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Staircraft makes Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 League

Staircraft has achieved number 51 in the 2017 Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 league, an index which ranks Britain’s fastest growing private companies.

Staircraft's Managing Director Andy Hamilton founded the Nuneaton-based company in 1985 using innovation through design and manufacturing to reach today’s position of Europe’s largest staircase manufacturer, supplying 1000+ new-build homes every week.

The proposition has grown significantly, now offering ‘fully integrated solutions’ in the design and manufacture of staircase, i-joists, floor-kits, MDF painted profiles/mouldings, with door-kits on the horizon.  The extended range also positions Staircraft as Europe’s only i-joist and floor-kit manufacturer.

In 2017 Staircraft added 5 manufacturing facilities, ending the year with 8 facilities with more planned in 2018. 3 units were opened in Hinckley supporting the main stair factories and providing capacity for future product areas.

Andy Hamilton, Staircraft Founder & Managing Director commented: “Nothing much has changed since i-Joists were invented 48 years ago, until now!  Our investment in a high technology, bespoke production line, enables us to take i-joist performance to a new level. Our new capability will enable us to significantly increase performance by eliminating web joints, the weakest area, greatly improving the web/flange connection strength. These innovations will future proof our offering to the market”.    

“Of course our success would not have been possible without the support of our customers and suppliers who we recognise as our extended team, helping us achieve greater market share.  Lastly, and most importantly, I want to place on record my sincere gratitude to each and every member of the 300-strong Staircraft team. Their hard-work, flexibility and dedication through a significant period of improvement and change has been truly admirable."

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/staircraft-makes-sunday-times-virgin-fast-track-100-league]

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 timber2018@bangor.ac.uk

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]

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