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April 2022


In Search of Freedom
11 April 2022 John Park ponders the Brexit Freedoms Bill and what it might mean for the timber industry

Rustic Meets Contemporary
11 April 2022 The Dancing Woodman, a hand-made furniture and home décor specialist, chose Osmo Natural Woodstain for a bespoke sliding doors project

Let’s Fix It!
11 April 2022 For over 60 years, Simpson Strong-Tie has focused on creating connectors for homes and buildings and it now has more than 1,000 product solutions. Connector plates, nails, screws and collated screw systems are all manufactured by the company, which has a UK base in Tamworth. TTJ asked the company its views on market demand and new developments/trends for fixings

Rising From Ashes
11 April 2022 George Fereday, associate teaching professor at London Metropolitan University, explains how architecture students have designed a climate change pavilion that, ultimately, is destined for The National Forest

A Year of Promise and Opportunity
11 April 2022 Helen Hewitt, CEO of the British Woodworking Federation (BWF), reflects on 2021 and what this year may have in store

TTJ Awards launch
11 April 2022 This year’s TTJ Awards will be the 26th edition of the popular event which celebrates achievements in the timber product industries. Stephen Powney reports

View from the top
11 April 2022 Howdens accounts for nearly one in four of all UK fitted kitchen sales. TTJ asked head of insights Hannah Parker and supply chain director Richie Sutcliffe about the state of the sector, design and materials trends and the company’s outlook

Green Kitchens Cooking
11 April 2022 Kitchen sales have surged as part of the RMI boom – and sustainable design is in. Mike Jeffree reports

Touch button Hi-Tech
11 April 2022 Advanced software systems enable even less skilled operators to get the most from latest generation moulders. Mike Jeffree reports

Mouldings on the march
11 April 2022 At times in 2021 the mouldings market was “manic” and continued growth is forecast. Mike Jeffree reports

WPCS gain more market share
11 April 2022 Recent years have been a story of wood plastic composites gaining increasing market share in the UK decking market and also tapping the cladding and fencing sectors. The pandemic has accelerated their use further, according to players in the market. Stephen Powney reports

Bamboo Bonanza
11 April 2022 Tom Anderson, head of sales, UK and Ireland at Gripsure UK, explains why bamboo decking is giving timber a run for its money

Positive Prospects
11 April 2022 Janet Sycamore, director of operations at the Timber Decking & Cladding Association reports on a buoyant decking sector

Cabin Fever
11 April 2022 Power Sheds has added log cabins to its range of products for the garden. Sally Spencer reports

A Labyrinth of Challenges
11 April 2022 Howarth Timber & Building Supplies was the winner of the inaugural TTJ Timber Garden Product Supplier of the Year Award in 2021. Sally Spencer spoke to Gary Froggatt, timber category manager, about the merchant’s experience of the market

Business Blossoms
08 April 2022 The garden products sector has continued to benefit from the new stay-at-home culture. Sally Spencer reports

Will EU regulation impact UK?
08 April 2022 Questions are being asked about the possible influence the proposed EU ‘Deforestation Regulation’ may have on UK measures to ensure legality and sustainability of timber imports. Mike Jeffree reports

Healthy Demand Meets Supply Stress
08 April 2022 UK hardwood sales may be ‘normalising’, but importers say the challenge ahead will be getting hold of timber. Mike Jeffree reports

Housebuilding and Kitchens Fuel Chipboard Demand
08 April 2022 Activity in the chipboard sector is at more normal levels but, with P5 and MFC in hot demand, the balance could tip either way. Keren Fallwell reports

Build the Future
08 April 2022 The Builders Merchants Federation has taken a LEAP forward in talent development. Kerry Wilson, the BMF’s new learning and development manager, explains