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A question of durability
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
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
Voters at the ready!
Voting for the TTJ Awards is now under way.
Driving Up Standards, Attracting Talent
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
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
A numbers game
Watching a magician perform at the North West Timber Trade Association annual dinner in Liverpool recently reminded me of the Brexit conundrum still facing the UK (in late March).
Going circular to close the materials loop
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
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
New product and market opportunities should be high on every company’s priorities.
Added assurance for timber building
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
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
Without too much emphasis on the B-word, companies across the sector are clearly gearing themselves up should there be a no-deal Brexit.
Panto is over, but political farce continues
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
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
Staying engaged with eu opportunity
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
Post Grenfell, more than ever, Declarations of Performance for fire rated panels are a key assurance, writes Meyer Timber compliance manager Stephen Cope
Potentially momentous times for tropical timber
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
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
The clocks have gone back, there is an edge in the air and it barely seems possible that we’re getting nearer to Christmas.
Tapping into training potential
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