Strategic plan to ensure growth and strength
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.
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.
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.