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Global partnerships, COP26, and our new stats dashboard

Timber is a global industry. We are acutely aware of this in the UK as the second largest importer of timber in the world after China, and our exposure to global influences has been under the spotlight in recent months, which our members will be well aware of after last week’s Softwood Conference. While this may bring challenges, it also brings ...

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Looking at the future of construction products

Our UK Softwood Conference 2021 tomorrow will be a chance to discuss major trade issues after a year of COVID, and, while going forward the market seems to have more certainty on its direction, there remains an undercurrent of uncertainty. We can see Brexit related issues which will last even as the effects of the pandemic subside, with UKCA marking chief among ...

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Treated timber and the future of product information

On Wednesday this week, we hosted a joint webinar with the Wood Protection Association and Timber Decking and Cladding Association to support our Treated Timber campaign. The webinar gave details of how we are promoting the correct level of timber treatment to end-user markets, from merchants to builders, and resources available to TTF members and their customers. This webinar is essential watching for any of our ...

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Softwood spearheads a timber import resurgence in 2020

Softwood import volumes for 2020 see a 3% rise against 2019 totals, after falling 24% in Q1/Q2 of 2020, to reach 6,580,000m³. The cumulative volume for softwood in 2020 was up by 200,000m³, from 6.3 million m³ in 2019, following a surge in timber imports in Q3/Q4 2020, primarily from Sweden, Germany, Latvia and Russia. Provisional full-year data for 2020 ...

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Timber industry resilient but Brexit brings trade friction, survey finds

Difficulties with logistics, trade with Northern Ireland, and the time and cost to fill out customs and due diligence paperwork are adding pressure to an already tight timber supply chain, a survey by the TTF has found.   Logistics is the most pressing challenge facing respondents, with a lack of haulage vehicles, inflated costs, and hauliers’ hesitancy to import and export goods in ...

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Getting the right treatment with TTF and WPA

The Timber Trade Federation and Wood Protection Association are mounting a major awareness campaign promoting the provision of accurate and specific information about treated timber, New leaflets and a poster demystifying treated timber and its applications will be available to merchants from 1st April as part of a major awareness campaign being staged by the Timber Trade Federation and Wood ...

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Imports peaks and inflation potentials

Optimism in the UK’s vaccination programme to aid a stronger economic recovery in 2021 is being mirrored in forward-looking indicators in the Construction Product Association’s Q4 Construction Survey released this week. The report notes that despite broad expectations that the wider economic recovery will gather pace and drive construction activity, Q4 also marked a noticeable increase in inflationary pressure for supply chains. ...

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Students invited to define future living in exciting design challenge

Built environment students from Universities across the UK are being invited to design a home and neighbourhood of the future. Riverside Sunderland is redefining the city: transforming a spectacular site into a unique, carbon neutral urban quarter – an extraordinary place to live, work and play.  Working in teams, students from different built environment disciplines will share their vision of what ...

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Timber imports continue strong market recovery

Timber and panel import volumes performed strongly in October 2020 for the fifth consecutive month since June, according to the latest timber statistics for October 2020. The Timber Trade Federation (TTF) monthly report reveals total import volumes for main timber and panel products were 21 percent higher in October 2020 compared to October 2019 levels, as import volumes in the ...

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TTF EFSM course delegates increase sales by over £6million across 17 members

Support your colleagues at the sales management awards presentation on Friday 27 November. Delegates completing the ‘TTF Essential Foundations in Sales Management’ course have increased sales for their respective firms by well over £6 million in 2020. The figures, which will be celebrated at an online awards ceremony this Friday 27 November from 11am, represent an incredible achievement with each ...

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