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New partnership promotes wellbeing benefits of wood
23 March, 2021
Stora Enso Wood Products has launched a whitepaper showcasing the science behind the health and well-being benefits of building with timber.
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The New European Bauhaus: wood sector sets out its stall
Monday, March 22, 2021 A top adviser to the EU Commission president will give a keynote address at the virtual wood4bauhaus conference on April 8.
Forest felling licence problems in Ireland continue to cause problems
Thursday, March 18, 2021 Reduced number of forest planting and felling licences are impacting the Irish forestry and sawmilling sector, according to a report in the Irish Examiner.
Martin cancels participation at Ligna 2021
Tuesday, March 16, 2021 Leading German woodworking machinery manufacturer Martin has cancelled its participation in this autumn’s Ligna exhibition due to uncertainty over sufficient Covid-19 vaccination levels among its staff and customers by then.
Softwood Briefing from TTJ
Monday, March 15, 2021 The UK softwood market took off as soon as the New Year began, with importers chasing shipments while the sawmills were still trying to cope with a real winter, the likes of which had not been seen for many years.
Grafton Group posts £132.7m pre-tax profit for 2020
Monday, March 15, 2021 Merchanting giant the Grafton Group plc has posted 2020 annual pre-tax profits of £132.7m (2019: £172.6m) and expressed confidence that the Covid-19 vaccine rollout will lead to a growth in economic activity.
MDF Recovery targets 2022 for first operational plant
Friday, March 12, 2021 Innovative MDF recycling company MDF Recovery (MDFR) says the first operational plant featuring its technology is aimed to be running in 2022.
AFI takes new stance on treated timber in ground contact
Thursday, March 11, 2021 The Association of Fencing Industries (AFI) is recommending that fencing installers only use chemically treated timber in ground contact where this is a specific requirement by the client because of concerns raised in an AFI survey about early failures of treated fence posts.
Nordic mills post strong annual results
Tuesday, March 09, 2021 Nordic forest products operations have reported strong performances, despite the disruptions caused by the global health crisis.
Vandecasteele sets up UK company
Friday, March 05, 2021 Vandecasteele Houtimport has created a UK registered company to minimise post-Brexit administration and streamline service for customers.
UK economy predicted to return to pre-Covid levels by middle of 2022
Thursday, March 04, 2021 The UK economy is forecast to return to pre-Covid levels by the middle of 2022, with growth of 7.3% next year, according to UK chancellor Rishi Sunak.
National Timber Group expands further with strategic acquisition of Hymor Timber
Wednesday, March 03, 2021 The National Timber Group (NTG) has acquired Hymor Timber Ltd, a £4.5m annual turnover (2020) timber merchant located in Stoke-on-Trent.
Travis Perkins posts pre-tax loss after year of unprecedented challenges
Tuesday, March 02, 2021 National merchanting group Travis Perkins (TP) has posted a group pre-tax loss of £7.7m (2019: £180.8m pre-tax profit) for the year ending December 31, 2020 after facing a year of unprecedented challenges due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Kullik & Rullmann acquires Newcastle-based Quay Timber
Tuesday, March 02, 2021 Leading timber agent Kullik & Rullmann AG (K&R) has acquired UK-based Quay Timber Ltd in a move which accelerates development of the group’s online business.
TTF survey finds timber industry resilience, but also Brexit trade friction
Monday, March 01, 2021 Difficulties with logistics and trading with Northern Ireland under new Brexit protocols are having impacts on an already tight timber supply chain, a new UK timber Trade Federation (TTF) survey has found.
Latest triple acquisition to give Grant & Stone a £250m combined turnover
Monday, March 01, 2021 Cairngorm Capital Partners’ Grant & Stone Group has complete three acquisitions which makes it the largest independent builders’ merchant group in southern England.
BSW Timber Solutions Ltd announced as new name of SCA Wood UK
Friday, February 26, 2021 BSW announced today that its recent acquisition - the Building and Supply Solutions division of SCA Wood UK - has now been renamed BSW Timber Solutions Ltd.
Merlwood Timber celebrates 25 years in the industry
Thursday, February 25, 2021 Merlwood Timber is celebrating 25 years in business.
Hundegger investment for Taylor Lane Timber Frame
Thursday, February 25, 2021 Taylor Lane Timber Frame has invested in a new fully automated cutting machine from Hundegger as part of a strategic investment programme.
Hardwood Sales Ltd invests £2m in manufacturing facility expansion
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 Liverpool-based Hardwood Sales Ltd says it is “powering” through the pandemic with a new £2m investment in manufacturing technology to aid its growth.

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