Timber Trades Journal Online


Builders merchants’ sales up 5.4% in Q1
20 May, 2016 Latest figures in the builders merchants sector show Q1 sales were up both on the previous quarter and compared to a year ago.
  • Wiehag pushes boundaries
    Austrian timber construction specialist Wiehag is pushing the boundaries again, this time with a project to build the largest and most complex timber roof ever built in Scotland.
  • Plywood drives early 2016 UK timber import growth
    A 3% growth in UK timber product imports during the first two months of 2016 was driven by a 26% increase in plywood volumes, according to the Timber Trade Federation’s (TTF) latest statistics bulletin.


Fit for purpose
21 December, 2015 There can’t be a more important task than ensuring you supply and specify the right fire retardant- treated timber product, says Mike Smith, Arch Timber Protection fire retardants manager
  • Joinery sector jubilant
    The woodworking industry gathered in London on November 20 for the British Woodworking Federation’s Annual Dinner and Awards event.
  • Post recovery softwood sets sights high
    The softwood industry is still shaking off recession in some areas, but sees major market possibilities ahead. Those were central conclusions from a dynamic International Softwood Conference. Mike Jeffree reports from Amsterdam
  • Austrian timber takes new tangent
    The Austrian timber sector, one of Europe’s biggest, has already established its reputation as an innovator, and latest developments in engineered wood technology and construction look set to seal it, writes Peter Franklin of overseas business support agency Advantage Austria


Tree of anti-illegal timber knowledge
21 December, 2015 Enforcement agencies and others engaged with anti-illegal timber regulation worldwide now convene regularly in an exchange workshop to discuss and swap best practice for strengthening implementation. Its acronym is TREE and its roots are spreading. Facilitator Jade Saunders reports.
  • A pause for thought
    As I write this comment at the start of December, Christmas is literally just around the corner.
  • Taking the helm at a time of change
    Change is required to the structure of the timber trade’s main representative body the Timber Trade Federation (TTF) in order to reflect what its members need in a changing world, says its new president Keith Fryer.
  • Pallets and panels
    It’s been a case of pallets and panels just recently, as several important annual events in these sectors take place in the UK and Ireland.
  • FSC UK fired by the global green goal
    In its first 20 years, FSC UK has played a key role in taking environmental certification from an optional extra to a must have for much of the country’s timber sector. Fired by support from the industry and being part of a global body united in the aim of maintaining the world’s forest, executive director Rosie Teasdale says it will build on this achievement in its next two decades