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February 2018


Industry Shapes Ecobuild
26 February 2018 Ecobuild is under new ownership this year and there is a renewed focus on timber

Building a brand
26 February 2018 Timber is a major focus for general merchant Buildbase. The company’s forest products director Andy Ferguson talks to Keren Fallwell

Raising the Roof
26 February 2018 To say that the Trussed Rafter Association has had a busy year would be an understatement. New publications, recognition and a new website show it is seeking to stay one step ahead. Stephen Powney reports

Fire Safety Front and Centre
26 February 2018 The timber treatment and cladding sectors are responding to challenges raised by the Grenfell tragedy, writes Wood Protection Association technical director Gordon Ewbank

It’s an ill wind…
26 February 2018 Wood Technology Society board member Andrew True looks at the impact storms and wind-throw timber can have on the market

Roofing Reassurance
26 February 2018 Shaun Revill, trading director at roofing batten specialist SR Timber, explains the importance of strong supply chain relationships

It’s a wrap
26 February 2018 Timber and wood-based cladding is not only growing in popularity, but diversity too. Mike Jeffree reports

Heavy rains cause headache for Baltic mills
26 February 2018 Months of warm, wet weather have had a dramatic impact on log availability for Baltic mills and shortages of sawn timber are on the way. Sally Spencer reports

Reducing the waste line
26 February 2018 Stuart Nicholson, sales director - roof systems at Marley Eternit, discusses developments in the roofing batten industry and the impact the wider issue of timber supply is having on the market

Cologne in the air
26 February 2018 The world’s largest roofing and timber exhibition is preparing to kick off in Cologne this month, reports Stephen Powney

January 2018


‘Mr birch’ notches 60 years of trading
31 January 2018 Derek Fletcher has seen more than most people in the UK timber trade. Celebrating 60 years in the industry this month he remains irrepressible and was recently honoured in Latvia for his long association with the birch plywood industy. Stephen Powney reports

It’s An Equitable life
31 January 2018 This month TTJ kicks off a new monthly feature – Meet the Merchant – to highlight an important sector that is responsible for selling large quantities of timber in the UK. The first is MKM Building Supplies and Sally Spencer discovers its success is founded on its model of branch directors having equity in the business

On a mission
31 January 2018 As productivity slows, there is an urgent need for the construction industry to work closely with the education sector to nurture fresh talent, says Robert Hairstans, of Edinburgh Napier University

Is wood ‘fireproof’? - part 2
31 January 2018 Don’t confuse fire retardance with fireproof, says Jim Coulson in his second look at wood and fire

Containers get on track at Liverpool
31 January 2018 A rail freight container service is the latest new development undertaken by Peel Ports at the Port of Liverpool

Postsaver’s three Fs - forward, faster, further
31 January 2018 Postsaver timber sleeve protection can now be found on everything from Lapland utility poles and Chilean bamboo cattle ranch fence posts, to vineyard and hop farm supports in Ethiopia – and the company sees its global market developing and diversifying. Mike Jeffree reports

West Port and Remmers show their metal
31 January 2018 Changes in supply chain management need to be planned in any company, but not least with a company the size of West Port Windows & Doors, whose unique set of requirements led it to a business partnership with Remmers (UK) last spring.

Put to the test
31 January 2018 Research and development is crucial to the wood coating sector and the BRE has been involved in several long-term field study projects. BRE research director Ed Suttie provides an update

New London port moves closer
31 January 2018 Further possibilities for the import of bulk construction materials into London are on the cards following a planning application to build a new terminal at the Port of Tilbury

Small but perfectly formed
31 January 2018 Eight years into a 20-year masterplan, Port of Shoreham is looking to develop its facilities, broaden its customer base and handle a wider range of cargoes. Mike Jeffree reports

A us hardwood window to the World
31 January 2018 The US may already be the world’s biggest hardwood supplier, but AHEC sees exciting opportunities for developing its global market further, industry veteran Dave Bramlage told Mike Jeffree, as he stepped down as AHEC chair