Strate­gic plan to en­sure growth and strength

Australasian Timber - - ASSOCIATIONS - By Ker­sten Gen­tle

FEx­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer FTMA Australia

TMA Australia was formed in 2006 as a na­tional en­tity and I be­lieve we are fi­nally prov­ing the worth of a na­tional as­so­ci­a­tion rep­re­sent­ing fab­ri­ca­tors Australia-wide with mem­bers in all states and ter­ri­to­ries.

Over the past few years FTMA Australia, be­hind the scenes we have con­tin­ued to grow in terms of gov­er­nance with the review of the con­sti­tu­tion and gov­er­nance train­ing for the board. The FTMA board has also fo­cused on the fu­ture with the de­vel­op­ment of a strate­gic plan that will take us in to the fu­ture.

Our cur­rent board is: John Oul­ton (Pine De­sign), Jamie Dahlsen (Dahlsens Build­ing Cen­tres), Chris­tine Flana­gan (Calco Trusses), An­drew Cousins (Able Truss), Dean Kidd (Kidd Truss), Mark Smiles (MiTek), Travis Tay­lor (Multi­nail), Ian Ashby (Pryda), She­lena Ser­rano (Vekta Au­to­ma­tion) and Phil McCor­mack (McCor­mack Hard­wood Sales)

There has al­ways been de­bate around sup­pli­ers sit­ting on the board and even though I be­lieve there is a strong role to play with the sup­pli­ers, es­pe­cially nail plate com­pa­nies, it was felt now was the time to re­struc­ture the board for a 12-month trial.

The 12-month trial will see the FTMA Board change to a full fab­ri­ca­tor-based board with four work­ing groups. The work­ing groups are based on the Strate­gic Pil­lars within our Strate­gic Plan and are: 1 – In­dus­try De­vel­op­ment,

2 – Com­mu­ni­ca­tion,

3 – Gov­er­nance and

4 – Re­la­tion­ships.

Work­ing groups

We en­cour­age sup­plier and fab­ri­ca­tor mem­bers to join one of th­ese work­ing groups who will feed di­rectly in to the new board.

The big is­sues for FTMA Australia in 2016-17 has been the con­tin­u­a­tion of sup­port for mem­bers fac­ing in­dus­trial re­la­tions or work­place safety is­sues and it is re­as­sur­ing that through our net­work of strate­gic part­ners we have been able to han­dle all the en­quiries that have come our way en­sur­ing mem­bers can con­tinue to fo­cus on their job of man­u­fac­tur­ing en­gi­neered prod­ucts.

FTMA Australia will con­tinue to build on th­ese re­sources by strength­en­ing our re­la­tion­ship with Timber Trade In­dus­trial As­so­ci­a­tion. Brian Beecroft and his team are ex­perts in this field and there is no use for FTMA Australia to re­pro­duce the great work they do, in­stead choos­ing to work hand in hand with an or­gan­i­sa­tion that has helped the wider timber in­dus­try for many decades.

It is ironic that to­day we have been fo­cus­ing on the timber short­age, yet we con­tinue to pur­sue mar­kets pre­vi­ously not avail­able to our sec­tor through the MidRise Mar­ket Im­ple­men­ta­tion Group. Alas­tair Woodard has been en­gaged by FTMA Australia to run this pro­gram in con­junc­tion with FWPA, EWPAA, ATIF and the three nail plate com­pa­nies and the work to date has been ex­cit­ing. There will be great op­por­tu­ni­ties in this field, and even though we recog­nise that this is not some­thing ev­ery­one will want to do, it still opens a new mar­ket for our sec­tor where we can con­tinue to add value to the prod­ucts we pro­vide.

Con­fer­ence suc­cess

This year of course saw an­other suc­cess­ful FTMA Australia Con­fer­ence with our big­gest turnout both in attendance and ex­hibitors so far. We only run this event ev­ery two years to en­sure we do not burn out the spon­sors but also to en­sure other events run from strate­gic part­ners don’t over­whelm the mar­ket.

Our next con­fer­ence is due in 2019 and even though that seems an eter­nity away, or­gan­is­ing the event will be­gin in early 2018 en­sur­ing we have the best venue to cater for the needs of our mem­bers and spon­sors.

Our spon­sors en­joy the op­por­tu­nity to set up dis­plays at the con­fer­ence and con­tinue to sup­port the as­so­ci­a­tion which in turn helps us help fab­ri­ca­tors. Our cur­rent spon­sors are:

Gold: Multi­nail Australia & Pryda Australia

Sil­ver: AB Phillips and Vekta Au­to­ma­tion

Bronze: CHHWP, Choice En­ergy, Daw Trad­ing, Din­das Australia, FINSTRO, First Su­per, Hun­deg­ger Aus­trala­sia, Lonza Wood Pro­tec­tion, LP Build­ing Prod­ucts, McCor­mack Hard­wood Sales, Stora Enso Australia and Tilling Timber.

We thank the spon­sors for their out­stand­ing sup­port and as al­ways, we en­cour­age you to sup­port those who sup­port your in­dus­try. We also en­cour­age mem­bers to fol­low up on the service provider spon­sors such as AB Phillips, Choice En­ergy, First Su­per and FINSTRO for the added ben­e­fits they can pro­vide your busi­ness. AB Phillips has worked hard to de­velop the best Cred­i­tor In­sur­ance and a wide range of other in­sur­ance ben­e­fits whereas Choice En­ergy has helped many mem­bers save money on the dreaded elec­tric­ity prices.

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