Timber Trades Journal Online


TRA launches Ireland group and signs MoU with STA
21 April, 2017 The Trussed Rafter Association (TRA) has announced a number of new initiatives including a new Ireland group and a memorandum of understanding with the Structural Timber Association (STA) to reinforce the close working relationship between the two bodies.
  • Strong first quarter for Södra
    Södra’s wood division recorded a big performance improvement in Q1, posting an operating profit of SKr3m (Q1 2016: SKr-93m) for the period.
  • EU plywood imports rise to near record level
    EU imports of plywood increased by 8% to 4.13 million m3 in 2016, the second highest level ever recorded, according to the International Tropical Timber Organisation’s latest market report.


Ecobuild’s "City" Makeover
20 February, 2017 Building products exhibition Ecobuild takes on a new “city” look for 2017, with offsite construction a major area of interest
  • Keeping the Rain Out
    Good site practice for party wall thermal bypass when building with timber frame is imperative, says Robin Lancashire, senior timber frame consultant at Exova BM TRADA
  • HSE backing for Creosote use
    The Health & Safety Executive has authorised the use of creosote as an industrial preservative for wood used as railway sleepers, telegraph poles, fence panels and on cut end surfaces. Authorisation for other uses such as fence posts may follow
  • Making each home count
    New review Each Home Counts led by Peter Bonfield calls for improved consumer safeguards and standards relating to home energy efficiency improvements
  • From Pole to Pole
    BRE director Ed Suttie’s long involvement with the timber industry has been bookended by expeditions to the top and bottom of the globe. Sally Spencer reports


2017 - The year for living positively
20 February, 2017 In spite of most forecasters expressing degrees of gloominess about the UK economy generally, 2017 could turn out to be a good 12 months for the UK forestry and wood processing sector, writes the chief executive of Confor Stuart Goodall
  • Appliance of wood identity science
    Powerful new tools are helping timber traders demonstrate timber legality and sustainability, writes Oliver Cupit of non-profit sustainability organisation NEPCon
  • Consolidation to increase in timber sector
    I was sat in the Mayfair offices of new Timbmet owner The Hadleigh Timber Group recently asking its chairman Martyn Meade how he saw the future of the UK timber products industry.
  • A hardwood CLT building first
    Professor Alex de Rijke, founding director of wood-loving architecture practice de Rijke Marsh Morgan — dRMM — reflects on the invention of hardwood CLT and its latest application in progress at Maggie’s Oldham
  • Flegt licensing key to tackling illegal timber
    European environment commissioner Karmenu Vella congratulates the timber trade on its part in getting FLEGT-licensed timber and wood products to market, putting the EU “at the forefront of a global movement to end illegal logging”