Timber Trades Journal Online


Lathams steps up HPL credentials with major new distribution deal
24 April, 2017 James Latham has announced an agreement to become a major distributor for Italian high pressure laminate (HPL) manufacturer Abet Laminati.
  • TRA launches Ireland group and signs MoU with STA
    The Trussed Rafter Association (TRA) has announced a number of new initiatives including a new Ireland group and a memorandum of understanding with the Structural Timber Association (STA) to reinforce the close working relationship between the two bodies.
  • Strong first quarter for Södra
    Södra’s wood division recorded a big performance improvement in Q1, posting an operating profit of SKr3m (Q1 2016: SKr-93m) for the period.


Weak Pound Strengthens UK Chipboard Sector
20 March, 2017 Chipboard producers are positive about the UK market, although the Brexit effect creates some uncertainties. Keren Fallwell reports.
  • How does your garden grow?
    The garden products sector is gearing up for the spring season and reports that demand is already good. Sally Spencer reports
  • Decking still delivers
    Decking is still on trend and there is still scope for innovation and product development. Sally Spencer reports
  • Ships’ company
    Peter Millatt’s steady hand on the tiller has developed Scotline into a major timber shipping business. He talks to Keren Fallwell
  • Moves that matter
    Materials handling is one of the most important operations across the timber supply chain. This latest update looks at how companies have been investing in their forklift/sideloader fleets


Plywood issue tackled head on
20 March, 2017 There have been grumblings in the UK timber trade for many years about the quality of some of the hardwood plywood imported.
  • Strengthening Bonds Post-Brexit
    Brexit may mean Brexit, but in the face of global trade trends, rather than loosening ties, the UK and EU timber trades can and should reinforce bonds of cooperation and support, writes Patrizio Antonicoli, secretary general of CEI-Bois, the European Confederation of Woodworking Industries
  • Trading trends outweigh Brexit impacts
    In the short-term rising consumption elsewhere and supply trends look set to affect UK softwood import trade more than the Brexit vote, writes Sampsa Auvinen, CEO of Norvik Timber Industries, board member of Bergs Timber AB and president of the European Organisation of the Sawmill Industry
  • 2017 - The year for living positively
    In spite of most forecasters expressing degrees of gloominess about the UK economy generally, 2017 could turn out to be a good 12 months for the UK forestry and wood processing sector, writes the chief executive of Confor Stuart Goodall
  • Appliance of wood identity science
    Powerful new tools are helping timber traders demonstrate timber legality and sustainability, writes Oliver Cupit of non-profit sustainability organisation NEPCon