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Q4 construction products sales rose for 15th straight quarter
10 January, 2017
Sales in the UK construction products manufacturing market continued to climb for a consecutive 15th quarter in Q4 of 2016, according to figures published in the Construction Products Association’s latest State of Trade Survey.
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Housebuilding and timber sectors welcome UK government’s extra £3.7bn for housing
Wednesday, November 23, 2016 The UK government’s much-expected shot in the arm for housing – confirmed in today’s autumn statement – has been welcomed by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) and Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI).
Majority of smaller builders yet to see any Brexit blip
Tuesday, September 06, 2016 Two thirds of SME house builders are yet to see any significant changes to their project pipelines in the wake of Brexit, new research from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has revealed.
Plywood drives early 2016 UK timber import growth
Thursday, May 12, 2016 A 3% growth in UK timber product imports during the first two months of 2016 was driven by a 26% increase in plywood volumes, according to the Timber Trade Federation’s (TTF) latest statistics bulletin.
New report charts growth of Scottish forestry sector
Thursday, December 03, 2015 The contribution made by Scotland’s forestry sector to the country’s economy has increased to nearly £1bn from £670m in 2008, according to a new report.
Softwood battles headwinds back to growth
Monday, November 16, 2015 The consensus at the International Softwood Conference was that the industry is still dealing with the fallout from global recession in many areas.
UK softwood import volumes forecast to grow in 2016
Friday, November 06, 2015 The UK Timber Trade Federation (TTF) is forecasting a modest return to growth for softwood import volumes in 2016.
Weaker summer RMI demand dents TP Q3 sales
Thursday, October 22, 2015 Weaker demand than expected in the RMI market during the summer has led Travis Perkins plc to revise its profit growth expectations for 2015.
Queen’s Speech potential for joinery sector growth
Monday, June 01, 2015 Government plans to boost the housing industry outlined in the Queen’s Speech offer growth potential for the UK joinery industry, according to the British Woodworking Federation (BWF).
BWF disappointed at “vote-winning” budget focus
Thursday, March 19, 2015 The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) has described the Chancellor’s budget announcement as more about winning votes at the next election than backing the construction and manufacturing sectors.
UK softwood import value rises in 2014
Saturday, February 21, 2015 UK softwood imports for the full year 2014 increased in value by 21% to £1.14bn, according to the Timber Trade Federation’s initial annual statistics.
Latest pallet industry figures show growth in supply of new pallets
Sunday, February 15, 2015 The latest figures available on the supply of new timber pallets in the UK show a slight increase.
UK Timber import growth charted by latest stats
Thursday, January 15, 2015 UK imports of timber and panel products were up by around 18% in the first nine months of 2014, according to the latest figures from the Timber Trade Federation (TTF).
Södra improves profitability
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Södra’s latest interim results reveal a huge improvement in the company’s financial performance.
US companies stumped by slower growth
Monday, August 11, 2014 Forest products giant Weyerhaeuser managed a 28% increase in earnings from its operational activities, but a small increase in sales during the second quarter failed to impress investors.
Italy predicts strong machinery sales recovery
Saturday, August 09, 2014 The value of the Italian wood processing machinery and tool industry fell by 2.1% last year, but the sector remains confident of a strong recovery by the end of the year.
Norbord’s European mills continue to prosper
Friday, August 08, 2014 Norbord’s European operations continue to operate at record production levels and profits are remaining strong, according to the company’s latest financial update.
New home registrations reach seven-year high
Friday, May 30, 2014 NHBC’s latest statistics show that April new home registrations reached their highest level since 2007.
Future of Scottish forestry to be debated
Thursday, May 22, 2014 Politicians will join forestry industry executives, architects and property experts on May 29 to discuss the future of forestry in Scotland.
New statistics show UK sawmill production growth
Thursday, May 22, 2014 UK sawmill production grew by 5% to 3.6 million m3 in 2013, according to new statistics from the Forestry Commission.
NHBC records 7% growth in new home registrations
Friday, May 09, 2014 A 7% growth in new home registrations was recorded by the NHBC in the first quarter.

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