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ATIBT and ETTF launch new Timber Trade Portal

The Association Technique Internationale des Bois Tropicaux (ATIBT) and the ETTF (European Timber Trade Federation) have agreed to merge their respective websites providing information necessary for the exercise of due diligence in the context of an application of the EUTR (European Union Timber Regulation).

The newly merged platform - - allows users to consult precise and reliable information on the legal trade of timber in each producer country.

The website offers country sheets (23 to date, covering areas in Africa, Asia, the Americas and Eastern Europe) and provides general information and data on each country’s legal framework and governance situation.

It also includes information and data on the timber market, and explanations on the institutional mechanisms in place to combat illegal timber, such as the EUTR, the Lacey Act (US) and the Australian Illegal Logging Prohibition Regulation (AILPR). The maintenance of the website, as well as its updates and the monitoring of the information quality, are possible thanks to ATIBT’s FLEGT projects, which are funded by the European Union and the FFEM.


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European Commission launches study on smoke toxicity of construction products

On the 9th of January, the European Commission and the Directorate-General for Internal Market (DG Growth) launched a study on smoke toxicity of construction products.

The aim of the research is to test whether construction materials release toxic smoke when burning.

As underlined by the European Confederation of Woodworking Industries (Cei-Bois), "under the current Construction Products Regulation (CPR) materials are not tested for smoke toxicity, even though direct exposure to fumes during a fire and firefighters' exposure in particular can have consequences on health." That is why the findings of the new research will be particularly relevant for future regulation. 

The European Timber Industry will be represented in the study by CEI-Bois that will also monitor the testing with the help of a fire expert.


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Timbeter develops new app to measure and track logs

Estonian company Timbeter has recently launched a device application that permits users to measure logs quickly and accurately.

The key benefits of Timbeter solution stand in the increased level of measurement accuracy (measurement error ratio is dropping from current 4-5% to 1-1.5% for each timber lot), remarkably quicker measurement and data management process (from 45-60 minutes to 4-5 minutes), grown efficiency (the process of measurement, data entry and development of reports is executed by one person instead of current 2-3 persons).

"As the results of all measurements are digitally recorded by the system (including the picture taken of a pile), Timbeter is about to bring traceability and transparency to measurement processes, promoting competitive, fair and sustainable forest management", explain the app developers.

Timbeter has 3 measuring options: diameter recognition (log-by-log measurement); truckloads measurement and pile measurement. All the measurements are stored in the storage module that offers an up-to-date overview of the raw-material and informative input for production decisions, enabling efficient supply-chain management.

In the storage module customers can customize the assortments, prices and generate measurement reports, supporting quick and efficient reporting between the companies. 

Timbeter can also be integrated with internal systems of the company, like CRM, bookkeeping, payroll or ERP.

Further information is available here.


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