Mapping the UK’s engineering supply chain to build a connected network

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Reshoring UK is aiming to map the UK engineering supply chain to assist designers and manufacturers connect

Leading industrial and technological associations have collaborated on a new website to help connect the various supply chain skill sets in an effort to the aid British reshoring of manufacturing.

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, Reshoring UK already has 3,000 companies in its database, as it aims to help eliminate gaps in established supply chains or provide the opportunity for new ones to be formed.

The new website has been launched where localised supplier information for industries such as aerospace, automotive, defence, renewable energy and power generation, marine, medical, rail, and packaging can be found.
Simply by clicking on a category on the online map of the UK the selection will ‘pinpoint’ companies within their geographical locations and by clicking on the pin this will provide a brief description of their capabilities and how to find out more by using their unique ID number; with a ‘phone call providing further information. Additionally, the ‘star’ symbol represents a full profile, allowing for direct contact with the named company.

Associations currently supporting the initiative include the GTMA, a trade association for manufacturing excellence; British Measurement and Testing Association; Engineering Industries Association; Cast Metals Federation; Metal Working Machinery Manufacturers Association; Polymer Machinery Manufacturers and Distributors Association.

From this month on, these bodies will be joined by Gambica (representing the Instrumentation, Sensors and Control industries), British Fluid Power Association and the British Abrasives Federation in backing the multidisciplinary idea.

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“It is focused on building a connected network,” explains GTMA CEO Julia Moore, one of the key associations backing the initiative.

“Leading industrial and technological associations are working in collaboration to offer 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 scheme also has support from the Tooling Trust, Autodesk and Lloyds Bank.

Visit the new website here.


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