State of Trade Survey 2019 Q1
46% of construction product manufacturing firms, on balance, reported that sales rose during the first quarter of 2019. 58% of heavy side product manufacturers and 68% of light side product manufacturers reported that they anticipated sales rising over the coming year. Cost increases were reported by 77% of heavy side manufacturers and 59% of those on the light side. Raw materials, fuel and wages & salaries were the key drivers of cost inflation in Q1. Capital investment intentions for structures and plant & machinery were muted, however, notably on the heavy side.
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...