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STA launches new skills hub and installer training scheme
02 April, 2024
In a move that will significantly improve access to high-quality timber skills training, the Structural Timber Association (STA) has launched an online Skills Hub incorporating its new STA Installer Training Scheme (ITS).
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TDUK to hold UK Timber Design Conference in London
Tuesday, April 02, 2024 Timber Development UK is organising a new conference – the UK Timber Design Conference - focused on a low carbon transformation of the built environment using timber.
Persimmon’s profits halve to £352m but Group remains confident in long-term prospects
Tuesday, March 12, 2024 National housebuilder Persimmon PLC saw its pre-tax profits more than halve in 2023 to £352m (2022: £731m).
Travis Perkins reports challenging 2023 full year results
Monday, March 11, 2024 National builders merchanting chain Travis Perkins plc has initiated further cost-saving measures in face of weak market conditions and a challenging full year 2023 performance.
NeXTimber CLT/glulam plant opens in Australia
Monday, March 04, 2024 Australia’s first combined CLT (cross-laminated timber) and glulam factory has opened in South Australia.
EPF signs the Antwerp Declaration for a European Industrial Deal
Friday, February 23, 2024 The European Panel Federation (EPF) has joined with 72 leading companies and 34 industry organisations in signing the Antwerp Declaration for a European Industrial Deal.
TDUK releases UK timber product embodied carbon data
Monday, February 19, 2024 Timber Development UK (TDUK) has released average carbon data for the 10 major timber product categories.
Timber import volumes among positive market indicators for year ahead
Wednesday, February 07, 2024 Latest timber import statistics from Timber Development UK (TDUK) show the 2023 UK total imported volume is looking likely to be only slightly behind 2022’s figures.
Powerful new policy report shows path to net zero with timber
Friday, February 02, 2024 Timber Development UK (TDUK), in collaboration with Waugh Thistleton Architects, has released a study on policies from across the globe which encourage the use of timber in construction.
Government failure on MMC “predictable” says timber frame boss
Friday, February 02, 2024 The UK Government should have focused on tried and tested panelised build systems rather than a complex MMC (Modern Methods of Construction) approach, a leading timber frame industry executive has said after publication of new conclusions by the Government’s Built Environment Committee.
2024 TTJ Awards to be held on September 20
Monday, January 29, 2024 The 2024 TTJ Awards is preparing to get up and running for another year, with September 20 being set as the date for the annual awards presentation lunch in London.
Subsidiary of Stewart Milne Group follows parent into administration
Thursday, January 25, 2024 Stewart Milne Homes Northwest England (Developments) has been placed in administration – the last part of the under-pressure group to have administrators appointed.
Timber industry organisations release statements following roofing batten ‘chemical burns’ allegations
Thursday, January 25, 2024 Timber sector organisations Timber Development UK (TDUK) and the Wood Protection Association (WPA) have released statements after a news story on Roofing Today outlined apparent incidents of builders receiving chemical burns and other health risks after handling treated roofing battens.
Truss Solutions Ltd acquired by Wyckham Blackwell & Keystone Group
Friday, January 05, 2024 Wyckham Blackwell and The Keystone Group have announced the acquisition of Cornwall-based Truss Solutions Ltd.
Mortgage lenders tour Barratt timber frame factory
Wednesday, December 13, 2023 Mortgage lenders have toured the Barratt Developments’ Oregon timber frame homes factory.
UK Government publishes Timber Construction Policy Roadmap
Monday, December 11, 2023 The UK Government has published its Timber Construction Policy Roadmap today which looks to boost the safe use of sustainable UK timber in construction and increase domestic wood supply.
DTE makes big investment in open web joist production
Friday, December 01, 2023 Donaldson Timber Engineering (DTE) has made a six-figure investment in new machinery at its manufacturing site in the Southwest of England.
Builders’ merchant Q3 volumes down 10.5% on a year ago
Friday, December 01, 2023 Latest BMBI stats reveal that total builders’ merchants’ volume sales fell by 10.5% in Q3 compared to a year ago.
Gutex starts production at Eschbach insulating boards factory
Monday, November 27, 2023 Leading German wood fibre insulation board manufacturer Gutex has started production at its new Eschbach im Breisgau factory following a two-and-a-half-year project.
Downbeat economic forecasts shared at TDUK markets conference in London
Thursday, November 09, 2023 UK and international timber traders gathered in strong numbers for Timber Development UK’s Global Market Conference in London on Wednesday at a time of difficult market dynamics.

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