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August 2023


Combustibility challenge
29 August 2023 Dr Daniel Brandon discusses recent advances in fire safety for mass timber buildings

Ligna returns
29 August 2023 The Ligna exhibition returned to Hanover for the first time in four years and the result was a welcome coming together for the international wood-based panel sector. Stephen Powney attended the show

Safe and secure
29 August 2023 Matt Grierson, president of the Storage Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA) provides some guidance on keeping your employees safe

Slip sliding away
29 August 2023 Meherrin River Forest Products has found that loading lumber is quicker and way more efficient with a Combi-CSS

Weather dependable
29 August 2023 Nick Glaves reports on racking modifications to protect timber from the great British weather

NMITE launches TED 2 course
28 August 2023 NMITE is building on the success of TED 1 and continuing to address the sustainable construction skills crisis, so the sector can reach net zero by 2050

Imports down, prices steady
28 August 2023 Latest TDUK figures show imports still down but prices stabilised

Timber and joinery continues slide
28 August 2023 Latest BMBI stats show that April’s timber and joinery products volume fell -20.6% year-on-year

Construction decarbonisation opens doors
28 August 2023 With growing pressure on the building industry to go low carbon, major opportunities are opening up for the structural timber sector, reports Structural Timber Association chief executive Andrew Carpenter

Big data, big advantages
28 August 2023 Rolf Schmitz, co-founder of CollectiveCrunch, explains how data collection software systems and AI can benefit timber management

Living in a digital world
28 August 2023 Digitisation is introducing many efficiencies into businesses. Sally Spencer reports

Entering the electric age
28 August 2023 Robert O’Donoghue, vice-president marketing and solutions, EMEA for Hyster, explores the landscape of industrial truck electrification

Europe sets mood for UK MDF market
28 August 2023 UK demand for MDF is holding up but Europe’s situation is the bigger influence on the market. Keren Fallwell reports

Ebbs and flows for French
28 August 2023 France’s timber sector has felt the impact of global economic volatility since 2019, although one thing remains constant, the UK remains its biggest oak export market. Thibaud Le Moign of the industry’s international marketing body French Timber reports

Hardwood hiatus can’t halt investment
28 August 2023 After a buoyant 2021/2022, French hardwood mills are seeing the heat going out of the market in 2023, but remain upbeat about prospects. Mike Jeffree reports

A steamroller of reform
28 August 2023 A Structural Timber Association roundtable discussion at Future Build addressed the Building Safety Act, described as the biggest regulatory change for UK construction in 40 years. Mike Jeffree reports

Serpentine showcase for bio-based building
28 August 2023 Wood was the natural material for the architect to turn to for this year’s London summer arts venue. Mike Jeffree reports

US hardwood unpacked
28 August 2023 AHEC’s American Hardwood Trade Symposium packed out its London venue and delivered a full programme, addressing latest trade trends and the sector’s challenges, opportunities and initiatives. Symposium chair Mike Jeffree reports

US softwood keeps up powerful run
28 August 2023 The US softwood industry remains in robust good health, with continuing near record exports and southern pine shipments at an all-time high. American Softwoods consultant Charles Trevor reports

One material, multiple solutions
28 August 2023 A new book is out to tackle decision makers’ assumptions that a timber building is just a timber building. Mike Jeffree reports