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Log exports threaten europe’s sawmills
21 July, 2021
Rising exports of logs from Europe are risking the future of sawmills across the continent says Nicolas Douzain, director of France’s National Timber Federation
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Encourage waste segregation
Wednesday, July 21, 2021 Mark Hayton, director of EGGER Timberpak Ltd, shares his views on the waste wood hierarchy and the importance of segregation
The Definition of Resilience
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 It’s been challenging times for the US hardwood industry, but production is rising and optimism is in the air, reports AHEC executive director Mike Snow
Confident your timber is correctly fire-treated?
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 Most specifiers rely on their supply chain to deliver products fi t for purpose. Fire-retardant timber is a case in point. You’re given the paperwork to tick the box. But is that enough? And do you know what to ask to ensure correct treatment? asks Mark Eggleston, managing director of WJ Group
Not letting the FLEGT conversation flag
Monday, April 26, 2021 The TTF has big ambitions for its campaign to communicate the FLEGT timber legality assurance initiative, with COP26 a key focus, says FLEGT communications executive Lucy Bedry
A clear case for treatment clarity
Monday, April 26, 2021 The industry must get behind the TTF’s efforts to clear the fog around correct specification of treated softwood, says Keith Fryer of Fort Builders’ Merchant
Tech immerses customers in sustainable forestry
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 More than ever, the timber sector needs to communicate the benefits of sustainable forest management – Södra is doing it in virtual 3D, writes sales director Nigel Buckley-Ryan
Time to state the carbon case
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 As the European timber industry deals with the fallout from pandemic, it must continue to state wood’s case as a key material for decarbonising construction, writes European Woodworking Industries Confederation secretary-general Silvia Melegari
Agility is key in the new norm
Wednesday, August 05, 2020 The ability to adapt rapidly to fast changing market conditions proved key for businesses at the height of the health crisis, and it will remain so in the post-pandemic new norm, writes Lathams Ltd managing director Andrew Wright
Choose Science Over Emotion
Wednesday, August 05, 2020 A science first, fact-based approach to the Fire Safety Bill is required, says Jeremy English, Södra
Due Diligence: Not Always an Exact Science
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 Due diligence is a continuous process, says Xiao Ma, sustainability manager at the Timber Trade Federation
Together we are stronger
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 Getting Brexit wrong has far reaching consequences but by working together the building products sector can rise to meet the challenges, writes John Newcomb, CEO of the Builders Merchants Federation
The business perils of uncertainty
Monday, July 29, 2019 The UK panels sector continues to grow and invest for the future, but like the rest of industry, above all else on Brexit, it wants clarity, writes Wood Panel Industries Federation director-general Alastair Kerr
You'll never work alone
Monday, June 17, 2019 The excitement approaching a Champions League final involving two English teams was getting to fever pitch at the time of writing this column.
Don’t be an EU stranger
Monday, June 17, 2019 Maybe we’ll leave the EU, deal or no deal, but it’s absolutely vital that we remain in the European loop, writes Keith Fryer
Forest sector craves certainty
Monday, June 17, 2019 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
A question of durability
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 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.
US Hardwood Heads for a Diverse Export Future
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 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
Driving Up Standards, Attracting Talent
Monday, April 22, 2019 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
Getting training on track
Monday, April 22, 2019 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

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