steel in it. The steel industry loves us.” One of the big drivers particularly in countries like Switzerland was the revision of fire rules and regulations, and a shift in legislation that allows for performancebased design. Australian lags behind. “We’ve got to try to move from one-off designs to
number of reasons. “One is the commercial investment and two is resource availability but what we can do with imported CLT is to use it as a pull to bring other currently produced product, both engineered wood product and normal timber products, into new markets. So it can create a new market without necessarily having the massive investment and manufacturing capability.” Crewes said that the appeal of CLT is that it has the ability to utilise lower quality plantation softwoods and it’s quick to construct so that you can have a fully prefabricated system integrated from it, basic design onwards. It’s like an IKEA flat pack in a building. “Prefabricated buildings systems are an integral part of the success or uptake of timber in Europe and North America at the moment,” he said. “Understanding how to integrate design with fabrication … and training design professionals to understand. “There’s been a lot of development on integrated panels. A lot of European stuff has got insulation, ducts for services, everything in the panel before it goes out
so you’ve got much tighter quality control. “It can work as a just-intime delivery for the likes of the building contractor, which is what they like. “They like to minimise what’s on site if they can and they want tight tolerances so things go together quite quickly. That’s a challenge for us and there are things like this that timber can do that steel and concrete can’t do as easily.” In Australia the easiest market to access, according to Crewes, is the two- to threestorey timber frame market and “we can get through to that a lot easier if we focus on it while simultaneously working on the four-, five- and six-storey market. “There’s probably a sweet spot … I’m guessing at around the five- or six-storey mark that will take a little bit longer to get through. The Lend Leases of the world are helping us because they are creating precedents for us and a part of that is actually educating the fire people, the legislators …” he said. Another major challenge for the industry is that most timber materials are produced as commodity products and while that market is still going to exist if we want to go into the new market segments we’ve got to go beyond commodity products. “We have to look at a vertical integration building solutions process that’s the critical enabler. We need investment and business models that allow alliances to come about, and to produce building solutions like a onestop shop.”
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More than 5000m3 of CLT in new public building S
TORA ENSO Building and Living is further developing its Building Solutions business with the delivery of its first CLT (cross-laminated timber) shipment from Europe to Australia. The Docklands Library and Community Centre in Melbourne will be the first public building in Australia to use CLT as a construction material. “The Australian construction industry is well used to working with wood, and CLT has recently been gaining a lot of attention from construction companies due to its many advantages. The Docklands Library and Community Centre is an excellent example of how wood, and especially CLT, can deliver added value as a construction material. CLT can reduce construction time by one-third, and wood has the advantages of being a sustainable construction material,” says Matti Mikkola, SVP, Building Solutions, Stora Enso Building and Living. The Docklands Library and Community Centre will be the centrepiece of Victoria Harbour’s new civic heart and will house a next generation library and community centre, which on completion will attract millions of visitors annually. The major structural components of the three-storey library are made from more than 500 cubic metres of CLT, which was produced at Stora Enso’s Ybbs and Bad St. Leonhard units in Austria and shipped to Australia. Deliveries of the CLT elements to the site commenced in mid-April and the estimated erection time was 6–8 weeks. The centre is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2013 and to open its doors to the public by March 2014. It was designed by Clare Design and Hayball architects, an award-winning architectural team. “This building will be a great start for CLT construction in Australia and a natural extension to our business in Australia, where Stora Enso has been operating for more than ten years through four distribution
centres around the country,” said Mikkola. The Docklands Library and Community Centre is an important urban development and will deliver a number of sustainable initiatives. The building facade is to be clad with reclaimed hardwood timber, and a Five-Star Green Star rating under the Green Building Council of Australia is targeted. The Docklands Library and Community Centre is being built on a wharf originally designed in 1879. Because of the light weight of CLT, only a limited amount of additional piling and repairs of the old timber posts were required, which considerably reduced the cost of the project. “Lend Lease has a proud history of landmark innovations in sustainable construction and the Docklands Library and
Community Centre demonstrates how we are, once again, leading the way. CLT is one of the most significant forms of innovation in construction technology that Australia has seen in many years. It is transforming the building and construction industry by introducing a more efficient and environmentally friendly construction process and we look forward to working with Stora Enso into the future,” says Andrew Nieland, Business Development Manager for Lend Lease’s Timber Solutions Business. n The Docklands Library and Community Centre in Melbourne. The first public building in Australia using CLT as a construction material.
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Australian Timber Design Awards presentation
HIS IS the 14th Year of the Australian Timber Design Awards and 19 September is the 2013 presentation evening. This prestigious timber event will take place in Melbourne at ZINC in Federation Square where all winners in this year’s Australian Timber Design Awards will be announced. This year again has been a record breaking year for entries with an amazing array of projects submitted for the awards which showcase excellence in the design and use of timber. The wide variety of projects entered exemplifies the diversity of uses that timber and wood products can be applied to. The presentation evening will be hosted by Peter Maddison, a practicing architect and presenter of GRAND Designs Australia. The very popular Australian Timber Design Awards 2013 Commemorative Magazine will also be released at the presentation evening.
n Images from last year’s awards.
One-of-a-kind mill taking shape WORK IS progressing well at Australian Paper’s $90 million de-inking recycled paper plant (the only one of its kind in Australia) at its Maryvale Mill. “This is an enormous task,” said Australian Paper CEO Jim Henneberry. To celebrate the commencement of construction a groundbreaking ceremony was held at Maryvale and to symbolise the prosperous and growing partnership between Australian Paper and owners Nippon Paper (NPI), an Australian Golden Wattle and a Japanese Cherry
Blossom were planted sideby-side. NPI President Yoshio Haga travelled from Japan especially for the event. The plant will annually divert up to 80,000 tonnes of waste paper from landfill and provide consumers with a broader range of locally made premium recycled office, printing and packaging papers. It will more than triple Australian Paper’s current usage of recycled pulp. Construction of the DIP plant is on schedule with manufacturing expected to commence in the second quarter of 2014.
n Work progressing at the site.
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Kia ora and welcome ROTORUA IS New Zealand’s natural, geothermal and cultural wonderland, reflecting many of the very best features of our country in one easily accessible destination. Rotorua is located in New Zealand’s Central North Island (CNI). The region is known as the ‘Bay of Plenty,’ named for its rich and bountiful natural resources. Rotorua’s extensive natural features of 18 volcanic lakes, 3 major rivers, 200,000 hectares of farmland, native bush and forests and numerous geothermal resources mean that residents and visitors can enjoy world class outdoor activities including fishing, white water rafting, mountain biking, events, walking and geothermal bathing, spa and wellness experiences. Rotorua is world famous. It is New Zealand’s oldest tourist destination and continues to lead in tourism innovation and success. Since the 1830s international visitors have enjoyed Rotorua’s natural geothermal wonders and Maori cultural experiences – building a successful reputation as an iconic place to visit, renowned for its welcoming hospitality – referred to in Maori as ‘manaakitanga’ (marnah-keytongue-are). Rotorua’s central location allows easy driving to other main population centres like the cities of Auckland and Hamilton. Within three hour’s drive, Rotorua has access to nearly 50% of the population and easy access to vineyards, ski-fields and surf beaches. Its central location and natural environment are compelling reasons to invest, work and live and this is reflected by the increasingly broad industry base, including forestry and wood processing, tourism, geothermal, agriculture, manufacturing, retail, business services and education. Forestry is Rotorua’s largest GDP contributor and is the home of forestry in New Zealand. Rotorua is positioned right in the centre of the most concentrated man-made forestry plantations and wood processing infrastructure in New Zealand. The CNI contains over 30% of the plantation forestry area and produces 45% of New Zealand’s annual harvest. Support services for the forestry and wood processing industry are world-class.
