Industry News

Wood Campus activates brand new Award in Timber Merchanting

Wood Campus has activated the innovative Award in Timber Merchanting. Backed by the timber industry and accredited by ProSkills/Occupational Awards, this online programme consists of 18 modules, providing a Level 3 Award in Timber Merchanting, as well as significant Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) towards the Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Merchant Supplies

Lessons cover product, technical and legislation and include a separate section on working in the merchant environment.

The programme is divided into 4 comprehensive sections: ▪ Wood: The Sustainable Building Material; ▪ Understanding Timber Products; ▪ Products and Sizing; ▪ Working in the Merchant Environment.

Each module is fully interactive with quiz questions and is complemented by guided reading and project work. The whole programme has a total qualification time of 39 hours.

More information at 0330 024 2881 or [email protected].

SCA Timber President Anders Ek appointed new CEI Bois Chairman

Anders Ek, President of SCA Timber Supply, has been appointed Chairman of CEI Bois for the 2016-2017 period.

CEI Bois is the the European Confederation of Woodworking Industries representing 25 European and National federations from 16 countries. It represents more than 184,000 companies generating an annual sales of 130 billion euros and employing around 1.1 million workers in the EU.

3D wood printing technology to become reality with the 'Would Wood' Project

The 3D wood printing could soon become a reality thanks to the "Would Wood" initiative.

The project, launched by the Swedish government agency Vinnova and managed by Innventia, a research organization based in Stockholm, aims to establish a consortium for manufacturing of advanced wood-based 3D structures.

The new technology would allow to produce materials locally, avoiding material waste and reducing substantially the environmental impact of transport.

One of the pilot products called Gemini, a curvy wood cocoon chaise lounge made on a CNC routers and 3D printer, was even exhibited at The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

“Our vision is to radically change the way we produce everything from furniture, accessories and structural elements to entire buildings. In that way, we lay the groundwork for a new chain of products and services based on 3D-printed wood,” Innventia’s project manager Mikael Lindström said to the Woodworking Network.

“We believe that this technology will change the way we look at wallpapers of sustainability, including quality of life, environment, logistics, materials strategies, energy and transportation. It’s a very exciting time and we see 3D printed wood as an innovative, sustainable and obvious material in the biobased economy of the future,” added Lindström.

Timcon invests on new Pallet Design Software

The Timber Packaging & Pallet Confederation (Timcon) has recently signed an agreement with the National Wooden Pallet & Container Association (NWPCA) for its enhanced Pallet Design System (PDS)

The Pallet Design System (PDS) is a product specification, engineering, marketing and education tool studied to provide professional and safe pallet designs.

Timcon will offer the new PDS at a discount as a benefit to its members. Version 5.2 of the system will be released in autumn 2016.

"Timcon's relationship with organisations such as NWPCA allows us to give our membership access to the very latest international developments in the wooden packaging and pallet sector", outlined Timcon President John Dye. "With PDS, manufacturers and recyclers in the UK will be better equipped to provide their customers with pallets that utilize timber efficiently, while also ensuring the safe and effective transportation of their goods."

BMF celebrates first students group to achieve its Post Graduate Diploma

The Builders Merchants Federation’s professional and personal development programme achieved a new landmark this week, when the first eight students graduated with a Post Graduate Diploma in Independent Merchant Leadership and Strategy, three of them with Distinction.

Five of the graduates, Andrew Brooker of T Brooker, Jason Rothwell of Howarth Timber, and Lee Church, Jake Feek and Jamie Pierce from Parker Building Supplies attended Birmingham City University’s Winter Award Ceremony, donning traditional gowns to receive their Diplomas.

The three other graduates were Gary Froggatt of Howarth Timber and Darren MacAskill and Steven Webber both from Elliott Brothers.

The ceremony was attended by BMF Managing Director John Newcomb, Richard Ellithorne, BMF Membership Services Director and Stewart Pierce, BMF Vice Chair. “I am proud and delighted to congratulate the first group to achieve the BMF Post Graduate Diploma.  I believe they are all planning to continue their studies at Birmingham City University towards a merchant-specific Masters Degree that has been developed in conjunction with the BMF", Mr Newcomb said. "This is a fantastic endorsement of the relevance of the BMF’s development programme for the industry."