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CONNECTING THE MARKETPLACE WoodScanner.com is a ground-breaking digital business-to-business marketplace that openly connects buyers and sellers in the timber market / 18 THE YEAR AHEAD
TIMBER & LOGGING
Looking at timber supply in 2020, from Brexit to bark beetle / 16
Why legality is fundamental to responsible forest management worldwide / 35
Wat er Eco - -based Frien dly
22 Transport & logistics
The latest industry news
08 In demand How recognising expert installers can boost demand for merchants
11 Woodland Carbon Guarantee Late last year, the Government launched the £50 million scheme to help boost tree-planting rates in the fight against climate change but who can apply?
14 Branching out
Last year Maelor Forest Nurseries Holdings Ltd was acquired by BSW Timber. Its managing director Mike Harvey outlines its visionary expansion plans
16 The year ahead
Nigel Buckley-Ryan, UK sales director at Södra Wood Ltd, looks at timber supply in 2020, from Brexit to bark beetle
21 Timber waits for no man
David Hopkins, managing director of Timber Trade Federation, talks about clearing the mists of Brexit
27 Going mobile A fully automated mobile rack system has reduced customer waiting times for a wood wholesaler
29 Stocking up Alternative solutions to cantilever racking for keeping stock organised
30 As easy as ERP K8 software is supporting growth at Terry Howell Timber & Builders’ Merchant
32 Illegal deforestation Alison Hoare, lead researcher at Chatham House, talks about tackling the global issue of illegal deforestation
35 UK timber & logging Why legality is fundamental to responsible forest management worldwide
The importance of keeping supply chains moving postBrexit
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Top prize for forestry student A Scottish School of Forestry student has been awarded the Savills Forestry and Sustainability Award after producing an outstanding land management plan as part of his degree. Sandy Davidson, 24, who is in the fourth year of the University of the Highlands and Islands’ BSc (Hons) in Forest Management, works as an assistant woodland officer with Scottish Forestry. He proposed a strategy for the future management of a fictitious Inverness estate, which identified current land uses, their strengths and limitations. He went on to propose an integrated land management approach to increase the sustainability of the estate, while maintaining the important areas of productive agricultural land, forestry, historical conservation and recreational areas. The plan targeted management in areas likely to Amanda Bryan, head of the Scottish School of Forestry, Sandy Davidson, and Ewan Reid, associate director in the Savills Forestry team.
deliver highest impact and identified opportunities to improve engagement with local communities. Sandy, who grew up in North Uist in the Western Isles, said: “I was very surprised to win this award, but also very pleased as
“As our forestry business continues to grow within a highly dynamic
I feel really passionate about sustainability. Land management has a huge
sector, Savills is encouraged to see talented graduates like Sandy tackling
part to play in addressing some of the major challenges we face in Scotland
the question of holistic land-use.”
and around the world, particularly regarding the major issues of climate
Amanda Bryan, head of the Scottish School of Forestry and programme
change and biodiversity loss. While our exercise was entirely theoretical, I
leader for the BSc (Hons) in Forest Management, said: “Sandy is incredibly
think it was a good way to get students to think of ways we can adapt our
passionate about sustainable land management, so it’s wonderful to see
current land use models in order to improve overall sustainability. Being
him rewarded for his work in this way. The Scottish School of Forestry is
recognised for my work by a company like Savills is really special.”
proud to work with industry to provide opportunities for students, from
Savills’ forestry experts provide consultancy advice on commercial
awards like this, to site visits and guest lectures. Savills consistently support
forestry and woodland management. The company awarded its inaugural
our work at the Scottish School of Forestry to educate, mentor and inspire
prize last year to reward high-achieving students after forming a close
the next generation of foresters and land managers.”
industry partnership with the Scottish School of Forestry.
The Scottish School of Forestry at Inverness College UHI is the principal
Ewan Reid, associate director in Savills Forestry team, said: “This
institution for forestry and arboriculture training and education in Scotland,
type of critical analysis is central to modern forestry. Our clients, from
offering a range of qualifications from access level programmes through
community groups to private landowners, need to be able to optimise the
to honours degree level. It’s also the only UK provider of undergraduate
benefits derived from their properties.
higher education in forest management.
Acquisition for James Latham James Latham has acquired the market
Established in 2009 and
leading specialist timber and cladding
delivering a variety of innovative
processor, Dresser Mouldings.
solutions for applications across
The move will enable James Latham, which
numerous sectors, Dresser specialises
has had a long-standing business relationship
in the processing and vacuum coating
with Dresser, to increase its offering in
of bespoke timber products, the
processed timber, developing specialist
production of timber mouldings and
products for the specification market.
other specialist timber machining.
Dresser Moulding’s managing director, Bill
Andrew Wright, managing
Gunn and production director, Steve Addison,
director of Lathams Limited said: “This was a
in product and business development in what
will continue to manage the business, working
strategic decision which will allow us to develop
is becoming an important market sector for us,
closely with Lathams Limited director and
our existing timber moulding, cladding and
whilst helping to maintain quality control and
group timber director, Andy Duffin, to develop
timber coatings business.
customer service levels, as well as securing our
their joint strategies.
“It will also enable us to continue to invest
MPs call for Government focus on timber industry A report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Timber Industries
reducing carbon emissions. The timber industry will provide skilled jobs,
(APPG), highlights the key role timber industries can play in helping
it can deliver sustainable and affordable homes and it should be at the
the Government meet its targets for housebuilding whilst working to
forefront of addressing the climate emergency we face.
achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
“Housebuilding should be part of an environmental revolution that
The report argues that using timber in construction is key to
is firmly integrated into our net-zero emissions targets. Using timber
meeting emissions targets and urges the Government to implement the
will lock carbon within homes for generations and is considerably more
recommendations of the Climate Change Committee by increasing the use
environmentally friendly than other core building materials such as
of timber in construction.
A long-term spending commitment, reform of Right-to-Buy and building
Roy Wakeman OBE, chair of the Confederation of Timber Industries,
regulations that encourage innovation in construction are amongst the
added: “We know there is capacity in the industry which can be unlocked with
recommendations to Government made in the report.
the right policies, regulatory framework, and partnership between the public
In order to meet the skills requirement needed to build more homes, the
and private sectors.
report recommends that Government should place an increased emphasis
“By bringing together experts from across the timber supply chain – all
on construction apprentices and invest in developing construction courses,
the way from the forest to the finished house – we will be able to make an
bringing together skills development with technological solutions.
even greater contribution.”
Martin Whitfield MP, chair, APPG, said: “This report addresses an important dilemma governments have: increase housebuilding whilst
The report follows a UK-wide inquiry the APPG launched to explore how the timber industry can contribute towards solving the housing crisis.
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James Latham factory welcomes namesake youngster for tour When six-year-old James Latham kept spotting his name in giant letters on the side of lorries and buildings during family trips, he was understandably dumbfounded and asked his Mum and Dad why. To help explain the mystery to his inquisitive son, Dad, Stephen, a teacher in St Helens, Merseyside, had the bright idea of contacting the nationwide timber and panel products distributor on Twitter to ask if James could visit one of their branches, and the team at the Leeds site were more than happy to oblige. The Latham family, comprising Stephen, mum Claire, James and younger brother Thomas (aged two), who live in Widnes, were invited for a VIP tour where James junior got to see his name everywhere! On arrival at the 66,000ft2 state-of-the art distribution site, James, who is a pupil at Lunts Heath Primary School, and his brother
boys were very excited about as they got to sit
never forget. They were very excited about
in a real one during their tour.
today and both had a wonderful time, but
But the real highlight of the visit for
particularly James, who now says he would
were given specially made high-visibility
James came when he got to sit in one of the
jackets for their tour and received a goody
distinctive purple and green lorries with his
like to own a factory when he grows up.”
bag of promotional items, all appropriately
name splashed across the cab and trailer.
the original James Latham, who no doubt
emblazoned with the James Latham name.
Stephen Latham thanked their hosts for the
had the same kind of ambition and vision
They were also presented with a miniature
day saying: “This has been a truly amazing
more than 260 years ago when he set up his
forklift truck, supplied by Combilift which both
experience and one which our boys will
business in Liverpool.
