Mike Ferraro LLB (Hons), Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
Alumina Limited is an ASX listed top 100 company which invests in bauxite mines and alumina refineries with interests in Western Australia, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Spain and Guinea. It also has an interest in the Portland aluminium smelter in Victoria.
Its joint venture with Alcoa is the largest producer and exporter of alumina in Australia and the largest alumina producer globally outside China.
Mark Vassella, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
“While, at the start of CY18 demand in the domestic economy is favourable, businesses still can’t waste any opportunity to reduce costs. But they must also seek sustainable growth, if they are to remain relevant and competitive. Likewise, it’s crucial that government policies don’t add costs to or hinder Australia’s businesses with red or green tape. Australia is a great place to do business, to employ people and make a contribution – we must bolster that, not undermine it - if we are to compete against global competition.”
BlueScope is the leading steel company in Australia and New Zealand, supplying a large percentage of all flat steel products sold in these markets. The company's products play a big part in people's everyday lives, being vital components in suburban houses, landmark buildings and structures and popular makes of cars.
Lindsay Partridge AM, Managing Director
“The manufacturing industry in Australia is facing a number of significant challenges. Manufacturing Australia provides Brickworks with an ideal forum to collaborate with other leading manufacturers and present a united voice for positive change.”
Brickworks Limited was established in 1934 and listed on the ASX in 1961. From its origins as a New South Wales and Queensland based brick manufacturer, it has grown to become one of Australia’s largest building products suppliers, with significant operations across all Australian states. The Building Products portfolio includes market leading brands Austral Bricks™, Austral Masonry™, Bristile Roofing™, Austral Precast™ and Auswest Timbers ™. In addition to the Building Products Group, Brickworks also comprises significant property interests and a 42.72% holding in Washington H. Soul Pattinson.
Tony Dragicevich, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
"Stronger anti-dumping measures are key to the survival of parts of Australian manufacturing. Existing measures are being flagrantly abused and because of this Manufacturing Australia will continue to call on the Government to do more to help local manufacturers fight cheap imports from Asia."
Capral is Australia’s largest manufacturer and distributor of aluminium profiles. An Australian company, they commenced operations in 1936 and today, have a national footprint of world-class aluminium extrusion plants. Capral employ 900 people around Australia and are a market leader in supply to fabricators and distributors, focusing on the Residential, Commercial and Industrial segments.
Rob Davies, CEO
An icon of the Australian cement industry, Cement Australia is the nation’s leading supplier of cement products and services. With a world-class reputation and an unmatched depth of experience, we deliver a broad range of competitive products and services – from bulk and packaged cement products to alternative fuels and waste management. Our team supply major concrete producers, building and engineering contractors, leading retail building suppliers and some of the nation’s largest mines.
Julie Coates, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director
"A productive manufacturing sector is a critical component of Australia’s economy as it generates demand for skilled employment, cultivates export markets, adds value to other domestic industries such as resources and agriculture and showcases Australian innovation."
CSR is a leading building products company in Australia and New Zealand and is the name behind some of the market's most trusted and recognised brand names including Gyprock™ plasterboard, Bradford™ insulation, PGH™ bricks and pavers and Monier™ rooftiles. CSR is also a joint venture participant in the globally cost competitive Tomago aluminium smelter, located near Newcastle, NSW.
Patrick Houlihan, Managing Director and CEO
DuluxGroup is a leading marketer and manufacturer of premium branded products that enhance, protect and maintain the places and spaces where people live and work. It is home to some of Australia’s most trusted and iconic brands including Dulux paints and coatings, Cabot’s wood coatings, Selleys adhesives and sealants, Yates garden products and B&D garage doors and openers. DuluxGroup’s primary focus is on the home improvement market, and this is complemented by a presence in commercial and industrial markets.
DuluxGroup’s heritage dates back almost a century, and today we employ more than 4000 people throughout the Asia Pacific region, with approximately 3,000 of these located in Australia where we are part of the S&P/ASX100 index.
Paul Victor, Interim Chief Executive Officer
“IPL’s manufacturing arm is critical to the ongoing agriculture and mining supply chains in Australia. Our team – both in Australia and globally – bring together some of the brightest and highly-skilled individuals contributing to the production of fertilisers and explosives. Our manufacturing of explosives business includes Dyno Nobel ammonium nitrate and initiating systems facilities. While Incitec Pivot Fertilisers manufacture a range of fertiliser inputs and products at multiple manufacturing sites across eastern Australia. We are proud to be part of the Australian manufacturing industry and forge its future creating jobs, furthering technology and boosting skills and the economy.”
Incitec Pivot is the largest supplier of fertilisers in Australia; the largest supplier of industrial explosives products and services in North America; and the second largest supplier of industrial explosives products and services in Australia.
Brian Lowe, Managing Director and CEO, Orora Ltd
“All Australians will benefit if our country’s manufacturing organisations thrive over the medium and longer term. The critical work that Manufacturing Australia is undertaking on behalf of over one million people the sector employs, aims to bring all stakeholders together to create a policy environment that supports this vision. With this support, we see a strong and sustainable future for a sector that will make a positive contribution to the Australian economy and way of life for many years to come.”
Orora Ltd is headquarted in Melbourne, Australia. The company was created in 2013 after Amcor, one of the world's largest packaging companies with a 150 year history in Australia, demerged their Australasian and Packaging Distributions businesses. For more information visit www.ororagroup.com
Chris Taylor, Rheem Chief Executive Officer
From humble beginnings in 1936 when The Rheem Manufacturing Co. (Australia) Proprietary Limited was incorporated, Rheem has grown in reputation to be synonymous with excellence, reliability, innovation and for delivery “steady hot and strong” water heating to Australians.
For over 75 years, Rheem has remained at the forefront of manufacturing technology and is today Australia’s largest manufacturer of gas, electric, heat pump and solar water heaters for domestic, commercial and large scale project applications.
Rheem Australia employs over 1000 Australians directly and is the name behind many household brands such as Rheem, Vulcan, Aquamax and Solahart.
Alistair Field, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director
Founded in Sydney in 1917 as a scrap metal business, Sims Limited is an Australian success story. Today, we are an ASX200 listed company and a global leader in metal recycling, a leader in circular solutions for technology, and an emerging leader in renewable energy. Through our business divisions, we are helping the world become more sustainable by providing products and services that address key decarbonisation and circularity challenges. With more than 250 facilities globally and operations across 15 countries, we remain well-positioned to deliver our purpose: create a world without waste to preserve our planet.
Supporting Australia’s manufacturing sector and the broader economy to be more circular will play an increasingly important role in achieving Australia’s climate targets, while at the same time providing exciting growth, productivity, and innovation opportunities across our sector.
Nigel Backhouse, Interim Chief Executive Officer
Tomago Aluminium Company is an independently managed joint venture and is Australasia’s largest primary aluminium smelter. Annual production is 593,000 tonnes of billet, slab and ingot, 95% of which is exported, mainly to Asia-Pacific markets. With direct employment of ~1,100 personnel and revenues of ~$1.5 billion, Tomago Aluminium is a major economic contributor to the Hunter Valley economy and the state of NSW. Tomago Aluminium is the largest single load electricity user in the country, consuming some 970 MW or ~10% of NSW average demand. It also provides essential grid security services to the Australian Energy Market Operator through the provision of emergency load interruptibility.