Wood Industry Switzerland (Holz Industrie Schweiz/Industrie du bois Suisse) – represents Swiss sawmills and connected wood industry companies, with 230 members. The association lobbies, engages in market research and public relations, and runs training and CPD on behalf of its members, as well as providing other forms of online and networked support. This includes a network of specialist expert groups; glue-laminated timber, chemical forest and wood energy, and carbon sinks.
Lignum – is the main umbrella organisation for the forestry and timber sector. Lignum therefore acts as the principal communications source across the timber related industries, its principal partners, and funders. This includes up to date information on developments regarding construction and design, alongside promoting its members events, conferences, and supporting the sector with planning, specialist and technical expertise, and consultation. Lignum engages in R&D, produces regular technical publications, reports and information, and a broad range of other related services. There are extensive Bookshop and Tools pages, a Wood A-Z information sections, and what is called its Lignumdata products database.
Lignum produces a daily online web magazine, a hard copy, Holz Bulletin, and a regular sign up newsletter, as well as organising events and contributing to the network, which produces the tri-annual Prix Lignum Timber Architecture Awards.
The Association of Swiss Timber Engineers – STE – is a specialist group within the Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects, focused on wood engineers. With almost 300 members, the STE is involved with the wood sector in many ways, from training and research, to marketing and making timber engineering more visible in the Swiss context. There are regular project visits, talks and other events and the organisation publishes its in-house magazine, Lignarius, available on Issuu here.
Swiss Wood Innovation Network – (S-WIN) – the winningly titled timber network was set up to provide an umbrella hub for fostering links, incubating research, knowledge transfer, supporting start-up businesses which draw together the Swiss high tech and digital industries with research communities, and Swiss timber R&D across the academic research and timber sector, and related industries. S-WIN works across the sector, is funded by both government and timber companies, focusing on four main fields: wood procurement, wood-based materials, timber construction, and products and energy from biomass.
Timber Construction Association – (Holzbau
Schweiz) – is the association for carpenters and related trades involved in
Swiss wood construction. Holzbau Schweiz provides support for carpenters and
the timber building sector. Support includes political lobbying and
contributing to policy, encouraging entrepreneurial and structural standards,
education and training for young carpenters, CPD and continuing training,
outreach and communication beyond the profession, and a network of regional
Holzbau-Schweiz has been central to the introduction of new carpentry
courses in Switzerland:
EFZ course (link in German) – a four-year basic carpenter training course (introduced in 2014)
EBA course (link in German) – woodworker with federal professional EBA certificate
The association runs two magazines – Wir Holzbauer and FIRST (both in German language) magazine – a blog and a bi-annual conference, Holzbau Träff.
Swiss Log Builders – IG Blockbau – a small organisation dedicated to log building and the Brettstapel construction approach. It includes a members’ page with links to companies involved in log-based construction.
Association of Swiss Master Carpenters and Furniture Manufacturers – VSSM – an industry association for carpenters across German and Italian speaking Switzerland, with over 2000 members. The association provides support at the professional, political, and economic levels, including overseeing vocational training and courses, CPD, and technical and traditional carpentry and joinery expertise.
The Association of Wood Based Materials in Switzerland – Verbandes Holzwerkstoffe Schweiz (HWS) –provides a network and support for companies and organisations involved in wood-based materials.
Association of Swiss Planing Mills – Verband Schweizerischer Hobelwerke/Association Suisse des Raboteries (VSH) – the association represents planing mills and associated businesses. It provides technical information on planed goods, represents its members to federal and regional governments, and provides technical and other specialist support, as well as acting as a sector platform for exchange of information, knowledge, and expertise.
Task Force Wald + Holz + Energie – the Task Force Forest + Wood + Energy (TF WHE) – brings together Swiss raw wood consumers from the wood and energy sector. The Task Force includes associations (Wood Industry Switzerland, Wood Energy Switzerland and Forest Entrepreneurs Switzerland) as well as timber companies.