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EAMA - Engineering & Machinery Alliance Press Release

Thursday 1 July 2004

Engineering and Machinery Alliance appoints new secretary
Rupert Hodges takes over from Jim Hewitt at EAMA


The Engineering and Machinery Alliance (EAMA) have appointed Rupert Hodges to the role of secretary following Jim Hewitt's retirement at the end of June. Jim had been secretary since EAMA's launch in 2001.

The alliance comprises six associations¹ representing firms operating in value added engineering, mostly as SMEs. They originally came together to create greater critical mass when representing the views of their members to Government and the media. More recently, as Government has given RDAs increased responsibility for economic development, EAMA's remit has been extended to link in with the RDAs.

EAMA aims also to be a force more generally supporting manufacturing, where SMEs account for 50% of the jobs in the sector's nearly 300,000 businesses. There has been a big change in the Government's attitude towards manufacturing in the last three years. "It's thanks in part to the good work of Jim Hewitt and his colleagues at EAMA that there is a better recognition of manufacturing's core role in a modern diversified economy," Rupert Hodges commented. "However, SME manufacturers are still waiting for practical measures from Government that will simplify the running of their businesses, rather than imposing ever greater complexities so this is an area where EAMA will want to campaign hard."

Before his appointment by EAMA, Rupert Hodges, working on the alliance's behalf, undertook a major two-tier economy study, which was subsequently the subject of a joint conference with the DTI. He also variously ran British Retail Consortium's and UK Steel Association's representational activities for 7 years until 2002.


Notes to Editors:
¹ The six member associations are: British Automation and Robot Association (BARA), British Turned Part Manufacturers Association (BTMA), Gauge and Toolmakers Association (GTMA), Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA), Printing, Papermaking and Converting Suppliers Association (PICON), Processing and Packaging Machinery Association (PPMA)