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February 2020


Wood, science and strength
27 February 2020 EN 844 defines the features in both round and sawn timber and, depending on the effect each has on the parent material, these might be classified as character or defect, says John Park

Virtual reality training
27 February 2020 Jarkko Lalu, global software product manager at ABB Drives, discusses how virtual commissioning technology can safely train customers on using saw lines before they are installed and commissioned

In the pink
27 February 2020 Plantation hardwood is a relatively recent option for timber buyers, but its reputation is growing. Stephen Powney looks at Urufor’s Red Grandis branded timber produced in Uruguay

Future perfect
27 February 2020 This year’s Futurebuild will have a strong focus on the role building materials can play in the climate change debate

Clear vision
27 February 2020 Sarah Wild reports on the next generation of modified timber – augmented, transparent wood

Shingles Club
27 February 2020 Shingles are growing in popularity, says SR Timber trading director Shaun Revill

Cover stories
27 February 2020 Cladding manufacturers have been involved in many eye-catching projects recently – some more avantgarde than others. Sally Spencer reports

Spread the word
27 February 2020 Partnerships and communication can increase the market for timber cladding says Janet Sycamore of the Timber Decking & Cladding Association

Roofing show hits new heights
25 February 2020 The biennial Dach+Holz International exhibition was bigger and better than ever, say the organisers. Sally Spencer reports

View from the top
25 February 2020 TTJ spoke to Marley quality manager for JB Red, Jenni Forest and SR Timber trading director Shaun Revill about the current market for roof battens

Career highlight
25 February 2020 DTE’s new managing director Luke Roberts talks to Sally Spencer about his career to date and his ambitions for the roof truss specialist

The TRA in 2020
25 February 2020 After three years of political wrangling could 2020 be the year when Brexit is knocked off centre stage and other important issues such as housing and the climate crisis can be tackled? Nick Boulton, chief executive of the Trussed Rafter Association (TRA) shares his thoughts

New year, new price trend
25 February 2020 Mild winter weather in the Baltics has impacted harvesting rates, with talk of shortages to come. Against this background, importers and sawmillers are now expecting price rises following a year of price carnage for volume structural softwood. Stephen Powney reports

Positivity tempered by caution
25 February 2020 The UK hardwood sector predicts an unpredictable year ahead. Mike Jeffree reports

NMITE plans Timber technology centre
25 February 2020 Professor Martin Gillie, provost and chief academic officer at NMITE describes plans for a Centre for Advanced Timber Technology

Imports remained lower in 2019
25 February 2020 Imports over the first 10 months of 2019 were down, although hardwood and OSB bucked the trend

Pre-election sales dip
25 February 2020 TTJ’s monthly column in partnership with the Builders Merchant Building Index reveals subdued sales in November

January 2020


The right fix
29 January 2020 Associate purchasing director Stewart Lloyd from TIMco, talks about the latest trends in fixings and fasteners and how customer demand is driving the evolution of products

Timcon’s Pragmatic approach to brexit pays off
29 January 2020 The UK pallet sector is on the frontline of Brexit impacts but TIMCON has worked hard to manage the transition

Can’t see the wood for the trees!
28 January 2020 John Park says that if the future of Man really is at stake we should help tackle the climate change emergency by using more wood