Timber Update October 2023

19th October 2023

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Industry news

The UK government have decided to continue to recognise the EU ‘CE’ product safety symbol for some building products. This comes after industry concerns that a UKCA label would act as a barrier to trade and result in increased administrative costs. This decision to stick means less confusion and cost for UK manufacturers.

Learn more about the impact of the UKCA label here.

Timber Market Update

• TDUK (Timber Development UK) have reported on the increasing stability of the timber market. With this stability, large fluctuations in the import costs observed over the past couple of years are predicted to come to a stop. However, inflation and interest rates are due to remain high.

• A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between Timber Development UK (TDUK) and the Structural Timber Association (STA). The agreement will aid in the growth and development of the timber market.

• Global Wood Markets Info (GWMI) provide an insight into the changes we are starting to see in trade from the EUDR ahead of its enforcement in January 2025. Matthew Spencer (IDH Sustainable Trade Initiative) summarised that successful navigation of the policy will largely depend on the producers “share of volume exported to the EU and the share of smallholder farmers compared to large scale farmers and plantations”.

Read the full report here.

Company Update

We are pleased to announce that our ISO 9001 standard now includes Timber alongside our other construction products. Explore our full timber product offering on our website, alongside useful resources such as pricelists, span tables, strength data and other product details.

Check out our construction timber offering here.

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Success at 2023 TTJ Awards

All the team are absolutely delighted to win two awards in the same day at the TTJ Awards in their 150th year! The Softwood Trader: Importer of the the Year award is a tremendous achievement and a reward for our increased presence in the imported timber sector in the UK over recent years. We recognise and respect the importance of our supply chain and are grateful for all our supply partners for bringing a quality product and service to market.

To win the big one, 'Timber Trader of the Year 2023', is a magnificent achievement as it covers the full range of our diverse offering, from our excellent homegrown suppliers, to all the imported material we bring in. It is great to hear so many of our loyal customers voted for us and we appreciate their support as we continue to find ways to improve our offering to the market.

Alex Moffat
Managing Director

Read all about this years TTJ Awards event

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Career Opportunity

We have an exciting senior sales role available in the South East. Join the TTJ ‘Timber trader of the year’, working with key suppliers and stakeholders to sell an agreed product range to an existing customer base, as well as developing new business throughout the defined region. This position is a hybrid role and can be based out of either our St Albans or Horsham offices.

• Full time, permanent (40 hours per week, Monday to Friday)

• Company car scheme

Learn more and apply
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Kiln Dried Hardwood Firewood

Now available from our partner sawmill, Thomson Sawmills Ltd.

• Hardwood / Dried to 20% moisture content

• 90 x 90 x 90 dumpy bag size / 0.729m3 per dumpy bag / Nominal log size 25cm

• Forklift off load required / Collection or delivery

• Dumpy bags available as part of a fencing order / 48 dumpy bags per artic lorry / 5% VAT on firewood products

Get in touch for prices
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Fun fact!

Did you know a single metre cubed of wood can store 1 tonne of CO2!

Wood makes for a powerful construction material with its potential to store an amount of carbon dioxide equivalent to a modern car driving 180,000km. Known as a ‘carbon sink’, houses made of wood contribute to better air quality and lower CO2 levels in the area.

Discover more here.

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