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Going to machinery heaven 21 April, 2017
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The robust case for CLT
Friday, April 21, 2017 Structural Timber Association Technical Committee chair and director of KLH, Nic Clark says the organisation has reinforced its commitment to drive ‘quality, product innovation and construction productivity through technical guidance’ by publishing new technical Advice Notes for cross-laminated timber. Here he shares the thinking behind the documents
Environmental impact assessment made easier
Friday, April 21, 2017 Life Cycle Assessments and Environmental Product Declarations are becoming increasingly important in building materials specification, but there are increasingly user-friendly tools to generate them, writes Dr Shamir Ghumra, director at the BRE Centre for Sustainable Products
Plywood issue tackled head on
Monday, March 20, 2017 There have been grumblings in the UK timber trade for many years about the quality of some of the hardwood plywood imported.
Strengthening Bonds Post-Brexit
Monday, March 20, 2017 Brexit may mean Brexit, but in the face of global trade trends, rather than loosening ties, the UK and EU timber trades can and should reinforce bonds of cooperation and support, writes Patrizio Antonicoli, secretary general of CEI-Bois, the European Confederation of Woodworking Industries
Trading trends outweigh Brexit impacts
Monday, March 20, 2017 In the short-term rising consumption elsewhere and supply trends look set to affect UK softwood import trade more than the Brexit vote, writes Sampsa Auvinen, CEO of Norvik Timber Industries, board member of Bergs Timber AB and president of the European Organisation of the Sawmill Industry
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
Consolidation to increase in timber sector
Monday, February 20, 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.
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
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 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

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