Industry Partners

Forestry SA

Forestry South Africa (FSA) is South Africa's premier and largest forestry organisation representing growers of timber in South Africa. The Association’s membership includes all 11 corporate forestry companies active in the Industry, approximately 1 300 commercial timber farmers and some 20 000 emergent small scale growers who between them own or control no less than 93% of the total plantation area in the country. Given these credentials FSA is regarded by Government and the private sector alike as being the Industry’s “representative body”.

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The Wood Foundation originated when various stakeholders in the forestry, wood processing and related industries got together to discuss an association to promote wood in a generic manner.

Preliminary work, undertaken by a committee of industry representatives, began in 2008 under the banner of the "Timber Marketing Forum". This body was formalised and officially constituted in June 2009. Shortly after that the "Timber Marketing Forum" was rebranded as "The Wood Foundation", which was seen to be more inclusive and presented an opportunity to promote wood throughout the value chain, from the grower all the way through to the home owner.

The Wood Foundation's Constitution is formulated as a non-profit organisation with associate and affiliate membership open to industry associations, companies and private individuals.

The facts speak for themselves. Wood is a renewable material with an exceptionally low carbon emissions footprint, long life and extensive durability through correct treatment, easy to maintain and has excellent insulation and acoustic characteristics, while also being flexible to work with and aesthetically pleasing.

Tel: 011 974 1061 / Fax: 011 392 6155
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The vision of the Institute for Timber Construction (ITC-SA), South Africa’s professional body of the engineered timber structure industry, is to create and maintain the highest standards in the engineered timber construction industry.

With the ITC-SA, both the trade and consumer can enjoy the peace of mind and protection that come with a safely erected and inspected timber frame home, roof or deck structure, with guaranteed Professional Indemnity Cover for the structural stability of the construction.

The ITC-SA is a SAQA-accredited professional body and a Recognised Voluntary Association in terms of the Engineering Profession Act, 2000 (Act 46 of 2000).

Tel: 011 974 1061 / Fax: 011 392 6155
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Interest in recent years in the use of traditional wood floors and the newer generation laminate flooring in commercial and domestic buildings prompted responsible local business concerns to form an industry representative body.

This initiative is in line with comparable organisations throughout the world, many of which have been active for a considerable length of time.

This can be seen in the established European and other national standards bodies that have contributed enormously to high standards in refined products. These high standards are now synonymous with the South African wood and laminate industry.

Thus, the Southern African Wood and Laminate Flooring Association (SAWLFA) was formed in November 1998 to develop an awareness of wood and laminate flooring and to address the needs of both the local industry and the customer.

Future success for all our businesses lies in our collective hands. Only through the medium of a strong, pro-active industry body can we fully promote the products, our expertise and services on a professional basis.

Tel: 011 455 2822 / Fax: 086 614 1491

The South African Wood Preservers Association (SAWPA) is a non-profit association formed in 1980, by the South African wood preserving industry, primarily to promote timber treatment and treated timber products. Commercially grown timber in Southern Africa is mainly of the Eucalyptus and Pinus species, both of which are not durable. By applying the correct chemicals to these timbers we are able to ensure that the timber performs as if it were durable thereby giving predictable long life performance.

Tel: 011 974 1061 / Fax: 011 392 1995
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Acimall, the association that represents the most important Italian manufacturers of technology, automation, machinery, tools, and accessories for processing wood and wood-based products. The Italian woodworking machinery industry has produced highly impressive results all around the world. In part, this has been the result of the fruitful relationships that Italian business operators have established with their clients. These have taken the form of fully fledged partnerships, allowing manufacturers to consolidate their knowledge and play an active role in the development of increasingly efficient industrial processes – small and crafts-based manufacturers around the world buy Italian machinery and wherever there is a need to build highly automated plants that can also produce small lots in extremely small timeframes with specific cost constraints, Italian companies are always there with the ideas.

Tel. +39 02 89210200 / Fax +39 02 8259009
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The German Engineering Federation (VDMA) represents the interests of around 3,000 machinery manufacturers. Some 948,000 employees in the industry produce an annual output of € 187 billion, 75% of which is shipped to the export market. VDMA members account for more than 40% of the European investment goods industry. The industry’s worldwide reputation for innovation is based on the technical sophistication of more than 20,000 product types.

The production of woodworking machinery in Germany has a long tradition. It is not unusual to find companies that have been in the business for more than 100 years.

VDMA’s German Woodworking Machinery Manufacturers Association is a national organization which represents 85% of German woodworking machinery, tools and systems manufacturers.

Tel: +49-69-6603-1819 / Fax: +49-69-6603-2819
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Sawmilling South Africa (SSA) is an industry association which represents the interests of its members both big and small in the Republic of South Africa and strives to create a unity of purpose and identity amongst its members, to promote and foster the sawmilling industry. It provides a formal voice on behalf of the Sawmilling sector in respect of issues which bear upon the interests of sawmillers both individually or collectively and represents the interests and views of its members to Parliament, Government, Provincial and other Public or Private Bodies and Officials in the Republic of South Africa, and elsewhere, as may be necessary.

The Thatchers Association of South Africa (TASA) was first established in 1996, but became dormant for several years due to a lack of national standards for the thatched roof construction industry. However, since the introduction of the national standard, SANS 10407 Thatched Roof Construction, the association was provided with new purpose and vision and is active in the industry today.

TASA’s vision is to become known and accepted as the national voice for the professional trade of thatched roofs in South Africa. The association strives to achieve international bargaining power for its members while fostering competition, skills development and quality products. A founding member of the International Thatching Society, TASA is geared to connecting consumers and the trade with the best thatched roof construction professionals trading in the industry today.

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