Australian Hardware Journal April 2024


Timber Update April 2024

AFWI and Albanese Government launch $100 million project.


A Team evolves through changing market

Serving both the independent and big box markets, A Team Merchandising is excited for the year ahead as it continues to grow and evolve to meet local market demands.


Pioneer Hardware broadens service to booming categories

Although Pioneer Hardware once serviced much of the independent hardware sector, the well-known merchandiser has now chosen to exclusively service Bunnings, and focus all of its resources and energy into the big green box.


Virtual tool store dominates online space

When Gary Kozhushnik first launched his online tool business,, 17 years ago, he never would have imagined the impact it would have on the industry or predicted the rapid growth and impressive evolution it would undergo in such a short time.

Australian Hardware Journal March 2024


Timber Update March 2024

Australian Forest Product Association announces new Chief Executive Officer.


Long-lasting, sustainable materials remain a priority for builders

High-quality building products that are hard-wearing and long-lasting is just one of the prominent trends expected to come out of the building industry this season.


Cement Australia builds a sustainable future

As some of Australia’s largest industrial facilities move to eliminate carbon emissions under the Australian Government’s Safeguard Mechanism, Cement Australia is just one of many companies that will undergo major changes in support of the legislation.


A united IHG is ‘Stronger Together’ at 2024 Expo

The Independent Hardware Group (IHG) united once again at their 2024 IHG Expo, held on the Gold Coast from February 12 to 14. The ‘Stronger Together’ theme not only reiterated the strong unity of the group evident at this year’s event, but also celebrated the group’s commitment to ‘Building Successful Independents’.


Dunsborough Mitre 10 epitomises retail resilience

Winning its first National Small Store Award at the recent IHG Expo, Dunsborough Mitre 10 has overcome many obstacles to become the thriving retail hardware store that it is today.

Australian Hardware Journal February 2024


Timber Update February 2024

620 years of collective service revisit Hyne


Creating a smarter and more open world with ASSA ABLOY

Australians embrace smart products into their daily lives more and more, the market is predicted to reach significant highs in sales and growth. ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions is one of the leading developers of door openings and products for access solutions in homes, businesses and institutions.


Big River sets up strong supply for 2024

Demand for timber decking products is this year being driven by strong activity in the alterations and additions market which has been consistent for some time. Big River Executive General Manager – Construction Ray Ferretti says just some of the products that are consistently on trend include Australian Spotted Gum, Blackbutt and Jarrah.


Industrial store evolves from heavy-duty mechanical shop

A heavy-duty mechanical workshop located in the outback town of Merredin in Western Australia, has become the unlikely location of a thriving industrial and hardware store.

Australian Hardware Journal January 2024


Timber Update January 2024

New industry survey highlights increase in female executives


Australian Made products boom despite cost-of-living crisis

The Australian Made Campaign continues to grow substantially off the back of unprecedented growth of locally made products during COVID. As overseas supplies dried up, consumers made it a priority to support locally-made products and this strong support has continued.


Australian Made Campaign elects first female Chair

The Board of Australian Made Campaign Ltd (AMCL) – the organisation that administers and promotes the famous Australian Made logo – has appointed a new Chair, Kate Carnell AO.


The VUE ahead is Aussie Made with VUETRADE

Bellevue Group is an Australian-owned manufacturer and wholesale supplier with a proud history of providing the Australian market with high-quality products, specifically designed to suit Australian conditions, since 1988 when Bellevue Group was formed. VUETRADE was later created in 2011 to focus on the timber connector product range.


Celebrating 40 years of Gilly’s Australia

Gilly’s Australia recently celebrated 40 years of business in 2023. Originally ‘Gilly Stephenson’s Old Fashioned Furniture Polish,’ it all began with Gilly Stephenson making the cream polish at home in the late 70s. Now, selling a range of over 20 products nationally and internationally, Gilly’s has become a prominent name in the hardware and antique trade.


