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Species, specification and application – all need to be rethought to ensure timber fulfill its promise as the material of the future, writes Dan Ridley-Ellis, head of the Centre for Wood Science and Technology
When there is an issue in the timber trade that keeps dominating trade talk it’s hard to focus on other things. This is what is happening with the supply and pricing challenge currently facing the sector.
Ingenuity, compromise and industry pressure have dealt with the risk of British companies, including wood panel producers, losing 2018 EU Emissions Trading Scheme allowances as a consequence of Brexit. Combined with promising trade trends, this could make for a happy new year for the sector, says Wood Panel Industries Federation director-general Alastair Kerr
As we enter the new year, trade talk about potential timber supply issues and rising prices continue to feature.
A key focus of Keith Fryer’s just-ended term as Timber Trade Federation president has been increasing market faith in timber in terms of legality, sustainability and performance. In its Trusted Timber campaign, he writes, TTF members now have a great opportunity to further enhance popular perceptions of wood
To recruit and retain new personnel, the timber industry must move training from the tried and tested, and refocus on ways to fully realise the potential of its employees. Donaldson Timber Engineering business development director and 2017 TTJ Career Development Award winner Luke Roberts writes
Charles Taylor, a timber merchant with 20 years’ experience and sales director of wood plastic specialist Composite Prime, discusses the rise of composite materials and why the timber trade should embrace change to remain relevant in the market
The timber industry must provide effective education and showcase the range of career opportunities it offers if it is to attract the new young talent it needs, says Ridgeons Forest Products buyer and 2017 TTJ Career Development Award winner Christopher Wait
Two cases of breaches of the European Timber Regulation have come to court. Although the story behind each is quite different, David Hopkins, managing director of the TTF, believes they highlight the industry’s moral and legal obligations
Soon, most of us will be on Christmas holidays – which often seem like a few days of calm wedged between the busyness of life.