New service set to boost timber industry innovation

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29 JULY 2011NEWS RELEASE No: 14832

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FC Scotland is a key partner in "Wood Products Innovation Gateway” (WPIG), a £1.5M, three-year initiative to raise the value of the forest resource in Scotland.

It aims to help Scottish small businesses to develop a whole range of new added-value wood based products, processes and construction systems from Scottish-grown timber.

The project involves Edinburgh Napier University, Scottish Enterprise and Forest Research and is managed by Timber Development Advisor, Andy Leitch.

Andy said:

"This is an exciting opportunity for small businesses to tap into the expertise and facilities at Edinburgh Napier University.

“More than 600 small businesses across Scotland – and upwards of 30 new research networks - could benefit from having viable ideas identified, researched and developed into commercial products. 

“The knock on effect for job creation and local economies – not to mention the Scottish economy – could be substantial.”

For more about the project visit

The project is also supported by the European Regional Development Fund, Scottish Enterprise, ConFor, Wood for Good and Edinburgh Napier University’s Forest Products Research Institute.

Notes to Editors
1) Forestry Commission Scotland serves as the Scottish Government’s forestry directorate and manages the 660,000 hectare national forest estate, protect, enhancing and expanding Scotland’s forests and woodlands in ways that deliver benefits to people, communities, biodiversity and the economy.

1) Tha FCS ag obair mar bhuidheann-stiùiridh coilltearachd Riaghaltas na h-Alba agus a’ riaghladh nan 660,000 heactairean ann an Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta, a' dìonadh, a' cumail smachd air agus a' leudachadh nan coilltean gus buannachdan a thoirt dha coimhearsnachdan, an eaconamaidh agus, ag obair an aghaidh atharrachadh gnàth-shìde.