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From 10 to 12 October 2017, the CTI stand T445 and the adjacent Timber Restaurant at Timber Expo hosted a wide series of workshops and meetings organised under the aegis of the Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI).

CTI Joint Stand

Three major trade organisations, such as the British Woodworking Federation (BWF), the Structural Timber Association (STA) and the Timber Trade Federation (TTF), shared the same stand with the stated objective to promote a collaborative approach across the Timber Industry. 

Timber Expo visitors had the chance to get a comprehensive overview of the UK Timber Sector by talking with the Staff on side and collecting relevant publications and guides.

► CTI Manifesto

Timber Industry Infographic


Day One

The events agenda for the CTI and its partner organisations opened with the launch of the STA Industry Survey Report on Tuesday 10th. The publication focuses on the UK home building market to 2016 offering an insight on housing starts, timber frame developments, timber sector production and capacity. It also proposes an interesting view on the housing market forecasts to 2020/2021.

Andrew Carpenter

STA Annual Survey of UK Structural Timber Markets 2016.pdf

At this moments, all roads seem to lead to structural timber frame as the building material of choice as the results of this report indicate,” underlined Andrew Carpenter, Chief Executive of the Structural Timber Association (STA).“2016 was a year of consolidation, where we have seen our market share rise again to 28.4%, but if we add to this the traditional timber frame in housing figure and the fact that other sectors of the construction market are now considering the use of structural timber frame and other structural timber systems such as CLT, Glulam and SIPs, it is obvious the whole sector is ‘on a roll’.”

Andrew Carpenter

Timber frame is re-shaping the UK housebuilding industry – Builders’ Merchants News

The same day, the Wood Protection Association (WPA) joined the CTI. The WPA is the leading UK technical and advisory organisation dedicated to improving the performance and value of wood as a sustainable construction material.

The paperwork was signed on the CTI stand marking another important step in the growth of the Confederation and representation for the timber industry supply chain.

CTI Governing Board Members

Roy Wakeman OBE, Chairman of the CTI, commented: “As we look forward to developing our Industrial Strategy we need to be mindful of every stage in our process, improving productivity and innovating our products to ensure they maintain the highest possible performance, health and sustainability credentials. It is great to have the WPA with all the expertise they bring in timber treatment and protection to this forum”.

 CTI media release 11.10.17 – The Confederation of Timber Industries gets some extra protection with WPA.pdf

The first day at Timber Expo closed with the Structural Timber Awards 2017. More than 500 leaders and innovators from across the construction sector gathered at the National Conference Centre in Birmingham for the prestigious award ceremony which rewards outstanding projects, innovative products and dynamic people across the entire UK structural timber sector.

Andrew Carpenter at Structural Timber Awards 2017

2017 Winners Structural Timber Awards

ST Awards 2017 winners

Day Two

Wednesday 11th was a hectic day at the CTI Stand and the nearby Timber Restaurant with two different events taking place at lunchtime. The first one saw the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) announcing the BWF Awards shortlisted projects. The awards showcase the best of UK joinery, recognising projects, products, processes and people that have hit the heights of woodworking excellence in the last year. +

*The winners will be announced at BWF’s Annual Dinner taking place at Drapers’ Hall, London on Friday 24th November.

Spectacular British Woodworking Federation Awards shortlist unveiled

BWF Awards Shortlist Announcement

“It’s always been a joy and sense of pride to see the fantastic work that the UK woodworking industry is doing and the record number of entries this year underpins just how inspiring and innovative this sector endemically is,” said BWF Chief Executive Iain McIlwee.

BWF Awards 2017 shortlist.pdf

The event was followed by the seminar ‘Timber: Doing Business in Belarus’ organised by the Timber Trade Federation in conjunction with the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus in the UK. The workshop – preceded by a meeting between the TTF team and the Ambassador of Belarus in the UK H.E. Sergei Aleinik – managed to bring TTF Members and Belarusian Companies together to explore new markets and facilitate trade.

TTF Team meets with the Belarusian Ambassador in the UK H.E. Sergei Aleinik

“We are always keen on facilitating trade with new suppliers and helping open new markets,” said TTF Managing Director David Hopkins. “Belarus is a timber trade exporting nation which has mostly exported to the UK via third countries. This event will explore ways we can encourage direct trade between the UK and Minsk.

*The complete media recap of the event can be seen below

‘Timber: Doing Business in Belarus’ joint seminar at Timber Expo 2017

TTF & Belarusian Embassy joint seminar 'Doing Business in Belarus'

Around the same time, STA CEO Andrew Carpenter explained the benefits of offsite timber solutions at the UK Construction Week seminar “Building homes fit for generations, or short term fix?”

STA CEO Andrew Carpenter at UKCW panel discussion

Day Three

On Thursday 12th, the British Woodworking Federation run two different events. In the morning, the CTI Stand was filled with visitors attending the launch of the BWF & Grown in Britain certified windows line. An exemplar timber window was shown at the Stand to demonstrate a meeting point between the British Woodworking Federation’s ‘Made in Britain’ campaign and the timber licensed under the Grown in Britain scheme.

BWF & Grown in Britain Windows launch

GIB & BWF windows line launch.pdf

Iain McIlwee, BWF Chief Executive, said: “BWF’s Made in Britain campaign is fundamental to promoting the good business health of the British woodworking industry. We have a strong wood manufacturing base in the UK and it is vital we do all we can to help our customer base and UK Government understand the value that this can deliver to their businesses and the wider UK economy.”

BWF & Grown in Britain Windows launch

Growing Windows, Valuing Skills.pdf

Finally, at lunchtime, the Timber Restaurant hosted the launch of the new BWFStaircase Design Guide. The publication offers industry guidance for the manufacture of timber stairs for the UK market. The Guide covers stair specifications for basic flights, handrails, balusters and other guarding by providing advice on suitable sections, by reference to historical data, design tables, calculation or suitable test methods.

BWF Staircase Design Guide launch

► BWF Staircase Design Guide 2017.pdf

Hannah Mansell, Manager of the BWF Stair Scheme, commented: “The guide has embraced new consistent ways to determine the walk line of a winder and incorporates new test evidence that can be cascaded to staircase manufacturers to ensure that their products meet the standards.”

Stairs at home get updated guide | BWF Stair Scheme

Timber Expo 2017

The CTI would like to take this opportunity to thank its partner organisations and stakeholders for their great support! Obviously, many thanks also go to all the Timber Expo participants who paid a visit to our Stand!

See you next year!