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Martin Whitfield MP elected new Chair of Timber Industries APPG

Martin Whitfield, MP for East Lothian, has been elected as new Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on the Timber Industries at its AGM at Westminster.

The APPG brings together parliamentarians from the Commons and the Lords with an interest in the UK's timber industries to ensure that issues affecting the sector are highlighted within Parliament and to Government.

Officers of the renewed APPG now include: Joint Vice Chairman Bill Grant, MP for Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock (Conservative), Joint Vice Chairman Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore (Labour) and Joint Vice Chairman Antoinette Sandbach, MP for Eddisbury (Conservative).

The timber industries contribute over £10 billion per year to the UK economy and are in the top 50% of manufacturing industries in the UK. The sector employs around 200,000 people across the UK, in construction, manufacturing and distribution. 

East Lothian is one of the most important hubs for the timber industries in Scotland, including Alba Trees, the UK’s largest supplier of cell grown plants, and various sawmills and timber merchants all located within the county.

One of Mr Whitfield’s first acts as Chair will be to lead a Westminster Hall debate on the effect of Brexit on the UK’s timber industries on Wednesday 31st October.

Martin Whitfield MP said: “The timber industries APPG was one of the first I joined after entering Parliament, so I'm very pleased to now have the opportunity to chair the group and play a bigger role in promoting the interests of the sector.

"Local businesses in the timber industries play an important role in providing jobs in East Lothian. They help facilitate demand across the UK for sustainable, managed forests and contribute to addressing the housing crisis by providing affordable, environmentally friendly timber-framed homes.

"I will continue to work with parliamentary colleagues and industry representatives to stand up for the needs of the UK’s forestry and timber industries and promote them in Parliament."

David Hopkins, Director of the CTI added: “We are delighted that Martin has taken up this role with the Timber Industries APPG. The timber sector can play a key role in achieving the goals of a number of policy areas, from housebuilding to clean-growth. We look forward to working with Martin and fellow members of the APPG over the coming year to do this.”

The photo gallery of the meeting is available here.

Find out more about composition and activities of the Timber Industries APPG here.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/martin-whitfield-mp-elected-new-chair-timber-industries-appg]

CTI exhibiting at Timber Expo 2018: All you need to know

This year the Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) will be coordinating activities and events taking place at Timber Expo's CTI Hub aka 'Timber For Timber'.

The CTI Hub will provide CPD, networking events, guidance on latest regulations and the launch of new products and services from the Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) and its association members.

Coming together under the one feature, the Structural Timber Association (STA), British Woodworking Federation (BWF), Timber Trade Federation (TTF), Trussed Rafter Association (TRA) along with Wood for Good will deliver latest guidance and benefits to working with timber.

Check the UKCW Floorplan here and see where the CTI Stand is located here.

Book your free ticket for Timber Expo here.

Programme

TUESDAY 9th OCTOBER 2018

 

12.00

Craig White 

Founding Director of White Design, Modcell Straw Technology, Coobio Circular Materials and Stramit International

Supply Chain Innovation for Prefabrication in the Custom Build and Community-led Housing Market

 

 

12.30

Darren Lester 

Founder and CEO, SpecifiedBy, the UK's leading building product search and development platform

Top Considerations to keep in mind when targeting architects and specifiers​

 

 

14.00

David Hopkins

Managing Director of Timber Trade Federation (TTF)

Announcement of TTF Timber Academy | Includes: new TTF Diploma in Sales & Marketing; TTF Level 3 Award in Wood Products; and range of online learning resources​ | Presentation of Level 4 Certificates to 2018 Students

 

15.00

Champagne Reception

 

 

 

 

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WEDNESDAY 10th OCTOBER 2018

 

11.00

Martin MIlner

Director of Milner Associates

Timber Construction & Fire Safety

 

 

12.30

Anna-Greta Tsahkna

Founder and Chief Commercial Officer of Timbeter, a forest tech company headquartered in Tallinn, Estonia

Making the forest industry more profitable, sustainable and efficient through the use of digital timber measurement and data management

 

13.00

Adrian Campbell

Independent structural engineer and founder of the collaborative engineering practice, changebuildings

Can we grow the Circular Economy?

 

 

15.00

chaired by Andrew Carpenter

Chief Executive of Structural Timber Association (STA)

Commercial Seminar​

 

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THURSDAY 11th OCTOBER

 

10.30

Neil Summers

Consultant to the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) on technology development research through his own company, Timber Dimension

Innovation with Hardwoods​

 

11.00

Dave Cleverley

Managing Director of Intelligent Wood Systems Ltd, an R&D company focused on the mainstreaming of innovative timber building systems

Research & development as a USP: product innovation using standard components

 

11.30

Nick Boulton

CEO of Trussed Rafter Association (TRA)

10 ways to improve your use of trussed rafters and metal web joists

 

 

13.00

CTI Networking Lunch

'Timber industry’s role in achieving the construction sector deal.

