Timber Trades Journal Online


UK joinery trade to converge for BWF Members’ Day
19 May, 2017 The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) is gearing up for its annual Members’ Day 2017, which this year is themed on ‘Setting out for success in uncertain times’.
  • UK timber product imports rise 18% in Jan-Feb
    UK timber product import volumes increased by 18% in the first two months of 2017 compared to a year ago, according to the Timber Trade Federation’s (TTF) latest statistics bulletin.
  • Arnold Laver backs British timber with GiB licence
    Major timber merchant Arnold Laver said its decision to come on board with the Grown in Britain campaign (GiB) is “good timing” considering the current overarching focus on the UK’s place in Europe.
  • London seminar on Brazil timber trade
    The Timber Trade Federation (TTF) and Embassy of Brazil in London are combining on a seminar to give the timber trade an update on the South American country’s wood products sector.


Softwood volume growth
21 April, 2017 The Globe Theatre was the setting for the Timber Trade Federation’s newly-badged UK SoftwoodConference, previously known as the Shippers’ Breakfast Meeting. Stephen Powney reports
  • Survey highlights
    Analysis of the responses make it clear that treated wood quality remains top of the agenda for both TTF and WPA members, with the correct specification of treated wood for each end use and access to supply chain product knowledge and education as closely related issues, a factor reinforced by a recent TTF survey of Builders Merchant Federation (BMF) members where there is also a demand for improved product knowledge resources on added value treated wood products.
  • Moulders push on
    Moulder developments might not be quite matching feed speeds of latest machines, but they are accelerating, reports Mike Jeffree
  • LHC turns 80
    The monthly Face to Face feature takes on a different form this month as the focus is not on a person but on an institution in the timber trade – the long-established London Hardwood Club (LHC) which turns 80 this year. Stephen Powney reports
  • Under new ownership
    Ecobuild was under new ownership this year and had several new show features, reports Stephen Powney


Environmental impact assessment made easier
21 April, 2017 Life Cycle Assessments and Environmental Product Declarations are becoming increasingly important in building materials specification, but there are increasingly user-friendly tools to generate them, writes Dr Shamir Ghumra, director at the BRE Centre for Sustainable Products
  • The robust case for CLT
    Structural Timber Association Technical Committee chair and director of KLH, Nic Clark says the organisation has reinforced its commitment to drive ‘quality, product innovation and construction productivity through technical guidance’ by publishing new technical Advice Notes for cross-laminated timber. Here he shares the thinking behind the documents
  • Plywood issue tackled head on
    There have been grumblings in the UK timber trade for many years about the quality of some of the hardwood plywood imported.
  • Strengthening Bonds Post-Brexit
    Brexit may mean Brexit, but in the face of global trade trends, rather than loosening ties, the UK and EU timber trades can and should reinforce bonds of cooperation and support, writes Patrizio Antonicoli, secretary general of CEI-Bois, the European Confederation of Woodworking Industries