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UK trussed rafter sector AGM re-scheduled after snow cancellation
19 March, 2018
The Trussed Rafter Association (TRA) AGM has been re-scheduled for May 10 after the event had to be cancelled on March 1 because of severe weather.
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Wood Awards launches call for entries
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 The Wood Awards: Excellence in British Architecture and Product Design has launched its 2018 call for entries.
Tomorrow’s designers wow with timber multi-storey car park project
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 A talented multidisciplinary team from some of Britain’s best-known universities has won TRADA’s undergraduate Urban Buzz competition to design a timber multi-storey car park.
UPM plywood division in record 2017 performance
Friday, February 02, 2018 UPM’s plywood business achieved a record high performance in 2017, the Finland-based forest products giant said in its annual results.
UK new home registrations grow 6% in 2017
Monday, January 29, 2018 UK new home registrations were up 6% in 2017, according to NHBC’s latest bulletin.
BWF urges Government for new approach following Carillion failure
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 British Woodworking Federation CEO Iain McIlwee has called on the government to develop a structured and more consistent legislative process to deal with market failures in the wake of Carillion entering liquidation.
James Jones invests £7m in new I-joist line
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 James Jones & Sons Ltd has announced a new £7m I-joist line investment for its plant at Forres.
Devon refurb wins Gold Award at Wood Awards
Thursday, November 23, 2017 A refurbished house in Devon that makes extensive interior use of timber has won this year’s Wood Awards Gold Award.
Groups welcome Budget housing sector boost
Thursday, November 23, 2017 The Construction Products Association (CPA) and Timber Trade Federation are among groups welcoming the government’s Budget moves to help the construction sector.
Saint-Gobain acquires Scotframe
Thursday, November 16, 2017 Saint-Gobain UK & Ireland has completed the acquisition of Scotframe Limited, accelerating its involvement in the offsite manufacturing and closed panel construction market.
Timber trade gathers at Timber Expo
Thursday, October 12, 2017 Timber construction seminars, new product launches, a woodworking awards shortlist announcement and a UK/Belarus timber trade event were just some of the highlights taking place this week at Timber Expo.
Timber industry celebrates at TTJ Awards 2017
Monday, October 02, 2017 About 450 people attended the TTJ Awards last Friday at The Brewery in the City of London – a record number for the event.
New UK construction orders hit lowest levels since Q1 2014
Monday, September 11, 2017 Newly-published ONS figures show that construction output in July fell by 0.9% and was 0.4% lower compared with one year earlier.
Södra to invest in new CLT facility
Tuesday, September 05, 2017 Södra is investing in a small facility for cross-laminated timber (CLT) production adjacent to its sawmill at Värö. The plans include a future investment in a larger facility.
London mayor urged to adopt offsite housing to meet housing needs
Friday, September 01, 2017 London mayor Sadiq Khan has been urged to champion offsite manufacturing to help address London’s housing needs.
Grafton reports positive first half
Thursday, August 31, 2017 Grafton Group plc has reported a 9% increase in revenue to £1.3bn and a recovery in profitability in traditional UK merchanting business in the six months to June 30.
Housing minister to speak at BMF day
Tuesday, August 29, 2017 UK housing minister Alok Sharma will speak at the Builders Merchants Federation’s Members Day in September.
Persimmon says UK housing market remains confident
Thursday, August 24, 2017 UK national housebuilder Persimmon plc has reported a 30% increase in first half pre-tax profits to £457.4m, describing the housing market as remaining “confident”.
Private new home registrations down 7% in Q2
Monday, August 21, 2017 Developers registered 40,000 new homes to be built in the UK during Q2 2017, according to NHBC’s latest new home registration statistics.
Material prices are soaring, says FMB
Monday, July 31, 2017 A third of small building firms say that soaring material prices are squeezing their margins and almost a quarter have had to pass these price increases onto consumers, according to research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).
Construction sector “vulnerable” after election result
Friday, June 09, 2017 The construction sector could be left vulnerable to the negative effects of political uncertainty following the indecisive result of the General Election, says the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

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