Opinions Archive

Archive of industry opinions from the global ttj industry

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March 2019


Going circular to close the materials loop
19 March 2019 To ensure timber supply can meet growing consumption without depleting the forest resource, the sector needs to develop new approaches on reuse and recovery says Dan Ridley-Ellis, head of the Centre for Wood Science and Technology at Edinburgh Napier University

Making the most of wood in healthy buildings
19 March 2019 Treated and modified timber have a key role to play in helping construction capitalise fully on the wellness benefits of wood, writes Wood Protection Association chief executive Gordon Ewbank

WPC is now PC for timber sector
19 March 2019 New product and market opportunities should be high on every company’s priorities.

February 2019


Added assurance for timber building
12 February 2019 Developing industry skills and giving customers assurance on quality and performance must be the focus for the timber building sector, says Structural Timber Association chief executive Andrew Carpenter

Brexit and beyond
12 February 2019 The uncertainties surrounding Brexit put the onus more than ever on communication between merchant and supplier, says Nigel Buckley Ryan, UK sales director, merchants, Södra

Planning for Brexit
12 February 2019 Without too much emphasis on the B-word, companies across the sector are clearly gearing themselves up should there be a no-deal Brexit.

January 2019


Panto is over, but political farce continues
16 January 2019 Continued lack of clarity over Brexit is causing inevitable economic uncertainty and stress, but the timber sector and Timber Trade Federation is focused on business development regardless, writes TTF managing director David Hopkins

Building on market momentum
16 January 2019 The EU timber trade faces challenges in 2019, not least the potential impacts of Brexit, but the woodworking industries federation CEI-Bois is determined to help it maintain market impetus, writes secretary-general Patrizio Antonicoli

December 2018


Staying engaged with eu opportunity
17 December 2018 Regardless of Brexit, the UK timber sector must cultivate, maintain and improve relationships with colleagues across the rest of Europe, writes Keith Fryer Buildbase forest products development manager

A fire safety essential
17 December 2018 Post Grenfell, more than ever, Declarations of Performance for fire rated panels are a key assurance, writes Meyer Timber compliance manager Stephen Cope

November 2018


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


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


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


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