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oodEXPO 2013, Australasia’s first business-to-business wood industry show, provides a new opportunity to learn, to be inspired, to network, to meet and discuss your own company’s plans with global equipment suppliers – in your own backyard! The Albury segment was in progress as this edition was going to press and the Rotorua event will be run from 11-13 September. “The objective of this new EXPO is to provide local companies - management as well as production staff - with exposure to new technologies that can improve their own efficiencies and productive capability,” says FIEA director Brent Apthorp. As the name suggests, WoodEXPO 2013 covers 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
Set to ‘make its mark’ in Australia
DAMAR INDUSTRIES is a dangerous goods, compliance managed, manufacturer of a wide range of coatings, chemicals and aerosols from its facility in Rotorua, New Zealand. With a newly-acquired warehouse and distribution centre in Wetherill Park, NSW, and a recently appointed sales team working within the timber industry in Australia, Damar is all geared up to supply the industry with their respected range of products. A highly respected aerosol manufacturer, Damar has made its mark on timber for 34 years, with the main timber marking product being the SprayWell upright marker. This versatile marker is suitable on a variety of surfaces including logs and timber (wet or dry), grass, gravel, cement, roads and more. The cans come in four different nozzle configurations so there is one to suit a great variety of marks, from spray paint style to high discharge or even a wide coverage fan spray. With 15 different colours in the range, SprayWell will surely “make its mark on Australia”. Having supplied the timber industry in New Zealand since 1989 Damar is well placed specialising in acrylic colour coatings, acrylic primers and stains for Radiata, acrylic water repellent coatings, Aquafil (a single pack quick drying acrylic gap filler ) stress grading dye, log colour code marking systems just to name a few.
panels and engineered wood products. The line-up of participating companies is impressive, with leading technology providers coming from throughout Australia and New Zealand as well as the USA, Canada, Finland, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Austria and Indonesia. It’s undoubtedly the largest gathering of wood expertise yet seen in either country. “North America and Europe have a number of well-established trade shows highlighting the very latest in wood products technologies every couple of years. The trouble is that they’re half way around the world, they’re expensive to get to and often the equipment on display is not suited to local companies or the wood being processed here. While we have had some larger forestry trade shows in the past, until now there has been no dedicated wood products show held in either Australia
or New Zealand. “FIEA has a very successful track record of running independent forestry and wood products events in both countries. We’ve been well supported by industry, by researchers and international product and service suppliers to the industry. Major technology providers and wood producers have been pushing us in this direction for several years,” says Apthorp. “It makes good sense to amalgamate the twoyearly technology programs into one larger show for this part of the world.” He said it was no secret that the Australasian wood products industry had seen better days, adding that it had been hammered by the global recession, commodity pricing, exchange rate fluctuations, supply problems and competition in key markets. “One of the industry’s main challenges though is to transform its value chains and improve its market
n Brent Apthorp.
position and returns through quality, diversification and the application of innovation. Clearly, current thinking needs to change in order to rebuild a strong wood products industry. “True innovation though is doing more than just R&D. It’s about exploring innovative approaches to new product development; from how the technology is being commercialised and transferred to industry, to how we’re producing and marketing our wood,” he said.
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Eastgate Business Park, 800 Te Ngae Road, Te Ngae, Rotorua, New Zealand Phone: +64 7 345 6007 Damar is a proudly New Zealand owned and operated, dangerous goods, compliance managed, manufacturer of a wide range of coatings, chemicals and aerosols. Damar has a commitment to providing world-class, industry-leading products and services. We offer a full contract manufacturing service to companies looking to outsource product development, manufacturing, warehousing and distribution of their products. We also manufacture and market products under our own brands.
E Engineering Computer Services PO Box 20204, Hamilton, 3288, New Zealand Phone: +64 7 849 2211
C Calibre Equipment Ltd
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721 Brannan St, San Francisco, CA, 94103-4927 USA Phone: +1 415 861 0644
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34 Katoro Dr, Owhata, Rotorua 3074, New Zealand Phone: +64 7 345 3944
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Holtec PO Box 159, West Port Village, Auckland, 0661 Phone: +64 9 416 8294
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Innovatek (FIEA) PO Box 904, Dunedin 9022, New Zealand PO Box 1230, Rotorua 3040, New Zealand Phone: + 64 3 470 1902 or +63 7 921 1382
J Jowat Universal Adhesives 2/12 Kerr Road, Ingleburn, NSW, 2565, Australia Phone: +61 2 9605 3477
K KeyKnife / Braford Industries PO Box 180, Hunter Region MC, NSW 2304, Australia Phone: +61 41 732 4076
Kop Coat New Zealand
PO Box 6065, Whakarewarewa, Rotorua, New Zealand Phone: +64 7 343 6304
4000 40e Rue Ouest, Saint-Georges, QC G5Y 8G4, Canada Phone: +1 418 228-8911
1840, boul. Marcotte, Roberval (Quebec) Canada G8H 2P2 Phone: +1 418 275 5041
M Machinery Automation & Robotics 1/101 Derby Street, Silverwater, NSW, 2128, Australia Phone: +61 2 9748 7001
Mahild Drying Technologies
W A Stroud Ltd.
Master Agents For
PO Box 85, St Kilda, VIC, 3182, Australia Phone: + 64 419 895 358 or 021 739 966
Metriguard 2465 ME Hopkins Court, Pullman, WA 99163, USA Phone: +1 509 432 6167
Adhesive applicator and paint-line suppliers to the timber manufacturing industry.
A-4041 Linz, Gewerbepark, Urfahr 26, Austria Phone: +43 732 708 000 MiCROTEC is the technology leader in the field of opto-electronics for the timber processing industry and has been setting the standards in this market since 1980. Quite simply, there is no process in timber processing that cannot be rationalised, improved and speeded up with systems from MiCROTEC. The company’s exclusive focus and specialisation on timber and its processing have meant that MiCROTEC now dictates the direction that everybody else follows in this market. The company has over 20 engineers employed in research and development using the very latest systems and technologies and working at achieving continuous improvements in MiCROTEC products and enticing every last secret from timber.
‘Condition, pump, measure, apply’
Mixon Asia Jl. Nuansa Timur 14/1 Jimbaran Bali 80361 Phone: +62 361 847 9675
WA Stroud Ltd. 14G Vega Place, Mairangi Bay Auckland, New Zealand Michael Hill Phone: +64 275 673 047 Fax: +64 (9) 479 8861 Email: email@example.com Web: www.strouds.co.nz
Morbark NZ PO Box 1312, Rotorua, 3040, New Zealand Phone: +64 7 348 0356
MTS 3001 Sheldon Dr Cary, NC 27513, United States Phone: +1 919-677-0100
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PO Box 4002, Mt Maunganui, 3149, New Zealand Phone: +64 7 575 0125
PO Box 1312, Rotorua, 3040, New Zealand Phone: +64 7 348 0356
PO Box 8590, Symonds Street, Auckland, 1150, New Zealand Phone: +64 9-623 7790
Thode Knife & Saw
Oil Imports Ltd (Total Lubricants)
3517 blvd Grande-Allee, Boisbriand, QC, Canada J7H 1H5 Phone: +1 450 419-4555
139-143 Station Road, Penrose, Auckland, New Zealand Phone: +64 9 579 2007
PO Box 13049, Mahora, Hastings, 4155, New Zealand Phone: +64 6 871 5325
11/75 Bay Street, Brighton, VIC, Australia Phone: + 61 3 9596 7577
U UDC Finance
One Independence Plz, Ste 412, Birmingham, Alabama, USA Phone: +1 604 946 6911
PO Box 91145, Victoria Street West, Auckland, 1142, New Zealand Phone: +64 9 252 6990
184 James Fletcher Drive, Otahuhu, Auckland, New Zealand Phone: +64 9 276 2402
Pakaflex 43-45 Progress Street, Dandenong South VIC 3175, Australia Phone: +61 3 9703 7800
Prinz GmbH & Co KG Ofenlochstraße 23, A-3382 Loosdorf, Austria Phone: +43 2754 6354
R RL Button 1 Niall Burgees Road, Mount Wellington, Auckland 1060, New Zealand Phone: +64 9 588 4227
Rotorua District Council Private Bag 3007, Rotorua 3046, New Zealand Phone: +64 7 351 7110
Söderhamn Eriksson AB Box 113 SE-826 23 Söderhamn Sweden Phone: +46 270 746 00
Southern Cross Engineering PO Box 24114, Christchurch, New Zealand Phone: +64 3 384 2019
Spraying Systems PO Box 268, Sunshine, VIC, 3020, Australia Phone: + 61 3 9318 0511
SPRINGER Hans-Springer Strasse 2, A-9360 Friesach, Austria Phone: +43 4268 2581 397
PO Box 310, Woodland, Washington 98674, USA Phone: +1 360 225 8267
W Waiariki Institute of Technology Private Bag 3028, Rotorua 3046 Phone: +64 7 346 8978
W A Stroud PO Box 302 692, North Harbour, Auckland, 0751, New Zealand Phone: +64 9 479 8860
Windsor Engineering Group 3a Brusher Hill Road, Porirua, Wellington, New Zealand Phone: +64 4 232 8080
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Spark detection systems
Extinguish before you get burned!
