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July 2014

Keith carries torch for Commonwealth Games

Keith carries torch for Commonwealth Games

ITW Industry's Procurement Manager, Keith Bailey has been given a second chance at life and is living it to the full. In 2008 at the age of 46, Keith was diagnosed with Type-1 diabetes and went on to develop severe hypoglucaemic unawareness. This led to a complete change in Keith's life; losing his job, driving licence and independence. On top of this, Keith was given the devastating news that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

After recovering from his setbacks, Keith found himself with a new found appetite for life which has seen him running marathons and charity races at the same time as raising money for charity and pr...

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May 2014

World Cup Wall Schedule download

World Cup Wall Schedule download

Keep track of the 2014 World Cup matches and scores with our wall schedule! - Maybe even use it to predict who will win the tournament!

Click here to download a JPEG file from our flickr account or

Click here to download a PDF

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May 2014

Truro Timber Frame to attend Royal Cornwall Show

Truro Timber Frame to attend Royal Cornwall Show

ITW Industry SpaceJoist customer, Truro Timber Frame will be exhibiting at this year’s annual Royal Cornwall Show at the showground, near Wadebridge on the 5th-7th June.

Truro Timber Frame is a family-run business of two brothers (Nick & Rob Winfield) and a close team of skilled craftsmen. Established in 2010, the company has already forged a good reputation the in manufacturing & construction of contemporary bespoke timber frame buildings to meet all requirements and budgets.

Nick Winfield, one of the business’ founders, comments – “The Royal Cornwall show is a great opportunity for us t...

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April 2014

Hartman heads up ITW Industry

Hartman heads up ITW Industry

ITW Industry welcomes Jon Hartman who joined as General Manager late last year. At 32, Hartman is already a proven company leader – transferring from Stokvis Tapes (an ITW manufacturer of adhesive tapes) where he held the position of Managing Director as he transformed the company’s profitability. Hartman is now responsible for ITW construction operations in the UK, Ireland and South Africa.

On joining the construction industry, Hartman remarked – “I’m delighted to join the construction industry at the start of some challenging but exciting times – with the market uplift and customer demands ...

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February 2014

History of Alpine

History of Alpine

Alpine has enjoyed years of success with a history of innovating its way through difficult times while continuing to grow.USA, 1952:...

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February 2014

New metal web RIBA CPD

New metal web RIBA CPD

“Benefits of structural metal web timber frame components”

ITW Industry, developers and system suppliers of SpaceJoist metal web floor joists, SpaceRafter metal web rafters and SpaceStud performance wall studs announce their RIBA Core Curriculum CPD titled “Benefits of structural metal web timber frame components”.

ITW Industry’s 45 minute RIBA CPD, which is conveniently delivered by the means of an onsite seminar, provides attendees with a foundation knowledge of structural metal web timber frame components. The CPD module falls within the RIBA Core Curriculum categor...

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February 2014

Scott McKenzie on his bike for charity

Scott McKenzie on his bike for charity

Last year Scott McKenzie, ITW Industry’s Operations Manager, took part in “Cycle the World” organised by the Enable Scotland charity. Scott raced as part of the 4 man “Power Images Cycling Team” at the Knockhill Racing Circuit. Adverse weather stopped the team marginally short of their 200 mile goal, although clocking 196 miles and raising £2,252 in such conditions was a great achievement.

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January 2014

ITW Industry acknowledge loyal service

ITW Industry acknowledge loyal service

Long serving employees of ITW Industry have been acknowledged by the employer. In total, 17 workers from across the length and breadth of Britain have received ‘Service Awards’ for loyal service.

Testimonials from the award recipients suggest that ever evolving business can present employees with interesting career paths…

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December 2013

ITW Industry’s Christmas elves

ITW Industry’s Christmas elves

This Christmas, ITW Industry colleagues turned Christmas elves when they decided to donate toys to a children’s charity instead of exchanging of cards. In total, 34 toys were collected representing approximately a quarter of the entire workforce with a value estimated at £300. The majority of these were donated by employees of the larger ITW Industry HQ premises in Glenrothes, while the Redruth office and customer Deeside Timber Engineering each donated 2 gifts to the worthy cause...

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November 2013

Oakworth raise roof at show

Oakworth raise roof at show

Timber frame manufacturers, Oakworth Homes, report encouraging interest from visitors at the National Home Improvement Show. The three day event held at the Olympia, London in September attracted 300 exhibitors offering a variety of products and services from kitchens& bathrooms, heating & cooling to gardening & landscaping. The team at Oakworth Homes resided in the dedicated ‘Self Build Zone’ – new for 2013.

