This piece was written and provided by FTMA Gold Sponsor, Multinail.
Multinail is again strengthening their long term commitment to the timber frame and truss industry by embarking on one of the company’s most ambitious expansion projects yet with a comprehensive upgrade of its structural building products and machinery manufacturing.
Multinail’s Chief Operating Officer Trent Taylor said the investment was aimed at transforming the manufacturing facilities into a centre of innovative excellence for our industry.
“It will enable us to increase production capacity and speed to market as new opportunities are realised in both local and overseas markets,” Trent said.
He said growth in demand for structural building products, truss and frame building machinery has grown significantly over recent years and the expansion is to ensure we continue to meet the demand and maintain the highest possible standard of quality service to our customers.
The expansion is expected to create more local jobs with new positions to be filled in production, engineering and technology.
At the heart of the expansion is an upcoming extension of 1500m2 to the metal connectors factory in Queensland facilitating the installation of new presses and tools to upscale productivity and to enable diversification into bespoke connectors for commercial and industrial construction. Part of the 1500m2 extension will be dedicated to increased warehouse space to carry a wider range of products delivering a faster turnaround of customer orders.
With timber construction becoming more diverse in application and design, Multinail will also be establishing a new high level engineering research and testing laboratory. The purpose built laboratory will enable the company to undertake more extensive product development and analysis with the capability to test the ultimate limits of new products through extreme strength and load testing of full size trusses.
The extension of the metal connectors factory will be matched by an equally significant expansion of Multinail’s global machinery operations with wide ranging investments scheduled to begin in coming months across all the company’s machinery businesses in Australia, New Zealand and USA.
It has nearly been 10 years since Multinail took the bold step to make simultaneous acquisitions of specialist machinery production companies in USA and NZ. Although they were family businesses like Multinail, we were not prepared for the many challenges that can arise when merging totally different enterprises into one organisation. However, the payback has been the specialist expertise they brought to Multinail and together we have driven a progressive transformation of our machine manufacturing.
“Machine design and engineering is undergoing a revolution with technology and robotic engineering driving frame and truss production into a new era of hands free operations and we are determined to be at the leading edge of that transformation. These investments will position us to be world leading in machinery design and automation while having the depth of expertise to provide local support and service,” Trent said.