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Looking back 25 January, 2016 In this brief article Arvid Nielsen, having sought some recollections from his father, recalls the days when Kingston upon Hull was one of the busiest and most important timber ports in Europe

New voices speak out on forestry, environment and FLEGT 25 January, 2016 A technically aware, environmentally committed new generation in supplier countries is increasingly shaping the development of the EU Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade Voluntary Partnership Agreement (FLEGT VPA) initiative, and other forestry and timber sector legality and sustainability programmes worldwide. Mike Jeffree asked a range of them in VPA signatory countries worldwide about their views, outlook and aspirations. Here are the responses from Indonesia, Ghana and Honduras

PD Ports Expands 25 January, 2016 The acquisition of the privately owned Groveport in 2015 was a major move by PD Ports and one which dramatically increased its involvement with timber. Stephen Powney reports

New Holland growth continues 25 January, 2016 Arbor Forest Products has a considerable import operation at New Holland. Stephen Powney speaks to Arbor’s commercial director Jason Ostler about development of the operation

Austrians box clever 21 December, 2015 The Austrian timber industry delivers timber promotion by truck. Mike Jeffree reports on its unique mobile showcase and wider marketing campaign

Sales talk 21 December, 2015 Forest Garden is one of the big names in the UK timber garden products and fencing markets. Keren Fallwell speaks to one of the company’s key figures John Gomersall.

German powerhouse 21 December, 2015 Germany remains the largest sawn timber producer in Europe. Lars Schmidt, CEO of the German Association of the Sawmill Industry (DeSH), explains current industry market dynamics

Fit for purpose 21 December, 2015 There can’t be a more important task than ensuring you supply and specify the right fire retardant- treated timber product, says Mike Smith, Arch Timber Protection fire retardants manager

Laying firm foundations 21 December, 2015 Timber’s use in construction is developing and diversifying and, reports Koppers UK business director Lee Christie, fi re retardants produced and applied to latest standards are helping ensure that continues by boosting safety and market confidence

Finishing touches 21 December, 2015 Sales of mouldings have grown in line with the improving house building and RMI markets. Sally Spencer reports

Hardwood with heart 24 November, 2015 The timber trade inspires heartfelt commitment and strongly held views, and none more so than in the case of CP Timber founder Chris Powell, as Mike Jeffree discovered talking to him about life and work

Cutting edge innovation 20 November, 2015 The latest EXCALIBUR R incising technology from Tweddle Engineering recently won the Product Innovation category at this year’s TTJ Awards. Derek Tweddle, MD of the company, investigates the background to this market focused development

Pallet industry converges on Cork 20 November, 2015 The international timber pallet and packaging industry converged on Cork, Ireland, for the 66th FEFPEB Congress on October 28-30. Stephen Powney was there to bring this report

Timber Expo joins UKCW 20 November, 2015 Timber Expo joined the UK Construction Week fold this year in what was a hotly-anticipated show. Stephen Powney reports

Flying High 20 October, 2015 After the success of last year’s TRADA National Student Design Competition Velocity, TRADA was delighted to run the competition again for 2015 with a brand new brief, writes TRADA university liaison manager Elizabeth Turner.

Glee Rings the Changes 20 October, 2015 Organisers of the Glee show continue to ring the changes in a bid to cement its position as the go-to place in the garden products industry.

Future Proofing 20 October, 2015 BSW Timber’s strategic move to acquire Tilhill Forestry is about vertical integration and security of material supply, the company’s CEO Tony Hackney tells Stephen Powney

Hard Road to High Ambition 20 October, 2015 The global hardwood market is not back to pre-recession peak and faces challenges getting there. But developing markets and innovative applications open up new horizons. Mike Jeffree reports from the International Hardwood Conference in Copenhagen.

A Passion to Sell 20 October, 2015 Ted James has spent 39 years in the London timber trade and runs South London Timber. Stephen Powney speaks to him.

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