Bunnings to double frame & truss plants

by | Apr 26, 2022

Bunnings plans to double the number of processing plants it uses to manufacture wooden frames and trusses over the next 18 months, in an effort to not only combat ongoing timber shortages but also grow market share in the high-growth category.

Bunnings currently operates three frame and truss sites based in Hallam Victoria, Warnervale New South Wales and Unanderra, also in New South Wales. According to Bunnings the three sites supply high-quality materials in the pre-fabrication of roof trusses, floor trusses and wall frames, servicing a mix of volume, project and SME builders.

Bunnings Chief Operating Officer – Commercial, Ben McIntosh says Bunnings has operated Frame and Truss plants in Australia for over 20 years and sees a lot of opportunity in this area.   

“We are excited to be expanding our participation in this market, improving our offer and working with even more customers to provide solutions for their projects, end to end.”

“The expansion plans form part of our wider commercial strategy as we continue to be a trusted partner to builders, from the moment they are planning a build, right through to the fit out,” Mr McIntosh said.

The investment is expected to create a number of new manufacturing jobs while also expanding on the current frame and truss team that service customers with quoting, estimating and detailing for both small and large scale projects.

The new frame and truss sites are rumoured to be located in Melbourne, Brisbane and New South Wales, with Bunnings expected to use the new offer to entice builders into purchasing a variety of building materials required on-site alongside the frames and trusses. Target customers are expected to be residential builders who work within the medium-density residential market.

The announcement comes as local builders become concerned that a fresh wave of building material shortages is on its way, according to the report, particularly as Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine disrupts 15 per cent of global timber supply.