Wood manufacturers adopt new digital technologies as part of the Made Smarter initiative
James Tanner Joinery, based in Kendal, Basically Trade in Burnley, S.W. Watson & Son in Preston, and W Howard Group, based in Astley, are the latest small and medium sized manufacturers who have secured funding through the Made Smarter programme.
Laidlaw Limited goes into administration
Duff & Phelps Ltd were appointed Joint Administrators of Laidlaw Limited on 17 January 2020, the company was then closed with all 61 staff across four locations being made redundant.
Finland’s Spinnova set to transform the textile industry with wood-based fibre
In central Finland the startup company Spinnova is thought to be the only company in the world that manufactures wood-based textile fibres completely free of chemicals.
Government to consult on extending ban on combustible materials to buildings under 18m
New measures to improve building safety standards announced by Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick include a consultation process to evaluate banning combustible materials ‘in and on’ exterior walls lower than the previous 18m threshold.
Profits rise and turnover exceeds £225m for Howarth Timber Group
Howarth Timber Group have declared a turnover of £225m in a year of "stabilising and futureproofing" with further growth for 2020 expected following previous significant investments.