CTI News & Events

CTI launches new Industry Manifesto

On 18th October 2016 the Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) launched its new Industry Manifesto during a Drinks Reception at Timber Expo in Birmingham.

The event was held in collaboration with the British Woodworking Federation (BWF), the Structural Timber Association (STA) and the Timber Trade Federation (TTF). Alongside the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), the three trade organisations will form the spine of a renewed CTI.

Ensuring continuity to the successful projects and activities undertaken in the past year, the Confederation will focus on four areas: - Value and Growth; - Sustainability; - Skills and Education; - Construction & Housing.

The target is to grow the UK Timber Industry promoting best practise and boosting a wide collaboration among the leading trade organisations and companies across the Supply Chain.

Acting as an umbrella organisation, the Confederation will also work to ensure the right policy and market frameworks are developed in a rapidly changing economic and political scenario. In this regard, the next few weeks will see the publication of 3 Policy Reports, designed to map the UK Timber Industry, and the launch of CTI inaugural Conference in Westminster on 30th November 2016.

Details will follow shortly.

Andrew Carpenter, Chief Executive of the Structural Timber Association, said: “The STA is delighted to be an integral part of the CTI as we move forward together towards a more integrated timber sector.

“Our specifiers, procurers and clients are looking for a joined up design, manufacture and erect solution and it’s critical we are able to offer this.

“The CTI is continually striving to satisfy client needs, which is essential as we continue to increase structural timber’s market share. By encouraging a collaborative culture, the use of structural timber frame within the UK housing and construction industry will only continue to increase and aid in the meeting of Government targets.

“The STA supports the key tenants of the new CTI report that will enable the timber supply chain to come together as an industry to obtain further and greater growth.”

David Hopkins, Managing Director of the Timber Trade Federation, added: “The launch of the new Industry Manifesto is a great step forward for the timber supply chain. We need to start showing the value that our sector brings to the economy, the environment and to the UK skills base.”

“The map we have launched shows the multiple routes to market for timber products as well as policy recommendations to help each one develop. Working with our supply chain partners under the banner of the CTI is the best way to truly achieve growing the use of wood.”

Iain McIlwee, British Woodworking Federation CEO, said: “There is huge opportunity to scale up what we are all doing so that the CTI is more than the sum of our parts. As Britain builds a new economy, there is huge opportunity for Timber to take a lead.

This is a great time for the BWF to get involved in the CTI and we are relishing working with colleagues from all parts of our supply chain in raising our collective voice to this effect.”


Notes to editors:

A recap of the CTI Drinks Reception including pictures, recordings and presentations can be found here.

The CTI Manifesto can be downloaded here.

The CTI Policy Reports will be soon available at http://www.cti-timber.org/publications.


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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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