The impressive Oakworth Homes stand comprised a two storey structure demonstrating an exposed timber frame structure at ground floor level, topped with a mansard room in the roof truss.

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November 2013

BBC recognise Rob as Unsung Hero

BBC recognise Rob as Unsung Hero

ITW Industry’s long serving ICT Manager, Rob Phillips, has been recognised by the BBC in this year’s “Unsung Hero” award category of the “Sport Personality of the Year” show. Rob has dedicated much of his free time over the last 20 years coaching his local club and Great Britain Surf Life Saving National Team from grass roots through to the elite athletes.

The short listing for this prestigious national award follows rounds of rigorous judging after Rob’s initial nomination by the team at Portreath Surf Lifesaving Club in his home town. Rob has progressed to the BBC’s South West of En...

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November 2013

SpaceJoist tops tables

SpaceJoist tops tables

Probably not what immediately comes to mind when you hear the words “metal web tables” - ITW Industry’s new SpaceJoist SJ10 webs have been incorporated into a unique set of table tops as part of a project commissioned by The Environment Centre Café, Swansea.

The tables were designed and made by Fform of Swansea - specialists in sustainable design. Designers William Thomas and Matthew Rayner recall their initial thought process – “Part of the Environment Centre’s philosophy for sustainable living is Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. There is often a predetermined style associated with this &ndash...

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November 2013

DTE take a seat towards BIM

DTE take a seat towards BIM

DTE Manufacturing Ltd of Arklow, Ireland is a new subscriber to benefit from hsbCAD timber frame software – a component of the ITW Instinct Residential Design System. The manufacturing company now has the ability to import engineered floors and roofs designed by sister company, Alexanders Timber Design with Alpine software, into one Building Information Model. hsbCAD and Alpine VIEW are each components of ITW Industry’s “Instinct” BIM solution.

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October 2013

A brief history of SPIT

A brief history of SPIT

Founded in 1951 in Valence, Southern France SPIT started out as a producer of Powder Actuated Tools (PAT) and Fasteners, pioneering the development of tools that needed no external power source to fix to concrete or steel. PAT remains a central part of the business today, along with gas powered tools. By the late 1950s SPIT had also become a leader in the manufacture of mechanical anchors for making structural attachments to concrete. 

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October 2013

New Paslode screws a cut above

New Paslode screws a cut above

ITW Industry’s world renowned powered fastening brand, Paslode, have applied their knowledge of fixings with the research and development of a new structural timber screw (STS) range. Performance exceeds latest regulations and demands of the UK timber frame sector.

Paslode STS screws are ideal for timber to timber connections such as fastening multiple trusses / joists and timber frame / SIP kit erection. The new screws have been specifically developed for the introduction of Eurocode 5 for structural timber design (suitable for Service Classes 1 and 2) and the requirement to CE mark all fasteners used for making structural t...

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October 2013

SpaceJoist keeps Solent strait

SpaceJoist keeps Solent strait

Independent family run business, Solent Roof Trusses of Fareham have enjoyed commercial success since opting to branch their operation into metal web floors. Established in 1989, Solent have been a satisfied Gang-Nail customer for many years, so for them it made perfect sense to choose SpaceJoist when selecting an engineered timber floor system.

“Solent Roof Trusses have relied on word of mouth and repeat custom in the past” – recalls Business Development Manager, Andy Drummond – “however to thrive in today’s market requires more diversification, marketing drive and relationship building.” ...

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September 2013

Trevor Maddison joins ITW Industry

Trevor Maddison joins ITW Industry

ITW Industry announces the appointment of Trevor Maddison who joins as Software Developer – tasked with upgrading and developing roof truss software.

Trevor began his career with 11 years at British Coal, training as a Mechanical Engineer, who sponsored his B.Sc. (Hons) Mech. Eng. Degree at Nottingham Trent University - achieving a Mining Mechanical Engineer Certificate enabling him to take legal charge of any British Mine Installation. During his time at British Coal he also completed an extensive and nationally recognised 9 year management training programme gaining experience in all engineering, management and administrati...

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September 2013

SpaceJoist: Ninja quiet, Sumo strong

SpaceJoist: Ninja quiet, Sumo strong

Following the well-received SpaceJoist SJ10 (254mm) web launch last year, ITW Industry introduces SJ9  (219mm) and SJ12 (304mm) webs to complete the range of popular joist depths of 219, 254 and 304mm.

