The Timber Decking and Cladding Association (TDCA) and The Timber Trade Federation (TTF) have joined forces under a partnership agreement aimed at strengthening the market for timber cladding and decking.
The partnership will focus on specifier and buyer education to raise awareness and confidence in the timber cladding and decking sectors.
The move aligns with TTF’s plans to focus on market-facing educational activities. A series of TTF working groups are looking in depth at cladding, flooring and engineered wood Products sectors. Output from these groups aims to issue guidance on avoiding risks, setting standards and timber species and specification – the TDCA’s knowledge and experience will provide a vital contribution.
Janet Sycamore, director of operations at TDCA, said: “Our directors were strongly in favour of a strategic alliance with TTF, recognising the benefits of expanding the reach of TDCA to a wider audience. Initially the agreement was to help TTF implement a programme of education for timber cladding, but we also aim to include decking under the same arrangement. We are excited by the opportunities that working together will bring”.
Both organisations have existing agreements with the Wood Protection Association (WPA) and this new collaboration creates a strong triumvirate working on behalf of the timber trade
The partnership will work similarly to the agreement currently in place between TDCA and the WPA and the three bodies will work together on projects of mutual interest whilst still maintaining their individual identities and operating as independent trade bodies.
David Hopkins, managing director of TTF, said: “The partnership with TDCA, who are recognised industry experts, brings significant benefits and widening opportunities to TTF, WPA and our respective members. The knowledgeable and experienced TDCA team can provide the resources to achieve TTF’s current objectives on both cladding and decking”.
Details of their first joint venture will be release soon.