A lot is being talked about the circular economy, a concept that will underpin many future legislative policies. It is clearly explained by the Ellen Macarthur Foundation (www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org), but in broad terms a circular economy is restorative and regenerative by design and aims to keep products, components and materials at their highest utility and value at all times, as opposed to the more traditional economic model of using raw materials, making products and disposing of those products.
Under new Government proposals the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) will not include any creative subjects and it is highly likely that this will leave little, if any room, for such lessons in secondary schools. UK furniture manufacturing relies heavily on youngsters with skills in design and technology, whether employed directly from school or having pursued their interests through further education. If these seeds are not sewn at school then there will be little left to nurture.
FIRA can now confirm that a fully revised version of the European Standard for domestic storage and kitchen furniture has been published.
The Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) have published a report into the effectiveness of the UK’s product safety recall processes, undertaken by Lynn Faulds Wood, and also the government’s response to the review.
FIRA can announce that the European standards committee for furniture have voted to withdraw a Technical Report for outdoor furniture:
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FIRA can announce that the European Standard containing safety and structural requirements for educational tables and chairs has been published:
Towards the end of 2015 the European Parliament published its new Directive (EU 2015/2193) on the limitation of emissions of certain pollutants into the air from medium combustion plants utilising a range of different fuels. This is of specific relevance to furniture and joinery manufacturers who operate wood / wood waste combustion units on their premises.