Finnforest educates Nottingham University

Educational visit to Kings Lynn

Published: 04/02/2009 00:00

Finnforest’s Kings Lynn manufacturing site has recently hosted an educational presentation and site tour for a number of lecturers from Nottingham Trent University’s Construction Management degree course.


The aim of the visit was to help lecturers understand Finnforest’s range of engineered timber construction products, their applications, and the associated manufacturing and testing processes. This knowledge can then be included in lectures to students of the Construction Management course.

The Kings Lynn production site is home to Finnforest’s Finnjoist, the only fully engineered timber i-joists manufactured in the UK. The factory visit provided attendees with an ideal opportunity to view the manufacturing process and understand the inherent qualities of the Finnjoists.

Finnjoists are manufactured from an OSB web and Finnforest Kerto flange, making them stronger and more dimensionally stable than standard timber joists. Thanks to the unique engineered construction of the joists, they can be specified to span wider lengths without the risk of warping or twisting to compromise the structural integrity of the building. The Finnjoist is the structural element of The SoundBar System, Finnforest’s acoustic timber flooring system.

Dr Mark Shelbourn, Senior Lecturer of Construction Management at Nottingham Trent University found the course extremely helpful in developing existing timber construction knowledge, “The presentations and tour around the production line were very informative and we learned much that can be taken back into the lecture and seminar series for our first and second year students.”

Aside from Finnjoists, the visit enabled lecturers to learn more about the engineering processes behind some of Finnforest’s other timber construction solutions, such as Kerto, Thermowood, Glulam, plywood and The SoundBar System. Previous project installation examples were discussed enabling lecturers to gain a clear understanding of the key uses for each product and how this can be applied to real specification situations.

“Broadening the understanding of engineered timber is a valuable exercise,” explains Warren Dudding, Head of Marketing at Finnforest, “Because the UK is focussed on driving sustainability into its construction agenda, materials such as timber are at the forefront of product and system development. It is important that those involved in the specification process understand how timber can contribute both environmentally and structurally to any project.”