GRECON uses the premiere of the Wood Expo 2013 to present its latest product news and developments. The production range includes measurement and control systems for the wood-based panels industry as well as Spark Extinguishing Systems. Fire and machinery protection of production equipment ensures uninterrupted production and can help avoid damage to property and persons. GreCon fire prevention systems offers this protection. The modular systems with their manifold configuration possibilities can be adapted to a wide range of different requirements. Higher-ranking, statistical information systems assist the fire prevention even further by analysing the events and adaption of process parameters. A permanent check of the process parameter is the basis for a cost-efficient production of high-quality products. Moisture analysers indicate the product’s moisture of a wide range of different materials. Thickness gauges contribute to use raw materials optimally and to ensure a fault-free quality. Regarding inline quality control of wood based panels, GreCon offers with their ultrasonic measuring system a suitable system to reliably detect and sort out hidden blisters. More information to functions and novelties will be released at WoodEXPO 2013 in Rotorua on our booth no. 40.
New website shows diversity of industry careers GreCon spark detection and extinguishment systems prevent fires and explosions in filters, silos and dryers. ■ Avoid property, equipment and personal damage ■ Prevent fires and explosions ■ Maintain greatest production availability
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DID YOU know that scientists, engineers, CNC operators, cabinetmakers and biosecurity are all careers available in the forestry, wood manufacturing and furniture industries? Understanding this diverse range of careers within forestry and its associated industries can be hard. That’s why Industry Training Organisation Competenz has launched woodcareers.co.nz The Wood Careers website was developed for those in secondary school, those thinking of a career change to even people already in the Forest and Wood industries. The website is the ideal way to search, explore and learn about career opportunities. It provides information on study and training options for each job type as well as advice on how to hunt for a job. Check out the website now! Woodcareers.co.nz
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Servicing industry for almost a century A
P P L I E D ® INDUSTRIAL Technologies is an organisation that has been around industry for almost a century and which still works to its core values … continuous commitment and complete customer service. Applied® has been the backbone of many industries, especially given that it is an authorised distributor of more than 250,000 products representing more than 200 world-class manufacturers. The forest products industry is just one of countless industries that Applied® supplies the latest technologies and most innovative products and solutions for lowering costs and increasing plant and mill productivity. Applied® has an extensive inventory of products along with highly qualified sales consultants – trained in problem solving.
It guarantees immediate response to MRO needs, ensuring that you get the right part at the right time; fast delivery of more than four million world-class products.
“We align ourselves with major brands and suppliers to ensure our customers have access to a leading range of quality products and solutions to service their
n The head office in Fontana, USA. The flags indicate Applied’s global presence.
Quality plus in line-up of those seeking awards A STELLAR line up of judges representing the forest and wood industry has completed the judging for the 2013 National Training Awards. Finalists have been selected from a total of 55 entries, which included 10 entered in the Trainee of the Year Furniture category where the nominee constructed a piece of furniture as their entry. These pieces will be displayed at the Wood Expo which is happening the two days prior to the Awards at the Rotorua Energy Events Centre. The finalists selected for the 12 categories represent the best of the best and will all go through to the Awards dinner being held September 13 in Rotorua. They signify an extensive spread of key industry players from the bottom of the south island to the top of the north island. The judges gave an all round thumbs up on the calibre of the finalists and suggested that the furniture company nominations
well exceeded the standard of last year’s entries and were a reassurance that training in the forestry, wood and manufacturing industry was crucial to maintain a risk free environment with high quality outcomes. Tickets have been selling well for the awards dinner as companies look to support the apprentices that are the future of the industry. Tickets are on sale online and organisers encourage people to get their tickets well before the closing date to avoid disappointment. “It’s a great opportunity to support own trainees and the industry and see the talent coming out of New Zealand’s forest and wood industry companies” says Competenz General Manager Rachel Hopkins. The award winners will be announced at the Awards Dinner on September 13 and will be released to the media at midnight Friday September 13.
needs. We understand the demands of industry and do our very best to secure a competitive position in the marketplace,” said a company spokesperson. “As your operational requirements are everchanging, you can rely on Applied for the trusted brands, expertise and
support you require. We believe that we must make ourselves a vital part of our customers’ success. Strategic investments in our business systems enable us to meet your most progressive needs.” Applied’s logistics system is set up to meet the following top five customer priorities:
•U rgent delivery needs •O rder fulfillment accuracy •P roduct Availability •Q uality •O n-time delivery Applied’s network is well matched to the complexity of its large customer base, SKUs and product demand variability. Encompassing more than 500 facilities and over 5,000 employees worldwide, Applied® continues to grow. With locations throughout the U.S, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico and now 37 locations in Australia and New Zealand, Applied® is able to maintain a strong local focus while pursuing a global presence. Included in its vast array of product categories are: •A dhesive & Sealants •B earings •G eneral Industrial Products •A nalytical Tools • I ndustrial Hose • I ndustrial Fittings •L inear Motion •L ubrication Products •L ubrication Equipment •M otors & Control •P ower Transmission •S eals & O-Rings
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Increased productivity and quicker ROI T
HE DECISION to purchase a new forest products processing machine or upgrade the control system on an older one is often driven by balancing capital budgets with the need to improve productivity and reduce manufacturing costs. A new machine likely contains the latest, most efficient components of all types, but if an old machine’s mechanical and power components still have many years of useful life, retrofitting the control system can provide a significant increase in performance, improve product quality and reduce maintenance costs, bringing much of the benefit of purchasing a new machine at a fraction of the cost. Delta Computer Systems of Battle Ground, Washington, USA, was incorporated in
1982 to deliver these benefits to diverse markets, including the forest products processing industry. Delta offers two motion controller series (Figure 1), with ranges of control capacity to meet a wide range of needs, from one or two axes of motion control up to eight motion axes. Multiple controllers can be combined to build even larger motion systems. The new controllers provide the latest standardized interfaces, simplifying the integration task, and in the case of upgrades, updating the machine sensors while replacing the controller can improve the quality of machine output through more precise positioning and speed control. A more powerful and flexible controller can increase throughput by reducing the time it takes for an axis to
n Delta Computer Systems’ motion controllers can control from one to eight motion axes and are expandable with a wide range of I/O options.
