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Third episode of 'Timber Talks' released: Iain McIlwee talks through 'Skills Shortages and Education'

Tune in to the third episode of the ‘Timber Talks’ podcast series with Iain McIlwee, CTI Director and CEO of British Woodworking Federation (BWF).

This week, Iain joins CTI fellow director and podcasts presenter Andrew Carpenter to discuss a hot topic for the entire Timber Industry, ‘Skills shortages and Education.’

On top of that, Iain underlines the necessity for the Timber Sector to embrace the ‘Digitalisation’ era and rethink product design and manufacturing in order to attract young people and move towards a truly sustainable production model.

“Massive opportunities are available throughout the entire Timber supply chain,” says Iain. “Timber is an incredible product and we want to attract the best people – in forests management, manufacturing, design, engineering, research but also Marketing and sales – to promote its potential to the wide public.”

'Timber Talks' series gives users the opportunity to hear the movers and shakers within the Timber Industry discussing the latest news, trends and policies, as well as answering the hot questions of the moment. It's also possible to suggest new topics and raise questions for the speakers by sending an email to [email protected].

Check the CTI media library for the complete list of episodes.

 

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China launches FSC National Forest Stewardship Standard

China is the second country in the Asia Pacific region to publish a national forest stewardship standard based on the latest version of the FSC Principles & Criteria.

China imports more wood than any other country in the world. The forests that are FSC-certified in the country are mainly for production and contain monoculture plantations such as poplar and eucalyptus trees with short rotation periods of five to seven years. There are also FSC-certified Chinese fir and pine trees with more extended rotation up to 25 years. In China on average smallholders manage about 2 hectares of forests, with some manage less than 0.1 hectares and some up to 160 hectares.

The new national standard set clear targets for forest managers towards sustainable intensification and proactive management of environmental values. Experts in natural conservation, worker's rights, forest carbon management, poverty alleviation, international trade, and law and legislation helped to write the standard.

Over 80 countries are working to transfer their national standards from version 4 of the Principles and Criteria to version 5. 70 countries are developing national-level standards around the world and usually include representation of social, environmental, and economic stakeholders. FSC-accredited certification bodies are developing interim national standards in countries where we don’t have an FSC representative.

The FSC National Forest Stewardship Standard of the People’s Republic of China can be downloaded here.

 

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CTI partners with 'Evolution of Tradition' show to promote creativity & design in wood

The Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) has signed up as an official show partner of 'Evolution of Tradition', a new selling exhibition of luxurious bespoke furniture launching this autumn at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour.

Evolution of Tradition - to run from 2-5 October 2018 - will feature exclusive designs purely from Bespoke Guild Mark holders and is being organised by The Furniture Makers’ Company and Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour.

The Bespoke Guild Mark, awarded by The Furniture Makers’ Company, is the ultimate accolade for designer-makers, rewarding excellence in design, materials, craftsmanship and function for exquisite pieces of furniture

An impressive rollcall of established designer-makers and new talent from the vibrant British craft scene will be exhibiting at the show, including Matthew Burt, Byron & Gómez, Jonathan Field, Marc Fish, Tim Gosling, Alun Heslop, Edward Johnson, John Makepeace OBE, Rupert McBain, Laurent Peacock, Jake Phipps, Angus Ross, Rupert Senior, Katie Walker and Waywood.

Doreen Oddy, guild marks manager of The Furniture Makers Company, said: “Evolution of Tradition is shaping up to be an unmissable event that will demonstrate the world-class mastery of Bespoke Guild Mark holders. We are delighted that two reputable industry trade bodies like the Timber Trade Federation and the Confederation of Timber Industries are supporting it.”

Benedetto Antuono, CTI communications coordinator, said: “The CTI is always pleased to help promote innovative projects using wood in furniture, design and architecture. In this view, Evolution of Tradition represents a great opportunity for talented wood designers to present their creation and raise awareness of the incredible qualities of this sustainable and versatile material. We look forward to collaborating with the Furniture Makers Company and we are sure the exhibition will further push the boundaries of innovation and creativity in design.”

View the event on the CTI Industry Calendar.

 

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Timber Market undergoes biggest period of change in decades

Property Consultants Bidwells have released their Summer 2018 Timber Price Database which looks at the standing conifer timber prices achieved in the six months to September 2017, indicating the timber market has undergone perhaps the biggest period of change seen in decades.

Returns from 79 transactions totalling over 742,000 cubic metres of coniferous timber, with a value to the grower in excess of £28 Million have been received and indicate on average significant price rises over the period.

With Bidwell’s last commentary back in December 2017 stated that there were “current reports of supply shortages and increasing upwards pressure on standing sales values” – this has proved to be something of an understatement as the latest set of results for October 2017 – March 2018 had clearly demonstrated.

All signals are pointing towards prices of coniferous timber throughout Scotland & Northern England having continued to increase since the end of March and there are still considerable supply pressures on timber processors. 

Raymond Henderson, Forestry Partner at Bidwells commented: “It is always difficult to predict the future, given the influence which global demand and exchange rates have on domestic timber values, but the overall macro-economic situation of increasing demand and tightening supplies suggests no reason to suspect a weakening of prices over the short term."

“Good news for timber growers then, but possibly less so for many processors, and given the closely linked health dependence of each sector on the other, it can be in no-one’s best interests to see unsustainably high prices. The hope is therefore that what we have been seeing is a re-basing of timber values at levels which can be maintained in the long term.”

To view the full insights and research, please click on the report here

 

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Major trade organisations confirm collaboration under CTI umbrella at Timber Expo 2018

For the third year in a row, the Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) is returning to NEC Birmingham where it will be exhibiting at Timber Expo 2018.

Taking place between 9 and 11 October 2018, Timber Expo is the only UK trade show exclusively dedicated to building with wood and is expected to gather thousands of visitors from across the UK Construction Industry.

This year, the CTI will be coordinating the joint Stand T40 – in conjunction with the British Woodworking Federation (BWF), Structural Timber Association (STA), Timber Trade Federation (TTF), Trussed Rafter Association (TRA) and Wood Protection Association (WPA). By sharing the same stand, these four major trade associations uphold the decision of championing a collaborative approach across the UK Timber Industry under the umbrella of the CTI.

The CTI Stand will host a wide set of briefings, presentations and meetings along with offering informative material such as publications and technical guides. The target is to showcase benefits and applications of timber in construction and enlarge the market for timber products.

From this perspective, the Confederation of Timber Industries will also deliver a programme filled with CPD workshops and networking events, supported by the timber industry’s campaign, Wood for Good.

CTI Chairman Roy Wakeman OBE said: “Timber Expo comes at a challenging time for the Timber Industry and the UK economy in general, with Brexit looming on the horizon and the housing crisis yet unsolved.”

“However, these changing times give us the opportunity to rethink the way our economy is shaped and finally move towards a solid and feasible low carbon model where timber has a great role to play.”

“Our Industry can considerably help the UK achieve this ambitious target as long as we show unity of purpose among all the major organisations within the Sector. For this reason, the CTI joint stand at Timber Expo – managed in collaboration with the BWF, STA, TTF and WPA - represents not only a point of reference for anyone interested in timber, but also an encouraging signal for the entire Sector”.

See all the events taking place at the CTI Stand here. A detailed programme will follow in due course.

Free registration to the show is now open at: https://www.ukconstructionweek.com/timber-expo

 

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