Maybe he will follow in the footsteps of
TDCA and TTF join forces The Timber Decking and Cladding Association (TDCA) and The Timber Trade Federation (TTF) have joined forces under a partnership agreement aimed at strengthening the market for timber cladding and decking. The partnership will focus on specifier and buyer education to raise awareness and confidence in the timber cladding and decking sectors. The move aligns with TTF’s plans to focus on market-facing educational activities. A series of TTF working groups are looking in depth at cladding, flooring and engineered wood products sectors. Output from these groups aims to issue guidance on avoiding risks, setting standards and timber species and specification – the TDCA’s knowledge and experience will provide a vital contribution. Janet Sycamore, director of operations at TDCA, said: “Our directors were strongly in favour of a strategic alliance with TTF, recognising the benefits of expanding the reach of TDCA to a wider audience. Initially
between TDCA and the WPA and the three bodies will work together on
the agreement was to help TTF implement a programme of education
projects of mutual interest whilst still maintaining their individual identities
for timber cladding, but we also aim to include decking under the same
and operating as independent trade bodies.
arrangement. We are excited by the opportunities that working together will bring.”
David Hopkins, managing director of TTF, said: “The partnership with TDCA, who are recognised industry experts, brings significant benefits
Both organisations have existing agreements with the Wood
and widening opportunities to TTF, WPA and our respective members. The
Protection Association (WPA) and this new collaboration creates a strong
knowledgeable and experienced TDCA team can provide the resources to
triumvirate working on behalf of the timber trade
achieve TTF’s current objectives on both cladding and decking”.
The partnership will work similarly to the agreement currently in place
Details of their first joint venture will be released soon.
Partnership working Laura Dee KTN, Andrew Duncan UHI, Ewan Robertson Tilhill Forestry, Ewan Bowditch UHI, Peter Whitfield, Ian Hayward KTN.
Tilhill Forestry will be working with both
during tree harvesting operations, and maximise
always been at the heart of research and this
the University of the Highland and Islands
the high value sawn timber product cut from
partnership offers the opportunity to address
(UHI) and Innovate UK on a new Knowledge
these logs at the sawmill.
a key issue in forestry, as well as integrate and
Transfer Partnership (KTP). Knowledge Transfer Partnerships is a
Dr Ian Heywood, Innovate UK, knowledge
develop interdisciplinary skillsets – we look
transfer adviser, North Scotland said: “Investing
forward to bringing innovation experience to
UK-wide programme that has been helping
in innovation is a key indicator of an ambitious
both our students and own research.”
businesses to improve their competitiveness
and forward-thinking company and it is a
and productivity through the better use of
pleasure to be working alongside the academic
new UHI researcher and Knowledge Transfer
knowledge, technology and skills that reside
team from the UHI and the North of Scotland
Partnership associate to look at the improved
within the UK Knowledge Base, for the past 40
KTP Centre to support Tilhill Forestry deliver this
use of data in the forest to mill supply chain. The
project will be looking to recruit an associate to
The purpose of this partnership is to
A Knowledge Transfer Partnership serves
Tilhill Forestry will be working with a
lead on this work.
develop and deliver “Trees to Timber Mill”
to meet a core strategic need and to identify
(TTM), a digital end-to-end logistics solution
innovative solutions to help the business grow
Peter Whitfield said: “We are very much looking
that will deliver process efficiencies, improved
through improved quality and operations.
forward to working with UHI and KTP teams.
reporting and reduced supply chain costs in the
Dr Euan Bowditch, UHI researcher – forestry
Tilhill’s business development manager
The partnership will take place over two years
timber trade with a unique decision support
and social-ecology said: “Inverness College
and is a really exciting opportunity to give Tilhill
system enabling the company to both optimise
UHI (Research) is very excited to be working in
Forestry a chance to better utilise the wealth of
the standing timber crop’s conversion into logs
partnership with Tilhill Forestry. Innovation has
data available to us as a business.”
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UK Forest Market Report reveals another robust year The average price of commercial forestry on the market rose 23% over
As the wider societal and environmental values that should be assigned
the last year to £11,478 per stocked hectare (ha), according to the 21st
to woodland through carbon, water quality, flood mitigation and biodiversity
edition of the UK Forest Market Report.
start to be recognised, it is expected that this market sector will attract a new
The report, produced by Tilhill Forestry and John Clegg & Co, outlines
class of environmentally-minded investor. Although prices have not risen as
a positive outlook for the “robust” market in its annual analysis and
quickly as the productive conifer market, they still compare favourably and
commentary on the forestry and woodland sector and highlights its
many remain more affordable for the smaller investor.
“powerful attraction as an investment asset”.
The report concluded: “We can expect an unsettled few years ahead
Peter Whitfield, business development director for Tilhill Forestry, said:
both politically and economically. In this environment, we can see the value
“We have seen a continued upward trajectory in average forestry values,
and security of real assets that continue growing regardless of political
which rose by 23% over the past year. However, it must be stressed this is
uncertainty. This, along with a continued political support for forestry, aligned
a volatile figure which is in part a reflection of the excellent quality of the
with a new impetus for woodland creation driven by growing climate change
forests which came to the market this year. Deviations in the quality of
concerns, makes us optimistic about the future.”
properties sold distort the comparison and, if we were to compare like for like examples, we would probably see something closer to a 1012% rise. That said, there is clearly a genuinely strong uplift in the market.” Figures show a 21% increase in the total value of the market, which amounted to £126.5m. A
We can expect an unsettled few years ahead both politically and economically. In this environment, we can see the value and security of real assets that continue growing regardless of political uncertainty.”
total of 69% of properties sold above their guide price with 14% of properties selling at more than 150% over guide. The average size of a sold forestry property decreased to 136 ha (from 196 ha in 2018) and the average cost amounted to £1.56m. A selection of properties came to the market, attracting a wide variety of investors, according to the report. In Scotland, where 78% of recorded sales took place, five properties sold above the £5m mark and 15 properties below £500,000. Fenning Welstead, director at John Clegg & Co, said: “Our report for
2019 shows that forests have continued to rise in value. With the softening of timber prices this year, it might be thought that forest property values should follow suit. This is not happening and we believe that this is a direct reflection of the trend towards renewable resources and a move to a low carbon economy. “We believe the rise in land values reflects a desire to have such a fundamental asset as part of an investment portfolio. Ownership offers opportunities for alternative land uses; for example, renewable energy and commercial forestry crops are a popular blend. Additionally, with a potential carbon tax in development there is the possibility of an annual income for sequestering carbon.” Much has been said about the ability of tree planting to help mitigate climate change and this will no doubt be a driver of future policy. The report suggests that interest in establishing new forests is high, yet despite
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FEATURE: INSTALLERS SCHEME
Composite decking brand Trex has continued to grow in popularity
Sarah Francis, product manager at Arbor Forest Products outlines how recognising expert installers can boost demand for merchants
019 saw the demand for decking
audience which helps drive demand and build
amongst homeowners continue to
their business further.
grow, with more people choosing to
One of the key activities in our calendar
But how does this impact merchants?
adapt their current homes to fit their requirements rather than move house.
It was also a year where climate change became
parties to ensure positive developments. is the Arbordeck Awards which gives us the chance to speak directly to both installers and
Increased demand As the TrexPROs become more in demand,
merchants to educate them on products and gain valuable feedback from them, as well as
a huge global talking point, resulting in more
they rely more on their local merchant to
being a great opportunity for TrexPROs to both
requests for eco-friendly decking products,
have the products they need in stock when
showcase their work and speak to suppliers.
such as Trex composite decking.
they need them. Even the traditional ‘decking
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and will never need to be oiled or painted, Trex
receiving business throughout the year.
has become a popular choice amongst those conscious of their impact on the environment.
TrexPRO Simon Thomas Carpentry, whose
Shared knowledge Not only do we see the importance of developing relationships between merchants and TrexPRO installers – who we identify and
project was named as ‘Deck of the Year’ at the
qualify as potential scheme members – but we
annual Arbordeck Awards in 2019, works on
understand the value of training; which is why
so do those who are experts in installing it.
decking projects year-round which means that he
we invest heavily in training for all elements of
At Arbor Forest Products, we recognise the
relies heavily on his local timber merchant to be
the supply chain.
importance of specialist installers because high
well-stocked on the decking products he needs to
performing decks need high performing deck
fulfil his jobs, regardless of the time of year.
