Industry News

Researchers developed high-capacity soft batteries from wood pulp

According to the Guardian, this month a team of Swedish and American researchers has discovered a method to produce high-capacity, soft batteries from wood pulp.

"Using nanocellulose broken down from tree fibres, a team from KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Stanford University produced an elastic, foam-like battery material that can withstand shock and stress", announced the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

Obviously these new batteries need a futher development before a massive scale production, but the product could represent a turning point in the recycling process. Currently, in fact, "around 22,000 tonnes of household batteries still end up in landfill sites every year", highlights Recycle More.

Simon Weston from CPI to speak at Resourcing the Future 2015 Conference

CPI’s Director of Raw Materials Simon Weston has been confirmed as a keynote speaker at the "Recyclate materials and markets: trends, risks and prices" session at the forthcoming Resourcing the Future 2015 Conference.

The session, taking place at 2.00pm on Wednesday 24 June at at the Royal College of Surgeons in London, will provide an insight from new research into mechanisms to reduce risk and exposure to price volatility in materials markets

Weston will describe the current landscape for the Paper Industry, underlining that "the industry has been through major consolidation in the past 15 years but is now 'fit to fight' and reliant on high quality raw materials to support its future success".

Find out more about the "Recyclate materials and markets: trends, risks and prices" session and the Resourcing the Future 2015 Conference.

Paul Drechsler appointed new CBI president

The CBI today announced that Paul Drechsler, Chairman of the international firm Bibby Group, has been nominated to succeed Sir Mike Rake as President of the Confederation of British Industries.​ 

"While EU reform is top of the agenda, we mustn’t lose track of other important growth priorities, including ensuring we have an education system that addresses skills shortages and enables all young people to have fulfilling careers", Mr Drechsler highlighted.

"I will also focus on securing the high-quality infrastructure the UK needs to compete on the world stage and ensuring growing firms can access the range of finance options they need to thrive.", he added.

TRA optimistic about the new housing figures in England

Good news for the housing market in England. According to the Department for Communities and Local Government, the number of homes started in Q1 is 11% up on Q1 2013 and 41% up on Q1 2011; 40,340 new homes started in England in Q1; 34,210 homes were completed in Q1, the highest number since Q4 2008.

"Nonetheless, these figures could not be completely satisying", underlined TRA (Trussed Rafter Association) Director Nick Boulton. "In fact the 137,310 new homes started in 2014 are still a long way short of the 230,000 ones we need in England alone". 

"TRA members are ready and waiting to help bridge this gap", Boulton added. "We have the necessary credentials to meet the increasing demand for both offsite and on onsite construction".

AHEC to hold seminar in Hanoi in June 2015

The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) has announced a seminar to be held in Hanoi, Vietnam, on 22 June 2015. 

There will be five supporting organisations including Vietnam Association of Architects(VAA), Vietnam Timber and Forest Products Industry Association (VTiForest), HAWA, Vietnam Design Association(VDA) and Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI). 

Architects, designers, contractors, furniture producers and forestry experts are expected to join the seminar.

John Chan, AHEC Regional Director for Southeast Asia and Greater China, said: “One of the reasons that we hold our seminar in Hanoi is because sustainable US hardwoods are getting more popular in Vietnam in the past 10 years”.

Find out more on AHEC website.