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Major trade organisations confirm collaboration under CTI umbrella at Timber Expo 2018

For the third year in a row, the Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) is returning to NEC Birmingham where it will be exhibiting at Timber Expo 2018.

Taking place between 9 and 11 October 2018, Timber Expo is the only UK trade show exclusively dedicated to building with wood and is expected to gather thousands of visitors from across the UK Construction Industry.

This year, the CTI will be coordinating the joint Stand T40 – in conjunction with the British Woodworking Federation (BWF), Structural Timber Association (STA), Timber Trade Federation (TTF), Trussed Rafter Association (TRA) and Wood Protection Association (WPA). By sharing the same stand, these four major trade associations uphold the decision of championing a collaborative approach across the UK Timber Industry under the umbrella of the CTI.

The CTI Stand will host a wide set of briefings, presentations and meetings along with offering informative material such as publications and technical guides. The target is to showcase benefits and applications of timber in construction and enlarge the market for timber products.

From this perspective, the Confederation of Timber Industries will also deliver a programme filled with CPD workshops and networking events, supported by the timber industry’s campaign, Wood for Good.

CTI Chairman Roy Wakeman OBE said: “Timber Expo comes at a challenging time for the Timber Industry and the UK economy in general, with Brexit looming on the horizon and the housing crisis yet unsolved.”

“However, these changing times give us the opportunity to rethink the way our economy is shaped and finally move towards a solid and feasible low carbon model where timber has a great role to play.”

“Our Industry can considerably help the UK achieve this ambitious target as long as we show unity of purpose among all the major organisations within the Sector. For this reason, the CTI joint stand at Timber Expo – managed in collaboration with the BWF, STA, TTF and WPA - represents not only a point of reference for anyone interested in timber, but also an encouraging signal for the entire Sector”.

Free registration to the show is now open at: https://www.ukconstructionweek.com/timber-expo

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/major-trade-organisations-confirm-collaboration-under-cti-umbrella-timber-expo-2018]

CTI launches 'Timber Talks' podcasts

Hear the movers and shakers within the Timber Industry discussing the latest news, trends and policies

 

The Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) has launched ‘Timber Talks’, a series of free podcasts debating the hottest topics affecting the UK Timber Industry.

In the first episode, CTI Chairman Roy Wakeman OBE guides the audience though the benefits of Timber, explaining how the Timber Industry contributes to the British economy and why it can help fix the endemic UK housing crisis.

The next podcasts will feature – among the others - David Hopkins (CTI Director and Managing Director of the Timber Trade Federation), Iain McIlwee (CTI Director and CEO of the British Woodworking Federation) and Alex Goodfellow (CTI Director and Managing Director of Stewart Milne Group).

Thanks to these short recordings, it will be possible to hear the movers and shakers within the Timber Industry discussing the latest news, trends and policies, as well as answering the hot questions of the moment. Users can also suggest new topics and raise questions for the speakers by sending an email to [email protected].

Roy Wakeman commented: “These podcasts are incredibly useful not only for Timber Industry stakeholders and operators but also for ordinary people keen on learning more about our Sector and its countless branches and opportunities.”

“I believe podcasting is special – it contributes to create a sense of community, is a space for discussion and gives our Industry a powerful voice. Even more importantly, you can listen to podcasts anywhere and at any time - while you do other things at work or at home, or during your commute.”

“I really hope this initiative will help the UK Timber Industry reach a wide audience and stimulate a constructive debate. Stay tuned!”

Users can freely download and listen to the podcasts on AudioBoom and iTunes.

Check the complete list of episodes here.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/cti-launches-timber-talks-podcasts]

Timber can help the UK fix its housing crisis but more investments are needed

Last month Iain McIlwee, CTI Director and CEO of the British Woodworking Federation (BWF), was asked to attend a small round table event focussed on the build-out rate for housing hosted by Sir Oliver Letwin MP. 

At Budget, government announced its intention to set up an independent review to look into the gap between completions and the number of homes allocated or permissioned. This panel is being chaired by Sir Oliver Letwin. 

The Review aims to:

  • explain the significant gap between housing completions and the amount of land allocated or permissioned in areas of high housing demand and make recommendations for closing it. 
  • identify the principal causes of the gap
  • identify practical steps that could increase the speed of build out. These steps should support an increase in housing supply consistent with a stable housing market in the short term and so that over the long-term, house prices rise slower than earnings. 
  • provide an interim report to the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government in time for Spring Statement 2018 and a full report for Budget 2018

As part of his review, Sir Oliver invited key representatives of the building products sector, the relationship between building product manufacturers and housebuilders, and capacity in the sector.

