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CBM Annual Dinner & Awards 2019

Secure your place so you don’t miss a great night Last year we revived the tradition of the CBM Annual Dinner and received brilliant feedback from attendees, who dined, danced and networked with peers from across the industry. This year will be even more exciting, with new awards, a great keynote speaker, fantastic music…and, of […]


Ford confirms Bridgend closure proposal

Ford of Europe confirmed in a letter to employees that it proposes to cease production at its Bridgend Engine Plant and to close it on 25th September 2020. In a media statement on 6thJune, Ford of Europe said: “The proposed action is a necessary step to support Ford’s global business redesign and is part of the […]


Make UK Survey shows downward trends in Q2

According to the Q2 Manufacturing Outlook survey published by Make UK, The Manufacturers’ Organisation and business advisory firm BDO LLP, domestic and export orders are continuing to trend down as the boost of artificial stockpiling unwinds, whilst growing evidence shows overseas customers are switching their supply chains away from the UK. Key survey findings include: […]


May Manufacturing PMI falls sharply

The IHS Market/CIPS UK manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index® fell sharply from a reading of 53.1 for April to a contraction reading of 49.4 for May. This was the first time since July 2016 the PMI® has fallen below the neutral 50.0 benchmark and at one of the fastest rates in six-and-a-half years. Manufacturers reported increased difficulties in convincing […]


Industry Placement Policy Update

The CBM have been working hard to develop the skills agenda that our members need for the future. Our recent invitation from the Department for Education to feed into the new T-Levels was welcome recognition that Government are interested in our sector. You will see below the latest T-Levels update that has been published and […]


JLR News

JLR returns to profit in Fourth Quarter Jaguar Land Rover announced it had achieved a fourth quarter pre-tax profit of £120 million – its first in four quarters. During the quarter the company incurred redundancy costs of GB£149 million. Revenue for the quarter was £7.1 billion reflecting a year-on-year decline of £421 million. For the […]


CBM shortlisted for Best Practice Skills Development Award

We’re delighted to announce that the CBM has been shortlisted for a Trade Association Forum (TAF) Best Practice Award for our achievements in skills development. TAF runs these prestigious awards to recognise excellence in how trade associations support members and the wider industry. The Skills Development Award showcases organisations that have spearheaded the skills agenda […]


European Commission begins review of steel safeguards

EU reviews steel safeguard measures On 31st January the European Commission imposed definitive safeguard measures on certain steel products classified under 26 product categories. The tariff-rate quota remain in place until 30 June 2021. The Commission committed to initiate its first review investigation before 1 July 2019. The notice of initiation was published in the […]


CBM Fastener Sector learns of EV opportunities

Manufacturers and Associates from the CBM Fastener Sector visited WMG, University of Warwick on 30 April for the first CBM Fastener Sector Meeting of the year. Attendees received a presentation from Simon Garwood, WMG’s Innovations Manager, on ‘Supply Chain Opportunities from Electrification of Vehicles’. Simon explored the drivers for vehicle electrification, the speed at which […]

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