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Expo extras Timber Expo 2016 has a host of added attractions, from linked UK Construction Week events, to awards, seminars and a beer festival
Forest forward Forest Garden’s British-grown pedigree should be a post-Brexit benefit, but it’s not relying on that alone for success. Sally Spencer reports
Building growth Timber frame now accounts for 27.4% of the UK newbuild market and the industry is confident it will continue to grow. Keren Fallwell reports
Laser focus Leading roof truss and engineered fl oor systems fabricator Pasquill has been investing in production technology and software to optimise operations, reports Stephen Powney from the company’s Redhill branch
Butterfly takes off A Sunderland roof truss producer is moving into timber frame thanks to newly installed technology
Splashing the cash Joinery companies continue to invest in product development and production technology. Sally Spencer reports
Building on recovery The joinery sector has followed the fortunes of the recovering construction sector and, according to the BWF, business is good. Sally Spencer reports
Timber treatment’s case in the round
The emergence of the circular economy concept and the rise of timber in construction pose
opportunities and challenges for the timber treatment sector. Mike Jeffree reports
Norbord Inverness expansion under way Norbord’s £95m Inverness OSB plant expansion is now underway. Sally Spencer talks to Norbord Europe managing director Karl Morris.
A new direction Sustainable building show Ecobuild once again opened its doors to construction professionals and although it was a smaller show this time, it did feel busier, reports Stephen Powney
Importers’ perspective UK hardwood plywood and OSB imports charted growth in 2015 while chipboard and MDF shipments reduced, reports Sally Spencer.
Breathing boards Breathable racking board Panelvent is 20 years old. Mark Wilson, managing director of Panel Agency, looks at the background behind the product and recent developments
Expansion Trail Estonian timber garden building manufacturer Palmako is expanding its offering to the UK.
The road less travelled Wood for Good chair Craig White is not one to shy away from an opportunity. He talks to Keren Fallwell.
Decking at home in the digital age Hoppings’ online partnering with its Q-Deck merchant customers is paying dividends and the company continues to develop the system. Mike Jeffree reports.
A tipping point for cedar shingles? The use of Western red cedar shingles only accounts for about half of one per cent of the total number of installations in the UK’s pitched roofi ng market, according to John Brash & Co Ltd
Getting smarter Off-site manufactured insulated roofing system Smartroof is expanding to meet growing demand
Bob’s your warm roof uncle Housebuilders face poor thermal performance at the eaves detail of most trussed rafter roofs. But Pasquill design manager Tim Tasker says there’s a ready solution worth trying.
Floors system market expands Increased levels of housebuilding has meant bigger volumes for engineered wood fl oor systems providers, reports Stephen Powney.