Timber Trades Journal Online


Health and safety warning issued to timber companies after court case
26 June, 2017 Timber companies are being warned to make sure their health and safety standards are up to speed after a firm was fined despite no injury or ill-health being reported.
  • James Latham records pre-tax profits of £13.8m
    UK timber products distributor James Latham plc has recorded another set of healthy annual financial results, with pre-tax profits of £13.8m (2016: £12.9m) for the year ending March 31, 2017.
  • Accoya producer grows sales
    Modified wood producer Accsys Technologies plc recorded an 18% sales volume increase in the year ended March 31, 2017 but loss before tax was €4.4m (2016: €0.5m loss).


Lines of vision
22 May, 2017 The UK government plans to increase housebuilding activity and Egger UK’s two new state-ofthe-art lines mean it’s ready to meet construction industry demand. Keren Fallwell reports
  • UK keeps on buying American
    The Brexit vote and weak pound have so far failed to dent the UK’s appetite for US hardwoods. Rupert Oliver reports
  • On Design
    A project involving AHEC, Italian designer Benedetta Tagliabue and UK furniture make Benchmark highlighted the value in using less-known timber species during Milan Design Week
  • Board talk
    Several new wood-based panel products are available on the UK market this year. Sally Spencer takes a look at what’s on offer
  • Calling all timber Innovators!
    The Timber Innovation Award category at the TTJ Awards has attracted some forward-thinking entries in past years. Entries for 2017 are now open!


Living in interesting times
22 May, 2017 For businesses in the British-grown timber industry, the key issue today is how to ensure continuity of wood supply beyond the peak of timber production from domestic forests, which is forecast for around 2030, writes UK Forest Products Association executive director David Sulman
  • Opening young eyes to the potential of timber
    TRADA’s Student Design Competition and University Engagement Programme are not only designed to encourage greater use of timber in the future, but to inspire tomorrow’s architects and engineers to push the boundaries of what’s possible with wood, says TRADA membership and marketing manager Rupert Scott
  • Environmental impact assessment made easier
    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