Timber Trades Journal Online


Competition body says Grafton’s sale of merchanting business to Huws Gray may reduce competition
02 December, 2021 The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has announced that the sale of Grafton Group’s traditional merchanting business to Huws Gray may result in a substantial lessening of competition in one particular geographic area.
  • Stora Enso introduces portfolio for bio-based packaging foam
    Stora Enso is extending its packaging offering with a new portfolio of bio-based foams from wood. The products are fully recyclable and can be used for protective and thermal packaging. Lightweight wood foams address the need for climate-friendly, renewable and circular cushioning materials in inner packaging.
  • Major UK woodworking exhibition cancelled
    Organisers of the UK’s largest woodworking event – the W Exhibition – have cancelled the upcoming show in February, citing the emergence of the new Omicron Covid variant as part of its reason for the decision.
  • BWF Awards winners announced
    The winners of the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) Awards 2021 were revealed at an evening of celebration held at the Kimpton Fitzroy London Hotel on November 26.


Timber and joinery stay strong
10 November, 2021 The latest BMBI stats show that timber and joinery fuelled builders’ merchants’ sales growth in July
  • Termite terminators
    The BRE’s Dr Ed Suttie and ANH Consultancy’s Dr Rob Verkerk explain why it’s important to raise awareness of the threat of termites in the UK
  • Teams triumph in housing challenge
    Tabitha Binding, university and regional engagement manager for TTF and TRADA explains how this year’s University Design Challenge went online for the first time


Rising to the challenges of 2021 and beyond
18 October, 2021 Sarah Virgo, campaign manager at Wood for Good, says the industry must make the most of the recent buzz around wood
  • Coming to the defence of FLEGT
    Recent comments from the EC arising from the ‘Fitness check’ on the EUTR and FLEGT have cast doubts on the latter’s future, but Republic of Congo minister of forest economy Rosalie Matondo says we must build on this ground-breaking timber trade initiative, not undermine it
  • Back the COP26 timber beacon
    The UK timber industry has an unparalleled opportunity at COP26 to persuade decision makers that using wood is key to combating the climate crisis. But, says Keith Fryer of Fort Builders Merchant, a project to make timber’s case to the climate conference needs funding
  • The Definition of Resilience
    It’s been challenging times for the US hardwood industry, but production is rising and optimism is in the air, reports AHEC executive director Mike Snow
  • Confident your timber is correctly fire-treated?
    Most specifiers rely on their supply chain to deliver products fi t for purpose. Fire-retardant timber is a case in point. You’re given the paperwork to tick the box. But is that enough? And do you know what to ask to ensure correct treatment? asks Mark Eggleston, managing director of WJ Group