And as Trex continues to grow in demand,
builders. This is why we actively support the TrexPRO scheme launched by Trex in 2018: it recognises and advocates certified installers
alongside a Trex employee from the company’s
Developing relationships Installers can’t afford to wait for products to
and provides a unique support package to help
come into stock. This means it’s essential for them
to grow their businesses.
to develop great relationships with their local
Installers are able to join the TrexPRO scheme for free following assessments of
We host dedicated TrexPRO events for installers hosted by a Trex representative – often HQ in the USA. Arbor Forest Products has also created numerous resources for installers such as ‘how to’ videos and brochures on installation. And for Trex stockists, we offer dedicated
merchants and ensure they work as a partnership
training which includes features and benefits of
when planning jobs and ordering products.
the products, best practice for installation and
their work by a Trex representative and they’ll
Fortunately, at Arbor Forest Products we
receive Trex marketing materials to help them
offer a ‘Warehouse on Wheels’ service, which
The potential for shared knowledge and
discuss the product and colour options with
helps the relationship between TrexPROs like
resources between TrexPROs and merchant
Simon and their merchants. It’s not only a more
stockists can only serve to further strengthen
environmentally-friendly solution to delivering
relationships and customer satisfaction, and
page on the Trex website where they can
stock, but it also means that we’re able to deliver
as the TrexPROs’ success continue to grow,
showcase project images, contact details and
multiple-product orders when a merchant needs
so does the demand for their merchants to
customer reviews, making it easy for end-users
them, and in the exact quantities required.
provide them with the materials they need.
All Trex installers get a company profile
to select the best Trex decking installer for
At Arbor Forest Products, we work hard to
a practical demonstration.
If you have any installers who are eligible in
them. This is a fantastic opportunity for the
close the loop between installers and merchants
the TrexPRO scheme then get in touch with the
Trex installer to showcase their work to a wider
and our team is in regular contact with both
Trex team at Abor Forest Products.
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FEATURE: WOODLAND CARBON GUARANTEE
Woodland Carbon Guarantee Late last year, the government launched the Woodland Carbon Guarantee, a £50 million scheme to help boost tree-planting rates in the fight against climate change but who can apply for the fund?
he Woodland Carbon Guarantee (the Guarantee) is a £50
The Guarantee application and auction stages must be completed
million scheme across England to encourage farmers and
before any trees are planted. If you are a woodland owner who is thinking
landowners to plant more trees and create new woodland in
of expanding your woodland by planting new trees you can also apply,
return for payments as those trees grow.
but you will only be able to apply for the new section of woodland.
It aims to help accelerate woodland planting rates in order
to permanently remove CO2 from the atmosphere, and therefore help combat climate change. The Guarantee gives land managers in England the long-term financial
Do I need an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) in place before I apply for the Guarantee? The Guarantee process allows for the design of the woodland to be
income they need to invest in carbon sequestration – the process by which
modified after an application has been approved so it isn’t necessary to wait
trees lock up and store carbon from the atmosphere.
until all of the planning and EIA processes are complete before applying for the
Successful participants will be offered the option to sell Woodland Carbon Units to the government over 35 years, at a guaranteed price, set
Guarantee. In fact, applying early can be helpful to understand whether a project will be financially viable before committing to the detailed design processes.
by auction, providing new income for land managers who help businesses compensate for their carbon emissions. The Guarantee provides successful applicants with the option to sell the captured carbon from their woodlands in the form of verified
Can I apply for the Guarantee at the same time as other woodland grants? Yes, woodland creation applications don’t need to be agreed in order
credits called Woodland Carbon Units (WCUs) to the government for a
for you to apply for the Guarantee, but they should be part of your thinking
guaranteed price every five or 10 years up to 2055/56.
when putting together the funding package for your project – especially
Forestry and climate adaptation minister Zac Goldsmith said:
if support through the Guarantee is critical for the viability of your project.
“Woodland creation is an excellent way to help combat the effects of
Further information about the support available for woodland creation is
available here: www.gov.uk/guidance/create-woodland-overview
“By supporting farmers and land managers who decide to invest in tree-planting, we are making sure we tackle climate change through nature-based solutions and – as part of our 25 Year Environment Plan – help leave the environment in a better state than we found it. “The Woodland Carbon Guarantee means that now, more than ever, there is no reason to delay planting trees.”
Can I apply for the Guarantee if I’ve already applied for other woodland creation grants? Yes. Guarantee applications may be made alongside applications for other woodland creation grants (e.g. Countryside Stewardship, the Woodland Carbon Fund or the HS2 Woodland Fund) provided that any other
Below, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, answers some key questions about the Guarantee.
contracts were signed by the landowner after 29 October 2018. If for example, you have already completed a Countryside Stewardship Woodland Creation application and you signed it after the 29 October 2018,
Who should apply?
then it may be possible to plant trees either in the current or next planting
The Guarantee is designed to support woodland creation projects
season; however if you haven’t currently started the Countryside Stewardship
that wouldn’t be viable without the additional support that the scheme
application process then it may take a couple of years before planting can
provides and is aimed at landowners and farmers who are thinking about
begin. In addition, Guarantee applications can only be submitted for projects
planting new woodlands.
registered with the Woodland Carbon Code after 29 October 2018.
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FEATURE: WOODLAND CARBON GUARANTEE Can I apply for the Guarantee if I already have a woodland / I’ve already started planting trees?
What is the maximum amount of money I can receive?
No, projects will not be eligible for the Guarantee if you have started
The maximum amount of money that you can receive is based on
planting or other on-site work has started before you have received an
the number of carbon units that are included within the application
offer of a Guarantee contract after a successful bid in an auction. If you
(which is in turn based on the size of the proposed woodland and
already have a woodland established, you can’t apply for the Guarantee
factors such as the species choice and the management regime) along
but if you are considering extending your woodland you may be able to
with the guaranteed priced agreed through the auction process. The
apply for the Guarantee on the new trees you are thinking of planting.
guaranteed price is index-linked for the period of the WCaG contract.
Your woodland will still need to meet the requirements for UKFS and
What is the average price of a woodland carbon unit?
have the relevant Environmental Impact Assessment completed.
When will I get my money?
Landowners currently report selling carbon units upfront to private
The Woodland Carbon Guarantee provides you with the option to
companies for between £5 and £15 per WCU. If you want to sell your
sell your captured carbon in the form of verified carbon credits, called
WCUs to the government via the Guarantee, the online auctions will be
Woodland Carbon Units (WCUs), to the government for a guaranteed
used to agree the price at which the WCUs will be sold to the government
price every 5 or 10 years up to 2055/56. WCUs produced after 2055/6
– this price may be higher than the current open market price.
can be sold privately but will not be purchased by the government
Can I apply for the Guarantee if I live in Scotland but have already signed up to the WCC?
under the Woodland Carbon Guarantee.
Can I get any money from selling carbon units sooner than every 5 to 10 years?
No. Decisions on how to support domestic woodland creation are devolved to each of the three countries. The Guarantee has been
The Guarantee is not a grant scheme which pays for planting trees
developed by Defra and FC to cover England and the support for
up front, it is designed to provide a longer-term income stream with
woodland creation provided within Scotland and Wales is a matter for
income options available every 5 or 10 years until 2055/56. However, the
Scottish and Welsh ministers.
Woodland Carbon Code allows for carbon to be sold in advance of the trees
What does the timeline for the scheme look like from start to finish?
growing, in the form of unverified carbon units called Pending Issuance Units (PIU). Unverified PIUs typically sell for a lower price than verified WCUs but they do provide an option for an early return if this is desirable.
When you can actually plant will depend on what stage you apply to
The sale of PIUs is not covered by the Woodland Carbon Guarantee
the Guarantee, and whether you intend to also apply for other support such as through the Countryside Stewardship
Key steps for applying for the Guarantee 1. Identify some land for planting. Guarantee applications must be linked to
can be downloaded from the Woodland Carbon Code website.
that you wish to set aside for woodland.
The guarantee provides you with the option to sell your carbon to the government for the
4. Register for the Woodland Carbon Code.
this and either keep the carbon yourself or sell it
Once you are satisfied that your project
privately through the open market. The decision
is worth pursuing, you will need to
as to whether to sell the carbon to government
register the project with the Woodland
is taken when the carbon is verified every 5 or 10
for the Guarantee doesn’t require a final
Carbon Code. This can again be done
years. You can choose a different option at each
woodland design plan, but it does require
through the Woodland Carbon Code
verification point and full details of the terms and
the landowner to have a reasonable idea
website. You will need to create an
conditions are contained in the WCaG contract.
of what types of woodland they wish to
account on the Markit Registry and then
establish, and how it will be managed
add the details of your project.
2. Decide what you wish to plant. Applying
(thinned, non-thin, clearfell, continuous cover etc.) in order to calculate how much carbon it will sequester.