move and stabilize at the new position and by supporting synchronization and gearing of multiple axes. And lower shock and vibration provided by smoother motion due to a new high-precision controller can reduce or eliminate the cost of unscheduled
Squeeze more from existing machines. Make RETROFITS easy as 1,2,3. 1. Connect efficiently to transducers and fieldbuses. Simulate to speed setup and testing. 2. Control electric, hydraulic and pneumatic closed-loop motion smoothly and precisely. 3. Optimize swiftly with motion wizards and graphs for more throughput and machine life.
maintenance. Advanced controller capabilities such as the ability to process feedback from redundant sensors can improve the reliability of machine operation. By supplementing a new controller with an advanced human-machine interface (HMI) production changeover time can be reduced through the use of “recipes” - complete motion sequences that are downloaded to reconfigure a machine. Software tools simplify the development process Designing a new machine or upgrading an old one using Delta Computer Systems motion controllers is made easier by Delta’s RMCTools software suite, which includes software tools such as the Plot Manager which enables the graphing of motion profiles (see Fig. 2), and automated tuning tools such as the Tuning Wizard. Delta’s controllers also contain built-in simulators for testing
and verification of motion control programs before the hardware is connected to actual machines. Delta supports Hyne Knowing that industrial customers need stable suppliers for critical technology purchases, Delta’s key goals include serving diversified markets, being fiscally conservative, and providing rewarding job opportunities (Delta’s continued growth and low employee turnover are results of this focus). As an example of Delta’s commitment to customer support, Delta Computer Systems people have been on site for support and training of personnel at Hyne’s Tumbarumba mill in New South Wales, where Delta’s motion controllers are contained in USNR’s equipment which was installed at the mill in the mid-2000s.
When to buy new or retrofit? When a machine’s productivity falls and support costs begin to rise, it’s time to consider replacing it with a new one or simply retrofitting the old machine’s motion system. Signs of trouble include increasing downtime: A machine is down for calibration or repairs more often and repairs take longer to accomplish. Possibly the original machine manufacturer no longer produces that model and repair parts become scarce. The mechanical elements of a machine may still be in workable condition. Even if the machine’s structure is worn, a new controller with closed-loop controls can often compensate for the wear. Visit www.deltamotion.com for more information on how Delta’s products simplify the task of using motion control systems.
RMC75 and RMC150 Motion Controllers • 1, 2, or up to 8 axes • User programs control
position and pressure/ force
Wizards for quick, easy setup and tuning
EtherNet/IP, PROFINET and PROFIBUS connectivity
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n Delta’s RMC software provides graphical tools to simplify the application tuning process.
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Lifting the expertise of your workers H
n Screen shot CT.LOG virtual cutting optimisation.
Know what you will cut before you cut! Microtec’s high-speed inline CT-scanner looks right into the log and recognises the quality of the final products before the breakdown – at 140 m/min. Basically, virtual cutting gives full grade prediction prior to cutting. Currently, three worldwide leaders in the wood processing industry - in Europe, North America and South America - are already using the new technology. Norbert Oberaigner, Senior Project and Sales Manager from MiCROTEC, presented the revolutionary technology at the Australian leg of WoodEXPO and will do the same at the NZ leg in Rotorua. Norbert operates from the Acora booth and is always ready to “have a chat” about “what Microtec can do for your business”. “This groundbreaking innovation is, indeed, a game-changer,” said Federico Giudiceandrea, CEO of Microtec, when highlighting the CT.LOG innovations. Just a few of the technological highlights of the system are: • complete log and stem description in realtime • digital reconstruction (dimension and quality) of the timber log and virtual cutting • identification of the cutting pattern with the highest value • sorting based on quality, value and optimised cutting-pattern • comes as standard for logs up to 650mm diameter and up to 120 m/min conveying speed – can be customized to specific requirements.
Compared to other technologies, CT.LOG means to the saw miller: • detection of large splits inside the log • detection of knots, size of knots and how they transpire through the log • detection of pith and core inside the log. This gives the advantage that the core can be cut out dynamically from log to log • setting quality rules that will consider the above information in the optimisation of the products. • curve sawing solution based around the low E core “However, what really makes the difference is the virtual breakdown: in fact, the virtual-cutting breaks down and grades the final products nondestructively multiple times and with different solutions until the cutting pattern with the highest value of the final products is found. Based on this pattern, the log will actually be cut. This is simply the most sustainable way to boost value and, therefore to elevate the profitability of any sawmill,” said Giudiceandrea. “We are sure, and I believe you might want to agree, that the woodworking industry will refer to “before” and “after” CT. In about 10 years every log will be scanned with computer tomography.” The CT.LOG is a result of more than 10 years of focused R&D. “We have developed an industrial high-speed CT-scanner with today’s available top-notch technology ranging from Formula-1 materials to high-volume data and energy gateways up to rock-solid and safe engineering appraoches,” he said.
AVE YOU thought about OS&H and the business benefits of formal forklift training for your staff? NZ-based Competenz can connect you with a registered trainer who can help you reduce the chances of accidents and ensure that you are covered under Section 20 of the Health & Safety legislation. For an effective learning solution, use a registered trainer with Competenz training materials, at your site to provide ‘real environment’ learning. Your employees can be effectively up-skilled on your equipment in your environment, with a national qualification for maximum results. Gain qualified employees who can work smarter, save money with on-site training programmes and be covered under health and safety laws. Competenz manages the national register of Forklift Trainers in New Zealand, and assesses trainers against a selection of criteria before they are added to the national register. As a business you can have a cost-effective training solution by using a registered trainer with Competenz forklift training materials. The Competenz forklift training material pack is nationally recognised and approved by NZQA. It contains all workbooks, assessment materials and a power point
presentation covering the ‘Operating a Forklift’ unit standard. The operator course is generally completed in one day and the refresher course (needed every three years) takes 4-5 hours.
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Weekend Warrior makes life a lot easier A
MONG THE innovative products launched at this year’s New Zealand National Field Days was a sawmill many are calling a game-changer. Developed with support from the NZ Government’s Ministry of Science & Innovation, the Weekend Warrior is touted as the lightest, most portable swing-blade sawmill the market has ever seen. This productive, ultraportable sawmill is the perfect solution for lifestyle block owners, wood turners, or anyone looking for an affordable, efficient way to convert logs into valuable timber. Light (just 140kg total weight) and easy to assemble, the Weekend Warrior can produce up to four cubic metres of timber a day – all powered by a regular chainsaw. It can be easily taken to logs in remote situations to productively recover valuable timber. The Weekend Warrior was developed by Jake Peterson of Spectrum Innovations Ltd, a company that also manufactures industrial-calibre swingblade sawmills. Back in the 1990s, Carl Peterson - an industry pioneer who developed the world’s first commercial swing-blade sawmill came up with the concept of a portable, chainsawdriven, circular sawmill.
He launched it to huge acclaim, including being featured on television, and sales were strong. But as competitors entered the market with much larger, more powerful sawmills, Carl changed tack and his small portable mill was left aside. Some 20 years on, Carl’s son Jake - a mechanical engineer - felt his father’s original concept deserved resurrection. Jake believed there was a gap in the market for a much more portable sawmill, a mill that could be easily moved to any site, to mill any log. With the Ministry of Science and Innovation’s funding assistance, Jake began the work of refining his father’s original concept. Jake’s improvements include an innovative new frame design, which offers a very clean, open access sawmill, capable of being driven by any standard 70-120cc chainsaw. Most people working with timber already own a chainsaw, making this already affordable sawmill an even lower cost investment. The Weekend Warrior was officially launched at Field Days, and Jake - who sold a number of machines at the show says the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. “There is a huge demand for this kind of product. The market has been waiting for it.”
n Carl and Jake at Field Days.
