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Challenging times call for cohesive action 27 August, 2018
Faced with accelerating change on multiple fronts, the forestry and timber supply chain needs to take responsibility for its own future”and get even more involved in the decision making processes shaping its destiny, writes Confor chief executive Stuart Goodall
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Blogs

The time to harness opportunities is now
Monday, August 27, 2018 The time is ripe for the timber industry to harness the opportunities presented by a growing interest in health and wellbeing, argues Christiane Lellig, campaign director for Wood for Good
Mind the gap - Philip Koomen
Thursday, July 26, 2018 Philip Koomen, director of Philip Koomen Furniture and a visiting senior fellow at the Open University Business School highlights Rycotewood Furniture Centre’s efforts to bridge the gap between industry and education
Global appetite for French timber
Thursday, July 26, 2018 A combination of a resurgent home market and export demand is filling the order books of the French timber sector. One key concern, however, is raw material supply, writes French Timber managing director Jean-François Guilbert
Milan and Nantes shows punch weight
Thursday, July 26, 2018 Nantes and Milan are key places in the European timber industry calendar this year.
Tightening of fire regulations loom
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 There has been a lot of talk in the timber industry about the potential knock-on effects of the Hackitt Review into the Grenfell fire.
Don’t panic, do get technical
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 The General Data Protection Regulation and a backlash against business social media use should not trigger a wholesale rethink on marketing strategy, but the Grenfell disaster should prompt a focus on precision of product performance claims, writes Liz Male of Liz Male Consulting.
Construction class action
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 The Design Engineer Construct! programme enables construction and associated businesses to really engage in attracting badly needed new young talent to their industry, says Alison Watson MBE of Class of Your Own
Is face-to-face customer service dead?
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 There’s a price to pay for ditching long-standing core retail values in favour of faceless online trading and it could lead to a loss of expertise on the shop floor, argues Rupert Scott, membership manager, TRADA
Why we mustn’t ignore red oak
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 It’s the most prolific US hardwood and consumers like it, so isn’t it time European buyers gave red oak another look, asks American Hardwood Export Council European director David Venables
Seeing Red
Monday, May 21, 2018 On the front page of this issue is one of the most striking recent applications of timber I can remember. It is in the City of London at the new HQ of Bloomberg and was designed by renowned architects Foster and Partners.

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