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The Confederation of Timber Industries gets some extra protection with WPA

The Confederation of the Timber Industries (CTI) Board met and approved an application to join from the Wood Protection Association (WPA).

The paperwork was signed on the CTI stand at Timber Expo amidst a busy agenda of launches and talks for the organisation at UK Construction Week. It marks another important step in the growth of the Confederation and representation for the timber industry supply chain. 

Roy Wakeman OBE, Chairman of the CTI stated: “This is another critical step in ensuring that the timber supply chain effectively unites to provide a common voice and a platform to support collaboration.”

“As we look forward to developing our Industrial Strategy we need to be mindful of every stage in our process, improving productivity and innovating our products to ensure they maintain the highest possible performance, health and sustainability credentials.  It is great to have the WPA with all the expertise they bring in timber treatment and protection to this forum”.

Steve Young, Director of the Wood Protection Association, said: “We have been watching the CTI going from strength to strength and feel like now is the time to get involved.”

“We have an exciting new programme of work focussing on supply chain education and materials health matters, much of it inspired by our already close working relationship with colleagues from the TTF and BWF, it seems a natural fit now to progress this and support the wider work through the CTI.”

 

Notes

The Wood Protection Association is a technical and advisory organisation dedicated to improving the performance and value of wood as a sustainable construction material.  The WPA operates the ‘WPA Benchmark’ third-party quality schemes which verify wood and wood-based panel products are treated correctly by an industrial process to deliver the durability performance required under British Standards.

In the picture, you can see CTI Board Members at Timber Expo. In the middle, CTI Chairman Roy Wakeman OBE and WPA Technical Director Gordon Ewbank.

 

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CTI promoting Industry collaboration at Timber Expo 2017

The Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) is glad to be exhibiting again at Timber Expo, the timber dedicated show taking place at the NEC, Birmingham, from 10 to 12 October 2017.

Championing a collaborative approach across the UK Timber Industry, the CTI will share the Stand T445 with three major trade organisations in the Sector: the British Woodworking Federation (BWF), the Structural Timber Association (STA) and the Timber Trade Federation (TTF).

Under the umbrella of the CTI, BWF, STA and TTF will be working together to showcase benefits and applications of timber in construction. There will also be room for networking and business opportunities through a wide range of workshops, presentations and informative meetings.

The STA will open the round of events taking place at the CTI joint stand with the launch of the STA’s Timber Trends and Capacity Report scheduled on Tuesday 10th October from 12.30 to 13.30. The report aims to show to the Government and the wider Construction Industry that the Structural Timber Sector has already the ability to deliver quality systems at a scale to meet current and future market demand.

Wednesday 11th October will see two presentations taking place at CTI Stand and the nearby Timber Restaurant. At 12.30 pm, the BWF will announce the shortlisted projects of its BWF Woodworking Awards with a drinks reception to be held at CTI Stand.

At 2 pm, the Timber Restaurant will host a joint seminar, organised by the TTF and the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus in the United Kingdom, with a focus on business opportunities in Belarus. The event aims to bring together UK timber traders and Belarusian companies to further understand the market and facilitate trade.

Finally, the agenda for Thursday 12th October includes two more events to take place at the CTI joint stand. From 10.30 to 11.30, the BWF, in collaboration with Grown in Britain, will be showing qualities and benefits of the new line of Grown In Britain certified windows. Coming up, from 12.30 to 13.30, the BWF will launch its updated Stair Scheme Design Guide.

CTI Chairman Roy Wakeman OBE commented: “Timber Expo is one of the largest trade shows in our Industry and we couldn’t miss the opportunity to promote timber excellence both to key stakeholders in the Construction sector and the wider public.

After many years of division, it’s great to see major trade organisations such as BWF, STA and TTF working side by side towards a common goal under the umbrella of the CTI.

This collaborative approach is exactly what our Industry needs to further develop its innovative solutions. From offsite housing and low-carbon construction products to high responsible sourcing standards and communities’ development, the UK Timber Sector has a lot to say to decision makers and influencers.

Once again, the only way to be heard is to speak with a single voice.”

