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Now 3,000 companies are committed to a UK Engineering Marketplace
GTMA Reshoring initiative moves into another stage
GTMA has announced success in a major initiative to develop a UK Engineering Marketplace.
It involves a unique partnership of Trade Associations to strengthen the UK supply chain and takes forward to new levels its Reshoring UK organisation.
“Our objective is to build a sustainable plat- form for engineering companies to connect with the Manufacturing industry base of the UK,” says GTMA CEO, Julia Moore.
“We have secured funding for the develop- ment of the website and have been working with our developers and our industry part- ners to locate their engineering companies on a collaborative platform to aid the search for reliable and trusted suppliers. “This will identify the ‘lost skills of our engineering industry across the UK and Northern Ireland'.
“There are currently 20 engineering
Trade Associations with over 3000 members and we are proud to announce this collabo- ration of associations coming together
to support the UK manufacturing base.
This platform will also act for the future development as a worldwide network
for our UK Engineering Marketplace for Trade.”
The current partner associations are:
AILU - Association of Industrial Laser Users; ALFED – The Aluminium Federation; BAF - British Abrasives Federation; BCF - British Coatings Federation; BMTA – British Measurement and Testing Association; BTMA – British Turned Parts Association; CMF – Cast Metals Federation; CBM – Confederation of British Metal Forming; Composites UK; EIA – Engineering Industries Association; Gambica; Innovate UK; MMMA – Metalforming Machinery Makers Association; PMMDA – Polymer Machinery Manufacturers and Distributors Association; Rail Forum Midlands; SEA – Surface Engineering Association; UK Tooling Alliance; WAF – Welsh Automotive Forum; AFRC – Advanced Forming Research Centre; MTC – Manufacturing Technology Centre; WMG – University of Warwick; NCC – National Composites Centre.
Reshoring UK Patron Baroness Burt of Solihull and David Atkinson, Head of Manufacturing, Lloyds Bank, which is supporting the new initiative.
At the heart of the initiative is the engineering community bringing together essential engi- neering services and products to the atten- tion of global and UK manufacturers in Aerospace, Automotive, Medical, Rail, Defence, Energy to support the UK Supply Chain requirements as our departure from the EU impacts on industry.
“We are delighted to announce the Rail Forum Midlands and the Welsh Automotive Forum have joined the Industry Sectors, bringing OEMs and Tier 1 companies to the platform. We have also had interest expressed by Midlands Aerospace and the Medical sector,” said Julia.
Elaine Clarke from the Rail Forum announc- ing their participation: “Rail Forum Midlands (RFM) is delighted to join the ReshoringUK partnership alongside the GTMA, other trade associations and key industry sectors.
“Identifying opportunities for our UK based manufacturing members is a key part of what RFM does and being part of this important initiative will, we hope, provide real business opportunities for them to develop and further grow their businesses.
Reshoring UK’s Patron is Baroness Burt of Solihull, who said: “The development of the Reshoring
initiative is to encourage engagement with our manufacturing supply chain and to recognise the strength, skills and innovation available to manufacturers in the UK.
“There is an increasing desire for ‘Made in Britain’ quality and a desire by many supply chains to shorten their supply chains which has seen many manufacturers realise the opportunities that come with reshoring.”
Lloyds Bank is among many who whole- heartedly support GTMA’s Reshoring initiative to help its members “ and those of fellow trade bodies who are supporting the initiative to help maximise growth opportunities.”
GTMA CEO Julia Moore said: “We are delighted to have received support and funding to develop the Reshoring website from the High Value Manufacturing Catapult.
“We believe this will greatly improve the momentum going forward with this important project. We invite other engineering trade bod- ies and organisations to join this consortium.”
For further information please contact Julia Moore at or
tel 0121 392 8994.
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