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Butterfly takes off A Sunderland roof truss producer is moving into timber frame thanks to newly installed technology
Laser focus Leading roof truss and engineered fl oor systems fabricator Pasquill has been investing in production technology and software to optimise operations, reports Stephen Powney from the company’s Redhill branch
Wood science - why does it matter? A timber trade staffed across the board with knowledgeable wood professionals is something the whole industry should aspire too, says Wood Technology Society chairman John Park
Wood and water Moisture content is an important facet of today’s timber product, says Wood Technology Society chairman John Park
Separating fiction from fact Consulting wood scientist Jim Coulson looks at the subject of wood preservation in this latest Talking Timber column
Hot Prospects Kiln manufacturers are optimising the drying process to improve product quality and reduce their customers’ costs. Keren Fallwell reports
The Italian job The Xylexpo woodworking technology fair in Milan had something for everyone this year, reports Stephen Powney
A mission to protect The prospects of the timber treatment sector are good, but it needs to be ever more proactive to achieve its potential, the Wood Protection Association conference heard. Mike Jeffree reports
Fit for Purpose Both the preservatives sector and timber fastener industry have worked hard to make sure fixing into preservative treated wood is as trouble-free as possible, Stephen Powney reports
Pressure on creosote
Creosote has long been a high performance method of preserving timber, but ever-tightening
regulation on its use is causing some to look at alternatives, reports Stephen Powney
Timber treatment’s case in the round
The emergence of the circular economy concept and the rise of timber in construction pose
opportunities and challenges for the timber treatment sector. Mike Jeffree reports
Multi-tasking moulders New moulder technology is not all about size and speed. Choice, versatility and bespoke capabilities are also key machine development criteria. Mike Jeffree reports
International woodworking technology show Xylexpo is in better health thanks to the return of
major players and a strong vision for the future, reports Stephen Powney from Milan
Safety First Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) CEO Peter Harvey examines the risks of moving materials and offers guidance to keep workers safe.
Hot to handle IMHX 2016 showcases the latest in materials handling, logistics and supply chain solutions. Show organsier Rob Fisher looks at some of the show highlights.
Moving Materials In this feature we look at how several companies in the timber sector, both in the UK and abroad, have been making investments in materials handling technology.
Preservation, and promotion In Sweden, use of preserved softwood in outdoor applications, including decking and garden products, is being promoted through both marketing and lobbying. Mike Jeffree reports.
Limiting Exposure Tightening EU formaldehyde regulations have seen coatings and adhesives companies such as AkzoNobel develop new compliant systems
Grabex invests in wood window future A window manufacturer with a PVCu product background is investing in its timber windows business because of continued demand for natural products.