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EPF chairman to remain in role until successor can be found
07 February, 2024
The European Panel Federation (EPF) has confirmed that Martin Brettenthaler will remain chairman of the EPF while a successor is chosen.
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Koppers announces new European managing director
Thursday, January 25, 2024 Koppers Performance Chemicals, has announced the appointment of its new managing director, Dr Steve Crimp.
NMITE announces new chief academic officer
Thursday, December 14, 2023 NMITE has confirmed the appointment of David Oloke as its new chief academic officer and first Professor of Civil Engineering.
National Timber Group appoints Scott Cairns as Group Chief Executive
Monday, December 04, 2023 The National Timber Group (NTG) has announced the appointment of Scott Cairns as NTG’s Group Chief Executive.
Pinelog welcomes new production manager
Wednesday, November 15, 2023 Steve Betts has joined Chesterfield-based timber lodge manufacturer Pinelog Ltd as production manager.
TDUK annual dinner held at Old Billingsgate
Tuesday, November 14, 2023 Timber Development UK (TDUK) welcomed over 400 timber trade representatives for its annual dinner at Old Billingsgate, London on November 8.
Top rugby referee earns standing ovation at Bristol trade dinner
Tuesday, February 14, 2023 Former international rugby referee Nigel Owens received a standing ovation for an excellent and thoughtful speech and entertainment at the annual Western Timber Trade Association dinner in Bristol on February 10.
Obituary – Richard Thick
Wednesday, January 11, 2023 Richard Thick, formerly of Vida Wood UK, died peacefully at home on Thursday December 22, following a brave battle against prostate cancer.
Queen Elizabeth II (1926-2022)
Friday, September 09, 2022 TTJ would like to pay tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for her remarkable service extending 70 years on the British throne.
Paul Sinha to host TTJ Awards 2022
Thursday, July 21, 2022 Comedian and quiz show supremo Paul Sinha is this year’s host and guest speaker at the TTJ Awards.
TTJ Awards 2022 will take place on September 30 at the InterContinental Park Lane
Wednesday, March 09, 2022 The 2022 TTJ Awards will take place at The InterContinental Park Lane, London on September 30.
Fagus GreCon researcher receives Wilhelm-Klauditz Award
Friday, January 07, 2022 The Wilhelm-Klauditz Award has been presented to Dr Torben Marhenke, Fagus GreCon’s team lead research and development for research that led to the successful development of a new non-destructive test procedure for recognition of defects with a diameter starting at 1mm.
Collaboration in forestry sector creates opportunity
Friday, January 07, 2022 The government’s targets for tree planting are ambitious. The strategic importance of woodland and forest management, the use of the best quality planting stock and engaging young foresters in the sector are becoming ever more critical. Tree improvement charity Future Trees Trust, with funding from the Patsy Wood Trust, and in collaboration with the Royal Forestry Society (RFS), are delivering the Patsy Wood Scholarship to provide a key career stepping stone for new entrants into the forestry sector.
Premier Forest Products makes senior appointment
Friday, January 07, 2022 Andrew Francis has joined Premier Forest Group as its new UK sales director to lead the sales team. As part of this new role, he will help grow both the scale and profitability of the business, across all of the group brands, with both new and existing customers and suppliers.
BMF expands team
Tuesday, November 30, 2021 The Builders Merchants Federation has further strengthened its in-house team with two key appointments.
Sussex shepherds’ hut business soars during pandemic
Thursday, November 18, 2021 A young Sussex man with no formal carpentry training has built a £400,000 turnover business building timber shepherds’ huts during the pandemic and been listed for two county business awards.
Obituary: Derek Fletcher
Friday, November 12, 2021 The timber trade has been paying tributes to one of its longest-serving members who died recently – Derek Fletcher of DHH Timber.
Obituary – John Smith
Tuesday, April 27, 2021 John Smith, former sales director of JJ Smith Woodworking Machinery Ltd, and a well-known figure in the industry, has died following a short illness.
Two new members elected to BMF board
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 Frank Elkins, chief operating officer at Travis Perkins plc and Lee Harwood, group finance director at Bradfords Building Supplies Ltd have been elected to the board of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF). Mr Elkins takes up his position on April 1 and Mr Harwood begins his term of office on June 1.
NMITE appoints CATT founding director
Thursday, March 11, 2021 The New Model Institute for Technology and Engineering (NMITE) has announced that Professor Robert Hairstans has joined as founding director of its Centre for Advanced Timber Technology (CATT).

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