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Tight supplies and rising prices
20 October, 2017
Timber prices and availability continue to be a major talking point in the UK timber trade.
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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.
UK mills on investment trail
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 There have been several different announcements on the UK mill scene these last few weeks.
Getting a clearer picture
Friday, August 19, 2016 It is now nearly two months from the UK’s Brexit vote. While the market picture and prospects are not wholly clear, we are getting more signs of how the market is reacting. When Travis Perkins, one of the UK’s biggest sellers of wood, publishes its quarterly results, there are always some good pointers.
That’s democracy!
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 Well it happened. Whatever way you voted in the EU referendum we now face undeniably one of the biggest periods of change ever in the UK. That’s democracy!
Unchartered political waters
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 In just a few days we’ll know the result of the UK’s referendum on EU membership.
FLEGT licensing a step nearer
Friday, May 20, 2016 It’s been a long time waiting but finally it looks like we will be shortly seeing the first FLEGT licensed timber exports coming to the UK.
Reaching for the skies
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 You know that times are changing when people start talking seriously about building city skyscrapers using wood.
A forensic exercise
Monday, March 21, 2016 find myself surrounded by wood at the moment, literally, as builders start on a major project at home.
Big investments
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 Investments don't get a lot bigger in the timber trade than the £95m Norbord has just committed to with its Inverness plant.
New Year’s resolutions
Monday, January 25, 2016 I’m generally not one for making new year’s resolutions. It’s usually just a matter of time before they get broken, followed by a sense of disappointment.
A pause for thought
Monday, December 21, 2015 As I write this comment at the start of December, Christmas is literally just around the corner.
Pallets and panels
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 It’s been a case of pallets and panels just recently, as several important annual events in these sectors take place in the UK and Ireland.

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