Glenn Ruebe of Rotorua was such customer who had been waiting. He had wanted a sawmill for years, but always found them “far too big, too heavy, and too
n Glenn and Noel Ruebe.
expensive for our needs.” After cutting down a hedgerow of approximately 80 trees (macrocarpa and redwood), Glen and his business partner wanted
n Warriors headed for the Islands.
to create some value from the logs. After seeing the Weekend Warrior being demonstrated at Field Days, they knew they’d finally found their ideal solution.
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Combilift – 15 years of alternative solutions A
S A growing number of businesses seek specialised equipment to improve safety and enhance productivity, the increasing complexity of the materials handling industry has become more apparent. It is typical within materials handling that constraints and objectives within each company are never the same. Each site will differ to the next; therefore, the standard forklift is not always going to provide an adequate solution. Combilift Australia is no stranger to the need for more solutions within materials handling and continually pursue alternatives where current equipment options are inadequate. The Combilift range comprises of fifteen core products, each with various model denominations, which provide a number of industries with the right solution to their application. The ability to enhance productivity and safety through using the right equipment is vital within any company, which is why Combilifts comprehensive range is an integral part of many Australian and New Zealand businesses. Each innovative Combilift product ensures that materials handling within any application becomes safer, easier and more enjoyable for the forklift operators themselves. Combi-WR – unique equipment The latest innovation from Combilift is the Combi-WR, the only pedestrian walkie reach stacker that is able to work in an aisle width of 2m pallet to pallet. The CombiWR was built specifically to fulfil an existing customer’s growing requirement and is now gaining a real foothold within the market. The ability to provide solutions, such as these, to customers is the key strength that has facilitated Combilifts ongoing success. Combilifts ability to design, engineer and build a product that fits real customer needs provides them with a competitive edge that other suppliers are unable to offer.
Combi CB – multidirectional revolution The Combilift CB (Counterbalance) has revolutionised the multidirectional range allowing the customer to move, long difficult loads with a standard counterbalance forklift. Through providing a two in one solution, the Combi CB enables a reduction in fleet equipment, resulting in lower capital outlay and low maintenance costs. Further benefits include increased storage space and productivity levels. The Combi CB simplifies materials handling and has received extremely positive feedback from its many operators in a variety of different applications. Now available in 2500kg, 3000kg and 4000kg models, Combilift are able to provide even more businesses with an effective way to increase efficiency and reduce costs. Straddle Carrier – niche market solutions The development of the Combilift Straddle Carrier is another example of Combilifts ability to determine where alternative solutions within materials handling are required. Created specifically for a niche market, this smart design offers further equipment options to those who would traditionally utilise heavy handler forklifts or single stack container handling equipment. Where traditional equipment struggles within confined areas and are generally large cumbersome machines that require well maintained ground conditions, the straddle carrier is unaffected by these environments. The Combilift Straddle Carrier benefits from a low un-laden weight, which ensures that its use in applications such as gravel yard and unmade ground is easy. Furthermore, excellent operator visibility and manoeuvrability allows the machine to work in tight areas both inside and outside. With a lift capacity of 35,000kg as standard
and the ability to stack containers up to three high the Combilift Straddle Carrier is enjoying continued growth within the industry and through its innovative design, challenges the ability of traditional container handling machines. A history of smart solutions Combilift has grown to provide such an array of alternative products through having a unique history of questioning the norm to deliver the best equipment solutions to its customers. The C4000 was the first forklift manufactured by Combilift and put the
company on the map as a respected materials handling provider. As the first piece of equipment developed by Combilift, the C4000 set the standard for the future of the company in delivering alternate materials handling solutions. The C4000 provided the ability to handle long loads safely in confined areas and was quickly followed by the C3000, which delivered a smaller version of the truck for lower capacity requirements, in order to work in tighter spaces and narrower aisles. The C Series truck has now grown to offer capacities ranging from 2500kg through to 25,000kg and LPG, Diesel and Electric options are available. Furthermore, businesses are able to choose from different platform lengths in order to suit specific aisle widths, as well as, different cabs, seating, air con and heater options to ensure driver comfort. Further alternatives provided to the customer include a variety of tyne lengths, thicknesses, widths, weight gauges and hydraulic fork positioners. The array of options available within the C Series enforces Combilifts Mission Statement of “Customised Handling Solutions”, which is the ability to tailor products
in order to deliver the right solution to the customer. Combilift options Customers of Combilift are not only able to tailor the materials handling equipment they purchase, but are also able to choose from long and short term rental options and competitively priced spare parts. Combilift also offer a comprehensive support structure, which includes trained and dedicated service technicians, who ensure businesses are able to continue to operate efficiently with minimal downtime.
Furthermore, Combilift also offer factory refurbished and fully warranted C Series machines through their factory approved refurbishment centre. The changing industrial marketplace demands a faster, higher quality and cost effective solution from materials handling equipment. Combilifts innovative mind set has ensured its growth and success throughout the years and with a strong focus on customer support, dedicated and well-trained staff and quality products, Combilift Australia is able to provide solutions that are right for your business.
TIMBERMAN, September 2013 – 22
n The Waste Converters Recycling mulcher in action. This is the fate of pallets, crates and boxes that don’t make the cut for higher end uses!
Recycling business is a winner for the environment and jobs
Crate lifeline is something unique
ASTE CONVERTERS Recycling has been awarded $466,000 through the Victorian Government’s Driving Investment for New Recycling fund to expand its Dandenong South recycling facility. The funding will double recycling capacity from 50,000 tonnes to 100,000 tonnes per annum and will create 15 new jobs in the area. Waste Converters was one of seven successful companies to receive the funding announced recently by State Environment Minister Ryan Smith. “My family has been running our waste business at the site for over 30 years. We are ecstatic to be one of the grant recipients, given the calibre of the other companies successful under this program,” said Ward Petherbridge, Director of Waste Converters. The funds will be used to build a 2250-square-metre building and a 5000 square metre concrete hardstand. “This new facility will allow us to significantly increase the output of the timber packaging recycling arm of the business. With more of our facility under cover we can also explore new opportunities to diversify the waste stream recycled at the site and increase the recycled products sold back into the market,” he said. Waste Converters sources the bulk of its timber packaging waste from the logistics, warehousing and manufacturing industries in the South East of Melbourne and currently services more than 2000 businesses, including Viridian Glass and Holden. Waste Converters recovers used pallets and other waste and recycles the wood into new or repaired pallets, boxes, crates and landscaping mulches. The new facility will be designed with the environment in mind with plans incorporating a 137,000-litre rainwater harvesting tank and a 20-kilowatt solar power system to ensure that the facility is carbon neutral. The Driving Investment for New Recycling fund is designed to attract significant investment in new or upgrading existing infrastructure to increase the recovery of valuable materials from the waste stream. Waste Converters was the only company in the East or South East of Melbourne to secure funding. The company currently employs 45 staff. And, while utilization may be the key for Waste Converters, Ward has taken this a step further with a Create from a Crate competition
which challenges artists, furniture designers and woodworkers to create a masterpiece from an old packaging crate. “Timber packaging is commonly used for transporting heavy freight around the world. Over the years I have noticed the pallets and crates, originating from Europe and the US, were often made from highly valuable and beautiful timbers such as oak and elm. I couldn’t bear to see this timber sent to landfill or pulverised into mulch so I started approaching artists, furniture designers and architects to see if they wanted to utilise this incredible commodity. “The competition is another vehicle for ensuring this waste stream is valued,” said Ward. “Each time we run the competition we limit the timber source to one item of packaging. In previous years we used truck engine crates from IVECO. Last year we gave each entrant two large pallets from AMCOR Flexibles. These pallets were used to import metallic film from the USA to make chip/crisp packets! “The idea is to keep the material uniform so the entrants experience the same challenge of designing a piece around the limited amount of timber rather than designing a piece and then just going out to buy what they need to make it. This way it is the same challenge for all entrants,” he said. “There are no constraints on the design and making process. The only limitations are the wood components of the crate and the artist’s imagination,” said Ward. “Regarding Create from a Crate, we have now locked in both a metro and a regional gallery. Plus there may be a third gallery coming on board in Benalla. So the exhibition will be on tour for up to eight weeks. The Create from a Crate exhibition will be held at from 8-23 February (as part of the Sustainable Living Festival Exhibition Program) at: • Hatch Contemporary Arts Space • 14 Ivanhoe Pde, Ivanhoe, VIC 3079 • Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm • Free Entry Then the exhibition will move to: • Ballarat Back Space Gallery, Huyghue House, Alfred Deakin Place, 15 Camp St, Ballarat from Thursday, 27 February – Sunday, 16 March. • The Gallery is open Thursday – Sunday, 12 – 4pm.
