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May 2018


UK keeps the top slot
22 May 2018 2017 saw a rise in UK imports of US tulipwood and red oak, and completion of several American hardwood showcase construction projects. Mike Jeffree reports

Wood in water: The ultimate challenge
22 May 2018 Gervais Sawyer looks at some of the challenges timber faces when in water.

Boards prove buoyant
22 May 2018 Wood-based panels manufacturers are working hard to keep up with growing demand. Sally Spencer reports.

Making headlines
22 May 2018 MDF mouldings manufacturer W Howard is a long-term supporter of the TTJ Awards and is this year’s Headline Sponsor. Stephen Powney talks to W Howard group executive chairman Jonathan Grant

Price volatility set to continue
22 May 2018 Fencing hits its peak season and tightness in log supply is causing headaches for pallet manufacturers. Sally Spencer reports

Storing up creative talent
22 May 2018 In its latest project to widen uptake of red oak in Europe, AHEC is working with young furniture designer/makers at the start of their careers. Mike Jeffree reports

Strength in numbers
22 May 2018 A record number of delegates from across the pallets and packaging sector attended TIMCON’s general meeting recently. Sally Spencer reports

Warmth, well-being and wow factor
22 May 2018 A major and ultra prestigious application in the City of London could really put US red oak on the European map. Mike Jeffree reports

Future focused global forum
22 May 2018 France’s premier timber exhibition has become a core event for the international industry; a venue for launching new products, discussing key trade topics and addressing potential forward market trends and developments. Mike Jeffree reports.

Growing abroad, building at home
22 May 2018 Growth and development potential for American softwoods is seen in export and domestic markets. Charles Trevor reports

Local approach
22 May 2018 Gibbs and Dandy and the rest of Saint-Gobain Building Distribution’s Local Merchant Group has a rich history in the merchanting trade. Stephen Powney talks to the company’s MD Neil Lawrence

Plywood sales below par
22 May 2018 The UK plywood market may be quieter than usual but the Timber Trade Federation’s new requirement for third-party testing has been keeping traders busy. Keren Fallwell reports

Across the boards
22 May 2018 UK manufacturers are increasing their output as demand for wood-based panels continues to grow. Sally Spencer reports

Lion-Hearted Hardboard
22 May 2018 The hardboard market in the UK might be small but it is growing. Sally Spencer reports

April 2018


Low skill, high productivity
25 April 2018 Latest moulders deliver increased productivity, greater versatility and higher quality but, said onemanufacturer, “someone off the street can learn to use one in 20 minutes”. Mike Jeffree reports

Change, challenge and opportunity
25 April 2018 Richard Ellithorne, membership services director of the Builders Merchants Federation, outlines the merchant’s perspective on the timber market

The show will go on
25 April 2018 Some would say this year’s Ecobuild was small but perfectly formed. Sally Spencer reports

Xylexpo enjoys “second youth”
25 April 2018 Italy’s international woodworking technology exhibition Xylexpo hits its 50th anniversary this year and is promising a cornucopia of machinery innovation for timber and panel product processing. Stephen Powney attended the press preview in Milan

This wood stuff – it’s not just about buying and selling
25 April 2018 Andrew True takes a brief, thought-provoking look at some of the issues facing the timber trade today

Stepping up
25 April 2018 Mouldings suppliers are investing heavily and improving customer distribution and service levels, reports Stephen Powney