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May 2018


Price volatility set to continue
22 May 2018 Fencing hits its peak season and tightness in log supply is causing headaches for pallet manufacturers. Sally Spencer reports

Warmth, well-being and wow factor
22 May 2018 A major and ultra prestigious application in the City of London could really put US red oak on the European map. Mike Jeffree reports

Plywood sales below par
22 May 2018 The UK plywood market may be quieter than usual but the Timber Trade Federation’s new requirement for third-party testing has been keeping traders busy. Keren Fallwell reports

Future focused global forum
22 May 2018 France’s premier timber exhibition has become a core event for the international industry; a venue for launching new products, discussing key trade topics and addressing potential forward market trends and developments. Mike Jeffree reports.

Local approach
22 May 2018 Gibbs and Dandy and the rest of Saint-Gobain Building Distribution’s Local Merchant Group has a rich history in the merchanting trade. Stephen Powney talks to the company’s MD Neil Lawrence

Growing abroad, building at home
22 May 2018 Growth and development potential for American softwoods is seen in export and domestic markets. Charles Trevor reports

Across the boards
22 May 2018 UK manufacturers are increasing their output as demand for wood-based panels continues to grow. Sally Spencer reports

Lion-Hearted Hardboard
22 May 2018 The hardboard market in the UK might be small but it is growing. Sally Spencer reports

April 2018


Low skill, high productivity
25 April 2018 Latest moulders deliver increased productivity, greater versatility and higher quality but, said onemanufacturer, “someone off the street can learn to use one in 20 minutes”. Mike Jeffree reports

Change, challenge and opportunity
25 April 2018 Richard Ellithorne, membership services director of the Builders Merchants Federation, outlines the merchant’s perspective on the timber market

The show will go on
25 April 2018 Some would say this year’s Ecobuild was small but perfectly formed. Sally Spencer reports

Xylexpo enjoys “second youth”
25 April 2018 Italy’s international woodworking technology exhibition Xylexpo hits its 50th anniversary this year and is promising a cornucopia of machinery innovation for timber and panel product processing. Stephen Powney attended the press preview in Milan

This wood stuff – it’s not just about buying and selling
25 April 2018 Andrew True takes a brief, thought-provoking look at some of the issues facing the timber trade today

Stepping up
25 April 2018 Mouldings suppliers are investing heavily and improving customer distribution and service levels, reports Stephen Powney

Raising the quality bar
25 April 2018 Enhancing the reputation of timber and maximising its potential are key aims for the Wood Protection Association, reports its director, Steve Young

The keep actives challenge
25 April 2018 Timber treatment manufacturers have to focus on the legislative environment as well as market dynamics. Sally Spencer reports

Timber car parks!
23 April 2018 TRADA’s Urban Buzz competition resulted in some innovative designs for a multi-storey car park

March 2018


Decking moves with the times
21 March 2018 Janet Sycamore from the Timber Decking & Cladding Association reports on the longevity of the decking market and the rise of wood plastic composites

Expert help
21 March 2018 Leisha Marlow tells TTJ what she most enjoys about working in the timber industry and Daltons Wadkin deploys its Red Team

Close ties
21 March 2018 Sweden’s timber exports are growing around the world but the country says it is not going to forget the UK as one of its key focus markets, reports Stephen Powney