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January 2018

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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

Education and encouragement
28 December 2017 The timber industry must provide effective education and showcase the range of career opportunities it offers if it is to attract the new young talent it needs, says Ridgeons Forest Products buyer and 2017 TTJ Career Development Award winner Christopher Wait

Double jeopardy of due diligence
28 December 2017 Two cases of breaches of the European Timber Regulation have come to court. Although the story behind each is quite different, David Hopkins, managing director of the TTF, believes they highlight the industry’s moral and legal obligations

New year prospects
18 December 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.

November 2017

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Putting timber on the map
19 November 2017 On the front cover of this issue is the timber-resplendent Hastings Pier, a worthy winner of this year’s RIBA Stirling Prize – UK architecture’s highest award. It really is a fantastic project and is great advert for the use of timber.

October 2017

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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

Tight supplies and rising prices
20 October 2017 Timber prices and availability continue to be a major talking point in the UK timber trade.

Positivity not passivity for tropical timber
20 October 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

September 2017

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Scholars and Skills Builders
20 September 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
20 September 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
20 September 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.

August 2017

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EUTR remains important post-Brexit
23 August 2017 The EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) wasn’t universally welcomed when introduced in 2013. Some in the trade saw it as unwarranted interference, a replication of the due diligence they already undertook to keep illegal wood out of their supply chains. The only difference, they said, was that it now came wrapped in Brussels red tape.

Building relationships
23 August 2017 The Trussed Rafter Association is moving forward with a progressive voice and building key relationships, says TRA chairman Jonathan Fellingham

Brexit – the need to engage
23 August 2017 With Brexit negotiations under way it’s more important than ever that the UK timber trade is heard by decision makers and that it engages with its European counterparts, says TTF president Keith Fryer

July 2017

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Beware roof batten false economies
20 July 2017 SR Timber trading director Shaun Revill warns about false economies in roof batten purchasing within the roofing and building trade

Celebrating opportunity
20 July 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
20 July 2017 The WWF has always been an arch campaigner for legal and sustainable timber.

June 2017

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Finding Answers to Certification Challenges
20 June 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