Industry Events

Fire Door Safety Week 2017 | 25 September – 1 October 2017

This year's edition of the Fire Door Safety Week is set to run from 25th September to 1st October. The aim of the initiative is to stop the legacy of neglect and promote awareness of the critical importance of fire doors.

"With the horrific events of recent months, the importance of Fire Safety has rightly never been more in the spotlight," explain the organisers - including the British Woodworking Federation (BWF), the Fire Door Inspection Scheme and the Fire Kills campaign. 

"The tragedy at Grenfell was closely followed by concerns in Camden about the state and lack of Fire Doors in tower blocks and problems being exposed through the press elsewhere.  As the media frenzy inevitably dissipates, it is beholden on us to ensure that lessons are not just learned, but that we affect change."

With this in mind, the Fire Door Safety Week is offering a bank of information to help people and businesses manage their Fire Door issues, from the Fire Door Best Practice Guide to the Five Step Check, from awareness posters to hard hitting films. This advice covers a range of sectors including social housing, private rental properties, hotels, commercial buildings, educational establishments, care homes, hospitals and other types of public buildings

 

How to support the Campaign

"The number of supporters is already growing", the organisers add. "If you haven’t already, you can pledge your support here and we’ll add you to the list, promote your involvement and keep you updated with our news. A number of events are already planned, including those organised by Arnold Laver, Midland Building Products, Hodgson Sealants and Lorient UK. London Fire Brigade is working with the British Woodworking Federation to deliver a fire door safety conference at the Building Centre in London on 28th September (with proceeds going to the Children’s Burns Trust). We are also backed by the Government’s Fire Kills campaign, the Fire Sector Federation, the Passive Fire Protection Forum, the Association for Specialist Fire Protection and Children’s Burns Trust."

 

Social media engagement and Supporter pack

Last year, following Fire Door Safety Week, Rutendo Chitiga and Terry Brown of the Balmoral Estate Tenants Organisation were awarded the Fire Door Ambassador Prize for inspiring hope and awareness in organising its own annual fire door safety campaign. This campaign focussed on tenant awareness and came about as the result of the death of a young expectant mother in a fire in 2015 in a high rise flat on the estate. Major contractor Willmott Dixon won the award for rallying the troops and getting 3,000 employees to carry out the biggest mass fire door inspection ever. London Fire Brigade were also recognised for benchmarking knowledge with its active promotion of the campaign and hosting a superb seminar and debate for its fire safety inspectors.

"Social Media is a key way of getting the message out there and any help you can lend in cascading relevant resources from the online toolkit is gratefully received", the BWF and its partners conclude. "Remember everything in is freely available, you can use to develop pages on your website from our content. We also want to encourage supporters to send any images of dodgy fire doors or wedged open doors (via our #clickitkickit campaign), follow @FDSafetyWeek or #FireDoorSafetyWeek on twitter for updates, use your Linkedin profile to share stories and even link up with Fire Kills and Theodore Firedoor on Facebook."

"The Fire Door Safety Week Supporters Pack helps to draw out some of the key ideas and activities and provides a snap shot, but if you are interested in organising an event, have any initiatives that would support the aims of the campaign or have an idea for specific resources targeting your community that we could help produce, please let me know we’ll make contact."

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/fire-door-safety-week-2017-25-september-%E2%80%93-1-october-2017]

National Tree Officers Conference | 8 November 2017 | Telford

The National Tree Officers Conference will return to Telford, 8 November 2017.

The conference - organised by the London Tree Officers Association (LTOA), the Municipal Tree Officers Association (MTOA) and the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) - represents a unique gathering for professionals interested in all areas of local authority arboricultural work.

The event is crucial to tree, woodland and planning officers; provides a significant platform for future collaborations and partnerships; and offers latest research. It will demonstrate the best practice and innovation from arboricultural and urban forestry experts.

This year’s conference will focus on a range of influential topics from leading arboricultural and urban forestry professionals:

  • Planning Best Practice & Innovation
  • In-House or Out-Sourced
  • Innovation and Research
  • i-Tree Projects

The event agenda is available here.

For further info and reservation, visit www.charteredforesters.org/tree-officers-conference.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/national-tree-officers-conference-8-november-2017-telford]

Vision 2017 opens in two weeks’ time, 6-7 June, Olympia London

Vision 2017 - one of the premier built environment events aimed at architects, designers, specifiers and their clients - is fast approaching.

The event - to take place in Olympia, London, on 6-7 June 2017 - provides an international focus for innovative products and building solutions, bringing together thousands of industry professionals for two days of learning and business.

The programme and exhibition is CPD certified and centred around Materials Innovations, Technological Insight, Offsite & Modular Construction and Architectural & Design Evolution. In addition to exhibition, Vision 2017 will present a series of talks and events in collaboration with the RIBA, BRE, the London Festival of Architecture and New London Architecture. Major architectural practices from the UK and abroad will take part in the talks programme with many timber related talks.

