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Proskills launches consultation on new Standards for Paper Manufacturing

Proskills has revised the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Paper Manufacturing and is now colletting users' opinions to determine whether they reflect current best practice. 

All the operators in the sector can join the consultation by downloading the following document or contacting [email protected] until 9:00am, Wednesday 5th August.

The Standards will be used in shaping qualifications, courses and other skills management tools for individuals, companies, trainers and educators.

Illegal logging is still a widespread plague, Clatham House reports

According to the latest Chatham House report, illegal logging still represents an actual threat for the global environment.

In 2013, the volume of illegal timber imports was estimated 60 million m3, almost the level of a decade ago, accounting for 10% of total timber trade. 

The report highlights the effort made by industrialised countries like the UK, France and the Netherlands to tackle uncontrolled deforestation, but at the same it claims how surging demand in China, India, South Korea and Vietnam is driving a resurgence in illicit logging. Just to give an idea, the volume of illegal timber shipped to China, India and Vietnam increased 50% between 2006 and 2013.

Regarding the producing countries, in DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo) the level of illegal logging is estimated to be over 90%, in Papua New Guinea 70%, in Laos 80%.

CPET woodfuel guidance webinar

The Central Point of Expertise on Timber (CPET) will be running a woodfuel guidance webinar on 30 July 2015.

The event, focused on Timber Standard, is open to producers and suppliers involved in the purchase and/or use of woodfuel in the UK.

Register for free at [email protected].

New ISO Standard will enable full traceability of wood products

As reported by Ligna website, ISO 38001, a new standard for tracing wood to sustainable sources, is now being developed and is expected to be published in May 2017.

This tool will enable full traceability and transparency of wood products helping to tackle deforestation and illegal logging. ISO 38001 will also enable organisations to reassure their customers, suppliers and stakeholders, that the wood they are using is sustainability sourced.

“The new standard will not only demonstrate that the raw material originates from well-managed forests, but that the final product can also be tracked through its various stages of production”, said Dr. Jorge E.R. Cajazeria, chair of the Committee developing the standard .“This can go towards encouraging the use of traceable wood and even preventing illegally sourced wood from getting into the supply chain”, he added.

Encouraging signs for UK Furniture Manufacturing Industry in 2014

The British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) have issued an infographic showing the performance of the furniture manufacturing industry in 2014. 

The data take in account the export performance and import penetration from 2012 to 2014 considering the value of production for each sector at manufactured prices.

The infographic reveals an increase both in total imports (+7.4%) and exports (+13.1%) of furniture products. Encouraging signs are also recorded for sales of wooden offices (+17.4%) and wooden shops (+17.5%).

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