Many mile­stones achieved

Australasian Timber - - ASSOCIATIONS - By Peter Llewellyn Tech­ni­cal Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Tim­ber Ve­neer As­so­ci­a­tion of Aus­tralia (TVAA)

THE TIM­BER Ve­neer As­so­ci­a­tion has had a busy and fruit­ful 2016 with a num­ber of mile­stones achieved. A ma­jor change was the step­ping down of longserv­ing As­so­ci­a­tion Sec­re­tary Allen Broome. Allen was Sec­re­tary for 12 years, and Sec­re­tary/Trea­surer for about 9 years. His com­mit­ment to the TVAA was sig­nif­i­cant and he will be missed.

Allen’s role has been taken up by Marc Robin­son of Man­aged For­est Prod­ucts Pty Ltd. Marc is well­known through­out the ve­neer in­dus­try, hav­ing spent some 27 years as a ve­neer buyer for LeMes­surier Tim­ber Co.

In re­cent years the As­so­ci­a­tion has achieved a higher pro­file, with an­nual in­volve­ment in the Aus­tralian Tim­ber De­sign Awards, spon­sor­ing the Award in the Tim­ber Ve­neers cat­e­gory. Dur­ing 2016 reg­u­lar press re­leases fea­tured in trade mag­a­zines.

Co­in­cid­ing with Allen Broome’s step­ping down, TVAA’s Pres­i­dent Rod Sharp, CEO of Sharp Ply­wood, de­cided to call it a day after many years at the helm. He has been suc­ceeded as Pres­i­dent by Gray Par­son­son, CEO of Tim­ber­wood Pan­els Pty Ltd.

Dur­ing the year it was de­cided to amal­ga­mate the As­so­ci­a­tion’s two web­sites for ease of use, and the spec­i­fier ma­te­rial and photo gallery pre­vi­ously on the Uniquely Ve­neer site was brought over to the main web­site at www.tim­ber­ve­neer.asn.au.

An­other in­no­va­tion was the set­ting up of a Face­book page to bet­ter en­gage with ve­neer users and pro­vide up to date news on the in­dus­try.

The Tim­ber Ve­neer As­so­ci­a­tion will con­tinue to de­velop the mar­ket for wood ve­neers by a com­bi­na­tion of pro­mo­tional ac­tiv­ity, such as the na­tional tim­ber awards, and the ini­ti­a­tion of re­search to over­come tech­ni­cal prob­lems.

Ex­am­ples of suc­cess­ful re­search out­comes in­clude find­ing ways to coun­ter­act the ef­fect of UV light on ve­neers, and an on­go­ing project to in­ves­ti­gate po­ten­tial causes of tan­nin stain­ing.

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