Industry News

Archwood Group appoints Tony Miles as new Chief Executive

CTI Director Tony Miles has been appointed new Chief Executive of The Archwood Group with effect from February 1st 2017. 

Tony Miles joins Archwood from International Timber, a subsidiary of Saint-Gobain Building Distribution, where he has been Managing Director since 2007, having initially joined the group in 1979, where he and his team were responsible for achieving sustained growth.

A well-known figure in the UK timber and wood products industry, Mr Miles has worked in this sector for his entire career.  He is a past president of the North West Timber Trade Association and is currently a board member of the Confederation of Timber Industries. 

Archwood Group Executive Chairman, Marcus Moir, said: “We are delighted to have attracted someone with Tony's outstanding qualities as our next CEO.  His depth and breadth of industry experience and many years of commercial and business leadership will play a vital part in forging the next chapter in our growth and development.”

Tony Miles commented: “I was drawn to Archwood initially because of the first class and long standing reputation of its brands in the timber products market.  This is a great opportunity to lead the business and further develop both the people and the company’s portfolio of products and brands in the coming years.

The Archwood Group is based in Chester and includes timber manufacturers and distributors like Richard Burbidge, Atkinson & Kirby and Masons Timber Products.

 

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Centre for Wood Science and Technology launches Timber Species Survey

The Centre for Wood Science and Technology at Edinburgh Napier University has launched a survey to gather timber industry’s knowledge and experience of working with different timber species.

The consultation - accessible online here  until 1 March 2017 - will help Edinburgh Napier University shape its research and deliver informed advice for new planting.

"Sitka spruce looks set to continue as the main commercial species in the British Isles. That said, there are reasons to consider other species for wider planting to better serve the aims of modern multipurpose forestry – not least a better resilience of the forest (and timber supply) to pests, diseases and climate change", explained Dr Dan Ridley-Ellis, Head of the Centre for Wood Science and Technology.

"Nonetheless, there is also a desire to bring species that are present in the forest, but not currently managed, into the supply chain. There are a number of “minor” species which could be candidates but little is known about the mechanical properties of these when grown in the British Isles, their suitability for different markets, and their suitability for industrial processing."

"There is a great deal of very valuable information within the forestry and sawmill industries gained from years of experience of working with different species. As part of our SIRT (Strategic Integrated Research in Timber) work plan it was agreed to undertake a survey asking the people working within the sawmill industry of their experience and knowledge of processing and marketing timber from these less common forest species", added Dr Ridley-Ellis.

A printable copy of the survey can be downloaded here, filled in manually and returned to [email protected]. Anonymised results will be published on the blog website and in a press release.

Further information is available at http://blogs.napier.ac.uk/cwst/ and here.

 

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Snows Timber joins WWF Sustainable Wood Sourcing Campaign

Snows Timber, one of UK’s largest timber importers and distributors, has joined colleagues across the timber Industry, including the Timber Trade Federation, in signing the WWF UK Forests Campaign Pledge, to source all wood legally and sustainably by 2020.

Snows Timber's wood purchasing already stands at 99% from certified sources and the company is actively working to change the final 1%.

“Having been one of the pioneers taking up timber chain of custody certification many years ago, signing the WWF-UK Forests Pledge helps us to further focus on increasing own sustainability and to also provide a greater service to our customers,” says Snows’ Product Director Mark Bowers.

Snows Timber will also distribute postcards promoting the WWF Forests Pledge to merchants at the Builders Merchants Federation’s members’ day (20-21 September 2016) and beyond.

 

[News URL: http://www.cti-timber.org/content/snows-timber-joins-wwf-sustainable-wood-sourcing-campaign]

Illegal logging: China makes progress towards national Timber Legality Verification Scheme

The Illegal logging update and stakeholder consultation meeting held by Chatham House on 16-17 June provided an interesting overview on the developments of China Timber Legality Verification Scheme (CLTVS).

The Chinese delegation - composed by Chen Shaozhi from the Research Institute of Forestry Policy and Information at Chinese Academy of Forestry and Xu Bin, from Research Institute of Forestry Policy and Information at Chinese Academy of Forestry - explained background, progresses and impact of CTVLS in China.

