CTI News & Events

CTI Parliamentary seminar on Skills, Productivity and Growth postponed

Following the Prime Minister’s decision to hold a general election, and the overwhelming support for this in yesterday’s Parliamentary vote, the Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) in accordance with the Timber Industries APPG Chairman Ian Paisley MP, decided to postpone the Parliamentary seminar meeting on Tuesday 25th April and re-convene in the Autumn.

CTI Director Iain McIlwee commented: "It is a shame we had to cancel the meeting but, with Parliament being disbanded to make way for the election, many MPs will be focused on finishing last-minute business, while others will be heading back to their constituencies. We will reschedule the event later in the year when the political situation will be clearer and we could secure a consistent involvement of MPs in the meeting."

"In the meantime, the CTI will follow closely the electoral campaign promoting Timber Industries case to candidates and key decision makers."


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Roy Wakeman OBE appointed new CTI Chairman

Roy Wakeman OBE has been appointed new Chairman of the Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI). He succeeds Peter Hindle MBE, who stepped down last autumn.

Mr Wakeman will coordinate the new CTI strategy encouraging best practise and boosting a wide collaboration among the leading trade organisations and companies across the Supply Chain.

Mr Wakeman is a leading figure and driving force in the timber and joinery Industry. He has led the Industry as President of the BWF (British Woodworking Federation) three times in his career, 1987, 2001 and 2013. He was Chairman of the Construction Confederation in 2001 and has previously chaired the Networking Forum for the CPA (Construction Products Association) for 11 years.

Mr Wakeman has grown a number of well-known brands and businesses in the joinery manufacturing arena including Sarek Joinery with sales of £30m in 1984-90; The LS Group of Performance Doorsets including the brands of Leaderflush, Shapland and Petter and Longden Doors with sales of £40m 1995-2005.

In 2006 he led a Management buyout of Mumford and Wood, the UK’s leading manufacturer of high quality bespoke Timber windows and Doors which at the time had sales revenues of £6m. Since then Mr Wakeman and his team have built a Group of Timber Fenestration brands, under the Group umbrella of PTPG, with sales currently over £20m pa. The brands include Mumford and Wood, Timber Windows.com and Dale windows and Doors.

In 2012, Mr Wakeman was awarded an OBE in Queen's Honours List for services to the joinery manufacturing industry and, one year later, he was appointed non-Executive Chairman of European Doorsets, a leading supplier of Performance Doorsets for the Construction Industry.

Commenting on his appointment as new CTI Chairman, Roy Wakeman said: “I am delighted to accept both the role and challenge of the Chairman of the CTI, and very much look forward to helping everyone involved in this great industry to consolidate and improve the leading position that Timber holds as a modern material of choice.

Having spent my whole life in the distribution, manufacture and marketing of timber and its end products, I will use all my experience to make sure that we continue to lead, innovate and increase our reputation.”


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CTI & Wood for Good exhibit at Ecobuild 2017: An Offsite approach from the Timber Industry

The Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI), together with Wood for Good, will be exhibiting at the Explore Offsite section of Ecobuild, 7-9 March 2017, Excel London, showcasing the natural advantages of working with wood.  

Timber is the natural choice for a variety of offsite solutions. Experts from the Structural Timber Association, British Woodworking Federation, Timber Trade Federation, TRADA and Wood for Good will be on hand to answer your queries about this rapidly growing section of the construction market.

As well as having experts on hand throughout the exhibition, two exciting projects will be launched on Tuesday 7th March 2017 at the joint CTI/Wood for Good stand E109.

The first event – scheduled at 2pm - will see the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) launching the first Life Cycle Assessments through the new BRE LINA tool. Experts from the BWF and BRE will discuss the benefits of the new tool in order to produce bespoke life cycle assessments for wood manufacturers.

Using this new LCA tool, manufacturers will be able to produce their own verified data, allowing specifiers to make the right environmental choice.

At 4 pm, the CTI stand will also host the launch of the new guide on the ‘Robustness of CLT Structures’. Produced by the Structural Timber Association (STA) to address market needs for technical recommendations, the CLT guidance is the accumulation of more than 12 months of industry reviews and workshops.

