Although the paint market remains fairly stable year in year out, it does continually grow and contract a couple of per cent, which is primarily linked to the construction industry and the introduction of environmentally friendly products, according to Haymes Paint Export and New Business Manager, Matt Haymes.
After years of regulatory uncertainty and governmental prevarication, Australia’s timber industry is set to enjoy some rational, strategic growth. John Power reports.
It is a situation most independent hardware operators find themselves up against – the realities of formidable Big Box competition in any given market. But the state of affairs for Ian and Beth Gill of Loganholme Mitre 10 is more unique as they share a carpark with Bunnings and have two other Big Boxes situated within eight kilometres. Their story is one of combat, adjustment and survival in a highly competitive metro market.