Saturday 18 February 2023


ADSA – the Automatic Door Suppliers Association – has become a member of TAF – the Trade Association Forum which is the leading representative body for professional trade associations across the UK.

The move is intended to help ADSA become more involved in ‘bigger picture’ issues through TAF’s links with UK Government and industry leaders.

Said ADSA MD Ken Price:
“We are keen to be at the forefront of issues that affect the UK and the wider construction industry. TAF’s involvement with Government will help open doors and enable the voice of the automatic door industry be better heard by key decision makers and policy setters.”
TAF was founded in 1997, having been instigated by the then President of the Board of Trade, Michael Heseltine. It currently has around 130 members representing a diverse range of industries from railway and transport to jewellers and hairdressing. It recently joined forces with the Institute of Association Leadership to develop a leadership programme and resources for trade associations.
Added Ken: “There have been a number of critical reports and legislative changes which have affected the wider construction industry in recent times: the Hackett Report which led to the Building Safety Act, three PAS competency frameworks for principal designers and specifiers, principal contractors, and building safety and management. Being part of TAF, with access to key resources, will allow us to be more proactive and in turn, pass on benefits to our members by harnessing best practice.”
Emily Wallace, TAF CEO, said:
“We are delighted to welcome ADSA as a member of the Trade Association Forum. As the ‘association of associations’, we provide support and networking opportunities to trade associations across the UK, many of which face similar challenges in terms of operational activities. 
“Our range of services and activities are designed to assist strategic development and day-to-day running of organisations and our close work with UK Government, partners and sponsors, help our associations deliver real value for their members.”

The Automatic Door Association (ADSA) was formed in 1985 to establish quality and safety standards for the automatic door industry. It developed the first industry code of practice which covered the safety aspects of automatic doors for pedestrian use. This subsequently formed the basis of BS 7036: 1988, a code of practice for the provision and installation of safety devices for automatic, power-operated pedestrian door systems. 

Its membership includes manufacturers, suppliers, installers and service providers of automatic doors – from global companies to sole traders. ADSA member organisations supply more than 75% of the UK market. 

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