State of Trade Survey 2019 Q2
6% of heavy side firms reported that sales declined in Q2, the lowest balance since 2018 Q1. Only 9% of light side firms reported that sales rose in Q2, down from 46% in Q1. 27% of heavy side product manufacturers and 23% of light side product manufacturers reported that they anticipated sales rising over the coming year. Employment data revealed a weak picture, with the heavy side recording the lowest balance in six years. Exports fell for 44% of heavy side firms, compared to a year earlier, the weakest balance in nearly 11 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...