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Construction Product Manufacturing report suggests caution remains for 2020
27 January, 2020
Mixed Q4 results for the construction products manufacturing sector with an equal number of manufacturers reporting an increase or decrease in sales for both heavy side and light side products.
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Arnold Laver opens door making facility in Thornaby
Monday, January 27, 2020 Arnold Laver, part of The National Timber Group, has started the integration of its latest production facility, located in Thornaby, near Stockton-on-Tees. The business will form part of its new Intelligent Door Solutions Division.
Wood manufacturers adopt new digital technologies as part of the Made Smarter initiative
Monday, January 27, 2020 James Tanner Joinery, based in Kendal, Basically Trade in Burnley, S.W. Watson & Son in Preston, and W Howard Group, based in Astley, are the latest small and medium sized manufacturers who have secured funding through the Made Smarter programme.
Laidlaw Limited goes into administration
Friday, January 24, 2020 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.
Government to consult on extending ban on combustible materials to buildings under 18m
Friday, January 24, 2020 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
Friday, January 24, 2020 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
Friday, January 24, 2020 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).
Skilled wood-tradesmen are the most sought after workers in the UK construction industry.
Wednesday, January 22, 2020 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
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 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
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 East Midlands-based Wood Lane Timber Merchants Ltd has updated its software with Border Merchants Systems’ CounterAct.
Dustcontrol to showcase range at southern show
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 Dustcontrol UK is set to exhibit its range of high-performance extraction equipment at the Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2020 Exhibition.
UK hardwood trade gathers in force at new venue
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 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
Monday, January 20, 2020 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
Monday, January 20, 2020 Bristol-based Mendip Wood Shavings has taken delivery of two identical Mercedes-Benz Actros tractor units from dealer group Rygor Commercials.
Southern Grove unveils £33m timber-built canal side office development in Shoreditch
Friday, January 17, 2020 Southern Grove is only the second office developer to enter the area, following British Land’s purchase of its first home for the flexible workspace brand, Storey, in the same road.
Graham Heath Group closing its TFC Supplies business and exiting timber trade
Friday, January 17, 2020 Citing increased competition in the timber sector the company will be focussing its attention on the continued success of its larger businesses within the group: Graham Heath Construction; Graham Heath Equestrian Structures and Concrete Panel Systems.
Prentice Kitchens falls into administration
Friday, January 17, 2020 The family run business based in Tamworth, Staffordshire had been manufacturing bespoke kitchens since 1985 and was placed into administration on 20th December 2019.
Celebrating 100 years in business Arnold Laver opens its 17th Timber World branch in Surrey
Thursday, January 16, 2020 The branch is located at Silverwing Industrial Estate in Croydon and will stock a wide range of timber and timber-related products. The company will also be holding a series of promotions and activities to celebrate the first month of opening.
Cre8 joinery planning for a big year ahead with factory expansion and appointment of a new director
Thursday, January 16, 2020 Capitalising on a successful 2019 Cre8 Joinery and its partner company Washroom Washroom completed a 20% factory expansion of their head office which included a mezzanine area and dedicated new office space.
Hereford based NMITE plans to develop Centre for Advanced Timber Technology
Thursday, January 16, 2020 New Model Institute for Technology and Engineering (NMITE) was inaugurated in 2018 and is focussed specifically on technology and engineering.

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