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Solid Wood Solutions Conference & Exhibition | 5 July 2018 | Warwick

On Thursday 5th July 2018, the Oculus building at the University of Warwick will host the Solid Wood Solutions Conference & Exhibition.

Developed to inspire and inform, Solid Wood Solutions will shine a spotlight on pioneering projects, that are gaining global attention. Through informative case studies presented by those who designed, engineered and developed celebrated solid wood structures such as:

• The ground-breaking Warner Stand at Lords Cricket Ground

• The 2018 Offsite Awards winner – Anchorage House at East India Docks

• The inspirational cancer treatment centre - Maggie’s, Oldham

• The pioneering Blackdale Student Residences

• The magnificent venue for the event – The Oculus

These presenters will be joined by specialists, academics and industry pioneers from Edinburgh University, TRADA, Buro Happold, Ramboll and Ecological Building Systems – leading offsite expert,

Darren Richards, Managing Director for Cogent Consulting will chair the Solid Wood Solutions conference and exhibition.

"Whether creating designer elements for defining high-quality architecture such as the Warner Stand at Lords Cricket Ground or focusing on the realisation of contemporary and sustainable buildings – wood as a natural raw material has established its position and is currently undergoing a revival quite unlike any other," say the organisers.

"Continuous technical developments and the need for sustainable management of our resources are further reasons why solid wood solutions such as cross laminated timber, laminated veneer lumber and glue laminated timber – are proving to be the material of choice for the 21st century."

Full programme of the event can be downloaded here https://www.solidwoodsolutions.co.uk/assets/downloads//sws_2018_programme.pdf

View the event on CTI Industry Calendar.

 

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Timber Industry could face “£1 Billion Brexit Bill” if UK leaves Customs Union

The UK timber industry faces a potential “Billion Pound Brexit Bill” if Britain leaves the EU Customs Union, the Timber Trade Federation (TTF) said in a statement today.

“Some 90% of timber used in construction is imported from Europe, which British timber supplies are insufficient to replace,” says TTF Managing Director David Hopkins. “Under the proposed Taxation Bill, once the UK leaves the EU and its VAT area, VAT on EU imports will have to be paid up-front. This will cause considerable problems for the SMEs who make up the majority of our sector.”

The Federation today launched an infographic for legislators, Parliamentarians and the public, explaining what it calls ‘The Timber Tax Bombshell’.

Additional problems highlighted, not just for the timber sector but for construction supply chains in general, include potential delays, and greater costs for storing timber at ports and in administering customs checks and documentation.

“Builders’ merchants, and their builder customers, responsible for fulfilling government housing targets, rely on Just-In-Time deliveries of timber to premises and sites. Currently timber entering the UK from the EU clears ports immediately with no need for customs checks,” says TTF’s David Hopkins. “Over 60% of the timber used in the UK comes from Europe.”

The Timber Trade Federation is asking Government to ensure timber imports are able to clear customers in the same manner as present, with no delays or up-front costs likely to penalise SMEs, or to impact Britain’s housing supply chains. “The Government must also preserve the existing VAT payments system for imports from the EU, or put in place a new system which maintains the same benefits,” adds David Hopkins.

The timber sector currently employs around 200,000 people across the UK in manufacturing, distribution and construction. Every Parliamentary constituency benefits from jobs stemming from or connected to the timber industry. Timber prices in the construction supply chain to small builders have already risen by 8% in the last 12 months, according to the Federation of Master Builders. The TTF reports this is due mainly to the currency depreciation since the Brexit vote, and competitive global markets for construction timber pressurising supplies into the UK.

More info about the TTF's initiative is also available in the blog post by TTF Managing Director David Hopkins' here.

 

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Timber Trade mission to Belarus scheduled for June 2018

Following a number of Belarusian-UK events in timber sector in 2017, the Belarusian Universal Commodity Exchange (hereafter – BUCE) in partnership with the UK Department for International Trade, the Embassy of The Republic of Belarus in The United Kingdom and the Embassy of the United Kingdom in the Republic of Belarus, have organised a timber trade mission to Belarus.

