WHY MY COMPANY SHOULD BELONG TO SAPMA – Part Two
YOU DO CARE FOR YOUR BUSINESS, DON’T YOU?
For those companies who may sometimes doubt the merits of being a member of SAPMA, I dealt with the formidable task of dealing with officialdom in the first part of my quest to give you FOOD FOR THOUGHT.
Now, if that did not convince any sceptics, think about your business, how you’ve sweated and strained to make it happen. And think on how to keep it going. For that, you will need know-how on aspects such as:
- Fire prevention information and guidelines on who to contact for advice on factory or retail shop requirements;
- Packaging and labelling requirements and filling tolerances in terms of packaging;
- Suggested raw material suppliers and packaging manufacturers and where to contact them;
- Who to speak to at the Coatings Industry Employers’ Association for information on wage negotiations and levels; and
- Training for staff terms of manufacture or sales – and also training for paint technology training.
These questions could take a lot of phone calls - and build up frustration. But it’s not necessary. You could just join SAPMA to obtain all this information. Your membership subs cover this service.
Then, to keep your company up to date on what’s happening in the coatings industry, SAPMA has a host of affiliations within the country and overseas organisations from which to obtain input on best practise. SAPMA members can:
- Join overseas paint associations like the British Coatings Federation in the UK, the US Paint Industry and the Australian and Canadian Paint Associations to learn about international trends and practices;
- Monitor global developments in coatings by becoming a member of IPPIC (International Paint and Printing Ink Council);
- Be a part of GAELIP (Global Alliance for the Elimination of Lead in Paint) to protect children as well as the environment;
- Establish what technical training programmes are available and accredited in terms of the Government’s Training Levy requirements;
- Learn what the latest of ever-changing BBEEE requirements are to achieve sustainable BBBEE ratings to stay in business;
- Join the CAIA (Chemicals and Allied Industries) to receive regular bulletins on export opportunities and updates on the use and safety of chemicals in the industry; and
- Can negotiate with the MCCM (Multi-stakeholders Committee on Chemicals Management) to received quarterly minutes to stay up to date regarding chemical usage and control in South Africa and affiliated countries, and to know which chemicals are on the Hazardous Substances list – or are facing banning.
Are you convinced now that joining SAPMA was a brilliant idea? If still not, here are some more tangible benefits worth mentioning. As SAPMA member, you would:
- Receive quarterly reports on industry statistical information that will help identify new markets and trends and monitor your company’s progress;
- Be a part of an industry-specific Technical Committee discussing problems and challenges to the industry;
- Have input into the training of not only staff members but the levels of expertise in the distribution channels that expose your products to the markets via paint retailers and contractors;
- Make a meaningful contribution in upgrading the training for the many facets of our industry and in decreasing the skills shortages and unemployment in our industry and country;
- Attend Industry forums to make your voice heard;
- Negotiate lucrative packages to exhibit and attend Coatings for Africa shows every two years; and
- Obtain accredited training courses for your staff and distribution channels on manufacturing principles, paint application, technical sales and retail paint sales training to master the use and diagnostic solutions to problems, incorporating the most modern training methods of distance learning, video and webinar training. These are accredited forms of training for which your business can attain meaningful benefits in terms of BBEEE points.
So, just to sum it all up. Don’t think of the cost of being a SAPMA member, rather think of the cost of not being one. The service SAPMA provides to your company is vital, essential, and life-giving to your business.
SO, FRANKLY, IT’S NOT EVEN NECESSARY TO ASK IF IT ALL MAKES YOU THINK. SAPMA MEMBERSHIP IS WHAT TODAY REFERRED TO AS A NO-BRAINER.
Executive Director – SAPMA.