Timber Trades Journal Online


New UK machined timber products supplier set up
19 July, 2018 A new player has entered the UK and Ireland market to supply machined timber – Timber Focus Ltd.
  • TTJ Regular Softwood Update
    UK softwood sales volumes quietened through June, but most traders found increased price levels cushioned the blow and their monthly results turned out to be an acceptable compromise between turnover and margin.
  • Obituary – Frank Riding
    Frank Riding of Ridings Sawmills (Cardross) Ltd died peacefully at home on June 16. He had fought a brave and hard fight against glioblastoma multiforme, a very aggressive and rare type of brain cancer.


The IT crowd
25 June, 2018 IT providers are continuing to deliver innovative software solutions to the timber industry. Sally Spencer reports
  • On tour with Glennon brothers
    TTJ Career Development Award sponsor Glennon Brothers recently hosted a tour of Ireland’s forest products sector for the 2017 award finalists. Keren Fallwell reports
  • Better by design
    Advances in technology and software provision is keeping timber designers ahead of the game. Sally Spencer reports
  • Customer service
    Kerridge Commercial Systems business analyst Brian Minns explains how some of the company’s most recent developments have been driven by the specific needs of its customers
  • Offsite on target
    UK housebuilders don’t underestimate the challenges their industry faces, but are investing in meeting them, including in offsite prefabrication. Mike Jeffree reports.


Tightening of fire regulations loom
20 June, 2018 There has been a lot of talk in the timber industry about the potential knock-on effects of the Hackitt Review into the Grenfell fire.
  • Don’t panic, do get technical
    The General Data Protection Regulation and a backlash against business social media use should not trigger a wholesale rethink on marketing strategy, but the Grenfell disaster should prompt a focus on precision of product performance claims, writes Liz Male of Liz Male Consulting.
  • Construction class action
    The Design Engineer Construct! programme enables construction and associated businesses to really engage in attracting badly needed new young talent to their industry, says Alison Watson MBE of Class of Your Own
  • Is face-to-face customer service dead?
    There’s a price to pay for ditching long-standing core retail values in favour of faceless online trading and it could lead to a loss of expertise on the shop floor, argues Rupert Scott, membership manager, TRADA
  • Why we mustn’t ignore red oak
    It’s the most prolific US hardwood and consumers like it, so isn’t it time European buyers gave red oak another look, asks American Hardwood Export Council European director David Venables