Ma­jor change of op­er­a­tions for Tim­ber Merchants As­so­ci­a­tion

Australasian Timber - - NEWS -

AS PART of the Tim­ber Merchants’ As­so­ci­a­tion (TMA) Com­mit­tee’s strat­egy to se­cure the fu­ture of the TMA for in­dus­try and as­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers, the Tim­ber Ad­vi­sory and Dis­play Cen­tre (TADC) will be revamped and re­launched.

“Our Cen­tre (1/180 White­horse Road, Black­burn) is the only fa­cil­ity of its type op­er­at­ing in Aus­tralia, and we are ded­i­cated to as­sist­ing builders, ren­o­va­tors, ar­chi­tects, spec­i­fiers, and the gen­eral pub­lic with un­bi­ased in­for­ma­tion about the tim­ber in­dus­try, mar­ket trends, tim­ber choices and uses, and ad­vice on pur­chas­ing ma­te­ri­als from TMA mem­bers and TADC re­tail ex­hibitors,” said TMA Pres­i­dent Richard Hill.

He said the com­mit­tee reached an agree­ment with Eric Siegers, for­mer Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of the TMA, and owner of The Mar­ket Bytes Pty Ltd, whereby The Mar­ket Bytes Pty Ltd has pur­chased the right to own and op­er­ate the TADC, and will be en­ti­tled to use TMA brand­ing in sup­port of the TADC, sub­ject to a con­tract ne­go­ti­ated be­tween TMA and The Mar­ket Bytes Pty Ltd.

“The TADC en­joys the sup­port of many other in­dus­try bod­ies, and we look for­ward to strength­en­ing re­la­tion­ships be­tween the TADC and in­dus­try. These bod­ies in­clude:

• Vic­to­rian As­so­ci­a­tion of For­est In­dus­tries (VAFI)

• Tim­ber And Build­ing Ma­te­ri­als As­so­ci­a­tion (TABMA)

• Frame and Truss Man­u­fac­tur­ers Aus­tralia (FTMA)

• Wood Prod­ucts Vic­to­ria (WPV)

• Tim­ber Trade In­dus­tries As­so­ci­a­tion (TTIA),

• Tim­ber Im­porters Aus­tralia

• Win­dow and Door In­dus­try Coun­cil (WADIC)

• Tim­ber Pre­servers As­so­ci­a­tion of Aus­tralia (TPAA)

• Wood Floor­ing Vic­to­ria

• Mas­ter Gro­cers As­so­ci­a­tion (MGA), (which in­ter­est­ingly has a num­ber of M10 stores as mem­bers)

• Tim­ber Train­ing Creswick (TTC)

“As part of the agree­ment, The Mar­ket Bytes Pty Ltd trad­ing as Tim­ber Ad­vi­sory and Dis­play Cen­tre (TADC) will pro­vide the TMA a Sec­re­tariat ser­vice, mar­ket anal­y­sis and in­for­ma­tion on trends, and tim­ber ad­vi­sors em­ployed at the TADC will con­tinue to di­rect po­ten­tial cus­tomers to TMA mem­bers and re­tail ex­hibitors, as they have done in the past. Main­tain­ing sup­port for mem­bers “Mem­bers will con­tinue to re­ceive the high level of sup­port they have re­ceived to date in many ar­eas. This in­cludes sup­port in in­dus­trial re­la­tions and OHS, train­ing, busi­ness ser­vices and mar­ket­ing as­sis­tance.

“The TMA Com­mit­tee is pleased that Emma Watt will con­tinue to pro­vide IR / HR sup­port to all TMA mem­bers as in the past, and Emma Watt and the TMA have an agree­ment to move for­ward to­gether, in any ne­go­ti­a­tions with other bod­ies.

“It is ap­par­ent to the TMA Com­mit­tee that for as­so­ci­a­tions such as ours to sur­vive, and thrive, in the fu­ture we must grow our mem­ber­ship. We have been hold­ing dis­cus­sions with like­minded reg­is­tered or­gan­i­sa­tions whose mem­bers are also char­ac­terised by in­de­pen­dent (and fam­ily) own­er­ship,” said Mr Hill.

“The TMA Com­mit­tee has been look­ing for syn­er­gis­tic op­por­tu­ni­ties to en­sure strength for the tim­ber in­dus­try, and for mem­bers into the fu­ture. We were pri­mar­ily in­ter­ested in de­vel­op­ing and main­tain­ing a close re­la­tion­ship with an­other or­gan­i­sa­tion that is, like the TMA, reg­is­tered un­der the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth). An­other key cri­te­rion for any po­ten­tial re­la­tion­ship is that we wanted in­de­pen­dent, small to medium, and fam­ily owned, en­ter­prises to be the fo­cus.

“The TMA Com­mit­tee is ex­cited about the up­com­ing changes, and we are con­vinced that they are in the in­ter­ests of the tim­ber in­dus­try, TMA and its mem­bers,” he said.

Mem­bers who have any ques­tions for the Com­mit­tee should in the first in­stance email the Vice Pres­i­dent, Mr Peter Alexan­der on pe­ au, or Mr Ron Caddy on ron@lam­cal.

“The TMA Com­mit­tee has been look­ing for syn­er­gis­tic op­por­tu­ni­ties to en­sure strength for the tim­ber in­dus­try, and for mem­bers into the fu­ture.”

in the mar­ket­place means that the op­por­tu­nity is worth the risk. We look for­ward to work­ing with the TMA our key in­dus­try stake­holder and the other in­dus­try sup­port­ers to con­tinue to build a strong and vi­brant sec­tor,” said Eric.

As a fi­nal word on the mat­ter Eric utilised the Win­ston Churchill quote... “A pes­simist sees the dif­fi­culty in ev­ery op­por­tu­nity; an op­ti­mist sees the op­por­tu­nity in ev­ery dif­fi­culty.”

Eric Siegers.

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