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Communicating FLEGT is key
26 February, 2018
Indonesian FLEGT-licensed timber has been available for over a year, but still more has to be done to communicate what lies behind the licence, writes TTF head of sustainability Mike Worrell.
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Wood - but not as we know it
Monday, February 26, 2018 Species, specification and application – all need to be rethought to ensure timber fulfill its promise as the material of the future, writes Dan Ridley-Ellis, head of the Centre for Wood Science and Technology
Supply remains big issue
Monday, February 26, 2018 When there is an issue in the timber trade that keeps dominating trade talk it’s hard to focus on other things. This is what is happening with the supply and pricing challenge currently facing the sector.
Panels sector clears one Brexit hurdle
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 Ingenuity, compromise and industry pressure have dealt with the risk of British companies, including wood panel producers, losing 2018 EU Emissions Trading Scheme allowances as a consequence of Brexit. Combined with promising trade trends, this could make for a happy new year for the sector, says Wood Panel Industries Federation director-general Alastair Kerr
Timber supply continuity is a growing issue
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 As we enter the new year, trade talk about potential timber supply issues and rising prices continue to feature.
Collaboration and Creativity are keys to Training
Friday, December 29, 2017 To recruit and retain new personnel, the timber industry must move training from the tried and tested, and refocus on ways to fully realise the potential of its employees. Donaldson Timber Engineering business development director and 2017 TTJ Career Development Award winner Luke Roberts writes
The Timber Trade needs diversity
Friday, December 29, 2017 Charles Taylor, a timber merchant with 20 years’ experience and sales director of wood plastic specialist Composite Prime, discusses the rise of composite materials and why the timber trade should embrace change to remain relevant in the market
New year prospects
Monday, December 18, 2017 Soon, most of us will be on Christmas holidays – which often seem like a few days of calm wedged between the busyness of life.
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
The International Softwood Conference: A View from the Outside
Friday, October 20, 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
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
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
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.
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.
Smart Technology
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 Technology is all around us and making changes to the way we live.
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
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

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