Vision Statement PIMA is the leading industry association representing moulders of plastics & other polymer materials in Australia. PIMA seeks to foster a vibrant, efficient & innovative plastics industry contributing to the manufacturing base of the Nation to provide future opportunities for all stakeholders. PIMA's endeavours to achieve this by facilitating a common purpose for industry, academia, government and the public.
PIMA seeks to make a difference in the following areas:
Greater Knowledge - Fully Shared
Dissemination of best practice for local industry to ensure world competitiveness via technical seminars and industry forums. PIMA will engage with like associations both in Australia and internationally.
Educational Program Development
Active development of educational resources for the plastics industry at secondary, vocational & tertiary levels for new and existing participants. A strong focus on national and international consistency and accreditation.
Industry Profile & Image
PIMA seeks to enhance the profile and image of moulding and the plastics industry in general to support our licence to operate.
PIMA seeks to be the social epicentre of the plastics industry to foster cooperation and trust between industry participants and to enjoy what we do. Social interaction provides the foundation for success in other areas.
PIMA seeks to facilitate access to government assistance programs and information resources in order to stimulate the growth of the industry.
Critical success factors
- Member forums & events: Forums must be held on a regular basis at a location convenient for the majority of members both for educational and social purposes.
- Training program development: PIMA must be actively involved in driving training program content and delivery to ensure industry needs are met.
- Communication: Communication with members is the underlying plank on which all critical success factors depend including regular newsletters and the use of the internet.
- Membership: The strength and involvement of PIMA’s membership base is critical to its survival.
- Financial administration: PIMA is inherently resource constrained making financial administration and compliance a key issue.
- Shared knowledge: PIMA needs to raise member awareness to issues that are of importance to their development.
- Industry affiliates: PIMA must coordinate with other associations to leverage synergies that exist between them as a means of bolstering collective resources and better servicing the industry.
History of PIMA
PIMA was foundered in 1991 by a small group of injection moulders in New South Wales due to a lack of support from the then Plastics Institute of Australia (PIA) in serving the needs of this group. PIMA's principal charter was the development of training resources for those employed in the industry due to a recognition that the skill levels and recognition was extremely poor.
PIMA's main activity still remains the development of training programs and we seek to influence training bodies such as the NSW Industry Training Advisory Board, Department of Education & Training, TAFE and universities in the development of nationally accredited training materials.
Unfortunately, many of the original founders of PIMA are no longer alive however their spirit of being a "can do" organisation with very little still lives on. PIMA was foundered on a sense of comraderie and cooperation between members which has evolved into a strong and effective organisation which is now making a difference in government policies that affect us. Despite its significant growth in activities, PIMA is still essentially a voluntary association.
Over the years, PIMA has forged closer ties with other plastics associations in Australia including the Plastics & Allied Industry Association of South Australia (PAIASA), the Plastics & Rubber Training Education Centre in Queensland (PARTEC), the Blow Moulders Institute of Australia (BMIA), the Plastics & Chemicals Industries Association (PACIA) and the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE). It is expected that these relationships will continue to grow over time.
PIMA has forged a bright future for the industry based on strong foundations.
Goals of the current Executive Committee
- Take a controlling interest in the development & delivery of training courses
- Raise the profile of PIMA to the industry, government and other interested parties
- Provide a pivotal point for social activities of the entire plastics industry
- Improve the quality and content of PIMA communication tools including the website and newlsetters
- Finalise the PIMA business plan
- Obtain paid administration support for PIMA activities
- Forging closer links to other industry bodies
- Obtaining administrative support for PIMA