The Federation of Automotive Products Manufacturers is the association for manufacturers engaged in the production of a comprehensive range of automotive products. It was formed in 1958 and currently consists of some 80 member companies.
The objectives of the FAPM include promoting the interests and welfare of the automotive components industry, to encourage and support government policies which support the operation of a large and diverse industry and to advance the development in Australia of an increasingly efficient and internationally competitive motor vehicle industry.
The FAPM maintains regular consultation with State and Federal Government, the Department of Industry, the vehicle builders as well as employer organisations and unions to discuss matters affecting the industry. The FAPM is recognised as the peak association for Australian automotive supply chain companies.
Learn more about FAPM and FAPM membership.
The Department of Industry will be funding a visit to Australia of a kaizen trainer with 40-year career leading implementation with Toyota. A series of two-day training courses on lean membership will be held in February in Perth (16 & 17 Feb), Melbourne (19 & 20 Feb) and Brisbane (23 & 24 Feb).
The visiting lean sensei was previously the factory manager of the plant in Japan responsible for the manufacture of the Toyota Hi-Ace and has spent much of his career fostering the Toyota Production System (TPS) and lean training within that factory and its supply chain. Now retired from Toyota, he works with many companies around the world to help them implement lean thinking within their organisations.
This is an opportunity for Australian automotive professionals to meet with a leading expert on lean manufacturing with a career of developing and leading TPS within Toyota. Each course will include a half-day visit to a local company for a site tour and analysis session.
There are no charges for participation however numbers are limited to 40 per course. For further details and to register see the course summary: kaizen training.
As of 1 January 2015 the former Department of State Development, Business and Innovation has been incorporated into the new Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources.
The website will progressively be updated. The new Minister for Industry with responsibility for automotive is the Hon. Lily D'Ambrosio MP.
Automotive Transformation Scheme Amendment Bill 2014
On 25 November 2014, the Senate referred referred an inquiry into the future of Australia's automotive industry to the Senate Economics References Committee for inquiry and report by 1 November 2015.
This follows a dissenting report on the Automotive Transformation Scheme Amendment Bill 2014 by the Senate Economics Legislation Committee that can be found here.
The new inquiry will be a wise ranging review concerning all aspects of the future of Australia's automotive industry.
The terms of reference can be found here. Submissions close on 29 May 2015 and can be made via the Parliamentary website found here.
New Government Grants
Entrepreneurs Infrastructure Programme (EIP)
The Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme is the Australian Government’s flagship initiative for business competitiveness and productivity at the firm level. It forms part of the Australian Government’s new industry policy outlined in the Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda. This Agenda is a business-focused element of the Australian Government’s broader Economic Action Strategy and brings together and builds upon other economic reforms to make the most of Australia’s strengths and business opportunities.
For more information visit business.gov.au.
Automotive Diversification Programme (ADP)
The Automotive Diversification Programme (ADP) is part of the Federal $155m Growth Fund.
The ADP is a competitive merit-based grants programme and forms part of the Growth Fund initiative. The programme will assist Australian automotive supply chain companies to diversify out of the domestic automotive manufacturing sector and thereby retain manufacturing capability in Australia.
Information on how to apply and the application form are available at business.gov.au.
For enquiries about the ADP please email ADP@industry.gov.au or call 13 28 46.
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