Timber Trades Journal Online


Alsford in Brexit softwood prices warning to Lib Dem leader
21 May, 2018 Alsford Timber has warned Lib Dem leader Vince Cable that the company may have to pay millions more upfront to buy European softwood if the UK Government does not secure mutually-beneficial customs’ arrangements before the United Kingdom leaves the EU in ten months’ time.
  • Xylexpo shows 2018 growth
    Organisers of the Xylexpo woodworking technology show in Milan have reported a 2.1% growth in visitor numbers at this year’s show.
  • Automated roof truss production first
    Finnish robotic automation and software technology company Trussmatic has developed the first fully automated wood roof truss production line in the world.
  • BWF welcomes Hackitt Review
    The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) has welcomed the recommendations of the Hackitt Review into the Grenfell Fire.


Low skill, high productivity
25 April, 2018 Latest moulders deliver increased productivity, greater versatility and higher quality but, said onemanufacturer, “someone off the street can learn to use one in 20 minutes”. Mike Jeffree reports
  • Change, challenge and opportunity
    Richard Ellithorne, membership services director of the Builders Merchants Federation, outlines the merchant’s perspective on the timber market
  • The show will go on
    Some would say this year’s Ecobuild was small but perfectly formed. Sally Spencer reports
  • Xylexpo enjoys “second youth”
    Italy’s international woodworking technology exhibition Xylexpo hits its 50th anniversary this year and is promising a cornucopia of machinery innovation for timber and panel product processing. Stephen Powney attended the press preview in Milan


Greenpeace signals new direction on certification
18 April, 2018 When Greenpeace International became one of the founding members of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) back in 1993 it was a landmark moment.
  • Timber trades count down to the GDPR
    The General Data Protection Regulation has major implications for business, says Matthew Mahony, British Woodworking Federation policy and communications executive
  • The wood awards – where skill intersects sustainability
    The Wood Awards not only celebrates latest advances and new design directions in the use of timber in construction and manufacture, it’s also an valuable interface between the design and specifier sectors and the timber trade, writes David Miles, chief executive officer of Gold Sponsor Mears plc
  • Bold Brexit pledge benefits trade
    James Latham Group environmental manager Ewa Bazydlo welcomes the government’s pledge to stay at the EU table on timber legality regulation and assurance post Brexit
  • Government backing British
    With increasing support in the highest places, Grown in Britain’s momentum can only grow, says chief executive Dougal Driver