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The International Softwood Conference: A View from the Outside
20 October, 2017
This year’s International Softwood Conference, held in Hamburg in early October, highlighted growing softwood output, but also rising demand in key markets worldwide, reports Charles Hopping, chairman of Hoppings Softwood Products and ISC speaker
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Positivity not passivity for tropical timber
Friday, October 20, 2017 The STTC Conference underlined an energy and breadth of ideas for promoting sustainable tropical timber and forest management, writes Mark van Benthem of independent sustainable forest products and services institute Probos
Scholars and Skills Builders
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 Never before has training, knowledge and skills building been more critical for the future of the timber industry, says Glennon Brothers joint managing director Mike Glennon
All eyes on off-site
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 On the last day of August a report was released by the London Assembly which, because of its timing during the summer holidays, may have gone relatively unnoticed.
Geared up and ready to go
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 Structural Timber Association chief executive Andrew Carpenter says the combination of market conditions, political will and housing need mean the potential for timber-based construction in the UK has rarely been better
Beware roof batten false economies
Thursday, July 20, 2017 SR Timber trading director Shaun Revill warns about false economies in roof batten purchasing within the roofing and building trade
Celebrating opportunity
Thursday, July 20, 2017 The Grown in Britain campaign is celebrating its fourth anniversary and has made progress on its mission to promote British timber, says its CEO Dougal Driver
Ahead of the curve
Thursday, July 20, 2017 The WWF has always been an arch campaigner for legal and sustainable timber.
The transformative power of technology
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 Investing in the latest IT is no longer a business option, it’s a must. But the benefits can be significant, writes Anagram Systems marketing manager Nick Hardy.
Finding Answers to Certification Challenges
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 To continue to increase the volume of verified sustainable timber on the market, the industry cannot settle for the certification status quo, says James Latham plc chairman Peter Latham
Smart Technology
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 Technology is all around us and making changes to the way we live.
Going to machinery heaven
Friday, April 21, 2017 Our front page in this issue is given over to the Ligna exhibition in Hanover.
Environmental impact assessment made easier
Friday, April 21, 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
Friday, April 21, 2017 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
Strengthening Bonds Post-Brexit
Monday, March 20, 2017 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
Trading trends outweigh Brexit impacts
Monday, March 20, 2017 In the short-term rising consumption elsewhere and supply trends look set to affect UK softwood import trade more than the Brexit vote, writes Sampsa Auvinen, CEO of Norvik Timber Industries, board member of Bergs Timber AB and president of the European Organisation of the Sawmill Industry
2017 - The year for living positively
Monday, February 20, 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
Consolidation to increase in timber sector
Monday, February 20, 2017 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.
New Economy, New Opportunity
Monday, November 21, 2016 The UK’s post-Brexit economic reinvention provides an opportunity for the timber sector to highlight its potential in wealth and job creation and in contributing to low carbon growth and development, writes Timber Trade Federation managing director - Dave Hopkins
UK mills on investment trail
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 There have been several different announcements on the UK mill scene these last few weeks.
Time to fall in behind FLEGT
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 With the first EUTR-exempt FLEGT-licensed timber now set to arrive in the EU this year, European Timber Trade Federation Secretary General André de Boer says the industry should focus on making the most of its potential

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