Never Bored on the FTMA Board

In 2017 FTMA Australia decided to go down the path of a full fabricator board and at the time, I was unsure if it was needed or if it would make any difference at all and there is no doubt I have been pleasantly surprised how well this worked out. Whether it is a...

Bushfire Effects on MGP Pine Products

Frame and truss manufacturers and builders may be concerned about the quality of MGP graded pine produced from plantation areas affected by the recent fires.  There are a number of lessons that have been learnt from other major pine salvage operations – the SA Mount...

The Case for a Fast Saw

How fast does a saw need to be to be fast enough?  How do we measure speed?  Is it cubic metres per shift, number of components per hour, lineal metres per shift?  It doesn’t really matter – whatever works best for you to assess the capacity and speed of a saw.  For...

Independence is ALWAYS Worth Fighting For

Has there ever been a more decisive opportunity for unity amongst independent trade operators than now? Brett Martin, National Operations Manager for Independent Hardware Group (IHG) puts his perspective on how independent timber merchants can draw strength from one...