Timber Trades Journal Online
The TTJ Awards will be moving to London’s Park Lane this year, with the InterContinental Hotel hosting the September 21 event.Read more
Bergs Timber has revealed plans to acquire Norvik Timber Industries’ (NTI) operations in the Baltics and the UK.Read more
Giant Irish farmers’ co-operative Fane Valley has signed a purchase deal with Clifford Jones Timber for the latter’s Platinum fence posts.
Lathams in £15m depot relocations
James Latham has invested more than £15m relocating its depots at Bristol and Leicester to two purpose-built facilities, increasing capacity in both locations by 35%.
Acimall figures show upward trend
Preliminary figures published by Acimall indicate and encouraging market for woodworking and furniture industry equipment.
Brexit debate underway in timber sector, UK traders told
Government departments are in contact with timber industry representative bodies about the effects of Brexit, a gathering of more than 200 UK traders has been told.
Thornbridge and NYTimber in merger
North Yorkshire Timber (NYTimber) has merged with Thornbridge Sawmills to create a £50m turnover 15-branch group.
Derek Fletcher has seen more than most people in the UK timber trade. Celebrating 60 years in the industry this month he remains irrepressible and was recently honoured in Latvia for his long association with the birch plywood industy. Stephen Powney reports
It’s An Equitable life
This month TTJ kicks off a new monthly feature – Meet the Merchant – to highlight an important sector that is responsible for selling large quantities of timber in the UK. The first is MKM Building Supplies and Sally Spencer discovers its success is founded on its model of branch directors having equity in the business
On a mission
As productivity slows, there is an urgent need for the construction industry to work closely with the education sector to nurture fresh talent, says Robert Hairstans, of Edinburgh Napier University
Is wood ‘fireproof’? - part 2
Don’t confuse fire retardance with fireproof, says Jim Coulson in his second look at wood and fire
Containers get on track at Liverpool
A rail freight container service is the latest new development undertaken by Peel Ports at the Port of Liverpool
Ingenuity, compromise and industry pressure have dealt with the risk of British companies, including wood panel producers, losing 2018 EU Emissions Trading Scheme allowances as a consequence of Brexit. Combined with promising trade trends, this could make for a happy new year for the sector, says Wood Panel Industries Federation director-general Alastair Kerr
Timber supply continuity is a growing issue
As we enter the new year, trade talk about potential timber supply issues and rising prices continue to feature.
Building trust bolsters the brand
A key focus of Keith Fryer’s just-ended term as Timber Trade Federation president has been increasing market faith in timber in terms of legality, sustainability and performance. In its Trusted Timber campaign, he writes, TTF members now have a great opportunity to further enhance popular perceptions of wood
Collaboration and Creativity are keys to Training
To recruit and retain new personnel, the timber industry must move training from the tried and tested, and refocus on ways to fully realise the potential of its employees. Donaldson Timber Engineering business development director and 2017 TTJ Career Development Award winner Luke Roberts writes
The Timber Trade needs diversity
Charles Taylor, a timber merchant with 20 years’ experience and sales director of wood plastic specialist Composite Prime, discusses the rise of composite materials and why the timber trade should embrace change to remain relevant in the market