BM TRADA gears up for Timber Expo

Posted on 17/02/2015

With a wide range of demonstrations and displays, BM TRADA is expecting plenty of visitors to its stand at this year’s Timber Expo.
New owners Media 10 are now running Timber Expo as a key part of UK Construction Week, bringing together nine construction-focused events taking place at the NEC Birmingham between 6-11 October.
Timber Expo recently announced its 2014 exhibition as the most successful in the event’s four year history with over 6,000 visitors attending the show at the NEC – up 30 per cent year on year. With over 150 exhibitors, adding Timber Expo to the UKCW portfolio is expected to bring the anticipated exhibitor number to over 1,000 and the attendance figure in excess of 50,000. 
Timber Expo will run from Tuesday 6th to Thursday 8th October 2015 alongside The Build Show, acquired by Media 10 in October. Other events that form UK Construction Week include Grand Designs Live, Surface and Materials Show, Kitchens & Bathroom Live, Plant & Machinery Live, Energy 2015, Smart Buildings 2015, HVAC 2015 and Civils Expo.
The expanded show offering will give BM TRADA the opportunity to showcase its timber expertise a wider audience thanks to its expanded 100 square metre ‘Live Zone’.
BM TRADA’s technical experts will demonstrate in dramatic fashion elements of the PAS 24 test on an enhanced security timber window and door, as well as the difference in performance between two seemingly identical timber fire doors in a 30 minute fire test that will be streamed live from the company’s laboratory at High Wycombe into the exhibition hall.
Meanwhile, the BM TRADA team will be on hand to showcase the company’s timber testing capabilities with a model that will test the strength and show the difference in durability between various pieces of timber. Delegates will also be able to have a go themselves using the machine: it will be a very hands-on and informative session!
They’ll also be able to discover the intricacies of timber-frame construction with another model, this one a scaled down version of a timber-frame house, with cut away sections showing important detailing including cladding and insulation
Visitors will also be able to witness first hand timber species identification demonstrations, examining different species and demonstrating the methods employed to verify the wood species in a product, as well as get an introduction into the intricacies of timber strength grading - and the difference in approach between softwood and hardwood.
Each activity will last around 20 minutes, with additional time set aside afterwards for questions. There is no need to book – delegates just turn up five minutes before the start of each session.
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With a wide range of demonstrations and displays, BM TRADA is expecting plenty of visitors to its stand at this year’s Timber Expo.