Paint Place Cowra prioritises locally made products

At the age of just 26 and 24, Adam and Leteisha Howell established Paint Place Cowra, in the New South Wales rural town just over 300 kilometres west of Sydney.

Australian Hardware Journal December 2023


Timber Update December 2023

Forestry Australia releases forestry management statements


Industry leaders reveal strategies for success

There is no doubt that 2023 has proven to be yet another challenging and interesting year. What is different about this year is that now, more than ever, independents and suppliers are highly resilient to changing economic conditions. In this year’s Industry Insight feature, industry leaders reveal their strategies on how they not only survived but thrived in the ever-changing hardware industry.


Thrifty-Link Rainbow celebrates 100 years in business

When Rainbow Thrifty-Link store owner Ron Ismay began working at the store aged just 16, he never would have believed he would still be running the store at the age of 70. After decades of hard work, today Ron has much to celebrate with the store celebrating 100 years of business success this year.

Australian Hardware Journal November 2023


Timber Update November 2023

ABARES reveals continued decline in plantations


‘Smart’ consumers dominate digital lock space

The ease and installation of smart security products and safety products are the driving force behind segment growth, with entry to smart home barriers reducing year-on-year as technology simplifies and smart locks become more economical.


Smart device connectivity set to drive future sales

There is no doubt COVID presented real challenges in the building and construction industry in recent years. Despite the trials, the trend towards digital and smart connected security solutions has improved user experiences and activated a broader range of activity through renewed engagement.


Innovation leads the Australian bathroom lifestyle

Homeowners and renovators are looking to invest in timeless, beautifully designed, high-end finishes, with longevity, sustainability, and quality being the emerging emphases in their bathrooms.


CSS group celebrates 21 years at Melbourne conference

The CSS Group’s national conference was held at the Melbourne Showgrounds and South Wharf from October 25 to 26, with the busy trade show one of the largest held by CSS in recent years.


Natbuild reveals positive trading results at Natbuild conference

Natbuild members and premium partners recently took time out from their businesses to join together for the group’s national conference at Melbourne’s Hyatt Centric. The three-day event featured a number of business sessions, supplier updates and an unforgettable mid-conference MCG experience.


77-year-old independent joins CSS for the first time

After 77 years of business independence, agricultural supply business Collier & Miller has joined forces with CSS (Construction Supply Specialists) to boost the development of both its in-store and online businesses.

Australian Hardware Journal October 2023


Timber Update October 2023

NTHA leader wins New South Wales Trainer of the Year


Outdoor paint and timber care take priority this season

After three years of unusually wet weather, this summer is the perfect time for your customers to start or finish up their outdoor paint and varnish projects.


petrol & battery product demand continues within OPE space

Spring is motivating more consumers to spruce up their gardens, purchase colourful plants and grow their own fresh produce. The warmer weather has also seen DIY cordless garden power tools increase in demand throughout Independent Hardware Group (IHG) stores.


Substantial OPE offer remains crucial for HBT members

The battle between battery-powered and petrol-powered outdoor power equipment is prevalent when it comes to choosing outdoor powered equipment, particularly as rural property owners struggle to place their trust in the power and performance of battery-powered products.


HBT store prepares for looming bushfire season

Cameron’s H Hardware in Batemans Bay on the New South Wales South Coast was located in the epicentre of the devastating 2019 bushfires that destroyed thousands of homes and burned 24 million hectares of land.


Trades and homeowners grow generator space

Generators are expected to be in high demand this season, particularly as homeowners in bushfire-prone areas begin to prepare their properties for the predicted warmer summer ahead and ensure their homes have access to power and water pumps should the power be cut during unprecedented events.


Coffs Harbour paint storegrowth is truly inspirational

In the five years since Mark and Tammie Diener purchased their first Inspirations Paint store in Coffs Harbour, the high-achieving couple have managed to not only outgrow their business twice, but have also won the Inspirations Paint Store of the Year Award in consecutive years.

