Timber Trades Journal Online
Irish forklift manufacturer Combilift has drawn on its expertise in engineering and software design to develop an innovation which will help the medical world deal with the Covid-19 pandemic.Read more
Laser equipped drones that can see underlying terrain beneath a forest canopy are helping Forestry and Land Scotland to plan how it manages woodlands.
British Columbia to allow 12-storey mass timber buildings
14 municipalities in the Canadian province have now adopted building code regulations that allow taller mass timber construction.
Russian log exports down 23%
Russia’s export of sawn goods totalled 4.1m tons Q1 2020 - down 7.5% year-on-year. Log exports decreased by 23.8% to 2.89m m3.
Belarus forestry testing digital systems
A digital timber filing system is being tested in eleven forestry enterprises, the Belarusian Forestry Ministry told the BelTA news agency.
Swisspacer appoints new MD
Victoria Renz-Kiefel will replace the retiring MD, Andreas Geith, at the Swiss manufacturer of warm edge spacer bars on 31 May 2020.
The TTF Softwood Conference presented a mixed and uncertain message for delegates. Just as the post-Brexit landscape started to emerge, fresh challenges lie ahead, not least the COVID-19 coronavirus. Simon Hastelow reports
Don’t keep it to yourself!
The wonders of trees and timber should be promoted to all ages, says John Park
Three into one
Tweddle Engineering, WTT and MSL are being incorporated into a new company – the WTM Group. Sally Spencer reports
Tomorrow’s Timber Talent
This year’s TRADA University Challenge student competitors were tasked with designing a timber-based housing scheme
Futurebuild 2020 had the subject of climate emergency as its theme. Simon Hastelow reports
To meet UK 2050 climate change targets, support biodiversity, rural livelihoods – and deliver a sustainable timber supply, politicians must be held to their pledges on tree planting, says Confor chief executive Stuart Goodall
Communication is even more critical in crisis
Like the rest of the business community, the timber sector is facing unprecedented challenges in the pandemic. It’s key to stay informed and keep communications channels open, says Timber Trade Federation MD Dave Hopkins
Last week was a whirlwind for all companies operating in the building supplies chain, with adjustments due to the government’s announcement of restrictions on certain business operations to slow the spread of coronavirus, writes TTJ editor Stephen Powney.
United front urged to ensure safety regulations make sense
The industry must press government to ensure new rules on use of combustible materials in construction are proportionate and risk-based says Timber Decking and Cladding Association director of operations Janet Sycamore
Ban must not impact UK’s Timber Construction leadership
In making the building sector more risk averse on use of wood, new regulation on use of combustible materials in and on external walls risks turning the industry off environmentally beneficial engineered timber-based construction, says Anthony Thistleton of architects Waugh Thistleton