Light weight con­struc­tion is only go­ing to get big­ger within the frame and truss in­dus­try

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

FTMA AUS­TRALIA has had an­other busy year rep­re­sent­ing frame and truss fab­ri­ca­tors in ev­ery state and ter­ri­tory. In­dus­trial re­la­tions con­tin­ues to be a big is­sue for mem­bers and where we can FTMA Aus­tralia helps as the first port of call. WorkCover, Dis­missal, OHS, Award rates or long ser­vice leave are just a few of the top­ics mem­bers have phoned about through­out the year. If FTMA Aus­tralia can­not as­sist di­rectly, fur­ther as­sis­tance from Emma Watt or Brian Beecroft from Tim­ber Trade In­dus­trial As­so­ci­a­tion is pro­vided and de­pend­ing on the se­ri­ous­ness of the is­sue, they then deal di­rectly with the mem­ber. FTMA Aus­tralia, un­like oth­ers, do not make ad­di­tional funds from this or charge ex­tra rates. We sim­ply as­sist mem­bers and get you to use these ser­vices pay­ing their fees di­rectly with­out us adding cream on the top!

We will con­tinue to de­velop poli­cies to as­sist mem­bers in re­la­tion to OHS and In­dus­trial Re­la­tions as well as ex­pand our FTMA Fact sheets in the next 12 months with all in­for­ma­tion posted on the mem­ber’s only sec­tion of the newly de­signed FTMA web­site.

FTMA is the first port of call for mem­bers so they can con­tinue to get on with the job of man­u­fac­tur­ing whilst we sup­port them ev­ery step of the way.

The area of light-weight con­struc­tion is only go­ing to get big­ger within the frame and truss in­dus­try with the ex­pected pass­ing of NCC 2016 reg­u­la­tions to build com­mer­cial build­ings up to 8 sto­ries in tim­ber con­struc­tion. FTMA does not believe CLT is not the an­swer here, our sec­tors light­weight sys­tems are. Pre­fab­ri­cated floors, walls and roofs will pro­vide a new mar­ket op­por­tu­nity for our sec­tor. We un­der­stand that this is not some­thing ev­ery­one will want to do but is some­thing as an in­dus­try we must grab be­cause if we don’t oth­ers will.

We have to ad­dress the fact that the Aussie dream of hav­ing a home on a block of land is chang­ing to own­ing an apart­ment with a shared com­mon area. Hous­ing mar­kets are on the in­crease but our ‘tra­di­tional’ mar­ket is re­duc­ing with apart­ment ap­provals be­ing 46.7% of all hous­ing ap­provals and the 4+ storey apart­ments are dom­i­nat­ing. FWPA and groups like Wood Prod­ucts Vic­to­ria are fo­cus­ing on what this means for the wider tim­ber in­dus­try and it is im­por­tant that FTMA Aus­tralia con­tin­ues to li­aise with these groups to iden­tify what is needed for our in­dus­try to be ready for this change in May 2016.

FTMA con­tin­ues to keep track of the na­tional in­dus­try as well as the na­tional hous­ing fore­casts. In Oc­to­ber our na­tional data­base up­date was com­pleted. This data­base shows a de­crease in the num­ber of fab­ri­ca­tors whilst there has been an in­crease in the hous­ing ap­provals. This of course re­flects the change as men­tioned above. See Fig­ure 1

I would like to recog­nise the FTMA Aus­tralia board which con­sists of Clive Martella, Michael Read, John Oul­ton, Peter Reilly, Mark Smiles, Ian Ashby, Phil McCor­mack, Joe Hack­ett, She­lena Ser­rano, Jamie Dahlsen, Ge­off Baxter and Phil Lad­son. This board does an out­stand­ing job com­mit­ting their lim­ited time to help build the As­so­ci­a­tion and im­prove things within our in­dus­try and their in­put is truly ap­pre­ci­ated.

Michael Read and Phil Lad­son have not re­newed their po­si­tions on the board. Michael has been on the board since 2008 and his in­put has been valu­able and like most board mem­bers it is a two way street with both the As­so­ci­a­tion and the board mem­ber learn­ing from each other.

Phil Lad­son is our long­est serv­ing board mem­ber and upon his re­tire­ment from the board will have been a Di­rec­tor of the FTMA Board for 10 years, since our in­cep­tion and of course was in­volved prior to this with the old Vic­to­rian Roof Truss & Wall frame As­so­ci­a­tion.

