Business View Oceania | Volume 4, Issue 1

63 64 BUSINESS VIEW OCEANIA VOLUME 4, ISSUE 1 BUSINESS VIEW OCEANIA VOLUME 4, ISSUE 1 & quote on site, which potentially saves up to week in lead time, improves efficiency on site and ensures accuracy and flexibility for our customers.” Looking ahead, Elite predicts that Australian standards will be updated to include UPVC and double-glazing window technology as a requirement for thermal home efficiency. Mr. Johnston elaborates, “There’s no argument now that double glazing is a requirement if you want to have a thermally efficient house. So I would say we will see our national construction code change to reflect that, but it will take a while. From a political standpoint, these things are hard to change. But now that we have the proof of the benefits of this technology for those living in our particular climate, I think we have gained some traction.” Elite also plans to continue their work in attracting the next generation of manufacturers into the Australian market, Mr. Harkin says, by promoting an apprenticeship for the sector that is standardised across all states and territories. “There have been some really strong performances recently in Australian manufacturing, so we have seen interest rise a little in our sector as a career path. So we are promoting a Cert III apprenticeship by going into schools and bringing people into the business from school. I think if you engage young people with a solid career plan, and you’ve got good software systems, a strong customer base, and positive values in place, you’re more likely to empower to next generation to come into the market and help us grow.” EL I TE SECUR I TY SCREENS AND DOORS (EL I TE) PREFERRED VENDORS/PARTNERS n Accent Software Pty Ltd Accent Software is a leader providing business software for the window furnishing and home improvement industry. Offering a cloud solution that centralises your business processes from Lead Capture, Configure- Price-Quote to Installation seamlessly. Wanting innovation that is simple to use? Contact us now for a free trial or demonstration. n Darley Aluminium n Western Sydney University