Timber Trades Journal Online


Irish farmers co-op signs post deal with timber company
22 February, 2018 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%.


‘Mr birch’ notches 60 years of trading
31 January, 2018 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


Panels sector clears one Brexit hurdle
31 January, 2018 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
  • 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