Timber Trades Journal Online


A Christmas message from the TTBS
01 December, 2022 On behalf of the Timber Trades Benevolent Society’s (TTBS) trustees, our national president, John Taylor, the TTBS board of management and our many UK beneficiaries, I would like to thank you for all the support you have given the society throughout 2022, which has continued to be a most difficult year for us all.
  • Carbon removal certification proposals welcomed
    The publication on November 30 by the European Commission of a draft legislative proposal on the certification of carbon removals has been broadly welcomed by the European woodworking and sawmill industries.
  • BWF Awards held in central London
    Winners of the prestigious British Woodworking Federation (BWF) Annual Awards 2022 were announced during an evening of celebration held at the Fitzroy Kimpton Hotel in London on November 25.


Current challenges for timber engineers
19 October, 2022 On July 5, the Wood Technology Group (WTG) of the Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining (IOM3) held its Timber 2022 conference at the IOM3 HQ in London. In a summary of their keynote lecture, Matt Caldwell and Natasha Watson from Buro Happold, Bath, discuss current challenges for practising timber engineers
  • Back on course
    The TTBS National Golf Day took place in July, after a two-year break due to the pandemic
  • Ransfords makes a point
    Sawmiller Charles Ransford & Son’s latest investment is an automated post-pointing line, which has helped to transform the operation. Stephen Powney reports
  • Talking treatments
    Speakers at this year’s WPA Conference focused on timber’s net carbon credentials and on its longevity. Sally Spencer reports


Are we at a tipping point for fire door safety?
18 October, 2022 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)
  • Thank you for the glulam
    The demountable Abba Arena in London is a masterpiece of hybrid engineered timber and steel construction and a building for our increasingly over-heated times, writes TTJ consultant editor Mike Jeffree
  • Figuring out the new normal
    Today’s combination of supply, price and cost issues facing the European timber sector is unprecedented. The solution, after 20 years of price stagnation, must be market appreciation of the true value of wood, writes Jean-François Guilbert, managing director of France’s international marketing organisation French Timber