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Competition body says Grafton’s sale of merchanting business to Huws Gray may reduce competition
02 December, 2021
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has announced that the sale of Grafton Group’s traditional merchanting business to Huws Gray may result in a substantial lessening of competition in one particular geographic area.
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Major UK woodworking exhibition cancelled
Tuesday, November 30, 2021 Organisers of the UK’s largest woodworking event – the W Exhibition – have cancelled the upcoming show in February, citing the emergence of the new Omicron Covid variant as part of its reason for the decision.
James Latham sees business rebound strongly, but supply chain issues persist
Monday, November 29, 2021 UK timber products distributor James Latham has seen business rebound strongly in 2021 following an uncertain period of trading impacted by the pandemic in 2020.
TDUK kicks off new era in UK timber industry representation
Friday, November 26, 2021 A new era in UK timber industry representation dawned this week with the inaugural Timber Development UK AGM, bringing together the timber supply chain and specification community within the new body that merges the Timber Trade Federation (TTF) and TRADA.
Major UK timber product industry events taking place this week
Monday, November 22, 2021 A string of major UK timber industry events are taking place this week, bringing distributors, merchants, importers and manufacturers together – some for the first time in 18 months.
North American panel producers join together in Climate Positive Now initiative
Monday, November 22, 2021 North American wood-based panels and surfacing producers are joining together under the Climate Positive Now banner to promote the sustainability benefits of decorative wood panels.
Bergs Timber takes 25% stake in paper stud manufacturer
Thursday, November 18, 2021 Swedish-based forest products manufacturer Bergs Timber has taken a 25% share in a company developing paper studs for interior walls and furniture frames.
UK Prime Minister visits London builders merchant
Thursday, November 18, 2021 UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson saw first-hand the crucial role builders’ merchants play in the national economy, with a fact-finding visit to Travis Perkins in his constituency of Uxbridge and South Ruislip.
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.
Orchard Timber Products joins National Timber Group
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 The National Timber Group (NTG) continues its rapid expansion plans with takeover of Scottish distributor Orchard Timber Products Ltd.
Roofing Megastore publishes research into building materials price growth
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 Online roofing product sales platform Roofing Megastore has completed its own building materials pricing research showing the huge spikes in timber and steel prices in the past year.
Stora Enso hosts COP26 embodied carbon discussion
Monday, November 15, 2021 Leading forest products manufacturer Stora Enso joined industry calls at COP26 for action from government and business to address embodied emissions in construction.
Grafton says trading in good shape
Friday, November 12, 2021 Grafton Group plc is projecting a full year profit of £265m-£270m for 2021 after reporting continuing strong trading conditions.
New TDUK technical paper focuses on embodied carbon
Friday, November 12, 2021 As the world’s focus was brought firmly onto the carbon issue at COP26 in Glasgow, Timber Development UK (TDUK) is bringing clarity to how to account for embodied carbon in timber construction with a newly released technical paper.
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.
Lathams moves to address lack of carbon understanding in industry
Friday, November 05, 2021 UK timber products distributor James Latham has launched a new carbon initiative which gives its wood products a combined score based on carbon footprint and “locked in” carbon.
Forestry Commission act on new tree disease found in Cornwall
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 Woodland managers, landowners, the forest industry and tree nurseries are being urged to remain vigilant after the Forestry Commission (FC) and Forest Research (FR) identified the tree pathogen Phytophthora pluvialis in a woodland in Cornwall.
BMBI reports continued strong year-on-year growth
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 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
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 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.
Anglo-French venture targets global expansion in timber treatment market
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 Two leading UK and French companies have joined forces to secure global contracts for the supply of specialist timber treatment and preservation equipment.

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