The CTLVS is a government-led, voluntary and DD-based scheme, aimed to combat illegal logging, regulate timber products production in China and meet the global timber legality requirements. Through the scheme, China intends to "effectively and easily operating system to help the business trace and manage their supply chains for timber legality."

Main findings of the presentations include:

  • China has launched CTLVS standard piloting tests to verify quality managements requirements, information access, risk evaluation and risk mitigation tools
  • The preliminary five piloting tests have shown an improved understanding of legality among pilot companies and better capacity to exercise due diligence and legality
  • China is exploring mutual recognition mechanism through bi & multilateral dialogues with a wide range of trade partners (i.e. China's initiative on MRM in APEC EGLAT meeting in Qingao, 2014 or APEC legality guide).
  • CTLVS has gained increasing attentions from Chinese industry associations, CBs, CSOs and businesses. In particular CNFPIA and other associations have strong willingness to promote and implement CTLVS among their members, while a number of export-oriented companies, particularly SMEs, has casted concerns on the impact of the legality verification scheme

China is one of the world’s largest importers, consumers and exporters of wood-based products. According to the Illegal Logging portal, "the country’s demand for timber doubled over the period 2000-12, to supply both domestic and export markets, and this demand has been met increasingly by imports. In 2013, over 15% of imports of wood-based products were estimated to be illegal."

Find out more here.

 

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Danish students scoop top prize in TRADA timber design competition

This year’s TRADA National Student Design Competition - dubbed 'Arboreal' - saw the triumph of a cutting-edge timber structure inspired by nature.

The winning design – called ‘The Leaf’ – was created by students Laila Alawneh and Yliana Cristova from Aalborg University in Denmark. The judges were unanimous in their choice of the winner, which blended the performance characteristics of timber with a highly decorative aesthetic.

Laila and Yliana beat off strong competition from students from the University of Coventry, Wolverhampton University, University of Strathclyde and Edinburgh University, although so impressed were the judges by the standard of entries this year that they awarded not one but two ‘Highly Commended’ prizes.

NSDC 2016 challenged student designers to explore the science of timber as a modern construction material for a design for an exciting Wood Centre run by tree and forestry charity, The Sylva Foundation. University of Coventry’s Piotr A Bieluga and Adam Cross, from Wolverhampton University, both picked up Highly Commended awards, while students from Edinburgh University won Best Use of British Timber for their entry, entitled Group 9. 

Run by TRADA’s University Engagement Programme, the NSDC competition is supported by generous sponsorship from Arch Timber Protection, the Timber Trade Federation and Timbmet. The total prize package was worth £5,000.

The design brief included creating a new two-storey timber structure to serve as a multi use building, housing offices, seminar space, exhibition space and a field laboratory.

In the new design students had to reflect the ethos and vision of the charity. At the same time, they needed to incorporate cutting-edge materials and technologies throughout to act as inspiration to visitors and users and create a sustainable building both with the materials they propose and long term usage of the new building.

Charlie Law, from Sustainable Construction Solutions Ltd, was one of the judges. He said: "I thought all of the finalist’s produced excellent entries, each of which covered the brief in the main in their own way. The winning entry, however, was one of the most striking entries, using CLT (or Glulam) to produce a church like structure that really caught the judges’ eye."

“The detail the students had gone into to find the best orientation for the natural lighting of the exhibition space, and modelling of various forms to ensure it would work structurally, was admirable. A very well worked entry, and a unanimous winner from the judges.”

Commenting on their winning entry, Laila and Yliana said: “The most challenging part [of the brief] was to provide a cutting edge timber structure that was not only high in performance but also decorative. We wanted to take the design to a height where it would challenge the plasticity of timber with a creative design solution that shows the beauty of natural forms."

“We clearly understood that this structure was required to stand out as a showcase of how flexible it is to use timber in construction, one that would break the traditional conception most people have of buildings made of timber.”

 

[News URL: http://www.cti-timber.org/content/danish-students-scoop-top-prize-trada-timber-design-competition]

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