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UK Timber leader Peter Latham set to head PEFC International Board

Chairman of James Latham Plc, Peter Latham, was elected as Chairman of the PEFC International Board, at the PEFC General Assembly which was held last december in Bali, Indonesia.

As well as being Chairman of one of Britain’s oldest timber companies, he is a former Chairman of the Forests Forever Committee of the Timber Trade Federation and member of the Council of Commonwealth Forestry Association.

Commenting on his appointment, Mr Latham said: “I would like to thank everyone at PEFC for the support I have received. I am very much looking forward to taking on this demanding new role with the support of the global PEFC family.

“While PEFC enjoys increasing successes as an organisation, achieving significant growth in certified forest area, the number of new members and acceptance in public procurement policies, the organisation still faces important challenges and I am confident that we will  face them together.”

Welcoming the appointment, Ben Gunneberg, CEO of PEFC International said, “I am very much looking forward to working alongside Peter in his new role of Chairman.
“Peter brings with him a wealth of valuable experience; not only has he been on the Board of PEFC International since 2011, he was also previously Chairman of PEFC UK and heads up one of Britain’s oldest and most respected timber trading companies, James Latham.  His knowledge and expertise will be invaluable to our organisation as it works to implement our vision of a world in which people manage forests sustainably.”

Peter Latham was awarded an OBE in the 2012 New Years Honours List in recognition of his service to the UK wood industry.


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CTI releases Newsletter for Winter 2016

The Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) has released its Newsletter for Winter 2016.

This fourth interactive issue offers an overview of the various activities and projects undertaken by the CTI in the past few months. In details, you will find news on:

- CTI Westminster Conference

- New Timber Industry Manifesto

- Comments on Chancellor's Autumn Statement

- CTI policy reports

.... and much more!


To read the publication online click here.

To download the Newsletter as a pdf file click here.

View all CTI press releases and newsletters here.


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CTI Newsletter - Winter 2016

CTI NEwsletter WINTER 2016

In this issue:

- CTI Westminster Conference

- New Timber Industry Manifesto

- Comments on Chancellor's Autumn Statement

- CTI policy reports


CTI presents Timber Industry case to Westminster

On Wednesday 30 November 2016 the Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) held its inaugural Industry Conference in London.

The event gave delegates the opportunity to meet key policy makers and opinion formers directly in Westminster. It also saw the launch of the CTI Policy reports – available here - on Sustainability, Value & Growth and Skills & Education designed to map the UK Timber Supply Chain.

The Conference was opened by Iain Paisley Jr. MP, Chairman of the Timber Industry APPG, who welcomed all participants and highlighted the contribution Timber Industries bring to the UK Economy. The event program was organised in two sessions - one focused on Sustainability and Growth and the other on Skills, Productivity & Housing – in order to offer a complete overview of the sector.

Speakers at the first session included Rachael Maskell, MP for York Central, Antoinette Sandbach, MP for Eddisbury and member of Timber APPG, Charlie Law, Sustainable Construction Solutions, Ken Walsh, MD of Danzer UK, David Hopkins, MD of Timber Trade Federation (TTF). The panel addressed key themes like the EUTR and global timber trade regulation; - Low carbon economy; - Brexit uncertainty; - Tree planting; - Timber in construction.

The second panel discussion featured Alan Brown, MP for Kilmarnock and Loudoun, Vincent Stops, Councillor for Hackney Central, Iain McIlwee, CEO of the British Woodworking Federation (BWF), Andrew Carpenter, CEO of the Structural Timber Association (STA), Craig Liddell, Legal & General Homes, and Anthony Thistleton-Smith, Waugh Thistleton Architects. Speakers debated a wide range of topics including: - UK Housing crisis; - Modular housing; - Timber frame buildings; - Wood framework apprenticeship; - Skills gap in the Timber Supply Chain; - Construction market forecasts.

The Conference was followed by a Parliamentary Drinks Reception at the House of Commons where CTI guests had the chance to further debate the outlook of the UK Timber Industry with MPs and Industry leaders from all across the UK.

Margaret Ritchie, MP for South Down and member of Timber APPG, said: “The timber supply chain is capable of being better than carbon neutral, it can in fact absorb more carbon than is emitted in the rest of the manufacturing chain. I recommend my parliamentary colleagues to take the time to seek it out and see how well managed timber presents a fantastic opportunity to grow our manufacturing industry while lowering our carbon emissions.”

Antoinette Sandbach MP said: “This is a period that offers many opportunities to develop a new approach to old issues. I think this is really the right time for the Timber Industry to boost its message around some key themes including carbon capture and storage, tree planting and timber frame construction.”

David Hopkins, Managing Director of the Timber Trade Federation (TTF), said: “The timber supply chain is a vital part of the UK manufacturing and construction sector, providing employment in virtually every political constituency across the country. This event was a great way to re-introduce the sector to policy makers and highlight the importance of skilled trades to the future of the UK economy. I look forward to working with colleagues to take this agenda forward.”

Iain McIlwee, CEO of the British Woodworking Federation (BWF), commented: “The opportunity to re-introduce our sector to so many policy makers was fantastic.  Timber has a strong story to tell, but there is so much competition for attention.  The CTI gave us a glimpse of how we can unite in this way to amplify our message, it was a great day for the timber supply chain.”

Andrew Carpenter, CEO of the Structural Timber Association (STA), added: “The STA is very excited to be part of the re-launched CTI in that it brings together the three major timber/wood related trade associations to promote the use of timber/wood through communicating the many and varied benefits it offers. The clients, buyers and specifiers of timber/wood are crying out for an integrated offer and the CTI is able to provide this joined up approach. In particular the CTI will be a wonderful opportunity to influence our politicians and stakeholders with a single message thereby proving we are a professional and contemporary sector that is able and ready to do business within the current climate.”


Notes to editors:

A Storify recap of the CTI Westminster Conference and Parliamentary Reception including pictures, recordings and presentations can be found here.

The CTI would like to thank all the sponsors of the event including Danzer UK, James Latham, North East Timber Trade Association (NETTA), Rowlinson Timber, SCA, Structural Timber Association (STA), Arbor Forest Products Ltd, Jewson and International Timber.


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MDF profile manufacturer W.Howard Limited acquires Balcas Kildare

The MDF profile manufacturer and distributor W.Howard Group has acquired Balcas Kildare, the Ireland-based supplier of MDF profiles. 

Balcas Kildare has been manufacturing decorative mouldings since 1988. With operations already in place at sites in Astley for W.Howard Limited (Manchester) and Newtown for Polyco Limited (Powys) as well as a dedicated collection and distribution depot based in West Thurrock, W.Howard Kildare Limited will expand the Group's reach across the UK, Ireland and Europe.

The W.Howard Group Managing Director, Graham Williams [in the picture on the left] said: "This deal will first and foremost bring confidence in the continuity of supply to our customers which will be achieved by manufacture at our three separate sites with supply of MDF and Chipboard from four major suppliers. 

"The workforce at Balcas Kildare are highly skilled and knowledgeable regarding the manufacture and supply of MDF profiles with the added bonus of being able to supply the KOTA product."

Mr Graham added: "We look forward to providing a commercial offer encompassing a radically expanded product range accompanied by reduced and simplified lead times."

Jonathan Grant, CEO of the W.Howard Group commented: "The synergy between the two successful businesses has created an offer to the market which will further help its valued customers".


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