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Consultation on EUTR open until 3 July 2015

Stakeholders can express their opinion on the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) until the 3rd of July. 

The consultation, open to Member States authorities, Non-governmental Organisations, Private Organisations, Industry Associations, SMEs, Consultancies, Operators and Traders, Monitoring Organisations and Citizens, aims to assess the functioning of the EUTR and its effectiveness in keeping illegally harvested timber or timber products out of the EU market.

The outcome will be taken in account by the European Commission to review the current EU regulation on timber products next December.

To join the consultation click here.

Grown in Britain campaign for homegrown wood gets Innovate UK support

A Grown in Britain campaign has received financial support from the UK's innovation agency, Innovate UK, to study how hardwood supply chain in the UK can be improved. 

The 12 months project will start in in October 2015, aiming to grow the market for hardwood timber coming from UK woodlands. 

That is a challenging target since, currently, more than 80% of all of the timber and timber products used in the UK are imported.

"There are more than 30 million tonnes of timber in unmanaged woodlands throughout the UK which the project will begin to unlock", explained Dougal Driver, Grown in Britain chief executive. "With the UK relying on high levels of imported timber, this campaign is vital to break down barriers within the supply chain for home-grown hardwood, making it much more accessible and readily available.”

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Forum Wood Building Nordic 2015

The annual Forum Wood Building Nordic will take place in Växjö, Sweden, on the 24th-25th September 2015. The event, hosted by the Linnaeus University, is the main conference for wood building and timber construction in the Nordic countries and part of the international Forum Holzbau organization.

The 2015 edition's topic will be "Competition and competence: how can we reach a higher level?". Academics and practitioners are expected to exchange experiences and learn from the forefront in the field.

High-class lectures from international speakers are accompanied by a comprehensive exhibition, where different organizations show their latest products and services. Click here to download the program or register here.

Napier University team awarded for innovative nanocellulose research

Materials chemistry researchers from Edinburgh Napier University have been awarded a special commendation for their role in the commissioning of a low-cost nanocellulose production plant at Sappi’s annual Technical Innovation Awards event in London.

A reward that is particularly significant considering that Sappi Ltd represents one of the leading global pulp and paper producer.

The Scots-based team, composed by Professor Rob English, who led the research, and his Edinburgh Napier colleague Dr Rhodri Williams have been honoured alongside Sappi’s project leader for new technology development, Dr Saschi Momin. 

The technology developed by the Edinburgh Napier team uses unique chemistry which allows wood pulp fibres to be readily broken down into Cellulose NanoFibrils (CNF). The bio-based material has use in a wide range of applications, including packaging, touch screen displays, automotive, paint, foods, concrete and even wound care. 

The pilot plant for the production will be built at the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen in the Netherlands.

BFM chairman John Alston stands down

The British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) Chairman John Alston stood down at the end of the last Board meeting, as having sold Alston’s Upholstery, he has now left the furniture industry.

Matt O’Flynn, Managing Director of Collins and Hayes, is taking Alston's place, while Brian Ahern, BFM Director and Industry Consultant, has been appointed interim Vice Chairman.

Find out more on BFM website.