24 July 2018

TTJ Timber Innovation Award 2018 shortlist unveiled

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A mix of extraordinary timber talent from UK companies, universities and teams have been shortlisted for the Innovative Product Development and Innovative University Timber Research category of the TTJ Timber Innovation Award, joint sponsored by TRADA and Timber Expo.


Roxil Wood Protection cream, a silicone emulsion used to protect vulnerable absorbent wood and Integra House, designed to offer an affordable new concept for rural living. ProStructFR, a treated plywood panel designed to achieve three performance requirements in one product, and Banova Plus, a lightweight plywood panel with all the machining and fixing qualities of standard plywood - have reached the finals of the Innovative Product category.


While steam bending; home-grown timber species in tension; anticlastic roofing; and LVL – concrete composite connections, are the themes embodying The Innovative University Timber Research shortlist category


Shortlisting for this year’s Innovation Awards took place on 10th July in London.  Those selected will now give a formal presentation to a panel of judges on 28th August at TRADA’s headquarters, with the winners and runners up unveiled at a celebration dinner at the InterContinental Hotel, Park Lane, London, on 21st September 2018. 


TRADA’s Rupert Scott said: “We are impressed by the high quality and wide cross-section of product types/applications that have entered this year’s competition.  All have provided a great range of solutions to different opportunities and problems to help the timber industry progress. 


“Such a high standard of entries makes it difficult to compare, which is why the presentation stage is so important.  The judges will be asking penetrating questions to determine who deserves to win! They need to see clear evidence of innovation. “We continue to be passionate about supporting innovation in any way that helps to maintain and grow the timber industry, which is why we are so keen to sponsor and run this award with TTJ.”




Innovative Product Development: Celebrates the whole or part of a pioneering product design, which demonstrates a measurable impact on the timber section. This category is open to companies, organisations and individuals. 


  • Arnold Laver & Co Ltd: 'Banova Plus'
    A lightweight plywood panel with all the machining and fixing qualities of standard plywood but weighing 50-70% less than conventional plywood products.  


  • PFS Coatings Limited in partnership with Trade Fabrication Systems: 'ProstructFR treatment'
    A treated plywood panel designed to achieve 3 performance requirements in one product:  Fire retardant, durability & structural  


  • Professor Gokay Deveci at Robert Gordon University:‘Integra House’
    Designed to offer an affordable new concept for rural living by applying the roof truss concept to the whole house including walls, floors and roof. The project has been developed at the university with support from Construction Scotland Innovation Centre, Sylvan Stuart and Pasquill.


  • Safeguard Europe Ltd: ‘Roxil Wood Protection Cream’
    A silicone cream emulsion used to protect vulnerable absorbent wood such as softwood and weathered hardwoods whilst retaining a natural appearance.


The Innovative University Timber Research category, now in its third year, acknowledges the work that university students carry out, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, pushing forward our understanding of ever-expanding applications for timber.


Commenting on this category, Tabitha Binding, University Engagement Programme manager said: “The judges certainly had an educational afternoon, listening to and asking questions about the four interesting shortlisted research projects from both local and international students.


“This category celebrates the hard work that students put in to their research, with the ultimate goal of adding to our knowledge about timber. We are delighted that the numbers are up this year, evidence that this Award is becoming well-known and we already have had enquires about entering in 2019.”


Contact Tabitha tbinding@trada.co.uk if you have a question, would like to talk through your research or if TRADA may be able to help in any way.