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April 2018


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.