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CTI to hold Drinks Reception at Timber Expo 2016 | 18 October 2016 | NEC Birmingham

The Confederation of Timber Industries will hold its first Drinks Reception at Timber Expo 2016 in the ST Awards Gallery (Hall 3, Timber Expo, NEC Birmingham) on Tuesday 18th October 2016.

The event - co-hosted by the Structural Timber Association (STA) alongside Timber Trade Federation (TTF), British Woodworking Federation (BWF) and Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) - will celebrate the progress made by the CTI ahead of its Westminster Conference in November [details to follow].

The drinks reception will also see the launch of the three CTI policy reports on Skills, Sustainability and Value & Growth.

The publications will help the CTI map the UK Timber Supply Chain providing decision makers and opinion formers with an updated, wide-ranging, detailed review.

Speakers include:

  • Iain McIlwee, CEO of BWF
  • David Hopkins, Managing Director of TTF
  • Andrew Carpenter, CEO of STA

​Seats for this event are limited so please register - at no cost - on STA website by clicking here.


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CTI Chairman Standing Down from September 20th

The Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) has announced that Peter Hindle MBE is to stand down as Chairman now that his one-year tenure has ended.

A new Chairman will be announced ahead of the Parliamentary Conference in November.

Mr Hindle, who retains his post as Chair of the Builders Merchant Federation and founder-director of a business consultancy focused on the construction sector, said: “I am pleased to have been part of the formation and development of the CTI over the past 12 months. It has allowed all the major trade associations in the timber supply chain to work far more closely together under a single umbrella and provide a single voice.”

“Given the major political changes of recent months, and the implications for all UK industry, that single voice will be critical to the continued growth of the timber supply chain. A new strategy and focus is now being put into place for the CTI and I look forward to this being launched at the Parliamentary conference in Autumn. I wish the new Board and new Chair every success for the future.”

Keith Fryer, member of the CTI Board of Directors, said: “We’d like to thank Peter for all his hard work in helping establish the CTI, particularly in bringing a wide range of stakeholders together. It is a shame his other commitments mean he cannot continue in this role. On behalf of CTI, I would like to wish him every continued success with his future ventures.”


Notes to editors:

The Confederation of Timber Industries was formed to give a single voice for the timber supply chain. It acts as a “trade association of trade associations” covering the diverse interests of timber producers, processors, importers, wholesalers, manufacturers and merchants.

The inaugural CTI parliamentary conference will be held on Wednesday 30th November. For further details please see the CTI website: www.cti-timber.org


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CTI to coordinate future activities of Wood Industry Board

Following the demise of Proskills, the Wood Industry Board (WIB) has moved under the umbrella of CTI – the Confederation of Timber Industries.

The CTI will operate as coordinating body and Secretariat for the activities of the Board.

The Wood Industry Board intends to represent all parts of the industry including trade organizations, large companies, SMEs, sub-sector groups, training providers, research institutes, awarding bodies and universities.

Key purposes of the WIB encompass:

  • Determining strategic issues relating to productivity, skills, qualifications and training provision facing the industry
  • Reviewing and monitoring strategy and activity taking place within the industry and throughout the sector
  • Establishing programs to promote careers in the industry within schools. Fostering links between participating schools, employers and Further Education establishments.
  • Maximising the engagement and participation of the industry with regard to the training agenda

Benedetto Antuono, CTI Communications Coordinator said: “We are looking forward to host the next meeting of the Wood Industry Board in late September.”

“Given the enormous upheavals in the political landscape and the impending apprenticeship levy, it is imperative to consult with employers’ and trade associations now to decide on our priorities first, before engaging with training providers and awarding bodies at a later date.”


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CTI teams up with Explore Offsite Futures 2016 to promote innovative construction solutions

The Confederation of Timber Industries is pleased to partner with Explore Offsite Futures 2016.

The event - to take place on 24 November at the NEC, Birmingham - will see approximately 200 delegates and an exhibition of up to 30 companies, all from a range sectors that incorporate offsite construction in their construction practice, using timber frame, light steel frame, precast concrete, bathroom pods, volumetric buildings, prefabricated building services plus CLT, glulam and a variety of hybrid technologies. 

Exploring the benefits of offsite construction is critical as this method has a lot to offer - including speed of build, design flexibility, sustainability, minimal wastage of materials and a safer, cleaner site.

The need for faster, leaner and smarter construction is becoming more and more relevant in the UK considering that only 63% of site based developments are completed on time and an even smaller 49% is delivered on budget.

Offsite construction is not only used in housing but has also experienced mainstream success in many other sectors such as schools, healthcare, student accommodation, hotels, MOD as well as major retailers including Tesco, Sainsbury’s and McDonald’s.

Benedetto Antuono, CTI Communications Coordinator, said: "Once again, this partnership with Explore Offsite Futures shows CTI's commitment to promoting excellence and innovation across the whole Timber & Construction Industry."

"Offsite construction represents an extremely interesting and fast-developing sector, providing a rapid, cost-effective and quality assured alternative to traditional construction methods. With the UK's constant appetite for new houses, it's really the right time to discuss new solutions and opportunities. Explore Offsite Futures goes in that direction."


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BWF and TTF confirm support to CTI project: "We need to speak with a single voice"

In a recent interview to the Timber Trades Journal, two UK Timber Industry leading figures, Ian McIlvwee and David Hopkins, expressed their views on the future of the Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI).

After a period of internal reorganisation, the CTI will present a new strategy at its inaugural Westminster Parliamentary Conference in Autumn 2016 along with three policy reports.

"The timing of our joining the CTI couldn't have been better", said Ian McIlwee, Chief Executive of the British Woodworking Federation. "The BWF has long advocated that the (timber) supply chain needs to work together more effectively and it has always been practical rather than philosophical differences that prevented progress. For too often the wood industry supply chain has been fragmented and this has held back much needed research and made us appear disjointed."

Mr McIlwee added: "Wood is pretty special stuff and we are an industry made up of an array of brilliant businesses from SMEs to multi-nationals - we must do all we can to help our legislators to understand the value we deliver and legislate to preserve this. Through the CTI, the broader consideration of the advantages of timber can be trumpeted afresh. The new Timber All Party Parliamentary Group provides a powerful vehicle to engage with a range of MPs, who are, over the coming weeks, likely to be shifted into new unfamiliar roles. They will be eager to understand the core issues around skills, value and sustainability and hear our perspective."

"We are certainly excited about working through the CTI to drive the positive change and build a strong and sustainable wood culture and economy in the UK", BWF Chief concluded.

David Hopkins, Managing Director of the Timber Trade Federation, is on the same wavelength. "With the policy ground shifting beneath our feet, it is important that the timber sector stands up to make its own voice known in this debate", said Mr Hopkins. "We have a lot to offer but, to do this effectively, we must stand together as a united timber supply chain. That is why it has been so important that BWF has now joined the Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) as an equal partner with STA and TTF." 

TTF MD added: "Working together we will be using the umbrella of the CTI as a focal point for our public affairs work, to promote the opportunity that the timber sector offers as a high-performance, low-carbon growth sector. Each trade association is already leading on a variety of issues, together we can present them as a single voice."


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