We represent members from the air compressor and related industrial sectors in Australia & New Zealand.

The Compressed Air Association of Australasia (CAAA) was established and still listed as one of the divisions under the Air and Mining Equipment Institute of Australasia (AMEI).

The Air and Mining Equipment Institute of Australasia (AMEI) was originally founded in 1968 as ACAMEI, however later changed to AMEI by the Board in 1993. AMEI was created to support companies primarily in the air and mining industries, namely commercial members. In the late 2000s, Industrial and Commercial members merged into one and became the Compressed Air Association of Australasia (CAAA).

The CAAA has become an industry specific association for businesses, companies or other entities that are actively engaged in the sale, manufacture or import of goods in the Sector in Australia and New Zealand.

Our main focus has primarily been on the compressed air sector and in particular on piston and rotary screw air compressors and air treatment equipment. However, the CAAA are looking to support the development of complimentary programs in the pneumatic, hydraulic or diesel machinery; load haul dumpers; drilling and mining equipment and consumables markets under the AMEI umbrella.

CAAA Constitution 2021

Who We Are

The Compressed Air Association of Australasia represents members from the air compressor and related industrial sectors in Australia and New Zealand.

The Association is Division of the Air and Mine Equipment Institute of Australasia which was created in the 1960’s to support companies primarily in the air and mining industries. Over the years the industry has diversified and rationalized but the CAAA has maintained its focus on the compressed air sector and in particular on piston and rotary screw air compressors and air treatment equipment.

Advocating Member Interests with Government & Regulators

Providing Advice for Stakeholders

Improving Safety & Quality

The Provision of Industry Statistics

The CAAA promotes and increases public interest in the compressed air industry covering air and gas compressors; pneumatic; hydraulic or diesel machinery; consumables; and other related or similar products or services. We are advancing education; safety; efficient usage and security in the Sector.

Our members include manufacturers and distributors of portable; industrial stationary air & gas compressors; small to medium sized commercial compressors; compressed air treatment equipment such as dryers, fillers and oil/water separators.

We believe it is important to:

  • Raise awareness of compressed air.
  • How to use compressed air safely.

As the peak industry body we represent our member's voice across a range of issues including:

Board of Directors

Chair

Matthew Hobden

Atlas Copco Compressors | General Manager

Vice Chair

Fred Funnell

Sullair Australia Pty Ltd | Managing Director

Treasurer

Glenn McIntyre

CAPS Australia Pty Ltd | Executive General Manager

Secretary

Mark Ferguson

Kaishan Australia Pty Ltd | CEO

Director

Martin Wyllie

Pilot Air Compressors Pty Ltd | Director

Matthew Hobden

Atlas Copco Compressors | General Manager

Matthew is a director at Atlas Copco Australia, having over 20 years experience in the Australiasian compressed air industry, in most applications including sales, service and rental. Prior to entering the industry, he was employed in mining and bulk materials handling. 

He looks forward to making a positive contribution to the compressed air industry, and also being a steady advocate for the associations members.

Fred Funnell

Sullair Australia Pty Ltd | Managing Director

Fred graduated with a Bachelor of Science honours degree from Monash University and went on to work throughout Papua New Guinea and Eastern Australia as an exploration geologist. After returning to Monash to complete an MBA he moved from minerals exploration into the Oil & Gas industry. Fred held a range of Sales & Marketing, Operations and General Management roles with Shell across a range of market segments in the Australian and Asia-Pacific geographies. Fred made a change from hydrocarbons to the industrial products and joined Sullair Australia as Managing Director in 2012. He joined the CAAA board in 2015 and was elected Chairman in 2020. Fred is committed to working with all stakeholders to deliver improved engagement within the industry and with Government to promote activities which help deliver improved safety outcomes and a more efficiency market.

Glenn McIntyre

CAPS Australia Pty Ltd | Executive General Manager

Glenn McIntyre is the Executive General Manager and shareholder of CAPS Australia Pty Ltd.

CAPS is the largest Australian privately owned compressor company and has been in operation for 42-years. The company has an ISO accredited manufacturing facilities in Perth and a network of 10 branches throughout Australia, employing 200 people.

Glenn has been working the compressed air industry of over 25-years and has experience in operating businesses in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, and West Africa. His experience has covered engineering, maintenance, operations, and management to a diverse range of industries, including Mining, Manufacturing, Defence, Food & Beverage and Oil & Gas.

Glenn is a passionate supporter if the CAAA. Specifically in its role in helping to promote and improve the safety, training, energy efficiency, and environmental performance of products for the benefit of Australian compressed air industry.

Mark Ferguson

Kaishan Australia Pty Ltd | CEO

Mark commenced working in the compressed air industry in early 1987 as a graduate mechanical Engineer having previously worked as a Technical Services Engineer at the Yallourn Power Station.

Over almost 35 years in the industry Mark has held a number of positions and worked in various locations across the country including Victoria, Queensland, and Western Australia. Mark has a strong sales and marketing background having successfully spent many years managing national sales with a well-known Australian compressor manufacturer. Having completed his MBA with Monash University Mark was appointed to the position of CEO to look after the Australian interests of the Global Kaishan Group.

“I have seen fortunate to experience many changes over my years in this industry. The compressors have certainly improved significantly in terms of efficiency and performance in order to meet the needs of modern industry” 

Martin Wyllie

Pilot Air Compressors Pty Ltd | Director

  • B.Sc (MAQ) Earth Sciences
  • Computer Engineer 1987-1991 Digital Equipment Corporation
  • Sales and Marketing 1991-1995 Pilot Air Compressors
  • G.M. 1995-2007 Pilot Air Compressors
  • CEO 2007-2018 Pilot Air Compressors
  • Director 2018-Present Pilot Air Compressors

With over 30 years in the compressed air industry, Martin has an extensive background in business management, manufacturing, operations, sales and marketing

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