5. Apply for the Guarantee. Once you have calculated how much carbon your woodland will produce, and registered it with the
3. Calculate how much carbon the
Woodland Carbon Code, you can apply
woodland will sequester. The
for the Woodland Carbon Guarantee. An
Woodland Carbon Code provides
application form can be downloaded from
tools for calculating how much carbon
the Woodland Carbon Guarantee website.
will be sequestered by a woodland. The Woodland Carbon Code Carbon Calculation Spreadsheet and Guidance
When do I decide if I want to sell my credits to the government or to the open market?
guaranteed price but you can chose not to do
a specific project and area(s) of land so the first step is to identify the fields or land
Woodland Creation Grant.
6. For more information on the Guarantee, visit gov.uk
FOCUS ON: MAELOR FOREST NURSERIES HOLDINGS
Branching out for the future In July last year Maelor Forest Nurseries Holdings Ltd was acquired by BSW Timber. Its managing director Mike Harvey talks to Timber Trader’s Michelle Gordon about securing the future delivery of homegrown trees and expanding into Scotland
aelor Forest Nurseries Holdings Ltd, located in Wrexham, North Wales, produces an extensive range of commercial forestry and native broadleaf species, marketing almost 30
million trees a year to customers throughout the UK and Europe.
Originally established by the Forestry Commission in
around 1919, the nursery was sold into the private sector in 1976, undergoing a number of changes in ownership until going into administration in 2004. It was taken out of administration by private shareholders, who sold the business to BSW Timber last year. “The forestry industry has grown significantly in the last 10 years, with the plantations that were planted in the 70s and 80s coming into harvest,” said managing director Mike Harvey. “When you add to that the new planting levels in Scotland and the intended targets by various UK governments to increase planting levels, as well as the importance of timber to the future in mitigating climate change,
The aim is to produce thousands of stock plants for VP production from a single embryo/seed, using somatic embryogenesis, which allows the large-scale reproduction of genetically identical plants without the troubles associated with cuttings and seeds. Research and development is important for a strong forestry sector for
we reckon that we are looking at an expansion in the market of 30 to 40%
the future, said Harvey. “If we are going to really mitigate against climate
over the next few years in terms of planting levels and supply.
change within the timeframes that we need to then we need to be planting
“For us to maintain market share that would need significant
now, with confidence, material that can be used and locked into construction
investment and also investment in another site. So, it was a good time
etc and also material where we can identify its disease resistance,” he added.
for the private shareholders to pull out and a major player to come in and take that forward.
Also, in response to climate change, Maelor is trialling hybridising Sitka Spruce with other spruces which have a have a history of being
“The plant supply in the UK has been quite tenuous and to get a significant player into the private sector is quite important for sustaining
grown in warmer climates. The investment from BSW Timber will enable Maelor to drive that
plant production. There is a strategic need for investment in the future, for
forward and produce plants with desirable qualities such as straightness
the sake of the industry as a whole.”
and stiffness, or a resistance to disease and pests.
In addition to securing the future delivery of homegrown British trees to the UK forest industry, the acquisition will enable Maelor Forest Nurseries Holdings Ltd to progress with its expansion plans. “We are developing sites in Scotland and we are increasing
Protecting against pests and disease is vital for a successful future said Harvey, and Maelor only sells British grown trees. “The biggest vector for pest and disease in the UK has been the importation of live plant material from the continent and Ireland but the UK
production,” said Harvey. “We have invested in new laboratories and seed
has got the benefit of being an island surrounded by sea and we should be
facilities at the nursery so there is quite an increased investment plan both
using that to maximum benefit for biosecurity,” said Harvey.
here in Wales and, intended for Scotland.”
“We know that to try and stop importation of plants to garden centres
The company plans to expand into Morayshire, bringing an additional 5 to 10 million plants into the supply chain annually.
etc is a tough ask but for forestry and woodland planting it is not such a big ask and environmentally that is the biggest risk. If you get diseased trees
“Scotland is where the biggest market is, it is where new planting is taking place and our existing customer base is largely in Scotland,” explained Harvey. “Wales unfortunately hasn’t seized the opportunity and
going into someone’s garden it can be contained once it is identified but once it goes into the wild and the forest environment that is more difficult. “We, as a nursery, stopped some years ago from handling any trees
the Welsh Government hasn’t delivered on planting and we don’t see much
from any other nursery, as if you buy a tree for another nursery and it
future in Wales really. There has been no encouragement where we are
imports trees then you are exposed.
currently situated in Wales and it has been extremely disappointing.” The nursery is also heavily involved in the scientific research associated with the production of improved tree stock with enhanced
“I think the more direct line there is between the growing nursery and the plantation, the stronger the resilience to imported pest and disease.” The future certainly looks bright for Maelor and for the wider market
genetics at its state-of-the-art onsite laboratory which was established
and for Harvey that lies north of the border, where it will continue to
with the help of world-renowned tissue culturist and tree breeding
scale that growth to match market demand and focus its efforts on
expert Dr David Thompson.
FEATURE: TIMBER SUPPLY
Brexit and bark beetle: what they mean for 2020 timber supply
Excess stock brought in ahead of the original 1 April Brexit deadline, continuing uncertainty around Brexit and challenges posed by bark beetle attacks throughout central Europe all contributed to a collapsing of timber prices in 2019. The knock-on effect in 2020 will be a price recovery of sorts and the potential for some timber shortage and supply delays, says Nigel Buckley-Ryan, UK sales director, Södra Wood Ltd
With the good intention of having landed stock
If we end up without a reciprocal compliance framework in place,
available to customers ahead of the original and
any timber landing from Europe will be treated as if it came from
ultimately unmet 1 April Brexit deadline, the market
outside the EU. This means that customs clearance could take up
was saturated with an excess of landed softwood. This,
to seven, or perhaps even 10 days. Should this happen, EU-sourced
coupled with ongoing challenges posed by bark beetle
timber would have to be stored by importers pending paperwork,
attacks (and the need to fell and process affected wood as quickly as
which will increase demand for space and appropriate facilities to
possible), led to over-supply and price reductions.
maintain products in premium condition.
How will this play out?
from non-EU countries and, as a vertically integrated business – all the
Fortunately, Södra already has several years’ experience importing
Well, one thing is for certain: many timber importers – reluctant to
way from owning the forests to manufacturing and UK distribution –
put themselves in another situation whereby they may lose money –
we are well placed to cope with Brexit challenges. Similarly, operating
are unlikely to prepare for the UK leaving the EU in the same way they
three British dock storage terminals
did ahead of 1 April.
offers some flexibility to adjust
On the other hand, the persistence of the bark beetle means that
stockholding. This provides a
the yield of logs being harvested has fallen due to a deterioration of
buffer against potential customs
quality. The market will likely feel the effect of this soon, particularly
the market for C24 construction timber, which could be impacted by a
Bark beetle explained
tighter supply scenario. Both Brexit and the bark beetle may therefore cause timber
Bark beetle is a common
shortages and supply delays. This could pose a challenge for some timber
and potentially devastating
and builders’ merchants, especially as demand for construction timber
pest which tunnel, under bark,
throughout Europe remains high. So, let’s take both issues in turn.
cutting off the supply of food and water the tree needs to survive,
The “B” word
eventually killing a tree in as little as
Brexit may well come with a change to frictionless imports, which could have significant business implications. Not least, construction
two to four weeks. Bark beetle attacks on spruce throughout central Europe
sector workflow. Merchants are largely reliant rely on next-day supply
proliferated during the summer, with the situation becoming
on demand, so they will need to be sure that their timber importer
serious in several places in the Czech Republic, Austria and Germany.
has enough landed stockholding, storage resources and the necessary
Damaged logs need to be harvested as soon as possible, which can
infrastructure in place to maintain continuous supply and overcome
have a knock-on effect on production.
any customs delays.
At Södra, we combat bark beetle by strictly maintaining best
FEATURE: TIMBER SUPPLY Looking ahead There’s no doubt that the timber industry is going through a challenging time at the moment. Continuing demand coupled with a potential shortage of supply pays testament to that, which is why the timber supplier you choose now will pay dividends in the months
At Södra, we combat bark beetle by strictly maintaining best practice forest management, including ensuring that the number of trees growing is appropriate for the acreage; that the right trees are being planted in the right place; and carrying out responsible, regular thinning.” practice forest management, including ensuring that the number of trees growing is appropriate for the acreage; that the right trees are being planted in the right place; and carrying out
and years to come. Those suppliers with a proven track-record of
responsible, regular thinning.
sustainable timber supply; end-to-end control of their supply chains;
We never use any form of chemical deterrent but instead lay traps
and a commitment to building long-term partnerships with their
and attract bark beetle with endorphins typically released by a tree
customers will be the ones that win out. Now, more than ever, those
in distress. This helps us to not only exterminate the bark beetle but
who partner with trusted, reliable timber supply partners will be best
learn more about their activity so that we may better plan ahead.
placed to understand and plan for the possible challenges ahead.
