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Wanted: your best PYTHA renders and technical drawings

Would you like to see your PYTHA creations featured in a book? Pytha Germany are compiling a book of 40 years of PYTHA 3D CAD, and they’re looking for the best of the best images, drawings and PYTHA creations from around the world. We’ll also showcase your work at the Pytha Partners Convention, and offer some pretty sweet prizes for the best technical drawings and renders. Send you submissions to vrowe@pythapartners.com.au today! (Note: keep in mind that if you send us your best drawings, our marketing team are likely to use them all over the place, so make sure you’re ok with plenty of exposure!)...

Staron® Solid Surfaces Design Awards now open!

Leading designers and architects from across the world are embracing the quality and versatility of Staron® Solid Surfaces, using the product in a wide range of applications. The Staron® Design Awards were created almost nine years ago, and offer a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the versatility of the product and the design skill of those specifying it. The 2017  Staron® Design Awards are now open, and designers, architects, developers, kitchen and bathroom designers and students are invited to submit their favourite design projects featuring Staron® Solid Surfaces. Entries may be submitted in any one of the following three categories: Commercial category – open to any installed commercial/industrial project (the winning entrant receives a prize of $2000 cash along with marketing exposure) Residential category – open to any installed house/apartment project (with winner taking home prize of $1000 and enjoying great marketing exposure) Concept category – open to any idea or concept that has not yet been realised. This can be a drawing, graphic or sketch, with a prize of $250 plus marketing exposure. The Staron® Design Award judges panel includes Sophie Watson from Indesign Magazine, Stephen Varady from Stephen Varady Associates and Amanda Stanaway from Woods Bagot. With their wide and varied experience, the judging panel brings a vast wealth of knowledge to the judging process. The judges meet in Sydney when the Staron® Design Awards close to decide on a winner for each category. Entry to the Staron® Design Awards is free and easy and can be made online at staron.com.au. Entries close on September 30 so don’t delay! Image: Commercial Staron Design Award 2016 winning design by Maria + Al...

Mark McCrindle to share his wisdom at Pytha Partners Convention

Is working with Generation Z zapping your energy? Are Millennials making you crazy? Or are you a part of the iGeneration and feeling misunderstood? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above, you won’t want to miss the knock-out keynote session at our upcoming convention in Sydney, with thanks to the support of Program Partner, ASOFIA. Mark McCrindle is an award-winning social researcher, best-selling author and influential thought leader with a great understanding of key social trends and their impact on our business operations – technologically, demographically, socially and economically. He believes it’s critical that organisations and leaders observe these changes, and respond to the trends in order to maintain engagement. The construction industry is certainly experiencing rapid changes in technology and demographics, and many business owners admit to struggling to keep up.  In their dealings with cabinetmakers, joiners, shopfitters and designers across the country, Pytha Partners have had many conversations with concerned operators about the declining number of apprentices, and the challenges they face in keeping younger staff on board long enough to train them well. The data seems to reflect these concerns: despite some enthusiastic efforts by various levels of government to increase the uptake of apprenticeships and traineeships, numbers in most states continue to decline. On the other hand, university participation rates are on the rise, as are the numbers of young people moving directly into the labour market. What’s really concerning, though, is that those that do enter an apprenticeship directly out of school have a pretty low chance of finishing their time, with just over half collecting a trade certificate. Mark will offer...
Join us at Inside, Sydney

Join us at Inside, Sydney

We can’t wait to see the latest Biesse automation and software at Inside, Sydney later this month (26-28 July). If you’re keen to see a hundred tonnes of Biesse and Intermac machinery in action, and want to know how to transform your factory floor for a greater competitive edge, you won’t want to miss this show. Since 1969, Biesse has designed, manufactured and marketed a comprehensive range of technologies and solutions for joiners and large furniture, window, door and wood building components manufacturers. In recent years, they’ve also been active in the plastic processing machinery sector, developing ad-hoc solutions for a growing market. They’ve connected with leading industry partners like Hafele, Hettich and Pytha Partners Australia to bring you a one stop shop for ‘thinking forward’. Michael and Katie are looking forward to catching up with existing customers and chatting to new PYTHA users, so if you have any questions for our Pytha Partners tech team, make sure you come and say hello.  Find out more about Inside, Sydney and register...
PYTHA @ LIGNA – huge woodworking fair attracts over 90,000!

PYTHA @ LIGNA – huge woodworking fair attracts over 90,000!

PYTHA Lab were thrilled to be standing alongside 1,500 exhibitors at LIGNA late in May. Held in Hannover, Germany, this incredible trade fair housed an enormous collection of machinery, plant and tools for the woodworking and timber processing industries, and saw an impressive 93,000 visitors pass through the gates. In a new initiative, LIGNA training workshops for joiners, cabinetmakers, carpenters and mobile assemblers were held in partnership with the Sprint Academy (Cologne, Germany). Participants were given the opportunity to put the manually-operated woodworking machines through their paces, under the watchful eye of expert technicians. The LIGNA program also featured a series of presentations on the processing of plastics and composites at the Robotation Academy. Many exhibitors featured displays showing how woodworking machines can work not only with wood, but also with plastics, composite panels, insulation and building materials. The fair was laid out with four thematic areas: Forestry Technology, Sawmill Technology, Wood-based Panel Production and Energy from Wood . The focus was on the production of wood as a raw material for products or energy generation, through the planning, felling and retrieval stages. The current state of the art use of UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), or drones, proved a popular draw card, along with the latest forest surveying processes....
Top Australian designers head to Adelaide

Top Australian designers head to Adelaide

Australia’s finest kitchen and bathroom designers will be heading to Adelaide in September to find out who’ll be taking out this year’s highly esteemed state and national awards, and we’re excited to see a number of PYTHA users lining up as finalists! The Kitchen and Bathroom Designers Institute received a huge response to their ninth annual Designer Awards program, with total entries up by 17% on last year. Although their South Australian chapter took the gong for most entries in 2016, Victorian members regained the crown this year, with a whopping 28% of entries coming from KBDi’s Melbourne membership. As is almost always the case for the organisation, their Large Kitchens category was by far the most popular. Interestingly, this year’s second place was an equal tie between Small and Large Bathrooms, reflecting the growing value consumers are placing on these much-used areas of the home. After an intensive judging process (meet this year’s judges here), KBDi have recently released the names of all finalists at a series of well-attended events across the country. As proud sponsors of KBDi’s Designer Awards and Symposium, Pytha Partners congratulates all designers on their nominations, and wish them the very best of luck at KBDi’s gala event. See the full list of finalists and their stunning kitchen and bathroom entries...