We are a membership-driven organisation and the leading trade association for manufacturers of fasteners, forgings and pressings, cold rolled and sheet metal products. Our members create components, fabrications and structures for global OEMs and their supply chains, and most operate in strategic sectors, including aerospace, automotive, construction, defence, engineering, nuclear, offshore and white goods.
During 2017, we will focus both on enhancing existing services and rolling out new initiatives.
Raising the profile of metalforming, and giving all manufacturers a collective voice at the highest level allows us to win important concessions in the legislative process. Each year, we save £4m for members by co-ordinating Climate Change Levy administration on their behalf. We promote the skills, products and services of members through our Metal Matters magazine, and our 2017 Buyers Guide also offers a wealth of important data about members.
Identifying potential business opportunities for members is crucial. Our partnership with the Advanced Forming Research Centre helps companies, particularly SMEs, turn innovative ideas into viable products or processes. Our Buyers Guide allows OEMs to easily identify the skills they require, and establish relationships with members. We also monitor the availability of national and regional funding and grants to make companies aware of potential opportunities to access finance.
We arrange year-round events so speakers from the public and private sectors, academics and the business advisory community can share expertise and provide valuable insights to members. In November 2015, we launched our new market sector-based events, where aerospace specialists advised on winning work in the sector’s supply chains, and identifying training and funding opportunities. Three more such events will be held during 2017, focusing on other strategic sectors.