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CTI seminar on Housing White Paper | 28 February 2017 | House of Commons

On Tuesday 28th February 2017, the Confederation of Timber Industries will hold a seminar event outlining how the UK Offsite Timber Manufacturing is helping deliver the ambitions of the Housing White Paper.

The event "Housing White Paper: Delivering targets through Offsite Timber Construction" will take place from 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm in the Committee Room 19, House of Commons, SW1A 0AA.

Speakers include: David Birkbeck, CEO of Design for Homes; Thomas Hoepfner, Cofounder & Director of New Garden Cities Alliance; and Stewart Dalgarno, Director of product development at Stewart Milne Timber Systems, one of the UK’s leading timber homes manufacturers.

The recent Housing White Paper has highlighted the need for innovative offsite manufacture to help meet our housing targets. The UK timber manufacturing sector is one of the fastest growing sectors of construction in the UK and at the forefront of building innovation. It allows homes to be built faster, more sustainably, and to a higher standard than traditional build methods.

This focused session will also provide excellent opportunities to network with members of Timber Industries APPG and key decision makers.

The Full Agenda for the event can be seen here.

Please note that this is an invitation-only event and the available seats are strictly limited.

For more information, contact Ben Antuono - CTI Communications Coordinator - at [email protected] or 0207 291 5377.


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CTI teams up with Offsite Construction Awards to boost affordable housing

The Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) and the Offsite Construction Awards have agreed a partnership intended to promote innovative and sustainable construction methods.

The Offsite Construction Awards 2017 - to take place in London on Tuesday 13th June 2017 - will reward outstanding examples of prefabrication and factory-based methods, products, systems and disciplines that increasingly strive to develop a sustainable, streamlined and cost-effective way to deliver a better built environment.

Across key sectors of UK construction, the Awards will showcase innovation, celebrate best practice and recognise overall expertise in offsite construction through landmark projects, influential people and material and manufacturing excellence in this dynamic arena.

"Recent estimates by the National House Building Council suggest that less than one in six homes uses off-site technologies", said CTI Communications Coordinator Benedetto Antuono. "That's a shame considering the endemic housing crisis affecting the UK and the benefits that offsite construction brings in terms of environmental impact, speed of construction and cost-containment."

"For these reasons, the CTI is pleased to support events like the Offsite Construction Awards not only showcasing innovative construction methods, but also contributing to boost affordable housing supply across the Nation."

The submission deadline is 31st March 2017. To view the categories, click here.

For more information, visit www.offsiteawards.co.uk.


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CTI releases Newsletter for Winter 2016

The Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) has released its Newsletter for Winter 2016.

This fourth interactive issue offers an overview of the various activities and projects undertaken by the CTI in the past few months. In details, you will find news on:

- CTI Westminster Conference

- New Timber Industry Manifesto

- Comments on Chancellor's Autumn Statement

- CTI policy reports

.... and much more!


To read the publication online click here.

To download the Newsletter as a pdf file click here.

View all CTI press releases and newsletters here.


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CTI presents Timber Industry case to Westminster

On Wednesday 30 November 2016 the Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) held its inaugural Industry Conference in London.

The event gave delegates the opportunity to meet key policy makers and opinion formers directly in Westminster. It also saw the launch of the CTI Policy reports – available here - on Sustainability, Value & Growth and Skills & Education designed to map the UK Timber Supply Chain.

The Conference was opened by Iain Paisley Jr. MP, Chairman of the Timber Industry APPG, who welcomed all participants and highlighted the contribution Timber Industries bring to the UK Economy. The event program was organised in two sessions - one focused on Sustainability and Growth and the other on Skills, Productivity & Housing – in order to offer a complete overview of the sector.

Speakers at the first session included Rachael Maskell, MP for York Central, Antoinette Sandbach, MP for Eddisbury and member of Timber APPG, Charlie Law, Sustainable Construction Solutions, Ken Walsh, MD of Danzer UK, David Hopkins, MD of Timber Trade Federation (TTF). The panel addressed key themes like the EUTR and global timber trade regulation; - Low carbon economy; - Brexit uncertainty; - Tree planting; - Timber in construction.

The second panel discussion featured Alan Brown, MP for Kilmarnock and Loudoun, Vincent Stops, Councillor for Hackney Central, Iain McIlwee, CEO of the British Woodworking Federation (BWF), Andrew Carpenter, CEO of the Structural Timber Association (STA), Craig Liddell, Legal & General Homes, and Anthony Thistleton-Smith, Waugh Thistleton Architects. Speakers debated a wide range of topics including: - UK Housing crisis; - Modular housing; - Timber frame buildings; - Wood framework apprenticeship; - Skills gap in the Timber Supply Chain; - Construction market forecasts.

