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BWF Joinery State of Trade Survey: Sales volume and Costs rise in Q2 2017

The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) has released the results of its Joinery State of Trade Survey Q2 2017.

The consultation shows that, although rising raw materials costs and labour availability are exerting pressure on joinery manufacturers, the industry is optimistic over sales figures and product investment opportunities.

In details, key points from the BWF Joinery State of Trade Survey Q2 2017 include:

- A balance of 42% of respondents reported an increase in sales volumes over the last quarter, with 52% reporting an increase over the last year. This corresponds with the 14% of respondents reporting a quarterly increase in the previous survey.

- Manufacturers felt that sales volumes would improve in the next quarter, with a balance of 61% predicting an increase for Q3 2017 and a balance of 60% predicting an increase over the next year.

- 42% of companies reported a current order book of future work extending beyond 3 months – up 13% from the previous quarter - with 41% saying that their order book extended from between 1 and 3 months.

- ‘Labour Availability’ was listed as the most likely constraint on output by 27% of respondents. ‘Demand’ and ‘Capacity’ came next, with 25% and 20% of respondents feeling that they were most likely to constrain output.

- 38% of respondents on balance reported increasing their labour force in the last year, with 50% of respondents anticipating an increased labour force over the next year.

- Raw material costs were noted as an inflationary factor for unit costs for 97% of respondents, with wages & salary increases pushing up unit costs for 76% of respondents on balance.

- Exchange rates were a factor in inflating unit costs for 63% of respondents.

- Over the previous year a balance of 64% of respondents had invested in improving their products with 60% investing in their plant/equipment.

- Investment in in product improvement was set for the highest capital investment over the next year, with a balance of 70% planning to invest and with 60% set to invest in plant/equipment.

BWF Policy and Communications Executive Matt Mahony commented: “With optimism over sales volumes and with order books holding up well, our survey paints a picture of an industry working hard to protect its margins against significant cost rises.

“It has been a theme of recent months that the joinery industry is having to think on its feet and diversify its offering. We know from the Q2 survey that investment in product improvement has been rising, and anecdotal evidence suggests that companies are taking on more of the burden of design and specification on account of knowledge gaps within the supply chain."

 

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Edinburgh Napier University's new timber research facilities open at Seven Hills

Edinburgh Napier University’s Centre for Offsite Construction, led by Dr Robert Hairstans, and the Centre for Wood Science and Technologies, led by Dr Dan Ridley Ellis, have recently moved into new, bespoke facilities at Seven Hills in Sighthill, Edinburgh.

Over the summer vacation, structural test equipment and new timber conditioning chambers will be installed at Seven Hills, which will assist Edinburgh Napier University’s Masters and PhD students with their studies and research. 

State of the art IT and media facilities have also been installed in the Forestry Board Room at Seven Hills, which will assist with future CPD plans and online education platforms for both centres. 

Edinburgh Napier University will invest more than £3 million over the next decade in the facility.

Researchers will work with industry to accelerate the development of a range of timber technologies, including highly energy efficient walls, whole roofs constructed off-site and new coating techniques aimed at extending the life of timber.

To find out more or to arrange a visit, contact cocis@napier.ac.uk

[Photo courtesy of Carbon Dynamic, and the 7Hills building]

 

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BWF appoints new Training Manager to focus on Skills & Education across Woodworking sector

The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) has appointed a new Training Manager to help ramp up work in the education, training and skills arena for the joinery and woodworking industry.

Tony Batchelor joins the BWF team following former Membership & Training Director Dave Campbell’s departure. Mr Batchelor will be responsible for delivering on the BWF’s three core training objectives: increasing recruitment into the sector; maintaining and developing high quality qualifications and delivery partners, and fostering a culture of continuous learning in the industry. 

The new role will focus exclusively on training and Mr Batchelor will also support the development of associated commercial products.

BWF Chief Executive Iain McIlwee commented on the new appointment: "Perhaps the biggest change the joinery sector currently faces is to the skills landscape. With CITB's role under review, changes to Apprenticeship Funding, and core qualifications being radically reformed, there are huge opportunities for BWF to help develop the training environment that the industry needs."

"We have a good training strategy, but to meet these challenges and opportunities head on we need a fully focussed and dedicated training post within BWF. Now for the first time we have a dedicated training manager role which isn’t split with other responsibilities."

With a wealth of experience on construction industry training matters through working at CITB, Mr Batchelor has previously engaged with construction industry representatives across the four home nations to develop National Occupational Standards, training and qualification solutions, and trailblazer apprenticeships for a wide range of occupational areas.

Having spent the early years of his working life in the public transport sector, Tony worked on training and skills projects for much of his subsequent career including a spell contracted to the British Council to deliver training on vocational and educational projects in Asia.

 

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Sir Peter Bonfield receives Honorary Doctorate of Engineering at Edinburgh Napier University

Sir Peter Bonfield, Chief Executive of the Building Research Establishment (BRE) Group, has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering by the Edinburgh Napier University.

The award comes as it emerged that Sir Bonfield has also been appointed to a Government fire safety advisory panel set up to implement lessons from the Grenfell Tower blaze.

Sir Bonfield is passionate about the role science and engineering play in finding solutions to the challenges facing the built environment, with sustainability as his main focus.

Sir Bonfield commented: “I am so pleased and honoured to receive this award from a university that I have long admired for its pioneering, ambitious and impactful research and teaching that is so distinctive. It is a great pleasure to have this new association.”

Edinburgh Napier University’s Institute for Sustainable Construction has enjoyed a long working relationship with BRE Group under the guide of Professor Sean Smith, Director of Sustainable Construction, who is also a BRE Trust Fellow. 

The Institute for Sustainable Construction (ISC) worked in partnership with BRE Group to establish the BRE Innovation Park at Ravenscraig.

 

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Grown In Britain celebrates its 4th Birthday with British-grown timber Survey

Grown In Britain, the British-grown timber marketing campaign, turns 4 years old today.

In celebration of its anniversary, Grown in Britain has launched its first annual survey for the construction supply chain and wood-using industries, open to all, available at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/38HCDNM.

The Campaign can now rely on the support of nearly 200 organisations in fifteen different sectors from construction companies to wildlife organisations.

Its licensing system, assuring British wood origins along supply chains, accounts for an area of British forest equivalent to around 345,000 football pitches. That's like saying Grown in Britain has now licensed enough timber to fill Big Ben 395 times.

With much of the British-grown timber supply base on board, along with major constructor contractors, Grown in Britain is now concentrating on connecting British timber supply chains. The campaign recently signed a strategic promotional partnership with the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) and is working closely with the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) on promotional projects for British-grown timber.

“Positive perceptions of British timber along the supply chains to market are crucial to the continuing development of the industry,” says Grown in Britain CEO Dougal Driver.

“The views of builders’ and timber merchants, joinery and furniture producers, builders and landscapers, and designers using wood will influence where we take the campaign in the next four years. We encourage everyone to get involved and take the anniversary survey. In less time than it takes to drink a mug of coffee you’ll have made a contribution to the future of Britain’s timber industries,” Mr Driver adds.
 

 

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