Published 23-07-2020
| Article appears in August 2020 Issue

FURNITURE MANUFACTURERS JOIN AUSSIE MADE CAMPAIGN

23-07-2020

The Australian Cabinet and Furniture Association (ACFA) has joined the Australian Made Campaign (AMCL) as a Campaign Associate.

The move supports the continued growth of Australia’s local furnishings and furniture manufacturing sector.

ACFA, one of Australia’s primary industry associations for furnishing, cabinetmaking and joinery manufacturers, promotes the viewpoints and interests of its members. It’s also a repository of workplace relations resources, training and innovations to help businesses stay relevant in a competitive market.

The partnership between ACFA and AMCL comes at a time when calls for a return to local manufacturing are growing ever louder.

With more and more Australians preferencing Australian Made products, Australian Made chief executive Ben Lazzaro says it’s a great time for ACFA to get on board.

“Australian furnishings and furniture manufacturers are known for their leading design skills, craftsmanship and quality production. The demand for these authentic Aussie products is growing continuously,” he says.

“When you buy Australian Made products, you know what you’re getting – products made to the highest of manufacturing and safety standards. At the same time, you’re helping to support the local industry.”

ACFA chief executive officer Dean Brakell says that as an industry organisation, its clear mandate is to build and promote a stronger Australian cabinet and furniture industry.

“This exciting partnership will deliver ACFA members opportunities to promote their products and grow their local and export markets,” he says.

“Our local manufacturers are world leaders, providing superior products and services to local and international customers.”

Australian Made looks forward to supporting ACFA and its members with improved access to Australia’s most recognised, trusted and widely used country of origin symbol – the Australian Made logo. The third-party accreditation system ensures products that carry the logo are certified as ‘authentically Australian.’

Roy Morgan research shows the majority (60 per cent) of Australians prefer to buy Australian made furniture and home furnishings. A further 88 per cent of Australians are confident that products displaying the iconic green and gold kangaroo logo have been manufactured or grown within Australia.

Lazzaro says AMCL is thrilled to partner with ACFA.

“In these times of global competition, it’s essential that we foster a local manufacturing environment that encourages and assists manufacturers to innovate and build on their success and provides pathways to new markets.”

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