Timber Trades Journal Online
Several key Nordic softwood sawmillers have implemented production cutbacks in response to reduced UK demand for sawn timber.Read more
In a shock move, the Indonesian Ministry of Trade is pushing through a new regulation withdrawing the obligation on timber and wood products companies to provide legality assurance documentation with exports.Read more
Egger has implemented the controlled shutdown of its Hexham panel products production facility in response to the coronavirus situation.
James Latham refines contingency plans
Leading UK timber products distributor James Latham is continuing to refine its contingency plans as more information becomes available on the current coronavirus situation.
BWF suspends membership fees to support members
The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) has today announced that it will suspend membership fees for 12 weeks to support members through the COVID-19 crisis.
Nordic sawmillers reduce production in response to reduced UK demand
Several key Nordic softwood sawmillers have implemented production cutbacks in response to reduced UK demand for sawn timber.
Storage advice from TTF
Ensuring that timber is properly protected while stored for longer periods than anticipated is crucial to protect your investment. The TTF has issued relevant advice to merchants.
EN 844 defines the features in both round and sawn timber and, depending on the effect each has on the parent material, these might be classified as character or defect, says John Park
Virtual reality training
Jarkko Lalu, global software product manager at ABB Drives, discusses how virtual commissioning technology can safely train customers on using saw lines before they are installed and commissioned
In the pink
Plantation hardwood is a relatively recent option for timber buyers, but its reputation is growing. Stephen Powney looks at Urufor’s Red Grandis branded timber produced in Uruguay
This year’s Futurebuild will have a strong focus on the role building materials can play in the climate change debate
Sarah Wild reports on the next generation of modified timber – augmented, transparent wood
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
A new challenge
Just when we thought we had seen off the continuing uncertainty over Brexit and potential stalemate in UK politics, an unexpected challenge has raised its head. The spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) is starting to have an impact on the international trade of wood products.
Sourcing central to grading standards
Source of timber origin is a key consideration in grading and machine and visual grading standards are being revised to take this more precisely into account. Dan Ridley-Ellis head of the Centre for Wood Science and Technology at Edinburgh Napier University reports
Seeing the wood from the trees
With the increasing focus on construction products and building regulations it will be those manufacturers who provide strong performance and certification information who will benefit says Lee Jones, head of manufacturer services, NBS