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August 2017


Making a Posi-tive change
24 August 2017 Jonathan Fellingham, managing director of Donaldson Timber Engineering, discusses how small design changes had a big impact for a small development in Fife

Aiming for the heights
24 August 2017 “Aim high” is the Trussed Rafter Association’s theme for 2017 and the achievements for the association so far reflect that. But there’s no time for standing still as the climb to be the voice of the industry never stops

Offsite is on trend
24 August 2017 The STA says there has never been more enthusiasm for offsite manufacture and it is reminding government that the structural timber sector is ready and waiting to help solve the housing shortage. Sally Spencer reports

July 2017


Across the board Buoyancy
26 July 2017 France’s wood sector is enjoying the strongest market conditions for a while, reports French Timber

Making The grade in Timber grading
26 July 2017 Can you visually grade timber rejected by a grading machine? This is the question asked by Daniel Ridley-Ellis, head of the Centre for Wood Science and Technology

French oak in good heart
26 July 2017 France’s oak producers are upbeat and investing and so far seem unbothered by Brexit in their key UK market. Mike Jeffree reports

Cruise Control
26 July 2017 Customers and staff of South London Timber enjoyed a river cruise to celebrate the company’s 30th anniversary. Stephen Powney reports

French Douglas Fir
26 July 2017 France is Europe’s leading Douglas fir producer and output will treble by 2020. Sabrina Pédrono, executive officer at the France Douglas organisation reports

Oil palm wood - an untapped resource
26 July 2017 The much-maligned oil palm plantations in Asia may provide a major source of wood raw material in the years to come if the PalmwoodNet project succeeds in its mission to make the species a commercially usable timber. Stephen Powney reports

French building revolution
26 July 2017 Within the next few years, France will have 36 demonstration multi-storey wood buildings acting as models for architects and contractors. Mike Jeffree reports

Softwood Sights Set on UK
26 July 2017 The recovering French softwood sector is exploring new products and markets, including the UK. Mike Jeffree reports

Joinery sector stays positive
21 July 2017 The joinery sector is seeing good growth but is keeping a watchful eye on the efforts of the plastics industry to steal back hard won market share. Sally Spencer reports

Sitting Comfortably
21 July 2017 Preformed wood components manufacturer Stonebridge UK Ltd is responsible for ensuring a large number of UK office workers are sitting comfortably. Keren Fallwell reports

Positive prospects
20 July 2017 West African producers are confident of positive market prospects in the third quarter, according to TTJ’s tropical timber markets specialist.

June 2017


London calling
20 June 2017 The Plywood Club of London has stayed true to its founding principles while also changing with the times. Keren Fallwell reports

Mod Cons
20 June 2017 Applications for chemically-modified wood are growing all the time. We take a look at some inspiring examples

Redwood’s robust performance
20 June 2017 Swedish redwood suppliers are striking an optimistic note, investing and looking at new products. Mike Jeffree reports

Taking Control
20 June 2017 An ERP system designed for merchants can tackle the complexity of timber products and terms of trade. Keren Fallwell reports

Ligna delivers ideas for innovation
20 June 2017 The biennial Ligna show in Germany was the place to go to check out new technology in the timber industries. Stephen Powney reports from the Hannover Messe

Market Signals
20 June 2017 When TTJ stopped off at ATA Timber’s Moheda HQ, the company said UK buyers needed to make firm order commitments and realise that global demand for wood was growing, reports Stephen Powney.