On 16 May 2018, the GTMA and its trade association partners will host a launch seminar at the Manufacturing Resource, Alcester, highlighting the benefits of the Reshoring UK initiative.
As a collaboration of 13 leading industrial engineering and technology associations working together to assist manufacturers connect with trusted, accredited suppliers capable of delivering products and services that match their varied requirements, Reshoring UK is set to provide a crucial engineering and buyer resource portal. Composites UK recently joined the platform.
The Right Honourable, The Baroness Burt of Solihull, is a Patron of Reshoring UK.
“The development of the Reshoring initiative is to encourage engagement with our manufacturing supply chain and to recognise the strength, skills and innovation available to manufacturers in the UK,” she explains.
It is being developed as a comprehensive map of the myriad of capabilities available within the UK. Currently holding over 4000 companies’ details, it allows users to build a connected network that would form the foundation of a robust, end-to-end supply chain for any manufacturing or technology focused business.
The structured approach adopted by the website clearly demonstrates to OEMs and Tier 1 manufacturing companies the extent and strength of the engineering supply chain available in the UK. Advanced industrial sectors, such as aerospace, automotive, defence, renewable energy and power generation, marine, medical, rail, packaging and consumer products, that need to fill the gaps or strengthen existing supply chains as well as creating potential new ones, now have a source of capable and competent suppliers.
“The map locates suppliers that are members of the various trade associations, so they are a trusted resource that anyone using the website can rely upon to build a connected network,” explains Julia Moore, CEO of the GTMA, one of the key associations backing the initiative. “With leading industrial and technological associations all working in collaboration Reshoring UK provides access to the various skill sets that cover the whole supply chain. From concept to product and process design, through process engineering, tooling and methods to finishing and inspection, all the way to delivery to the end customer, there is a structured approach that will help eliminate the gaps in any established supply chains or provide the opportunity for new ones to be formed.”
The website allows visitors to appreciate the extent of suppliers and to ‘zoom’ into a regional area allowing for a specific search for a particular resource, or a cluster search of all categories within a specified region.
“This is just the start of this initiative, and with more engineering Trade Associations joining in the future, we look forward to the development of this Reshoring platform,” Moore concludes.
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