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Industry Advisory Groups - FWPA encouraging participation

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We would welcome your involvement in an FWPA interest group.

We would welcome your involvement in an FWPA interest group.

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Industry Advisory Groups - FWPA encouraging participation

Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA) is restructuring its industry engagement, with greater opportunities to participate, both for members and for non-member stakeholders such as researchers and suppliers.

The Chairman of FWPA, John Simon, said the two new types of group being introduced – Industry Advisory Groups and Interest Groups – were inclusive, and designed to provide opportunities to all interested people in the industry.

“We encourage you to contribute to the future of our industry by joining these groups which hopefully will help improve communication, identify valuable investment opportunities and identify issues or gaps we could help address with funding, contacts or other assistance,” he said.

“FWPA values the input of people ‘on the ground’, who have valuable experience and expertise when it comes to how we can best grow the market, innovate through research and promote the unique attractions of forest and wood products.”

Industry Advisory Groups will be open to directors and employees of any FWPA voting members, with a group to support each of FWPA’s outcome-driven programs, namely:

  • Promoting the advantages of wood products
  • Aligning products to market needs
  • Assisting value chain optimisation
  • Increasing resource availability and reducing risk
  • Impacting decision making and industry capability

Each new Industry Advisory Group will be chaired by an FWPA board member and meet at least once a year to help rank and prioritise activities, offer direction regarding investments and provide member input. The first Industry Advisory Group meetings will be held in Melbourne on 16 June.

However, both members and non-member industry stakeholders who identify a common issue – whether region, species or product-specific – will be entitled to join new Interest Groups, with secretariat support provided by FWPA.

The Interest Groups will be encouraged to develop investment proposals to help advance industry, whether by expanding markets, doing new research or other promotional activity.

To start an Interest Group, all you need to do is:

  • Identify an issue of concern that is consistent with FWPA’s vision and mission
  • Have at least five FWPA voting member companies participating and
  • Be willing to open the group to all members and other stakeholders, including non-members.

As part of the transition to this new structure, FWPA’s current Industry Advisory Groups and Reference Groups will transition to the new Interest Groups effective from 31st March, 2017.

To find out more on how Industry Advisory Groups and/or Interest Groups can help your business and the working arrangements, please contact FWPA Managing Director Ric Sinclair on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Our 5 Company Programs

Promoting the Advantages of Wood Products

Promoting the Advantages of Wood Products

Promoting the benefits and use of forest and wood products, in line with community attitudes, environmental awareness and market trends.

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Aligning Products to Market Needs

Aligning Products to Market Needs

Ensuring that the industry’s products and services are fit-for-purpose, appropriately aligned to market needs and their availability better communicated to key influencers.

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Assisting Value Chain Optimisation

Assisting Value Chain Optimisation

Increasing the value and volume recovery from existing resources to ensure that all wood fibre is utilised to its highest and best purpose.

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Increasing Resource Availability and Reducing Risk

Increasing Resource Availability and Reducing Risk

Increasing the availability of wood fibre to support an expanding market and associated manufacturing capacity.

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Impacting Decision Making and Industry Capability

Impacting Decision Making and Industry Capability

Ensuring that the industry has the skills and systems necessary to support improved decision making by all players across the value chain.

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FWPA publishes the industry newsletters, R&DWorks and ForWood. In addition, we have the WoodSolutions newsletter addressing design and build specifiers – architects, building designers, engineers and others involved in specifying the choice of building materials, as well as the Wood.Naturally Better. ™ Partner Update. ForestLearning is FWPA’s quarterly newsletter that provides information on Australian forests and forest-based products to teachers and educators, school children and the public.

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