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A very heart-warming story involving an Accurate customer came to our attention last week.
On 11th December, Channel 9’s A Current Affair featured a story on the backyard renovations for Mark and Faye Leveson, the parents of Matthew Leveson who was murdered over ten years ago and whose remains were only recently found.
Community businesses rallied around to provide the couple with a complete backyard makeover. and Chris Swadling from Ironwood Australia donated $20,000 worth of reclaimed and recycled timber to the efforts. Gestures on this scale are not unusual for Chris as he is known as much for his kindness as his big personality.
If you or your business have contributed to a good cause, drop us a line so we can feature it in an upcoming edition of this newsletter.
Dec 18, 2017 10:40:57 AM
By Bec Glimstead
Parkside Timber in Wondai, Qld recently picked up a prestigious award, Most Innovative TABMA Member in Australia. After being nominated in 2016, TABMA and industry representatives visited Parkside and were suitably enough impressed to present them with the state award that year.
Last month, they visited again and voted Parkside the most innovative operation in the country.
Ross Lakin, Parkside’s Operations Manager says the equipment that particularly captured TABMA’s attention was the state-of-the-art packaging machine the company has spent several years designing and implementing.
“It’s a multimillion dollar project,” Ross says. “We run hardwood at 110 metres per minute which is incredibly fast. And the finishes are second to none. In fact, what we’re doing at Parkside is so impressive that we’ve coined the term ‘industry tourism’ because we’ve got people coming from all over Australia to inspect it!”
Originally created to deliver quality wood into major timber retailers in an appropriate packaging format, the machine has been developed from the ground up.
“We couldn’t have accomplished what we have without Craig and the Accurate team and products,” Ross insists. “We’ve partnered with Accurate for more than ten years and when the time came to improve our tooling needs, Craig was not only supportive, but hugely enthusiastic. I know for a fact that no other company would have had the patience, the understanding and the diligence to deliver us a standard of finish that exceeded even our expectations.”
Accurate enlisted the help of suppliers to create a grade of tungsten carbide that could handle the task and worked with Parkside to develop a diamond jointing system that delivers finishes and speeds unheard of in Queensland hardwood manufacturing.
Ultimately, all the challenges of design and development culminated in being awarded Most Innovative TABMA Member in the country, recognition that makes a significant impact on a business’s profile and ongoing growth.
Congratulations to Parkside Timber, and may the innovations continue! We will be delighted to go along for the ride with you.
Dec 18, 2017 10:39:59 AM
By Bec Glimstead
Recently, Craig travelled to Japan and Taiwan to explore specialised material handling equipment. He was particularly impressed with the country’s cost-effective way of building.
“We looked at companies who build finger jointers and glulan plant. What’s incredible about Japanese culture is that they build to order, and adhere to the Just In Time manufacturing system. This results in zero waste, which is something I believe we should all aspire to. The systemisation of their products and plant to build further production plants that are highly systemised is unquestionably the best in the world. The Japanese refuse to believe in waste.”
Comparing the Japanese way to that of European manufacturers, Craig says it’s worlds apart. “Where Europe builds ‘sausage plants’, Japan builds customised plants. If you want to make a product in high volume, you go to Europe. If you want to make customised products, Japan is the obvious solution.”
In terms of timber usage, Japan is a huge consumer of finger jointing product. Their housing construction and the building methods they use depend enormously on finger jointed and wide laminated beam product. The Japanese tend to cling to tradition when it comes to the design and construction of their buildings. The climate typically runs from extremely cold to quite hot and of course, the region is known for its earthquakes and tremors so the need for adequate expansion is paramount.
Craig will be returning to Japan every three to four months and invites customers to come along if they’re interested in buying new machinery. “Japan builds primarily for their own market,” he says. “They have exceptional machine manufacturers and process machine makers that only supply equipment to the Japanese domestic market however we do deal with a select number of suppliers.”
A quick flight to Taiwan and Craig found himself visiting manufacturers who are doing exciting things in tooling. What he found was new designs and developments in tooling, with long-term R&D now coming to fruition. “Some exciting things are due to be released in 2018,” Craig says. “We’ll be introducing different types of cutting tools so stay tuned.”
Across Japan and Taiwan, Craig found both countries’ attention to detail compelling. “The systemisation of their entire business from the front door through to the production line and order processing is nothing short of exceptional and it’s fully understandable why they are the leaders in manufacturing.
Whilst in Japan, Craig visited a factory in Hiroshima and stopped by the Peace Memorial Museum which honours the victims of the 1945 atomic bomb. “It’s something that every human being should attend in their lifetime. The resilience of people to move forward with life is inspiring. The resilience of companies to adapt and change is a parallel you can pull from visiting a place like that.”
To express interest in travelling to Japan and Taiwan on one of Craig’s 2018 trips, drop us a line now.
Dec 18, 2017 10:37:29 AM
By Bec Glimstead