From the TTJ, 21 March 2014:
The Wood Awards have secured significant new
backing, with Arnold Laver, the British Woodworking Federation, and a
partnership between the Malaysian Timber Council and PEFC signing up as
Arnold Laver is sponsoring the Gold Award, which
goes to the overall Wood Awards winner, and managing director Andrew
Laver said the company decided to support the event because it chimed
with its aim "to encourage the use of wood based products in all aspects
of the built environment".
"The Wood Awards recognises those who excel in the design and crafting of those products," he said.
UK chairman Alun Watkins said his organisation was supporting the
competition in partnership with the MTC because it 'promotes and
celebrates wood that has been legally and sustainably sourced".
now have the opportunity to encourage more projects using
PEFC-certified timber to enter, as well as the chance to provide
information on certified options available," he said.
director Sheam Satkuru-Granzella said the Awards also "played an
essential role in raising the awareness of wood and timber products from
around the world".
BWF chief executive said the BWF saw the
Awards as "underpinning the fantastic, creative, durable and
environmentally friendly projects that wood delivers".
involvement also reflects our view that the timber industry needs to
work together to deliver a consistent message," he said.
Venables, European director of Wood Awards founding sponsor the American
Hardwood Export Council, welcomed the new wave of support.
is a huge endorsement for the role the Awards play in engaging the
design community about what is possible with wood," he said.
Wood Awards launched their 2014 call for entries at Ecobuild, and, said
organiser Lucy Kamall, are hoping to equal or even exceed the record
last year of 318 projects.
"We were completely cleared out of literature at the show, and really believe the Awards are hitting their stride," she said.