Wood Technology Links

COMPANY SUPPORTERS

This is a listing of companies supporting the WTS through the IOM3 Industry Affiliate Scheme,  Click on the link below for further information about each supporter.

CANADA WOOD UK         - Information and advisory resource

James Latham                   - Importers and distributors of timber and panel products

Morgan Timber                  - Importer and merchant of high quality timber

TFT Woodexperts Limited - Consultancy and training practice

Timbersource                    - On-line timber merchant    

Timber Trade Federation  - Trade organisation for timber and allied industries

To find out more about supporting the WTS please contact mailto:wts@iom3.org

 

The following is a list of internet resources relevant to members of the WTS. If you know of other sites which could be included, please email the Society with details  mailto:wts@iom3.org

UK

Universities:

The BioComposites Centre at Bangor University undertakes a wide range of industry facing research in natural materials, including timber, wood based panels and composites made from lignocellulosic materials. BC works closely with academics in the School of Natural Sciences who specialise in forest management, ecology and the chemistry of natural products. The BioComposites Centre offer PhD and MPhil programmes in Wood Science and in Biobased materials.
 
Edinburgh Napier University
Postgraduate course (MSc) in Timber Engineering: Napier is the first and only university in the UK to offer courses in timber engineering leading the way in this dynamic and expanding area of construction. It has a reputation for academic excellence supported by excellent industry links, plus contemporary research and consultancy through the Institute for Sustainable Construction's Centre for Wood Science and Technology, Centre for Offsite Construction and Innovative Structures, Centre for Timber Engineering, Building Performance Centre and Scottish Energy Centre.
 
The BRE Centre for Innovative Construction Materials (BRE CICM) at the University of Bath conducts leading research, development and consultancy in the field of innovative and sustainable construction materials and technologies. Recent research on timber materials and engineering​ includes studies of fixing and bonding systems for timber, non-metallic connections in timber, research into the understanding of the structural properties of Douglas fir grown in the South West of England, the structural behaviour of tall timber buildings, timber concrete composite floor systems, timber grid-shells and studies of compressed wood in innovative connections.​ 
 

Trade Associations:

Represents and protects the interests of builders merchants, plumbing, heating, roofing, decorative and timber merchants and their suppliers. 
 
The association exists to advance and promote the art and craft of wood carving and sculpture in all its forms, to encourage the exchange of ideas between members, promote best practice and to enable wood carvers and sculptors to promote their work to a wider audience.
 
Represents the British wood turning industry and promotes the continuing craftsmanship and skill of its members. 
 
British Woodworking Federation (BWF)
BWF is the trade association for the woodworking and joinery manufacturing industry in the UK. It has over 500 members drawn from manufacturers, distributors and installers of timber doors. Windows, conservatories, staircases, all forms of architectural joinery including shopfitting, timber frame buildings and engineered timber components as well as suppliers to the industry.

Building Research Establishment (BRE)
Timber Research at BRE was formerly located at the Princes Risborough site where the Forest Products Research Laboratory (FPRL) was created in 1927. FPRL was absorbed onto BRE's Garston site in 1988 where the BRE Group offer a wide range of R&D services for timber, wood-based panel products and wood composites. The website contains links to projects and case studies and to BRE publications on timber. BRE is a subsidiary company of the BRE Trust, a charitable company which funds R&D via the BRE Universities Partnership. For example, timber research is part of the research portofolio of the BRE Centre for Innovative Construction Materials at the University of Bath.

Canada Wood UK (IAS Member - see top of page)
CanadaWood is a coalition of Canadian industry trade associations which represent Canada's forest sector market development, market access and technical interests in offshore markets.

Supports sustainable forestryand wood-using businesses through political engagement, market promotion and supporting our members' competitiveness.
 
An umbrella organisation, representing the UK's Timber supply chain from Forest to end of life recycling. The CTI represents Producers, Manufacturers and Distributors of Timber across all the supply chain.

Glued Laminated Timber Association (GLTA)
An independent trade association whose aims is to promote the awareness of glulam and its products. It represents the leading UK companies in the Glulam industry. Members of the industry provide a comprehensive design, supply and erection service for beams, arches, portal frames and trusses, together with associated materials. The majority of glulam sold through GLTA members is imported from European factories with long established third party controlled quality systems. Those members who manufacture in the UK are also working to agreed European standards. The association is represented on BSI and European technical committees.

Property Care Association
The Association represents the remedial industry which is now more diverse than just woodworm and rot treatment. It includes structural water-proofing, damp control of all sorts and invasive weed control. Also includes the "old" British Wood Preserving and Damp Proofing Association.

This organisation represents the structural timber sector, and guides and advises members on current legislation and regulatory requirements.  It also promotes to the construction industry the differing levels of accreditation held by individual members, and extols the role structural timber for sustainable construction.
 
British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) is a trade association that represents the interests of the British furniture industry. Run by members for members and the wider industry.  
 
Timber Trade Federation.  (IAS Member - see top of page)
The TTF is a membership organisation which promotes softwoods, hardwoods and wood panel products. For non-members there are numerous lively links to information on timber including an image library and statistical publications on timber. There are product and membership search engines and access to the latest news and information. Members have access to a wide range of services including environmental support, market information, purchasing guidance, health and safety and financial information. The TTF has an area structure covering England, Scotland and Wales and links are provided to these regions.

Trussed Rafter Association (TRA)
The TRA is the respected voice of the trussed rafter industry in the UK. It is committed to stringent standards and service and sets a professional benchmark for the industry. Members include the principal manufacturers of trussed rafters, industry suppliers and professionals involved in roof design and construction. All manufacturing members have third-party supervised Quality Assurance and Professional Indemnity Insurance.

