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CTI Blog - Engaging with politicians both nationally and locally

This blog post is by CTI Chairman Roy Wakeman OBE. It originally appeared on the CTI Newsletter Winter 2017-18.

 

Whilst politicians come and go, their influence is continuous and so it is vital that the timber Industry engages fully with their local and national politicians and representatives.

It is so because our Industry whilst large, adding over £10bn to the UK economy and creating overall employment in direct and indirect trades of nigh on 500K people, has serious competition. This in the form of competing materials who display more aggressive lobbying techniques than we traditionally do.

Yet our message is fundamentally in today’s age stronger, whether for environmental issues, commercial advantage, productivity and if home grown timber was favoured in R&D, a positive on the UK economy and trade imbalance.

Sometimes it is easier for us to concentrate on our own Company or individual industry issues while, in the wider world, events can be more influential to our growth and success.

I mentioned the home grown timber Industry where some politicians might just think of this as a Scottish out post cottage industry or some historic way of delaying and maybe avoiding tax. But if invested in a radical way so that the species of timber to be grown can be proven to have a secure market to replace imported goods then the UK benefits both for employment and the balance of trade.

In vogue, today is the housing shortage and affordable housing for our future generations. We have a strong off-site production capacity that could be helped with a major investment that targets “kit-houses” designed for onsite erection with low costs.

Our imbalance of trade in the joinery industry is such that we need to address the reasons for our uncompetitive base and to explore with our politicians these reasons and thereby addressing the areas of need for investment and training. We consume more doors per capita than anywhere else in the world due to our history of small houses with lots of rooms and have become a natural target for global manufacturers based overseas to direct products at the UK.

We developed the factory assembled door set and in the case of fire door sets all that is necessary to obtain the third-party certification necessary to guarantee performance. We need to keep the pressure on government to make third party audits and certification part of the building regulations and not just a side document to make sure that when buildings get built all the necessary safety features are built into the design. Also, to go further and through the insurance industry and financial instruments that fund buildings make regular Inspection schemes, part of the conditions.

All these areas are not new to us but we do seem to have the habit of dropping the batten. It needs a war of attrition so that all of us every day call for the action and keep the pressure up on our law makers to improve the health of our Industry. Only this new, collaborative approach will really help keep our people housed and safe, using what is and has always been the world’s best and truly renewable building material: timber.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/cti-blog-engaging-politicians-both-nationally-and-locally]

CTI releases its Winter 2017-18 Newsletter

The Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) has released its Newsletter for Winter 2017-18.

This interactive e-news collection - downloadable here - features some of the most recent activities and initiatives undertaken by the CTI along with news from the entire UK Timber Supply Chain.

In this edition we have focused on four key-themes (Politics, Skills & Education, Housing and Sustainability) giving voice to four different Timber Industry leaders. 

You will also find articles on:

- Relaunch of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Timber Industries

- DEFRA recognises benefits of building homes with timber

- CTI urges Government to restore confidence in the market and boost investments

- Upcoming major Construction and Architecture events 

.... and much more!

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/cti-releases-its-winter-2017-18-newsletter]

CTI Newsletter Winter 2017-18

CTI Newsletter Winter 2017-18

In this issue:

- Interviews with four Timber Industry leaders about Politics, Skills & Education, Housing and Sustainability

- Relaunch of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Timber Industries

- DEFRA recognises benefits of building homes with timber

- CTI urges Government to restore confidence in the market and boost investments

- Upcoming major Construction and Architecture events 

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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]

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