 

Find CTI Stand T445 on UK Construction Week floor map here and view all the events planned at the Stand here.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/cti-promoting-industry-collaboration-timber-expo-2017]

The renewed All Party Parliamentary Group for Timber Industries meets at Westminster

The Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) is delighted to announce the reconstitution of the Timber Industries All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG), following the general election held on 8th June.

The renewed APPG held its first AGM on Wednesday 12th July at the House of Commons. Ian Paisley, MP for North Antrim, was re-elected as Chairman. Officers now include Joint Vice Chairman Bill Grant MP for Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock (Conservatives), Joint Vice Chairman Martin Whitfield MP for East Lothian (Labour) and Joint Vice Chairman Andrew Bowie MP for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine (Conservative).

The Timber Industries APPG will help promote timber as the most sustainable and renewable building material and develop initiatives and economic measures to grow the whole UK Timber Industry supply chain. The Confederation of Timber Industries will assist Parliamentarians in their work by acting as the group's secretariat and providing relevant information and logistic support.

The timber sector is in the top 50% of manufacturing industries in the UK, attracting investment and supporting jobs across the manufacturing and construction sectors, and adding over £10 billion per year to the UK economy. Every constituency in the UK benefits from jobs provided by our sector, whether in construction, manufacturing or distribution.

Roy Wakeman OBE, Chairman of the CTI, said: “We are pleased to see such widespread, cross-party support for our Industry. The timber sector represents a major engine for the growth and development of the UK economy and, with the help of the Timber Industries APPG, we can deliver this message straight to key decision makers in Westminster. The CTI will be on hand to provide assistance and information to any MPs interested in the Industry, along with arranging regular visits to timber operations all over the country.”

A full program of meetings and events for the APPG will be published in September, after the summer recess.

 

A recap of the meeting including pictures, recordings and presentations can be found here.

Read more about the Timber Industries APPG here.

 

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CTI Spring 2017 Newsletter now available

The Confederation of Timber Industries has released its Newsletter for Spring 2017.

This fifth interactive issue explores the latest developments of CTI project particularly focusing on Confederation's activities in the areas of Policy Affairs and Timber Industry promotion.

In details, you will find news on:

- New Chairman and Governing Board for CTI

- CTI Parliamentary seminar on Housing & Timber Construction

- CTI response to Industrial Strategy Green Paper

- CTI & Wood For Good exhibiting at Ecobuild 2017

- CTI partners with major UK Construction and Architecture shows

- Mass Timber projects in the UK and abroad

...and much more!

To read and download the publication click here.

View all CTI press releases and newsletters here.

 

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CTI comment on Housing White Paper: Timber solutions can greatly improve quality and quantity of UK housing supply

The Confederation of Timber Industries has responded to the recent White Paper: Fixing our Broken Housing Market highlighting the vital role timber has in delivering sustainable and quality homes at the levels required to meet the housing shortfall in the UK. 

The response - downloadable here - welcomes the Government's Housing White Paper issued in February 2017 and proposes tangible "timber solutions" to the challenges of current UK housing market.

CTI Chairman Roy Wakeman commented: “Echoing the conclusion of our recent parliamentary debate on this subject, timber has technological proven solutions to clear the bottle-neck and improve the quality of housing supply in the UK.  We offer a number of pre-manufactured solutions, from entire timber constructions to pre-finished engineered components that support a more efficient modern build process and are working hard to train the supply chain to support installation."  

"The overall thrust of the White Paper is very positive - we absolutely have to clear planning bottlenecks and supply side issues to ensure demand is met. In this we also have to remember we are building homes, not just housing. We have a duty of care to the safety and wellbeing of the residents of each new home and to consider the impact of building on our environment." 

"Leaning on the timber supply chain is a good start in making the changes that need to happen. I was very much minded as I read the consultation of words of architect Michael Green, 'Wood is the most technologically advanced material that we can build with. The Earth grows our food. The earth can grow our homes. It’s an ethical change we have to go through.'"

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/cti-comment-housing-white-paper-timber-solutions-can-greatly-improve-quality-and-quantity-uk]

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