Södra Wood Ltd – the UK distribution arm of Swedish-based timber supplier, Södra – is one of Great Britain and Ireland’s leading supply partners of sustainable structural timber and engineered wood products.
COVER STORY: WOODSCANNER
Connecting the marketplace WoodScanner.com is a ground-breaking digital business-tobusiness marketplace that openly connects buyers and sellers in the timber market. Its founder and managing director Andrew Ferguson explains how it can help to boost your business
oodScanner, which was launched in June last year, is an
experience and not very intuitive and I just thought there must be
online platform targeting merchants and importers, and
aims to provide a simple and efficient way to acquire timber products.
Once he started to carry out market research it quickly became apparent that both buyers and sellers were frustrated by the old and
The timber industry is one of the most volatile
markets with prices and stock fluctuating daily and the model was developed to provide a new channel for assessing product availability and cost options.
inefficient manual processes. “When speaking to suppliers they would often say that their biggest problem was that their customers didn’t even know what they stock,” explained Andrew. “They know what they know because the
“As a timber buyer, keeping on top of these
rep tells them that or because they have bought that product
fluctuations can be extremely labour intensive:
for the last however many years but they don’t know that
spreadsheets to update, phone calls to make, prices
you are now stocking sleepers or scaffolding boards.
to cross-reference from your trusted, but limited,
“In the past people liked to ring around and business was
group of suppliers. If you’re a timber seller, the
done over a cigar and brandy but the newer people coming
traditional way of sharing your stock availability
into the industry prefer to quickly look on their phone or a
and special offers with clients is, similarly, no light
website and see if a product is available and make a decision
load,” said Andrew Ferguson, managing director of
and, of course, it is much easier to do it this way.
WoodScanner. “The time is ripe, therefore, for an
“Sometimes you just don’t have time to ring three or
evolution in the industry.”
four people, or the person that you usually buy from is on holiday or unavailable and you can’t speak to anybody else.”
Where did the idea come from?
So how does it work?
Andrew has worked in the timber sector for 34 years and spent 28 years running his company
The aim of WoodScanner is to increase that visibility
Beaumont Forest Products, which he sold to
and cast transparency over product variety and availability,
the Grafton Group in 2014, going on to work as
while highlighting new trading opportunities. It also moves
timber director for the group prior to setting up
away from the static PDFs and product lists that have
traditionally been used in the sector.
“I always thought there was a lack of
It allows buyers and sellers to connect and interact and
visibility and transparency in the industry,” he
offers intelligent search features which enable buyers to
explained. “It just felt really odd that when you
quickly find and compare selected options.
looked around the timber industry, in terms
“Basically, it is like Skyscanner or Auto Trader,” said
of technology, it was pretty poor and pretty
Andrew. “You filter your search and it will list what you are
low level. You would go on people’s websites
looking for, so the more information you put in, the more
and they were very static in terms of the user
defined your search result will be.
COVER STORY: WOODSCANNER â€œWe wanted to replace that static PDF with a live stock platform, so a seller has the ability to control their stock 24-7, 365 days a year.â€? The platform is free for timber buyers to use and it always will be. You just need to set-up an account to start comparing and connecting. Timber sellers wonâ€™t be charged to list their products until they are 100% happy with the service. After that they will be charged a small listing fee that gives them entry to the digital market. The goal is to make it cost-neutral for sellers â€“ a timber community and marketplace that enables better business. â€œWe had to build a website for two audiences â€“ the buyers and the sellers â€“ and that has been the challenge,â€? said Andrew. â€œWe have spent a lot of time with these guys trying to get it right for them.â€?
Are you a timber buyer? Once registered, timber buyers can quickly and easily compare product options on WoodScanner from a wide range of suppliers, comparing the market in
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seconds for the best deal. Simply select what type of timber you need and, in seconds, WoodScanner lists available stock in real-time, along with full specs and price options. â€œAs well as cutting out the legwork, many buyers tell us theyâ€™ve connected with timber suppliers that they have not had access to before, expanding their business network and fulfilling stock requirements and customer
use as you wish. It is never off sick, it reduces on travel expenses and
orders with greater visibility,â€? said Andrew.
you are always in the game.
Are you a timber seller?
â€œWe would never say, put all of your stock on our website, you choose the inventories that you wish to display. It follows that if you have got
If youâ€™re a timber seller, WoodScanner gives you access to a whole new community of timber, roofing and buildersâ€™ merchants who you can
stock that you want to move there is an opportunity, or if you have got
build relationships with, enabling you to connect with new prospects 24
something new and you want to tell people about it you can do that.â€?
hours a day, seven days a week.
Youâ€™ll get a listing in our Directory, so you
The WoodScanner model is still in the early stages of
can showcase your business, as well as access to a simple dashboard where you can easily upload the
stock and inventories that you want to display. You
development and Andrew is keen to work with the sector
to create a service that works for everyone.
will also have the unique ability to instantly adjust
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being reviewed and updated to deliver the platform the timber industry wants.â€? WoodScanner started off with a handful of staple categories, and these have gradually been increased with five more added in December.
While WoodScanner offers a different way of
A further four categories will be launched in
engaging with the market, the idea was always that it would supplement existing networks rather than replace them. It aims to enhance businesses without the time-consuming admin of the traditional analogue systems that the industry is used to. â€œWe donâ€™t want to be disruptive,â€? said Andrew. â€œWe just see
February in time for the decking and cladding season, and further categories such as hardwood to be added later in the year. â€œWe want it to be a tool that will give some extra bandwith in the marketplace,â€? said Andrew. â€œIt will never replace what has gone before
WoodScanner as an additional business channel rather than a
but it is here to enhance that and add value for both our buying and
replacement. It is almost an additional salesman for you, that you can
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FEATURE: TRANSPORT AND LOGISTICS Peel Ports London Medway
Timber waits for no man Andrew Hunter, sales manager at Peel Ports London Medway, talks about the importance of keeping supply chains moving post-Brexit
lthough the details are still being worked out, the results of the
customs controls and procedures are efficient and meet EU benchmarks
General Election at the end of 2019 mean that, barring some
to safeguard goods passing through the international supply chain. This is
truly remarkable circumstances, Britain will be leaving the EU in
something Peel Ports has already secured across our port estate.
2020. We can reasonably expect that Brexit will create significant disruption for all industries and forestry is no exception – as it
stands, 92% of British softwood imports come from the EU. The number one concern for businesses looking to survive the
However, that’s not the only thing that needs to be considered. Firms also need a partner who is constantly investing to improve services, and one that has the right geographic mix of sites to accommodate all sorts of requirements.
turbulence of Brexit is making sure supply chains remain as stable and seamless as possible – particularly for construction companies who rely on timber being readily available to help them address the growing UK housing shortage.
Peel as a partner At Peel Ports, we’re constantly looking to future-proof supply chains by investing in new and better services for customers. We provide everything from stevedoring to storage, reprocessing to dispatch, at five of our sites
Building for the future
across the UK and our multi-modal connectivity gives us excellent links to
For all the predictions of Brexit Blues, the year ahead is set to be a
motorway, rail and sea networks, maximising water transport and minimising
big one for construction and new builds. Wales, South West England, and
use of roads. All of this combines to give customers a more efficient,
Greater London are all expected to do particularly well, with growth rates of
cost-effective and environmentally responsible way to quickly get timber
7.1%, 4.4%, and 3.5% forecast for each area respectively.
anywhere in the UK.
