The Timber Research and Development Association (TRADA) the principal UK body promoting and highlighting construction and materials developments in timber. TRADA provides research and project information regarding industrial timber in the built environment context. It is a membership organisation providing a broad cross-section of technical information, case studies, technical guidance, standards information, and updates. The organisation runs training and online technical CPD courses, represents its members at events, publishes technical timber books and papers, and acts as a hub of information exchange. There is also a student arm, working with architecture schools and higher education where timber is involved. TRADA is partially funded by major construction industry companies. Its testing and standards certification arm, BM TRADA was sold to the American company, Exova, in 2015.
Confederation of Forest Industries (Confor) – was established to support the forestry industry, from nurseries, woodland owners, to saw millers, and other forest product suppliers and services. Created in 2004, with ongoing support from the Swedish Timber industry, Confor operates from its HQ in Edinburgh as an umbrella organisation representing its members in its interaction with the Forestry Commission. On behalf of its members it lobbies the four UK devolved Governments, policy makers, and regional authorities. According to its 2020 business plan, the company has a turnover of £1.3 million.
Trade Federation – represents much of the UK timber
products and supply chain sector. Members include around 370 companies,
including manufacturers, importers, timber merchants, sawmillers, etc. There are regional
associations, regular regional and national events, promotional campaigns,
timber sector training, and CPD sessions. At a political level, it lobbies
national and regional Government and related organisations. Its main office is
currently in the Building Store in London.
Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) – is an umbrella trade organisation for companies and organisations involved in all parts of the timber supply chain. The CTI was set up by the TTF and was launched in June 2015. Supported by timber companies, including Jewsons and SCA, and working with other core lobby groups, it has been involved in lobbying in the context of Brexit and as an influential player within the UK’s Industrial Strategy.
Structural Timber Association (STA) – represents over 600 businesses who operate across the timber construction industry including suppliers, manufacturers, erectors, and designers. Focused on the increasing spectrum of structural timber companies, the STA promotes itself as a key source of authoritative expertise for technical research and guidance. The STA was relaunched out of its previous incarnation, the UK Timber Frame Association. Articles and technical guidance can be found here.
Wood for Good – a wood promotion organisation raising the profile of timber and wood in the built environment across the professional and political arenas. It disseminates information on case studies, provides training, and runs events. It also hosts an online Life Cycle Analysis database. Wood for Good is owned by Confor and Swedish Wood, the marketing arm of the Swedish timber industry.Wood Campus – an online timber portal aimed at a cross section of professional industry sectors, DIY and self-build networks, including CPD modules for architects, informational material for self-builders, and a ‘Knowledge Centre’ on timber materials. Wood Campus was also initiated by Swedish Wood, the promotional arm of the Swedish timber industry, and is sponsored by many British timber industry players.
British Woodworking Federation (BWF) represents
woodworkers across the construction and products fields. Its website states
that there are 700 members, comprised of manufacturers, distributors, and installers of interior joinery.
The organisation supports members, providing information, CPD, and a technical
consultant service. It also lobbies for its members at the political, industrial,
and wider general public levels, alongside providing media support and
promotion for members.
Trussed Rafter Association – the promotional, lobbying, and trade
organisation for timber truss rafters (and metal flange connectors) in the UK
and Ireland. It does so through technical support, health and safety guidance,
and promotional work.
Protection Association (WPA) – the rational
for the need for this association is the
emergence and uptake of modified wood – wood that has undergone either
chemical, biological, or physical processes which enhances its performance –
over the last twenty-five years. The WPA provides information, guidance,
training and an
online info-resource hub on the various modified woods currently
commercially available, alongside its own Benchmark Product Approval scheme.
British Woodturners Association (BWTA) – the professional organisation for the commercial and
industrial woodturners world. Joining the membership-based association is
through approval of the association’s other current members.
Wood Technology Society (WTS) – one of the twenty-two specialist materials communities
that work within and under the umbrella Institute of Materials, Minerals and
Mining organisation. The Society’s objective includes the scientific,
technological, and practical advancement of timber and wood-based materials and
products. To this end the WTS organises events, runs conferences, and supports
training. The WTS publishes the International
Wood Products Journal, and its All About
Wood resource is one of the more comprehensive to be found on
Forestry Contracting Association (FCA) – the membership association represents
individuals and businesses involved in forestry contracting. With both central
and regional networks covering England, Scotland, and Wales, the FCA provides
guidance, information, and policy, as well as lobbying on behalf of its
Grading Committee – supports the regulatory body responsible
for common safety standards in timber grading, the Construction Product
Regulations and European Standards by linking industry with the committee work
at British Standards (mostly B/518) CEN (mostly TC124) level.