SEMMA is the peak industry association representing over 230 leading manufacturing companies located in South East Melbourne, Australia’s most dynamic manufacturing region.
We are the strong, clear voice for manufacturers, able to participate in the ongoing regional and national debate regarding the critical need for an innovative and sustainable manufacturing community.
To be the leading representative body for manufacturing across Melbourne’s South East Region, recognised for its influence and collaboration.
To advocate for good government policy and decision making to keep manufacturing viable in a local and global context. As a professional association, it is our business to know everything about manufacturing. We make it our business to know what policy changes could impact industry performance, find opportunities and understand challenges faced by our members. We share this intelligence with members to give them the greatest chance of success.
- To influence all levels of Government in an apolitical manner, on manufacturing issues.
- To promote Members’ and regional capability both locally and internationally.
- To identify business opportunities and stimulate manufacturing businesses.
- To encourage collaboration between members.
- To collaborate with other institutions such as CSIRO, Universities, and government bodies.
- To commit to corporate, environmental, and social responsibilities.
A Stronger Manufacturing Industry Creates a Stronger Community!
At SEMMA, we recognise the importance of manufacturing and its place within the community. We want all members to be high achievers as this means manufacturing continues to grow and be the powerhouse of economic development for the region.
Studies have revealed that in manufacturing, for every $1 million in new or retained output, up to 6-10 equivalent full time (EFT) jobs are provided*. Therefore, the multiplier effects from the growth of any one manufacturer has the potential to positively impact the industry overall. A successful innovative and inclusive industry means the community will benefit from increased long-term sustainable careers, better wages and conditions for all.
SEMMA is managed by an elected board (linked to https://semma.com.au/board ) of 10 voluntary manufacturing members who are leaders in their own specialties, plus 1 from education, and 1 from City of Greater Dandenong Business Development.
We value SEMMA’s ability to provide an active business networking base for Manufacturing.
SEMMA has been instrumental in providing the latest information and assistance for us on Industry, Government and Community programs and issues.
This allows us to focus on what we do best in Manufacturing, knowing that we have support from SEMMA.
Markus Spindler, General Manager, Nissan Casting Plant
We’ve been SEMMA members for well over a decade.
SEMMA is the only peak employer body that actually understands manufacturing and the support we receive on manufacturing issues is exemplary; notably the advocacy for local manufacturing and robustly pushing the case for members at all levels of government.
Peter Angelico, Managing Director, ABecK Group
SEMMA has been fantastic in aiding both personal growth and business development over the many years of our membership. They have aided us in forging connections and collaborating with other businesses and government.
SEMMA is a great focal point for all those passionate and interested in manufacturing in South East Melbourne and beyond.
Markus Oswald, Managing Director, o.d.t. Engineering Pty Ltd
The South East Manufacturing industry is the central tenet to the vibrancy and success of the region. SEMMA represents the region’s largest employer and centre of creative innovators & investors, supporting the social & economic fabric of the entire community.
SEMMA represents both its members and more broadly all manufacturers to ensure that the South East remains the premier manufacturing centre of Australia in the 21st century.
Simon Whiteley, Managing Director, Corex Plastics (Australia)
SEMMA provides an incredibly strong network of engaged manufacturers who share our passion for solving industry challenges together.
Swinburne University of Technology is genuine in its focus on industry and our alignment with SEMMA assists us to be current, connected and relevant in the graduates we produce and the research we undertake.
Jane Ward, Former Vice President (Engagement), Swinburne University of Technology
SEMMA provides a comprehensive service that supports and assists their members across a variety of business functions.
Members have the opportunity to participate in numerous networks, forums and briefings where policy development, B2B Connections and business development are generated, leading to improvement, growth and strengthened productivity, profitability and competitiveness.
Darren Laidler, Managing Director, TransGlaze Pty Ltd
We have been SEMMA members now for a decade; it has been one of the strategic moves that has helped us build our business and get to this point. Who you surround yourself with matters, because those are the voices you hear the most and they influence your thinking the most. So being part of a positive and forward looking organisation like SEMMA has helped us year on year.
If you are a manufacturer in Victoria, I strongly recommend you join.
Ray Keefe, Managing Director, Successful Endeavours Pty Ltd