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Flying the flag for FLEGT
Our future trading relationship with Europe may be uncertain, but the TTF has clear plans for its new Europe-wide FLEGT communications project, writes marketing consultant Lucy Kamall
The solution to Britain’s housing crisis
David Hopkins, director Confederation of Timber Industries highlights the work of the APPG for the Timber Industries
Saving the planet
When I was 16 I was sleeping in until midday, waiting for my GCSE results and wondering how I could get out of finding a holiday job – I certainly wasn’t contemplating sailing in an emission-free yacht across the Atlantic to attend a climate conference in the US.
Industry consolidation set to continue
A flurry of takeovers has happened in recent weeks.
Bringing china on board the illegal trade battle
An EU-Chinese forum holds huge promise for the global battle against illegal timber, writes TTJ consultant editor Mike Jeffree
The business perils of uncertainty
The UK panels sector continues to grow and invest for the future, but like the rest of industry, above all else on Brexit, it wants clarity, writes Wood Panel Industries Federation director-general Alastair Kerr
You'll never work alone
The excitement approaching a Champions League final involving two English teams was getting to fever pitch at the time of writing this column.
Don’t be an EU stranger
Maybe we’ll leave the EU, deal or no deal, but it’s absolutely vital that we remain in the European loop, writes Keith Fryer
Forest sector craves certainty
Expectations of another slide in sterling give UK timber a competitive advantage versus imports, while demand from pallet manufacturers is robust due to end users stockpiling, both due to Brexit uncertainty. But like other industries, the UK forest sector above all wants clarity on our future, in or out of the EU, writes Confor chief executive Stuart Goodall
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