Arup will discuss the engineering challenges behind “The Smile” - the most ambitious structure ever built in cross laminated timbers (CLT), while Korlam will present the technical and commercial benefits or Kielsteg, one of the most innovative new technologies in the timber construction industry. Other topics will cover innovations in engineered timber and CLT roles in modular and volumetric construction.

Register now for you free ticket to Vision 2017 at www.visionlondon.com/register

Visit Vision website for more information www.visionlondon.com

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/vision-2017-opens-two-weeks%E2%80%99-time-6-7-june-olympia-london]

14th Wood-Technology Conference set in Opatija (Croatia) for June 5 and 6

Wood-Technology Conference is the central annual gathering of forest-based industries in Croatia and South-East European region. The Conference will take place on the 5th and 6th of June and, for over 14 years, it has been held in the Kvarner resort City of Opatija (Croatia) in Grand Hotel 4 opatijska cvijeta.

Traditionally, more than 250 representatives of the forestry, wood-processing industry, energy sector, NGOs, government authorities, scientific-research community, investors, designers, technology suppliers etc. will be present in Opatija during this two-day event to discuss sectoral policies and trends on the Croatian, South-East European and EU level.

Many companies, institutions and associations from the forest-based industries already confirmed their participation, and support from the important EU policy makers and associations is also expected.

On the margins of the Conference pre- and post-conference activities will be organized, such as round tables and study visits to nearby wood-processing companies. On the 6th and 7th of June the Project Meeting of FORESDA (Interreg Danube) consortium will be held. It is the second face to face meeting of the project consortium after the successful kick off meeting in Ljubljana. Previous tasks of the project and further steps will be analyzed and discussed.

More details at: www.drvna-konferencija.hr/en/ or e-mail: marketing@drvo-namjestaj.hr

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/14th-wood-technology-conference-be-held-opatija-croatia]

Russian timber market: potentialities and opportunities unveiled at International Conference in Moscow

On 21 April 2017, the 2nd International Conference "Russia’s market of timber and sawn wood" took place in Moscow.

The event was supported by the department of industry of the KhMAD-Yugra and partnered by BOHNENKAMP AG, StenaLine, Indufor, Heliports of Russia. 

The participants included regulatory authorities, Russian and foreign businesses, timber exchanges, transport operators, sawn wood vendors and exporters.

Ivan Sovetnikov, chairman of the Moscow region forest management committee highlighted the key topics for the forest industry in his opening address. "Being rather controversial, the Forestry code undergoes a lot of changes annually. Today we will examine what has been done right and what kind of fine-tuning the Code is going to need," he said.

This agenda was taken further by Pavel Pavlov, chief adviser of the Presidential State-Legal directorate. He pointed out to the complexity of the forestry Code legal dimension and said that 2017 will see a major overhaul of the Code and related instruments. According to Pavlov, the State Duma is currently considering four bills foresee changes in trading and address the matters of conservation and protection of forest regeneration as well as the ‘forest amnesty’.

Dmitriy Makhonin, vice chairman of the exchange committee of the Federal antimonopoly service of Russia (FAS), spoke about the importance of developing transparent pricing and creating civilized relations among market players as FAS’ the main task. Makhonin said that the government places great emphasis on exchange trading under agreements with regional authorities.

The conference was also attended by international companies and associations that have a strong interest in Russian timber trading and the development of the Russian forest sector.

One of them, Evgeniy Lopatin, senior scientist at the Finnish Natural Research Institute, said that Russia has enormous timber potential but it structurally varies from one region to another. He believes there has been an imbalance between wood processing and timber hubs, further exacerbated by the shortage of railcars. "In other words, balance between economic efficiency and regional technical capacities must be found," he said.

China being a most important buyer of the Russian timber, the presentation by the China Timber and Wood Products Distribution Association (CTWPDA) generated a lot of interest among the audience. Its vice President Li Jgiafen spoke about the development of Sino-Russian timber trade market. "The developed logistics allows the Russian timber to be supplied to Tibet, Xinjiang in the west, Guangdong and Yunnan in the south," said Li Jiafeng. The speaker added that Russia and China jointly participate in such international projects as ‘One Belt and One Road Initiative’, ‘China, Mongolia and Russia Economic Zone’.

China's imports of Russian timber and sawn wood were at the heart of the debate. After the CTWPDA presentation, the conference participants concluded that earlier Russian statistics is well below the figures provided by the Chinese speaker.

While evaluating wood processing prospects, most speakers considered them as start-up projects and laboratory studies.

Conference participants were unanimous in supporting the relevance of the Conference theme and offered a broad-based momentum to resume the discussions next year.

[Photo courtesy of Max Conference]

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/russian-timber-market-potentialities-and-opportunities-unveiled-moscow-international]

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