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Floors system market expands 24 February, 2016 Increased levels of housebuilding has meant bigger volumes for engineered wood fl oor systems providers, reports Stephen Powney.

Bob’s your warm roof uncle 24 February, 2016 Housebuilders face poor thermal performance at the eaves detail of most trussed rafter roofs. But Pasquill design manager Tim Tasker says there’s a ready solution worth trying.

Getting smarter 24 February, 2016 Off-site manufactured insulated roofing system Smartroof is expanding to meet growing demand

A tipping point for cedar shingles? 24 February, 2016 The use of Western red cedar shingles only accounts for about half of one per cent of the total number of installations in the UK’s pitched roofi ng market, according to John Brash & Co Ltd

Cladding market grows 24 February, 2016 The UK cladding market continues to grow assuredly and Timber Decking and Cladding Association (TDCA) members are responding by introducing exciting new products to offer increased choice to industry professionals and consumers, writes TDCA director of operations Janet Sycamore

Tackling skills shortages 24 February, 2016 The Confederation of Timber Industries has joined with Proskills to conduct what is billed as the largest-ever skills survey in the timber sector, says Dirk Vennix, CTI chief executive

The year of offsite? 24 February, 2016 Offsite construction is an evolving and growing build method being used within the UK. Andrew Carpenter, chief executive of the Structural Timber Association discusses the current state of play for offsite construction, and the positive outlook it brings for 2016

Shaping the future of offsite 24 February, 2016 With the government setting a target of 400,000 new homes by 2020, Alex Goodfellow, group managing director of Stewart Milne Timber Systems, considers how offsite manufacture could help

Wood Inspirations 24 February, 2016 The range of projects specifying timber cladding appears to be growing. Stephen Powney reports

Raising up an army 24 February, 2016 New leader of the UK Timber Trade Federation (TTF) David Hopkins want to mobilise the ranks of the timber industry to more effectively grow the market for wood. He talked to Stephen Powney

Eco construct 24 February, 2016 Ecobuild, the UK’s largest show dedicated to sustainable construction and energy, returns in March with an increased and in-depth focus on the latest industry trends, challenges and opportunities

Bird takes the helm 25 January, 2016 In this ports update we take a look at The Humber region. Simon Bird has recently taken over the reins as Associated British Ports’ director of its Humber operations. We asked him for his thoughts

Looking back 25 January, 2016 In this brief article Arvid Nielsen, having sought some recollections from his father, recalls the days when Kingston upon Hull was one of the busiest and most important timber ports in Europe

2016 Predictions 25 January, 2016 The New Year is here, but what will it bring? As TTJ went to press the pound was moving nearer to €1.30 - a mark last reached nearly a year ago and which may give optimism for UK sawmillers. UK GDP is tipped to increase by around 2.4%, the construction industry is widely tipped to have a good year and research shows merchants are optimistic after profits growth in 2015. Here, we ask several industry figures for their 2016 expectations.

Post recovery softwood sets sights high 21 December, 2015 The softwood industry is still shaking off recession in some areas, but sees major market possibilities ahead. Those were central conclusions from a dynamic International Softwood Conference. Mike Jeffree reports from Amsterdam

Compulsory E1 in Europe - a defence 20 November, 2015 Clive Pinnington, the new, and first, managing director of the European Panel Federation, finds that not all publicity is good publicity – especially when it comes via a TV news programme that promoted alarmist views on emissions from wood products

The appliance of science 20 November, 2015 The International Panel Products Symposium in Wales is always an opportunity to hear about how science and research is helping to improve products in the panel industry. Mike Botting, editor of TTJ sister title Wood Based Panels International, was there to bring this report

360 Safety 20 October, 2015 The Fork Lift Truck Association is driving safety standards for forklift use and its National Fork Lift Safety Conference was a chance to share best practice and case studies for users.

Rise of the Robots 20 October, 2015 Robotics will play an ever more critical role in manufacturing and product handling, says Andrew Matthews, production director, at multi-faceted timber products supplier National Hickman.

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