Opinions Archive

Archive of industry opinions from the global ttj industry

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November 2018

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Potentially momentous times for tropical timber
22 November 2018 There are major opportunities for tropical timber in marine civil engineering applications, but only if suppliers and customers are persuaded to use a wider range of lesser-known species, writes Dr John Williams, principal consultant at engineering, environmental and technical services consultancy RSK

Wood, the wonder material
22 November 2018 Panel products are at the centre of the circular economy although ready and reasonable access to woody biomass remains a challenge, writes Clive Pinnington, managing director of the European Panel Federation

Wood-based panels: adding value
12 November 2018 The clocks have gone back, there is an edge in the air and it barely seems possible that we’re getting nearer to Christmas.

October 2018

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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

AHEC’S multiply – the sum of its parts
16 October 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)

Wood and Wellness
16 October 2018 We are being bombarded these days by media messages about the need to get fit and eat healthily.

September 2018

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Have your say on controlled wood
25 September 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
25 September 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

Reaching for the crystal ball
25 September 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.

August 2018

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Challenging times call for cohesive action
27 August 2018 Faced with accelerating change on multiple fronts, the forestry and timber supply chain needs to take responsibility for its own future”and get even more involved in the decision making processes shaping its destiny, writes Confor chief executive Stuart Goodall

The time to harness opportunities is now
27 August 2018 The time is ripe for the timber industry to harness the opportunities presented by a growing interest in health and wellbeing, argues Christiane Lellig, campaign director for Wood for Good

July 2018

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Mind the gap
26 July 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
26 July 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

Milan and Nantes shows punch weight
26 July 2018 Nantes and Milan are key places in the European timber industry calendar this year.

June 2018

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Don’t panic, do get technical
20 June 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
20 June 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

Tightening of fire regulations loom
20 June 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.

May 2018

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Is face-to-face customer service dead?
22 May 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
22 May 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

Seeing Red
21 May 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.