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Tapping into training potential
16 October, 2018
Apprenticeship reforms offer the timber sector the opportunity to transform a training and skills development landscape that is currently excellent in parts, but still fragmented, writes Martin James, co-founder of woodworking, furniture and merchant sector training provider Didac
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AHEC’S multiply – the sum of its parts
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 The London Design Festival’s timber pavilion, MultiPly, is an example of a truly successful and innovative collaboration between leading industry and academic partners, writes Mark Milne, technical manager, Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC)
Have your say on controlled wood
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 The FSC acknowledges stakeholder concerns about the credibility of its ‘controlled wood’ standard and is inviting feedback on its review. FSC UK executive director Rosie Teasdale reports
Forests in fashion
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 The demand for clothing is growing, and there is increasing pressure on the fashion industry to produce sustainable and recyclable items as an alternative to traditional textiles. A clear way forward, maintains the PEFC, is to increase the use of fibres from sustainably managed forests. Hannah Price, PEFC international communications officer reports
Mind the gap
Thursday, July 26, 2018 Philip Koomen, director of Philip Koomen Furniture and a visiting senior fellow at the Open University Business School highlights Rycotewood Furniture Centre’s efforts to bridge the gap between industry and education
Global appetite for French timber
Thursday, July 26, 2018 A combination of a resurgent home market and export demand is filling the order books of the French timber sector. One key concern, however, is raw material supply, writes French Timber managing director Jean-François Guilbert
Don’t panic, do get technical
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 The General Data Protection Regulation and a backlash against business social media use should not trigger a wholesale rethink on marketing strategy, but the Grenfell disaster should prompt a focus on precision of product performance claims, writes Liz Male of Liz Male Consulting.
Construction class action
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 The Design Engineer Construct! programme enables construction and associated businesses to really engage in attracting badly needed new young talent to their industry, says Alison Watson MBE of Class of Your Own
Is face-to-face customer service dead?
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 There’s a price to pay for ditching long-standing core retail values in favour of faceless online trading and it could lead to a loss of expertise on the shop floor, argues Rupert Scott, membership manager, TRADA
Why we mustn’t ignore red oak
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 It’s the most prolific US hardwood and consumers like it, so isn’t it time European buyers gave red oak another look, asks American Hardwood Export Council European director David Venables
Timber trades count down to the GDPR
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 The General Data Protection Regulation has major implications for business, says Matthew Mahony, British Woodworking Federation policy and communications executive
The wood awards – where skill intersects sustainability
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 The Wood Awards not only celebrates latest advances and new design directions in the use of timber in construction and manufacture, it’s also an valuable interface between the design and specifier sectors and the timber trade, writes David Miles, chief executive officer of Gold Sponsor Mears plc
Bold Brexit pledge benefits trade
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 James Latham Group environmental manager Ewa Bazydlo welcomes the government’s pledge to stay at the EU table on timber legality regulation and assurance post Brexit
Government backing British
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 With increasing support in the highest places, Grown in Britain’s momentum can only grow, says chief executive Dougal Driver
Communicating FLEGT is key
Monday, February 26, 2018 Indonesian FLEGT-licensed timber has been available for over a year, but still more has to be done to communicate what lies behind the licence, writes TTF head of sustainability Mike Worrell.
Wood - but not as we know it
Monday, February 26, 2018 Species, specification and application – all need to be rethought to ensure timber fulfill its promise as the material of the future, writes Dan Ridley-Ellis, head of the Centre for Wood Science and Technology
Panels sector clears one Brexit hurdle
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 Ingenuity, compromise and industry pressure have dealt with the risk of British companies, including wood panel producers, losing 2018 EU Emissions Trading Scheme allowances as a consequence of Brexit. Combined with promising trade trends, this could make for a happy new year for the sector, says Wood Panel Industries Federation director-general Alastair Kerr
Building trust bolsters the brand
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 A key focus of Keith Fryer’s just-ended term as Timber Trade Federation president has been increasing market faith in timber in terms of legality, sustainability and performance. In its Trusted Timber campaign, he writes, TTF members now have a great opportunity to further enhance popular perceptions of wood
Collaboration and Creativity are keys to training
Friday, December 29, 2017 To recruit and retain new personnel, the timber industry must move training from the tried and tested, and refocus on ways to fully realise the potential of its employees. Donaldson Timber Engineering business development director and 2017 TTJ Career Development Award winner Luke Roberts writes
The Timber Trade needs diversity
Friday, December 29, 2017 Charles Taylor, a timber merchant with 20 years’ experience and sales director of wood plastic specialist Composite Prime, discusses the rise of composite materials and why the timber trade should embrace change to remain relevant in the market

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