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Timber on the menu Timber continues to be, literally, the base for kitchens. Keren Fallwell reports on current design trends
Mixing the old and the new Does the apparent rush for standardisation in mouldings mean the end of bespoke production? Camilla Hair of Snows Timber investigates.
Glee tidings The timber garden products sector is looking forward to a bumper 2015 season. Sally Spencer reports on this year’s Glee exhibition
Wider export horizons A depressed home market and rising timber consumption elsewhere in the world has seen both French hardwood and softwood suppliers become more export oriented, reports Jean-François Guilbert, managing director of marketing body French Timber
Wood products boost Bioeconomy Finland’s timber sector has had to adapt to tough economic times, while its wider forestry industry has focused on developing a more diverse range of products from the fibre resource. However, wood remains at the heart of the country’s evolving bioeconomy, reports Aila Janatuinen, manager wood products, Finnish Forest Industries Federation.
Rebuilding Timber's market Share Lawrence Young, chairman of the Structural Timber Association, discusses the market for building with wood in the UK
Growth in Britain It’s been a busy year for Grown in Britain and it's set to get busier. CEO Dougal Driver explains how the movement has transformed demand and is now acting to drive innovation in the supply chain and change the public perception of woodland management
Research required There are plenty of opportunities for UK timber but progress could be stymied by a lack of research. Keren Fallwell reports.
Diversity spells dynamism Incoming American Hardwood Export Council chair Jennifer Brand, vice-president international wood products at Bridgewell Resources, told TTJ editor Mike Jeffree that she sees a bright future for a US hardwoods sector based on diversity of species, products, export markets and workforce.
Fortis flexes its muscles The UK’s newest and largest buyers’ group shared its ethos with members and suppliers at its Timber & Building conference. Keren Fallwell reports
Modified momentum The market’s light bulb moment for the potential of thermally-modified US hardwood is just around the corner, writes Neil Summers of Timber Dimension, which is working with the American Hardwood Export Council to test and validate the material’s performance.
Adopt an architect Building bridges with construction professionals can reap rich rewards for timber, according to AHEC’s David Venables. Mike Jeffree reports.
Catching economies on the rise There may still be speed bumps ahead, but the US hardwood sector is accelerating along the road back from recession, reports Judd Johnson of Hardwood Market Report.
Building provides solid foundation for I-joist sales Demand for I-joists is firming but volumes are still a long way off pre-recession levels. Stephen Powney reports
Building boost raises rafter demand Delegates at last month’s Trussed Rafter Association annual general meeting were in a positive mood, thanks to the upturn in construction activity. Sally Spencer reports