State of Trade Survey 2020 Q4

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  • 85% of heavy side firms reported that sales rose during the fourth quarter of 2020, the highest balance on record.
  • On the light side, half of firms reported rising sales in Q4.
  • Manufacturers’ expectations for sales in the year ahead in 2021 improved, with half of heavy side and 44% of light side firms anticipating an increase.
  • Cost inflation continued in Q4, with the balances hitting a near two-year high, driven by raw materials.

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List of Wood Information Sheetsnavigation-arrow

This document contains a fully comprehensive list of all the most up to date Wood Information Sheets (WIS) published by TRADA. Available to members for free or non-members for £12.00, these Wood Information Sheets provide technical guidance related to almost every timber topic under the sun.



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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.

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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.


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