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Expectations of another slide in sterling give UK timber a competitive advantage versus imports, while demand from pallet manufacturers is robust due to end users stockpiling, both due to Brexit uncertainty. But like other industries, the UK forest sector above all wants clarity on our future, in or out of the EU, writes Confor chief executive Stuart Goodall
The BRE is embarking on a European programme to develop a performance life software tool to facilitate specification of timber in construction, writes Ed Suttie.
The US-China trade war is causing a fundamental change in the American hardwood industry’s trading outlook and one outcome is renewed focus on the European market, writes American Hardwood Export Council executive director Mike Snow
Voting for the TTJ Awards is now under way.
The year ahead looks challenging, but the BWF is not about to relax its efforts supporting the woodworking sector to further improve performance and recruit and hone the skills of its next generation of employees, says chief executive Helen Hewitt
Progress is being made, but improving training and education continues to be an imperative for the future of the timber sector, writes Geoff Rhodes of forest products and international trade consultancy GRA, recipient of TTJ’s 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award
Watching a magician perform at the North West Timber Trade Association annual dinner in Liverpool recently reminded me of the Brexit conundrum still facing the UK (in late March).
To ensure timber supply can meet growing consumption without depleting the forest resource, the sector needs to develop new approaches on reuse and recovery says Dan Ridley-Ellis, head of the Centre for Wood Science and Technology at Edinburgh Napier University
Treated and modified timber have a key role to play in helping construction capitalise fully on the wellness benefits of wood, writes Wood Protection Association chief executive Gordon Ewbank
New product and market opportunities should be high on every company’s priorities.