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Wood and Wellness
16 October, 2018
We are being bombarded these days by media messages about the need to get fit and eat healthily.
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Reaching for the crystal ball
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 I know it’s probably an age thing (my default attribution of blame mechanism) but time seems to be slipping past at a rate of knots. Working on a monthly magazine means that often, in my head at least, I’m a month ahead of the actual date.
Milan and Nantes shows punch weight
Thursday, July 26, 2018 Nantes and Milan are key places in the European timber industry calendar this year.
Tightening of fire regulations loom
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 There has been a lot of talk in the timber industry about the potential knock-on effects of the Hackitt Review into the Grenfell fire.
Seeing Red
Monday, May 21, 2018 On the front page of this issue is one of the most striking recent applications of timber I can remember. It is in the City of London at the new HQ of Bloomberg and was designed by renowned architects Foster and Partners.
Greenpeace signals new direction on certification
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 When Greenpeace International became one of the founding members of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) back in 1993 it was a landmark moment.
Supply remains big issue
Monday, February 26, 2018 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.
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.
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.
Tight supplies and rising prices
Friday, October 20, 2017 Timber prices and availability continue to be a major talking point in the UK timber trade.
All eyes on off-site
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 On the last day of August a report was released by the London Assembly which, because of its timing during the summer holidays, may have gone relatively unnoticed.
EUTR remains important post-Brexit
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 The EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) wasn’t universally welcomed when introduced in 2013. Some in the trade saw it as unwarranted interference, a replication of the due diligence they already undertook to keep illegal wood out of their supply chains. The only difference, they said, was that it now came wrapped in Brussels red tape.
Smart Technology
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 Technology is all around us and making changes to the way we live.
US lumber duties to have far reaching effect
Monday, May 22, 2017 Donald Trump is certainly making his mark on the world during his first six months in office.
Going to machinery heaven
Friday, April 21, 2017 Our front page in this issue is given over to the Ligna exhibition in Hanover.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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