Advanced Timber Products Innovation Challenge

Rural Affairs Secretary, Fergus Ewing today (27 Sept) announced a new Innovation Challenge that will encourage the Scottish timber technologies  sector to innovate and develop new products and systems for the construction industry.

Run as an open competition, the Challenge seeks to drive innovation by offering supported access to the facilities and expertise at the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC) Innovation Factory.

Speaking at trade body ConFor’s annual conference, Mr Ewing, said;

“Scotland’s forestry and timber sectors have two great assets: a healthy supply of raw materials and a very talented pool of designers, engineers and fabricators.

“This Innovation Challenge aims to capitalise on both of those things. It will give companies the chance to  develop and prototype new products and systems to provide  solutions for the construction sector.

“The SG Climate Change plan incorporates a target to increase the amount of Scottish timber utilised in construction. This is an excellent opportunity to develop new products and markets towards achieving this.”

The Challenge is part of the Timber Development Programme’s effort to meet the Climate Change Plan’s target and is backed by Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) and the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC).

Winning projects will share in a total of 80 days of free access to both the Innovation Factory and to technical support.

The £3m CSIC, located at Hamilton International Technology Park in Lanarkshire, offers the construction industry 30,000 sq. ft. of workshop space filled with state-of-the-art production and prototyping equipment and technology.

The building also provides a range of collaboration and training facilities to allow organisations in the private, public and academic sectors to share knowledge and information.

For more information and an application pack for the Advanced Timber Products Innovation Challenge, contact the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre.

Notes to editors

  1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment and Forestry Directorate.
  2. Forest Enterprise Scotland is an agency of the Forestry Commission and manages the National Forest Estate on behalf of Scottish Ministers.
  3. Tha Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba na phàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh na h-Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba. Tha e an urra ri riaghladh agus cumail maoineachadh is comhairle ri coilltearachd ann an Alba. Tha Iomairt Choilltean na h-Alba na fo-bhuidheann aig Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba a tha a’ ruith Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta.
  4. Media enquiries to Paul Munro, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0300 067 6507 / 07785 527590 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.