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Commodity Softwood Price Challenge
20 August, 2015
High stock levels and falling prices have been a recent feature in the softwood trade, reports Jerry Wilson
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Private housebuilding spurs demand
Saturday, March 08, 2014 There’s no doubt that demand for timber frame housing is improving but margin growth is failing to keep pace. Ian Martin reports
Demand improves but margins remain tight
Saturday, August 10, 2013 The timber frame market is picking up but competition is still tough. Ian Martin reports.
Proposed sale of harvesting rights hangs over mills
Saturday, May 04, 2013 A recent lift in UK demand has cheered those Irish mills supplying the UK, but an overriding worry for the whole industry is the proposed sale of Coillte’s harvesting rights. Keren Fallwell reports
Margins under pressure
Saturday, January 12, 2013 Winning work remains tough for the timber frame sector but longer term, the outlook is positive. Ian Martin reports
Consumers confidence falls but housing outlook gives hope
Monday, December 10, 2012 Consumers may be holding back on major purchases but modest economic growth is forecast. Peter Varley reports
Hopes pinned on construction recovery
Saturday, October 27, 2012 Some building sectors have gone from bad to worse, but there are indications the decline may have bottomed out. Peter Varley reports
Export demand for timber increases
Saturday, August 04, 2012 Demand from the construction industry has fallen, but timber products exports are on the rise. Peter Varley reports
Business confidence highest for two years
Saturday, April 28, 2012 In March building materials purchases rose at their fastest for over years
Self-build and eco-homes ease timber frame pressure
Saturday, March 03, 2012 Social housing cuts are hitting timber frame, but other markets offer some relief and suppliers are still optimistic about longer-term prospects
Timber exports rise, imports fall
Saturday, February 04, 2012 Amid the economic gloom there is some good news for the UK timber industry
Cast in straw
Saturday, February 04, 2012 No matter how hard the big bad wolf huffs and puffs, the three little pigs will be safe and sound in ModCell’s prefabricated straw bale construction system
Wood fibre is a class act
Saturday, January 07, 2012 A new school near Reading is almost entirely wood in construction – and that includes the insulation
Timber frame fronts up to tough market
Saturday, October 29, 2011 The timber frame sector is suffering like the rest of construction, but is adapting products and strategies to boost performance and competitiveness
Confidence in recovery falters
Saturday, October 01, 2011 The latest economic results fuel concerns over a second downturn
Manufacturers find respite in exports
Saturday, August 06, 2011 With the economy slowing again, business confidence has fallen
Joiners hunt for positives in tough market
Saturday, July 09, 2011 Everyone agrees the joinery market is facing difficult times but individual companies are finding ways of coping
Manufacturers' output falls, costs rise
Saturday, May 28, 2011 The latest economic and construction forecasts suggest the road to recovery is still rocky
Manufacturing drives growth
Saturday, April 02, 2011 There has been some growth in manufacturing but government spending cuts mean the situation is still fragile
Hope springs for housing
Saturday, February 05, 2011 UK growth has shrunk but expectations for house sales have improved
Joiners view uncertain outlook with “cautious optimism”
Saturday, January 08, 2011 The joinery sector is facing a quiet first quarter but companies are hoping for an upturn in the spring

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