CTI News & Events

Third episode of 'Timber Talks' released: Iain McIlwee talks through 'Skills Shortages and Education'

Tune in to the third episode of the ‘Timber Talks’ podcast series with Iain McIlwee, CTI Director and CEO of British Woodworking Federation (BWF).

This week, Iain joins CTI fellow director and podcasts presenter Andrew Carpenter to discuss a hot topic for the entire Timber Industry, ‘Skills shortages and Education.’

On top of that, Iain underlines the necessity for the Timber Sector to embrace the ‘Digitalisation’ era and rethink product design and manufacturing in order to attract young people and move towards a truly sustainable production model.

“Massive opportunities are available throughout the entire Timber supply chain,” says Iain. “Timber is an incredible product and we want to attract the best people – in forests management, manufacturing, design, engineering, research but also Marketing and sales – to promote its potential to the wide public.”

'Timber Talks' series gives users the opportunity 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. It's also possible to suggest new topics and raise questions for the speakers by sending an email to [email protected].

Check the CTI media library for the complete list of episodes.

 

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CTI partners with 'Evolution of Tradition' show to promote creativity & design in wood

The Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) has signed up as an official show partner of 'Evolution of Tradition', a new selling exhibition of luxurious bespoke furniture launching this autumn at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour.

Evolution of Tradition - to run from 2-5 October 2018 - will feature exclusive designs purely from Bespoke Guild Mark holders and is being organised by The Furniture Makers’ Company and Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour.

The Bespoke Guild Mark, awarded by The Furniture Makers’ Company, is the ultimate accolade for designer-makers, rewarding excellence in design, materials, craftsmanship and function for exquisite pieces of furniture

An impressive rollcall of established designer-makers and new talent from the vibrant British craft scene will be exhibiting at the show, including Matthew Burt, Byron & Gómez, Jonathan Field, Marc Fish, Tim Gosling, Alun Heslop, Edward Johnson, John Makepeace OBE, Rupert McBain, Laurent Peacock, Jake Phipps, Angus Ross, Rupert Senior, Katie Walker and Waywood.

Doreen Oddy, guild marks manager of The Furniture Makers Company, said: “Evolution of Tradition is shaping up to be an unmissable event that will demonstrate the world-class mastery of Bespoke Guild Mark holders. We are delighted that two reputable industry trade bodies like the Timber Trade Federation and the Confederation of Timber Industries are supporting it.”

Benedetto Antuono, CTI communications coordinator, said: “The CTI is always pleased to help promote innovative projects using wood in furniture, design and architecture. In this view, Evolution of Tradition represents a great opportunity for talented wood designers to present their creation and raise awareness of the incredible qualities of this sustainable and versatile material. We look forward to collaborating with the Furniture Makers Company and we are sure the exhibition will further push the boundaries of innovation and creativity in design.”

View the event on the CTI Industry Calendar.

 

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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 TRA - represents not only a point of reference for anyone interested in timber, but also an encouraging signal for the entire Sector”.

See all the events taking place at the CTI Stand here. A detailed programme will follow in due course.

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.

     

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