Industry News

'Brexit could cause dramatic shortage of skilled Construction workers', Homebuilders warn

The Home Builders Federation (HBF) has recently expressed its concerns about the risk of the UK leaving the European Union.

UK Construction Industry strongly relies on overseas labour due to the endemic skills gap in the sector. In this context - the HBF said - Brexit could cause a dangerous shortage of skilled workers, capable to constrain investment in new house building work and further worsen UK housing scarcity.

“Whilst the industry is recruiting heavily and training thousands of young people it does currently rely on skilled labour from abroad," the Home Builders Federation told Inside Housing magazine.

“If it is to maintain the significant increases in output of the past two years it is imperative it has access to an adequate supply of labour. In the event of us leaving we would certainly be pushing government hard for guarantees that sufficient skilled foreign labour would be accessible.”

 

[News URL: http://www.cti-timber.org/content/brexit-could-cause-dramatic-shortage-skilled-construction-workers-homebuilders-warn]

'Russian Market of timber & sawn wood 2016' conference - Highlights

On 3 March 2016 the 1st International conference 'Russian Market of Timber and Sawn Wood 2016' took place in Moscow.

Russian Market of Timber and Sawn Wood 2016The event gathered regulators and representatives of large, medium, and small businesses: producers, suppliers, traders, wood conversion and processing companies. Experts from Russia, Belarus, Finland, Austria, and China discussed new timber and sawn wood trading instruments, domestic market trends and timber export issues, exchange trade prospects, new environmental standards, internal processing market aspects, regulatory changes and many other questions.

Much attention was focused on how the provisions of forestry legislation have been applied since the effective date of Federal Law No. 415 of 28.12.2013 amending Forest Code. Business community thinks that main problem here is about record keeping and tracking the wood from harvesting to transportation, and it is caused by the lack of data storage rules and procedures.

Conference participants also highlighted the big problems with filling out accompanying documents, since their status is not formalized in wood-related transaction declarations.

One of the most debated topic was the application of various timber and sawn wood production trading instruments in the domestic market. Saint Petersburg International Mercantile Exchange (SPIMEX) shared their plans regarding future exchange operations. In particular, those include the increase of sawn wood sales, implementation of railway station base concept, with the organization of cargo transportation to the destination point, creation of local hubs based on traditional wood transshipment railway stations, and the expansion of trading geography.

Reviewing their experience regarding the organization of timber sales in Belarus, the representative of the Belarusian Universal Commodity Exchange suggested that there should be created a working group, to deal with pricing issues and standards of timber trading in Russia and Belarus.

According to the conference speakers, Russian deep wood-processing market has begun developing, which might contribute to the economic growth of the country. Plywood is becoming one of the most profitable sectors of the industry, and its export volumes to EU are growing.

The panel also discussed FCS and SBP certification process Russian companies have to go through, development of forestry-related environmental standards, and the prospects of intensive forest cultivation.

[Photo courtesy of MAXConference]

 

[News URL: http://www.cti-timber.org/content/russian-market-timber-sawn-wood-2016-conference-highlights]

Forestry Commission invites businesses to take part in timber industry surveys

The Forestry Commission has been encouraging businesses across the forest and timber industries to take part in three annual statistical surveys by Monday 21 March 2016.

The collected data will help the Forestry Commission to compile the provisional figures to be published in May. 

The three surveys focus on: - Private Sector Softwood Removals; Sawmills; Round Fencing Manufacturers.

The consultation can be completed online at www.forestry.gov.uk/timbersurveys. Alternatively it's possible to contact the Forestry Commission at [email protected] to receive an electronic copy.

 

[News URL: http://www.cti-timber.org/content/forestry-commission-invites-businesses-take-part-timber-industry-surveys]

New entry in PEFC UK Board from packaging sector

Anders Olsson, commercial director for the UK and Ireland and Strategic Account Lead with WestRock, has joined the Board of directors at PEFC UK.

Mr Olsson will put his 20 year’s industry experience in the global consumer packaging sector at the service of PEFC’s commitment to sustainable forest products.

Pior to WestRock, Mr Olsson worked as commercial director for the UK and Ireland with MeadWestvaco for over 3 years, joining them in 2012 from packaging beverage specialist, Tetra Pak, where he had held a variety of positions from 1997, most recently as marketing and key account director for Ireland.

“PEFC has long recognised the importance of having key stakeholder groups represented on its Governing Board. We are fortunate enough to be able to call upon the expertise of senior figures from a wide range of industry sectors and Ander’s appointment will ensure that the voice of the packaging sector is heard", PEFC UK’s Chairman Ross Bradshaw said to Packaging News.

 

[News URL: http://www.cti-timber.org/content/new-entry-pefc-uk-board-packaging-sector]

World Economic Forum issues new guidance to boost paper recycling

The World Economic Forum, in collaboration with a panel of organisations including the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI), the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the McKinsey Center for Business and Environment, has released a white paper with guidelines on design and management for paper products circularity.

The new publication - available online here - provides essential guidance through simple ecodesign rules for paper products, without limiting innovation and the introduction of new techniques. 

As highlighted by CEPI, although highly recyclable, paper is usually converted by industries that add chemicals to it through printing inks and other auxiliary materials. This can lead to problems in subsequent circular chains, as these chemicals cannot easily be removed from the paper before re-entering the mill. Furthermore, the already highly-optimised recycling process cannot follow the speed of the evolution of inks and toners.

The publication summarises the key choices to be made by direct (printers, papermakers, collectors) and indirect (such as local authorities, ink producers, equipment manufacturers) stakeholders to increase recycling. More specifically, it identifies the choices that can influence businesses ordering a fibre-based product - printed paper, packaging or other.

“We trust helping circular thinking in all steps of the complex value chain will help reach higher in what is already a high recycling performance”, said CEPI Sustainability Director Jori Ringman.“In circular economy, your downstream is your upstream and what you pass on into the loop will have an impact on your own business.”

“Businesses will have many priorities topping their agendas, such as meeting customer requirements, creating functionalities that meet both the purpose and profitability, and respecting environmental considerations. This document is meant to make decision-making in companies easier when balancing these priorities", Mr Ringman added.

 

[News URL: http://www.cti-timber.org/content/world-economic-forum-issues-new-guidance-boost-paper-recycling]

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