The meeting touched several issues affecting the Timber Supply Chains. Key points included:

  • The timber frame industry could scale up capacity of existing factories. More investment is going into UK forestry.
  • Brexit could be an issue for timber imports, although more investment is going into UK forestry.
  • Brexit could affect imported materials. If no mutually beneficial UK-EU customs’ agreement is struck, British businesses face paying 20% extra upfront as VAT on imports like timber & bricks. This has immediate implications for operating costs and cashflow for importers, merchants & manufacturers.

Commenting after the meeting, Iain McIlwee stated: "I thought it was an encouraging meeting, firstly it reinforced Government remain committed to building housing supply to 300,000 units per year. " 

"There was real consistency in the views of the supply chain too, in that any capacity issues are speed bumps rather than barriers. Product supply will never be a barrier to growth as long as the process is tidied to ensure consent and commitment are linked, procurement practices are improved and manufacturers are given confidence to invest." 

"We also need to guarantee that more is done by private and public sectors to ensure that investing in quality won’t be undermined by value engineering without regard for the whole life cost of the project."

    A brief summary of the meeting is available on the BWF website.

     

    [News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/timber-can-help-uk-fix-its-housing-crisis-more-investments-are-needed]

    Environment Minister to “make sure the whole body of European environmental law continues to have effect” after Brexit

    The Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) has welcomed a pledge from Environment Minister Dr Thérèse Coffey MP to “make sure the whole body of European environmental law continues to have effect” after Brexit.

    The Environment Minister made the commitment at the Timber Industries’ Parliamentary Reception, which took place in the House of Commons last week. The CTI has led the campaign to ensure that EU timber regulations, which have enabled the British timber industry to thrive in recent years, are incorporated into domestic law after the UK leaves the European Union in 2019.

    The CTI and its members have been proud to support the Government in its implementation of the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) and the EU’s Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) initiative. These EU regulations prohibit the selling of illegally logged timber in the EU, including within the UK. This legislation has helped the British industry to grow and to be a world leader in the sustainable trade of timber.

    Speaking at the CTI reception, Environment Minister Dr Thérèse Coffey MP said: “When we leave the EU, the Withdrawal Bill will make sure the whole body of European environmental law continues to have effect in UK law.

    “This means bringing into UK law two regulations that the UK timber sector played a great role in shaping: the European Union Timber Regulation and the Forest Law Environment Governance and Trade Regulation. I want to thank your industry for your continued commitment to a responsible and sustainable trade in timber.”

    Responding to her comments, David Hopkins, Director of the CTI said: “I welcome the Minister’s assurance that the Government will ensure that both the EUTR and FLEGT will continue to operate in the UK after Brexit. The timber industries have worked closely with the Government to lead the development of these EU regulations, which have enabled the UK to become a global champion for responsibly-sourced timber.

    “Incorporating the principles underpinning the EUTR and FLEGT into domestic law will enable the UK timber industries to continue to flourish.”

    The Parliamentary Reception also represented an excellent opportunity for UK Timber Industry stakeholders and MPs from all sides to gather and engage in a productive debate about the future of the Sector.

    On that note, CTI Chairman Roy Wakeman OBE said: “The attendance at the CTI Parliamentary Reception was outstanding for a cold wintery night and there was no doubt about its worth to all that were there.”

    “Our commitment to interact with many different MPs of all persuasions was accomplished and we were grateful for all the additional support that the Industry attendance gave us. It was truly a night of Trust all round and a positive thrust forward for our mission.”

    The complete speech by Environment Minister Dr Thérèse Coffey MP can be found here.

    View the photo gallery of the event here.

     

    [News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/environment-minister-%E2%80%9Cmake-sure-whole-body-european-environmental-law-continues-have-effect%E2%80%9D]

    CTI and Timber Industries APPG to host Parliamentary Reception on 7th February 2018

    The Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) and the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Timber Industries will be holding the first Timber Industries Parliamentary Reception of 2018 at the Palace of Westminster on Wednesday 7th February.

    This year’s reception will be hosted by Ian Paisley MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Timber Industries, while the guest speaker will be Dr Thérèse Coffey MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Environment. 

    Representatives from across the UK’s timber industries will be also be attending, and the event will be an opportunity to learn more about the contribution which the timber industries make to the UK economy. 

    For more information and reservation, please contact us at [email protected]

     

    [News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/first-timber-industries-parliamentary-reception-2018-be-held-7th-february]

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