Assemco News

Past & current news from the Assemco Team.


May 2011

Increase in Production

Assemco has been gearing up over the past few weeks to ready ourselves for an increase in production. With our biggest customer's build rate on the incline and some exciting new business prospects on the horizon, 2011 is shaping up to be a great year for Assemco.

We would like to welcome aboard 4 new Master Technicians - Kyle Mountjoy, Magdalena Konderla, Brad Lierse and Justin Peterson. We would also like to extend a warm welcome to Andrew Murray who recently joined our receiving department. After a brief hiatus we are also happy to welcome back former Assemco employees Nathan Jetson & Silvan Spagnol to the Master Technician team.

All the best to the newbies! We wish you a long and successful career at Assemco. Assemco set to reach 50PPM in 2011 with the help of the supplier base. Assemco has been working extremely hard in recent years to achieve a 50PPM quality performance rating for our largest customer Kenworth Trucks. This year of course is no exception. Through a new initiative between Kenworth in 2011, Assemco and our 150+ supplier base will be working together closer than ever before.

The initiative has given our suppliers the opportunity to be recognised by Kenworth for supporting Assemco with a high quality product and timely delivery. Assemco purchase and deliver over 189,000 parts each month from suppliers' to Kenworth and it is critical that every part is delivered on time and to correct specifications. We all know the importance of quality in strengthening a brand and when it comes to trucks there is no exception.

Kenworth's own motto is Australian built, worlds best. We'd like to thank the supplier base for all their support both past and present and for the extra effort being asked of them this year. Working together we believe 2011 will be a great year for quality across the board.


January 2011

2011 for Assemco

2011 is set to be a big year for Assemco, with our core focuses being on quality, streamlining our management and company growth.

Whilst we saw great improvement in our quality results in 2010, we still have further improvements to make in this area and will continue to devote time and resources to achieve our benchmark quality rating of 50ppm.

Along with some new assembly projects currently in the pipeline, we are also looking at diversification through potential moves into new markets. Given the success of our internally developed software and systems, we are currently developing a plan to take them to the marketplace, which would allow us to share the knowledge and wisdom that has made Assemco the efficient and performance cultured company it is today.

We are also in the research stages of a potential move into renewable energy, having recently identified an opportunity in the commercial solar market.

Although we believe Assemco is already a great company and will continue to maintain the same company culture and provide a high level of service to our customers, we also understand the need to look for opportunities for growth and development to remain profitable in what is a highly competitive and volatile marketplace.

 

December 2010

Assemco Departures

At the end of 2010 we will be saying farewell to two of our long termers, Adam De Lulio and Donna Jacobs. We would like to say a big thank you to both of them for their hard work over the past 9 years.

Adam who was recently awarded employee of the year for 2010, worked on Cab Doors and Donna who primarily worked on heaters, have been vital members of the Assemco team.

Donna and Adam were early test subjects for the Assemco Master Technician System and played a pivotal role in the systems development. This system is now used by all Assembly staff at Assemco and is regarded as one of the key elements to Assemco's success as a company.

Please join us in wishing Adam and Donna all the best in their future endeavours.  

 

Assemco 2011 Employee Awards

Assemco would like to congratulate the winners of this year's Employee of the Year Awards. Your hard work and dedication to Assemco is greatly appreciated.

The award winners were as follows:
Office Employee of the Year (As voted by Assemco Staff)

2nd Runner Up: Erin Crick, Inventory Controller and Scheduling JIT Officer
1st Runner Up: Lynn Devlin, Administration Officer
Winner: Mark Dynes, Assistant General Manager

Factory Employee of the Year (As voted by Assemco Staff)

2nd Runner Up: Dave Lierse, Master Technician
1st Runner Up: Michael Pritchard, Master Technician
1st Runner Up: Chris Martin, Master Technician
Winner: Gary Strauch, Master Technician

Assemco Employee of the Year (As voted by the Managing Director)
Winner: Adam de Lulio, Master Technician

 

November 2010

Gearing up in November & December

The management team would like to express their gratitude to Assemco staff for taking on the increase in workload approaching Christmas holidays. As the build rate from our biggest customer Kenworth temporarily increases to 12 trucks per day, our staff are currently being stretched to capacity and we appreciate everyone stepping up to the challenge.

