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On Thursday, 24 November 2011, FAPM will be hosting two important events at Parliament House, Canberra: a breakfast for members of the federal Opposition and a lunch for members of the Government.  These events are branded ‘Friends of Manufacturing’ and are being held to brief federal parliamentarians on the importance of the Australian automotive component sector and the role it plays in the Australian manufacturing sector.  All FAPM members and interested industry stakeholders are most welcome to attend these events. If you would like more information about these events or if you would like to attend, please contact us at info@fapm.com.au or call Charmaine on (03) 9862 2400.

Upcoming Events


16 Nov 2011

Northern Region Group Meeting


24 Nov 2011

Friends of Manufacturing

Breakfast & Luncheon,

Parliament House, Canberra


28 Nov 2011

Statistics & Forecasting Meeting


30 Nov 2011

- Executive Council meeting

- Federal AGM

- Southern Region End of Year Function





326 Canterbury Road,

Forest Hill 3131



  • Pre-dinner drinks and Canapés
  • A sumptuous two course dinner
  • Guest Speaker

Allan Moffat:

Motor Racing Legend




Sponsored by

ZF Lemforder


For more information contact Charmaine Garnett 03 9863 2400 or info@fapm.com.au



2 Dec 2011

Northern Region End of Year function


6 Dec 2011

Central Region End of Year function





TAA will be holding a breakfast and webinar on the 17th November 2011, from 8.30 am to 10.00 am with the Webinar starting at 9.00am.  The topic will be the ‘The U.S. Automotive Market and Industry in 2025’ and will be presented by researchers from Center for Automotive Research (CAR) in the US.  For those that cannot attend, you will be able to join the Webinar from wherever you are via the internet.  For more information about the event contact FAPM via info@fapm.com.au.


The Australian Government is planning a generational replacement of defence land platform capabilities currently represented by PMV, ASLAV and M113 in a program valued in excess of $10 billion. This offers Victorian industry a significant opportunity to support the Australian Defence Force in achieving its Combined Arms Fighting System while securing local industry capabilities for the future.


The objective of the Victorian SME Defence Vehicle Alliance (VDVA) is to maximise work awarded to Victorian based Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) under the Australian Department of Defence Combined Arms Fighting Program and aid in exposing those SME’s to other Government Vehicle Programs. This is a joint AIDN-Vic and ICN industry assistance initiative. If you’re interested in participating in the Victorian SME Defence Vehicle Alliance please register your company name and contact details via http://www.aidn.org.au/VIC/Whats-New/.


In the interest of members, the FAPM secretariat volunteered as ‘guinea pigs’ for the Victorian Government Worksafe health checks.  There are large amounts of information about this opportunity for workplaces.  We can confirm that the process was simple, quick and easy, as well as being completed in our office. If you would like more information about our experience, contact us at info@fapm.com.au.


The annual FAPM dinner was held on Friday 4 November 2011 at the Members’ Dining Room, MCG.  It was a great success and included two great presentations.  Minister Carr spoke with obvious passion for the industry about the challenging road ahead. David Chuter, FAPM Southern Region president, spoke about some of the comparisons between the English and Australian Automotive Industries. To read David Chuter’s speech, click here.


Two of FAPM’s members are to be congratulated for recent efforts.  The companies are Nexteer and Futuris.



Nexteer recently demonstrated that it, along with the Australian automotive sector as a whole, can generate substantial investment.  The company was awarded funding from both the Federal and Victorian governments to assist with the development and manufacture of Nexteer’s lightweight and innovative technology. The project is also anticipated to create more than 250 jobs.



Futuris has recently won an award from the Society of Plastics Engineers for their enviroTUF PET automotive carpet. The environmental excellence award was for their innovative and environmentally friendly carpet which was created to provide a sustainable and cost competitive alternative to traditional automotive nylon carpet.




The 2012 Automotive week will be centred on the activities of the Melbourne Grand Prix.   With the Grand Prix on the 18th of March, there are activities in the week preceding and after the Grand Prix.  The week is motorsport themed and involves numerous functions such as careers seminars, conferences and showcases.  FAPM is organising an industry breakfast on Wednesday 14th of March. Details will be available soon.


Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr recently announced the membership of the Gillard Government’s new Manufacturing Taskforce, announced at last month’s Future Jobs Forum.
For more information, please visit the following article:


Opening Statement by the Secretary of the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Dr Don Russell, to the Economics Legislation Committee (Senate Estimates)
For more information, please visit the following article:


The Society of Automotive Engineers - Australasia (SAE-A) has elected automotive engineering consultant Bill Malkoutzis to the role of president. Read More


The FAPM membership committee is exploring a number of different types of services for members ranging from financial education to wine buying. The financial education service involves an in depth look at financial management for non-financial people and would benefit managers and engineers looking to explore the viability of projects.  The course will be tailored for FAPM members and will involve 16 hours of training across five modules, with detailed course materials.  The course is presented by the Westpac bank, but rest assured, it is not banking related.


FAPM members have the opportunity of participating in a wine buying group. The orders can be placed over the web and delivery is direct to your door.  The program would be offered by Cellarmasters and encompasses a wide range of wines.


Energy costs have been the topic of recent conversation due to the carbon tax.  With many companies completing audits on their energy consumption and costs, FAPM has explored the opportunity of participating in an energy buying group to minimise members’ energy costs.


If you have an interest in any of the above programs contact us via info@fapm.com.au


Important constitutional changes will be voted on at the upcoming FAPM Annual General Meeting on the 30th of November.  FAPM urge your attendance at the meeting, or if you can’t make it, that you organise for your proxy allocation to reach us here in the office two days prior to the meeting. The proposed draft Constitution and an Explanatory Memorandum and Notice of Meeting document can be downloaded. The main changes to the constitution involve the areas of the objects of the federation, the types of members and the composition of the board.  If you would like to discuss the proposed changes, please contact Richard on (03) 9863 2404.

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