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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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BWF launches new Group to support interior Joinery

The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) has launched a new Wood Interiors Group specifically designed to benefit and support those involved with interior joinery products.

The Group met for the first time in London on 24th January 2017 to discuss the core issues the industry is facing.

The event featured presentations from sustainable architectural and interior design expert Oliver Heath and Ed Suttie, Research Director at BRE Centre for Sustainable Products.

BWF members had the opportunity to debate business and technical topics such as contract and project management, market analysis, materials and design trends, skills and training, in addition to the best ways to promote the indoor air quality, materials health and sustainability of timber interiors.

Iain McIlwee, BWF Chief Executive, commented: “It is great to see this new group forming in the BWF as there are some really knotty issues that we need to do more to collectively solve around PQQs and in ensuring our end-users understand and fully realise the benefits of timber and capabilities of our supply chain.  I was particularly enthused to hear from both Ed and Oliver just how quickly the advancements in understanding Materials Health and Biophilic design are coming along.  This is an area that has huge potential for helping to grow market share for timber."

“As Ed and Oliver both pointed out there is a natural progression from considering the sustainability of buildings to measuring their impact on human health and wellbeing.  Our natural affinity to timber is something we intuitively know, but have not fully explored – timber can help us relax – research, for example shows that timber beds reduce stress, improve quality of sleep and reduce heart beat rate by around 3,500 per day.”

Further information about BWF’s Wood Interiors Group is available at:


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One third of tropical timber traded worldwide is illegally sourced, new report finds

A new report presented at the Conference of the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP13) in Cancun last month indicates that one third of tropical timber traded globally comes from illegal deforestation.

As underlined by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), "the significant number stems from an increase of timber traded on domestic markets, which are less regulated and strict than international, export-oriented markets."

The study - coordinated by the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) on behalf of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) - shows that bilateral trade agreements between producer and consumer countries- like the European Union’s Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade Action Plan (FLEGT)– have prompted shifts in the timber trade from industrial export-oriented markets to small-scale logging operations for the domestic market.

"This pattern can be readily observed in Cameroon, Africa's largest exporter of tropical hardwood to the EU", explain CIFOR researchers. "Due to a lack of government regulation concerning the domestic wood sector, almost half of the country’s timber is sold on the black market."

Erik Solheim, Head of UN Environment, one of the partner organizations supporting the assessment, comments: “Forestry crime including corporate crimes and illegal logging account for up to $152 billion every year, more than all official development aid combined."

Paolo Cerutti, one of the study’s key authors and a scientist at CIFOR, adds: “Illegal logging is complex. Before measures can be taken to curb it, preliminary work is needed to further assess the activity’s causes, complex dynamics, impacts and trade-offs. This was the mission behind our report."

The report - entitled "Illegal Logging and Related Timber Trade - Dimensions, Drivers, Impacts and Responses" - can be downloaded here.


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BWF comments proposed Circular Economy British Standard

The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) has responded to the BSI consultation on the draft Circular Economy Framework Standard – BS8001 highlighting the importance of modifying the current system of consumption and production.

The proposed BSI Framework Standard aims to be a guide for implementing the principles of the circular economy in organisations, to apply to any sector.

In its response, BWF outlined the following points:

  • A practical suite of standards to support various sectors would contribute more than a generic document drawing on information that is well covered elsewhere.
  • The standard should adopt the Ellen MacArthur Foundation depiction of the Circular Economy.  It would also be helpful to look at the waste hierarchy, ‘Reduce, Renew, Reuse, Recycle’ clearly showing that renewable options should be considered before dipping into non-renewable natural capital.
  • In terms of applicability, if is to have any merit as a British Standard, then it must be aligned as the key elements are being covered in EN15804. The UK should be adopting European standards where possible and not running parallel to them without good reason as a proliferation of different guidance often creates market confusion.
  • The existing management standards that the draft refers to don’t directly challenge the current models of consumption and production that Circular Economy thinking is trying to provide an alternative to.
  • There is a difference between recycled, downcycled and recyclable.  The fact that something can be recycled does not necessary mean that it will be or that it will be given equivalent usage, this deserves reference, Using a recyclable material may simply create another poor sustainable decision that delays a material hitting the waste stream via an energy intensive process that replaces a renewable option.

  • Not all natural resources are depleting, indeed across Europe and the US, there is a growing forest coverage that should be referenced as it provides a phenomenal opportunity for carbon capture and storage.

A circular economy is an alternative to a traditional linear economy (make, use, dispose) in which we keep resources in use for as long as possible, extract the maximum value from them whilst in use, then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of each service life.

The publication target date for the BS 8001 guide is Spring 2017.


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Sales of Timber and Joinery products up 10.5% year-on-year

The latest Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI) issued by the BMF shows a general increase in sales of timber and joinery products in the last part of 2016.

In November 2016, Timber & Joinery Products sales went up by 10.5% year-on-year and 0.9% month-to-month.

Moreover, in the period from September to November 2016, sales of timber and wood products were 2.3% higher than in the previous three months (June to August 2016).

On a wider scale, Builders Merchants Sales nationally were up 6.8% for the three months September – November 2016 when compared with the same three months in 2015.

The 12 month comparison was up by 7.0% over the previous 12 month period and the monthly comparison was up 13.5% over November last year.

The complete bulletin can be downloaded here.


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