Seeing the wood from the trees!
A good increase timber and related products against last year have arrived here in the UK from abroad in the months up to April 2016 – and the rate of increase continues to grow. That’s a stat-fact from the Timber Trader Federation’s latest bulletin just out.
…the BREXIT ‘effect’
But, can we see ‘any wood from the trees’ – so to speak – with BREXIT in the air in. Well as stat example, there has been an extended rise in panel product imports, up to an imposing 5% as against the same time of the year in 2015,
90% of imports
But another stat indicates alternatively that softwoods showed a 7.5% fall off over the same period. Related stats show that well over 90% of the softwood product which currently arrives here with us in the UK up to now was sold in to us by EU countries like Sweden Latvia and Finland.
But David Hopkins, TTF MD ponders though, that other countries outside the EU might- due to the BREXIT factor – move in time to get a larger supply share of the UK’s softwood market going forward. The key non EU countries who might move to rev up their imports activity ‘softwood wise’ here could be say Russia and Canada – and Norway too perhaps
Adds David “It will be interesting. We will be following all these kind of statistics up in September, looking closely at the potential impact of the EU referendum vote on the UK timber trade and forecasts of supply for the future. Some interesting facts will be emerging I would guess.”
Nicks Timber News Round-up
National Forest – something to celebrate !
The Forest emerged following a decades long transformation of a huge chunk of land in the
Midlands straddling three Counties. Since the early 90s, coal mines and heavy industry were mile by mile returned to Nature as the seeds of the area – now The National Forest – were sown. Over eight million trees have been planted over 200 square miles. turning desolate industrial wasteland into a multi sustainable Forest
..the wrong tree
Do you know where the oldest timber yard in the UK is? Well it’s in the rather unlikely area of extremely posh and expensive Belgravia in London. The London Evening Standard tells us that Newsons Timber Yard – 175 years old – is facing closure due to a possible luxury apartments development. No surprise price there then when one considers h the potential price of even a cardboard box in Belgravia, never mind a number of swanky apartments.! Who’s barking up the wrong tree I wonder?
Use more wood in the building on commercial buildings even in sky scrapers. That’s the message highlighted in a video just out from a States organisation named the Oregon Forest Resources (reference greenbuildingelements.com) It’s an interesting watch and helps explain how use of wood in commercial buildings aids the climate change challenge. Wood stores carbon meaning increased use could help fight climate change – so says OFRI Director of Forest Products Timm Locke
Wood you believe it?
Something from Bloomberg caught our Editor’s eye – what was once Britain’s biggest coal using power station is now revved up mainly by wood pellets. Plans by Drax owners of the North Yorkshire-based plant,are aiming to run more of the station on the pellets very soon and in the future to do the same at other coal burning plants in the UK.
Award rewards date
A diary date for you to take note of suggests our Editor is the winners announcements of this year’s CTI Structural Timber Awards. There were 200 entries in the full list covering 15 categories and October 19 is the day when the winners will be named alongside Timber Expo in Birmingham. By the way, the CTI will again sponsor the Product Innovation Award, confirming its desire to promote excellence across the Timber Supply Chain. For tickets – go here www.structuraltimberawards.co.uk or contact Event Director, Amy Pryce, on 01743 290 001 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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One not to miss?
With all the recent changes on the Political front of late – and with an eye to the importance and value of our industry’s activities in all areas of Construction – our Editor suggests there’s a vital need, for sure, to appreciate and understand who the key government-based decision makers will be going forward and, also, to gain an idea or two as to their construction activity priorities.
So in the light of this, the planned reception by The Construction Products Association in the Cholmondeley Room at the House of Lords with a 6.30pm start on October 19th, would seem to be a diary ‘red ring’ day for those in our industry who are CPA members.
The Reception will hopefully offer members the chance to share concerns and promote interests with a focused and united voice and, also, perhaps gauge an idea as to long term policies for the future.
This event is usually over-subscribed – so get on it if you wish to attend ! The closing day for an attending CPA member invitation is Friday September 9th .
Timber very much on the ‘up and up’ !
A News Round-up storyline on this Blog a short while ago highlighted wood-use in commercial construction and its value to climate change. Now comes news from our Editor of a storyline within the last few days very much further proving this point!
The world’s tallest?
A TTF Bulletin revealed via slate.com’s internet home’ how the world’s tallest timber tower is now under construction in Vancouver and that also ,closer to home, another eye catching ‘tower of wood’ – residential on this occasion – is under-way in Amsterdam. It is set to be 240 feet high! Work starts on it next year and it may well prove on completion to be the tallest timber tower in the world!
‘living ‘the high life’!
The tower is to be built in Amstelkwartier, a new residential neighbourhood by the River Amstel in the Dutch capital. Buyers who opt for ‘the high life’ will be able to select tailored varied layout living spaces within the tower. Other key features includes the inclusion of double-height interiors, and outdoor loggias and balconies.
Says our Editor – the use of timber in high-rise buildings – it has to be said – is one of the most significant innovations in the world construction industry right now. What it does mean is that the environmental advantages of timber use can be even more telling in the future in both the commercial and residential construction sectors going forward – which is good news indeed!