Springfarm Architectural Mouldings (SAM) has announced the acquisition of Select Timber Products as of 1 December, 2016.

W.Howard Group has acquired Balcas Kildare, which has been manufacturing decorative mouldings since 1988.

Timbmet is inviting the trade to attend a breakfast morning on 6 December at its Shellingford Distribution Centre in Oxfordshire.

Howarth Timber and Building Supplies has helped to create 10 new beach chalets on Fleetwood promenade that share the same construction materials as the area's local observation tower.

On 17 November, SCA opened its new saw line at Tunadal sawmill, making it one of the most modern in Europe, from log feed to goods out.

Work is underway on a new 18-acre development at Hangingshaw, three miles north of the existing James Jones & Sons facilities at Stevens Croft.

SCA Timber is investing SEK 50m in its planing mill in Tunadal, in Sundsvall, Sweden. The investment will enable the planing mill to increase its productivity and will also create the conditions required for continued product development.

Metsä Wood UK, part of the global timber manufacturing group Metsäliitto Cooperative, today announced its renewed partnership with Grafton Group. The new extension to the existing contract sees Metsä continuing to supply its premium quality machined timber and mouldings to both Buildbase and Selco through to the end of 2019.

Timbersource, a supplier with recently finished new premises, based in Shepton Mallet in Somerset, is enjoying a period of significant growth and recruitment, despite EU price hikes.

Grange is proposing to restructure its production model. This proposal includes the closure of manufacturing at the company’s site in Telford as the opening of the company’s new production facility in Grudziadz, Poland.

Snows Timber is running a marketing trial, with selected merchant customers, to promote the availability of certified timber to builders in the run up to the annual Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Friday on 30 September.

Showing renewed confidence in the Welsh timber market, the new investment will double the Newbridge-on-Wye sawmill’s production capacity.

BSW Timber has revealed plans for a multi-million pound investment programme in its sawmill in Newbridge-on-Wye, Powys.

SCA Timber, in conjunction with engineering company Nyland Design, has developed a completely new automated packaging line. This line means that wood packages can now be coated with plastic on all six sides.

The government's support for biomass power plants that burn wood fuels is distorting the timber market and seriously disadvantaging manufacturers of wood panel products, says Norbord.

Timbmet invites the trade to an open day on Thursday 22 September at its Stonehouse depot in Gloucestershire. During this event, visitors will have the opportunity to take a behind the scenes tour of the depot and see its panel cutting and edge banding facilities in action. Kronospan representatives will also be there to talk about their recent product improvements.

Through their normal Snowdek decking and accessories orders since springtime, Snows Timber’s customers have been accumulating a total of donated lengths of anti-slip decking, which Calvert Trust Exmoor, the adventure holiday centre for the disabled, uses to make wheelchair-friendly pathways to the activity areas around its site.

A new consumer mediation dispute scheme has been developed by the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) working closely with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). It provides independent mediation between joinery businesses and their consumer customers, and aims to fast track any problems or disputes to amicable resolution.

BSW Timber claims to have become the first UK sawmiller to generate electricity from biomass fuel with the commissioning of a £2.5m combined heat and power (CHP) boiler at its Carlisle mill.

With its own history in wood products stretching back over 100 years, Snows Timber is asking merchant customers to share pictures of any summer-time wood history ‘finds’ on Twitter, celebrating the fascinating world of wood.

A structured process for business owners to identify the most likely or damaging risks in their joinery manufacturing and woodworking firms has been launched by the British Woodworking Federation (BWF).

The Timber Trade Federation’s (TTF) latest Statistical Bulletin shows a continued growth in the volume of timber and panel products imported to the UK market in the first four months of the year.

Hull-based timber treatment and anti-slip decking provider, WJ Group has won a prestigious Yorkshire business award – Made in Hull.

It’s festival season with the world-renowned Glastonbury Festival getting underway on 22 June. This year the festival organizers are specifying Larch cladding from Snows Timber.

With just days to go before the EU Referendum, business confidence is under close scrutiny in the joinery manufacture and woodworking industry.

Karl Morris is CEO of Norbord Europe.

The Wood Panels Industry Federation (WPIF) has recruited a new set of parliamentary champions for the industry, with the establishment of a fresh All Party Parliamentary Group, led by Scottish National Party MP, Steven Paterson.

