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Building on market momentum
The EU timber trade faces challenges in 2019, not least the potential impacts of Brexit, but the woodworking industries federation CEI-Bois is determined to help it maintain market impetus, writes secretary-general Patrizio Antonicoli
Panto is over, but political farce continues
Continued lack of clarity over Brexit is causing inevitable economic uncertainty and stress, but the timber sector and Timber Trade Federation is focused on business development regardless, writes TTF managing director David Hopkins
Staying engaged with EU opportunity
Regardless of Brexit, the UK timber sector must cultivate, maintain and improve relationships with colleagues across the rest of Europe, writes Keith Fryer Buildbase forest products development manager
A fire safety essential
Post Grenfell, more than ever, Declarations of Performance for fi re rated panels are a key assurance, writes Meyer Timber compliance manager Stephen Cope
Potentially momentous times for tropical timber
There are major opportunities for tropical timber in marine civil engineering applications, but only if suppliers and customers are persuaded to use a wider range of lesser-known species, writes Dr John Williams, principal consultant at engineering, environmental and technical services consultancy RSK
Wood, the wonder material
Panel products are at the centre of the circular economy although ready and reasonable access to woody biomass remains a challenge, writes Clive Pinnington, managing director of the European Panel Federation
Wood-based panels: adding value
The clocks have gone back, there is an edge in the air and it barely seems possible that we’re getting nearer to Christmas.
Tapping into training potential
Apprenticeship reforms offer the timber sector the opportunity to transform a training and skills development landscape that is currently excellent in parts, but still fragmented, writes Martin James, co-founder of woodworking, furniture and merchant sector training provider Didac
AHEC’S multiply – the sum of its parts
The London Design Festival’s timber pavilion, MultiPly, is an example of a truly successful and innovative collaboration between leading industry and academic partners, writes Mark Milne, technical manager, Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC)
Wood and Wellness
We are being bombarded these days by media messages about the need to get fit and eat healthily.
Have your say on controlled wood
The FSC acknowledges stakeholder concerns about the credibility of its ‘controlled wood’ standard and is inviting feedback on its review. FSC UK executive director Rosie Teasdale reports
Forests in fashion
The demand for clothing is growing, and there is increasing pressure on the fashion industry to produce sustainable and recyclable items as an alternative to traditional textiles. A clear way forward, maintains the PEFC, is to increase the use of fibres from sustainably managed forests. Hannah Price, PEFC international communications officer reports
Reaching for the crystal ball
I know it’s probably an age thing (my default attribution of blame mechanism) but time seems to be slipping past at a rate of knots. Working on a monthly magazine means that often, in my head at least, I’m a month ahead of the actual date.
Challenging times call for cohesive action
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
The time to harness opportunities is now
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
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
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
Nantes and Milan are key places in the European timber industry calendar this year.
Tightening of fire regulations loom
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
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.