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Materials for Architecture 2018 | 25-26 April 2018 | ILEC, London

After a successful debut event in April 2017 that attracted over 1,000 visitors and 40 exhibitors, Materials for Architecture is returning to the ILEC Centre in West London on 25 and 26 April 2018.

Embracing the event’s ethos of innovation in the development and specification of products for architecture, construction, and design, Materials for Architecture 2018 will bring opportunities for visitors and exhibitors alike to learn, be inspired, and network.

Promoted by major organisations in the UK Timber Industry such as the Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI), the Timber Trade Federation (TTF) and Wood for Good, Materials 2018 features conferences, an exhibition area and a wide array of CPD seminars.

A particular focus will be set on the innovative development and application of materials for architecture and construction, from structure to finishes.

To register for free, visit www.materialsforarchitecture.com

View the event on the CTI Industry Calendar here.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/materials-architecture-2018-25-26-april-2018-ilec-london]

IOM3 'Timber 2018' Conference | 26-27 June 2018 | London

On 26 and 27 June 2018 the Wood Technology Society of the Institute for Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) will hold its 'Timber 2018' conference presenting the latest trends and emerging research in timber, wood science and related fields.

The event - to take place at IOM3 headquarters in London - aims to bring together wood scientists, technologists, and businesses from all areas of the timber industry. Topics will range from preservation to panel products and from modified wood to engineered timber. There will also be room for insights on nano-scale researches and industrial application and development of new products.

"It has been ten years since the last Institute of Wood Science conference in Bath in 2008," say the Organisers in a press release. "During this time the timber industry has recovered from recession; seen growth in modified woods, wood plastic composites and CLT; adapted to the restriction of CCA and many other preservatives and marvelled at the advent of tall timber buildings. Meanwhile researchers have been developing new testing techniques; advanced models of cell wall structure and mechanics; grading models for British species and new biobased adhesives, among others."

"It is high time for a conference to bring these many areas of timber research under one roof to share information and ideas. This new format conference will span all topics related to timber, ranging from the fundamental experiments understanding the nano-scale through to the industrial application and development of new products."

The Wood Technology Society has also launched a Call for Papers. The event will provide a forum to present academic and industrial research in timber.  Abstracts of up to 600 words for both oral and poster presentations are requested by 16th February 2018.

For more info and registration, Contact the conference organisers on [email protected]

View the events on CTI Industry Calendar.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/iom3-timber-conference-26-27-june-2018-london]

Offsite Construction Awards are back! - Entries open until 3 January 2018

The only Awards specifically focused on offsite construction are back for 2018, with submissions for innovative projects open until Wednesday 3rd January 2018.

Organised by Radar Communications and promoted by the CTI, the 2018 Offsite Construction Awards will take place on the evening of 6 March as a part of Ecobuild in the main Arena at ExCeL in London, and are set to attract over 350 national business leaders and high profile decision makers from the across the mainstream construction and offsite manufacturing industry.

Entries last year exceeded 300 and the event organisers are in no doubt that this will grow in 2018. The original award categories range from specific material and systems; such as Best use of Concrete, Steel, Timber, Volumetric Technology, to sectors including Commercial Project of the Year, Housing Project of the Year, Infrastructure Project of the Year and Education Project of the Year.

To cater for an increasing demand, and to reflect the wider adoption of offsite technology, seven new categories have been introduced for 2018 which focus on the people at the heart of these cutting edge projects, including Architect of the Year, Contractor of the Year, Installer of the Year and Client of the Year.

The Awards are open to public and private organisations with projects located in the UK – with the business or project having a strong offsite construction theme. All 22 categories are free to enter at http://www.offsiteawards.co.uk/enter

Find all the event info on the CTI Industry Calendar here.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/offsite-construction-awards-are-back-entries-open-until-3-january-2018]

Major organisations join PEFC as International Stakeholder members

Three major organisations involved in wood manufacturing, paper & pulp processing and forest management have joined the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).

