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January 2019


Visible and invisible wood
16 January 2019 The invisible wood all around us, in our built environment, is contributing to the climate agenda in several ways, says Dr Morwenna Spear of the BioComposites Centre

A compelling storey
16 January 2019 The annual Wood Awards saw Storey’s Field Centre & Eddington Nursery “rise to the top”

Surface area
16 January 2019 The Surface Design Show returns to the London Business Design Centre next month

Inspire and Improve
16 January 2019 TRADA’s Better Timber Buildings conference created discussion points around how timber-based construction can be improved. Sally Spencer reports

Sowing seedlings for the future
16 January 2019 Södra’s traditional co-operative business model continues to deliver growth and innovation – including in the UK. Mike Jeffree reports

Wood for your health!
16 January 2019 TTJ’s Wood and Wellness Conference will be an opportunity for wood industry sectors and specifi ers/construction companies to learn more about timber’s potential in the health and well-being megatrend. Stephen Powney reports

A sound specification
16 January 2019 When a recording studio asked for a finish that would preserve the acoustic properties of the floor, Bona had the solution

Symphony on song
16 January 2019 Symphony Coatings is working with its suppliers to bring new coatings to the market. Sally Spencer reports

Hello Helios
16 January 2019 International Applications has lived up to its name by becoming the UK distributor of products made in Slovenia by Japanese-owned Helios Industrial Coatings. Sally Spencer reports

Keeping it covered
16 January 2019 Coatings and finishes manufacturers continue to rise to the challenge of protecting and enhancing timber products. Sally Spencer reports

Let the wind blow
16 January 2019 2018 was not a stellar year for volume fencing demand. Wider market certainties remain for the early part of 2019, though timber price stability is predicted initially. Stephen Powney reports

2019 Predictions
16 January 2019 The New Year is here but what will it bring? The big current issue is, of course, the nature of the UK’s exit from the EU on March 29. We are likely to find out very soon whether we are heading for deal or no deal. Trading and customs arrangements, currency, housebuilding, investment decisions and general business confidence could all be affected in the coming months. But there is some optimism in timber sectors, with the UK sawmilling sector seeing opportunities to grow its share of the UK timber market and others predicting some stability. Here we ask several industry figures for their 2019 expectations

Call for entries
16 January 2019 TRADA is calling for entries to its annual student design competition

UK import trends
16 January 2019 The Timber Trade Federation’s (TTF) monthly UK timber statistics bulletin gives a good indication of trends in the UK’s main timber and panel product imports and exports. In a new monthly column, we summarise key points in the TTF’s latest available bulletin

Timber helps lift merchant sales
16 January 2019 A new monthly column in partnership with the Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) starts this issue, giving the latest available data on sales at builders merchants – a key sector for the timber trade

December 2018


Hardwood calm amid brexit storm
17 December 2018 Brexit may make the hardwood sector’s outlook unpredictable, but traders are “still hitting good numbers”. Mike Jeffree reports

Going Electric
17 December 2018 Materials handling and logistics are in firm focus as companies seek to maintain product availability and operational efficiency in light of Brexit, Stephen Powney reports

BMC and TP support training
17 December 2018 BMC launches its new graduate trainee programme and Travis Perkins welcomes a Chinese delegation interested in its apprenticeships

Panel discussions
17 December 2018 Sally Spencer reports from the TTF’s first UK Wood Panels Conference, which took place in London last month

How lovely are thy branches?
17 December 2018 Wood scientist Dan Ridley-Ellis says fitness as a Christmas tree is now a significant species survival advantage