The Timber Book – NEW


Our all new Timber Book has arrived! Please contact our sales team for your free copy. Ph: 0508 22 77 22 or email

This Approved Reseller version is fully priced with wholesale pricing in it. A non priced Trade Version will be launched in September. Watch this space.

The Timber Book incorporates all our publications into one A5 hand book, full of inspiration and handy tips. Some key features of this exciting new development are:

  • H1.2 70 & 90mm dry beam range
  • Band sawn face pricing on most of the range
  • Direct-to-site freight option
  • H6 pricing for the Weka SG8 and Weka No.1 ranges
  • New Kingfisher Spruce beams and panelling range

Please don’t hesitate to contact us for availability, and pricing for our full range. Ph 0508 22 77 22



Now PEFC™ Certified

ATS Timber is a certified supplier of PEFC™ CoC sustainable timber. The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC™) is an international non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) through independent third-party certification.

PEFC™ works throughout the entire forest supply chain to promote good practice in the forest and to ensure timber and non-timber forest products are produced with respect for the highest ecological, social and ethical standards

With 36 endorsed national certification systems and more than 260 million hectares of certified forests, PEFC™ is the words largest forest certification system

View more about our certification programs.

Clyde Quay Wharf Commercial Supreme Award Winner 2015

Kakapo Clears skirting were used throughout this stunning project on Wellington’s waterfront. A custom size was done to meet specification and was painted on site in a gloss white to achieve a smart solid timber skirting through this amazing apartment complex.

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Clyde Quay Wharf was built by LT McGuinness, which had to strengthen the 100-year old passenger wharf underneath before construction could go ahead.

Designed by Athfield Architects, and engineered by Dunning Thornton, the redevelopment beat 33 other premium projects.

Judges called it a “design, engineering and construction masterpiece”.

“The project team ventured into thoroughly uncharted territory, and by building strong partnerships with the regulatory authorities and a whole range of local and international experts, have delivered a superbly detailed landmark building that is more than deserving of this accolade.”

The judges made special note of the project’s under-wharf basement carpark – thought to be the first of its kind in Australasia –which involved 205 piles and 28 individual, 90-tonne slabs cast above the level of high tide.

They also liked the mix of old and new in the development, which included the reuse of a number of heritage items found in the original building such as mosaic artworks, a world clock and the original spire.

Awards spokesperson Greg Pritchard says the winners represented the very best in New Zealand’s commercial property sector.

ATS Timber on LinkedIn

Our team has recently started using LinkedIn’s professional networking platform to grow contacts and share our company’s progress on social media. View and follow our company page. Click here.


LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network with over 347 million members in over 200 countries offers great opportunities to grow our network’s in the industry.

Along with our company page, each of our key staff have pages. Please click the following links to connect with them.

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Spruce Interesting Facts

We have compiled some very interesting facts and history behind Spruce timber. Enjoy!….

Spruce Beer

Spruce tips have been used in the brewing process for hundreds of years. In fact, they were one of the main additions in beer before people learned about brewing with hops! Spruce tips add a fresh, bright aroma. The fresh, tender tips have a mellow pine scent and a crisp flavor. A number of refreshing flavors are associated with spruce-flavored beverages, ranging from floral, citrusy, and fruityto cola-like flavors to resinous and piney. This diversity in flavor mainly comes from the choice of spruce species, the season in which the needles are harvested, and the manner of preparation. Lighter, more citrus-like flavors are produced by using mult981-Empire_Bottling_Works_Spruce_Beerthe bright green fresh spring growth before the new needles and twigs harden and become woody, which is right when we pick ‘em!

The fresh shoots of many spruces and pines are a natural source of vitamin C (which helps the stability of the finished beer). Captain Cook made alcoholic sugar-based spruce beer during his sea voyages in order to prevent scurvy in his crew. Recently spruce has been used as a flavoring ingredient in commercial beer such as Alba Scots Pine Ale and Alaskan Brewing Company’s Winter Ale and Wigram Brewing Company’s Spruce Beer, which is based on Captain Cooks first beer brewed in New Zealand in 1773.

