By NZHJ May 07, 2018 Trade Focus

CBS Co-op leaves the gate going gangbusters, the hardware channel digs deeper into ruby league and Xlam makes a big investment in an Aussie CLT plant .

Builder’s buying group launches, membership soarsThe last full week of April saw the launch of the Combined Building Supplies Co-operative in Christchurch (see our previous story here). Guests included Minister Phil Twyford (photo: Matthew Percival Photography). From its start of 25 confirmed members, CBS Co-op has reported that numbers tripled within a week of the launch and that it would be looking to the North Island sooner than anticipated.

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Xlam makes big Aussie investmentWhat’s claimed to be the most technologically advanced Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) plant in the world is now up and running in Australia, with production underway at Kiwi company XLam’s new Wodonga facility, north of Melbourne (photo above). The opening of the factory will also benefit New Zealand customers because the plant is able to supply treated timber to comply with New Zealand Building Code requirements. 

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League fans Autex now part-owner of the WarriorsAutex Industries CEO, Mark Robinson (seen left above with Rob Croot), has confirmed the business (a league supporter of long standing) will own a 33% stake in the Vodafone Warriors, with Carlaw Heritage Trust holding a 67% share. "This is the opportunity of a lifetime for Autex," says Mark. 

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Mitre 10 adds league to sports connectionsMitre 10 has also got into rugby league, having signed up as the currently high riding Vodafone Warriors’ first Official Home Improvement & Trade Partner  for a two-year period. Vodafone Warriors Commercial Manager, Glenn Critchley, says partnership discussions had been ongoing since early in the year and the club was delighted to welcome Mitre 10 on board. 

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Look out for more detail on all of this in the May 2018 issue of NZ Hardware Journal - out very soon!

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