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What’s in store at Timber Expo 2013?

July 3, 2013 Alexandra Blakeman Housing Issues

Housing Specification has been talking to the guys over at Timber Expo to get the latest about this year’s biggest timber trade event.

Timber Expo will be taking place at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) Birmingham this September.  Now in its third year, over 5,000 visitors are expected at the UK’s leading timber trade show including architects and designers, engineers and contractors, local authorities and a wide range of those working in the built environment.

It will be two days brimming with the latest products, innovations and developments across the timber sector – not just from the UK but from an increasingly diverse international market.  It will also be the official launch venue of the rebranded UKTFA as the Structural Timber Association.

The Frame Wise theatre at Timber Expo 2012

With only three months to go before the doors open, here are some essential highlights not to miss at the UK’s truly national timber show…

Exhibition Floor & International Content

A huge range of 170 companies from all four corners of the timber industry will be unveiling their latest products and services plus giving advice on how best to use the construction industry’s leading mainstream low carbon building material.  Overseas exhibitors and representatives already include: Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Italy, Latvia, Malaysia, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden and the USA.

Timber Talks

A key element to the show and a central part of the Expo experience. Timber Talks will deliver an unrivalled collection of high calibre speakers from all four corners of the built environment across both days including: Mace, Willmott Dixon, Land Securities, Architype and Waugh Thistleton. From niche areas to leading trends, the Timber Talks will be characterised by key industry topics, major names, super projects and big issues – and they are all free to attend.

Seminar Theatre 1 – the Fabric First Theatre

Built by leading timber frame specialists Frame Wise, the Fabric First theatre will extoll the virtues of building with an airtight building envelope in mind and its superior thermal properties – making it ideal as the basis of a modern energy efficient building.

Seminar Theatre 2 – the Solid Wood Theatre

Built by B & K Structures, this eye-catching building will showcase the strengths of timber and advanced closed panel timber technology and show why solid wood use is beginning to soar in the UK.

Toolbox Talks

New for 2013, a new section of CPD presentations will focus on the detail of processes, technologies and solutions on display at the show. From manufacturing process to onsite engineering solutions, Toolbox Talks will complement the Timber Talks and will be held in a purpose built 30 seat presentation theatre.


Timber Buyers Forum

Sponsored by Vandecasteele, this co-located event within Timber Expo is a successful and dynamic part of the show, giving attendees the opportunity to meet for a face-to-face discussion with prospective new clients and business partners in a formal but relaxed environment. The Forum’s primary aim is for exhibitors to access relevant buyers and match suppliers wants with the Buyer’s preferences. It is also a perfect way for overseas partners to establish timber business relationships in the UK.

Timber Accord Pavilion

Sponsored by Timbmet and building upon the Timber Accord agreement signed in 2012.  The Pavilion will be situated at the heart of Timber Expo on the main exhibition floor, this will be a unique opportunity to touch base with twelve leading trade bodies representing the supply chain of the forestry and timber industries, in the same place at the same time.

Wood Awards Shortlist 2013

Concentrated listeners at the Timber Talks seminar

The Wood Awards is the UK’s premier award in the timber sector and will once again recognise outstanding design, craftsmanship and installations in wood that have taken place over the last 12 months. The 2013 shortlist will be unveiled and on show throughout Timber Expo and you will be able to hear more about the projects in the Timber Talks programme.

Media Centre

Sponsored by SCA Timber Supply UK, the Media Centre will be a central port of call to pick up press info, tweet your latest scoop, conduct interviews and soak up news from across the show.

Loretta Sales, Timber Expo Event Director said: “The 2013 show is shaping up to be tremendous in every way. The show is nearly 80% sold out with an expected 170 companies exhibiting this year. The move to the NEC has grabbed everybody’s attention and will make exhibiting and visiting very easy indeed.

“The content we have lined up is superb. TRADA have really pulled the stops out with the Timber Talks seminar programme and there will be something to appeal to everyone. The big boost for 2013 has been the level of overseas interest.  Alongside an expanding European scene we are now hosting trade pavilions too.  You won’t find this much timber technology anywhere else.”

The show will also include the ProTimber Summit, the best entries from the TTJ Innovation Awards and a range of special invitation only industry events and association meetings.

Timber Expo will take place at the NEC, Birmingham, 24-25 September 2013. Keep up to date with show developments and pre-register here.

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