James Latham

James Latham awarded British Woodworking Federation’s Product Design in Wood Award

  • 3 Dec 2021

James Latham, one of the UK’s largest independent trade distributors of timber, panels and decorative surfaces, has won a coveted award from the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) for its design and collaborative efforts to develop an exterior cladding range with outstanding performance. 

The business won the Product Design in Wood Award, sponsored by Teknos, which celebrates excellence in technical innovation, design and application in joinery product manufacture within the woodworking sector.

The BWF Awards recognises and rewards the best of woodworking and joinery sector, with six categories rewarding technical innovation, health & safety, design and process efficiency achievements and the rising stars of the industry.  

James Latham

James Latham operates throughout the UK and Ireland and is a supplier of cutting-edge materials technologies. Exploring the development of exterior cladding, James Latham’s specialist cladding division Dresser Mouldings collaborated with coatings and modified wood experts to produce a factory finished exterior cladding range with outstanding performance.

The innovative cladding collection is a result of two years of product development and provides an effective solution for peeling paint and lifting finishes on timber cladding panels. 

‘Extremely impressed’

Helen Hewitt, Chief Executive of the BWF, comments: “James Latham demonstrated a key value and driving force of our sector – collaboration. The BWF Award judges were extremely impressed by the end product, an advanced solution for timber cladding that ensures efficiency, quality control and product performance.

“The BWF Awards celebrate the outstanding talent and skills in the woodworking and joinery sector, and I want to congratulate all our winners who continue to push the boundaries in our sector.

“Every year I’m amazed at the hard work, innovation and incredible skill that is demonstrated in our sector and it gives me so much pride at what is achieved. The Awards were a fantastic opportunity to bring the industry together once again and celebrate the success and exciting achievements of all of our finalists.”

Stuart Devoil, Group Head of Marketing at James Latham, says: “Providing our customers with high-performance timber products is at the heart of our business so we’re delighted to have won this prestigious award.

“The expertise and joint efforts of our Dresser team and coatings and modified wood experts has resulted in a truly innovative cladding range, and the achievement recognised by the British Woodworking Federation is a testament to their hard work.”

The prize was presented at a celebratory awards evening held at the Kimpton Fitzroy London Hotel. A full list of the winners at this year’s BWF Awards can be found at https://www.bwf.org.uk/awards-2021/

James Latham also took home the British Woodworking Federation’s Process Efficiency Award – read about that here.

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