A leading UK timber merchant was selected as the UK Trade key guest at a prestigious international event in Canada.

Arnold Laver Timber World’s Group Purchasing Director, Pat Burke, attended Construct Canada 2007: ‘Discover a World of Opportunities’ at Canada's biggest construction show at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Pat was part of an expert panel invited to speak to Canadian and international delegates on building products opportunities in the United Kingdom, its demand and distribution Arnold Laver Timber World is a leading importer, distributor and product innovator of timber across the world. They were invited to attend by Jason Kee, the Trade Commissioner for Construction and Forestry at the High Commission of Canada.

The UK construction market is currently worth approximately $235 billion and is growing at close to ten per cent each year, with an increasing demand for environmentally friendly products.

Pat said: “It was great to be a part this prestigious event and represent Arnold Laver Timber World, the UK timber trade and the generic UK building materials at an international show. This is recognition of the global acknowledgement of the company’s expertise in the construction industry and the environmental credentials agenda.

“The event provided me with an opportunity to inform the audience about the UK industry, outlining the supply channels in the market and inform companies how to target, sell, market, distribute and manufacture their products in this country.

“Construction output in the UK is forecast to increase over the next five years due in part to the construction of the 2012 Olympics and the Paralympics Games in London.

“The partnership also has mutual benefit for both countries and we now have in excess of 20 new, exciting, product innovation opportunities for the UK trade industry. This would not have happened had it not been for the Canadian High Commission organising this event.”

Additional seminars included how to successfully export to the United States, which was designed for companies new to exporting and for companies interested in expanding their existing US business.

And Building Products Opportunities in Japan, which has a construction market worth approximately $200 billion per year. Canada and the United States are currently the largest suppliers of finished residential building products to Japan.

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