With new figures showing exports of American hardwood to Australia having increased in value and volume, the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) has introduced an overseas partner membership.

The move aims to strengthen support between the AHEC and hardwood importers, distributors and agents, as well as specifiers and manufacturers of products in Australia that use American hardwood.

New members will benefit from access to market intelligence, technical papers and marketing materials. The new partnerships will also open up the vast global network of AHEC contacts to members providing unique sales and marketing opportunities.

“Until now we have not offered membership outside the US, however as the market continues to grow in Australia we have decided that it is a mutually beneficial action to take,” said Director for AHEC Oceania, Rod Wiles.

“Those who join will have access not only to the most up to date technical and environmental information but also will be best placed to take advantage of the marketing support we provide.”

“Importantly, at a time when consideration for the environment is at its peak, particularly in the timber industry, an association with AHEC demonstrates a commitment to responsibly sourced and managed materials.”

Dominic McNeil from Britton Timbers Australia welcomed the move by AHEC, saying it will provide his company with access to opportunities that assist in selling American hardwoods in Australia & internationally.

“I am invited to attend or participate in trade shows, conferences and architectural seminars worldwide, that provide me with invaluable market intelligence as well as the opportunity to network with major USA timber suppliers, academics & users and potential international export customers,” said Mr McNeil.