West Fraser joins BMBI panel of experts

West Fraser joins BMBI panel of experts

Simon Woods of West Fraser (the company formerly known as Norbord) has joined the Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) panel of industry experts.

The BMBI, a brand of the Builders Merchant Federation (BMF), is a monthly index of builders’ merchant sales. Its panel of experts is made up of individuals from 14 leading supplier brands in the industry, each with an in-depth knowledge of their own sector. The group has become a go-to resource for the wider construction industry, the media, government and its advisors.

The latest addition to the panel is Simon Woods, West Fraser’s European Sales, Marketing & Logistics Director, who will add valuable insights from the wood-based panels sector, exploring issues and opportunities faced by manufacturers and the impact of these on the market.

Simon explained that West Fraser is joining the BMBI expert panel at a crucial time for the wood panel industry. He said: “With increased demand for wood panels being driven by the move to wood as a carbon-friendly resource, joining the panel of experts will give us a great opportunity to share our valuable knowledge of this particular area, as all panels produced in West Fraser’s UK mills are net carbon negative.

“The general appetite for lessening human impact on the planet along with the target placed on the construction industry to reduce its carbon footprint at a time when demand is outstripping supply of most timber products has created challenges for our industry.”

He added: “We see 2021 as a year of both optimism and frustration for all sectors of the timber market, but we are confident that strong planning partnerships across the whole supply chain will help to smooth the way.”

For further information visit uk.westfraser.com whilst for more on the BMBI, head to www.thebmbi.co.uk

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