Through detailed planning Assemco is able to manage this 50% increase in work for the months of November and December without taking on further staff. This is a testament to the unique management systems we have in place, along with the dedication of our staff and company culture.

We have encouraged all Assemco staff to maintain their higher output & quality so that the extra bonuses they receive this year will assist them when the Kenworth build rate reduces early next year.

 

August 2010

Assemco Appoints New General Manager

It brings Assemco great pleasure to announce the arrival of Ken Holdsworth, who joins our ranks as the new General Manager. Ken arrives at Assemco with a wealth of management knowledge and experience. He has an impressive employment history in manufacturing and engineering, having held previous management positions at ICI Dulux Australia, Taubmans / Bristol Paints Australia, Calsonic Australia and more recently Energy Mad in China. Ken is a great fit for our company culture and we are delighted to have him on board. "Assemco is extremely excited to have someone as talented and experienced as Ken join our team. We searched for a long time to find just the right person for this position, and Ken is a perfect fit." Danny Vorhauer, Managing Director.


New General Manager

It brings Assemco great pleasure to announce the arrival of Ken Holdsworth, who joins our ranks as the new General Manager.

Ken arrives at Assemco with a wealth of management knowledge and experience. He has an impressive employment history in manufacturing and engineering, having held previous management positions at ICI Dulux Australia, Taubmans / Bristol Paints Australia, Calsonic Australia and more recently Energy Mad in China. Ken is a great fit for our company culture and we are delighted to have him on board.

"Assemco is extremely excited to have someone as talented and experienced as Ken join our team. We searched for a long time to find just the right person for this position, and Ken is a perfect fit."
- Danny Vorhauer, Managing Director


Joke of the month

A couple of Collingwood supporters are at the train station asking random commuters for money to buy beer when one of them suddenly falls to the ground. He doesn't seem to be breathing and his eyes are rolled back in his head. The other Collingwood Supporter whips out his cell phone and calls 000. He yells to the operator: "I think my friend is dead! What should I do?" The operator, in a calm soothing voice says: "Just take it easy. I can help. First, let's make sure he's dead." There is a silence, and then a gunshot is heard. The Collingwood supporter's voice comes back on the line. He says: "OK, now what?"


Is your management style the right fit?

Around the world there are many different management styles used to run organisations.

Broadly speaking, there are generally two sharply contrasting management styles:

Both can work and result in profitability for your organisation; however staff generally receives more from a personal perspective out of the latter.

Assemco's management style is very much permissive. Rather than the traditional organisational chart that most people have become accustom to over the years, we believe in a flat line corporate structure, with the centre of our organisational chart being our Mater Technician (production employee). All other Assemco staff members including management are here to support and develop the Master Technician. We give our Master Technicians' full responsibility and accountability for the work they produce, which we believe empowers them to achieve the best result for Assemco, and more importantly our customers.

To explain it simply, think of each of our Master Technicians' as running their own business. They are given a weekly schedule containing the minimum amount of work they are required to complete, and have the responsibility of ensuring the work is completed on time, and to our customers' quality standards. Should they be able to complete their work before the end of the week, they have the option of time off, or should they choose to complete extra work above their minimum requirement, they are prevalent to a monthly bonus.

Measuring a staff member with an emphasis on results rather than time eliminates the possibility of a staff member having a "lazy day", which can sometimes occur if an employee is simply required to clock on and clock off.

The key to the success of this system is the hiring process. Rather than asking an employee "tell me about a time you did this?" or "what do you do if this happens?" we direct our questions more in line to understand a candidate's personality, looking for traits such as leadership, responsibility and motivation.

We understand this style may not work for every manufacturing organisation; however it has proven to be extremely effective at Assemco.

Managers deal with their employees in different ways. Some are strict with their staff and like to be in complete control, whilst others are more relaxed and allow workers the freedom to run their own working lives. Whatever approach is predominately used it is vital to the success of a business.