In large part, this is due to the government’s aspirational target of
As part of our commitment to the sector, we have invested £40m into
building 300,000 new homes a year by 2025, a figure which presents a
the development of our Wellmarsh site at Peel Ports London Medway,
major opportunity for construction firms, provided they can still access the
transforming the former Thamesteel site into flexible storage and purpose-
materials they need to meet demand.
built logistics facilities – in particular for timber. Today, Medway handles
Timber, already a vital building material, is set to take on an even more prominent role thanks to EU legislation mandating that all new buildings be built to “nearly zero-energy” standards from January 2021, rules which are
consistently over 1 million tonnes of bulk forest products a year, boasting 50 acres of custom-built timber storage. Elsewhere, at the Port of Sheerness, in addition to the long-standing
expected to still be enforced post-Brexit. Timber is the obvious choice to help
timber treatment facility we have managed on behalf of one of our
meet these goals, given it is a natural, renewable, low-carbon material. On
customers, we’ve developed a new custom-built 26,000 sq.ft. timber
top of this, it’s readily available, economically viable, and versatile.
treatment facility, a 12,700 sq.ft. covered storage area and 10-acres of open storage. Plus, thanks to government investment in additional lorry parks,
Removing the supply chain dead wood All of this means that, however Brexit shakes out, demand for timber is likely to carry on growing. When demand rises, supply
we’re in the process of developing facilities to handle timber through trailers (i.e. through Roll on, Roll off shipping) should the need arise. Leaving the EU was always going to entail challenges, but the economy
chains can become strained and so
won’t stop with Brexit. The future is Timber shed at the Port of Sheerness
manufacturers and retailers need
looking bright for British construction
to take steps now to ensure theirs
and Peel Ports is the ideal partner to
continue to operate smoothly when
help forestry firms take advantage of
Britain does leave the EU.
this opportunity. We already have a wide
The first step is to work with a
range of purpose-built, forestry-specific
trustworthy partner – someone with
solutions, and we’re going to carry on
Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)
investing in making improvements to
status, who can guarantee business’
help navigate a post-Brexit world.
FEATURE: TRANSPORT & LOGISTICS
Clearing the mists of Brexit? Artist Henri Matisse once defined happiness as a ‘good day’s work…illuminating the fog that surrounds us’. In the case of Brexit, that fog still hangs like a persistent haar, or sea fret, as it’s known in some parts, over our timber importing sector
By David Hopkins, managing director, Timber Trade Federation here is little chance as yet of clearing those mists, with so
become ‘Operators’ (instead of their current status as ‘Traders’). This
much still needing final clarification as regards to customs
change will encompass a vast majority of Timber Trade Federation
documentation, phytosanitary checks, the possible knock-on
members and those builders’ merchant chains who conduct their own
effects at ports, and the consequent potential for interruption
timber importing activities. It will have immediate impact on their due
to construction supply chains. With over 90% of the timber
used in the average British home coming in from the EU, and with
Under UKTR, Operators must collect and demonstrate much more
the extent of Britain’s own timber resources being singularly unable
detailed due diligence procedures. They are obliged to ensure there
to replace more than a proportion of that volume, we are still living
is ‘negligible risk’ of illegally harvested timber entering their supply
through ‘interesting times’.
chains. In the case of Timber Trade Federation members, under the
The slogan ‘getting Brexit done’ heralds only the first stage in
TTF’s Responsible Purchasing Policy, Operators must also submit their
a concentrated period of unsettled markets which will consume
due diligence actions to independent third-party audit, ensuring that
business minds throughout the remaining months of the year.
customers can continue to buy ‘Timber you can Trust’.
Politically there are moves afoot to persuade the government that
Attempting to ameliorate the administrative burden of extra
the transition period should be extended, to give more time to reach
customs documentation for importers bringing in wood from the EU,
a deal. However, the government’s astrolabe has its course firmly
the government launched a £16 million fund in October 2019. This is
set upon exiting on 31 December this year. It is still entirely possible
to help companies to train their staff in creating and processing the
that the UK will leave the EU at the end of the transition period this
millions of additional customs declarations that will be needed, and in
December in a ‘no deal’ scenario. The Timber Trade Federation is
creating any necessary IT systems. Transitional Simplified Procedures
therefore continuing to advise members to prepare for this distinct
(TSPs) for Customs were also launched last year by HMRC, with the
aim of enabling companies to clear their goods through customs
We issued our latest guidance document on a no deal Brexit
and, essentially, to pay any duties latterly found to be needed after
in October and that advice still largely stands. With the EUTR now
the importation process has completed. The impact upon companies
already adopted into law as the UK Timber Regulation, in a no deal
in handing these extra transactional flows through their financial
situation, timber importers bringing wood in from EU countries will
accounts remains uncharted waters.
FEATURE: TRANSPORT & LOGISTICS With the integrated nature of today’s construction supply chains,
Yet there are lanterns shining brightly through the mists of
the process of Brexit in our own and other industries is analogous to
Brexit, albeit they are few and far between. The focus provided by
unpicking and reversing our role in the industrial revolution. As many
a transition period ending in December, plus a government focused
more customs officials and agents will also be needed, deal or no deal,
on returning value to communities which ‘lent’ it their support in
HM Treasury and HMRC also launched a new UK Customs Academy
December’s election, may power up the house-building market for
last August, to train up thousands of new officials. With the UK being the second largest timber importer in the world behind China, they will have their work cut out, especially in the bigger timber importing ports in Hull and in Scotland. The UK is also a significant destination for timber and wood products
The slogan ‘getting Brexit done’ heralds only the first stage in a concentrated period of unsettled markets which will consume business minds throughout the remaining months of the year.”
from the Republic of Ireland. It still remains to be clarified by government exactly how the border with Ireland, as an EU country, will work going forward. Another patch of mist still to clear is EU nationals’ perception of living in the UK post-Brexit, and whether they will see a more welcoming and better economic future back in the EU. The
the best part of another year. Some construction indices are already beginning to head upwards with this in mind, following a slump in December. Our TTF UK Softwood Conference, at which merchants and
construction industry and its supply chain is acknowledged as a major
suppliers come together to discuss the global state of trade, takes
employer of EU citizens’ labour and the Federation of Master Builders
place on 4 March in London. Exploring changes in demand, policies
amongst others have been keen to stress this to government. The
on housing and regional variations across the UK, plus issues of
members of the Freight Transport Association are perhaps a less
climate change, competing materials and the China-America trade
visible yet vital element in the supply chain, without whom the timber
war, will enable our members and their merchant guests to be as
sector could not provide merchants with their just-in-time deliveries.
well prepared as possible for whatever lies ahead. As novelist Joseph
The FTA recently revealed that there are 343,000 EU nationals working
Conrad once put it, ‘it is not the clear-sighted who rule the world.
in British logistics firms, and currently more than 53,000 vacancies to
Great achievements are accomplished in a blessed, warm fog’. We look
be filled. They warn that the loss of yet more drivers could “see vehicle
forward to exploring with readers that ‘warm fog’ pervading this year
movements and the supply chain as a whole come to a standstill”.
of sea change in our economy.
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Danzer is a leading quality hardwood supplier with in-house production facilities in many parts of the world. Founded in 1932, Danzer is a third-generation family business producing lumber, sliced veneer and innovative value-added wood timber products for decorative purposes. Danzer products are ultimately used in many high-quality joinery, furniture, interior and external architectural, automobile and yacht interiors and numerous other high class applications. YOUR RELIABLE PARTNER FOR CONSISTENT QUALITY The global Danzer operation embraces the whole supply chain: from sustainable forest management, sawmilling and lumber sales to the manufacture and sales of veneer and other hi tech speciality surfaces. This allows Danzer to directly manage a consistent quality at all stages. SAY WHAT YOU DO - DO WHAT YOU SAY - PROVE IT! Danzer continuously invests in modern technologies and processes to ensure optimal use of hardwood – a precious resource – and keep waste to an absolute minimum. Wood is a sustainable natural material. The company adheres to strict due diligence procedures when it comes to procuring its hardwoods. Danzer is FSC® Certified (license FSC-C022523) and PEFC™ certified (PEFC logo license PEFC/1637-165) for applicable products. Danzer UK’s NEPCon LegalSource(TM) certificate demonstrates that their due diligence system conforms to EUTR requirements. Ongoing dialogue with all stakeholders: Danzer are engaged in an ongoing dialogue with various international non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) and local social project groups. In doing so, Danzer always pursue the goal of keeping debates objective and finding steps toward constructive action. The aim is to help people find their own way. Working together not only with the local residents, but also with NGO’s, we all learn how to support and promote sustainable development. With its Sustainability Reports Danzer underlines this commitment. The reports are written according to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) reporting guidelines. They cover the business years 2014-2016. The reports feature extensive data and examples from around the world that collectively capture some of Danzer’s key sustainability efforts and impacts. The reports serve as a baseline for discussions with stakeholders and future improvements.
ADVERTORIAL DIVERSE AND EXTENSIVE UK STOCKHOLDING Being part of a global hardwood specialist, Danzer UK draws on an extensive in-house manufacturing and procurement network worldwide; this gives access to a reliable supply of a large variety of the worldâ€™s finest and responsibly sourced timber products. At the same time, a deep knowledge and thorough understanding of local customer needs and business practices lets Danzer UK offer products and services tailored exactly to local market needs. Specific programs are being run for individual customers. Products are available both from UK stock and direct from one of our manufacturing facilities.
