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The fu­ture is ours

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FRAME AUS­TRALIA Con­fer­ence director Kevin Ezard was jus­ti­fi­ably proud of this year’s event for a num­ber of rea­sons but, in an af­ter-the-event talk he is­sued an in­dus­try call-to-arms to main­tain the in­ter­est in wood prod­ucts and its use in build­ings.

“In the 16th year of Frame Aus­tralia it was very en­cour­ag­ing to see that tim­ber pre­fab­ri­ca­tion and wood prod­ucts in building has con­tin­ued its new­found mo­men­tum for both res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial con­struc­tion, and the con­fer­ence top­ics fol­lowed a path through the com­plete sup­ply chain of the con­fer­ence theme,” Kevin said.

“This increased de­mand in Aus­tralia for more ef­fec­tive building meth­ods seems to be fol­low­ing the es­tab­lished trends in Europe and other coun­tries, and we can learn from their ex­pe­ri­ence to se­cure ben­e­fits and ef­fi­cien­cies in us­ing tim­ber as a building ma­te­rial that can lower costs and im­prove fi­nan­cial re­turns. “This was re­flected pos­i­tively in the 400 del­e­gates and pre­sen­ters, with 20% from the building de­sign and con­struc­tion sec­tor, 30% from tim­ber pre­fab­ri­ca­tion, and 40% from the sup­ply of tim­ber and building ma­te­ri­als sec­tors.”

Kevin said the line-up of speak­ers on sup­ply and man­u­fac­tur­ing top­ics was a re­mark­able group of the world’s lead­ing com­pa­nies and their most se­nior ex­ec­u­tives, pro­vid­ing a unique gath­er­ing of in­ter­na­tional ex­per­tise.

“They cov­ered de­vel­op­ments in tim­ber and engi­neered wood prod­ucts and the lat­est tech­nolo­gies in au­to­mated pro­duc­tion of pre­fab­ri­cated com­po­nents and pan­elised tim­ber sys­tems.”

He added that the par­tic­i­pa­tion by ma­jor builders such as Aus­tra­land Prop­erty Group, Gro­con Group, Met­ri­con and oth­ers high­lighted the keen in­ter­est for de­vel­op­ers and builders to gain a com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tage by us­ing more tim­ber prod­ucts.

“To me this is the key is­sue. Will the tim­ber prod­ucts sup­ply chain re­spond to this high level of in­ter­est and ac­tively seek op­por­tu­ni­ties for value adding the process of tim­ber and engi­neered wood sup­ply to the con­struc­tion mar­kets?

“As said by Aus­tra­land and Gro­con, they see the fu­ture for both medium and high den­sity res­i­den­tial building to be tim­ber con­struc­tion, and that the po­ten­tial vol­ume of wood re­quired ex­ceeds the cur­rent vol­ume supplied to all de­tached hous­ing con­struc­tion in Aus­tralia!

“My hope is the sup­ply chain does re­spond to this call and be­gins the process of meet­ing these fu­ture needs over the next decade. It will not hap­pen overnight, but the ex­pres­sion of in­ter­est in mak­ing it hap­pen is needed now, while the op­por­tu­nity def­i­nitely ex­ists,” he said.

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