• A model approach to water catchment

    Wood Focus magazine
    Modelling tools that improve understanding of how forest plantations affect streamflow in local catchments have been developed by Australia's CSIRO.
  • Wooden packaging containers

    Misunderstood wood in food packaging

    Wood Focus magazine
    A novel microbiological testing method could promote wood’s use as a food packaging material, according to a group of French researchers.
  • Radiation as a cure for adhesives?

    Wood Focus magazine
    Radiation could be used to cure adhesives in the manufacture of wood composite panels in a way that could reduce energy consumption and offer an alternative to formaldehyde-emitting adhesives.
  • Streamlining conductive film deposition

    Wood Focus magazine
    A simple electroless process for preparing nickel-phosphorus (Ni- P) film on wood veneers for electrical conductivity is being explored by Chinese researchers.
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    Forests are not weathering the storm

    Wood Focus magazine
    European forests are more susceptible to storm damage than ever before, according to research led by the British Forestry Commission. The Commission is exploring risk models that predict the probability, as well as the implications of thinning the forest and managing it in different ways.
  • Making a non-corrosive connection system

    Wood Focus magazine
    A non-metallic, non-glue, connection system for timber structures could find use in corrosive environments such as swimming pools and grit salt storage facilities, as well as the renovation or restoration of historic frames. It uses glass fibre reinforced polymer (GFRP) dowels and densified veneer wood (DVW) flitch plates.
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    Down to the woods - quality control

    Wood Focus magazine
    COST, the intergovernmental framework for European Cooperation in Science and Technology, has been running a series of R&D programmes in wood. Martin Parley reports on the final Cost Action E53 conference on quality control, held at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh, UK.
  • Timber building under construction

    Building in carbon

    Wood Focus magazine
    A technique for carbon profiling, as a solution for quantifying embodied and operational carbon in buildings, has been put forward in a report commissioned by the UK’s Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.
  • Linking the supply chain

    Wood Focus magazine
    Software that may help manufacturers and product designers reduce the costs and CO2 emissions associated with transporting and storing goods across all sectors is said to have been used for the first time by a major UK retailer on beverage packaging.
  • Bill Bolsover

    Unsung heroes? Profile of Bill Bolsover, chairman of the UK’s Construction Products Association

    Wood Focus magazine
    The new Chairman of the UK’s Construction Products Association, Bill Bolsover, has never been scared to get his hands dirty, which is good as he takes on the post at an uncertain time for the industry. This former miner and concrete plant manager talks to Rupal Mehta about the need for stronger Government backing for a sector that is vital to the UK economy and covers a myriad of product areas.