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BMBI reports continued strong year-on-year growth
The latest report from the Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) reveals that builders’ merchants’ August value sales were 23.0% higher year-on-year, with timber & joinery products once again topping the list of best performing categories (+51.5%).
TTJ softwood market update: market hits the buffers
After a long run starting in April 2020 of steadily increasing prices fed by softwood shortages and strong demand, the UK trade appears to have hit the buffers with several ports filled to capacity, writes TTJ’s Softwood Specialist.
New log grading line for A&J Scott
Installation of the new log grading line is now under way at A&J Scott as phase 1 groundworks have been completed.
Softwood supply finally catching construction demand, says TTF
More than seven million m3 of timber and panel products were imported by the UK between January and July 2021, according to the latest Timber Trade Federation (TTF) Market Statement.
Anglo-French venture targets global expansion in timber treatment market
Two leading UK and French companies have joined forces to secure global contracts for the supply of specialist timber treatment and preservation equipment.
John Clegg appoints new head of asset management
John Clegg & Co has strengthened its forestry team, appointing Eddie Addis as head of asset management, based at the firm’s Edinburgh office.
Metsä Wood develops hybrid sandwich wall element
Metsä Wood and its partners have designed a hybrid sandwich wall element, which they say will renew offsite construction.
BMF’s Covid response wins awards
The Builders Merchants Federation’s (BMF) support for members during the Covid pandemic scored a double success in the prestigious Association Excellence Awards.
CPA vaccine mandate survey shows panel industry concerns
US wood panel manufacturers have expressed concern about potential production disruption coming from President Joe Biden’s proclamation stipulating mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations for all US companies with more than for 100 employees.
Stewart Milne Group divests timber systems business
Stewart Milne Group is selling its timber systems business – Stewart Milne Timber Systems (SMTS) to focus on investing in the growth of Stewart Milne Homes across Scotland and north-west England.
BSW Timber acquired by Binderholz
BSW Timber Ltd, the UK’s major integrated forestry and sawmilling group, has been acquired by Binderholz. The deal is subject to normal closing conditions and approval from the Austrian Competition Commission and UK Financial Conduct Authority.
Major clarifications needed on new EU Forest Strategy
“The new EU Forest Strategy for 2030 needs clear objectives and feasible coherent actions” was the message of forest owners and managers to the EU policy makers from the European Forest Owners’ Conference.
Composite Prime supplies Welsh wedding venue
Composite Prime has provided luxury Pembrokeshire-based wedding venue, Plas Pantyderi Manor with a picturesque outdoor space, following the installation of sustainable composite decking.
More BMF members become net zero Business Champions
A further five BMF members were amongst the 10 companies announced on October 5 as net zero carbon Business Champions supporting the Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) CO2nstruct Zero initiative.
View the TTJ Awards 2021 highlights on YouTube
All photos and video highlights from the 25th anniversary TTJ Awards 2021 are available on the TTJ Awards website.
US and Vietnam reach agreement on addressing illegal wood
The US has decided against taking trade action against Vietnam after investigating illegal harvesting and trade of illegal timber in the country.
Harlow Bros Holdings announces plans for employee-owned trust
Timber merchant and engineered timber systems producer Harlow Bros is to see an overhaul of its ownership structure which will put employees at the heart of the business.
Myers Group acquires Baildon timber and plans £500,000 site investment
A Bradford timber business is to receive £500,000 of investment after a £1m acquisition of the company by building supplies group the Myers Group.
Accsys team walks 16,346km for well-being and charity
Accsys recently completed a charitable employee initiative called ‘Step out, to help out!’. This saw colleagues across the organisation collectively walk over 16,000km over two months in the summer to promote well-being throughout the company and in wider society.
Obituary – Nigel Defrates
Nigel Defrates, formerly of Balfour Timber, has died at the age of 76.