The Conference was followed by a Parliamentary Drinks Reception at the House of Commons where CTI guests had the chance to further debate the outlook of the UK Timber Industry with MPs and Industry leaders from all across the UK.

Margaret Ritchie, MP for South Down and member of Timber APPG, said: “The timber supply chain is capable of being better than carbon neutral, it can in fact absorb more carbon than is emitted in the rest of the manufacturing chain. I recommend my parliamentary colleagues to take the time to seek it out and see how well managed timber presents a fantastic opportunity to grow our manufacturing industry while lowering our carbon emissions.”

Antoinette Sandbach MP said: “This is a period that offers many opportunities to develop a new approach to old issues. I think this is really the right time for the Timber Industry to boost its message around some key themes including carbon capture and storage, tree planting and timber frame construction.”

David Hopkins, Managing Director of the Timber Trade Federation (TTF), said: “The timber supply chain is a vital part of the UK manufacturing and construction sector, providing employment in virtually every political constituency across the country. This event was a great way to re-introduce the sector to policy makers and highlight the importance of skilled trades to the future of the UK economy. I look forward to working with colleagues to take this agenda forward.”

Iain McIlwee, CEO of the British Woodworking Federation (BWF), commented: “The opportunity to re-introduce our sector to so many policy makers was fantastic.  Timber has a strong story to tell, but there is so much competition for attention.  The CTI gave us a glimpse of how we can unite in this way to amplify our message, it was a great day for the timber supply chain.”

Andrew Carpenter, CEO of the Structural Timber Association (STA), added: “The STA is very excited to be part of the re-launched CTI in that it brings together the three major timber/wood related trade associations to promote the use of timber/wood through communicating the many and varied benefits it offers. The clients, buyers and specifiers of timber/wood are crying out for an integrated offer and the CTI is able to provide this joined up approach. In particular the CTI will be a wonderful opportunity to influence our politicians and stakeholders with a single message thereby proving we are a professional and contemporary sector that is able and ready to do business within the current climate.”


Notes to editors:

A Storify recap of the CTI Westminster Conference and Parliamentary Reception including pictures, recordings and presentations can be found here.

The CTI would like to thank all the sponsors of the event including Danzer UK, James Latham, North East Timber Trade Association (NETTA), Rowlinson Timber, SCA, Structural Timber Association (STA), Arbor Forest Products Ltd, Jewson and International Timber.


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CTI broadly welcomes the Chancellor's Autumn Statement

The Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI), a representative body for the £10 billion timber supply chain in the UK broadly welcomed the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement today.

Speaking on behalf of the new umbrella body for the Timber Industries, David Hopkins, Managing Director of the Timber Trade Federation (TTF), stated: "The conditions next year are challenging, especially considering the continued uncertainty and the £122 billion loss that the OBR expects from Brexit. In light of this, we welcome the switch in focus from austerity to fiscal stimulus and opportunities in the real economy."

"Setting housing and infrastructure at the heart of our economic policy is good news and will have a positive effect on the timber sector. The Business Rates reduction package on the surface will give a boost, especially for our rural members though it may not adequately address the challenges that they face - we will be analysing the detail carefully."   

"The emphasis on productivity throughout is paramount and we very much welcome the National Productivity Investment Fund and initiatives to drive growth through LEPs and devolved administration and look forward to seeing more detail on how these plans will be enacted.” 

Iain McIlwee, CEO of the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) added: "The key word in the statement is Productivity and we need to drill into the detail here.The danger is that in the macro headline we lose some of the important micro drivers - we must remember that we are not always comparing apples with apples and I think herein the Chancellor has set a challenge to industries to do more to benchmark our own productivity."

"That aside, if we look at the key components of productivity, the Chancellor was quiet on Skills. Management Skills had some attention and we also heard heralded that there is a growing number of graduates - this is no doubt a good thing, but unfortunately used in this way we are reinforcing an emphasis on academic options. Part of the growth plan is to focus attention on quality apprentices and it is disappointing that this did not get highlighted in the same way." 

"The other notable omission was the whole natural capital agenda and given our recent pledges to the Paris Agreement we cannot let this take a back seat.  Resource efficiency goes hand in glove with productivity. We welcome the opportunity to work with the Chancellor and his team to demonstrate that effective carbon accounting can drive productivity and set the UK apart as a true global leader.” 


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