CTI News & Events

British Woodworking Federation joins CTI

The Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) has announced that the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) has joined the organisation. 

The BWF joins the Timber Trade Federation, the Structural Timber Association and the Builders Merchant Federation as major timber trade associations in CTI network. 

Welcoming the move, CTI Chairman Peter Hindle MBE said:  “This is excellent news and strengthens our network even further. It will add a much needed element to our supply chain representation, amplify our political voice and provide critical insights into key workstreams, particularly education and training. I’d very much like to welcome them on board.”

BWF Chief Executive Iain McIlwee said: “The CTI’s proposed new approach is one we fully support. It’s a more focused, project-led way of working with leadership coming from the industry itself, so we are keen to lend our weight and get stuck in.  We are particularly looking forward to the results of the three workstream reports and working with the other supply chain partners to take their recommendations forward. The BWF has long advocated that the supply chain needs to work together more effectively and the CTI in its current guise offers a real opportunity to achieve this.”

The CTI has commissioned three reports into areas critical for the development of the timber supply chain: on education and skills, sustainability, and growth and value. Each report contains recommendations to develop each theme within the supply chain. The reports will be published in Autumn 2016, followed by a Parliamentary Conference in October 2016 to discuss the findings with policy makers. 

David Hopkins, Managing Director of the Timber Trade Federation, commented: “The inclusion of BWF into the CTI fold makes this now a truly representative body and is critical for the evolution of the organisation. It will allow us not only greater firepower at a political level, but also greater synergies and closer working practice over pan-supply chain issues such as health and safety, education and training, and sustainability. Watch this space, it’s going to be a good time to be in timber.”

Download this press release here.

 

[News URL: http://www.cti-timber.org/content/british-woodworking-federation-joins-cti]

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.

For all CTI Enquiries please contact: [email protected] or call 0207 291 5377.

[View this press release online]

 

[News URL: http://www.cti-timber.org/content/cti-interim-chief-executive-steps-down]

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.

 

[News URL: http://www.cti-timber.org/content/cti-newsletter-spring-2016-out]

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].

 

[News URL: http://www.cti-timber.org/content/cti-round-table-skills-education-25-april-2016-london]

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].

 

[News URL: http://www.cti-timber.org/content/cti-meeting-value-and-growth-15-april-2016-london]

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