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Laidlaw Limited goes into administration
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
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
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
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
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
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
Scm Group ended 2019 with a turnover in excess of €700m Euro, 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.
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.
Timber façade for Google’s new London HQ to be largest in the world
Hess Timber is developing the façade system for the new Google HQ in London together with Josef Gartner GmbH, a leading global manufacturer of custom-made façades.
Wood Lane starts new year with Counteract
East Midlands-based Wood Lane Timber Merchants Ltd has updated its software with Border Merchants Systems’ CounterAct.
Dustcontrol to showcase range at southern show
Dustcontrol UK is set to exhibit its range of high-performance extraction equipment at the Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2020 Exhibition.
China finally appears to be tackling the problem of illegal timber and logging
The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) reports that China is amending its Forest Law to include a nationwide ban on buying, processing or transporting illegally sourced timber.
UK hardwood trade gathers in force at new venue
This year’s London Hardwood Club (LHC) New Year Luncheon on January 17 attracted its highest ever attendance – some 220 people.
Tilhill Forestry’s ground-breaking mental health first aid initiative
Tilhill Forestry, part of the BSW Timber Group, has launched an initiative to help safeguard the mental health of its workers by training several staff across the country with the ability to offer mental health first aid.
Woodshavings business opts for Mercedes-Benz trucks
Bristol-based Mendip Wood Shavings has taken delivery of two identical Mercedes-Benz Actros tractor units from dealer group Rygor Commercials.
Dutch police seize allegedly ‘illegal’ Myanmar teak
In the first raid of its kind, Dutch police have seized a large quantity of Myanmar teak in the Netherlands circumvented through the Czech Republic in alleged contravention of EU Law.
German wood consumer group calls for more softwood planting
The Arbeitsgemeinschaft Rohholz eV – the Working Group on Raw Wood Consumers – (AGR), a voluntary association of companies and associations of the raw wood processing industries in Germany and the neighboring countries has raised questions over the balance of softwood and hardwood in German forests.
A duo of centenarians
This year’s centenary celebrations of public forestry in Britain have been capped by the 100th birthday celebration of retired former Forestry Commissioner, George Stewart.
SCA Wood strengthens merchant sales force
SCA has strengthened its sales team through the appointment of Ali Thomson and Henry Quilter-Wood as business development managers.
W Howard helps employee drive career
Mark Odams passed his category CE driving test in November with the support of W Howard Group transport manager Neville Waring and his team of drivers. A category CE driving licence means Mr Odams can now operate the company’s articulated fleet vehicles as well as the rigid vehicles.