LEADING timber industry membership organisations UKSIPS and the Structural Timber Association (formerly the UKTFA) have joined forces to create a stronger presence for their members.
Existing members of UKSIPS will join the STA and will be represented by a new STA working group for SIP technology and across the various existing STA committees. Peter Barr of SIPCO, and current vice-Chairman of UKSIPS, will be joining the STA main board to boost the representation of structural insulated panels within the management.
Lawrence Young, chairman of the STA said, “I am pleased to be welcoming our colleagues from UKSIPS to the STA. They will bring technical expertise, quality standards and significant insights that will play a vital role in our ongoing services to the construction sector.”
Charles Stewart, outgoing Chairman of UKSIPS added, “This announcement represents a significant opportunity for our members to grow the influence of the SIP industry within the structural timber sector and the wider construction industry. By joining forces we are demonstrating both the diversity and the clout our various technologies have within construction as a whole. We look forward to continuing to champion the ‘fabric first’ agenda and to using the combined technical skills and knowledge of our members to put forward new solutions for the zero carbon agenda.”
The announcement has received wide support from across the timber industry. Andrew Abbott, Chief Executive of TRADA said, “There is so much synergy between these organisations and we expect to see a much greater profile around structural timber from the combined entity.”
Diana Montgomery, Chief Executive of the Construction Products Association said, “This move makes a lot of sense and will go a long way to helping clients find the right answers when choosing structural timber solutions.”