Timber Trades Journal Online


Signals point to potential market improvement in the spring, says Sweden’s Bergs
08 February, 2023 Swedish wood products manufacturer Bergs says 2022 was a decent year despite the weak timber market in the final six months of the period.
  • SterlingOSB Zero primed for action
    Panel product manufacturer, West Fraser, has introduced a new ready-primed version of its SterlingOSB Zero board, which is ideal for use in a wide range of situations from site hoardings through to building exhibition stands and other installations where appearance is important.
  • BWF champions role of apprenticeships
    To champion this years’ National Apprenticeship Week theme of “Skills for Life”, the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) and its members are shining a spotlight on how woodworking and joinery focused apprenticeships provide an alternative route to university and offer a lifelong career.
  • Recruitment drive marks NMBS anniversary
    A total of 60 apprenticeship opportunities are being created to mark the 60th anniversary of builders’ merchants buying society, NMBS, during National Apprenticeship Week (February 6-12).


Reliable racking
09 January, 2023 Founded almost 60 years ago, Thorogood Timber has always believed that everything it does should be focused on quality – and that includes its Stakapal racking
  • AHEC unveils certification project
    With certified sustainability and legality increasingly a default requirement in the global timber trade, a new approach to certification is evolving in the US. Mike Jeffree reports
  • The scientific approach
    Mike Gorman, sales director of East Yorkshire racking specialist Filstorage, looks at the scientific approach to timber yard design and how this can benefit merchants
  • Fire protection hots up
    Fire retardant wood-based panels are a subject of keen market interest. One FR technology specialist – Zeroignition – recently showed its capabilities to international global producers in Germany. Stephen Powney talked to Martin Dickie of Zeroignition


Confor urges government stability and planting
20 December, 2022 Economic headwinds are building for the UK sawmill sector, but Defra now has the resources to make a difference for the industry by stimulating productive tree planting, writes Confederation of Forest Industries chief executive Stuart Goodall
  • World Cup distraction from difficult markets
    The World Cup has kicked off and while we’ll all be hoping for English or Welsh success, the tournament is not necessarily universally being welcomed by all in the business community.
  • Stoical softwood sector in sobering times
    There was no ignoring the grim global economic picture at the 2022 International Softwood Conference, but it also highlighted the sector’s longer term positives. Conference moderator, Fort Builders Merchants director Keith Fryer reports
  • Are we at a tipping point for fire door safety?
    The recent passing of the Building Safety Act 2022, along with the Fire Safety Act 2021, marks a critical point in the way building safety risks will be considered. To ensure compliance with the new regime, greater understanding and awareness of the benefits that third-party fire door certification provides is crucial, writes Helen Hewitt, CEO of the British Woodworking Federation (BWF)