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PEFC UK launches new online certification tool for small woodland owners

PEFC UK has launched a new certification system designed to enable small and medium-sized woodland owners to participate in forest certification.

The new tool aims to provide a simple and cost-effective solution to assist the UK’s small and medium-sized private forest owners to become PEFC-certified. It will also help to increase the UK’s certified forest area and boost the supply of certified material to the UK primary processing sector and its customers.

The online system, developed in conjunction with Dutch consultant Evan Buytendijk BV, was announced at a special Press Lunch in central London. The event gathered major figures from PEFC International, including PEFC Chair, William Street, PEFC Secretary General Ben Gunneberg alongside Peter Latham, PEFC Director and Chairman of James Latham PLC, to discuss key issues about global forestry, construction, sustainability, paper and packaging industries.

Consultation on EUTR open until 3 July 2015

Stakeholders can express their opinion on the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) until the 3rd of July. 

The consultation, open to Member States authorities, Non-governmental Organisations, Private Organisations, Industry Associations, SMEs, Consultancies, Operators and Traders, Monitoring Organisations and Citizens, aims to assess the functioning of the EUTR and its effectiveness in keeping illegally harvested timber or timber products out of the EU market.

The outcome will be taken in account by the European Commission to review the current EU regulation on timber products next December.

To join the consultation click here.

Grown in Britain campaign for homegrown wood gets Innovate UK support

A Grown in Britain campaign has received financial support from the UK's innovation agency, Innovate UK, to study how hardwood supply chain in the UK can be improved. 

The 12 months project will start in in October 2015, aiming to grow the market for hardwood timber coming from UK woodlands. 

That is a challenging target since, currently, more than 80% of all of the timber and timber products used in the UK are imported.

"There are more than 30 million tonnes of timber in unmanaged woodlands throughout the UK which the project will begin to unlock", explained Dougal Driver, Grown in Britain chief executive. "With the UK relying on high levels of imported timber, this campaign is vital to break down barriers within the supply chain for home-grown hardwood, making it much more accessible and readily available.”

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BFM chairman John Alston stands down

The British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) Chairman John Alston stood down at the end of the last Board meeting, as having sold Alston’s Upholstery, he has now left the furniture industry.

Matt O’Flynn, Managing Director of Collins and Hayes, is taking Alston's place, while Brian Ahern, BFM Director and Industry Consultant, has been appointed interim Vice Chairman.

Find out more on BFM website.

Napier University team awarded for innovative nanocellulose research

Materials chemistry researchers from Edinburgh Napier University have been awarded a special commendation for their role in the commissioning of a low-cost nanocellulose production plant at Sappi’s annual Technical Innovation Awards event in London.

A reward that is particularly significant considering that Sappi Ltd represents one of the leading global pulp and paper producer.

The Scots-based team, composed by Professor Rob English, who led the research, and his Edinburgh Napier colleague Dr Rhodri Williams have been honoured alongside Sappi’s project leader for new technology development, Dr Saschi Momin. 

The technology developed by the Edinburgh Napier team uses unique chemistry which allows wood pulp fibres to be readily broken down into Cellulose NanoFibrils (CNF). The bio-based material has use in a wide range of applications, including packaging, touch screen displays, automotive, paint, foods, concrete and even wound care. 

The pilot plant for the production will be built at the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen in the Netherlands.