Graham Hayes, chief
executive officer of the £35 million Bradman Lake
Group has been elected chairman of the Engineering and Machinery
The alliance comprises six associations¹
representing over a thousand firms operating in value added
engineering, mostly as SMEs.
Graham Hayes, 56, has held senior positions
in packaging companies on both sides of the Atlantic for
20 years. Most recently he has turned Bradman Lake from
important but small player into one of Britain's premier
packaging machinery groups, with production units in the
USA and Germany as well as in the UK and recent acquisitions
which have turned the BL Group into a world class supplier
of integrated packaging systems.
Graham Hayes said:
"Manufacturing should be at the heart of government's
economic policy. It provides the main-spring for improving
the nation's quality of life by developing new and innovative
products, many of them never seen by the general public
who are the ones to benefit from them.
"I look forward to bringing a positive message to government
about this mostly unsung sector of British enterprise. These
small and medium sized businesses are the lifeblood of UK
manufacturing industry, bringing new products to market
and supplying OEMs.
"We are competing well, but could do a lot better if
only government would craft its policies to help support
and release the dynamism and energy inside UK firms today.
Hedging them about, as they are doing now, with ever more
complex regulatory requirements stifles progress here and
indirectly fosters investment elsewhere, with consequent
undesirable effects on the supply chain."
EAMA's previous chairman, Michael Legg, retired in July
2004 after serving for nearly three years.
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
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