Extensive research and development by ITW Industry has produced a new range of SpaceJoist “SJ” open web joists. Comparison testing in November 2012 revealed that the SJ10(254mm) SpaceJoists could achieve longer spans with less timber and fewer webs than both its predecessors and its two leading competitors. With outstanding strength characteristics and acoustic performance, the SpaceJoist “SJ” series give...

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August 2013

David Lo commended on HNC

David Lo commended on HNC

ITW Industry commends their Cullen Design Technician, David Lo, who achieved a Higher National Certificate in Architectural Technology at his own expense, in his own time and perhaps most impressively despite a period of temporary blindness. 

David successfully completed the course at Adam ...

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August 2013

Are you up to the mark?

Are you up to the mark?

Since 1st July 2013, suppliers of some types of construction products in the UK must ensure that CE marking is in place. Following substantial investment and R&D, ITW Industry’s Cullen engineered timber building connectors, Alpine & Gang-Nail nail plates and ITW fasteners conform where required, ensuring their timber frame, roof truss and floor joist manufacturer customer base is also compliant.

This follows the implementation of the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) by the European Commission and UK Government, which supersedes the Construction Products Directive (CPD). The CPR stipulates that construction produ...

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July 2013

Ochil Timber Products land “Space house”

Ochil Timber Products land “Space house”

Scotland based engineered timber manufacturer, Ochil Timber Products supplied a “Space” timber frame kit for a large private house build at Loch Rannoch, Perthshire. The kit comprises of the full complement of ITW Industry offsite engineered “Space” systems, including SpaceStud, SpaceJoist and SpaceRafter.

The SpaceRafter roof was manufactured with ITW Industry’s new improved “SJ10” metal web in lengths over six metres. The “V” shaped webs space apart two parallel chords, with SPI expanded polystyrene insulation between them for thermal performance expected to exceed the build&r...

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July 2013

Ochil Timber Products bag gym kit

Ochil Timber Products bag gym kit

Ochil Timber Products of Denny, Scotland supplied the full “Space” engineered timber kit for a new gymnasium building at Kinnoull Primary School. The original 1930’s built gym had become outdated, with asbestos found in the ceiling. This prompted demolition to make way for the new, slightly larger two storey replacement adjacent to the original 135 old grade C-listed school building.

All of the engineered timber components were made to measure offsite but delivered loose as opposed to cassetted due to restricted site access. Ochil’s timber frame designers overcame design challenges to engineer the SpaceStuds...

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July 2013

SHI tooled-up for Metsä Wood

SHI tooled-up for Metsä Wood

Following its early popularity for use with James Jones I-Joists, ITW Industry’s Cullen SHI (Service Hole I-Joist) connector has been re-tooled to manufacture higher volumes and tested for use with Metsä wood (formerly Finnforest) I-Joists.

The SHI improves the versatility of I-Joists to allow large MVHR services to run through the joist web in locations otherwise not permitted in an I-Joist. With the introduction of new Building Regulations, many future homes are anticipated to contain a heat exchange system. These systems often require large duct holes cut through the floor scheme where only smaller holes are permitted...

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June 2013

Bruno Bortot joins ITW Industry

Bruno Bortot joins ITW Industry

ITW Industry welcomes Bruno Bortot who joins the team as a ‘Software Consultant / Technical Support Representative.’ Bruno was appointed in June 2013 to provide technical support, software optimisation and customer training for hsbCAD. Based in ITW Industry’s Kettering office, Bruno is working alongside the existing ITW Industry Software team.

Jason Ruddle, ITW Industry Business Development Manager who interviewed applicants for the post commented – “Finding experienced people for a very specific market sector which we are focused on as a group is always difficult, so when someone like Bruno walks ...

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June 2013

Timber companies support Rotary golf

Timber companies support Rotary golf

Teams from businesses across Scotland descended upon the Auchterarder Golf Club, Perthshire in May to participate in the Rotary Club’s annual charity event.

The keen amateur golfers from ITW Industry, CCG OSM and Ochil Timber Products represented the timber construction industry against some 50 other teams which included the likes of the former formidable world snooker champion, Stephen Hendry and ex Liverpool FC and Scotland captain, Graeme Souness! The day was rounded off with a dinner and charity auction.

ITW Industry participant, Neil Hoskins commented – “The day was very enjoyable with an informal and...

