Entries are being sought for this year’s TTJ Timber Innovation Awards as part of the annual TTJ Awards. Again split into two – Innovative Product Development and Innovative University Timber Research – this year’s competition has added spark with not just the winners of the latter category winning a cash prize but runners up too.
Last year, a modified wood made from underused native trees and a research project to examine rotational stiffness in the connections between CLT panels scooped top honours in the TTJ Timber Innovation Awards, which is co-sponsored by TRADA and Timber Expo.
Competition in the awards for 2016 was fierce and the judges were impressed with the high standard of entries, singling out the achievements of winners Vastern Timber with its Brimstone thermally modified British timber range, and Ewan Macpherson, from Cambridge University’s engineering department who scooped the top prize for his research into folded plate CLT roof structures.
The standard of entries into the 2017 Awards is expected to be just as high. This year’s competition is 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.
• Innovative University Timber Research, a category in which some aspect of a research project needs to demonstrate that it is innovative and will have a measurable impact upon the timber sector.
The latter category is open to third-year undergraduate or postgraduate (Masters or PhD) students.
The winners of both categories of the Timber Innovation Award will benefit from an array of marketing benefits and the kudos of being the winner of an award that really pushes the boundaries in timber development. In the Innovative University Timber Research category only, industry sponsors have given on top of the main prize an extra £400 for the research winner and £200 for the research runner up as well as free TRADA membership for a year. .
Winners of both categories will be unveiled at the prestigious TTJ Awards dinner, attended by all the major players in the industry.
If you are interested in entering the competition, or have any questions, please contact Jane Lomas on [email protected] or 01494 569642 for an application form.
The deadline for completed entry forms is Friday June 30th, 2017.