Endorsed by Premier Guarantee and LABC Warranty, the publication provides key principles of robust design, connection detailing and installation of cross laminated timber buildings.  

Finally, Ecobuild visitors will have the opportunity to collect free information sheets and publications from TRADA info point, located adjacent to CTI stand.

TRADA will also provide an ‘ask an expert’ facility - including 2 technical consultants - for the whole duration of the show - to answer questions on any timber-related matter.

Andrew Carpenter, STA Chief Executive and Member of CTI Board of Directors, commented: “These are exciting times for timber, a modern material with natural advantages that can lead to a real revolution in construction.

Thanks to a modern and collaborative approach involving all major trade bodies in the UK Timber Industry, we can now promote our ‘oven-ready’ solutions to support offsite and sustainable construction.

The 21st Century is emerging as the Timber Age and we will work hard to push this message forward.”


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CTI Parliamentary seminar: Offsite Construction most effective solution to Housing Crisis

Timber Frame Offsite Construction is the most effective, proven solution to meeting housing demand. The industry has a current capacity of 100,000 units per year and could easily scale up to 150,000 given the right policy frameworks.

This was the clear message delivered at a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Timber Industries, organised by the CTI (Confederation of Timber Industries).

Speaking in the House of Commons, one week ahead of the March 2017 Budget announcement, Stewart Dalgarno, Director of Product Development at Stewart Milne Group told the audience: “Housing is arguably the biggest social issue of our times, and a huge economic opportunity. The timber industry already has the capacity to help meet this demand and is already delivering around 60,000 units per year using proven offsite construction methods. This is not something for the future, we’re doing this now.”

However, to fully realise the potential of delivering over 150,000 offsite timber frame units per year by 2020 a more certain and long term commitment and policy framework is needed, he warned:  “Our sector is ready to invest and recruit. We can create a Housing Industrial Revolution, creating UK jobs, UK prosperity and UK homes. But, we need that long-term commitment from Government and clients, the visibility of demand that comes with it, to really make this happen.”

The audience was shown a wide range of community developments which had been delivered across the UK using offsite timber-frame construction, including Bicester EcoTown, Glasgow Commonwealth Legacy Village, Derwenthorpe Village, York, and several others.

In addition, case studies of Council Homes, Affordable Housing, private housing and private rental sector and student villages were presented to highlight the variety of designs and developments which can be achieved using existing UK timber offsite businesses.

Thomas Hoepfner, co-founder of the New Garden Cities Alliance, and David Birkbeck, Chief Executive of Design for Homes, also presented examples of exemplar design and development using offsite timber-construction methods.

Chairing the meeting of the APPG, Ian Paisley MP said: “It is clear the timber industry has proven capacity and ability to deliver solutions to the housing crisis, now and in the future. This is a powerful message that needs to get to the heart of Government, particularly the Housing Minister and the Treasury. I, and other members of the APPG, will do our best to help you achieve this.”


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


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CTI writes to Chancellor ahead of 2017 Budget Announcement

In an open letter to the Chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond ahead of his budget speech on 8 March 2017, the Confederation of Timber Industries has called for a more incisive role of the Government on strategic themes such as Skills and Education, Productive Growth and Energy Security.

The letter - written by Iain McIlwee, CEO of the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) and Member of CTI Board of Directors - highlights the contribution of the Timber Industry to the UK Economy and provides recommendations to tackle the productivity gap.

In details the CTI has outlined the following points:

  • Rebalancing the educational system to support technical education is essential for UK Economy growth
  • The introduction of the new Apprentice Standards may not apply correctly
  • Any profit from the Apprenticeship Levy money should be ring-fenced to support SMEs training
  • Schools should be equipped and targeted to support technical education options
  • The current business rate system discourages investment and undermines productivity - as remarked by the latest BWF State of Trade Survey
  • UK needs a productive taxation system that rewards positive behaviour and encourages UK Trade Gain
  • The reduction of Industry Energy usage must be a pillar of the new UK Clean Growth policy
  • The recommendations of the Natural Capital Committee and the Bonfield Review could represent a starting point in a wider debate on the future of UK energy supply

The complete letter can be found here.


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