We have found out where the pallets for Create from a Crate 2014 originated from in the USA. Through a heat treatment code stencilled on the side of the pallet we were able to get in touch with the North Eastern Lumber Manufacturers Association (NEMLA). NEMLA put us in touch with the pallet company that made the pallet - B&D Pallets, who are located in Westfield, Massachusetts. We phoned David Oleksak, the president of B&D Pallets, to let him know what was happening to his humble old pallets down here in Australia. Needless to say, David was quite surprised to hear that the pallets were being transformed into finely crafted works of art! He got a real kick out of it! David informed us that the timber originated from the New England and Maine region of the United States. David has also confirmed that the hardwood species used in the pallets are a mix of Oak, Cherry, Maple and Ash. So there you have it! From the North Eastern forests of the USA, to a pallet manufacturer in Massachusetts, onto a ship transporting plastic film, to a factory in Australia that makes chip packets, to a recycling depot in Dandenong, distributed to artists in Melbourne and Sydney.......and in February 2014 to be
exhibited in both Ivanhoe, Melbourne and Ballarat, Victoria as incredible works of art! Got to love that journey for a timber pallet! - Ward Petherbridge
n Ward Petherbridge with the USA pallets being used for the current competition.
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Well-trained staff the “framework’ for success By Lara Caughey
HE FRAME and Truss Manufacturers Association of Australia (FTMA) National Conference on the Gold Coast brought suppliers and manufacturers together from throughout the country to celebrate their trade. Major drawcards included 13 exhibition stalls, international guest speakers Marcus Carhult from Randek Falkenberg in Sweden and Simon Mohringer from Anlagenbau in Germany plus HIA Chief Economist Dr Harley Dale. Marcus and Simon provided presentations on the fully automated plants and timber stacking machines used in Europe. Both speakers were enthused to share their cuttingedge expertise with an eager audience. “This conference was very important because Australian manufacturers learnt how to add more value to their products by learning from international companies,” Marcus said. Simon agreed: “Through sharing information about new handling equipment it was a good opportunity for Australia to move in a new direction. “We relayed information about how people can increase productivity by using sophisticated cutting machines and how productivity can be much higher if the in feed and out feed is also automated,” he said. “This was an excellent feedback forum to meet people from the truss industry and to exchange ideas about ways to improve business and consider whether the products you want to use fit into the market.”
n Brett Martin of Mitre10.
n Attentive audience.
HIA Chief Economist Dr Harley Dale outlined the sustainable figures for the Australian Frame and Truss Industry taken from the results of research into the linkages between industry capacity and future levels of new home starts. “We’re not building as many houses as we could be with new home starts currently running at an annualised level of 159,300,” he said. “The industry has enormous potential if we can get it right and we need 179,420 homes to accommodate for population growth. “The maximum capacity of the industry should be aligned with the maximum demand to output and could be a lot higher than what we’re producing now.” Dr Dale said the Global Economic Crisis had had a massive effect on people buying homes with households nervous to spend, questioning their job security, and waiting for the election results. Despite the industry downturn, brighter prospects were presented by Mark Hull of MCM Frame and Truss who encouraged companies to access dollars through the National Workforce Development Fund for training. “We can make the industry as strong and robust as we can and the key is through training,” he said. “We believe staff are the greatest asset to businesses.” Brett Martin of Mitre10 showcased how businesses could streamline their accounting and increase their buying power by being an unbannered customer.
n International speaker Simon Mohringer Anlagenbau Germany.
“The networking has been invaluable and we have seen new technology, new products and new services,” he said. He also expressed his enthusiasm about the gathering. “It has been an opportunity for us to expand our customer network.” FWPA’s National Manager Codes and Standards Boris Iskra provided an update on the Timber Roof Truss Design Standard and outlined some potential changes. “We have been working to ensure truss design practices are collaborated and our software packages are in line with the standard,” he said. “We have defined and are in the process of designing a methodology surrounding timber products, structural properties and characteristics also taking into account steel grade corrosion protection. Dr Alistair Woodard explored timber prefabricated ground floor systems as a new market for the frame and truss industry and a growth opportunity. “Some of the benefits of using timber instead of concrete included ease of floor installation and reduced material waste and is especially advantageous in low lying areas with poor soil conditions or for homes on sloping sites,” he said. Other speakers included Jacqueline Rota from Austbrokers Phillips who outlined the new debtor insurance packages for FTMA members; Matthew Smith from Multinail Australia who spoke about how important the
n (From left) Tim Isaac, Peter Whiteley, Peter Beverland, Bill Bagnall.
n (Ffrom left) Simon Mohringer, Andrew Clements, Jason Goods, Marcus Carhult.
timber joint group rating was to design. Metricom National Building Development Manager Campbell Fehring outlined the companies’ vision for the future of the Australian Frame and Truss Industry and presented an optimistic view. Following on, Afzal Laphir from Pryda Australia discussed the dangers of using uncertified steel connectors. The final presentation was a discussion from industry figureheads about the key issues faced by fabricators on a day to day basis and to determine what priorities must be set for FTMA Australia to focus on in the future. Many attendees were delighted by the conference and empowered by the knowledge they took away from the presentations. Peter Beverland from Australian Timber and Trusses expressed his gratitude for the organisers of the event. “It’s the first conference in Queensland and it is a fantastic opportunity to meet with people from the industry, exchange ideas and it has been all about camaraderie and breaking down the barriers,” he said. As well as gaining insight into industry emerging trends, more than 100 attendees were treated to 18 holes of golf at Royal Pines Golf Course, a dinner at The International Marketplace Bazaar and a tour of Multinail Machinery and Nailplate Manufacturing.
n Timber and Truss exhibition.
n Senco exhibition stand.
