NEWS & INFORMATION
Australian Made Council compliance issues
16th February 2021
A WAFMA member has approached the Australian Made Council regarding compliance issues associated with office chairs. A competitor’s chair is imported with only the upholstery (foam and fabric cover) being completed in Australia and yet supports an Australian Made swing tag.
Under the legislation governing the Australian Made Council a product must undergo it’s last substantial transformation in Australia to comply with Australian Consumer Law. The ACCC stated in a recent publication that “adding a fabric seat cover to an imported chair is not an example of substantial transformation.”
All we can say is to be a WAFMA member and use our logo the business must be owned and operated by West Australians with the furniture being locally made, utilising the local supply chain where ever possible.
WAFMA – China suspends imports of W.A native hardwoods
16th February 2021
The latest casualty in China’s trade war with Australia is the import suspension of Western Australian native hardwoods. WA and NSW are the latest states to be affected joining Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania and SA. The issue WAFMA has always had with the export on native hardwoods is the furniture returning to Australia having been constructed from these timbers is then often portrayed by retailers as locally made.
Saw millers are saying that the suspension of imports by China may affect their business viability therefore their ability to supply local markets. WAFMA has no concerns about the suspension of hardwood sales into China but the issue is more complex and somewhat deceiving. Much of China’s timber related industries have relocated to Vietnam however they tend to still be wholly owned and operated by Chinese. This action has been largely taken to avoid U.S tariffs and the general anti-China sentiment in the western world. WAFMA has requested information from the Forest Industries Federation (WA) regarding the volume of hardwood exports to Vietnam but awaits response
New Jarrah - Know your Jarrah
8th February 2021
From the escarpment looking over Perth, to the rugged south west coast, there’s only one place in the world jarrah grows. Its natural strength and durability, coupled with stunning colours makes jarrah a prized timber for all design applications. Using the lighter shades of New Jarrah in furniture, design and building is helping to make a lighter, brighter and more beautiful future for all of us.
The New Jarrah website is a State Government initiative enacted upon by the Forest Products Commission to promote the advantages of using Jarrah in construction and furniture. It is been created to foster awareness, understanding and preference for “New Jarrah” across Australia
To find out more and where to buy, view the New Jarrah website by clicking here.
ACFA award entries are now open!
8th February 2021
Early Bird entries are now open for the ACFA 2021 Industry Awards. The annual national Industry Awards showcases and celebrates industry excellence and now is the time to start preparing your entry.
How to Enter:
The entry process is simple. Review the entry categories detailed on the website. Choose project/s suitable for submission. Project/s must have been completed between 1 July 2019 and 30 June 2021.
Click here for more information.
28th January 2021
Our prime objective at WAFMA is to promote, support and recognise Western Australian Furniture Manufacturers and the many benefits to buying high quality handcrafted furniture made right here in WA.
We are here to assist our existing members, welcome new members and chat to anyone interested in becoming part of this exciting and creative industry.
A look at 2020
16th December 2020
What a year 2020 has been! We started the year as normal hearing a few news snippets regarding COVID19 then before we barely knew what was happening we were hit with enforced shutdowns. We have been so incredibly fortunate to be living in WA, relatively insulated from this global pandemic. What started off as looking like a disaster of epic proportions for our industry suddenly turned into one of such strength in our cocooned world as the sentiment of buying ‘home grown’ returned.
WAFMA believes the good times will be maintained for the following eighteen months due to a strong domestic economy within WA however Western Australia has always tended to be a boom or bust economy so we recommend members to strengthen their businesses during these good times in preparation for the future.