EOS & ETTF
The Finnish Sawmills Association promotes the business operations of its member companies by representing their interests towards the political decision makers. The Association also provides the members with various services including, among others, economical and statistical information and promotional activities. The Association’s membership base consists of approximately 30 companies which operate throughout the country. Nearly all of our members are family companies.
Finland is the seventh largest producer of sawn softwood globally and, the fourth in exports. The annual output of Finnish sawmill industries is about 12 million cubic meters. About 75% of the production is exported to more than 50 countries around the world. Finnish sawmills are a vital player within the Finnish bio-economy.
The European Timber Trade Federation (ETTF) represents the timber importers, distributors, traders and non-importing merchants interests’ across Europe.
The ETTF operates on a united base, representing and lobbying on behalf of the trade to national level and EU-authorities as well as key decision makers.
ETTF also engages with environmental and other NGOs and provides a discussion and networking forum for the EU timber trade on key issues, from legislation and the environment, to sustainable timber promotion and best practice.
In total, ETTF today has 15 member federations and, alongside with EOS, is a regular host and co-host of the International Softwood Conference (ISC).
Created in 1958, the European Organisation of the Sawmill Industry (EOS) is a Brussels-based non-profit association representing the interests of the European sawmilling sector on European and International level. The primary goal of EOS is to further the interests of the European sawmilling sector and to this end, it aims to influence EU policy-making. It is the main body representing and defending the interests of the European sawmill industry towards the European Union. In total, EOS today has 12 member federations, which are responsible for about 80% of the European production of sawnwood.
The European Sawmill Industry comprises around 35,000 enterprises which employ around 250,000 people across Europe. Most of these enterprises are microenterprises (1-9 full time employees – FTEs – according to the EU classification), while large enterprises (more than 250 FTEs) are not many but play an important role, particularly when it comes to innovation. The sector is responsible for a total production value of more than EUR 36 billion.