Many milestones achieved
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.