Industry News

UK wood packaging recycling in decline, Eurostat reports

According to the latest Eurostat figures on Circular Economy, reported by, wood packaging recycling in the UK dropped from 51.3% to 42.3% between 2012 and 2013. 

Good news comes instead from paper and cardboard packaging recycling where UK scored an 89.4% rate compared to the EU average of 84.7%.

Last December, the EU proposed member states to adopt a 65% packaging recycling target by 2025, up to 75% by 2030. Targets for wood packaging recycling are likely to be directly increased to 75%. Current average rate of recycled wooden materials in the EU is around 36%.

MD David Hopkins discloses new TTF strategy

In his new year message to the members, the newly appointed Managing Director of the Timber Trade Federation (TTF) David Hopkins has announced an internal rearrangement of the organisation.

"This new strategy is about refocusing on our core offering: that of providing a vibrant, vital ‘trading desk’ to ensure the supply chain runs smoothly and efficiently at all times", said Mr Hopkins.

In details, the TTF will operate a restructuring of the existing product divisions of softwood, hardwood and panel products "to also accommodate committees on cross cutting themes such as Quality & Sustainability, Education & Training, Health & Safety, and Communication & Engagement." At the same time, the Federation will promote "plans for closer working ties with the regional groups of the TTF, to encourage greater participation, involvement and engagement with members across the country."

The new strategy will also imply "providing a functioning due diligence system for members while also allowing market access and visibility for demonstrably low-risk product such as that from Grown in Britain, sustainable tropical timber initiatives and other producer schemes we should be supporting" as well as "continuing to take the leading role and leading voice on all EUTR issues at UK & EU level."

"There is a lot on the horizon for 2016 and a lot of positive change planned. I’m looking forward to the challenge.", concluded Mr Hopkins.

To read the full message click here.

PEFC UK announced as sponsor of Excellence in Forestry Awards 2016

PEFC UK will sponsor the Education and Learning Category at the Excellence in Forestry Awards 2016

The Awards, organised by the Royal Forestry Society, recognise training providers who increase awareness of and skills related to the environmental, social and economic potential of trees, woodlands and forests.

Entries for 2016 are invited from Northern England that fall within the RFS North Eastern, North Western (excluding the Isle of Man) and Yorkshire Divisions. 

Winners will be invited to an Awards event during July 2016 and will receive a trophy, certificate and prizes of £500 for gold award winners and £250 for silver awards in each category.

The deadline for entries is Tuesday 8th March 2016.

Further information is available by contacting 01772 451276 or [email protected].

2017 BMF All Industry Conference to be sponsored again by FAKRO

For the third year in a row, FAKRO has confirmed its headline sponsorship of the BMF (Builders Merchants Federation) All Industry Conference in 2017.

FAKRO  is one of the fastest growing manufacturers of roof windows in the world.  In the UK, distribution is via major builders merchants nationwide.  With a service and support offer geared to the merchant market, the company’s long-standing relationship with the BMF is a natural extension.

BMF MD, John Newcomb commented: “We are delighted that FAKRO is to sponsor the BMF All Industry Conference for a third time. The last two have both been hugely successful, with delegate numbers increasing each year. We have already started planning for 2017 and it promises to be the best event yet, so watch out for details of dates and venue later in the year.”