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CTI launches 'Timber Talks' podcasts

Hear the movers and shakers within the Timber Industry discussing the latest news, trends and policies

 

The Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) has launched ‘Timber Talks’, a series of free podcasts debating the hottest topics affecting the UK Timber Industry.

In the first episode, CTI Chairman Roy Wakeman OBE guides the audience though the benefits of Timber, explaining how the Timber Industry contributes to the British economy and why it can help fix the endemic UK housing crisis.

The next podcasts will feature – among the others - David Hopkins (CTI Director and Managing Director of the Timber Trade Federation), Iain McIlwee (CTI Director and CEO of the British Woodworking Federation) and Alex Goodfellow (CTI Director and Managing Director of Stewart Milne Group).

Thanks to these short recordings, it will be possible 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. Users can also suggest new topics and raise questions for the speakers by sending an email to [email protected].

Roy Wakeman commented: “These podcasts are incredibly useful not only for Timber Industry stakeholders and operators but also for ordinary people keen on learning more about our Sector and its countless branches and opportunities.”

“I believe podcasting is special – it contributes to create a sense of community, is a space for discussion and gives our Industry a powerful voice. Even more importantly, you can listen to podcasts anywhere and at any time - while you do other things at work or at home, or during your commute.”

“I really hope this initiative will help the UK Timber Industry reach a wide audience and stimulate a constructive debate. Stay tuned!”

Users can freely download and listen to the podcasts on AudioBoom and iTunes.

Check the complete list of episodes here.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/cti-launches-timber-talks-podcasts]

Timber can help the UK fix its housing crisis but more investments are needed

Last month Iain McIlwee, CTI Director and CEO of the British Woodworking Federation (BWF), was asked to attend a small round table event focussed on the build-out rate for housing hosted by Sir Oliver Letwin MP. 

At Budget, government announced its intention to set up an independent review to look into the gap between completions and the number of homes allocated or permissioned. This panel is being chaired by Sir Oliver Letwin. 

The Review aims to:

  • explain the significant gap between housing completions and the amount of land allocated or permissioned in areas of high housing demand and make recommendations for closing it. 
  • identify the principal causes of the gap
  • identify practical steps that could increase the speed of build out. These steps should support an increase in housing supply consistent with a stable housing market in the short term and so that over the long-term, house prices rise slower than earnings. 
  • provide an interim report to the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government in time for Spring Statement 2018 and a full report for Budget 2018

As part of his review, Sir Oliver invited key representatives of the building products sector, the relationship between building product manufacturers and housebuilders, and capacity in the sector.

The meeting touched several issues affecting the Timber Supply Chains. Key points included:

  • The timber frame industry could scale up capacity of existing factories. More investment is going into UK forestry.
  • Brexit could be an issue for timber imports, although more investment is going into UK forestry.
  • Brexit could affect imported materials. If no mutually beneficial UK-EU customs’ agreement is struck, British businesses face paying 20% extra upfront as VAT on imports like timber & bricks. This has immediate implications for operating costs and cashflow for importers, merchants & manufacturers.

Commenting after the meeting, Iain McIlwee stated: "I thought it was an encouraging meeting, firstly it reinforced Government remain committed to building housing supply to 300,000 units per year. " 

"There was real consistency in the views of the supply chain too, in that any capacity issues are speed bumps rather than barriers. Product supply will never be a barrier to growth as long as the process is tidied to ensure consent and commitment are linked, procurement practices are improved and manufacturers are given confidence to invest." 

"We also need to guarantee that more is done by private and public sectors to ensure that investing in quality won’t be undermined by value engineering without regard for the whole life cost of the project."

    A brief summary of the meeting is available on the BWF website.

     

    [News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/timber-can-help-uk-fix-its-housing-crisis-more-investments-are-needed]

    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.

     

    [News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/solid-wood-solutions-conference-exhibition-5-july-2018-warwick]

    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.

     

    [News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/timber-industry-could-face-%E2%80%9C%C2%A31-billion-brexit-bill%E2%80%9D-if-uk-leaves-customs-union]

    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]

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