Timber Trades Journal Online


BMBI report reveals drop in builders’ merchant volume sales in April
24 June, 2022 The latest Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) report reveals that builders’ merchants’ value sales fell 0.9% in April 2022 compared to the same month in 2021, the first decline since January 2021.
  • Scottish woodchip biochemical project funding boost
    A sustainable startup converting low-value woodchips into high-value biochemicals has secured US$1.7m in an oversubscribed seed round led by London Business School’s Enterprise 100 Club (E100 Club) and ACF Investors.


Superheroes at work
10 June, 2022 Marlene Cramer from the Centre for Wood Science and Technology highlights the InFutUReWood project, which looks at the reuse of structural timber
  • ATIBT ever more active at 70
    The environmental, economic and social development of the tropical forest industry is more important than ever, says ATIBT. Mike Jeffree reports
  • Not out of the woods
    Confor recently warned that the UK faces declining supplies of home-grown wood due to lack of productive tree planting. With the country currently needing to import over 80% of its wood requirement, the UK could be sleepwalking into a timber shortage crisis in the not too distant future. Stuart Goodall, Confor chief executive, examines the threats to supply and why the UK must urgently move productive tree planting up the agenda
  • From carbon to circularity
    Wood for Good was ahead of the game when it came to promoting the low-carbon benefits of timber. Mike Jeffree reports
  • Strategy for growth
    The Archwood Group has initiated a new three-year strategy for growth for its leading Richard Burbidge, Atkinson & Kirby and Masons Timber brands. Stephen Powney reports from the Group’s base in North Wales


Fog of war obscures outlook
10 June, 2022 Prospects for the softwood market have never been more difficult to read, writes Sampsa Auvinen, chairman of the board of the Confederation of the European Woodworking Industries (CEI Bois) and board professional
  • The Bumpy Road to Net Zero
    The UK panel industry is in the forefront of decarbonisation, but still faces challenges ahead, writes Wood Panel Industries Federation director-general Alastair Kerr