Timber Trades Journal Online


  • Senior appointments at Zest
    Timber garden product manufacturer Zest 4 Leisure has announced a number of senior level appointments to broaden capabilities at management level, and an increased investment in training and development to support its future growth.
  • Hipkins to chair BMF West Midlands
    James Hipkins, managing director of Emerys Builders Merchants, is the new chairman of the Builders Merchants’ Federation’s (BMF) West Midlands region. He takes over from Neil Lawrence, chief operating officer Jewson and managing director Local Merchant Group.


No such thing as “WBP” plywood
24 May, 2019 Jim Coulson of TFT Woodexperts reminds us that the WBP designation for plywood was withdrawn 25 years ago and using the term now is incorrect and misleading
  • Better Connected
    Hardwood and premium grade softwoood importer and distributor Timber Connection has undergone a transformation. Stephen Powney meets the directors
  • Think Southern Yellow
    America’s southern yellow pine industry is continuing to build a worldwide following, including in Europe, writes Charles Trevor.
  • Transfused and transformed
    The Blushing Bar show piece by designer-maker Sebastian Cox has already prompted a toast to red oak at the Wallpaper Handmade exhibition at the Salone del Mobile in Milan, next it will feature on the AHEC stand at Interzum. Mike Jeffree reports.
  • A five year high
    Despite uncertain economic times in Europe, its US hardwood imports rose in 2018, with the UK remaining the biggest buyer. Courtesy of AHEC


US Hardwood Heads for a Diverse Export Future
15 May, 2019 The US-China trade war is causing a fundamental change in the American hardwood industry’s trading outlook and one outcome is renewed focus on the European market, writes American Hardwood Export Council executive director Mike Snow
  • A question of durability
    The BRE is embarking on a European programme to develop a performance life software tool to facilitate specification of timber in construction, writes Ed Suttie.
  • Driving Up Standards, Attracting Talent
    The year ahead looks challenging, but the BWF is not about to relax its efforts supporting the woodworking sector to further improve performance and recruit and hone the skills of its next generation of employees, says chief executive Helen Hewitt
  • Getting training on track
    Progress is being made, but improving training and education continues to be an imperative for the future of the timber sector, writes Geoff Rhodes of forest products and international trade consultancy GRA, recipient of TTJ’s 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award