Timber Trades Journal Online


BMBI reports continued strong year-on-year growth
20 October, 2021 The latest report from the Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) reveals that builders’ merchants’ August value sales were 23.0% higher year-on-year, with timber & joinery products once again topping the list of best performing categories (+51.5%).
  • TTJ softwood market update: market hits the buffers
    After a long run starting in April 2020 of steadily increasing prices fed by softwood shortages and strong demand, the UK trade appears to have hit the buffers with several ports filled to capacity, writes TTJ’s Softwood Specialist.


Termite terminators
05 October, 2021 The BRE’s Dr Ed Suttie and ANH Consultancy’s Dr Rob Verkerk explain why it’s important to raise awareness of the threat of termites in the UK
  • Teams triumph in housing challenge
    Tabitha Binding, university and regional engagement manager for TTF and TRADA explains how this year’s University Design Challenge went online for the first time
  • Back to business
    Some of Luke Hughes Furniture’s projects have been on hold during the pandemic, but commissions are flowing again. Sally Spencer reports
  • British Furniture bounces back
    Raw materials supply and rising costs are a cause for concern in UK furniture making, but the sector is in positive mood, according to trade body British Furniture Manufacturers


Rising to the challenges of 2021 and beyond
18 October, 2021 Sarah Virgo, campaign manager at Wood for Good, says the industry must make the most of the recent buzz around wood
  • Coming to the defence of FLEGT
    Recent comments from the EC arising from the ‘Fitness check’ on the EUTR and FLEGT have cast doubts on the latter’s future, but Republic of Congo minister of forest economy Rosalie Matondo says we must build on this ground-breaking timber trade initiative, not undermine it
  • Back the COP26 timber beacon
    The UK timber industry has an unparalleled opportunity at COP26 to persuade decision makers that using wood is key to combating the climate crisis. But, says Keith Fryer of Fort Builders Merchant, a project to make timber’s case to the climate conference needs funding
  • The Definition of Resilience
    It’s been challenging times for the US hardwood industry, but production is rising and optimism is in the air, reports AHEC executive director Mike Snow
  • Confident your timber is correctly fire-treated?
    Most specifiers rely on their supply chain to deliver products fi t for purpose. Fire-retardant timber is a case in point. You’re given the paperwork to tick the box. But is that enough? And do you know what to ask to ensure correct treatment? asks Mark Eggleston, managing director of WJ Group