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Supporters of Fire Door Safety Week Campaign reach all-time high

This year, the Fire Door Safety Week Campaign almost doubled the number of supporters, reaching around 17.7 million people.

The campaign is run annually by the British Woodworking Federation (BWF), BWF-Certifire scheme and the Fire Door Inspection Scheme (FDIS), in partnership with the Government’s Fire Kills campaign, and took place from 25 September to 1 October this year.

The 2017 Campaign attracted its highest number of supporters ever, including 273 organisations from all parts of social housing, the private rented housing sector, the construction supply chain, fire and building consultancies and local fire and rescue services. This was a 54% increase on last year.

Publicity for the campaign resulted in more than 350 pieces of media coverage, including in the Daily Telegraph and the Mirror newspapers, and 16 broadcast items including on Radio 5 Live, LBC, BBC Radio Leeds and talkRADIO.

The media coverage so far this year is estimated to have been actively read by 2.7 million people, with another 11.4 million tuning in to broadcast items and 3.6 million touched by the social media campaign. The total reach of 17.7 million is almost double that of last year.

Hannah Mansell, BWF technical manager and Fire Door Safety Week spokesperson, commented on the success of the campaign: “The noise around this year’s campaign has been resounding, beating all our previous records by a considerable margin. We saw great engagement from supporters and across social media in the run up, during and in the aftermath of the campaign."

“But the work carries on, and we still need to keep up that momentum. Following on from the Grenfell Tower tragedy our main focus was on high-rise tower blocks and other forms of shared accommodation. We wanted to raise awareness among tenants and landlords about the vital importance of fire safety in flats and apartments. Nobody can claim that job is yet done.

“The campaign does not just take place one week a year and then nothing happens until the following autumn; Fire Door Safety Week is a year-round campaign. The BWF and its members are involved still in running awareness events, in training fire and rescue personnel, and in supporting councils, housing associations and tenants all across the country.

“We will continue to work tirelessly to raise awareness about the importance of fire doors and to get out there to improve the safety standards of buildings as we look ahead to Fire Door Safety Week 2018.”

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/supporters-fire-door-safety-week-reach-all-time-high-year]

New Charter for Trees to be launched at Lincoln Castle on 6 November 2017

On Monday 6 November 2017, on the 800th anniversary of the 1217 Charter of the Forest, the new Charter for Trees, Woods and People will be launched at Lincoln Castle – home to one of the two remaining 1217 Charters of the Forest. It will then rest in the Lincolnshire Archives.

After a gathering on Castle Hill at around 5pm, a lantern procession into Lincoln Castle will unveil the Tree Charter Champion Pole representing the Tree Charter. The pole is carved by artist Simon Clements from Grown in Britain oak, showcasing words by poet Harriet Fraser. Visitors can also view the Charter for Trees, Woods and People, written in oak gall ink by calligrapher Patricia Lovett, alongside the 1217 Charter of the Forest in the Castle's Magna Carta vault.

Following this will be an opportunity to sign the Tree Charter, talks at Speakers’ Corner, live music, woodcrafts, artwork by Assemble, and a historical exhibition of the 1217 Charter of the Forest.

The call for a Tree Charter was initiated in 2015 by the Woodland Trust in response to the crisis facing trees and woods in the UK. It aims at "building a people-powered movement for trees." More than 70 organisations (including the Confederation of Timber Industries) and 300 local community groups answered the call and helped to collect over 60,000 tree stories from people across the UK, demonstrating the important role that trees play in their lives. These stories were read and shared, and helped to define the 10 Principles of the Tree Charter, ensuring that it stands for every tree and every person in the UK.

  1. Nature: Thriving habitats for diverse species;
  2. Planting: Planting for the future
  3. Arts & Heritage: Celebrating the cultural impacts of trees
  4. Utility & Livelihoods: A thriving forestry sector that delivers for the UK
  5. Protection: Better protection for important trees and woods
  6. Planning: Enhancing new developments with trees
  7. Health & Wellbeing: Understanding and using the natural health benefits of trees
  8. People & Access to Trees: Access to trees for everyone
  9. Coping with Threats: Addressing threats to woods and trees through good management
  10. Environment: Strengthening landscapes with woods and trees

Over 100,000 people have already pledged their support to the Tree Charter. Click here to sign the petition.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/new-charter-trees-be-launched-lincoln-castle-6-november-2017]

UK woodworking sector faces long-term question marks over skills and construction growth

The BWF’s Joinery State of Trade Survey Q3 2017 has indicated that the medium term prospects of the joinery industry remain sound, but growing concerns over skill, raw materials and the implications of Brexit are fostering long-term uncertainty.

