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September 2021


Record-breaking timber and joinery sales in Q2
09 September 2021 The latest figures from the Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI), published in August, reveal that record-breaking value sales in June 2021 helped builders’ merchants hit their best ever quarter since the Index began in July 2014. Timber and joinery products recorded its highest monthly sales (+57.5%), despite continuing material shortages.

July 2021


The true value of wood 2021
21 July 2021 Higher prices means more scope for investment and innovation, says the WTS’s Andrew True

Technology makes millworks work
21 July 2021 The Cambridge-based cladding, decking and fencing specialist, Millworks, has successfully navigated pandemic and emerged equipped for growth. Mike Jeffree reports

Don’t drop flegt, pleads NGO
21 July 2021 NGOs and the TTF have spoken out for FLEGT following suggestions FLEGT licensing and VPAs may be dropped. Mike Jeffree reports

21 July 2021 A TTF webinar laid out the operation and implications of the UKTR. Mike Jeffree reports

BMF tackling multiple topics
21 July 2021 From pandemic, to product shortages and net zero construction targets, the Builders Merchants Federation in-tray has been pretty packed recently, as TTJ’s Mike Jeffree found in conversation with chief executive John Newcomb

Panel prospects
21 July 2021 The global wood-based panels industry has fared better during the Covid-19 pandemic compared with average GDP and to an extent the construction industries. Frank Goecke, director of Afry Management Consulting, gave an update on the wood-based panels market to Beyond Covid delegates

The pandemic’s impact on the furniture sector
21 July 2021 The furniture industry is a massive customer of the wood panels industry, but how has it fared during the pandemic? In our Beyond Covid panel discussion tackling the subject, Stephen Powney asked questions of several key industry representatives. The panel was made up of Paolo Fantoni, president of Fantoni SpA and president of the European Panel Federation; Ulrich Bühler, head of sales and marketing at Egger Group; and Edi Snaidero, chairman of the European Furniture Industries Confederation

Unleashing design opportunities
21 July 2021 TTJ sister publication Wood Based Panels International’s (WBPI) Beyond Covid virtual conference in May attracted a large audience debating how the global wood-based panels sector has adapted to the pandemic. Opening keynote speaker Giulio Masotti, CEO of Wood-Skin, showed delegates how his company is combining digitalisation, CNC machining, the latest design software and use of composite materials to give new applications and possibilities for wood-based panels

TTJ awards chooses nobu for anniversary
21 July 2021 The annual TTJ Awards celebrates 25 years on September 17 with a new venue and guest speaker now confirmed. Stephen Powney reports

Five into one go
21 July 2021 The UK accounts for 50% of Normandy mill group NBE’s sales and business is still growing. Mike Jeffree reports

Olympian efforts in wood building
21 July 2021 Timber construction has its sights set on gold at the Paris Olympics. Mike Jeffree reports

Carrefour still positive after pandemic push back
21 July 2021 Europe’s leading timber-only trade show is looking forward to its 2022 comeback. Mike Jeffree reports

Demand rises as log supply tightens
21 July 2021 The French timber sector has come through the pandemic in good shape, but mills are increasingly concerned about levels of softwood and hardwood log exports. Thibaud Le Moign of French Timber reports

Hubtex helps merchants keep materials flowing
21 July 2021 Hubtex materials handling solutions have been a leading force in the building products sector, including timber, for many years. Hubtex (UK) Ltd’s MD Paul McNally’s shared updates from the company’s products at the recent Beyond Covid conference run by TTJ sister title Wood Based Panels International

Twenty years of partnership
21 July 2021 James Latham Group now has around 70 Combilift trucks operating through various locations

Group practice
21 July 2021 Independent builders’ merchant group IBMG chose Kerridge Commercial Systems’ K8 software to help it to deliver its strategy

Smarter and, faster
21 July 2021 Ten-25’s Ian Oldrey explains how ERP software can help merchants tackle supply chain issues

Software oils ecommerce wheels
21 July 2021 Software systems have proved their worth during the pandemic. Sally Spencer reports

Flagship site showcases timber
21 July 2021 James Jones & Sons recently completed a new visitor building at its flagship Lockerbie site