- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- "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'."
- 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.
- 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”.
- 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.