BWF Policy and Communications Executive Matt Mahony said: “Labour shortages and raw materials costs continue bite but sales growth is still expected, at least in the medium term, with order books holding up well and more than half of firms operating at over four fifths of their capacity."

“Investment is set to increase with manufacturing equipment and product improvement the main targets but large increases in spending are also anticipated for R & D and e-business. Longer-term growth expectations appear to have been dampened slightly however and this tallies with broader construction industry research suggesting that slower economic growth and signs of an emerging weakness in construction activity outside of private housing are beginning to have an impact on spending decisions.

“Labour availability is also becoming a growing concern and this is now anticipated by survey respondents to become the biggest constraint on activity over the next year. New training and apprenticeship reforms, not to mention industry-led skills initiatives, will need to deliver for the woodworking sector and BWF has been redoubling its efforts to support the joinery skills agenda.”

 

Key points from the BWF Joinery State of Trade Survey Q3 2017 include:

- A balance of 44% of respondents reported an increase in sales volumes over the last quarter, with 46% reporting an increase over the last year. This corresponds with the 42% 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 40% predicting an increase for Q4 2017, and a balance of 36% predicting an increase over the next year.

- 26% of companies reported a current order book of future work extending beyond 3 months – down 16% from the previous quarter - with 53% saying that their order book extended from between 1 and 3 months.

- Labour availability was listed as the most likely constraint on output over the next year by 35% of respondents. Demand and Capacity came next, with 29% and 17% of respondents feeling that they were most likely to constrain output.

- 34% of respondents on balance reported increasing their labour force in the last year, with 37% of respondents anticipating an increased labour force over the next year.

- Raw material costs were noted as the main inflationary factor for unit costs for 96% of respondents, with wages/salaries increases pushing up unit costs for 82% of respondents on balance.

- Over the previous year a balance of 49% of respondents had invested in improving their products with 43% 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 54% planning to invest and with 50% set to invest plant/equipment.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/uk-woodworking-sector-faces-long-term-question-marks-over-skills-and-construction-growth]

David Birkbeck appointed as ambassador and chair of Wood For Good

Wood For Good, the timber industry’s campaign established to promote the use of timber in design and construction, has appointed a new ambassador and committee chair.

David Birkbeck (pictured on the left), Design for Homes’ chief executive, is to lead the Wood for Good campaign, taking over from Craig White, who has been involved since 2013.

David has been at the helm of Design for Homes since 2000. He incorporated it as a social enterprise to promote what works best in housing and campaigns for homes to be better designed and produced in greater volumes.

David will use his extensive experience and industry networks to help Wood for Good push for new opportunities to position timber as a first-choice material in construction, from interiors through to large scale commercial projects.

Discussing the current housing situation in the UK, David says: “Everyone knows the country can’t get anywhere near the level of production it needs without more companies and more solutions in the supply chain."

“The next few years should offer a range of platforms for the timber industry to show its potential and help tackle an increasingly corrosive problem - access to a home."

Christiane Lellig, campaign director for Wood for Good says: “Craig has done a fantastic job with Wood for Good over the past four years and we are lucky to have him as a continued friend to the campaign."

“We are very pleased to have David on board. With the continuing development and growing support for the timber industry, David’s experience and knowledge complements our values and objectives perfectly.”

Craig White says: “During my time with Wood for Good, interest in new timber technologies and methods of construction has grown rapidly. The timber industry is perfectly placed to meet this shifting market demand and Wood for Good will continue to provide valuable support.”

Wood for Good’s objective is to make wood a first-choice material for specifiers and designers by demonstrating that wood is a versatile building material with numerous application possibilities beyond traditional use."

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/david-birkbeck-appointed-ambassador-and-chair-wood-good]

Montréal Wood Convention 2018 to be held from 20 to 22 March 2018

From 20 to 22 March 2018, the new Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth in Montréal will host the Montréal Wood Convention 2018.

The event program includes a half-day conference for the softwood and wood construction sectors, a half-day conference for the hardwood sector, two half days dedicated to contacts in the exhibit hall and an executive tech seminar directed towards the softwood and hardwood sawmills’ top management.

The Convention is organised by the Quebec Wood Export Bureau (QWEB), the Québec Forest Industry Council, the Ontario Forest Industries Association, the Ontario Wood Products Export Association and the Maritime Lumber Bureau.

Registration is now open with the early bird rate at $295 CAD plus applicable taxes.

Read the event programme here

For more information, contact Nathalie Houde at [email protected]

View the event on CTI & Timber Industry Calendar.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/montr%C3%A9al-wood-convention-2018-be-held-20-22-march-2018]

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