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November 2021


Timber and joinery stay strong
10 November 2021 The latest BMBI stats show that timber and joinery fuelled builders’ merchants’ sales growth in July

October 2021


Softwood … respect!
05 October 2021 The market should learn to appreciate the value of softwood, says John Park

Termite terminators
05 October 2021 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

Putting people at the centre
05 October 2021 Salvamac has enjoyed another positive year

Teams triumph in housing challenge
05 October 2021 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

Back to business
05 October 2021 Some of Luke Hughes Furniture’s projects have been on hold during the pandemic, but commissions are flowing again. Sally Spencer reports

British Furniture bounces back
05 October 2021 Raw materials supply and rising costs are a cause for concern in UK furniture making, but the sector is in positive mood, according to trade body British Furniture Manufacturers

From cuts to super-hot demand
04 October 2021 It’s been a time of uncertainty and market stress, but the Swedish sawn timber sector has come through robustly and its outlook is positive, writes Swedish Forest Industries market expert, wood products Christian Nielsen

Haulage and terminal space remain hot ports topics
04 October 2021 Many timber ports have been at maximum capacity during a period of high demand for timber, with haulage availability proving a big issue for onward distribution of goods. Stephen Powney speaks to Scotline managing director Peter Millatt

Taking the factory to the forest
01 October 2021 Architect and managing director of Timber Design Initiatives Ltd, Peter Wilson, looks at taking offsite manufacture onsite in order to ‘Build Back Rural’

Coppice construction
01 October 2021 George Fereday, associate teaching professor and technology co-ordinator for materials for manufacture and fabrication at the School of Art, Architecture and Design at the London Metropolitan University, describes the HomeGrownHouse project

Look, think and support local
01 October 2021 Grown in Britain continues to explore new and innovative ways to add value to home-grown timber

Demanding times
01 October 2021 British-grown timber is in great demand and sawmills are rising to the challenge. Sally Spencer reports

US dip eases supply pressure
01 October 2021 Pressure has eased slightly on plywood and OSB but the trade will have to wait until the autumn to see whether it’s a seasonal blip or a more sustained change. Keren Fallwell reports

Chipboard supply challenges remain
01 October 2021 Chipboard demand continues to outstrip supply and now producers’ raw materials running short could tip the balance further. Keren Fallwell reports

Pallet makers prosper despite supply pressures
01 October 2021 Raw material supply constraints and unprecedented price hikes are making pallet production a high pressure business, but the industry outlook is positive. Mike Jeffree reports

Fencing producers contend with feeding frenzy
01 October 2021 Fencing manufacturers and their sawmiller suppliers now see some cooling in the market, but it’s been a frantic 14 months trying to satisfy surging demand. Mike Jeffree reports

September 2021


Winning ways
30 September 2021 A look back at the role wood science qualifications have played in the success of winners of the TTJ Career Development Award

Imports continue steep rise
30 September 2021 Latest TTF stats show imports are still up on last year, but growth rates are expected to normalise

Timber and joinery out in front
30 September 2021 BMBI stats reveal timber and joinery sales enjoyed another month of strong growth