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Are we entering a golden era for Timber?

We recently convened a Timber Expo steering committee for this year’s only dedicated timber event for the industry at the NEC in Birmingham. What was overwhelmingly clear from this meeting was the optimism in the sector and the amount of work and projects currently underway that have placed timber at the heart of their plans. It truly feels like timber construction is at a turning point, and that the whole industry is moving quicker than it ever has before in adopting modern methods of construction, and crucially, recognising timber has a crucial part to play in that. Coupled with the Self Build revolution that is currently taking hold thanks to a variety of long sought after government initiatives, and it looks like we could be in for a very busy few years ahead.

This is when dedicated industry shows like Timber Expo can provide the whole sector with the chance to lay foundations for long term growth. It’s great to be busy today, but if you are not seen and meeting new potential clients, you are potentially storing up problems for the future. We want Timber Expo to be your industry show case, your chance to connect with the whole supply chain, and to make sure timber stays central to the plans of builders, merchants, self builders, architects, and the like for years to come, not just for now. Key to this will be education, and we will be putting added emphasis on this as Timber Expo this year for all walks of the trade. We will also be talking about collaboration, at the only event where all of timbers governing bodies and associations convene. We will be explaining to the outside world how the timber supply chain works, and all the advantages of using timber as the debate over design and quality intensifies. And last of all, we will be explaining how George Clarke and others will be leading the charge to recruit the next generation of construction professionals who will be crucial to the whole sector and it’s future growth.

I hope you will agree this is an exciting year for Timber Expo as we gather to embrace offsite construction and the vital role timber is playing in that, celebrate excellence at the Structural Timber Awards, learn and share from industry experts at the TRADA theatre, champion the architects tomorrow with the Architectural Association School of Architecture, and welcome the collaboration of the CTI as they produce a new content and networking opportunities. We look forward to seeing you there.

Nathan Garnett, Event Director, Timber Expo

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10-12 October 2017, NEC Birmingham

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