Members attending the Scottish Timber Trade Association Member’s Meeting in Stirling on 22 November received a comprehensive update on timber treatment matters from Gordon Ewbank, Technical Director of the Wood Protection Association.
Gordon’s presentation, entitled ‘Making the most of wood’ was wide-ranging, including preservative types, specification, BS8417, Use Classes, IED permitting, materials health, and fire retardant treatments. News of a recent WPA market survey was also of interest; from which it was noted that one of the key findings was the need for further promotion and education across the supply chain, to ensure more accurate specification, and in turn, satisfactory performance in service. A lively question and answer session followed.
Iain Torrance (James Donaldson Timber Ltd), President of the Scottish Timber Trade Association, said “We arranged this session in response to suggestions from Members. Timber treatment continues to be a topical subject and we agreed that an update would be valuable, as it is vitally important that sellers of treated timber are up to date and can advise their customers. There is no doubt that there is more work to be done to educate and inform specifiers, buyers, sellers and users about timber treatments”.
David Sulman, STTA Secretary, said “This was a very interesting and informative updating session on a very important subject, which was appreciated by Members. We are very grateful to Gordon Ewbank. The event was part of STTA’s continuing commitment to provide Members with updates on topical subjects and we are now preparing our meeting plans for 2018”.