Mapping the UK’s engineering supply chain – and building a connected network

Reshoring UK is a unique collaboration of leading industrial engineering and technology associations working together to assist manufacturers connect with trusted, accredited suppliers capable of delivering products and services that match their varied requirements.

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The structured approach adopted will demonstrate to OEMs and Tier 1 manufacturing companies the extent and strength of the engineering supply chain available in the UK.  It will assist the high tech industry sectors, such as aerospace, automotive, defence, renewable energy and power generation, marine, medical, rail, packaging and so on, that need to fill the gaps or strengthen existing supply chains or to support the creation of new ones.


“It is focused on building a connected network,” explains Julia Moore, CEO of the GTMA, one of the key associations backing the initiative. “Leading industrial and technological associations are working in collaboration to offer the various skill sets that cover the whole supply chain. From concept to product and process design, through process engineering, tooling and methods to finishing and inspection, all the way to delivery to the end customer, there is a structured approach that will help eliminate the gaps in any established supply chains or provide the opportunity for new ones to be formed.”

As well as the GTMA, the other key associations currently supporting the facility include British Measurement and Testing Association (BMTA), Engineering Industries Association (EIA), Cast Metals Federation (CMF), Metal Working Machinery Manufacturers Association (MMMA), Polymer Machinery Manufacturers and Distributors Association (PMMDA). From June 2016, Gambica (representing the Instrumentation, Sensors and Control industries), British Fluid Power Association (BFPA) and the British Abrasives Federation (BAF) will be joining this unique and exciting collaboration of engineering companies, because they all believe the ethos of the collaboration that there is strength and visibility in working together.

The website allows visitors to appreciate the extent of suppliers and to ‘zoom’ into a regional area allowing for a specific search for a particular category, such as toolmakers; cast metals; engineering machinery and equipment; precision engineering; metrology, measurement and testing, or a cluster search of all categories within a specified region.

Simply by clicking on a category on the online map of the UK the selection will ‘pinpoint’ companies within their geographical locations and by clicking on the pin this will provide a brief description of their capabilities and how to find out more by using their unique ID number; with a ‘phone call providing further information. Additionally, the ‘star’ symbol represents a full profile, allowing for direct contact with the named company. So, it becomes a simple task to step through the support required for any supply chain, building up a list of trusted and accredited suppliers capable of delivering the required products and services supported through the appropriate Trade Association. “With nearly 3,000 companies already populating the website and other trade partners in the wings we feel confident that we can help any business find the suppliers it needs,” concludes Julia Moore.

If you want to be part of it why not contact the Reshoring team for further information by emailing