State of Trade Survey 2016 Q4

TRADA image

In common with positive data from other areas of the economy, construction product manufacturers reported strong activity in the fourth quarter of 2016, marking a fifteenth consecutive quarter of growth. On the heavy side, half of firms reported a quarterly increase in sales, up from 26% in Q3. Similarly, half of light side firms reported a rise in sales during the quarter, matching the balance from Q3. Looking ahead however, manufacturers expected weaker growth in sales during the next quarter, suggesting that uncertainties over the government triggering Article 50 have diminished confidence over the outlook. Only 6% of heavy side manufacturers anticipated an increase in sales over the next quarter, whilst a balance of 29% was recorded on the light side.

Suggested Reading

Acoustic performance in residential timber frame developmentsnavigation-arrow

The resistance to sound is not just a legal requirement; designers should take account of the expected transmission of sound between dwellings, between rooms and from outside, and design the walls and floors accordingly.

The Building Regulations require that occupants of a dwelling be 'reasonably protected' from noise...

10/04/2017 |  Wood Information Sheet  

Adhesive-bonded repair systems for structural timbernavigation-arrow

Although there is an increasing interest and application in using adhesive-bonded connections for new buildings, the main demand for this technology in the UK is for repairs to structural timbers. The original concept was aimed at repairing historic structures. However, the technology is increasingly being used for repairing modern materials...

21/04/2017 |  Wood Information Sheet  

Adhesives for structural usenavigation-arrow

Adhesives are widely used in non-structural applications such as furniture manufacture and joinery. They are also used in the manufacture of panel products such as plywood, particleboard, fibreboard and oriented strandboard (OSB), of which some grades are used structurally.

Glulam and structural timber composites such as cross laminated...

14/11/2016 |  Wood Information Sheet