The Highlands and Islands Forest Industry Cluster (HIFIC), is an industry led group that has been operating for several years and is made up of volunteers from the north’s forestry sector. As one of four regional clusters covering Scotland, it was set up to help improve competitiveness of forestry in an area extending from the Shetland Isles in the north to the Cumbraes in the South, the west coast and as far as Keith in the east.
Conventional forest products industries, sawmilling and panel
manufacture, together with the application of biomass for energy,
are strong components of the local economy. The diversity of the
north's forest sector is characterised by several major businesses
to smaller processing facilities serving local and niche
HIFIC is supported by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and
it delivers a number of events to people and businesses. These
focus on key issues facing the industry as well as exploring
potential solutions. To date HIFIC has covered a range of subjects
including transport and logistics, technology and innovation,
safety and business development.
The group encourages co-operation, networking and development
within the industry and helps identify new opportunities for
knowledge transfer and forest industry awareness. It also provides
links within the industry between stakeholders and provides
strategic advice to HIE if required.
HIFIC is the regional delivery group that links the work of
Scottish Forest and Timber Technologies (SFTT) industry advisory
groups more directly with issues relevant to businesses at local
level. This includes forecasting and production, supply chain,
woodfuel and biomass, transport and logistics, skills, processing
and harvesting, marketing and business development.
Contact Details for Highlands & Islands
Simon Stewart, Facilitator
T: 01349 877477