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The ‘Spruce Goose’

The largest airplane ever constructed, and flown only one time, the Spruce Goose represents one of man’s greatest attempts to conquer the skies. It was born out of a need to move troops and material across the Atlantic Ocean, where in 1942, German submarines were sinking hundreds of Allied ships. Henry Kaiser, steel magnate and shipbuilder, conceived the idea of a massive flying transport and turned to Howard Hughes to design and build it. Hughes took on the task, made even more challenging by the government’s restrictions on materials critical to the war effort, such as steel and aluminum. Six times larger than any aircraft of its time, the Spruce Goose, also known as the Flying Boat, is made entirely of wood.

Originally designated HK-1 for the first aircraft built by Hughes-Kaiser, the giant was re-designated H-4 when Henry Kaiser withdrew from the project in 1944. Nevertheless, the press insisted on calling it the “Spruce Goose” despite the fact that the plane is made almost entirely of birch.

spruce-goose-imageThe winged giant made only one flight on November 2, 1947. The unannounced decision to fly was made by Hughes during a taxi test. With Hughes at the controls, David Grant as co-pilot, and several engineers, crewmen and journalists on board, the Spruce Goose flew just over one mile at an altitude of 70 feet for one minute. The short hop proved to skeptics that the gigantic machine could fly.

Perhaps always dreaming of a second flight, Hughes retained a full crew to maintain the mammoth plane in a climate-controlled hangar up until his death in 1976.

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Christmas Tree

Spruce is one of the most popular Christmas Tree options in the northern hemisphere.

Enorway_spruce_christmas_treevery year at Christmas time, a tree is placed in the Rockefeller Center in New York City.  They look for the largest, most beautiful tree they can find.  Year after year their favorite is the Norway Spruce.  Its strong branches are able to hold up the thousands of lights and ornaments, and being outside the needles stay on the tree for a long time. The tallest tree ever used was a 100-foot Norway Spruce from Killingworth, Conn. in 1948.  After X-mas the tree is cut into lumber and used to build a house.

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The Norway spruce tree is one of the fastest growing varieties of evergreens, and only takes about 3 years to grow to Christmas tree height. Under good conditions, these trees can grow up to 3 feet a year for the first 25 years. They’re also dense, making them a great choice for a privacy barrier or wind screen. The Norway spruce is hardy as well, and can withstand drought conditions.

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The Wright Brothers

A recently discovered letter from the Wright Cycling Co. reveals spruce grown in West Virginia was used to build frames for the Wright brothers’ first flying machines.

1903_Wright_Brothers_Flyer_FrontThe typewritten letter dated March 5, 1904, and hand-signed by Wilbur Wright as the “Wright Cycling Co.” in Dayton, indicates the brothers were searching for 500 feet of “the finest possible” spruce, free of knots with grain “free from twist.”

“We have found it impossible to obtain this lumber in our local yards,” the letter states. “Can you supply our need?”

Apparently the West Virginia Spruce Lumber Co. in Cass had what the Wrights needed.

Check stubs housed at Wright State University Libraries indicate the Wright brothers purchased $45 worth of lumber from West Virginia Spruce three weeks later, said Dawne Dewey, director of public history and head of special collections and archives.

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Old Tjikko

This ancient, 16-foot tall Norway spruce lives in the scrubby Fulufjället Mountains Old_Tjikko_imagein Sweden. At 9,550 years, Old Tjikko is the oldest single-stemmed clonal tree, and took root not long after the glaciers receded from Scandinavia after the last ice age. To figure out the hardy spruce’s age, scientists carbon-dated its roots. For thousands of years, the forbidding tundra-climate kept Old Tjikko in shrub form. But as weather warmed over the last century, the shrub has grown into a full-fledged tree. The spruce’s discoverer, geologist Leif Kullman, named the tree after his dead dog.

Image: Copyright Leif Kullman.

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Global Home Design Website –

ATS Timber has become a Pro on the global home design website

A platform for home remodelling and design it is now a community of more than 25 million. This amazing website brings together architects, homeowners and home professionals in a uniquely visual community.

It is now used in over 197 countries worldwide and is the perfect tool to showcase the amazing projects we have supplied specialised timber products into. As well as that we have set up inspiration ‘ideabooks‘ that feature incredible timber projects from around the world to spark of great ideas on how you can incorporate timber into your next project.

With over 5 million images of home projects from around the world you are sure to find the ideas and inspiration you have been searching for.

Follow our Houzz Profile today to learn more about out projects and get inspired!

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Grade Right Review on Kingfisher Spruce™

Paul Carpenter, a New Zealand timber industry expert has worked closely with our team to certify the new Kingfisher Spruce™ range to NZ structural standards. Grade Right's industry expertise and knowledge of timber species and properties was a valuable asset in the development of this exciting new range. 

