Barratts Developments, the UK’s largest housebuilder, has launched a new flagship zero-carbon home, called the ‘Z House’. This is the first zero-carbon house built by a major housebuilder in the UK. It is set to substantially surpass the future home’s standard by showing what can be achieved.
Russian troops crossed the border into Ukraine in the latter half of February. With the invasion being globally broadcast from the beginning. Since then, troops have moved across the country making attempts to take control of cities. These shocking actions have meant more than 11 million people have fled their homes. With 5 million of…
Rewind 12 months, and the timber industry, like many others, saw a huge increase in sea freight prices. Especially from China. However, this same surge in prices is now the case for sea freight coming from Brazil and South America. And it happened very quickly.
Large shipping ports, around the world, are experiencing unprecedented levels of congestion. With containers building up just outside of the Port of Singapore, effects are being felt all the way to Piraeus in Greece. The backlog is reportedly 22% higher than normal levels.
Properly managing stock levels when dealing with timber is vital. Maintaining adequate levels for your business means, ultimately, a top-performing supply chain. Our expertise means we understand the timber industry and how demand fluctuates throughout the year. We use our knowledge to change our stock levels, ensuring the quality remains high, all year round.
Timber is a naturally occurring product. That has been used for building purposes for thousands of years. However, throughout history, many things have changed. With these constant changes, it can be difficult to understand what is fact and what is fiction. At Think Timber we have over 20 years of industry experience and we’d like to debunk some common myths.
The world has an ever-growing population. Therefore we can expect to see many more houses being built, to accommodate the growing population. Many house builders are looking for more environmentally friendly approaches and ways of building homes.
The timber market is spiralling and has become increasingly uncertain. With rising prices in shipping, longer lead times, and lower stock levels. Those within the industry are struggling to provide any consistency.
A ban on the export of all softwood logs and high-value hardwood logs from Russia will begin in Jan 2022. This will hugely impact the Chinese market, as they import much of their softwood logs from Russia. Yet, the ban will also have a far-reaching knock-on impact on the global market.
The current worldwide Timber shortage could last well into the later months of 2021. With many calling it the ‘wood crisis’. With factors such as the shipping container issues, and the high demand in the US house building. Sawmills have been unable to rebuild stock levels, whilst demand remains high.