Industry Events

"What wood can do?": Wood-based innovations on display at EU Parliament in Brussels

From 5 to 8 September, the Finnish “Uusi puu – New Wood” initiative is holding an exhibition entitled “What wood can do?” in the facilities of the EU Parliament in Brussels.

The event aims to show how wood-based innovations can help respond to the global challenges of everyday life. The exhibition displayed more than 50 wood-based solutions for the needs of packaging, hygiene, health care, construction, textile, chemical and pharmaceutical industries.

“The wood-based bio-economy is already offering products and solutions to mitigate climate change, among other things. The purpose of this exhibition is to highlight several solutions based on renewable raw material, which will help to adapt to global changes,” said MEP Henna Virkkunen [in the picture on the left] who is hosting the exhibition.

According to Ms Virkkunen, the initiative is designed to increase confidence in the diverse and resource efficient use of wood as a raw material particularly amongst European decision-makers. “It feels natural to tell about possibilities for the sustainable use of wood as part of the bio- and circular economies together with the New Wood initiative. The group represents a diverse range of actors from those engaged in R&D activity for wood processing to companies manufacturing global consumer products. We will also talk about the Finnish sustainable forest economy and possibilities to replace non-renewable materials,” Ms Virkkunen added.

On 5 September, the EU Commissioner Jyrki Katainen also gave a keynote speech at the opening of “New Wood” stressing the important contribution of the Forestry Industry to the development of a bio-based circular economy.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/what-wood-can-do-wood-based-innovations-display-eu-parliament-brussels]

Grown In Britain Week to take place from 9 to 15 October 2017

Grown in Britain is inviting supporters and stakeholders to back in its annual Grown in Britain Week, which this year runs from 9-15 October.

In view of the GIB Week, the Campaign has launched four digital marketing toolkits promoting British-grown timber for different markets: for builders merchants, the joinery sector, Grown in Britain licensees and registered supporters.

The packs comprise templates for printable marketing materials, ideas for events and celebrations, and other ways to get involved with its theme of ‘Celebrating Great British Wood’.

“It’s important to us that all our supporters across the wood production, trading and wood-using sectors get a chance to actively participate in Grown in Britain Week,” says Grown In Britain CEO Dugal Driver. “We’ve compiled a range of information on how to take part, from ideas for events to simple acts of support such as including a Grown in Britain Week e-mail footer on e-mails. There’s something for everyone.”

Events happening during Grown in Britain Week, including the campaign’s joint conference with the Country Land & Business Association and Forestry Commission, are listed on the campaign’s website, and further features and promotions will be announced during the Week.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/grown-britain-week-take-place-9-15-october-2017]

Wood for Good Marketing Summit | 14 September 2017 | London

On Thursday 14th September 2017, the Friends House in London will host a Wood for Good summit open to all marketing and communications professionals from the Timber Industry.

The meeting aims to take stock of the communication strategies implemented by Timber Industry's organisations and companies, especially in light of the Grenfell Tower tragedy and the following media enquiries on fire security.

In details, the discussion will focus on:

  • The implications of the Grenfell Tower fire for marketing and communications:
    • What impact has the fire had on timber perceptions in the construction industry?
    • What is the image the media have created since the fire?
    • Has this had a noticeable effect on sales figures over the past few months?
    • What conclusions can we draw as marketing and communications professionals.
  • Review with peers: Are trade shows worth the effort?
    • What are the key criteria to choose the right show and how to make it work?
    • How to establish, if a trade show is the right vehicle for your business?
  • Strategies for promotion of wood as the most sustainable construction material to the wide public

Speakers include: Geoff Wilkinson, Liz Male, Stuart Devoil, Trevor Crawford.

The event is free to attend for Wood for Good supporters. 

For more information and to reserve a ticket, visit http://bit.ly/2eTsBs7 or contact Christiane.lellig@woodforgood.com

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/wood-good-marketing-summit-14-september-2017-london]

BWF Annual Dinner & Awards to be held in London on 24 November

The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) will be holding its 2017 Annual Dinner & Awards on Friday 24th November in the Drapers’ Hall in the heart of London.

A formal black-tie dinner with a relaxed atmosphere, the Annual Dinner & Awards night provides a great opportunity for BWF members and their guests to celebrate achievements along with networking with woodworking industry colleagues.

The event will also see the announcement of this year’s BWF Awards winners. There are six categories of award, highlighting technical innovation and excellence in joinery projects and product design, process efficiency and health & safety, as well as special awards for apprentice and trainee performance.

Entry to the sector’s most prestigious awards is free and open to all, including non-members of the BWF, providing that they are from the UK woodworking industry. Entries must be received by 8th September 2017 with shortlisted entrants to receive one free ticket to the Annual Dinner and Awards event with. The shortlist is set to be revealed at Timber Expo in October.

You can find out about entering the awards at www.bwf.org.uk/choose-wood/awards.

BWF members can book their place at the Annual Dinner & Awards at www.bwf.org.uk/news/events.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/bwf-annual-dinner-awards-be-held-london-24-november]

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]

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