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June 2018

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Tightening of fire regulations loom
20 June 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
20 June 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
20 June 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

May 2018

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Is face-to-face customer service dead?
22 May 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
22 May 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
21 May 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.

April 2018

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Greenpeace signals new direction on certification
18 April 2018 When Greenpeace International became one of the founding members of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) back in 1993 it was a landmark moment.

Timber trades count down to the GDPR
18 April 2018 The General Data Protection Regulation has major implications for business, says Matthew Mahony, British Woodworking Federation policy and communications executive

The wood awards – where skill intersects sustainability
18 April 2018 The Wood Awards not only celebrates latest advances and new design directions in the use of timber in construction and manufacture, it’s also an valuable interface between the design and specifier sectors and the timber trade, writes David Miles, chief executive officer of Gold Sponsor Mears plc

March 2018

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Bold Brexit pledge benefits trade
21 March 2018 James Latham Group environmental manager Ewa Bazydlo welcomes the government’s pledge to stay at the EU table on timber legality regulation and assurance post Brexit

Government backing British
21 March 2018 With increasing support in the highest places, Grown in Britain’s momentum can only grow, says chief executive Dougal Driver

EUTR fine reminds about role of certification
21 March 2018 As TTJ went to press, the news came through of the first UK timber importer to be fined under the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR).

February 2018

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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.

Wood - but not as we know it
26 February 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
26 February 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.

January 2018

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Panels sector clears one Brexit hurdle
31 January 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
31 January 2018 As we enter the new year, trade talk about potential timber supply issues and rising prices continue to feature.

Building trust bolsters the brand
31 January 2018 A key focus of Keith Fryer’s just-ended term as Timber Trade Federation president has been increasing market faith in timber in terms of legality, sustainability and performance. In its Trusted Timber campaign, he writes, TTF members now have a great opportunity to further enhance popular perceptions of wood

December 2017

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Collaboration and Creativity are keys to Training
29 December 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
29 December 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