Timber Trades Journal Online


BMF All Industry Conference moves to November date
05 March, 2021 With national lockdown restrictions scheduled to be lifted on June 21, the Builders Merchants Federation has confirmed a change of date for the 2021 BMF All Industry Conference, which will now be held from November 4-7.
  • APF 2021 postponed
    Due to the ongoing uncertainties surrounding Covid-19 and after consultation with sponsors, exhibitors and visitors, the directors of APF 2021 have taken the decision to postpone the event for a further year. The show will now take place from September 22-24, 2022 at the same venue at Ragley Estate.
  • Vandecasteele sets up UK company
    Vandecasteele Houtimport has created a UK registered company to minimise post-Brexit administration and streamline service for customers.


Sales grow despite second lockdown
03 March, 2021 Builders’ merchants saw their year-on-year sales grow by 9% in November, in spite of Covid-19 restrictions
  • The natural choice
    Cladding suppliers put surging sales down to a home refurbishment boom and growing demand for sustainable building products. Mike Jeffree reports
  • Coatings keep it covered
    As the UK acclimatises to lockdown number three, the coatings and finishes sector reflects on 2020, a year that, in terms of trade at least, proved better than expected. Sally Spencer reports


Tech immerses customers in sustainable forestry
24 February, 2021 More than ever, the timber sector needs to communicate the benefits of sustainable forest management – Södra is doing it in virtual 3D, writes sales director Nigel Buckley-Ryan
  • Time to state the carbon case
    As the European timber industry deals with the fallout from pandemic, it must continue to state wood’s case as a key material for decarbonising construction, writes European Woodworking Industries Confederation secretary-general Silvia Melegari
  • Strict protection the way forward?
    The FSC sees sustainable management as key for preserving tropical forests and aims to increase the area under its certification scheme from 18 million to 50 million ha, says director-general Kim Carstensen