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May 2022

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Gripsure appointed ‘Export Champion’
20 May 2022 Gripsure is celebrating after being appointed an ‘Export Champion’ by the Department for International Trade (DIT).

MEDITE SMARTPLY OSB manufacturing facility upgrade complete
19 May 2022 After over a year of transformative investment, the upgrade of MEDITE SMARTPLY’s OSB factory in County Waterford has been completed. This new world class drying, energy and screening system will enhance resource efficiency and asset reliability for SMARTPLY OSB.

Warning as three-quarters of fire doors fail inspection
18 May 2022 One of the UK’s leading fire door inspection organisations has warned of a “tragedy waiting to happen” after it revealed three-quarters of the fire doors inspected in the UK by its approved inspectors did not meet the required standard.

Timber forum hears signs of reducing demand and consumer confidence
13 May 2022 Signs of reducing demand and falling consumer confidence were reported at the most recent Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) Timber Forum in London.

US university researches use of tree forks as structural nodes
12 May 2022 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers are exploring using discarded tree forks as load-bearing joints in structures.

TTBS AGM held at the RAF Club, Piccadilly
12 May 2022 Members of the timber trade gathered for the Timber Trades’ Benevolent Society (TTBS) AGM and lunch on May 5th at the Royal Air Force Club, Piccadilly.

James Latham launches new Digital Showroom Platform
11 May 2022 Specifiers now have a new way of viewing James Latham decorative surfaces online thanks to a new hyper-realistic 3D Digital Showroom Platform that has just launched.

Jacksons Fencing unveils new angled fence posts
11 May 2022 Jacksons Fencing has launched angled slotted fence post for the spring and summer season.

Stora Enso strengthens presence in France
09 May 2022 Stora Enso has invested in ACDF Industrie SAS, becoming a 35% shareholder of the French wood processing company.

West Fraser Q1 sales and profits going strong
09 May 2022 Leading global OSB and lumber manufacturer West Fraser has reported a boost in sales and earnings in Q1, compared to Q4, 2021.

SmartPly achieves solid 2021 financial results
09 May 2022 Irish state forestry company Coillte, which operates the SmartPly OSB business in Ireland, has announced extremely strong 2021 financial results.

Cairngorm Capital supports IBMG’s acquisition of Merkko Builders Merchant
09 May 2022 Cairngorm Capital Partners has announced that its portfolio company Independent Builders Merchant Group (IBMG) has acquired Merkko Builders Merchants Ltd (Merkko), extending its network of branches in Oxfordshire and Berkshire.

Trussed rafter industry prepares for the future
04 May 2022 A packed programme at the Trussed Rafter Association (TRA) AGM last month brought together some of the industry’s most influential figures to give their insights into how trussed rafter manufacturers need to position themselves for the future.

April 2022

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Stora Enso’s wood products division posts record Q1 results
28 April 2022 International forest product manufacturer Stora Enso has posted record Q1 earnings in its wood products division thanks to significantly higher prices than a year ago.

Russia-Ukraine conflict impacts may lead to European sawmillers’ limiting overseas exposure to fewer markets
27 April 2022 Softwood market conditions influenced by ramifications of the Russia-Ukraine conflict could result in European sawmillers limiting their overseas exposure to fewer markets that fit their product mix and risk tolerance, according to the latest bulletin from Wood Resources International (WRI).

Seven German timber associations collaborate on House of Wood initiative
26 April 2022 Seven timber industry associations in Germany have come together on a project to establish a new co-operative venture called the House of Wood based in Berlin.

Donaldson launches online roof truss ordering service
26 April 2022 The Donaldson Group, is branching out with the launch of an online roof truss ordering service, Donaldson Direct.

Stora Enso divests its sawmills and forest operations in Russia
25 April 2022 Stora Enso has entered into an agreement to divest its two sawmills in Russia.

TTJ Awards partners with BMF to support merchanting development
22 April 2022 The UK timber industry’s leading annual awards event – the TTJ Awards – has embarked on an exciting new partnership with the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) to support timber merchanting development.

Global woodworking technology show to make a 2022 return
21 April 2022 One of the world’s leading woodworking technology exhibitions – Xylexpo – will be making a return in 2022 after a four-year enforced absence due to the coronavirus pandemic.