The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) Australia keeps manufacturers on top of their game

ame, venture magazineThe Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) believes that collaboration is the key to operational excellence. To that end, AME Australia — an affiliate of AME North America — gives members the chance to share ideas and take advantage of practical learning opportunities through conference and networking events. In all its activities, the AME emphasises these core values:

  • Volunteerism
  • Practitioner Focus
  • Integrity & Trust
  • Passion for Excellence
  • Engaging & Welcoming

Forging Productive Connections

Today more than ever, organisations require increased productivity and specialised solutions. The AME’s power lies in the mentoring relationships among members and their respective organisations. In fact, the AME is the only organisation that provides a company’s leaders with access to first-class educational programs and events where attendees learn from industry thought leaders about the latest cutting-edge improvement ideas.

AME Australia is known as the premier organisation for exchanging ideas and sharing knowledge in the enterprise excellence space. Members meet regularly to explore lean thinking, discuss improvement methods, and exchange best practice ideas and concepts. They network with like-minded individuals, with the aim of not only furthering their own careers, but improving the overall competitiveness and value add of their respective organisations.

The AME helps practitioners and business enterprises alike understand, optimise, and improve their capability and overall business performance so they can deliver sustainable improvements over the long term.

The AME Australia is run by a group of volunteers from business and academia who provide their support and energy, along with that of their respective organisations, in order to help local and regional businesses grow and prosper in what is a very challenging global marketplace.

Why Join the AME?

The AME offers its members access to education and training, improvement practices, tools, resources, and an extensive peer group network. You can stay ahead of the competition by reading the AME’s Target Magazine and Target Online publications, which are full of case studies and real examples of practitioner-implemented process improvements. AME also holds an international conference each year in Melbourne, along with regional events, workshops, monthly webinars, and plant tours.

Joining the AME gives you the opportunity to explore the latest in continuous improvement methodologies and best practice ideas to help you advance your career and move your company and industry forward. Memberships are for 12 months and offered free for individuals, companies with a single site, and companies with multiple sites.

Member rates include all AME events. They also include a subscription to Target, published quarterly, and Target’s online archives. Additionally, there are networking opportunities and online discussion forums. On the forums, members can keep up to date with new and developing operational and management techniques.

AME Events

ame, venture magazineThe AME is your central access point to a wealth of continuous improvement resources. Each year, you have the opportunity to attend multiple events to catch up with peers and listen to world-renowned speakers on the latest topics.

Learn from the insights of world-class, highly successful practitioners, those who have already been there and done that at the AME’s annual conference. Get access to a trusted source of knowledge, one that you can rely on to confidently make the changes required to accelerate your growth and development. Hear from internationally acclaimed lean experts at the AME’s national roadshows.

Forums take the format of a round-table discussion on a specific topic, facilitated by industry experts. Participants are asked to come prepared to participate in a lively discussion. Members get the opportunity to network and hear success stories from the companies that are leaders in their respective fields.

Tours showcase a variety of sites, including manufacturing, public service, finance, and other service-based companies. You’ll have the opportunity to see operational excellence applied in different environments. Tour hosts open up their facilities to the AME’s members and guests so that they get the opportunity to showcase and share their lean journey, best practice ideas, and improvement solutions.

A select number of industry experts lead a range of operational training activities. Training is held at host company sites, where the focus is on practical application of the subject matter and hands-on learning.

AME Webinars are a very low-cost and convenient way for members to participate in continuous improvement learning.

Topics discussed:

  • Best Practice
  • Operational Excellence
  • Change Management
  • Employee Engagement
  • Innovation
  • Leadership
  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • The Lean Office
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Knowledge Management
  • Business Process Improvement
  • Sustainability
  • Project Management
  • Human Resource Development
  • Occupational Health and Safety

The AME Network is a free, members-only networking community designed to connect you with your peers and industry experts. You can participate 24/7 in discussions on numerous topics that may affect your business, share files, find other professionals who share your interests via the members directory, and much, much more.

For general enquiries about the AME, please contact administration manager Laura Robertson at 1300 AME AUS (1300 263 287) or by email at