CTI News & Events

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 Newsletter for Spring 2016 is out!

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

In this third issue we recall the outstanding past 6-month developments that led the Confederation to gather around 75 supporters and actively promote Timber Industry case to Westminster.

We also discuss future projects, ideas and events starting from CTI inaugural conference to take place on 26 October 2016.

In details, you will find news on: 

- CTI inaugural conference in October 2016

- Timber Industry APPG

- MPs visiting UK timber operations

- CTI policy reports

- Survey on skill shortages across Timber Supply Chain

.... 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 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