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CTI Interim Chief Executive steps down

The Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) has announced that its interim Chief Executive Dirk Vennix has left the organisation.

CTI Chairman Peter Hindle MBE said: “I would like to thank Dirk for his excellent leadership and vigorous efforts to establish a new overarching trade association for the timber supply chain over the last twelve months. Dirk successfully implemented a membership and stakeholder engagement strategy and developed the organisation from start-up to sustainable business.

This has led to far greater unity among trade associations and businesses within the timber supply chain and greater cooperative working practice – in short, meeting the original objectives of the organisation. He also created a new All Party Parliamentary Group for Timber Industries with the support of 45 parliamentarians.

With this achieved, I am very sorry to see Dirk leave to pursue other ambitions. I would like to take this opportunity to wish him well and every success for the future.”

Further announcements will follow.

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CTI round table on Skills & Education | 25 April 2016 | London

On Monday 25 April 2016 the CTI working group on Skills & Education will meet at the Building Centre in London.

Following the round tables on Sustainability and Value & Growth, this meeting will gather CTI supporters and stakeholders to discuss the state of Skills and Education within the Timber Supply Chain.

In particular senior representatives from across the Timber Industry, UK Universities and Research institutes will debate key themes including: - Where are the skills shortages and skills gaps? - Do colleges and universities engage with timber businesses?- Does the industry want to take on more apprentices? - What are the policy barriers?

The discussion will be facilitated by Proskills which will illustrate the draft CTI report on Skills & Education.

The report - to be published in the Spring of 2016 - contains the results of CTI & Proskills employer skills questionnaire launched in January, along with Industry insights, statistics and recommendations to tackle skills gap issue.

For more information, please send an email to [email protected].


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CTI meeting on Value and Growth | 15 April 2016 | London

On Friday 15 April 2016 the Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) will hold a supporters and stakeholders meeting at the Building Centre in London.

The meeting will focus on some key questions regarding the whole Timber Industry: - What are the growing markets and which have potential to grow faster? - Which markets are struggling and need a boost? - Where do the timber industries need more government support? 

Attendees will also have the chance to receive a preview of the draft CTI Value and Growth report, produced by Egan Consulting and sponsored by Arbor Forest Products.

The report contains an overview of timber consumption in the UK as well as forecasts relating to markets such as sawmilling, timber trade, wood based panels, processed wood, fencing, builders’ merchants, construction, furniture, paper and packaging. 

Along with CTI reports on Sustainability and Skills & Education, the Value and Growth paper will allow the Confederation to track shortages, best practises and opportunities within the UK Timber Supply Chain as announced in the 3-year strategic plan.

For more information, please send an email to [email protected].


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Ian Austin MP visits Lathams Ltd in Dudley

Ian Austin, Member of Parliament for Dudley North, visited Lathams' trading office in Dudley last week. The MP was welcomed by Chris Sutton, Chairman and Managing Director of Lathams Ltd and was shown round the site at Yorks Park on Blowers Green Road in Dudley.

Lathams Ltd is a leading importer and distributor of wood panel products, joinery quality softwood and hardwood and hardwood flooring. The award-winning company is the trading subsidiary of James Latham PLC and has 11 trading offices operating from 10 sites throughout the UK. Lathams employs 21 staff and stocks up to 22,000 cubic feet of timber products at the Dudley site.

This was the MP’s first visit to a timber business and he was impressed by the scale of the business. “I have driven past the site thousands of times but you don’t realise until you enter the trading office what’s in there”, said Ian Austin MP. “I was amazed by the volume and range of high quality timber which is responsibly sourced from all over the world.”

Ian Austin MP has been Member of Parliament for Dudley North since 2005. He served as Shadow Minister for Culture, Media and Sport and Shadow Minister for Work and Pensions under Ed Miliband. In 2015 Ian Austin joined the Education Select Committee and was appointed as chair of the Labour Party's Education committee. Ian Austin MP is also a member of the new All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Timber Industries promoting the use of timber UK wide. The new APPG is supported by the Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) and has cross-party support from more than 40 parliamentarians including MPs representing Labour, Conservatives, SNP, Liberal Democrats and Northern Irish parties.

Ian Austin MP added, “I was particularly pleased to hear about Latham’s strong commitment to training. They provide an excellent range of trainee and advanced training courses which will help secure their managers of the future. We’ve been lucky to have a major timber business like Lathams in Dudley for over 15 years and I am keen to continue to support them as much as I can ”, he added.

Chris Sutton, Chairman and Managing Director of Lathams Ltd, said: “We were delighted to receive a visit from our distinguished local MP and I am glad he had the time to speak to some of our staff too. Lathams have always been very committed to looking after our people and securing the highest possible environmental standards through responsibly sourced and sustainable timber from across the globe. We are determined to continue to raise the bar in a way which has seen this family owned company flourish since it was founded in 1757.”


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Ian Austin MP visit to Lathams Ltd
1 April 2016, Dudley

Parliamentarians urge Palace of Westminster to renew with wood

As Chairman of the newly founded APPG on Timber Industries, Ian Paisley MP has written to the Leader of the House of Commons Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP urging him to consider replacing wooden structures within the House with the same material where at all possible. The Restoration and Renewal Programme is due to be announced in the Spring of 2016.

Timber Industries APPG Chairman Ian Paisley MP said: “As a member of the Joint Committee on the Palace of Westminster I have already engaged in the lively discussion about the restoration and renovation of the Palace of Westminster. Indeed, whichever path we decide to take with regard to the renovation, be it a full-scale move for six years, or even a gradual approach over some 30 years, this decision will inevitably be of great cost to the tax payer. It is therefore essential that we aim for an efficient and cost-effective renovation which upholds the history and legacy of the Palace.”

“Members of the APPG for the Timber Industries are particularly concerned about the future of the rich wood heritage which lights up the Palace wherever you go – this is something we feel strongly is imperative to uphold. You only need to look at the stunning hammer-beam roof of Westminster Hall to see the immense radiance of tradition and elegance which has been expressed through timber, whilst also highlighting its sustainability, for over 600 years.”

Ian Paisley MP added: “It is often forgotten that timber not only offers an alluring array of beautiful structures which last a lifetime but also exceptional value for money due to its durability and relatively low need for maintenance. In order to preserve the legacy of attractive timber features in the Palace of Westminster it is essential we replace wooden structures within the House with the same material where at all possible. I have asked the Leader of the House of Commons for his personal assurance that he will endeavour to uphold this compelling tradition.”


Notes to the editor:

  1. Members of both Houses are expected to make a decision in principle on a preferred way forward for carrying out the Restoration and Renewal Programme in the Spring of 2016. Anticipated start date for the Restoration and Renewal Programme is early 2020s.

More information can be found on http://www.parliament.uk/about/living-heritage/building/restoration-project

  1. The new APPG for Timber Industries was set up in February 2016. In total 43 parliamentarians (38 MPs and 5 peers) have already expressed an interest in the new APPG including 25 Conservatives, 10 Labour, 3 SNP, 2 DUP, 1 SDLP, 1 UUP and 1 Liberal Democrat.  In total there are 33 parliamentarians from England, 4 from Northern Ireland, 4 from Scotland and 2 from Wales. The Confederation of Timber Industry (CTI) has been asked by the APPG to provide the secretarial support for the group.


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