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Martin Whitfield MP elected new Chair of Timber Industries APPG

Martin Whitfield, MP for East Lothian, has been elected as new Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on the Timber Industries at its AGM at Westminster.

The APPG brings together parliamentarians from the Commons and the Lords with an interest in the UK's timber industries to ensure that issues affecting the sector are highlighted within Parliament and to Government.

Officers of the renewed APPG now include: Joint Vice Chairman Bill Grant, MP for Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock (Conservative), Joint Vice Chairman Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore (Labour) and Joint Vice Chairman Antoinette Sandbach, MP for Eddisbury (Conservative).

The timber industries contribute over £10 billion per year to the UK economy and are in the top 50% of manufacturing industries in the UK. The sector employs around 200,000 people across the UK, in construction, manufacturing and distribution. 

East Lothian is one of the most important hubs for the timber industries in Scotland, including Alba Trees, the UK’s largest supplier of cell grown plants, and various sawmills and timber merchants all located within the county.

One of Mr Whitfield’s first acts as Chair will be to lead a Westminster Hall debate on the effect of Brexit on the UK’s timber industries on Wednesday 31st October.

Martin Whitfield MP said: “The timber industries APPG was one of the first I joined after entering Parliament, so I'm very pleased to now have the opportunity to chair the group and play a bigger role in promoting the interests of the sector.

"Local businesses in the timber industries play an important role in providing jobs in East Lothian. They help facilitate demand across the UK for sustainable, managed forests and contribute to addressing the housing crisis by providing affordable, environmentally friendly timber-framed homes.

"I will continue to work with parliamentary colleagues and industry representatives to stand up for the needs of the UK’s forestry and timber industries and promote them in Parliament."

David Hopkins, Director of the CTI added: “We are delighted that Martin has taken up this role with the Timber Industries APPG. The timber sector can play a key role in achieving the goals of a number of policy areas, from housebuilding to clean-growth. We look forward to working with Martin and fellow members of the APPG over the coming year to do this.”

The photo gallery of the meeting is available here.

Find out more about composition and activities of the Timber Industries APPG here.

 

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Press Release - Martin Whitfield MP elected new Chair of Timber Industries APPG

Martin Whitfield MP elected new Chair of Timber Industries APPG 

Martin Whitfield, MP for East Lothian, has been elected as new Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on the Timber Industries at its AGM at Westminster. 

The APPG brings together parliamentarians from the Commons and the Lords with an interest in the UK's timber industries to ensure that issues affecting the sector are highlighted within Parliament and to Government. 

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‘Time For Timber’ at CTI Hub, Timber Expo 2018 – Highlights

CTI Joint Stand at Timber Expo 2018 - MEDIA RECAP

From 9 to 11 October 2018, the Confederation of Timber Industries and its partner organisations British Woodworking Federation (BWF), Structural Timber Association (STA), Timber Trade Federation (TTF) and Trussed Rafter Association (TRA) showcased the many opportunities of building with timber at Timber Expo 2018. The CTI Hub aka ‘Time For Timber’ represented a benchmark for the entire show, offering a wide array of workshops, seminars and networking events.  

You can find a visual recap of the event - including photos and presentations - here.

TTF's UK Wood Panels Conference 2018 | 7 November 2018 | London

On Wednesday 7th November 2018, the Timber Trade Federation (TTF) will hold a conference in central London focused on wood panels production and trade.

The UK Wood Panels Conference 2018: adding value through innovation & fire safety will examine the current and future state of the wood panel products market in the UK.

Speakers of the day include Clive Pininngton, Managing Director of the European Panel Federation, and David Murray, Innovation Manager at MEDITE SMARTPLY. 

The debate will focus on the innovative ways manufacturers and traders are adding value, ensuring quality and designing products to meet specific market needs at all steps of the supply chain.

"Wood-based panel products are one of the fastest sectors in the timber supply chain," explain the organisers. "Versatile, decorative and easy to use, they are increasingly popular with merchants, builders, designers and architects."

For more information and registration, click here.

 

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TTJ Wood and Wellness conference | 13 February 2019 | London

The Timber Trades Journal (TTJ) is organising a major conference in London in 2019 – Wood and Wellness – to look at wood’s role in this trend. Do trees and the wood products that derive from them have an opportunity the shape this new world of wellness?

The event at the Hilton Tower Bridge on 13 February 2019 – aimed at the timber sector, architects, interior designers and construction professionals – will include research presentations, case studies and discussion panels comprising experts from a variety of sectors. The focus will be on the role that sustainable timber can play, not only in building the world in which we live and work, but also looking at the positive effects that the sympathetic use of timber could have on productivity, learning, recovery from serious illness and general sense of well-being.

"It has long been believed that exposure to the natural world can have a positive impact on health and well-being," say the organisers.

"Now this world of wellness is becoming a mega trend in the built environment, with building and interior design increasingly taking into account the health and wellbeing of occupants." 

Studies examining the positive impact that greater exposure to nature/natural products can have on health and wellbeing have highlighted some impressive results:

• Office design: productivity can be increased by 8% and rates of well-being increased by 13%*

• Education spaces: increased rates of learning, improved test results, concentration levels and attendance, reduced impacts of ADHD*

• Healthcare spaces: post-operative rates of recovery reduced by 8.5%, reduced pain medication by 22%*

• Retail: the presence of vegetation & landscaping has been found to increase average rental rates on retail spaces, with customers willing to pay 8 -12% more for goods and services*

• Homes: 7-8 % less crime attributed to areas with access to nature and can command an increase of 4-5% in property price*

As part of this trend, specification and use of materials are coming under scrutiny as never before.

For more information on the event contact Stephen Powney, TTJ Group Editor, on 020 8269 7810 or [email protected]

Further details, including programme and speakers, will be released shortly.

View the event on the CTI Industry Calendar.

 

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