Merged with Confor - see above.
 
Wood Protection Association (WPA)
The WPA provides advice on:
-The selection of sustainable species for different end-uses
-Advice on selection of appropriate wood protection products
-Specifications for high quality preservative treatments for all Use Classes
-Specifications for flame retardant treatments
-Information on suppliers of coatings, preservatives, flame retardants and wood treated with these products
-Information on safe and effective use of all types of wood protection products and treated timber
 
Part of the British Woodworking Federation - BWF. See above.
 

International

American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC)
AHEC is the leading international association for the US hardwoods industry, representing the committed US hardwood exporters and the major US hardwood products trade asscosiations in the United States. AHEC runs a worldwide programme to promote the full range of American hardwoods in over 50 markets.

APA - The Engineered Wood Association (USA) 

Architectural & Specialist Door Manufacturers (ASDMA)
Membership is composed of companies who manufacture specialist doors. They have representation on various standards writing bodies in the UK and Europe, ensuring that the products they supply comply with current and new regulations and standards safeguarding the interests of their clients.

Canada Wood  

European Forest Institute (EFI) (Finland)

European Federation of Woodworking Machinery Manufacturers (EUMABOSIS)

Forest Products Society (USA)

InnovaWood (Belgium)

International Academy of Wood Science (IAWS) (Germany)

International Association of Wood Anatomists (IAWA) (The Netherlands)

International Tropical Timber Organisation (ITTO)

Malaysian Timber Council (MTC)
The main objectives of the MTC is to promote the Malaysian timber industry and develop the market for timber products globally; to expand the industries manufacturing technology base by increasing value-adding in production; growing the pool of acknowlegeable workers; to provide information services to the industry and to protect and improve the Malaysian timber industry's global image. 

Society of Wood Science and Technology (USA)

The Center for International Trade in Forest Products (CINTRAFOR) School of Forest Resources, University of Washington (USA)

The Danish Wood Initiative

The Wood Portal (Germany)

 

Other:

The Shrinkulator
WoodBin's calculator for wood shrinkage and expansion based on changes in wood moisture content.

Raises the profile of the industry, inform the public and persuade those with influence and decision-making authority that amenity trees must become a publicly supported priority in the UK’s environmental planning and policy.
 
ASHS is a cooperative of small and medium sized businesses, supplying Scottish hardwood and premium softwood timber products to the UK market place. 
 
ATT
ATT is an independent Training Provider specialising in Timber and is accredited to deliver the Scottish Modern Apprenticeship in Wood and Timber Industries and PIABC Wood qualifications.  Contact by e-mail:  andrew.tt@btinternet.com
 
Represents pulp producers from around the world exporting pulp to the UK and to Europe.
 
Aims to improve the landscapes of Wales containing woodlands and trees. Provides advice and support, access to innovation and grant aid. Contact for information and support regarding any aspect of woodland creation, management and timber. 
 
Provides support to the entire furniture supply chain, across all sectors. Membership is open to all within, or with an interest in the furniture market.
 
The Institute was established in 1890, to help maintain standards and skills at a time when traditional skills were being lost. Over a century later, it is still committed to upholding the highest standards of our historic craft and membership is now open to all craftspeople working in wood trades (e.g. carpenters, joiners, wheelwrights, furniture makers, boat builders and shop fitters).  
 
Aims to promote understanding and cooperation in the field of conservation of wooden built heritage, and provide a multidisciplinary forum for the interchange of experience, ideas, knowledge, and the results of research between administrators, archaeologists, architects, conservators, engineers, wood scientists, legislators and other professionals.

The Wood Awards

Champion products that are better for us and the environment as well as those companies and organisations prepared to push the boundaries. Seek to support industry to make better decisions and legislators to make better policy. Work from a position of independence from government and from short term commercial interests.
 
TFT Woodexperts Limited (IAS Member - see top of page)
TFT Woodexperts was founded in 1991 as "Technology For Timber" (TFT), by a highly experienced wood scientist and technical building consultant. With the use of the Domain Name "woodexperts.com", it soon became better known to the wood-using industries as simply "Woodexperts": and in 2012, this "informal" trading name was formalised by incorporation as "TFT Woodexperts Limited". Since its foundation in 1991, the TFT "brand" has provided trusted advice, assistance and training to the timber and construction industries. TFT Woodexperts now offers independent consultancy and Expert Witness services to all users of wood-based products, as well as running a programme of specialist Wood Science and Timber Technology courses, from Level 2 to Level 6. TFT Woodexperts Limited ("Woodexperts") also offers the TFT Diamond Mark, which is a Registered third-party quality assurance scheme, tailored specifically to wood-based products: and which emphasises routine sampling and testing of the product itself, in addition to simply auditing the production and QA systems.

TRADA 
The Timber Research and Development Association has existed for over 70 years, and is a membership organisation. In the last few years TRADA has adopted a very liberal attitude to the dissemination of information and free registration allows access to a very comprehensive and professional website. There is a wealth of information on topics including technical issues, Eurocodes and regulations together with access to case studies, a bookshop, training, a directory of suppliers, commercial services and events.

Wood for Good
Wood for Good is strictly a campaign rather than an organisation with no directly employed staff, created in 2000 to promote the use of timber in the UK. The Wood Resource Centre examines issues such as building and products and supporters of the campaign. There are also free online courses on wood on offer accredited by TRADA and the RIBA. The Wood Facts link provides information on carbon neutrality, embodied energy and sustainability.

Woodland Heritage

 

 

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