SR Timber welcomes TTF and TRADA merger news

Dec 4, 2020 Off Comments in General News by

SR Timber has welcomed the news that the Timber Trade Federation (TTF) and TRADA are set to merge.

We believe the merger will help to keep driving up standards, continue to push forward on key issues such as sustainability and give a stronger voice to the UK timber industry.

Our Trading Director Shaun Revill said that the formation of a single unified trade body will be an important step forward for the UK timber industry as a whole.

“Both the TTF and TRADA have done sterling work over the years, and they can be very proud of what they have achieved,” said Shaun. “However, now is a good moment for them to come together to create a bigger, stronger organisation for the benefit of the timber industry as a whole and a collective of individual businesses, like SR Timber.

“We have worked closely with both organisations and have a lot to be thankful to them for – and that relationship will continue during the transition – but we can’t help but be excited for the future at the prospect of an industry body with more-consolidated influence.

“One of the issues that we as a business face is the availability of poor-quality or even counterfeit roofing batten, which persists even though the British Standard has been in place since 2014. We would like the new organisation to push for more-stringent requirements for all timber importers to follow due diligence fully.

“We’re also hoping that the new organisation really seizes on the opportunities around the sustainability of timber, especially at a time when campaigns such as ‘Wood CO2ts less’ are starting to gain traction. They are making headway in encouraging the use of wood as a way to reduce CO2 emissions and fight climate change – as part of a plan to meet the government’s target for the construction industry to achieve net zero carbon by 2050.”

Shaun Revill added: “It feels like the end of an era, but I’m excited that the merger will combine the lobbying and communications power of the TTF with the technical know-how, insight and design guidance from TRADA to make timber the first-choice product for designers across the UK.”