After 36 years of splendid isolation the Timber Trade Federation has joined the Federation Europeenne du Negoce de Bois (FEBO), the European Timber Trade Association.

Explaining the reason for joining, TTF director-general Paul Martin said: ‘Increasingly what happens in other countries in Europe is important to us and we felt we should work in partnership.’

At the general assembly of the FEBO held at the Interzum show in Cologne last week, members voted to admit the TTF, which now joins national trade federations from Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Switzerland, Austria, Finland, Sweden, Malta and Latvia as members.

The primary focus of the Brussels-based organisation is the lobbying of European Commission officials on behalf of the timber trade. It has an annual budget of €40,000.