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February 2024


Celebrating excellence and innovation
29 February 2024 An inspirational Wood Awards showcased even greater daring and diversity in wood building and product design, writes Timber Development UK sustainability and project manager Lucy Bedry

Super-charged carbon guzzlers
29 February 2024 Genetically modified trees could be a global warming game changer, writes Mike Jeffree

December 2023


Global forests need global governance and market recognition
18 December 2023 The new Broader Market Recognition Coalition is a key practical development to incentivise and deliver strong tropical forest governance, writes David Hopkins, Timber Development UK chief executive

Softwood sector seeks glimmers of light
18 December 2023 The International Softwood Conference convened in challenging times for the industry looking for prospects of market improvement. Keith Fryer of Fort Builders Merchants, who moderated the event, reports

October 2023


Women in timber engineering an award winning strategy
23 October 2023 Nick Boulton, chief executive of the Trussed Rafter Association, shares his views on how diversity in the workforce is changing for the better

Positive political difference for forest industry
23 October 2023 The UK forestry minister is working closely with the industry to support its development and now a sector deal with government is in prospect, reports Confor chief executive Stuart Goodall

June 2023


Stepping up to safety act
28 June 2023 The Building Safety Act is billed as the biggest overhaul of UK construction regulation in 40 years. Chief executive Andrew Carpenter shares the Structural Timber Association’s response and its view on implications for wood-based building

End to end joinery experience
28 June 2023 Keys to success for joinery businesses large and small are pricing, marketing and taking the consumers’ product perspective, writes industry veteran Roy Wakeman

Ligna's return a bellwether for investment sentiment
28 June 2023 As this issue was going to press I was preparing to travel to the Ligna exhibition in Hannover – the world’s largest woodworking technology fair.

April 2023


Investment focuses on forest sector
24 April 2023 Private equity is increasingly looking for green investment opportunities. That includes development of exciting new low environmental impact wood-based materials, writes Sampsa Auvinen, CEI-Bois chairman and advisory board chair of the new United Bankers Forest Industry Green Growth fund

February 2023


Solving school overcrowding sustainably
14 February 2023 Prefabricated timber building can meet the UK’s desperate need for more and better school classroom space says Dr Mila Duncheva, business development manager UK & Ireland, Stora Enso Building Solutions

Making the training connections
13 February 2023 Having a skilled and knowledgeable workforce across the timber sector has never been more critical and latest developments at the Institute of Carpenters can help deliver it, says its president Geoff Rhodes

December 2022


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
19 December 2022 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
19 December 2022 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

October 2022


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)

Congo Basin Regional Scheme a PEFC first
18 October 2022 The PAFC Congo Basin scheme aims to increase sustainable forest management certification in the region, writes PEFC development officer Thomas Seyvet

TTJ Awards' royal connections in 2022
18 October 2022 News of the Queen’s death broke as TTJ was going to press.

August 2022


Thank you for the glulam
24 August 2022 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
24 August 2022 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