State of Trade Survey 2018 Q3
Following a snow-related pause in Q1 activity and a bounceback in Q2, construction product manufacturers painted a positive picture in Q3. On the heavy side, 27% of firms reported a quarterly rise in sales, down from 40% in Q2, but higher than a balance of 10% recorded a year earlier. Following a decline in sales in Q2, 27% of light side firms reported an increase in Q3. The rebound suggests that light side manufacturers continued to catch-up from the lost activity earlier this year. Despite ongoing Brexit-related uncertainties as we approach March 2019, manufacturers remained optimistic about sales growth for the year ahead. 36% of heavy side manufacturers and 29% of those on the light side anticipated a rise in sales over the next 12 months. Despite the positive picture in Q3, capacity remained significantly underutilised, with 40% of light side firms operating at 50% or below, the highest balance on record.
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...