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Carrefour International du Bois 2016 | 1-3 June 2016 | Nantes

From Wednesday 1 June 2016 to Friday 3 June, Nantes (France) will host the Carrefour International du Bois 2016.

The tradeshow - organised every 2 years in Nantes by Atlanbois and The Grand Maritime Port de Nantes Saint Nazaire - offers a wide range of conferences with French and international speakers, covering all the topics of the timber industry: markets, constructive systems, interior fitting, timber architecture in France and from abroad. 

Over 500 exhibitors and 10 000 visitors are expected to join the event.

In details Timber Techniques & Solution conferences include:

  • Wednesday 1st June: The annual report of the latest figures for the French Timber and Forestry Industry, focus on England and the international conference …. “ Reinventing the city … sustainability, creativity and wood”
  • Thursday 2nd June: Morning – visits of buildings and sites in Nantes and in the afternoon, conferences with the topics : timber and energy, timber and the environment, timber in the living space.
  • Friday 3rd June: Technical day, special timber construction, Workshops for specifiers, engineers and constructors.

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ICF National Conference 2016: 'The Timber Supply Chain' | 27-28 April 2016 | Newcastle

The Institute of Chartered Foresters will hold its National Conference 2016 - 'The Timber Supply Chain: dynamics and opportunities' - on 27-28 April at the Newcastle Marriott Hotel, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.

The event will explore the whole supply chain from species choice to potential future markets. UK and international speakers will cover a wide range of themes including: - Supply and demand forecasts; - Species selection and tree improvement for timber markets; - Processing for value and profit; - Developments in UK construction; - Market opportunities on the horizon; - Adding value to the UK forest resource

The conference programme can be downloaded here.

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Call for entries: TAF Best Practice Awards 2016

The Trade Association Forum (TAF)’s Best Practice Awards call for entries is now open. 

Applicants can join the competition until Friday 22nd April 2016 at 5pm.

The Trade Association Forum’s Best Practice Awards is the annual event supported by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills that recognises, rewards and promotes best practice amongst Trade Associations and other membership bodies in the UK.

Now in the fourtheenth year, the Awards give TAF members a chance to showcase their hard work and achievements during the last 12 to 18 months.

The Award categories include: - BIS Sector Representation of the Year; - Commercial Initiative of the Year; - Conference of the Year; - Corporate Social Responsibility Award; - Digital Campaign of the Year; - Event of the Year; - Exhibition of the Year; - Magazine of the Year; - Membership Success of the Year; - Publication of the Year; - Social Media Award Website of the Year. The fee for entries is £75 plus VAT.

Special Awards (free of entry) also include: - The Borough IT Outstanding Contribution Award; - The Borough IT Leadership Award; - Trade Association of the Year.

Winners will be announced at the 2016 Best Practice Awards cerimony and Annual Conference to take place at 8 Northumberland Avenue, London on Wednesday, 6th July 2016.

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Napier University seminar on timber grading

The Strategic Integrated Research in Timber (SIRT) project and Edinburgh Napier University will hold a timber grading seminar on Wednesday 3 February 2016 at The Lighthouse in Glasgow.

The event offers a crash course in timber strength grading, focussing on how it works and what is changing in the standards. It will discuss the latest position, informed by CEN and BSI standards committee work and research conducted by the SIRT network.

The seminar is divided into a Morning session – the essentials (open to all, free registration) - and an Afternoon session – down to business (for SIRT sponsors and research partners). 

For more information and registration details, see the pdf flyer or click here.

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ICF conference on Timber Supply Chain to take place in Newcastle

On 27 and 28 April 2016 the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) will hold its National Conference 2016 'The Timber Supply Chain: Dynamics and Opportunities' in Newcastle.

Remarkably, the event will focus on the whole timber supply chain, from species selection and tree improvement techniques to processing and market opportunities. Speakers include Matthew Rivers FICFor, Director of Biomass Business at Drax Power, Dr Peter Bonfield OBE, of the BRE Group and Formerly Grown in Britain, and Alfred W Kammerhofer, Head of the Timber Industry and Forest Management Section at the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment.

"Over the last 20 years, the UK forestry sector has invested heavily in new technology, processing capacity, and silvicultural knowledge and application. This exciting conference takes, for the first time, a holistic view across the whole supply chain from plant to product", explains Roger Coppock FICFor, Forestry Commission GB and Chair of the conference. “We will be exploring supply and demand issues, and challenging the way in which we grow, harvest and make use of and add value to our trees. Delegates will get an insight into new markets for wood and fibre, and how technology is opening up new prospects in the use of timber in construction."

“Forestry in the UK is sometimes described as a ‘hidden success story’. This conference provides an opportunity to broadcast its achievements in developing a thriving forest products industry, and to examine how best to build on this success”, adds David Henderson-Howat FICFor, President of the Institute of Chartered Foresters. 

Early bird rates for the ICF National Conference 2016 end the 30th of January.

For further information visit conference2016.

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