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Indonesians withdraw export legality licensing requirement
27 March, 2020
In a shock move, the Indonesian Ministry of Trade is pushing through a new regulation withdrawing the obligation on timber and wood products companies to provide legality assurance documentation with exports.
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Wood-based panels organisations remain vigilant over coronavirus
Friday, March 13, 2020 Wood-based panels representative organisations are remaining vigilant over the COVID-19 coronavirus, with both the North American-based Composite Panel Association (CPA) and European Panel Federation (EPF) making statements in recent days.
Trussed Rafter Association urges new government to deliver on housing promises
Friday, December 13, 2019 The Trussed Rafter Association (TRA) has urged the newly elected Conservative majority government to deliver on the housebuilding promises it made during the election campaign.
BWF welcomes Building Safety Standards move in Queen’s Speech
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) has welcomed new Building Safety Standards legislation in this week’s Queens’ Speech as a “significant step forward”.
Timber construction gains further political momentum in Germany
Thursday, May 16, 2019 Germany’s sawmill and timber industries have hailed a “groundbreaking decision” encouraging the greater promotion of wood as a building material in Germany.
Lord Deben: more timber construction and forestry planting needed to meet climate change targets
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 The UK Government will not meet its climate change targets without a significant increase in tree planting and far greater use of timber in construction.
UK government publishes timber importer advice for no deal Brexit scenario
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 The UK government has published advice for timber importers and exporters in the event of a no deal Brexit.
ICC code changes to allow CLT construction up to 18 storeys
Friday, January 04, 2019 The International Code Council (ICC) has approved an entire package of 14 tall mass timber code change proposals which will see some CLT buildings allowed up to 18 storeys.
UK government CLT ban over 18m might open doors for alternative glulam systems
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 Glulam post and beam construction may be a way for the timber construction sector to still have an option above six storeys following the government’s proposed ban on cross-laminated timber (CLT) above 18m.
EPF signs landmark formaldehyde agreement for worker protection
Friday, December 07, 2018 The European Panel Federation (EPF) has signed a landmark agreement on enhanced protection in respect of formaldehyde for workers in the wood-based panels manufacturing industry.
Timber construction trend to continue despite building regs move
Monday, December 03, 2018 The move towards timber construction will not be thwarted by a change to building regulations aimed at banning use of combustible materials in new residential buildings over 18m, says the Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI).
CLT pioneer says UK government “overreaches” brief on fire safety
Monday, December 03, 2018 One of the UK’s leading pioneers of cross-laminated timber construction (CLT) – Waugh Thistleton Architects –has expressed “disappointment” the government is proposing a ban on CLT in new residential buildings above 18m.
TTF stages its first panels conference
Thursday, November 08, 2018 The Timber Trade Federation’s inaugural UK Wood Panels Conference took place at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London on November 7.
German state makes bid for mandatory use of timber in public buildings
Tuesday, November 06, 2018 The German Sawmilling and Timber Industry Association (DeSH) has welcomed a public timber construction initiative in Baden-Württemberg.
Council homes building boost is a victory, says FMB
Friday, October 05, 2018 The Prime Minister’s announcement that the Government will lift the borrowing cap on councils to allow them to build many more homes is a victory for bold thinking and common sense, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).
Report backs further moves towards off-site construction
Monday, July 23, 2018 An important House of Lords report has backed greater use of offsite construction (OSM), declaring that the UK construction sector’s business models are “no longer appropriate”.
UK and EU paint and coatings industry united ahead of Brexit talks
Friday, June 22, 2018 The British Coatings Federation (BCF) and CEPE (the European association representing paints and inks) have pledged to continue their close working relationship beyond Brexit.
Alsford in Brexit softwood prices warning to Lib Dem leader
Monday, May 21, 2018 Alsford Timber has warned Lib Dem leader Vince Cable that the company may have to pay millions more upfront to buy European softwood if the UK Government does not secure mutually-beneficial customs’ arrangements before the United Kingdom leaves the EU in ten months’ time.
BWF welcomes Hackitt Review
Thursday, May 17, 2018 The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) has welcomed the recommendations of the Hackitt Review into the Grenfell Fire.
Inquiry into off-site construction advantages continues
Monday, April 23, 2018 Housebuilders and engineering experts will be speaking at the next stage of a parliamentary inquiry investigating off-site manufacture for construction.

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