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