Major change of operations for Timber Merchants Association
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. au, or Mr Ron Caddy on ron@lamcal. com.au.
“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.”