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No success without collaborative timber industry thinking

David Chandler OAM is a construction and housing industry expert and doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to what has been done, what can be done and what should be done to ensure the future of timber enterprises. Source: Timberbiz

In the first of two no-holds-barred pieces, both exclusive to Australasian Timber, about the changes that lay ahead in a global construction market, David provides a context for what this means for southern hemisphere timber building products.

The first piece – What’s the future for timber enterprises in Australia and New Zealand? will be featured in the February edition of Australasian Timber, the first cab off the rank for our publications in 2016.

The second, which will feature in the following edition, will be mailed out on the cusp of AUSTimber 2016 and will deal with ideas the Australian and New Zealand wood industry may consider for a more prosperous future in that marketplace.

Mr Chandler says construction’s traditional organisation lacks the sophistication and peer-to-peer transaction culture that will be necessary to succeed in a truly transformed industrialised and global economy.

But all is not lost, he says: “There is no reason why the Australian and New Zealand timber industry should not ascend to a new period of prosperity. But it’s hard to imagine this without some collaborative timber industry thinking.”

Mr Chandler is an Adjunct Fellow specializing in Modern Construction at Western Sydney University’s School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics.