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James Donaldson donates £53,000 to charity
James Donaldson & Sons embarked on the fundraising campaign in June 2019 and has exceeded its target by raising £53,945 for its charity partner, Maggie’s.
Biesse Group guarantees parts and service following production slowdown
Reacting to government measures aimed at tackling the coronavirus outbreak, Biesse Group has guaranteed to continue its full range of after sales support and spare parts shipment.
NHBC launches free training webinars
NHBC has launched a series of free training webinars to help support the construction sector during the coronavirus disruption.
BMF backs CLC plan to save UK construction
Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) co-signs Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) letter to the Prime Minister requesting support for the production and distribution of building materials to continue.
FMB says builders still in dark over bailout loans
The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) is asking the Chancellor to address delays with the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), as small builders across the country are struggling to keep their businesses afloat.
EBRD provides €15m loan for Belarus sawmill
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has confirmed that it provide a seven-year €15m loan to build a sawmill near Mozyr, Belarus.
British Columbia reduces sawmill output
Three of British Columbia’s largest forest products companies announced reductions in output due to Covid-19 market volatility.
People in lockdown search for decking
Internet searches for decking in the UK doubled in the week the country was told to stay at home according to new research from Composite Prime.
Metsä to build world’s most modern sawmill
Metsä Group is to invest €200m and build the world’s most modern sawmill in Rauma. It will be Finland’s largest ever sawmill investment.
Indonesians withdraw export legality licensing requirement
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.
Moralt implements strategy to remain open
German door blank manufacturer Moralt has been quick to develop a strategy to see it through the coronavirus disruption and it looks to be paying dividends.
Carrefour postponed until February 2021 - updated
The Carrefour International du bois planned for may will be taking place on the 3, 4 and 5 February 2021 at the Exhibition Park la Beaujoire in Nantes , France
Confor confirms timber industry key worker status
Defra spokesperson confirms to Confor that entire timber supply chain has key worker status and can continue to work if safe to do so.
Norbord prepared to reduce European mill capacity
Norbord has announced that it will be reducing production across its North American and European mills in response to the impact COVID-19 has had on demand.
Construction sector implements diverging strategies
Despite the government declaring construction an essential sector there is still confusion and differing opinions in the board rooms of the big construction companies.
Huws Gray acquires timber frame firm
Based in Welshpool, AC Roof Trusses was established in 1982, employs 30 people and specialises in the design, production and supply of timber frame structures, trussed rafters and the posi joist roof and floor systems.
Millennials cannot identify basic handyman tools
Google searches asking whether DIY stores are staying open during lockdown has increased by 3,300% but millennials could not name 8 out of 15 tools on average.
BMF clarifies builders’ merchants’ role during restrictions
Construction Leadership Council Taskforce briefing asked for clarification on builders’ merchants’ operational status following the additional restrictions announced by the Government.
TTF issues lockdown guidance as companies close
Confusion still leaves government guidance open to interpretation on how it applies to the construction sector.
Merchants look for clarification after latest Government coronavirus statement
Builders merchants and DIY stores are currently assessing their positions following the government’s latest coronavirus update which seems to keep the door open for their continued operation.