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Construction Product Manufacturing report suggests caution remains for 2020 27 January, 2020
Mixed Q4 results for the construction products manufacturing sector with an equal number of manufacturers reporting an increase or decrease in sales for both heavy side and light side products.
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Arnold Laver opens door making facility in Thornaby
Monday, January 27, 2020 Arnold Laver, part of The National Timber Group, has started the integration of its latest production facility, located in Thornaby, near Stockton-on-Tees. The business will form part of its new Intelligent Door Solutions Division.
Wood manufacturers adopt new digital technologies as part of the Made Smarter initiative
Monday, January 27, 2020 James Tanner Joinery, based in Kendal, Basically Trade in Burnley, S.W. Watson & Son in Preston, and W Howard Group, based in Astley, are the latest small and medium sized manufacturers who have secured funding through the Made Smarter programme.
Laidlaw Limited goes into administration
Friday, January 24, 2020 Duff & Phelps Ltd were appointed Joint Administrators of Laidlaw Limited on 17 January 2020, the company was then closed with all 61 staff across four locations being made redundant.
Finland’s Spinnova set to transform the textile industry with wood-based fibre
Friday, January 24, 2020 In central Finland the startup company Spinnova is thought to be the only company in the world that manufactures wood-based textile fibres completely free of chemicals.
Government to consult on extending ban on combustible materials to buildings under 18m
Friday, January 24, 2020 New measures to improve building safety standards announced by Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick include a consultation process to evaluate banning combustible materials ‘in and on’ exterior walls lower than the previous 18m threshold.
Profits rise and turnover exceeds £225m for Howarth Timber Group
Friday, January 24, 2020 Howarth Timber Group have declared a turnover of £225m in a year of "stabilising and futureproofing" with further growth for 2020 expected following previous significant investments.
New Model Institute for Technology and Engineering (NMITE) announces Hereford based Oakwrights winner of design competition
Friday, January 24, 2020 Oakwrights will create the designs for three new NMITE buildings on the Skylon site: The Centre for Advanced Timber Technology (CATT); The Centre for Automated Manufacture (CAM); Centre for Future Skills (CFS).
Corrupt Indonesian timber company boss jailed for five years and fined more than $180,000
Thursday, January 23, 2020 A high court in Indonesia has upheld the conviction, jail term and fine of a corrupt timber trader. The relatively severe punishment is the first of its kind in the Indonesia timber sector.
Italy's Scm Group confirms its financial stability and rewards innovation
Wednesday, January 22, 2020 Scm Group ended 2019 with a turnover in excess of €700m, in line with 2018's record figures and on budget for the year. It was also in line with orders thanks mainly to the upward swing in the last few months.
Skilled wood-tradesmen are the most sought after workers in the UK construction industry.
Wednesday, January 22, 2020 When it comes to employers looking to fill vacant positions, it is clearly more advantageous to be trained in some jobs than others. According to Construction Industry Training Board’s (CITB) Construction Skills Network report, the top 15 in-demand manual labour jobs and corresponding annual recruitment requirements (ARR) have been identified.

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