CTI News & Events

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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CTI and London Build 2016 establish media partnership

The Confederation of Timber Industries and London Build 2016 have announced the establishment of a collaborative media partnership aimed to promote the use of timber in construction.

London Build 2016 is the leading exhibition specifically focused on construction opportunities in London and South East of England.

The event – to take place on 26 and 27 October 2016 at Olympia London - offers more than 100 conference sessions and CPD accredited workshops. It is expected to gather more than 300 exhibitors and thousands of attendees.

Benedetto Antuono, CTI Communications Coordinator, commented: “Through this partnership, the CTI will promote the use of timber in construction to a wide audience including key stakeholders and policy makers.

London Build 2016 is a great showcase for the whole timber industry, especially in a fast-growing, ‘house-hungry’ city like London.

Housing is a top priority in the new Mayor of London’s agenda and his pledge to increase the rate of house building to 50,000 a year represents an opportunity that must not be missed.”

For more information about London Build 2016, visit www.londonbuildexpo.com.


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British Woodworking Federation joins CTI

The Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) has announced that the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) has joined the organisation. 

The BWF joins the Timber Trade Federation, the Structural Timber Association and the Builders Merchant Federation as major timber trade associations in CTI network. 

Welcoming the move, CTI Chairman Peter Hindle MBE said:  “This is excellent news and strengthens our network even further. It will add a much needed element to our supply chain representation, amplify our political voice and provide critical insights into key workstreams, particularly education and training. I’d very much like to welcome them on board.”

BWF Chief Executive Iain McIlwee said: “The CTI’s proposed new approach is one we fully support. It’s a more focused, project-led way of working with leadership coming from the industry itself, so we are keen to lend our weight and get stuck in.  We are particularly looking forward to the results of the three workstream reports and working with the other supply chain partners to take their recommendations forward. The BWF has long advocated that the supply chain needs to work together more effectively and the CTI in its current guise offers a real opportunity to achieve this.”

The CTI has commissioned three reports into areas critical for the development of the timber supply chain: on education and skills, sustainability, and growth and value. Each report contains recommendations to develop each theme within the supply chain. The reports will be published in Autumn 2016, followed by a Parliamentary Conference in October 2016 to discuss the findings with policy makers. 

David Hopkins, Managing Director of the Timber Trade Federation, commented: “The inclusion of BWF into the CTI fold makes this now a truly representative body and is critical for the evolution of the organisation. It will allow us not only greater firepower at a political level, but also greater synergies and closer working practice over pan-supply chain issues such as health and safety, education and training, and sustainability. Watch this space, it’s going to be a good time to be in timber.”

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CTI Interim Chief Executive steps down

The Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) has announced that its interim Chief Executive Dirk Vennix has left the organisation.

CTI Chairman Peter Hindle MBE said: “I would like to thank Dirk for his excellent leadership and vigorous efforts to establish a new overarching trade association for the timber supply chain over the last twelve months. Dirk successfully implemented a membership and stakeholder engagement strategy and developed the organisation from start-up to sustainable business.

This has led to far greater unity among trade associations and businesses within the timber supply chain and greater cooperative working practice – in short, meeting the original objectives of the organisation. He also created a new All Party Parliamentary Group for Timber Industries with the support of 45 parliamentarians.

With this achieved, I am very sorry to see Dirk leave to pursue other ambitions. I would like to take this opportunity to wish him well and every success for the future.”

Further announcements will follow.

For all CTI Enquiries please contact: [email protected] or call 0207 291 5377.

[View this press release online]


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CTI Newsletter for Spring 2016 is out!

The Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) has released its Newsletter for Spring 2016.

In this third issue we recall the outstanding past 6-month developments that led the Confederation to gather around 75 supporters and actively promote Timber Industry case to Westminster.

We also discuss future projects, ideas and events starting from CTI inaugural conference to take place on 26 October 2016.

In details, you will find news on: 

- CTI inaugural conference in October 2016

- Timber Industry APPG

- MPs visiting UK timber operations

- CTI policy reports

- Survey on skill shortages across Timber Supply Chain

.... and much more!


To read the publication online click here.

To download the Newsletter as a pdf file click here.

View all CTI press releases and newsletters here.


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