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June 2013

Olympic velodrome case study

Olympic velodrome case study

The 2012 London Olympic Games saw 10 world records and 32 Olympic records broken in the cycling velodrome. Team GB dominated track cycling hauling seven gold medals, a silver and a bronze. You may well attribute this to technical advances in the rider’s machines, training and diet, plus of course the phenomenal drive and talent of the athletes, but have you also considered the track beneath their wheels?...

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May 2013

Robinson’s cast away to Essex

Robinson’s cast away to Essex

Following continued success and as part of their planned structured growth, Robinson Manufacturing Limited (RML) announces the opening of a new manufacturing plant near Basildon, Essex.

The venture will open opportunities to further develop their business in the South East of England and increase capacity to their existing and potential new customers.

The new factory provides an additional 18,000 sq ft of manufacturing floor space, concentrating solely on the production of Gang-Nail roof trusses and spandrel panels....

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May 2013

Duo-Fast & FAST Board drive safety

Duo-Fast & FAST Board drive safety

ITW Industry and Intelligent Wood Systems (IWS) have collaborated to deliver an advanced wall system that meets new fire and structural requirements. The task was to develop a load bearing 60 minute fire resistant timber frame party wall for in-service requirements and a robust and extensively tested wall sheathing system. The partnership’s extensive research project has tested the use of ITW Industry’s Duo-Fast pneumatic nailing system with IWS’ FAST Board, a non-combustible magnesium based sheathing panel. The results from the in service fire test and UKTFA small room fire test demonstrate that IWS FAST Board delivers t...

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May 2013

Home grown home from home

Home grown home from home

Hill Croft Holiday Park situated in the Lake District has taken delivery of four characterful camping modules (pods) built by ITW Industry customer, Solway Timber Engineering of Dumfries. At 5.2m long, the pods manufactured with TR26 timber off-cuts from roof truss production and locally sourced home grown timber epitomise environmentally responsible construction at a micro scale.

Offsite construction of each pod began with a skeletal run of 16 segmented curved cruck arch style frames. The re-cycled timber segments comprising each arched frame were butted together in a keystone fashion and fastened with ITW Industry punched nail pl...

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March 2013

Build smart with SpaceJoist

Build smart with SpaceJoist

ITW Industry’s new improved SpaceJoist open web floor joist range is now available through a national network of suppliers. SpaceJoist’s lightweight construction, consisting of parallel stress graded timber flanges spaced with engineered galvanised steel webs, is becoming ever more popular due to considerable time and money savings for the builder.

SpaceJoist’s ‘open web’ design allows tradesmen to run services through its large voids without drilling or notching as required with traditional joists – which can incur costly remedial work and site delays when done incorrectly. Even finding room for...

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March 2013

New kid on the block shows its metal!

New kid on the block shows its metal!

You may not have heard of Cullen yet, but the brand of predominantly UK made quality builder’s metalwork has been around for over 35 years! Previously sold exclusively to timber frame and truss manufacturers, a range is now available direct from builders’ merchant outlets and online retailers. The complete range includes hangers, wall starters, straps and more for all your builders’ metalwork needs.

ITW Industry, owners of the Cullen brand, have worked tirelessly to research and develop new ways to make builder’s jobs easier, introducing several new time saving products every year. The Cullen RB-JHI (or &ldq...

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March 2013

Passivhaus master class

Passivhaus master class

A team of eight Architecture Masters students within the University of Dundee’s ‘Macro Micro Studio’ endeavour to design and self-build, in the words of student Michael Findlater – “an off-grid, energy autonomous, Passivhaus”. The studio in Scotland will perform to a high standard both technologically and architecturally. Michael commented – “Passivhaus buildings are often very plain and simple in design. We hope to prove that Passivhaus projects can be architecturally inspiring as well as innovative”.

Situated on a gentle south facing slope within the Universi...

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March 2013

Open chords no fret for Harmony

Open chords no fret for Harmony

Harmony Timber Solutions of Canterbury supplied a run of top hat attic trusses with integrated SpaceJoist open web bottom chords for a new detached home in Alresford, Hampshire.

Project developer Peak Quality Homes Ltd, who specialise in prestige dwellings, required an area of Ecojoist floor to match in with the attic area for running services through the open web voids. Harmony designer, Russell Stannard called upon ITW Industry’s Steve Paget for special detailing of the Alpine/Gang-Nail SpaceJoist bottom chords due to the change in timber orientation.

Keith Riley, Technical Sales at Harmony describes how their first...

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