Australian Window Association and Australian Glass and Glazing Association become one
The Australian Window Association (AWA) and the Australian Glass and Glazing Association (AGGA) have come become one in a bid to evolve within an increasingly competitive market.
AWA-AGGA, as it is now known, has reaped many benefits from the merger, says chief executive Clinton Skeoch.
“‘The merger between these vibrant and passionate organisations will create a stronger and more prosperous future for our window, glass and glazing industry,” he says.
Clinton says that due to rising competition a framework that supports growth and development is needed.
“Competition in the glass, glazing and window industry is now fiercer, and integration more comprehensive, than it’s ever been – the only constant is competition. Our membership base, from the smallest glazier in Hobart to the largest window manufacturer in Sydney, is becoming more competition- and customer-focused every day.”
Aiming to function as a formidable ‘think tank’ of experts, the AWA-AGGA will guide members through daily challenges. In addition, all members gain access to expanded technical advice, more training, an improved and expanded accreditation scheme, WHS support, increased marketing support and increased networking avenues via a revitalised state chapter presence.
Resources will be pooled into creating the most informative and relevant presentations, conferences, forums, training and events and Clinton says that the AWA-AGGA will now be able to support its members more effectively.
“The varied membership base of the AWA-AGGA ranges from small glaziers right through to major manufacturers and importers, they are all similar in some ways but different in others, with unique issues and touchpoints.”
Stakeholders, including government, customers, consumers and other affiliated industry associations, have never viewed glass and windows as separate entities. The union between the AWA and the AGGA has brought reality firmly in line with public and industry expectations.
“It’s an exciting time for the industry and I’m looking forward to helping extend the pathway ahead,” Clinton says.