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The International Softwood Conference: A View from the Outside
20 October, 2017
This year’s International Softwood Conference, held in Hamburg in early October, highlighted growing softwood output, but also rising demand in key markets worldwide, reports Charles Hopping, chairman of Hoppings Softwood Products and ISC speaker
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Positivity not passivity for tropical timber
Friday, October 20, 2017 The STTC Conference underlined an energy and breadth of ideas for promoting sustainable tropical timber and forest management, writes Mark van Benthem of independent sustainable forest products and services institute Probos
Scholars and Skills Builders
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 Never before has training, knowledge and skills building been more critical for the future of the timber industry, says Glennon Brothers joint managing director Mike Glennon
Geared up and ready to go
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 Structural Timber Association chief executive Andrew Carpenter says the combination of market conditions, political will and housing need mean the potential for timber-based construction in the UK has rarely been better
The transformative power of technology
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 Investing in the latest IT is no longer a business option, it’s a must. But the benefits can be significant, writes Anagram Systems marketing manager Nick Hardy.
Finding answers to Certification Challenges
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 To continue to increase the volume of verified sustainable timber on the market, the industry cannot settle for the certification status quo, says James Latham plc chairman Peter Latham
Opening young eyes to the potential of timber
Monday, May 22, 2017 TRADA’s Student Design Competition and University Engagement Programme are not only designed to encourage greater use of timber in the future, but to inspire tomorrow’s architects and engineers to push the boundaries of what’s possible with wood, says TRADA membership and marketing manager Rupert Scott
Living in interesting times
Monday, May 22, 2017 For businesses in the British-grown timber industry, the key issue today is how to ensure continuity of wood supply beyond the peak of timber production from domestic forests, which is forecast for around 2030, writes UK Forest Products Association executive director David Sulman
The robust case for CLT
Friday, April 21, 2017 Structural Timber Association Technical Committee chair and director of KLH, Nic Clark says the organisation has reinforced its commitment to drive ‘quality, product innovation and construction productivity through technical guidance’ by publishing new technical Advice Notes for cross-laminated timber. Here he shares the thinking behind the documents
Environmental impact assessment made easier
Friday, April 21, 2017 Life Cycle Assessments and Environmental Product Declarations are becoming increasingly important in building materials specification, but there are increasingly user-friendly tools to generate them, writes Dr Shamir Ghumra, director at the BRE Centre for Sustainable Products
Trading trends outweigh Brexit impacts
Monday, March 20, 2017 In the short-term rising consumption elsewhere and supply trends look set to affect UK softwood import trade more than the Brexit vote, writes Sampsa Auvinen, CEO of Norvik Timber Industries, board member of Bergs Timber AB and president of the European Organisation of the Sawmill Industry
Strengthening Bonds Post-Brexit
Monday, March 20, 2017 Brexit may mean Brexit, but in the face of global trade trends, rather than loosening ties, the UK and EU timber trades can and should reinforce bonds of cooperation and support, writes Patrizio Antonicoli, secretary general of CEI-Bois, the European Confederation of Woodworking Industries
Appliance of wood identity science
Monday, February 20, 2017 Powerful new tools are helping timber traders demonstrate timber legality and sustainability, writes Oliver Cupit of non-profit sustainability organisation NEPCon
2017 - The year for living positively
Monday, February 20, 2017 In spite of most forecasters expressing degrees of gloominess about the UK economy generally, 2017 could turn out to be a good 12 months for the UK forestry and wood processing sector, writes the chief executive of Confor Stuart Goodall
What does it take to be a winner
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 Engineered timber products are opening new horizons for wood, notably in construction. But, says Peter Wilson, architect, director of Timber Design Initiatives Ltd and TTJ Awards judge, to realize their even greater future potential demands ‘serious investment’ in R&D
Time to fall in behind FLEGT
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 With the first EUTR-exempt FLEGT-licensed timber now set to arrive in the EU this year, European Timber Trade Federation Secretary General André de Boer says the industry should focus on making the most of its potential
From uncertainty to a firmer future
Friday, August 19, 2016 Mark Bowers, product director at Snows Timber, says the trade’s future prospects are good if belief remains high in timber’s credentials and products
Ghana’s FLEGT VPA progress impresses
Friday, August 19, 2016 Ghana’s programme to start EU FLEGT legality assurance licensing has already resulted in major forest and timber sector reform and the European trade needs to know about it, says TTF Head of Sustainability Mike Worrell
Speaking out with a single voice
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 Recent months have certainly seen major political upheaval, says Timber Trade Federation managing director David Hopkins. But, with this comes great opportunity
Driving positive change
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 British Woodworking Federation (BWF) chief executive Iain McIlwee says the BWF has joined the Confederation of Timber Industries at a time of great opportunity to drive positive change
The training game
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 A new approach to training is needed to ensure the timber industry gets enough new recruits for its future development, says TRADA marketing and membership services manager Rupert Scott

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