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October 2017


The vexed relationship between wood and wool!
20 October 2017 What difference do the letters ‘CLS’ make to the size of sawn timber? John Park explains the bizarre naming systems for dimensional sawn timber

Law’s Advocacy
20 October 2017 Charlie Law believes innovation would help to secure timber’s place in construction and the circular economy. He talks to Keren Fallwell

Challenges for change
20 October 2017 Joinery stalwart John Mumford, co-director of Westbury Windows & Joinery, has seen a lot in the industry. He shares his thoughts on where the sector has come from and where it may be headed

Long-term performance
20 October 2017 Northern Ireland sawmiller Balcas has been investing heavily in timber treatment and kilning facilities to boost confidence in treated fence post performance

Primed for growth
20 October 2017 New Chinese investment plans are expected to fuel its growth of hardwood consumption, reports TTJ’s Asian markets specialist

Grenfell leads to materials scrutiny
20 October 2017 Fire performance and preservative treated wood quality has topped the Wood Protection Association priorities in 2017, says WPA director Steve Young

Make sure it’s UC4
20 October 2017 Sawmiller James Jones & Sons is expanding treatment and incising facilities, and wants to see the industry correctly treat ground-contact timbers to the UC4 standard

Made in Britain
20 October 2017 With an upsurge of interest in products made in Britain since the vote to leave the EU, TTJ looks at the story of timber fit-out product manufacturer Morland

September 2017


From poacher to gamekeeper
20 September 2017 Andrew Carpenter’s career began in the masonry sector but he now champions structural timber – and still has time to star in a musical or two. Sally Spencer reports

Agents never die
20 September 2017 Wood Technology Society board member Andrew True examines the role of timber agents in the timber trade

Floor Trends
20 September 2017 Interior designers and colour specialists are setting the trends for 2018, but wood flooring will have a product to suit whatever fashion leads the way in the next 12 months

Price over patriotism
20 September 2017 Processors of British-grown timber are keen to take advantage of currency exchange rates and to invest in capacity and value adding. Sally Spencer reports

Harvesting more than timber
20 September 2017 Specifying British timber provides more than just a cost benefit, as Grown in Britain CEO Dougal Driver identifies

Timber expo gears up
20 September 2017 The UK’s largest construction show – UK Construction Week – featuring Timber Expo prepares to open its doors once again

August 2017


It’s not rocket science!
24 August 2017 Wood Technology Society chairman John Park questions why so many in the timber trade cannot get a grip on the EU Construction Products Regulation

From boat yard To timber yard
24 August 2017 Richard Bagnall didn’t set out to spend his working life in the timber trade, but a temporary stintrunning Robbins Timber in the mid-80s turned into a much-loved career. Sally Spencer reports

Traders tee off
24 August 2017 UK timber traders once again turned out in force to support the industry’s premier golfing event – the TTBS National Golf

Building the future
24 August 2017 TTJ will host a timber construction roundtable in central London this autumn to debate how this growing sector can help meet the government’s housing targets. Stephen Powney reports

Flegt boosts civil society self-help
24 August 2017 After playing a key role in implementing their country’s FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreement with the EU, Indonesian civil society groups are sharing experiences with counterparts in other countries engaged in the initiative. Mike Jeffree reports

UK warms to wood fibre
24 August 2017 The UK market for wood fibre is some way behind Europe, but it does have potential for growth. Keren Fallwell reports

Making a Posi-tive change
24 August 2017 Jonathan Fellingham, managing director of Donaldson Timber Engineering, discusses how small design changes had a big impact for a small development in Fife