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World Cup distraction from difficult markets
19 December, 2022
The World Cup has kicked off and while we’ll all be hoping for English or Welsh success, the tournament is not necessarily universally being welcomed by all in the business community.
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Stoical softwood sector in sobering times
Monday, December 19, 2022 There was no ignoring the grim global economic picture at the 2022 International Softwood Conference, but it also highlighted the sector’s longer term positives. Conference moderator, Fort Builders Merchants director Keith Fryer reports
Confor urges government stability and planting
Monday, December 19, 2022 Economic headwinds are building for the UK sawmill sector, but Defra now has the resources to make a difference for the industry by stimulating productive tree planting, writes Confederation of Forest Industries chief executive Stuart Goodall
Are we at a tipping point for fire door safety?
Tuesday, October 18, 2022 The recent passing of the Building Safety Act 2022, along with the Fire Safety Act 2021, marks a critical point in the way building safety risks will be considered. To ensure compliance with the new regime, greater understanding and awareness of the benefits that third-party fire door certification provides is crucial, writes Helen Hewitt, CEO of the British Woodworking Federation (BWF)
Congo Basin Regional Scheme a PEFC first
Tuesday, October 18, 2022 The PAFC Congo Basin scheme aims to increase sustainable forest management certification in the region, writes PEFC development officer Thomas Seyvet
TTJ Awards' royal connections in 2022
Tuesday, October 18, 2022 News of the Queen’s death broke as TTJ was going to press.
Thank you for the glulam
Wednesday, August 24, 2022 The demountable Abba Arena in London is a masterpiece of hybrid engineered timber and steel construction and a building for our increasingly over-heated times, writes TTJ consultant editor Mike Jeffree
Figuring out the new normal
Wednesday, August 24, 2022 Today’s combination of supply, price and cost issues facing the European timber sector is unprecedented. The solution, after 20 years of price stagnation, must be market appreciation of the true value of wood, writes Jean-François Guilbert, managing director of France’s international marketing organisation French Timber
Resilience in the face of swings in trading dynamics
Wednesday, August 24, 2022 These days we seem to be beset by extremes all round – temperature, conflicts, inflation and big swings in trading dynamics.
Fog of war obscures outlook
Friday, June 10, 2022 Prospects for the softwood market have never been more difficult to read, writes Sampsa Auvinen, chairman of the board of the Confederation of the European Woodworking Industries (CEI Bois) and board professional
Species diversity key for climate resilience
Friday, June 10, 2022 We must widen our timber diet to ensure future supply, writes Dan Ridley-Ellis, head of the Centre for Wood Science and Technology at Edinburgh Napier University
SVLK Sustainability Credentials Stressed
Friday, April 08, 2022 Indonesia’s development and rebrand of its timber legality assurance system is seen as potentially adding value to FLEGT, writes consultant editor Mike Jeffree
The Bumpy Road to Net Zero
Friday, April 08, 2022 The UK panel industry is in the forefront of decarbonisation, but still faces challenges ahead, writes Wood Panel Industries Federation director-general Alastair Kerr
Global forests need global governance
Friday, December 10, 2021 Timber Trade Federation chief executive David Hopkins explains why legal governance of forests and forest supply chains must be a priority
Rising to the challenges of 2021 and beyond
Friday, December 10, 2021 Sarah Virgo, campaign manager at Wood for Good, says the industry must make the most of the recent buzz around wood
Carbon takes centre stage
Friday, December 10, 2021 The issue of carbon has been extremely prominent in the media these last few weeks.
Coming to the defence of FLEGT
Thursday, September 30, 2021 Recent comments from the EC arising from the ‘Fitness check’ on the EUTR and FLEGT have cast doubts on the latter’s future, but Republic of Congo minister of forest economy Rosalie Matondo says we must build on this ground-breaking timber trade initiative, not undermine it
Back the COP26 timber beacon
Thursday, September 30, 2021 The UK timber industry has an unparalleled opportunity at COP26 to persuade decision makers that using wood is key to combating the climate crisis. But, says Keith Fryer of Fort Builders Merchant, a project to make timber’s case to the climate conference needs funding
Log exports threaten europe’s sawmills
Wednesday, July 21, 2021 Rising exports of logs from Europe are risking the future of sawmills across the continent says Nicolas Douzain, director of France’s National Timber Federation
Encourage waste segregation
Wednesday, July 21, 2021 Mark Hayton, director of EGGER Timberpak Ltd, shares his views on the waste wood hierarchy and the importance of segregation

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