Industry News

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.

90% of timber entering the UK is certified, TTF Due Diligence Report shows

The Timber Trade Federation (TTF) has recently published its Annual Responsible Sourcing Report.

The report analysed data from 159 companies, covering around 76% of the total volume of timber and logs consumed in the UK in 2014. The top line findings are that little has changed in terms of the exposure to risk the UK faces when it comes to illegal logging, with around 90% of all products certified to FSC/ PEFC.

The level of certified purchases however has regressed slightly as some companies seem to now be using their due diligence systems to mitigate risk ahead of buying certified product.

A positive note is that the proportion of certified timber remained similar to previous years even though the volume of timber reported for 2014 was substantially higher. 

"The work that the TTF and its members have done in this area - renamed in 2014 as the Responsible Purchasing Process - has delivered measurable benefits to Members’ businesses and, by definition, to the timber supply chain", said outgoing TTF Chief Executive David Lennan. "Importantly, it has provided a framework for companies to provide the evidence and data to show that they are increasingly buying from sources that are more formally and at a minimum, legally managed."

Read the Due Diligence Report here.

Spanish Government approves decree to implement EUTR and FLEGT

The Spanish Council of Ministers has recently approved a royal decree aiming to ensure the legality of timber products trade.

The new standards create a framework for the implementation in Spain of two EU regulations: FLEGT (Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade) and EUTR (European Union Timber Regulation).

Established in 2003 and based on bilateral agreements between States, FLEGT ensures that wood products entering the EU market come from sustainably managed forests.

On the other hand, EUTR, launched in 2013, aims to tackle illegal logging prohibiting to place illegally harvested timber and timber products on the EU market. It also forces trade companies and agents to track timber products from the origin evaluating the risk of illegal logging.

Back in October, the European Court of Auditors (the Court) openly underlined delays in the implementation of FLEGT and EUTR in four member countries: Spain, Greece, Romania and Hungary.

David Hopkins appointed new Director of Timber Trade Federation

David Hopkins has been appointed new Director of the Timber Trade Federation (TTF)

David is currently Director at Wood for Good, the timber industry communications campaign. He will now take a position on the Board of Wood for Good as he moves into his new role at TTF.

During his time at Wood for Good, David led the award winning ‘Wood First’ & ‘Building with Carbon’ campaigns, helped develop the timber industry lifecycle assessment database, and focused on putting timber’s low carbon properties at the front of the national agenda. He is a regular speaker at industry conferences and events, most recently promoting timber’s role in a low-carbon economy to policy makers at the European Parliament.

David replaces outgoing TTF Chief Executive David Lennan who steps down from the post on December 31st. Notably, but Mr Hopkins and Mr Lennan have been some of the main promoters of the Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) contributing actively to its launch and establishment. 

View the complete press release in browser or download it.

Positive trends for UK Timber Industry, TTF Review underlines

According to the Timber Trade Federation's Statistical Review 2015, "the year 2014 was one where the timber industry made significant progress on many fronts.".

Growth of timber and panel products in 2014 was generally stronger than in 2013 with overall volume higher by around 10% and improvement of the 7% growth in 2013. A 10% rise in UK timber and panel products consumption takes total consumption in 2014 to nearly 16 million m3.

Europe continues to dominate supply of timber and panel products to the UK, with higher growth than any other supplying region in 2014. All timber and panel products imports were higher by volume in 2014 with, as in 2013, particleboard and OSB imports achieving the highest growth rate, at 24%. On the other hand, UK exports of timber and panel products fell by 3% in 2014, to a total of 576,000 m3.

The provision of timber and panel products ready for use has been valued by the TTF at over £3.3 billion in 2014. When these goods are sold onto the many processing, distribution and manufacturing activites that comprise the Timber Industry Supply Chain, the value added by the wood and wood products industries realise an Industry turnover of around £7.6 billions - the report underlines.

To read the publication click here.