All about our Association - Preserving Confidence in Timber


The South African Wood Preservers Association (SAWPA) is a non-profit association formed in 1980, by the South African wood preserving industry, primarily to promote timber treatment and treated timber products. Commercially grown timber in Southern Africa is mainly of the Eucalyptus and Pinus species, both of which are not durable.
By applying the correct chemicals to these timbers we are able to ensure that the timber performs as if it were durable thereby giving predictable long life performance.

Who is Who


The Association is funded by treaters paying a percentage on purchases of chemicals. Class I Membership is limited to those organisations which treat timber or distribute chemicals. Class II Membership is available to those involved in the treatment industry e.g. users of treated timber.

We have Affiliate Membership for Universities, Educational Facilities, other Industry Associations, Certification bodies, Government Departments (DTIC, DFFE, etc.), Utility Bodies (Electricity and Telecommunications); all who have a vested interest in the treatment industry. Honorary membership is given to those individuals whom have reached the end of their careers and have made an outstanding contribution to the treatment industry.

To date, honorary membership had been awarded to six individuals.


A fundamental reason for SAWPA's existence is the requirement for the promotion of Timber Treatment and Treated Timber Products. This is being achieved through advertising, editorials, presentations etc. We have a mailing list of individuals and organisations to whom we are promoting our members' products and services i.e. architects, building inspectors, landscape architects, co-ops, town planners, quantity surveyors.

In addition to promoting the products and services which our members offer, we are now being called on to promote the standards in respect of which our members' products and services are offered. We are actively involved in changes to standards and legislation.


In terms of objectives, SAWPA is required to be a 'source of information for both the customer as well as our members.' Members receive a regular newsletter which alerts them to developments in the treating industry.

We are members of or maintain close relationships with the International Research Group on Wood Preservation (IRG-WP), the Western European Institute for Wood Preservation (WEI-IEO), the American Wood Protection Association (AWPA), The Wood Protection Association (UK), the Timber Preservers Association of Australia (TPAA) and the Queensland Timber Board. We also have access and connections to other international associations like the Wood Preservative Science Council (USA), Wood Preservation Canada, Creosote Council (USA), Western Wood Preservers Institute (USA), New Zealand Timber Preservation Council, Treated Wood Council (USA) and the Timber Research and Development Association (UK)

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When required, SAWPA expands its area of influence into other Southern African countries for the benefit of our members, from the point of view of standards, exports and purchases of raw material.


The South African Wood Preservers Association (SAWPA) Promotion of Access to Information manual is prepared in accordance with Section 51 of the Promotion of Access to Information Act No. 2 of 2000.

The South African Wood Preservers Association (SAWPA) is a non-profit Association formed by the wood preserving industry, primarily to promote timber treatment and the sale of treated timber products.

View the SAWPA PAIA document here.


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