Staron® Design Awards 2020 Open for Entries

Staron® Design Awards 2020 Open for Entries

A message from our Corporate Plus Partner, Austaron.

Staron® Solid Surfaces is a quality surfaces material that is a leading product in the solid surface industry. The design versatility made possible by using Staron® is extensive, and we have seen some simple, creative and complex designs using the product nationally and internationally. Staron® has been used across the globe from small to large projects by some of the world’s leading designers and architects. To celebrate this design versatility, the Staron® Design Awards was created eleven years ago, and the program has returned again in 2020.

The Staron® Design Awards are open to any designer, architect, developer, kitchen/bathroom designer, student or any other designer who has created a design project using Staron® Solid Surfaces. The design awards have been designed to create exposure for students, designers and architects using Staron® in outstanding design. The aim is to recognise and celebrate beautiful design at all levels – from a young designer’s vision, who creates concepts and ideas all the way through to an experienced designer / architect who has been in the business for years. The program is open in three categories.

The Commercial category is open to any installed commercial / industrial project with a prize of $2000 cash plus marketing exposure for the winner.

The Residential category is open to any installed house / apartment project with a prize of $1000 plus marketing exposure for the winner.

The Concept category is open to any ‘idea’ or concept that has not been realised yet. This can be a drawing, graphic or sketch, with a prize of $250 plus marketing exposure.

The Staron® Design Awards 2020 are now open for entries till 31 January 2021. Entry to the Staron® Design Awards is free and easy and can be made online at

Ph: 02 9822 7055

Image: The Commercial Staron Design Award winner 2019 by Lisa Schiffermuller and Liane Jarvie of Ellivo Architects

National survey of the joinery industry produces great insight

National survey of the joinery industry produces great insight

A message from our Corporate Plus Partner, Cabinets by Computer

A National Survey of the Joinery Industry

During these past few months, Cabinets by Computer has been proudly promoting the National Joinery Industry Survey. The team behind goCabinets, the online cabinetry ordering platform organised and directly sent the survey to over 7,500 designers, cabinet makers, installers, and other industry professionals nationwide.

The start of June marked the release of the published findings report which delves into the demographic landscape of the joinery industry, the leading trends & most common practices, and provides insight into the concerns among members of the industry and where they see it progressing in the years to come.

Notable findings include the importance of computerisation and technology in this modern industry. 63.5% of respondents use design, production, or CAD based software within their business. The internet in particular also showed its importance as a large portion of respondents look towards online ordering for their materials (50.6%), hardware (49.4%), and flatpack (58.5%) needs.

Looking towards the future of the industry, technology once again had its presence with 38.1% of respondents predicting “automation” to be among the biggest growth areas within the next 5-10 years of the industry. “Residential building work” also joined with 38.1% to be the equal highest predicted growth area. Growth was not the only consideration of the future looked at by the survey. The concerns and challenges of the industry were also raised as participants were asked to identify 3 of their top concerns for the industry. 54.9% of respondents selected “pricing pressures/ operational costs” as a leading concern for the future while “competition from imported products” was a very close second with 52.9% of respondents agreeing it was a top concern.

The COVID-19 crisis in particular and the effects and responses had by members of the industry was also tackled. 39.7% of recipients identified COVID-19 as one of their leading concerns for the future. 80.7% of participants highlighted negative effects from COVID-19, yet astonishingly, 29.1% of those who were affected claimed they had implemented no new business measures to combat this period.

The importance of marketing during this COVID-19 period also revealed some interesting actions or more accurately put, “inactions” as 18.7% of respondents chose to increase their marketing and advertising efforts and 5.2% chose to decrease their marketing and advertising. While some chose to go on a front foot and compete harder for their share of the market, a minority saw their best option to cut spending where they could.

The National Joinery Industry survey revealed fascinating and insightful statistics and information on not just the full picture of the industry we call our own, but also into the varying segments, ages, business sizes, and states that make up this industry.

There are thousands of components that can each go a step towards improving the results of a business or helping them prepare for the uncertainty of the future. Through publishing these results, it is hoped that any member of the industry can find information to highlight areas you had not previously thought of in your overall decision-making process.

You can download a full copy of the report here



Touch-base Tuesday | Royston & Dominique

Touch-base Tuesday | Royston & Dominique

Tuesday | 23 June 2020 | 2pm AEST

In the first of our Meet your Judges series, Royston Wilson will be introducing you to Melbourne designer and 2020 Judge, Dominique Hunter. With a Bachelor of Built Environment – Interior Design and a long list of professional accomplishments – including her current position as President of Designer Matters National – Dominique Hunter has a wealth of industry knowledge and a fascinating story to share.


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CANCELLED: Touch-base Tuesday | Royston & Sharon

CANCELLED: Touch-base Tuesday | Royston & Sharon

Tuesday | 16 June 2020 | 2pm AEST

Since moving to Australia from South Africa around 13 years ago, KBDi’s newest Board Member, Sharon Terblanche, has held a range of positions within the design and manufacturing industries. Her varied roles have given her enormous insight into all aspects of our field, from sales to marketing, flatpack to custom installations, and design to business administration. We’re looking forward to hearing about Sharon’s journey to date (and picking up some nuggets of marketing wisdom) at this special Touch-base Tuesday session.

Unfortunately, this event has now been cancelled.

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Touch-base Tuesday | Royston & Greg

Touch-base Tuesday | Royston & Greg

Tuesday | 9 June 2020 | 2pm (AEST)

Most of you will know Greg Grant CKD Au as the (outgoing) Executive Director of KBDi. Before he donned that hat, however, Greg was a long-serving member and the owner of a very successful cabinetmaking business in Brisbane. In this Touch-base Tuesday session, Greg will share his journey from a fledgling in a family-owned business to the head of a national industry group, with plenty of words of wisdom in between.

Places are limited (with priority allocation going to KBDi Designer Members). Non-members can attend one virtual event obligation-free.

Registrations have now closed.

Cabinet hardware solutions:  how the Lincoln Sentry team can support you with your specs

Cabinet hardware solutions: how the Lincoln Sentry team can support you with your specs

With 80 years of combined industry experience, Lincoln Sentry’s National Specification team are armed and ready to offer you the most practical hardware solutions for your projects.

If you’ve been joining in on the KBDi videoconferences, you’ll know the Specification team are regularly on board. Peter, Deborah and Janene are committed to keeping up with industry activity and staying ahead of the trends, and they’re always eager to offer support to KBDi Members.

With their comprehensive product knowledge and incredibly useful inside-information (they know all the functional design tricks!), the National Specification team has the know-how you need to get your projects fitted out to perfection.

Use the links below to contact your local rep, and make sure you ask to be added to their all-new eNews mailing list (where they’ll be sharing a seasonal update on Lincoln Sentry’s impressive product lines).


Peter Foote

Specification Manager NSW / ACT / WA

Mobile: 0466 390 795 | Email:


Deborah Kercheval

Specification Manager VIC / SA / TAS

Mobile: 0439 214 145 | Email:


Janene Stanley

Specification Manager QLD / NT

Mobile: 0439 214 194 | Email: