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August 2018


A question of balance
28 August 2018 A good mix of products, wide geographical coverage, being both in and out of Europe, and a strong balance sheet, for the Premier Forest Group it is all about spreading risk and reaping the reward. Robin Meade speaks to the new CEO

Science first
28 August 2018 The Wood Technology Society held its first scientific conference in June. Sally Spencer reports on the first day

TTBS national golf success
28 August 2018 One of the highlights of the timber trade’s golfing calendar – the TTBS National Golf – was another big success, reports Ivan Savage

Design relates red oak story
28 August 2018 One of Poland’s leading designers has created a collection of contemporary furniture informed by the supply and production process of America’s most populous hardwood. Mike Jeffree reports

GREENJOIST shows potential
28 August 2018 A number of international players are backing the GREENJOIST project, which aims to open up applications in industrial logistics markets for a recycled wood beam to replace solid wood

Fortis focus
28 August 2018 The Fortis conference and dinner was one of the largest gathering of builders’ merchants in the UK

The IWSC is dead … long live the WTS!
28 August 2018 Industry still bemoans a lack of timber expertise but the WTS is working to change that. John Park reports

Sitting pretty
27 August 2018 Demand for bespoke furniture is on the rise as people look for ways to express their individuality. Sally Spencer reports

July 2018


How not to be twisted
31 July 2018 Twist is the most significant kind of distortion during kiln-drying of sawn timber, writes Mark Jarvis

Milan machine mart
31 July 2018 The Xylexpo woodworking technology fair in Milan during May was again a hot point of innovation. Stephen Powney reports from the show

Combilift turns 20
31 July 2018 Multidirectional forklift truck manufacturer Combilift, a stalwart in the timber-handling sector, threw a massive party to celebrate its 20th anniversary and new factory opening. Stephen Powney joined the throng in Monaghan

Sterling work
31 July 2018 Norbord’s new £95m OSB line in Inverness is up and running and ready to capitalise on the booming market for the panel product. Keren Fallwell reports

Fast riser
31 July 2018 Staircase manufacturer TwoTwenty has seen strong growth on the back of a high emphasis on investment, quality and service. Stephen Powney reports from its factory near Derby

Bridging the skills gap
31 July 2018 Construction site skills shortages mean manufacturers of staircases now need to provide more installation guidance

Solid state
27 July 2018 The joinery sector is seeing solid growth, despite ructions in the construction sector. Sally Spencer reports

Adivbois Buildings Push Multiple Boundaries
27 July 2018 The Adivbois programme is as much about remodelling France’s wood construction industry as wood building innovation. Mike Jeffree reports

Record Carrefour reflects buoyant market
26 July 2018 France’s flagship exhibition has reinforced its claim to be Europe’s leading purely timber trade fair. Mike Jeffree was there

Diversifying Demand for Logs and Lumber
26 July 2018 From logs to engineered timber for construction, international demand has increased for French wood at every stage of processing, report Jean-François Guilbert and Thibaud Le Moign of the industry’s marketing association French Timber

June 2018


The IT crowd
25 June 2018 IT providers are continuing to deliver innovative software solutions to the timber industry. Sally Spencer reports

Better by design
25 June 2018 Advances in technology and software provision is keeping timber designers ahead of the game. Sally Spencer reports