Australian Hardware Journal September 2023


Timber Update September 2023

Forestry Australia launches online learning program for members


Drought-proofing outdoor areas this spring

n preparation for what is forecast to be a strong El Niño and difficult drought this spring and summer, this exclusive report shares important tips on how to help your customers prepare their gardens and lawns for the predicted extreme weather ahead.


HBT National Conference powers true independents

The HBT national conference was recently held at the newly renovated Cairns Convention Centre and was created specifically for members to not only interact with each other and the HBT team, but also gain a firm understanding of the importance of making crucial changes and improvements to their businesses.


Paint Place reveals big plans for the year ahead

Paint Place Group of Stores held its national conference at Sea World on the Gold Coast in mid-August, which was the first conference to be held since Western Australian-based business, Central Purchasing Services (CPS) acquired the group just 12 months ago.


K & K Steel – from dingy industrial to modern retail

Located in the outer Eastern suburbs of Melbourne, K & K Steel has a long history of delivering a wide-ranging steel and retail offer since 1981. Recently the business undertook a significant transformation, from a dingy industrial store to a modern retail offer after undergoing an extensive refurbishment.

Australian Hardware Journal August 2023


Timber Update August 2023

Australia’s forest industry fears the end of native forest logging nationally if the Albanese government’s new national environment standards are implemented.


Australian timber primed to adapt to a changing industry

The timber industry is in a state of transformation as it is forced to evolve and adapt to new national environmental standards being drafted and implemented by the Albanese Government. Yet it seems Australia’s net-zero goal has only encouraged mindful innovation within the timber industry despite ongoing uncertainty. AHJ recently spoke with Woodhouse Timber, Hume Doors & Timber, and the Australian Timber Importers Federation to investigate how the industry is managing the current uncertain climate.


High-quality, environmentally friendly paint drives market

Paint customers continue to show a preference for paint that has a minimal impact on the natural environment, with low VOC and low odour paint remaining an important requirement for not only the typical DIY customer, but for commercial customers as well.


Paint Place launches premium US paint in-store

When Darren McDonald took over Paint Place Sandgate twelve months ago, his main priority was to breathe new life into the Brisbane-based business and bring the local community back into the store.


Extensive online offer takes offat ‘The Hardware Store’

‘The Hardware Store’ is a rare find in the independent hardware industry. This is because the popular store not only offers its customers a substantial trade and retail offer but has also developed an extensive online offer that continues to grow the business in many ways.

Australian Hardware Journal July 2023


Timber Update July 2023

The Albanese Government has signed an agreement with the University of Tasmania (UTAS) to expand the work of the National Institute for Forest Products Innovation. UTAS will establish the institute to operate under the name – Australian Forest and Wood Innovations (AFWI).


Warmer weather set to boost garden sales

After a string of fairly mild summers in the past few years, particularly in the southern states of Australia, weather experts are now predicting a warmer and drier summer ahead which is great news for garden retailers.


Insulating Australia’s net zero future

The road to net zero energy buildings is being paved by innovative solutions and advanced technologies and standards in all sectors. One of the most promising approaches to achieving this goal by 2050 is the use of insulation materials. These materials not only help to maintain comfortable indoor temperatures, but also play a crucial role in reducing energy demands.


POS Evolution

In the fast-paced world of 2023, Australian hardware, building, and tool supply businesses are riding the wave of unprecedented change and innovation. As technology advances at lightning speed, it is crucial for these businesses to proactively reassess their point-of-sale (POS) software to stay ahead of the game.


Beaconsfield Mitre 10’s garden centre blooms in trade environment

nitially established as a timber yard in 1984, Beaconsfield Mitre 10 has not only built up a well-renowned reputation as a one-stop shop for trades who utilise the trade-heavy store on a daily basis, but is also known to locals as delivering one of the most popular garden centres in the area.