CTI Blog - Developing a vibrant, sustainable and prosperous timber supply chain
This blog post is by Dirk Vennix, CTI Chief Executive
Tomorrow CTI supporters will gather at our latest event to take the new confederation to the next level. The CTI will start working with 45 supporters across the timber supply chain to improve the business landscape and develop a vibrant, sustainable and increasingly prosperous industry. Together with our new partners we will be mapping and developing policy in such areas as Value & Growth, Sustainability and Standards and Skills and Education. This will enable the sector to develop a clear engagement strategy going forward.
For example, the CTI will tomorrow facilitate a session at our supporters’ network event which will start scoping the value and prospects of the timber supply chain. Understanding the growth opportunities and competitive pressures in each link of the supply chain is critical. This is where CTI supporters representing these sub-sectors will provide valuable input into the process of producing a credible economic impact assessment.
It is worth remembering that when the major trade associations in the supply chain looked at these issues in the recent past the key areas for action were:
Growing our low-carbon economy (supporting carbon reduction targets)
Building more homes for Britain
Ensuring all building projects consider full carbon impact
Encouraging more planting
Based on recent economic surveys from within the supply chain, the key sub-sectors are appearing to show only very modest growth. In the light of recent Government announcements the CTI supporters will be reviewing the key areas for action and exploring where further research and/or activity is needed. This will culminate in the CTI’s report on value and growth which will identify the opportunities and threats to markets within the supply chain sectors.
Tomorrow marks the start of an exciting journey on numerous fronts. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the CTI’s supporters’ network of major multi-national companies, trade associations, universities, training providers, awarding bodies, research institutes and other interested parties for their unwavering support. More network details can be found on our website.