TRADA has declared Interbuild’s Timber Zone a resounding success, with the zone forming “the best part of the exhibition”.

The TRADA seminar theatre attracted more than 180 people on each day of the show, while British Hardwoods pulled off a major win for the timber sector by scooping the Interbuild Energy Saving & Sustainability Award for its Green Floor product.

Some 60 exhibitors, a 50% increase on last year, displayed their products in the TRADA-sponsored Timber Zone during the October 28-November 1 show, while many other timber and wood related firms were present in areas adjacent to the zone.

TRADA marketing manager Karen Tipping said the zone had worked well and the organisation would look to build on the success for next year’s show.

“I thought it was all very positive,” she said. “I thought the zone was the best part of the exhibition. Outside the zone it was the same old thing.”

Glenalmond Timber managing director Fraser Steele described the show as well laid out, with lots of new timber products on show. “It looks like the timber industry has got its act together,” he said of the Timber Zone.

German and Canadian timber contingents formed a strong presence in and around the zone.

Keighley-based flooring and mouldings specialist British Hardwoods beat the likes of Kingspan and Dyson to win Interbuild’s Energy Saving and Sustainability Award.

The company’s green philisophy includes sourcing temperate hardwood from sustainable sources, producing its own factory heat using wood waste and creating biodiesel for use in a power generator and in delivery vehicles.

“The award is fantastic for the business and hopefully encourages the industry to embrace viable production methods like ours,” said sales manager Jonathan Scott.