"In regards the imported European spruce (Picea spp.) beams imported into NZ, I can confirm that I witnessed the testing of 30 randomly selected pieces of each of four sizes, namely140, 190, 240 and 290x90mm beams on the 18th of August 2014 at the ATS Timber site in Levin. Structurally, they exceeded the equivalent properties of SG8, comfortably met the equivalent requirements of SG10 and in a number of cases were equivalent to SG12. The timber was white to pale yellow in colour and very close grained, often having 10-20+ growth rings per inch with very small knots for the most part. All but one of the pieces easily met the requirements of No 1 Framing as per NZS3631:1988 “New Zealand timber grading rules” and therefore would meet the visual grade requirements of Visually Stress Graded 8 (SG8) and Visually Stress Graded 10 (SG10) for the domestic NZ market. Some pieces had a small percentage of sapwood but for the most part the majority were mainly or totally heartwood. The moisture content of most pieces was between 10 and 15% with most pieces being very straight and only a couple having noticeable twist but well within the requirements for twist contained in NZS3631..." Paul Carpenter, Managing Director, Grade Right (NZ) Ltd

Testing the four largest sizes in the new range that are the most demanding proved without a doubt the superior structural properties of this product over against other alternatives in the market. Other key features you will notice Paul Carpenter mentioned was the timber density (close grained), stability, heartwood content, straightness and superior visual grade.   

New Zealand Growers want PEFC™ Certification

The NZ Forest Certification Association (NZFCA) has just been accepted as the country’s PEFC™ member.

“It makes sense for New Zealand forest growers to be in a position to supply PEFC™ certified forest products to [international] markets,” says the association’s chair Dr Andrew McEwen.

Many countries buying New Zealand forest products – or competing with its exports – are already PEFC™ members, including China, Japan, Indonesia, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Russia, and the US.

NZFCA hopes to have a PEFC™ endorsed certification system based on the New Zealand Standard for Sustainable Forest Management (NZS AS 4708:2014) in place later this year.

The NZ Standard is based on the Australian Forestry Standard (AS 4708:2013), which is the basis for the PEFC™ endorsed Australian Forest Certification system.

Endorsement by PEFC™ of an NZ forest management system will allow forest owners to obtain certification for their management practices, and allow processors and others along the supply chain to source PEFC™-certified material from local, sustainably managed sources.

Most New Zealand commercial forestry operations are already certified to Forest Stewardship Council criteria.

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New Sustainable Fire-Retardant for Timber Buildings

Scientists have developed an eco-friendly process for increasing the fire resistance of timber that also dramatically increases its strength.

While methods for fire-proofing timber materials already exist, most of them involve treatments that employ substances that are noxious or hazardous to human health. Researchers from Stony Brook University have developed a new type of timber flame retardant that is not only sustainable and environmentally friendly, but also radically raises the strength of treated materials.

The flame retardant consists of a phosphorus-based compound called resorcinol bis (RDP) that  has already been declared by the EPA to be a preferred substitute for halogenated flame retardants. The compound penetrates the natural structure of timber materials and interacts with its cellulose, producing a wood-plastic composite that surpasses UL94 V-0 flammability standards. This means that a vertical specimen of the material will stop burning in as little as 10 seconds when set alight, without giving off any lit particles.

Another advantage of the treatment process is that can dramatically improve the durability of timber materials by reinforcing their cellulose structure, increasing their strength by as much as five-fold.

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Temporary Timber Theatre, Vancouver

TED talks are inspirational speeches from leaders, philosophers, writers, artists and designers from all over the world. For the annual TED conference in Vancouver, the 30-year-old organization tried something completely new. They built its own theatre, a temporary, 20,000-square-foot semi-circular space made of locally forested timber and outfitted with a rainbow of modified office furniture (with sixteen seating options, from beanbags to lounge seating and traditional theatre chairs).

Vancouver Convention Center hosted the temporary 1200-seat auditorium designed by David Rockwell, who won the Presidential Design Award for his extraordinary work renovating New York’s Grand Central Station. His firm, the Rockwell Group, is also designing the interior for the JetBlue terminal at New York’s JFK Airport. The pop up theatre was built from 600 wood components, and assembled in just 4.5 days, designed to be easily disassembled and reused by TED for years to come. See more