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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.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/european-commission-launches-study-smoke-toxicity-construction-products]

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.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/timbeter-develops-new-app-measure-and-track-logs]

Archwood Group appoints Tony Miles as new Chief Executive

CTI Director Tony Miles has been appointed new Chief Executive of The Archwood Group with effect from February 1st 2017. 

Tony Miles joins Archwood from International Timber, a subsidiary of Saint-Gobain Building Distribution, where he has been Managing Director since 2007, having initially joined the group in 1979, where he and his team were responsible for achieving sustained growth.

A well-known figure in the UK timber and wood products industry, Mr Miles has worked in this sector for his entire career.  He is a past president of the North West Timber Trade Association and is currently a board member of the Confederation of Timber Industries. 

Archwood Group Executive Chairman, Marcus Moir, said: “We are delighted to have attracted someone with Tony's outstanding qualities as our next CEO.  His depth and breadth of industry experience and many years of commercial and business leadership will play a vital part in forging the next chapter in our growth and development.”

Tony Miles commented: “I was drawn to Archwood initially because of the first class and long standing reputation of its brands in the timber products market.  This is a great opportunity to lead the business and further develop both the people and the company’s portfolio of products and brands in the coming years.

The Archwood Group is based in Chester and includes timber manufacturers and distributors like Richard Burbidge, Atkinson & Kirby and Masons Timber Products.

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/archwood-group-appoints-tony-miles-new-chief-executive]

BWF launches new Group to support interior Joinery

The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) has launched a new Wood Interiors Group specifically designed to benefit and support those involved with interior joinery products.

The Group met for the first time in London on 24th January 2017 to discuss the core issues the industry is facing.

The event featured presentations from sustainable architectural and interior design expert Oliver Heath and Ed Suttie, Research Director at BRE Centre for Sustainable Products.

BWF members had the opportunity to debate business and technical topics such as contract and project management, market analysis, materials and design trends, skills and training, in addition to the best ways to promote the indoor air quality, materials health and sustainability of timber interiors.

Iain McIlwee, BWF Chief Executive, commented: “It is great to see this new group forming in the BWF as there are some really knotty issues that we need to do more to collectively solve around PQQs and in ensuring our end-users understand and fully realise the benefits of timber and capabilities of our supply chain.  I was particularly enthused to hear from both Ed and Oliver just how quickly the advancements in understanding Materials Health and Biophilic design are coming along.  This is an area that has huge potential for helping to grow market share for timber."

“As Ed and Oliver both pointed out there is a natural progression from considering the sustainability of buildings to measuring their impact on human health and wellbeing.  Our natural affinity to timber is something we intuitively know, but have not fully explored – timber can help us relax – research, for example shows that timber beds reduce stress, improve quality of sleep and reduce heart beat rate by around 3,500 per day.”

Further information about BWF’s Wood Interiors Group is available at: www.bwf.org.uk/toolkit/interiors

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/bwf-launches-new-group-support-interior-joinery]

One third of tropical timber traded worldwide is illegally sourced, new report finds

A new report presented at the Conference of the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP13) in Cancun last month indicates that one third of tropical timber traded globally comes from illegal deforestation.

As underlined by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), "the significant number stems from an increase of timber traded on domestic markets, which are less regulated and strict than international, export-oriented markets."

The study - coordinated by the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) on behalf of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) - shows that bilateral trade agreements between producer and consumer countries- like the European Union’s Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade Action Plan (FLEGT)– have prompted shifts in the timber trade from industrial export-oriented markets to small-scale logging operations for the domestic market.

"This pattern can be readily observed in Cameroon, Africa's largest exporter of tropical hardwood to the EU", explain CIFOR researchers. "Due to a lack of government regulation concerning the domestic wood sector, almost half of the country’s timber is sold on the black market."

Erik Solheim, Head of UN Environment, one of the partner organizations supporting the assessment, comments: “Forestry crime including corporate crimes and illegal logging account for up to $152 billion every year, more than all official development aid combined."

Paolo Cerutti, one of the study’s key authors and a scientist at CIFOR, adds: “Illegal logging is complex. Before measures can be taken to curb it, preliminary work is needed to further assess the activity’s causes, complex dynamics, impacts and trade-offs. This was the mission behind our report."

The report - entitled "Illegal Logging and Related Timber Trade - Dimensions, Drivers, Impacts and Responses" - can be downloaded here.

 

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