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UK consumption of timber and panel products on the rise despite Brexit uncertainty, says TTF Statistical Review

The Timber Trade Federation (TTF) has recently released its Statistical review 2017.

The publication shows that growth in the consumption of wood products in the UK resumed in 2016, following a small drop in volume the previous year. A near 3% volume increase resulted in the volume of wood products consumed rising to over 16 million m3 for the first time since before the recession of 2008.

Regarding the origin of timber and panel products imported to the UK, Europe remains the single largest source of supply in 2016 by both volume and value. In details, mainland European (including Russia) and UK produced timber and panel products continue to dominate the supply chain in the UK and continue to account for around 91% of all supply.

Talking of types of products imported, the Review shows that UK imports grew by 4.4% in 2016 over 2015. This growth was especially generated by growth in particleboards (+12%), MDF (+9%) and softwoods (+6%). A near 1% increase was recorded for plywood imports but hardwood imports were lower in 2016 by around 2%. On the other hand, the level of UK timber and panel products exports remains quite low, achieving a volume of 0.5 million m3.

Finally, the publication presents a focus on the influence of the housing market on timber consumption along with an insight on the state of the whole Timber Industry. Significantly, the Review shows that the size and growth performance of the UK timber industry – worthy £9.6 billion in 2015 - compares favourably with many other industries, confirming the importance of the sector within the UK economy.

David Hopkins, TTF Managing Director, commented: “In terms of the value of wood products consumed in the UK, the year 2016 was the best since before the recession and indeed was better than the pre-recessionary year of 2007.”

“Although little changed materially in 2016, a high degree of uncertainty for the future was created by the EU Referendum result.”

“Different and new challenges are and will be presented, yet the timber industry has a long and mostly successful history of dealing with change. For our part, The TTF will keep on supporting member companies and new partners, putting programs in place for the benefit of the whole supply chain, and continue looking forward to facing the future together.”

If you wish to receive a copy of the publication, please contact ttf@ttf.co.uk

 

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Teak from Myanmar: TTF warns on high risk of illegality in the supply chain

Following Denmark’s recent decision to prohibit Danish companies selling Teak from Myanmar on the EU market, the Timber Trade Federation (TTF) has warned its member companies of the high risk of illegal logging in the area.

According to the TTF, currently it is extremely difficult to fully document the Myanmar supply chain from forest source to export and, therefore, conducting due diligence.

However, the TTF also notes that on 16 March this year the Myanmar Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MONREC) published a statement setting out the next steps in the country’s forestry reform process.  In the statement on behalf of the Union Minister, U Ohn Win, there was an acknowledgement of the complexity of the current system and a commitment to streamlining their systems.  A joint focal group has been convened to prepare a document for international traders that sets out a full description of supply chain documents.  This will be aligned with the restarting of logging following the current 2016-17 Logging Moratorium so that the new harvest will have improved traceability. 

David Hopkins, Managing Director of the TTF said: “If the EUTR is to be successfully implemented, then there must be a level playing field in Europe. This means we should respect the decisions made in Sweden and Denmark. While noting the positive reform changes recently announced in Myanmar we continue to advise our members to exercise caution in any trade from Myanmar, be aware of ongoing reform developments and ensure that all due diligence documents are clearly in place.” 

 

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TTF launches online survey to assess panel products specified in UK market

The Timber Trade Federation (TTF) has launched an online survey to help understand what buyers of panel products order and the performance requirements expected for the various grades of plywood and OSB.

The survey - accessible here - is part of TTF review into the specification of plywood and other panel products to assess whether the right panel products are being specified, and subsequently supplied, for the right applications.

The online consultations is specifically aimed at the purchasers of panel products, such as principal contractors, trade contractors, product manufacturers and merchants.

In fact, both the construction industry and the merchant community have repeatedly raised concerns on the quality of a range of panel products being specified and/or supplied in the UK market.

The Timber Trade Federation is now addressing the issue though a specific task force led by the independent chair Charlie Law from Sustainable Construction Solutions Ltd.

 

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China and Brazil dominate plywood supply to the UK, TTF Stats show

As reported by the latest TTF Statistical Bulletin, China and Brazil dominate the supply of plywood to the UK, accounting for around three-quarters of the total volume from non-EU countries.

In details, China is by far the largest supplier of hardwood plywood - commanding a 56% share of the market – while Brazil controls around 56% of softwood plywood market.

These figures confirm that plywood imported to the UK is largely sourced outside the European Union (81% against 19%) both for hardwood and softwood plywood.

Among plywood suppliers from the EU, Finland accounts for nearly 50% of the trade, followed at a distance by France (8%) and Latvia (8%).

The Statistics - available here for TTF Members - also underline a reasonable increase in the imported volume of timber and panel products in the first half of 2016: around 5% higher than in the same period in 2015.

 

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Hardwood imports from the EU down 4% in first five months of 2016

The market share of UK hardwood imports coming from the EU is shrinking, says the latest TTF Statistical Bulletin.

As reported by the Timber Trade Federation, in the five months to May 2016 - before the result of the EU referendum was known - the percentage of hardwood imports from the EU was 49%, down from the 53% in 2015

The main global supply country of hardwood to the UK remains the US accounting for around 25% of total imported volume.

Other main suppliers include Estonia and Italy for temperate hardwood; Cameroon and Malaysia for tropical hardwood.

Significantly, the great majority of tropical imports (78%) are supplied by non-EU countries, but large amount of volumes are transhipped to the UK through EU member countries like the Netherlands and Germany.

 

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