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HE 2013 FTMA Australia National Conference was held at QT Gold Coast on 23 July and according to the feedback it was a great event. To start with the venue QT Gold Coast, which featured recently in Timberman, was outstanding with helpful, professional staff, an awesome atmosphere and amazing food with the only downside being there was too much quality food. Secondly, the activities organised were fun, exciting and provided fabricators and suppliers plenty of opportunities to network. Whether it was Golf at Royal Pines, Racing at the Holden Driving Centre, the Ice-Breaker at the Carlton United Brewery, the actual Conference and trade displays or the Conference Dinner the talking and networking did not stop. In fact a new FTMA Member couldn’t believe how openly everyone talked about the industry and he was especially impressed with the big fabricators talking about their business and the market conditions. This was the largest conference FTMA Australia has organised with 143 people attending the conference which was supported by 15 sponsors who all set up exhibits and following the conference have been kept busy following up the many enquiries they received during the day. FTMA Australia conducted a survey nearly 12 months ago seeking fabricators views on the subjects they would like covered at the conference and that is what we delivered. Sure there were some subjects that might not have interested everyone but with a format that provides short to the point presentations it wasn’t long before another subject was being delivered as every subject was targeted at the fabricator. Delegates learnt about accessing money through the National Workforce Development Fund and during the presentation I urged fabricators to train employees whilst the Government had such great incentives and funding programs in place. Unfortunately a few weeks after the conference the Rudd Government in what I believe was an underhanded move, announced cuts to the trainee incentives for current employees meaning only new employees will be able to access the $3,000 training incentive. This is a big blow for the industry and was announced the day after the
interim budget was delivered and a day before the election was called. This does not mean there is no funding for training but it does mean FITEC and Timber Training Creswick will need to re-examine how the training is delivered and to ensure the fabricator can do training as affordable prices. The NWDF Training session was great to listen to as the enthusiasm on display, especially from Grant Bishop of FITEC who demonstrated so much passion for training was inspiring. Well done Grant. What’s new in the European Markets showed the automatic timber stackers and automated truss plants that streamline the factory process. It is always difficult to get the full gist of the technology by looking at PowerPoint Presentations but again the follow ups from Bliss & Reel (Randek) and Simon Mohringer demonstrates how interested fabricators were in this new technology and again the enthusiasm of Lee Barlow was outstanding.
There were two keynote presentations at the conference with the first being from Harley Dale, Chief Economist at HIA who gave a presentation on the Sustainability of the Australian Frame and Truss Industry. Harley’s presentation had so much details and tables showing things such as the shortfall in housing and how as a nation we are building nowhere near enough houses to keep up with the population growth. The survey completed by HIA on behalf of FTMA Australia had sound input from just under 50% from all Australian fabricators which provided a great foundation for Harley to base findings. The final report from Harley will be available in late August and of course will be available to the whole industry. We hope to redo this study in two years time and have further input from fabricators to ensure we can continually provide up to date information to assist fabricators in planning for their businesses future. The other key note
presentation was from Alastair Woodard of Wood Products Victoria who presented on the Prefabricated Ground Floor Systems Project. This project has the potential to open up exciting new markets for the frame and truss industry through innovation and by fabricators working outside the box. The concrete slab industry currently holds approximately 95% of the flooring industry for new homes and we are hoping this project will assist us in building our market share. FTMA Australia has been handed the project from FWPA to take forward with the 2nd stage of the project which will involve working with fabricators from a number of states to manufacture and install the new prefabricated ground floor systems. Seminars were held in the last week of August in Queensland, New
South Wales & Victoria with over 20 fabricators showing interest in participating in the project which is exciting. Metricon presented on their vision for the future of the frame and truss industry and it was disappointing to hear that they had signed contracts in Queensland to build their houses in Steel. This is extremely disappointing and I for one was amazed that such a leading builder could ignore the environmental benefits of timber compared to steel. Metricon were convinced by the steel industry of their environmental credentials. All I know is we can harvest trees, they regenerate and grow for future generations whilst the timber stores carbon for life, whereas with steel you dig a hole in the earth, take all the resources and never replace the hole or the resources. Then you process the resource which
n Darrin Wheeler (StoraEnso) and Fiona Luckey (Tilling Timber).
nJ ason Goodes of AAA Truss Victoria knew how to pour a beer winning the National Beer Pulling Competition.
n Kersten Gentle (FTMA Australia), Trish Waters (Profit Wise Consulting) and Phil Ladson (Multinail).
n NSW Fabricators Nick Fry (Riverstone Frame & Truss) and Peter Garnett (Prospect Frame & Truss).
n Peter Whiteley (Multinail Machinery, David Trusskinger (Multinail) and Glenn Ferguson of Gold Coast Timber & Trusses.
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verwhelming success releases approximately 5,320kg/m3 of carbon into the atmosphere but hey, they may have a different idea as to what is good for the environment compared to me? The positives from Metricon’s presentation however, was about the great partnership they have put in place with Dahlsens who are not only designing and manufacturing the frames and trusses but are also installing them, adding further value to the product for the fabricator. This is definitely not everyone’s cup of tea but when the profit line is so minimal we must look at ways to add value to the product. We finished the day off with the National Conference Dinner sponsored by Multinail and you wouldn’t
find anyone who had a bad word to say about the food and atmosphere. It was brilliant. Word has it that some delegates had 7 plates of food as they tried the wide range of food at the International Marketplace Bazaar. Presentations from the conference are available to download on the FTMA Australia website at www. ftmaaustralia.com.au and Harley’s presentation will be distributed to all Australian Fabricators. Finally these events do not happen, especially at the affordable prices we offered without the support of key sponsors who continually step forward to assist the frame and truss industry. I would therefore like to thank the sponsors of the conference; Pryda, Multinail, Austbrokers
nB B Truss & Timber, Geoff & Tania Baxter.
n Mark Conlan (Emcee Truss & Frame) with the new FTMA Board member Colin Clements (AAA Truss).
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n The Alpine Truss Golf Team – George Prothero, Ron Montgomery & Barry Edgley.
n Phil Ladson & Travis Taylor (Multinail) with Alastair Woodard (Wood Products Victoria).
n Paul & Bronwyn Clode of Aston Newman SA with Mark Smiles of MiTek.
nH ayden Slatter (ITI Australia) with Shannon Mott from LP Building Products – NASHVILLE USA.
n Matthew Fryett (Healthcare Insurance), Rose Dee (Austbrokers Insurance) and Heather Hayes (Healthcare Insurance).
nM artin Kesselring (Bliss & Reel), Kersten Gentle (FTMA) and Peter Ward (Drouin West Timber & Truss and Woodrunner) enjoying the Conference Dinner.
n Alan Holter (Timberlink), Phil McCormack (McCormack Hardwood Sales) and Christine Briggs (Timberlink) at the Official Ice-Breaker BBQ at the Carlton United Brewhouse.
n Programmed Timber Supplies Helen & Warwick Drysdale and Jim Rosewell enjoyed the great atmosphere at the Carlton United Brewhouse Icebreaker.
n Michael Hartman (ForestWorks), Mark Hull (MCM Frame & Truss) and Grant Bishop (FITEC) ensured everyone understood the benefits of training.
n Robert Armour of Framequip at the Airco Senco Trade Exhibit with Airco representatives Garry Broadstock & Paul Crimmins)
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2013 TABMA awards Fair Work Information Statement revised By Colin Fitzpatrick Chief Executive Officer Timber & Building Materials Association (Aust.) Ltd
NDER THE guidance of lead judge Ian Halliday, judging for the 2013 TABMA Awards began in July. Ian, who recently retired as a TABMA Director and a long career with Harper Timber in Sydney, brings vast timber merchanting experience to his much appreciated role as an independent judge for these Awards. This year TABMA members in
Queensland, NSW and South Australia will be eligible for judging in Award categories such as: • Best Frame & Truss Operation • Best Building Materials Centre • Wholesaler of the Year • Best Timber Merchant • Most Innovative Member • Member of the Year • Host Employer of the Year • Sales Representative of the Year • Trainee of the Year • Apprentice of the Year The awards will be presented at the Timber
Industry Dinner being held on Friday, 11 October at Doltone House, Jones Bay Wharf, Sydney where Todd McKenney will be MC. Table space is strictly limited and already over two thirds of the tables have been booked. If you are thinking of attending we suggest you quickly make your reservation by contacting Alissa Mizon on 02 9277 3174 or by emailing Alissa at alissa@tabma. com.au. We look forward to seeing you at the Australian Timber Industry’s night of nights.
