This winter has been an active time or EBPA and its members. In October, EBPA led a group of companies to Australia to investigate opportunities for US building materials. The group visited construction sites, trade shows, and window manufacturing plants, and met with builders and millwork association managers.
In November, we also led a trade mission for US softwood lumber suppliers to China. The group met lumber importers during group meetings, lumber market visits, and receptions. In January, EBPA participated in the Softwood Export Council board meeting. New developments for 2015 that will benefit EBPA members include a redesign of all international booths, inclusion of high value added softwood product samples and graphics, and a new multi-lingual brochure about US softwood millwork.
In January, EBPA was also a part of the Department of Commerce (DOC) interational markets seminar at the NAHB IBS show. I presented information about the EBPA and its China program. Since 2002, EBPA's US-China Build program has helped companies generate of $360 million in sales to China, $292 million of these sales have occured since 2009. EBPA's success in China was also highlighted by the DOC in an article about the DOC's services and cooperators (included in this issue).
In the Coming Year
We've included a schedule of a number of upcoming activities in this issue. In addition to our usual schedule of overseas activities, we have added new activities to give our members more access to sales contacts. These include:
EBPA continues to promote our members in international markets through distribution of brochures about the association, member samples and company representatives featured in trade booths, and our through our colleagues in Japan, China, Mexico, and Europe.
These international staff are invaluable resources about their respective markets. They can also help provide information about phytosanitary regulations, potential partners, insight into the value of specific trade shows, etc.