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Consolidation to increase in timber sector 20 February, 2017
I was sat in the Mayfair offices of new Timbmet owner The Hadleigh Timber Group recently asking its chairman Martyn Meade how he saw the future of the UK timber products industry.
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Appliance of wood identity science
Monday, February 20, 2017 Powerful new tools are helping timber traders demonstrate timber legality and sustainability, writes Oliver Cupit of non-profit sustainability organisation NEPCon
2017 - The year for living positively
Monday, February 20, 2017 In spite of most forecasters expressing degrees of gloominess about the UK economy generally, 2017 could turn out to be a good 12 months for the UK forestry and wood processing sector, writes the chief executive of Confor Stuart Goodall
A hardwood CLT building first
Friday, January 20, 2017 Professor Alex de Rijke, founding director of wood-loving architecture practice de Rijke Marsh Morgan — dRMM — reflects on the invention of hardwood CLT and its latest application in progress at Maggie’s Oldham
New Year, fresh perspectives
Friday, January 20, 2017 Looking out of my rear house windows over Christmas it was impossible to get away from wood, which of course is not a bad thing.
Flegt licensing key to tackling illegal timber
Friday, January 20, 2017 European environment commissioner Karmenu Vella congratulates the timber trade on its part in getting FLEGT-licensed timber and wood products to market, putting the EU “at the forefront of a global movement to end illegal logging”
A Successful sales culture for uncertain times
Wednesday, December 28, 2016 When the economic and market outlook is unsettled and unpredictable, an informed, involved, technically competent and positive sales force is key, says Paul Black, chief executive of sales-i
Flegt licensing a legality assurance step change
Wednesday, December 28, 2016 Leading independent timber and panel products distributor James Latham is preparing for its first shipment of FLEGT-licensed timber from Indonesia early in 2017. Lathams Ltd chairman and managing director Chris Sutton sees it as a major development and licensed products as a natural complement to its proactive environmental policy
Speaking with one voice
Wednesday, December 28, 2016 The timber industry has been talking for years about coming together on the big issues that matter to the trade and speaking with a single powerful voice. It has always been a difficult proposition compared to some competitor material sectors because of the diversity and breadth of the timber supply chain and the sheer number of its representational bodies.
Hitting The Sweet Spot
Monday, November 21, 2016 The American Hardwood Export Council’s previous showcase projects demonstrating the structural potential of tulipwood have been impressive enough. But it’s latest, The Smile, underlined even more clearly the commercial viability of building with the timber, writes European director David Venables
New Economy, New Opportunity
Monday, November 21, 2016 by David Hopkins
The UK’s post-Brexit economic reinvention provides an opportunity for the timber sector to highlight its potential in wealth and job creation and in contributing to low carbon growth and development, writes Timber Trade Federation managing director - Dave Hopkins

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