State of Trade Survey 2018 Q2
Following a weak first quarter, which experienced the compound effects of weather-related disruptions and the demise of Carillion, construction product manufacturers reported a mixed performance in Q2. After two consecutive quarters of decline, 40% of heavy side manufacturers reported a rise in sales in Q2. The rebound in sales is likely to reflect some degree of catch-up, aided further by unseasonably warm weather. This echoes official data, which showed that after a decline in Q1, construction output recorded the strongest monthly growth rate in two years for May. On the light side, however, 29% of firms reported a decrease in sales during the quarter, the first fall since 2013 Q1. Expectations for Q3 remained mixed, but manufacturers’ optimism improved on the 12-month outlook. 43% of heavy side manufacturers and 27% of those on the light side anticipated a rise in sales over the next 12 months. Despite this, employment data depicted a weak picture in Q2, with heavy side firms reporting the joint lowest balance in nearly five years.
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...
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...
Repairs become necessary when a building is no longer safe or serviceable for its intended purpose, or to restore or improve its appearance, performance or function.
Timber structures can be repaired using traditional all-timber methods, mechanical fasteners and adhesives, but only following survey and assessment that take account of...