“We are delighted to welcome ARAUCO, European Panel Federation (EPF) and European Pulp Industry Sector Association AISBL (EPIS) as International Stakeholder members,” said PEFC CEO and Secretary General Ben Gunneberg during the PEFC General Assembly in Helsinki, Finland on 15 November 2017.

“As sustainable forestry is a lifeline for our members, we are very much looking forward to our membership with PEFC,” commented Anna Maija Wessman, European Pulp Industry Sector Association, AISBL (EPIS), speaking at the General Assembly.

“We hope to engage in an active dialogue between EPIS and PEFC, and to have a good interaction in the coming years,” Ms. Wessman continued.

Clive Pinnington from the European Panel Federation added: “As downstream users of certified forests, certification is extremely important to us. We have nominated it as one of our top ten priority areas. We hope to support PEFC and are thoroughly delighted to be a new member.”

Celulosa Arauco Y Constitucion S.A. is a group of forestry and industrial companies located in Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, the US, Canada and Europe. Arauco is one of the largest forestry companies in Latin America, both in terms of the surface area and the output of its plantations. Its industrial activities include cellulose plants, sawmills and woodworking plants.  

The European Panel Federation (EPF) represents the manufacturers of particleboard, MDF, OSB, hardboard, softboard and plywood, with members in 25 countries. The EU wood panel industry has an annual turnover of around 22 billion Euros, creates over 100,000 jobs directly and counts more than 5,000 enterprises in Europe.

The European Pulp Industry Sector Association AISBL (EPIS) is an international non-profit organization consisting of companies producing chemical or mechanical market pulps. Its purpose is to collect, process and distribute statistics regarding chemical market pulps in compliance with applicable antitrust laws for the benefit of its members and third parties.

With these three new members, the PFC can now count on 28 International Stakeholder members, as well as 49 National members.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/three-major-organisations-join-pefc-international-stakeholder-members]

Saint-Gobain acquires Scotframe entering offsite manufacturing market

Saint-Gobain UK & Ireland has completed the acquisition of Scotframe Limited accelerating its involvement in the offsite manufacturing and closed panel construction market.

Scotframe manufactures and supplies full timber frame housing kits for small/medium builders, developers and self-builders in the UK. Operating from two manufacturing sites and four sales and showroom locations in Scotland, Scotframe is also a market leader in closed panel systems used extensively for new build homes in Scotland, and also England. 

Mike Newnham, Chief Executive of Saint-Gobain Building Distribution UK & Ireland commented: “Scotframe is a great fit for Saint-Gobain and we’re delighted the team at Scotframe are joining our Group. Scotframe has more than 160 dedicated and knowledgeable employees who have considerable technical knowledge in manufacturing high-quality timber housing kits and wall, floor and roof panels for the UK market. Scotframe is a business strongly aligned to Saint-Gobain’s strategy to create great living places and improve daily life, and enables Saint-Gobain to further accelerate its growth and expertise in offsite manufacturing for construction markets.” 

“Just as importantly for me, Scotframe and Saint-Gobain share the same core focus on safety, understanding and supporting customers throughout the house building and designing process. Both companies also champion the role building performance has in creating comfortable and healthy living environments.” 

‘I’m delighted that the founder and MD of Scotframe, Bob Edwards, will continue as Managing Director of Scotframe following the acquisition, so Scotframe will continue business as usual, serving customers and manufacturing high-quality products.”

Bob Edwards, Managing Director of Scotframe added: “Today is an exciting day for Scotframe and for all our dedicated colleagues. Having established the business 28 years ago the sale of Scotframe is a tremendous milestone in our evolution and I’m delighted that we will be beginning this new chapter as part of the Saint-Gobain group – a tremendous company with a fantastic reputation and great strength."

"I will continue to run Scotframe and for our customers nothing will change – we continue to operate business as usual. For our colleagues who make our business such a success this is a terrific opportunity to be part of a global group with 18,000 colleagues in the UK alone and a culture of valuing personal development and growth – so many new opportunities for our business.”

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/saint-gobain-acquires-scotframe-entering-offsite-manufacturing-market]

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