BM TRADA stand is hotbed of innovation

Some of the most innovative products and market developments in timber will be demonstrated on BM TRADA’s stand at this year’s Timber Expo at Birmingham’s NEC from 6-11 October.

Seven companies have made the shortlist for this year’s TTJ Timber Innovation Awards, joint sponsored by TRADA and Timber Expo, five of whom will be talking about their products and market developments in presentations to take place on the BM TRADA stand as part of its Timber Expo Innovation Zone.

The 2015 competition has again been split into two categories: Innovative product development, where some aspect of the whole or part of a product needs to demonstrate that it is innovative in its sector; and Innovative market development, where the innovation will have been applied to show how the market for a given product range has been exploited to greater effect.

In the product category, the shortlisted entries being displayed are: Tweddle Engineering, for its Excalibur R incising technology;; Donaldson Timber Engineering for its SafeStep scaffold system; and Danzer UK Ltd for its 3D-Veneer.

Tweddle Engineering worked in partnership with Arch Timber Protection to develop its innovative Excalibur R incising technology that will incise machined round, bowed, irregular, tapered and peeled posts of any diameter from 63mm to 200mm in a single pass. Incising of round timbers has always been a difficult problem: the new Excalibur R’s focused design features aims to achieve a consistent and effective incising result across curved and often uneven surfaces.

For Donaldson Timber Engineering, developing the SafeStep scaffold system was designed to drastically reduce the risk to construction industry workers of falls from height. The simple scaffold system provides the safest method for installing roof ridge stability bracing on tall fink-style trusses over 2.5m in height.

Meanwhile, Danzer UK Ltd’s 3D-Veneer allows moulding manufacturers to create a 3D veneer using their existing machines, enabling designers to create 3-dimensional shapes from multiple layers of the veneer. The veneers can be pressed using a standard hydraulic press with specially designed aluminium moulds and in smaller runs and, in specific case, a vacuum press.

In the market development category, the shortlisted entries being displayed are: Arch Timber Protection for its BARamine application technologies; and MBM Forest Products for its Simply Better Stud laminated strand lumber.

Arch’s BARamine is a unique blend of several components that work together to offer the advanced benefits and greater confidence to users of its Tanalith preservatives, designed to protect against wood decay organisms and extend the service life of timber. Meanwhile, MBM’s Simply Better Stud has been developed specifically for the UK market, offering better straightness, stability, predictability and easier cutting than traditional timber.

Each of the shortlisted companies above will have their products or models available for demonstrations on BM TRADA’s stand throughout the duration of the show. In addition, they will be giving a 30-minute presentation on what makes them so innovative.

Meanwhile, BM TRADA will also be hosting its own demonstrations. Taking pride of place on the stand will be a fully functioning timber strength testing demonstration model which tests the strength of various pieces of timber – including timber samples containing knots, slope of grain and even pieces with holes in.

BM TRADA’s technical experts will also demonstrate in dramatic fashion elements of the PAS 24 test on an enhanced security timber window, as well as the difference in performance between two seemingly identical timber fire doors in a 30-minute fire test video being shown each afternoon in the Toolbox Talks Theatre.

Visitors will also be able to witness first hand timber species identification demonstrations, examining different species and demonstrating the methods employed to verify the wood species in a product, as well as get an introduction into the intricacies of timber strength grading – and the difference in approach between softwood and hardwood.

Register for Timber Expo at and visit BM TRADA’s stand T3/760