CR Taylor (Timber) Ltd has established a roof truss department in order to help it take advantage of the “burgeoning demand for timber within domestic construction”.

The company said that the division is expected to generate £500,000 over the next 12 months, although managing director Russell Tallant said that “initial interest suggests it will be double that”.

Paul Amphlett, CR Taylor’s director for engineered timber products and the man who is heading the division, backed Mr Tallant’s view of the future.

He said that the department was looking forward to continual growth and could foresee future expansion and investment as the demand for its products grows.

“It’s an exciting time. It’s [CR Taylor’s] first move into manufacturing and we have spent a lot of time measuring and judging the market,” said Mr Amphlett. “It’s clear we must have done this right, with enquiry levels very high. I look forward to the day we need to order another press.”

CR Taylor has invested a six-figure sum in new machinery for the roof truss department, including a Randek computerised cross-cut saw and a 21m Birch table press with truss set facility, both of which are designed to improve efficiency and the speed of manufacture.