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EAMA - Engineering & Machinery Alliance Press release

Tuesday 23 January 2007

 

Confederation of British Metalforming Joins EAMA
Stronger UK SME engineering representation in Whitehall and Brussels

 

The Engineering and Machinery Alliance (EAMA) announced today that with the arrival of the Confederation of British Metalforming (CBM) as its newest member the Alliance now covers 1300 companies in mechanical engineering and metal products.

West Midlands based CBM is the UK trade association for manufacturers of fasteners, forgings, pressings and fabrications. As a result many of its members are in automotive and aerospace supply chains. EAMA’s members are in mechanical engineering supplying machinery and components for machinery. They say that their lobby priorities for the year ahead are in UK manufacturing investment, raw material prices, regulation, exporting and skills.

CBM director general John Houseman says that his members want stronger representation in Brussels as well as in Whitehall and Westminster on these issues. “We are not big enough to do this on our own, and in joining EAMA we won’t have to sacrifice any of our independence or identity to get our views across.”

The Alliance offers member associations access to Orgalime which is the engineering sector’s main lobbying organisation inside the European Union.

UK mechanical engineering sector comprises approximately 13,000 companies with a combined turnover of £35 billion and has run a positive trade balance each year for the UK for the last ten years of around £4 billion.

Graham Hayes, EAMA chairman says: “Our industries dovetail nicely in terms of representing UK capabilities and views in lobbying and commerce. The companies indirectly in membership under the broad EAMA umbrella now tend to be SMEs with strong niche offerings. They also tend to be closely involved in exporting, either directly or indirectly through their customers. The shared experience is therefore often very similar.”

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Notes to Editors:

  1. EAMA’s nine member associations are: British Automation and Robot Association (BARA), British Paper Machinery Suppliers Association (BPMSA), British Plastics Federation (BPF), British Turned Part Manufacturers Association (BTMA), Confederation of British Metalforming (CBM), Gauge and Toolmakers Association (GTMA), Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA), Printing, Papermaking and Converting Suppliers Association (PICON), Processing and Packaging Machinery Association (PPMA).
  2. John Houseman can be reached on tel: 0121 6016350