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[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/cti-exhibiting-timber-expo-2018-all-you-need-know]

CTI warns against indiscriminate ban of combustible cladding on high rises

The Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) has recently responded to the Government's proposal on banning the use of combustible materials in cladding systems on high-rise residential buildings.

The CTI's official response - downloadable here - focuses on the "ambiguity over the scope of the ban being proposed in the consultation." 

"While we applaud the findings of the Hackitt review, and can fully understand the Government’s desire to be seen to be taking tough action, an outright ban on certain materials is likely to have unintended consequences," explains CTI Director David Hopkins.

"One particular area of concern is in the consultation proposal to ban the use of combustible materials throughout the entire height of walls in buildings over 18 metres. There is a large market for timber cladding and fascias on the first three stories of such buildings. This is within easy reach of regular fire inspection and maintenance regimes. Yet this market would be lost if the proposed ban goes ahead as described in the consultation."

Major trade organisations such as WPA, TRADA, STA, BWF and TTF are currently working together on fire guidance and safety across all points of the Timber Supply Chain.

"Timber has a large role to play in fire-safe, sustainable construction. We need to be pro-active to maintain this," concludes Mr Hopkins.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/cti-warns-against-combustible-cladding-ban-high-rises]

Third episode of 'Timber Talks' released: Iain McIlwee talks through 'Skills Shortages and Education'

Tune in to the third episode of the ‘Timber Talks’ podcast series with Iain McIlwee, CTI Director and CEO of British Woodworking Federation (BWF).

This week, Iain joins CTI fellow director and podcasts presenter Andrew Carpenter to discuss a hot topic for the entire Timber Industry, ‘Skills shortages and Education.’

On top of that, Iain underlines the necessity for the Timber Sector to embrace the ‘Digitalisation’ era and rethink product design and manufacturing in order to attract young people and move towards a truly sustainable production model.

“Massive opportunities are available throughout the entire Timber supply chain,” says Iain. “Timber is an incredible product and we want to attract the best people – in forests management, manufacturing, design, engineering, research but also Marketing and sales – to promote its potential to the wide public.”

'Timber Talks' series gives users the opportunity 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. It's also possible to suggest new topics and raise questions for the speakers by sending an email to [email protected].

Check the CTI media library for the complete list of episodes.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/third-episode-timber-talks-released-iain-mcilwee-talks-through-skills-shortages-and]

CTI partners with 'Evolution of Tradition' show to promote creativity & design in wood

The Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) has signed up as an official show partner of 'Evolution of Tradition', a new selling exhibition of luxurious bespoke furniture launching this autumn at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour.

Evolution of Tradition - to run from 2-5 October 2018 - will feature exclusive designs purely from Bespoke Guild Mark holders and is being organised by The Furniture Makers’ Company and Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour.

The Bespoke Guild Mark, awarded by The Furniture Makers’ Company, is the ultimate accolade for designer-makers, rewarding excellence in design, materials, craftsmanship and function for exquisite pieces of furniture

An impressive rollcall of established designer-makers and new talent from the vibrant British craft scene will be exhibiting at the show, including Matthew Burt, Byron & Gómez, Jonathan Field, Marc Fish, Tim Gosling, Alun Heslop, Edward Johnson, John Makepeace OBE, Rupert McBain, Laurent Peacock, Jake Phipps, Angus Ross, Rupert Senior, Katie Walker and Waywood.

Doreen Oddy, guild marks manager of The Furniture Makers Company, said: “Evolution of Tradition is shaping up to be an unmissable event that will demonstrate the world-class mastery of Bespoke Guild Mark holders. We are delighted that two reputable industry trade bodies like the Timber Trade Federation and the Confederation of Timber Industries are supporting it.”

Benedetto Antuono, CTI communications coordinator, said: “The CTI is always pleased to help promote innovative projects using wood in furniture, design and architecture. In this view, Evolution of Tradition represents a great opportunity for talented wood designers to present their creation and raise awareness of the incredible qualities of this sustainable and versatile material. We look forward to collaborating with the Furniture Makers Company and we are sure the exhibition will further push the boundaries of innovation and creativity in design.”

View the event on the CTI Industry Calendar.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/cti-partners-evolution-tradition-show-promote-creativity-design-wood]

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