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GTMA is hosting a Manufacturing UK

event to highlight recent engineering

successes by UK-based manufacturing

companies and the increasing trend for

large OEMs to reconsider their outsourcing


The event, at GTMA supplier Yamazaki

Mazak's world-class European Technical

Centre and production facility in Worcester

on May 15, comes in a year which began

with Prime Minister David Cameron pledging to make Britain "the re-shore


Re-shoring - or on-shoring as it is sometimes called - is the term used to describe

companies who return work to the UK from

low cost economies. There has been an

exciting reversal of business strategy by

many UK manufacturers in the wake of the

cost implications of project managing overseas production,

low quality, logistics

issues and the benefits of British engineering expertise.


Manufacturing UK is one of several initiatives being pursued by GTMA to ensure


suppliers benefit from the reshoring mood -

others include a special 'Reshoring for

Britain' Executive Briefing publication to be

distributed to buyers in priority sectors

including automotive, aerospace, medical,

rail, energy and packaging.

It will highlight expertise of GTMA suppliers

with specific sections on key sectors and

the companies with capacity to resource

the supply chain needs resulting from

repatriation of manufacturing. There will be

areas dealing with measurement services,

software, press tools, mould and die,

rapid prototyping, precision engineering,

jigs and fixtures, machine tools - in fact,

the whole spectrum of the GTMA


GTMA CEO Julia Moore said: "A recent

survey by Business Birmingham and

YouGov revealed that almost a third of senior decision makers from

British manufacturing plan to source

more components

from UK companies over the next five

years. By getting our special Briefing out

and on the desks of buyers this year we

aim to give GTMA suppliers a head start to

grab some of this business."

The Briefing will also be on the rejuvenated

GTMA website, with Home Page promotion. At the same time, the association was

quick to see the importance of reshoring

and registered ahead of the field the

domain name:

Development of the site will begin this year.

Over 30 GTMA suppliers will be exhibiting

at ManufacturingUK, including tool makers,

rapid prototyping and precision machining

companies, as well as the all important

technical supporting services of leading

metrology, software and cutting tool/workholding suppliers.

Speaking about the event, the GTMA's Julia

Moore says: "As one of the most comprehensive and up-to-date machine tool manufacturing

plants in Europe,

over 85 per cent

of the Mazak plant's production is exported

into Europe, so the event could not be held

at a better location. It is not just an assembly plant but a complete state-of-the-art

machine tool manufacturing facility operating just-in-time and flexible output techniques

necessary in today's


global marketplace."

Speakers lined up as we went to press

included Peter Baker, Head of

Manufacturing at Cosworth, the global

technology business that delivers high performance engineering solutions for customers

in aerospace,

defence, automotive

and sport. The Cosworth Group is a world

leader with a prestigious reputation built on

54 years of excellence, innovation and collaboration.

The group delivers high performance



Confirmed exhibitors for

Manufacturing UK as we went to

Press included:

Alicona UK


Conway Precision

Craftsman Tools



Erodex (UK)



Hexagon Metrology

Hitachi Engineering Europe (UK)


Indysoft Europe

Mantech Geometrics

PTG Workholding

Tokai Carbon Europe




Roemheld UK

How work is coming back to Britain...



Photos courtesy (clockwise from top left)

Manufacturing UK suppliers Alicona, Conway

Precision and Mantech Geometrics - examples

of the resource on offer from GTMA to manufacturing supply chains repatriating

work back from

the east.

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