De­vel­op­ing a sup­ply chain train­ing pro­gram

Australasian Timber - - ASSOCIATIONS - By Ker­sten Gen­tle Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer FTMA Aus­tralia

FTMA AUS­TRALIA has been work­ing with Bryan Moroney and his team in AusIn­dus­try En­tre­pre­neur De­vel­op­ment which is a Fed­eral Govern­ment ini­tia­tive within the Depart­ment of In­dus­try Busi­ness.

In early Au­gust Bryan and his col­league Emily Mor­ton joined Adam Mum­ford and I for a tour of Dahlsens Craigieburn frame and truss plant to en­sure a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the man­u­fac­tur­ing un­der­taken by the frame and truss in­dus­try.

FTMA Aus­tralia will be work­ing with AusIn­dus­try to de­velop a sup­ply chain train­ing pro­gram which will tar­get key busi­ness skills within the in­dus­try as well as ex­plore the col­lab­o­ra­tion across the sup­ply chain as our in­dus­try moves fur­ther down the ad­vanced man­u­fac­tur­ing path­way.

In the mean­time, how­ever, the AusIn­dus­try En­tre­pre­neur De­vel­op­ment pro­gram of­fers a wide range of ser­vices and pro­grams for small to medium en­ter­prises in Aus­tralia.

This is the for­mer ‘En­ter­prise Con­nect’ pro­gram and even though FTMA’s fo­cus is on fab­ri­ca­tors the pro­gram is avail­able to a wide range of busi­nesses across the whole sup­ply chain of the tim­ber in­dus­try.

The best place to start is with the Busi­ness Eval­u­a­tion Ser­vice where an AusIn­dus­try Busi­ness Ad­viser will work with you to as­sess your busi­ness, re­search the en­vi­ron­ment you work in and cre­ate a plan of ac­tion you en­dorse and are ready to im­ple­ment. The Busi­ness Ad­vis­ers guide you at your own pace to im­ple­ment the plan, pro­vid­ing you with ac­cess to the wealth of in­for­ma­tion, net­works and re­sources at their dis­posal.

The Busi­ness Ad­vis­ers are drawn from in­dus­try sources who will spend qual­ity time on-site with you to gather in­for­ma­tion for your Busi­ness Eval­u­a­tion. The Busi­ness Ad­viser will use their in­dus­try ex­pe­ri­ence com­bined with di­ag­nos­tic tools to in­ves­ti­gate key ar­eas of your busi­ness and will work with peo­ple through­out your busi­ness to de­velop prac­ti­cal ad­vice spe­cific to the needs of your busi­ness.

Their guid­ance is de­signed to help you build skills into your busi­ness, iden­tify new busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties and to en­sure you have ev­ery­thing you need to con­tinue to do so long af­ter the ser­vice ends.

AusIn­dus­try En­tre­pre­neur De­vel­op­ment strives to build your busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties through in­sight and skills on a foun­da­tion of in­de­pen­dent in­dus­try ad­vice and best of all the ser­vice comes at no cost to your busi­ness.

Once this busi­ness eval­u­a­tion is done, your busi­ness can ac­cess dol­lar-for-dol­lar fund­ing up to $20,000 to im­ple­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties iden­ti­fied in the plan.

There are key cri­te­ria’s that your busi­ness will need to meet in­clud­ing but not lim­ited to: • Have an an­nual turnover or op­er­at­ing ex­pen­di­ture within the fol­low­ing thresh­olds: • be­tween $1.5 mil­lion and $100 mil­lion;

or • be­tween $750,000 and $100 mil­lion for ap­pli­cants from Re­mote Aus­tralia or North­ern Aus­tralia. • Be sol­vent. • Have op­er­ated in Aus­tralia and filed busi­ness ac­tiv­ity state­ments show­ing on­go­ing trad­ing in at least three con­sec­u­tive years. I en­cour­age FTMA Mem­bers who are in­ter­ested in hav­ing a fresh set of eyes look over your busi­ness and iden­tify ways to in­crease ef­fi­ciency to give me a call and I will con­nect you di­rectly with the right per­son. For oth­ers in­ter­ested in this pro­gram please visit http://www.busi­ness. gov.au/ad­vice-and-sup­port/EIP/Pages/ de­fault.aspx

New Tim­ber Stan­dard

The new AS 1720.5:2015 Tim­ber struc­tures – Nailplated tim­ber roof trusses, pre­pared by the TM-010 Tim­ber Struc­tures and Fram­ing com­mit­tee, has now been pub­lished and is avail­able for pur­chase via the SAI Global web­site at the fol­low­ing link: http:// in­fo­s­tore.saiglobal.com/store/De­tails. aspx?Pro­duc­tID=1816623

Boris Iskra the Na­tional Man­ager of Codes and Stan­dards for FWPA, ex­plained that the need for this Stan­dard arose with a re­quest from Stan­dards Aus­tralia fol­low­ing the re­lease of the South Aus­tralian Coro­ner’s re­port (2005) into the River­side Golf Club roof truss col­lapse with one of the rec­om­men­da­tions be­ing the need for a tim­ber truss de­sign stan­dard.

The de­vel­op­ment of the AS 1720.5 was co­or­di­nated by FWPA and jointly funded and de­vel­oped by Pryda, MiTek, Multi­nail, and Frame & Truss Man­u­fac­tur­ers As­so­ci­a­tion with sup­port from Stan­dards Aus­tralia.

Peter Ju­niper of Ju­niper Con­sult­ing was en­gaged to as­sist and work through pro­pri­etary ‘tech­ni­cal dif­fer­ences’ and de­velop a col­lab­o­ra­tive draft which was then sub­mit­ted to the re­spon­si­ble Stan­dards Aus­tralia com­mit­tee (TM-010) to un­dergo the for­mal Stan­dards Aus­tralia con­sen­sus pro­cesses.

In sum­ming up Boris ex­pressed that this has been a mile­stone project that demon­strated the broader in­dus­try’s abil­ity to work col­lab­o­ra­tively in ar­eas of com­mon in­ter­est and pub­lic good and he for­mally thanked all the col­lab­o­ra­tors for their valu­able con­tri­bu­tion to the de­vel­op­ment of this im­por­tant de­sign stan­dard.

FTMA Aus­tralia would like to give a spe­cial thank you to Boris Iskra, Peter Ju­niper, Robert Tan (MiTek), Matthew Smith (Multi­nail), Afzal Laphir (Pryda) and Nick Li­vanes (FTMA Stan­dards Rep­re­sen­ta­tive) for their ex­cel­lent work on this stan­dard and also recog­nise the work of the Aus­tralian Stan­dards TM010 Com­mit­tee.

Tour at Dahlsens Craigieburn: Adam Mum­ford, Dah­slens (or­ange jacket) and AusIn­dus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tives Bryan Moroney and Emily Mor­ton.

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