INNOVATIVE NEW WOOD SURFACES Danzer 3D-Veneer as showcased on cover page. allows for the design and industrial production of organic wood shapes. Danzer 3D-Veneer ushers in a new era in wood design: while bending wood was previously restricted by narrow parameters, the introduction of 3D-Veneers opens up completely new possibilities. Danzer now have implemented hundreds of 3D-Veneer projects in a range of industries, including the furniture and automotive sectors.
Danzer Freeform is an industrial process that adds metal inlays to wood surfaces. Until now only possible through painstaking handcraftsmanship, or restricted to straightforward linear patterns, Danzer Freeform technology now makes it possible to create veneers with inlays in virtually any shape. Decorative elements, typographical details and even logos can now be added to wood surfaces quickly and at reasonable cost. Danzerâ€™s technical capabilities are now so advanced that there are virtually no limits to the type of inlays that we can produce. Industrial production methods deliver additional cost efficiencies while opening up a wide range of potential uses.
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FEATURE: RACKING & STORAGE
Going mobile Karl Pichler has shortened the length of time that customers are waiting for its products after modernising its storage with a fully automated mobile rack system
o improve availability of goods and to
well as wooden floors, terraces, and facade
create more space for a wider product
solutions. The goods were previously stored
be assembled on mobile bases; in addition,
range, wood wholesaler Karl Pichler
in fixed racks but these did not provide
there is a single sided cantilever rack at each
has modernised its storage with a
enough space for the growing range of
end, in effect a frame for the mobile racking
mobile rack system from OHRA.
products. Furthermore, the company was
system. Each of the mobile racks is 34 metres
looking to increase the inventory of the
long and close to 11 metres high. To reach
storing 130 lorry loads of wood panels. Each
individual items to ensure better availability
the required load capacities, each of the 35
of the four double-sided racks possesses a
of the goods.
columns is built from IPE450 profiles – the
The new storage provides space for
storage capacity of up to 750 tonnes – at a
It was decided to replace the old storage
OHRA supplied four cantilever racks to
strongest profiles in the OHRA range: They
dead weight of 720 tonnes. The assembly
system with a fully automated mobile
enable a load capacity of 19.2 tonnes on 13
of the racks on mobile bases is particularly
racking system from OHRA. Unlike racking
storage levels. In total, every mobile row
space-saving while access to the stored
installations bolted to the floor, it only
of racks, provides a storage capacity of 750
items is nonetheless fast and gentle on the
requires a single aisle to reach any storage
tonnes – at an empty weight of 720 tonnes.
location and only opens two shelving rows
Karl Pichler serve the markets of South
With the new racking system, Karl
when access to a storage location is required.
Pichler’s customers can now access a wider
Tyrol, Trentino, and North Tyrol in Italy via
Thus, Karl Pichler can do without non-
range of products at shorter waiting periods
four locations with a product range that
productive rack aisles while still accessing
– on the same footprint as the previous
comprises wood and wooden materials, as
goods quickly and gently.
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FEATURE: RACKING & STORAGE
Stocking up Steve Wickens, managing director at Wickens, outlines some alternative solutions to cantilever racking for keeping stock organised
t’s no secret that in order to run a timber yard operation smoothly and
Racking installation is also an important part of the process and should
efficiently, stock must be kept in an organised manner to allow quick
be completed by a team of qualified racking Installers, who would ensure
and easy access to all products at all times. It is also paramount to store
that the racks are assembled correctly and in line with the installation
the products in a way that will reduce any potential for damage and the
method statements and site safety requirements.
costs that are associated with this.
Yet there are quite a few other elements that should be taken into
When considering the best racking system for the task, most timber or
account. For example, the concrete foundation that the racking is installed
builders merchants would choose cantilever racking, which is an ideal and
on must be able to withstand the combined load of racks and stock and, of
well-proven solution for storing timber packs.
course, should be level.
“Cantilever racking is indeed the most popular product for timber
Considering all of the factors, organising a yard to achieve the most
storage,” said Steve Wickens, managing director at Wickens, “but there are
efficient and cost-effective operation can be quite daunting but, if done
alternative solutions available for other timber-based products, such as
correctly, the benefits are there for all to see.
storage systems for fence panels or vertical racks, which can be used for
Steve said: “Wickens will firstly listen to our customers to understand
easy picking of lighter timber sections. The possibilities are limitless really
their priorities and develop a solution that delivers improvements in
as we offer bespoke systems, which are designed and manufactured to
profitability and to their organisation as a whole.
fulfil a customer’s needs.”
“For over 40 years, we have manufactured and installed products
He confirmed that most projects require an individual, tailored approach
ranging from single bay timber racks to long runs of racking with roof
to get a full understanding of the customer’s expectations and ultimately
canopies and complete rack clad buildings at numerous timber yards across
to ensure that the storage system is suitable for a particular application, fits
the country. In short, we do understand the industry requirements very well.
within the available space and is offered at a competitive price. “There are many elements to consider when purchasing racking and we
“We are a family business with a client base ranging from small independent timber merchants to multi-site blue chip corporations. All
prefer to visit a site prior to designing and manufacturing any racks. Stock
of our racks are designed and manufactured by highly experienced and
volume, product dimensions, available floor space and site restrictions are
qualified staff at our purpose-built facilities in Worcester. So, if you have a
clearly the basics to consider, but there are other very important factors
storage need, or would like some advice, please contact us, we are more
that must be kept in mind when specifying a racking system.”
than happy to offer our expertise when needed.”
Undoubtedly, racking safety is one of the most important considerations. Racking systems must be specified correctly to prevent overloading and the appropriate load labels should be clearly visible. Regular inspections ensure that health and safety requirements are met and that the racking will last for many years. “We prefer looking after our customers’ projects from the initial site visit to design of a storage system and installation,” said Steve. “This allows us to ensure that the storage solutions we offer to our customers are not only robust and safe but, most importantly, are fit for purpose.” The racking specification can be affected by the loading method and the forklift parameters, such as the truck’s maximum reach or the truck’s bed height, if it is a side-loader. By neglecting these details, racking efficiency may be reduced and some storage levels might be inaccessible.
As easy as ERP
Craig Mayor, managing director at Terry Howell Timber & Builders’ Merchant, explains how the implementation of K8 software will support the company’s growth strategy
ccording to Craig Mayor there aren’t enough words to
from our sales figures will enable me to keep my finger on the pulse
describe the changes he expects the implementation of
of the business,” he said. “And to have total visibility of all of our stock
K8 software will make to Terry Howell Timber & Builders’
within the system will be a massive benefit. We run a complex business
Merchant, an independent, family-run business
and buy in huge volumes of timber. We’ll be able to accurately track
Accepting that it will entail a huge transformation in
it as packs get broken down and the timber is moved around the
the working practices of many of his team, he believes the benefits,
business to make different products. I’m also looking forward to the
in terms of visibility and accuracy across all business processes, will
ability to manage and monitor our trade accounts more efficiently and
far outweigh any initial challenges caused by the introduction of a
accurately, particular in terms of pricing and credit control.”
modern ERP system.
Mayor has already created a new website for the business which
Terry Howell operates five manufacturing, treatment and retail
offers customers delivered or collected on-line sales. “We may
sites across South Wales. When Mayor was brought into the business
integrate this with K8 but that will be a project for the future,” he
to manage a planned expansion strategy, he found he had joined a
said. Similarly, he’s keen to adopt other digital solutions offered by
company with a reputation for offering exceptional quality, service
KCS such as the ePOD app, which would process deliveries by the
and value for money to a very loyal customer base. Two thirds of the
company’s fleet of 16 vehicles, but these developments will follow
business focuses on selling timber to customers such as shed and
implementation of the core package.
fence manufacturers, with much of the timber components being
The 73 staff at Terry Howell may have to make some initial
hand crafted. The company also takes a sustainable approach to
adjustments to their working practices, but Mayor is confident the
manufacturing, with all waste wood recycled in biomass boilers used
reward will be a successful and sustainable future for a business already
to dry wet timber.
established through its expertise and great customer service.