Norbord has been praised for offering a well-rounded engineering apprenticeship programme that enables students to develop their skills and qualifications while being employed.

Timber Trade Federation members are overwhelmingly in favour of remaining in the EU, believing that staying in would be better for the UK economy as a whole.

Huws Gray has recently invested in the Uni-Roll 750 joist press at its Llangefni truss and easi-joist manufacturing plant. This is following their recent investment in the extension of the truss press to 36m and investing in a randek saw in 2015.

Joinery manufacturers, timber door, window and interiors companies and woodworking experts across the UK are being encouraged to seek recognition through this year’s British Woodworking Federation (BWF) Awards.

Norbord has been crowned Timber Supplier of the Year 2015 at the 2016 Fortis Building & Timber Conference. The Supplier of the Year Awards - alongside the annual Fortis conference - were held at the Hilton Metropole Hotel in Birmingham and were hosted by comedian Dara O’Briain.

The latest statistical bulletin published by the Timber Trade Federation (TTF) reveals a strong start to 2016 for timber and panels trade.

Norbord welcomed Fergus Ewing, SNP parliamentary candidate for Inverness and Nairn, on a tour of its site in March. Mr Ewing was accompanied by Maree Todd, SNP parliamentary candidate for Highlands and Islands.

BSW Timber has invested more than £3.6m in a major drive to capitalise on opportunities provided by the fast-growing UK fencing market.

Staff from a Shropshire-based builders’ merchant have been learning more about the products they sell – with an overseas trip to their very source.

Antoinette Sandbach, MP for Eddisbury and member of the Energy and Climate Change Committee, has visited TTF member Rowlinson Timber and Packaging operations in Wardle, Cheshire.

Julia Young and John Newcomb outside the Living Planet building.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is joining with WWF’s Global Forest and Trade Network in the UK (GFTN-UK) to promote responsible forest trade throughout the merchant supply chain.

Staff from TG Builders Merchants were taken on a Scandinavian journey of discovery at the Holmen Sawmill in Braviken, Sweden, as part of Arbor Forest Products’ ‘Trading Closer’ initiative.

Karl Morris, managing director of Norbord Europe.

Norbord has announced a £95m modernisation and expansion of its oriented strand board (OSB) mill at Morayhill in Inverness, Scotland.

International Timber marked the 350th anniversary of its parent company Saint Gobain by planting 350 sapling trees at sites across the country.

Buildbase introduced the Timeless Timber range of Tongue and Groove boards from BSW Timber in 2015 and has recently witnessed a huge uptake in sales from customers working on creative landscaping projects.

Huts being restored.

Ridgeons is helping to restore a number of WW1 huts by replacing the original timber provided by the independent timber and builders’ merchant over 100 years ago.

Snows Timber is once again supporting one of the BBC’s DIY SOS The Big Build programmes, delivering good cheer in the form of carcassing, roof battening and plywood to the team’s latest build in Bidford-on-Avon.

The South Molton plant has been awarded unconditional recertification of its Norbord Safety Star.

Norbord’s South Molton plant has been awarded unconditional recertification of its Norbord Safety Star – only the second time a mill has received such a high level of safety certification.

Arbor Forest Products has joined other British businesses from the timber, construction, publishing, DIY and grocery industries in becoming the first UK firms to commit to responsible forest trade.

Customers gather on the Arbor Forest Products trip to Sweden.

Timber traders from the UK were taken on a Scandinavian journey of discovery at the Holmen Sawmill in Braviken, Sweden, as part of Arbor Forest Products’ (AFP) ‘Trading Closer’ initiative.

SterlingOSB’s reputation for quality is rooted in the product’s consistent and reliable performance in a range of building applications.

Research carried out by Norbord has found that the overwhelming majority of builders’ merchants and builders associate the name SterlingOSB with quality.

Investment in energy efficient plant and machinery, environmentally friendly LED lighting and an employee skills development scheme are among the improvements to be undertaken by M&M Timber.

BSW Timber has acquired Stirling-based Tilhill Forestry from UPM.

Premier Forest Group has invested in new machinery at its recently acquired sawmill in Croespenmaen to improve productivity of its fencing panels.

Saint-Gobain UK and Ireland has been recognised in WWF-UK’s 2015 Timber Scorecard for its commitment to buying and sourcing sustainable timber and timber products.

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