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Republic of Congo joins PEFC as a national member

The Republic of Congo has joined the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) as a national member.

Since 2011, PEFC has been engaged in a number of initiatives to promote uptake of forest certification in Africa, with a particular focus on Central Africa.

Working under the common name PAFC – Pan-African Forest Certification, there are now three PEFC members in the region: PAFC Cameroon, PAFC Congo and PAFC Gabon.

“The forests in the Congo Basin are home to more than 10,000 species. They provide food, water and shelter to more than 75 million people, and are of significant economic importance,” commented Ben Gunneberg, CEO of PEFC International.

“With PAFC-Congo becoming a member of PEFC and their work on developing a national forest certification system, we are taking a huge step towards safeguarding the benefits the forests in the region provide. We are thrilled to welcome PAFC-Congo into the PEFC alliance.”

“We have been working in the Congo Basin for several years, and the addition of the Republic of Congo marks an important move forward for the development of certification in the basin,” Mr. Gunneberg concluded.

Mr. Brice Séverin Pongui, Chairman of PAFC-Congo, added: “There have been strong evolutions in the way forests are managed in the Republic of Congo, but certification is struggling to develop and become widespread.”

“PAFC is set to help promote sustainable forest management, making it more accessible and inclusive, thanks to its development respecting the local context.”

“With its careful balance of the environmental, social and economic benefits forests provide to the local forest owners and communities as well as society at large, we are convinced that PEFC certification is the right choice for our country.”

Further info can be found here.

 

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Forest Enterprise England stats show substantial increase in timber incomes

Forest Enterprise England - the independent executive agency sponsored by the Forestry Commission to manage the nation’s forest estate - has released its production statistics from the 2016/2017 harvesting programme.

The data - summarised in the infographics here and contained in the Organisation's annual report - show standing sales vs direct production and the markets for the direct production.

Simon Hodgson, Forest Enterprise Chief Executive commented: “This has been our best year ever for timber income raising £38.9 million and meeting our published commitment by despatching 1.428 million cubic metres overbark standing. This is a credit to our marketing and sales team and the Forest Districts."

“We have had two significant boosts this year: modernising our e-sales system; and a very successful hardwood timber auction that saw record prices paid for our high quality sawlogs. The increased income was also undoubtedly supported by the lower value of sterling.

“Although the first updated e-sales went well, our July e-sales did suffer from a technical glitch and I apologise to our customers for any inconvenience this may have caused."

“Offering a high standard, professional service to our timber customers and achieving the best price for our product remain key to improving our bottom line.”

Forest Enterprise England has also launched an online survey - available here - to gather feedback from its timber customers on the service provided. 

The online consultation is anonymous and will remain open until Thursday 31st August. Participants who wish to leave their email address could win a £50 Amazon voucher.

 

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UK Packaging recycling targets: 94% of required wood recycled so far

According to the latest figures published on the National Packaging Waste Database (NPWD), the UK is on course to reach 2017 recycling targets for packaging materials.

Significantly, 94 per cent of the required wood (213,578 tonnes) has already been recycled so far this year.

Other products derived from wood and fiber such as paper and cardboard scored well too. Q1 and Q2 summed results show that some 1.8 million tonnes of paper have been recycled, fulfilling around 73 per cent of the required 2.5 million tonnes.

Regarding other packaging materials, glass (52 per cent) and plastic (54 per cent) have made the least progress towards the targets.

As reported by Letsrecycle.com, "in particular, the performance of paper and plastic have been under the spotlight, due to reported difficulties in exporting some mixed grades due to a crackdown on material quality in China."

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/uk-packaging-recycling-targets-94-required-wood-recycled-so-far]

BWF launches new weather testing guidance for windows

The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) has launched a new guide for window and door manufacturers explaining weather testing requirements and providing advice to help joineries to get their products tested.

The publication covers the relevant standards for weather tightness, how to determine what performance level is required as well as what needs to be considered before testing takes place. Weather performance testing is a means of assessing a product's ability to achieve specific requirements as set out in British Standards and/or European Standards. Windows and doors can be tested for Air Permeability, Watertightness and Resistance to Wind Load.

BWF produces a wide range of publications to support members and the joinery industry. On the BWF website, members can find a wealth of information, including the popular Machine Safety Cards, Heritage & Conservation Joinery Factsheets, and a range of employment guides all supported by the BWF member helplines.

The documents can be downloaded from www.bwf.org.uk/publications.

For more information, contact bwf@bwf.org.uk

 

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BWF Joinery State of Trade Survey: Sales volume and Costs rise in Q2 2017

The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) has released the results of its Joinery State of Trade Survey Q2 2017.

The consultation shows that, although rising raw materials costs and labour availability are exerting pressure on joinery manufacturers, the industry is optimistic over sales figures and product investment opportunities.

In details, key points from the BWF Joinery State of Trade Survey Q2 2017 include:

- A balance of 42% of respondents reported an increase in sales volumes over the last quarter, with 52% reporting an increase over the last year. This corresponds with the 14% of respondents reporting a quarterly increase in the previous survey.

- Manufacturers felt that sales volumes would improve in the next quarter, with a balance of 61% predicting an increase for Q3 2017 and a balance of 60% predicting an increase over the next year.

- 42% of companies reported a current order book of future work extending beyond 3 months – up 13% from the previous quarter - with 41% saying that their order book extended from between 1 and 3 months.

- ‘Labour Availability’ was listed as the most likely constraint on output by 27% of respondents. ‘Demand’ and ‘Capacity’ came next, with 25% and 20% of respondents feeling that they were most likely to constrain output.

- 38% of respondents on balance reported increasing their labour force in the last year, with 50% of respondents anticipating an increased labour force over the next year.

- Raw material costs were noted as an inflationary factor for unit costs for 97% of respondents, with wages & salary increases pushing up unit costs for 76% of respondents on balance.

- Exchange rates were a factor in inflating unit costs for 63% of respondents.

- Over the previous year a balance of 64% of respondents had invested in improving their products with 60% investing in their plant/equipment.

- Investment in in product improvement was set for the highest capital investment over the next year, with a balance of 70% planning to invest and with 60% set to invest in plant/equipment.

BWF Policy and Communications Executive Matt Mahony commented: “With optimism over sales volumes and with order books holding up well, our survey paints a picture of an industry working hard to protect its margins against significant cost rises.

“It has been a theme of recent months that the joinery industry is having to think on its feet and diversify its offering. We know from the Q2 survey that investment in product improvement has been rising, and anecdotal evidence suggests that companies are taking on more of the burden of design and specification on account of knowledge gaps within the supply chain."

 

[News URL: http://cti-timber.org/content/bwf-joinery-state-trade-survey-sales-volume-and-costs-rise-q2-2017]

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