The visit - to take place from 17 to 20 June 2018 - is open for registration until 19th May 2018 and can host up to 7 delegates.

British companies will be introduced to the export sales of sawnwood from Belarus with the opporunity to meet Belarusian timber industry decision makers, including members of the Government, leadership of the Belarusian Universal Commodity Exchange (the only organization authorized for direct sales of sawnwood from sawmills), CEOs of Belarusian sawmills, traders and market experts.

Delegates will get in-depth information on :

  • Timber industry within Belarus, sawn softwood export conditions; FYI: 2017 Belarusian timber trade/average prices in 2017.
  • brokers services; pre-delivery independent inspection services; UK shipment services; discussing payment methods, long term sawnwood supplies etc.
  • side focus for refunded places: information on panel production (chipboards, particle boards, plywood, fiberboards MDF, floor covering: laminated floor panels, solid wood flooring, parquet, etc.), glued laminated timber, prefabricated wooden houses, gardening and fencing etc.
    Free transportation within Belarus will be arranged for you to the factories and mills, meetings with the top-management of the companies will be organized.

Highlights of the visit includes:

  • Visit to the “Belarusian universal commodity exchange”, presentation, timber products online auction master class, meeting with traders, accredited at BUCE;
  • Meeting with the Belarusian Production and Trade Concern of timber, woodworking, pulp and paper industry "Bellesbumprom"
  • Reception for UK delegation on behalf of H.E. Ambassador of the United Kingdom Ms Fionna Gibb
  • Individual visits to sawmills and woodworking factories, according to the interests of the each delegate.

Click to see the draft program of the visit for details.

For more info about the mission, click here.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/timber-trade-mission-belarus-scheduled-june-2018]

CTI Infographic - The Value of UK Timber Supply Chain

 

Download this infographic in .pdf format here.

 

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Market dynamics and material shortages set to affect Oak wood availability in Europe

Markets for European Oak are facing increased pressure on price and availability. This is the key message delivered at the European Oak Conference held in London on Wednesday 18th April 2018.

The event – organised by the Timber Trade Federation (TTF) in conjunction with the European Organization of the Sawmill Industry (EOS) – featured an extensive agenda of high-profile speakers and expert panellists from top supplying countries such as Croatia, France, Poland and Ukraine. Over 100 attendees joined the Conference raising questions and actively engaging in the debate.

The speakers agreed that a combination of increased demand and market restrictions have been affecting Oak wood prices over the past few years. Significantly, as highlighted by the EOS Secretary General Silvia Melegari, exports of logs from the EU to China have soared by 181% in the last 10 years (2016 compared to 2007, source Eurostat). This growing demand is having major impacts on European Oak producers, particularly France.

The availability of European Oak is also affected by log bans in place in supplying countries such as Croatia and Ukraine due to the impact of pests (Croatia) or governmental measures to improve domestic Industry (Ukraine). This shortage of raw materials is causing several sawmills to keep production low, preventing the sector from achieving its full potential.

Silvia Melegari reminded the audience that “the concerns of the hardwood sawmill sectors have been voiced in several occasions” and that “both the EU Parliament and the European Economic and Social Committee have invited Member States to ensure that wood supply from the region's forests is sufficient to satisfy, on a sustainable basis, local industries' needs and society's needs”.

The Conference also featured a panel discussion where attendees had the opportunity to address some key issues and debate them with the speakers. Main topics included: Trade post-Brexit; Oak wood price and availability; Transport bans; Pests control; International co-operation in the sector.

“For its aesthetic and technical qualities, Oak remains a prime product for UK timber importers and traders,” says TTF Managing Director David Hopkins. “However, material shortage and international trade dynamics are likely to drive prices higher in the near future. This may open the market for alternative hardwood species.”

“The TTF - in collaboration with European partner organisations - will be monitoring market trends as well as providing assistance and guidance to members and stakeholders.”

A photo gallery of the conference is available here.

 

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