Rise of timber in the mind of the consumer is palpable By Eric Siegers Executive Officer TMA THE TMA has undertaken a little bit of a revival these past few weeks as we update Australia’s only timber show room. With a new area covering timber in the “outdoor space” we are recognising the fact that landscaping has become a significant market for the timber sector. This fact is reflected in the numbers issued by both the Australian Bureau of Statistics, and other organisations such as IBIS who report independently on the growth of product across all sectors. It’s an interesting fact that while the industry statistics seem to highlight an industry in decline, the opportunities continue to show the complete opposite. The rise of timber in the mind of the consumer is palpable. Having the showroom is a great monitor of consumer and public sentiment. Over the years we have seen concerns about the sourcing of timber rise and fall, and we can confidently report that people see timber as a solution to many of the environmental problems that we face both nationally as well as globally. It is also
interesting to note that the calls to the advisory are less about the concerns of timber’s chain of custody and more about the solutions that timber products provide. It is doubly interesting to note that many of the 400 strong people contacting us each month are no longer just asking advice; they are asking for confirmation of what they read on the internet! Never let it be said that the power of the human connection is on the wane; if anything we have learned people are hungrier for information than ever, and more than ever wanting to learn they are right! Timber has always had a strong reach into the community, and interestingly I see it like a teenager learning that something old is cool; many people are learning how timber provides solutions they hadn’t realised were possible and are genuinely surprised to learn that information is so readily available. From framing to decking, flooring to countertops people are beginning to rekindle the social love of timber. A big advantage to the showroom is that we are seeing this first hand. The update is timely as we come into the spring build period. Let’s hope the activity continues as election madness settles down and people move on with their lives!.
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genuine business operational grounds. In such circumstances, it would be advisable to discuss any written response to such a request with the TTIA. A copy of the Fair Work Information Statement can be obtained from the TTIA. Contact details: (02) 9264 0011 or email: ttia@ ttia.asn.au Organ donation leave A two year trial started on 1 July 2013 where people donating an organ, such as a kidney or partial liver donors, will be able to take leave, paid by the Federal Government. This leave has been introduced by the Government on a trial basis as donors usually are required to take annual leave, personal leave or unpaid leave where all other leave options have been exhausted. An eligible donor will be paid at the national minimum wage for a period of up to six weeks. Who is eligible? The donor must be employed. The definition of an employed person for this purpose is someone who has been continuously employed with the same employer for the previous 28 days. The employer must have an ABN. Part time and casual employees are eligible if they meet the above criteria. They will be paid based on the average number of hours worked. Self employed persons are also eligible if they have been self employed for 28 days prior to the leave commencing and have an ABN. A donor must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident with a Medicare number. Only donors undergoing operations from 1 July 2013 will be eligible to make a claim. The payments are provided to the employer who will pass on the payment to the employee. This program has not been legislated and as such employers are not required to participate. However for an employee to be able to claim this leave an employer must be willing to engage in the program. There will be a review at the end of the two year trial period to determine the future of the program.
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Melbourne’s Victoria Harbour has been a development hot spot for some time and Lend Lease was trying to make the most of the limited land available. On North Wharf the company was faced with a problem. “The building conditions are not great, it’s on silt so we looked for a lightweight construction solution and came up with CLT,” said Neiland. “That was most viable option and we found a lot more benefits than just light weight. So they assembled a team of designers and engineers to go and have a look at it. “They saw the opportunity immediately – for an all expenses paid trip to Europe.” It paid off, representatives from Lend Lease visited 14 projects in Europe, they visited the CLT producers and met with architects who had worked on similar projects and came away very impressed. “They came away very impressed that it was a proven solution where the owners and occupiers really enjoyed the outcome, and really enjoyed living in these buildings,” he said. Due diligence on the project took three years to complete. What Lend Lease did discover and what the company has brought into play with the Forte construction in Bourke Street, Melbourne – only a few doors down from Lend Lease HQ – is that using CLT is a design process. “It’s not taking a concrete building and replacing concrete with timber, it’s a new process. It’s about completing all your design up-front rather designing as your going,” said Neiland. “It’s about a factory process where you sign off on the drawings, you work out all the crane movements, you work out the logistics, the truck movements then you manufacture. By doing
this we are minimizing waste and reducing errors and building faster. “If you design it well it will last, if you design it poorly it won’t.” Australia’s building code doesn’t take into account timber buildings taller than three storeys so for Forte Lend Lease had to undertake a fire engineered solution and that’s not something that everyone can do. It may be a barrier to highrise CLT construction in Australia unless it is addressed. Forte is nine storeys tall (with a ground floor retail area) with 23 apartments and four townhouses. Lend Lease was faced with a certain amount of dismay when it came to fire approvals. “Melissa Chandler who is our building codes expert said it was the most interesting conversation she’s ever had with the fire brigade in her life. “Saying we’re building 10 storeys of timber, the lift well, the fire stairs and we’re leaving the fire stairs exposed timber. The look on their faces was priceless. We convinced them it was a good idea,” said Neiland. “We did the fire testing of the CLT panels with the CSIRO to achieve our approvals. “While it is not of a size that requires sprinklers we are installing sprinklers for this one,” he added. As the ground floor is to be a retail space that floor is designed very differently to the apartments and so it is mounted on a concrete slab which was laid in February this year. The CLT installation started in June and it is anticipated that it will take eight weeks to put up and should be finished in August. The whole building should be finished in October this year. Neiland said that for his company it wasn’t just about building a building in CLT it needed to be a step change in sustainability and that is
certainly what has happened. This will be the first 5-star green star building built in a residential environment. Each apartment is dual aspect and will take 25% less energy to heat and cool compared with a typical apartment, which equates to roughly $300 a year saved. All apartments will have a smart meter to link to an in-home display, which shows real time and historic data on energy consumption. Not only that, but simply by using timber 1451 tonnes of carbon is saved (cradle to site). Like every new idea there were challenges, the biggest was the logistics of shipping a building from Europe to Australia. KLH in Europe is the manufacturer of CLT for the Forte construction and so the panels had to be shipped to Australia and then stored awaiting installation. Out it came – 485 tonnes of timber, 759 CLT panels shipped in 25 containers in two ships. Lend Lease then did some other due diligence on the project, at 32.17 metres tall was it the tallest timber building in the world? “We came across Nikolai (Sutyagin) who was friendly old chap in Russia who was lonely and in 1992 he started to build a timber house for himself. He went a couple of storeys up and just kept going and he didn’t stop until he got to about 44 metres. “So we couldn’t go out with the claim that it is the tallest timber building so we modified it with a clause that it’s the tallest apartment timber building,” said Neiland. For the future Neiland said that Lend Lease is considering building up to 50% of its residential apartments using CLT. “For us Forte is not a one-off demonstration building,” he said. You can see live webcam vision of the Forte building under construction at http://www. forteliving.com.au
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Lend Lease lends its might to CLT be developed and aligned with relevant international codes and standards. We must think globally. Education is a must to enable the industry to meet the demands of technology for new workers and re-training for those already in the industry. Easy access must be facilitated to building product manufacturer’s certified information for use in all types of modelbased applications through an Australian on-line BIM products library. Open standard data exchange protocols should be established that support collaboration and facilitate integration of the briefing, design, construction, manufacturing and maintenance supply chain throughout the entire life of a built facility. Governments around the world are seeing the advantage of BIM as it can be used to support automated code checking, ensure buildings meet environmental and energy performance requirements, make certain asset and management information is available at all tiers of government for operational, maintenance, fiscal and strategic planning. The global construction software industry is well advanced in the change to BIM. All the major vendors Graphisoft ArchiCAD, Nemetscheck Allplan and Bentley Triforma have IFC certification, and now Autodesk Revit has committed to IFC compliance. Only by adopting BIM, by accepting new processes and by sharing information will the building industry stay competitive.
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