Andover-based Input Joinery which has reduced wood waste by switching to laminated and engineered wood is the subject of a case study report jointly funded by TRADA and the DTI.

The report, “Avoiding landfill through effective wood waste disposal and a shift in product focus”, cites how Input Joinery has reduced waste to just 5% in door production, compared with 15-30% when using conventional timbers.

It attributes the achievement to the defect-free nature of engineered timber.

The report states: “Using these raw materials has produced waste savings in many stages of the production process and through reduced levels of final product rejection.”

Timbmet, which is supplying Input with its TEC range of engineered hardwood components, says the report is independent proof that engineered timber can reduce waste substantially during the manufacturing process and save joinery companies time and money.

Input estimates it can save 15-30% in waste using TEC laminated sapele instead of the raw material when making a pair of doors. The reduction is 10-15% for a set of sapele windows.