CTI Infographic - The Value of UK Timber Supply Chain
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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.
The call for entries for the 2018 British Woodworking Federation (BWF) Awards has now been launched, giving joinery sector businesses a fantastic opportunity to showcase their finest achievements from the last year.
From hand-carved craftsmanship to high-tech innovations, the Awards give great projects, products and people the recognition they deserve, helping businesses benchmark their progress against the very best of the industry. The closing date for entries for this year’s Awards is 22nd June.
Last year saw winning entries from Gelder Joinery Limited, Morland, AJB Group, Warwickshire College, Gowercroft Joinery and Cotswold Manufacturing Ltd. Gelder Joinery’s restoration of an Edwardian house won the prestigious Woodworking Project of the Year Award and was praised by judges for the project’s beautiful restoration, unparalleled detail and design excellence.
BWF Chief Executive Iain McIlwee began this year’s call for entries: “With wood taking over as the architectural wonder material of this century, the awards are a chance for UK joinery businesses to prove that they can not only build it better with wood, but build it in a way that is more sustainable, more productive, healthier and safer than the rest.
“Have you worked on an amazing wood project or launched an innovative new product? Does your joinery business have any rising stars or Health & Safety heroes within the workforce? Or do you simply think that you can do better than the other businesses out there and want to prove it? We urge all UK woodworking businesses to spare a minute and think about what, or who, they might want to put forward as an entry.”
The winners will be announced at the BWF’s Annual Awards Dinner in November with the shortlist to be revealed in October at the W Exhibition, which is the national show for the joinery and furniture industries. All shortlisted entrants will receive a free place at the dinner and will have their achievements promoted through a high profile marketing and social media campaign.
Entry is free and open to all, including non-members of the BWF so long as they are from the UK joinery and woodworking sector. The deadline for entries is 5pm on Friday 22nd June 2018. Entries for this year’s awards can be submitted at www.bwf.org.uk/choose-wood/awards.
The BWF Awards 2018 categories are:
The Product Design in Wood category (sponsored by Teknos) recognises excellence in technical expertise, application and innovation in joinery product manufacture and design.
The highly prestigious Woodworking Project of the Year (sponsored by Whitehill Tools) recognises the very best in design, application or ability in joinery manufacture, and innovation in joinery projects. This award is given every year in memory of John Hedgecock, former technical director at the BWF.
Process Efficiency (sponsored by W Exhibition) – recognising lean processes which have improved business performance, including maximising value for money, quality and speed of delivery.
Health & Safety Hero (sponsored by Didac) – acknowledging an individual or collective effort which has made a notable difference to the health and safety practices and culture of a business. The award will be presented in memory of Michael Lee, former membership director at the BWF.
Apprentice or Trainee of the Year (sponsored by CITB) - celebrating apprentices or trainees who have really stood out from the crowd, whether through fantastic feats in their work or extraordinary commitment that adds value to a business.
The contest - to close on World Environment Day on 5th June - aims to highlight the importance of caring for our forests and why sustainable forest management and certification are such important element of this.
The PEFC is looking for exciting and inspiring images showing how people use the forests for a range of key reasons – from commercial purposes to relaxation as well as examples of how wildlife including birds, animals and insects rely on them for food and shelter.
There are three national cash prizes to be won and the winners will be announced by the end of June. The winning photos will then be entered into an international competition to find a worldwide winner and the chance to win a further special prize.
Entrants are invited to submit their photographs through Instagram using the hashtag #forestplaywork. Further details and terms and conditions can be found at www.pefc.photo
New roofing guidance for housebuilders has been published by the Trussed Rafter Association (TRA).
How to Build Compliant Spandrel Panels, which is endorsed by the NHBC, has been updated to include information about single-skin cladding for spandrel panels.
The guide - downloadable here - has a page featuring fermacell Gypsum Fibreboard as an example of how single-skin cladding can replace two sheets of plasterboard either side of a spandrel panel, without compromising fire and acoustic requirements.
Jonathan Fellingham, TRA chairman, said: “The first version of the guide we published last year proved to be very useful to housebuilders.
“We decided to update the guide to add more useful information for housebuilders on single-skin cladding options for spandrels. We take our collaboration with the installers of our products seriously and are committed to offering guidance to increase quality and accuracy wherever possible.”
Throughout the guide there are technical drawings and 3D renders showing safe and compliant installation methods for spandrel panels. Where necessary these have also been updated to show closer detail of bracing, and to demonstrate different ways to restrain spandrel panels.
Further guidance will be published throughout 2018 providing the latest advice on all aspects of the design, manufacture and safe installation of roof components.