At a re­cent FTMA Din­ner in Novem­ber, the As­so­ci­a­tion had the op­por­tu­nity of thank­ing Phil for all his hard work and ded­i­ca­tion and recog­nise his 10 years’ ser­vice. Over the years there has been much de­bate as to the roll of sup­pli­ers on the FTMA Board, how­ever, Phil is the per­fect ex­am­ple of why sup­pli­ers work­ing hand in hand in fab­ri­ca­tors works so suc­cess­fully. The time Phil has put in to FTMA Aus­tralia over the past 10 years has been amaz­ing and all with the sup­port of his em­ploy­ers Lam­cal & Multi­nail.

The Novem­ber Net­work­ing Din­ner pro­vided Ad­van­tageCard and Ad­van­tagePlus the op­por­tu­nity to present the ex­cit­ing new ben­e­fits for FTMA Aus­tralia mem­bers.

Ad­van­tageCard is Aus­tralia’s only multi trader re­wards and loy­alty pro­gram. Your cus­tomers re­ceive a cash re­bate us­ing so­phis­ti­cated tech­nol­ogy and a proven mar­ket­ing plan which can dra­mat­i­cally in­crease loy­alty and spend. Cash points earned can be spent with any part­ner in­clud­ing back with you. This en­sures that you re­ward your best cus­tomer’s year in year out.

Ad­van­tagePlus of­fer fi­nan­cial ser­vices tai­lored to meet the needs of those in­volved in the Build­ing and Con­struc­tion In­dus­try. First Class Cap­i­tal is an Ad­van­tagePlus strate­gic

part­ner of­fer­ing a per­fect cash flow so­lu­tion for mem­bers, sup­pli­ers and their cus­tomers!

You get paid within 48 hours of de­liv­ery of your sale, whilst pro­vid­ing el­i­gi­ble cus­tomers with 6 monthly in­stal­ment pay­ment terms. Imag­ine be­ing able to tell se­lected cus­tomers they are pre-ap­proved for $20,000 fi­nance with the op­tion for in­creased fi­nance. For more in­for­ma­tion on how you can ben­e­fit from this pro­gram please con­tact me on 0418 226 242 and we will or­gan­ise for a rep­re­sen­ta­tive to come and talk to you about these prod­ucts.

Fi­nally 2016 is our 10th year so happy birth­day to us. Our spon­sors, along with our grow­ing mem­ber­ship, is what keeps us go­ing and I would like to sin­cerely thank our spon­sors for their com­mit­ment:

Gold – Multi­nail & Pryda who have been here ba­si­cally since the be­gin­ning.

Sil­ver – AB Phillips (for­merly Aust­bro­ker Phillips), Health­Care In­surance & Vekta Au­to­ma­tion

Bronze – Daw Trad­ing, CHHWP, Din­das Aus­tralia, Hun­deg­ger Aus­trala­sia, Hyne Tim­ber, LP Build­ing Prod­ucts, McCor­mack Hard­wood Sales and StoraEnso

FTMA Aus­tralia will be run­ning a Na­tional Road­show in 2016 to cel­e­brate our 10 years. The sem­i­nars will be for own­ers and man­agers only and will fo­cus on key is­sues af­fect­ing our in­dus­try. More in­for­ma­tion to be sent out in the New Year.

FTMA wishes all read­ers and mem­bers a Merry Christ­mas and a Happy New Year. Please stay safe and en­joy the break with fam­ily and friends and we look for­ward to see­ing you all in 2016, re-en­er­gised for an­other busy year.

Ada­van­tage Card John Har­ris pre­sent­ing at Novem­ber Net­work­ing Din­ner on the many ben­e­fits of Ad­van­tageCard

FTMA Found­ing Di­rec­tors, Peter Wines presents Phil Lad­son with gift

Phil’s pre­sen­ta­tion – First di­rec­tor to serve full 10 years

Phil Lad­son & Tr­ish Waters

FTMA Board mem­ber Jamie Dahlsen (Dahlsen Build­ing Cen­tres) with FTMA Book-keeper Tr­ish Waters

L-R: FTMA Board Mem­bers Peter Reilly (Din­das), Joe Hack­ett (Com­plete Frames) & She­lena Ser­rano (Vekta Au­toma­tion)

L-R: Afzal Laphir (Pryda), Bren­dan Sch­nei­der (Sun­bury Wall­frames & Trusses) & Wil­son Bond (Truss­wall Aust Pty Ltd)

Nada Manoski (The Truss Peo­ple) with Phil Lad­son

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