As is common in the timber industry Mayor also discovered sales transactions and stock control were managed using entirely manual processes. “Orders, even full lorry loads, were being phoned in and taken down using pen and paper,” he said. “Stock control relied on physical inspections, people’s ‘guestimates’ and hand-written notes. I knew this approach was unsustainable if we were to successfully achieve our plans for growth.” Mayor considered three ERP solutions before making his choice. “We chose K8 because of how its functionality is geared to our type of business, particularly around trading timber, but also because of the expertise of the individuals from the KCS team who presented it to us,” he explained. Stock control and reporting are the areas in which Mayor is anticipating the biggest changes. “Having a suite of reports produced
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FEATURE: ILLEGAL LOGGING
Fighting for the future of forests Illegal deforestation is having a devastating global impact but what can be done to tackle the issue? Alison Hoare, lead research fellow at Chatham House talks to Timber Trader’s Michelle Gordon about improving forest governance
llegal logging is a global issue with far-
Alison Hoare is a senior research fellow of Chatham House, with expertise in
reaching environmental, financial and
international forestry policy, forest governance, and natural resource use and trade.
social implications and everyone working
She has also conducted research on sustainable investment standards, infrastructure
within the timber sector has a role to play
and climate change.
in tackling the issue. Conservative estimates suggest that
it accounts for at least a third of tropical deforestation, but it is in reality probably
She has previously worked with a range of environmental and forestry organisations, undertaking research, policy analysis and project management. She has a BSc in botany from the University of Edinburgh and a PhD in ethnobiology from the University of Kent.
much higher, said Alison Hoare, lead research fellow at Chatham House, and the situation is escalating.
While illegal deforestation is not confined to a particular corner of
“It has got worse because of the growing pressure on land and high demand on land, in particular for agricultural use and that has created a much stronger incentive to clear forests,” she said.
the globe, it is more of an issue in certain parts of the world. “It is everywhere but clearly it is much more prevalent in countries that have poor governance so where you have got unclear or complex
Hoare originally trained as an ethnobotanist, undertaking research
laws or lack of transparency and weak institutions,” said Hoare. “That
in Malaysia, and her focus and interest is very much on forests, natural
environment combined with the very strong economic incentives that
resource governance and climate change.
exist to deforest, means that you are much more likely to see illegal
While the impact of deforestation on the global climate has been well-documented, it also has a huge impact on local climate, in terms of local temperatures and rainfall and loss of biodiversity, which can
deforestation and decisions being made on a very short-term basis or for the benefit of a small elite.” She believes that, while more ambitious policies to reduce
have a knock-on effect for agricultural systems. Replacing forests with
deforestation are key, there needs to be a shift in perspective in many
plantations can also have a negative impact on the resilience of local
countries to a more forest-sensitive approach to development, which
must be backed by further improvements in governance, and financing.
FEATURE: ILLEGAL LOGGING “There is still a need for better awareness of the benefits of
they have been doing to try and improve governance and legal
forests, so not just in terms of their global good, for the global
compliance in the sector. The findings from this are due to be released
climate, but also for the countries themselves in terms of the various
economic benefits they can bring and their ecosystem values as well.
Chatham House also compiles and shares information online, as
Those need to be given much greater recognition so that the decision
well as supporting debate and discussion amongst the international
makers in countries try and integrate forests more in their decision
community, and its annual conference, focused on forest governance
making,” explained Alison.
and illegal logging, will be held on the 13th and 14th July.
“Secondly, and linked to that really, there does need to be much more
While a great deal of work has been done, there is still much
and further progress in improving the governance of the land use sector,
more to do, and as the impact of climate change becomes ever more
so much better legal frameworks and stronger institutions to support
apparent, time is of the essence.
better decision making about land use.” Illegal logging also impacts on the timber
It is everywhere but clearly it is much more prevalent in countries that have poor governance so where you have got unclear or complex laws or lack of transparency and weak institutions.”
sector, reducing timber supply and causing reputational damage, due to the assumption that the harvesting of tropical timber is responsible for large-scale deforestation. And the sector itself has an important role to play in tackling the issue, from
Alison Hoare, lead research fellow at Chatham House
communicating the economic and livelihood benefits of sustainable forest management, to ensuring transparency from suppliers, so that they are confident in their supply chain.
Chatham House will continue to drive forward with its work to
Hoare has been working on the issue of illegal deforestation for around 10 years, supporting efforts to improve governance of the
engage the global community in tackling the issue. “We will be continuing to work on how to improve forest
forest sector and land use sector through looking at different policy
governance, so looking at what types of interventions are helping
options both at the global and national level.
countries to establish more sustainable forest sectors and also
She has recently worked on a project monitoring and analysing forest governance in 19 countries around the world to look at what
looking at what role Europe and the big consumer countries have in supporting that,” said Hoare.
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FEATURE: UK TIMBER AND LOGGING
What are we buying? The FSC explains why legality is fundamental to responsible forest management worldwide
egality is fundamental to responsible
placing timber or timber products on the EU
of ‘operator’ and ‘trader’, coined within the
forest management worldwide and
market for the first time must be able to show
EUTR are also used within the UKTR. However,
ensuring compliance with relevant
that they have been legally harvested and
under the UKTR the ‘operator’ would be the
legislation is therefore a key principle of
exported. All timber and timber products with
organisation that first places timber on the
forest sustainability certification. Whilst
a FLEGT licence automatically comply with the
UK market (as opposed to the EU market). The
forested countries may have rules to manage
EU Timber Regulation. Those implementing
definition of a ‘trader’ would also change from
ownership and harvesting rights, the level of
EUTR due diligence procedures can also use
a company that buys or sells a product already
enforcement of these rules varies across the
FSC certification as a key element of both risk
placed on the EU market to one who buys and
globe. For this reason, several governments
assessment and mitigation.
sells goods already placed on the UK market.
UK domestic policy
products to the EU or EEA, may need to supply
have adopted legislation for timber legality. Timber legality legislation is currently in place in several countries, including the USA, the EU and Australia.
Those exporting timber and timber The UK Government’s Timber Procurement
documentation about the source and legality
Policy (TPP) is mandatory for all central
of their timber, so that EU and EEA-based
government departments, executive agencies
customers can meet the EUTR due diligence
and non-departmental public bodies in England.
rules. Exact requirements post-Brexit will, of
The EU’s Forest Law Enforcement,
Devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales
course, depend on any deal that is agreed.
Governance and Trade Action Plan (FLEGT),
and Northern Ireland have issued their own
established in 2003, sets out a programme
policies and guidance. Evidence of legality and
of actions that forms the EU’s response to
sustainability can come in two forms: category A
the problem of illegal logging and the trade
or category B. FLEGT licences, FSC certification
differs greatly around the world and much
in associated timber products. The EU FLEGT
and Programme for the Endorsement of
deforestation is carried out legally. The EUTR’s
Facility supports its implementation with a focus
Forest Certification (PEFC) certification are all
environmental and (certain) social requirements
Forest certification Legal protection of forests and trees
do not go beyond the ones laid down in national
The EU’s Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade Action Plan (FLEGT), established in 2003, sets out a programme of actions that forms the EU’s response to the problem of illegal logging and the trade in associated timber products
legislation. FLEGT implementation also focuses primarily on fighting illegal logging. Forest certification, however, goes beyond legality. FSC certification seeks to ensure environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world’s forests. In order for a forest to be FSCcertified, logging must of course be legal but in addition (and not exhaustively): trees that
on Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs).
accepted as category A evidence. Category B
are harvested must be replaced or allowed to
VPAs are legally binding trade agreements
evidence refers to all other forms of evidence,
regenerate naturally; rare animals and plants and
between the EU and a timber-exporting country
this evidence can vary greatly and is judged on a
the rights of indigenous people to use the forest
outside the EU. Currently, Indonesia is the only
must be protected; workers must be properly
country that can issue FLEGT licences for verified legal timber products it exports to the EU. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) strongly
trained and kept safe with the appropriate tools
Trading timber after Brexit The UK finalised a Statutory Instrument, the
and equipment. FSC will continue to support the
supports the VPA process and FSC certification
‘United Kingdom Timber Regulation’ (UKTR) in
implementation of the EU FLEGT Action Plan,
can help VPA acceptance and realisation.
November 2018, which aims to ensure that the
EUTR and similar legality legislation. Working
provisions of the EUTR will be operable after the
together with timber legality legislation, FSC
(EUTR) was introduced in order to prevent
UK leaves the EU. This indicates that all timber
certification contributes a valuable mechanism
illegal timber and timber products entering
imports, including those from the EU, will have
to help achieve sustainable procurement
the EU market. Since its implementation, those
to undergo UKTR due diligence. The concepts
Ten years later, the EU Timber Regulation
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