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Panels sector clears one Brexit hurdle 31 January, 2018
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
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Timber supply continuity is a growing issue
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 As we enter the new year, trade talk about potential timber supply issues and rising prices continue to feature.
Building trust bolsters the brand
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 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
Collaboration and Creativity are keys to training
Friday, December 29, 2017 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
The Timber Trade needs diversity
Friday, December 29, 2017 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
Education and encouragement
Thursday, December 28, 2017 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
Double jeopardy of due diligence
Thursday, December 28, 2017 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
New year prospects
Monday, December 18, 2017 Soon, most of us will be on Christmas holidays – which often seem like a few days of calm wedged between the busyness of life.
Putting timber on the map
Saturday, November 18, 2017 On the front cover of this issue is the timber-resplendent Hastings Pier, a worthy winner of this year’s RIBA Stirling Prize – UK architecture’s highest award. It really is a fantastic project and is great advert for the use of timber.
The International Softwood Conference: A View from the Outside
Friday, October 20, 2017 This year’s International Softwood Conference, held in Hamburg in early October, highlighted growing softwood output, but also rising demand in key markets worldwide, reports Charles Hopping, chairman of Hoppings Softwood Products and ISC speaker
Positivity not passivity for tropical timber
Friday, October 20, 2017 The STTC Conference underlined an energy and breadth of ideas for promoting sustainable tropical timber and forest management, writes Mark van Benthem of independent sustainable forest products and services institute Probos

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