EEF, The Manufacturers’ Organisation takes a historic step forward and announces its new name and identity – Make UK at our National Manufacturing Conference tomorrow. Our country and this industrial sector face an unparalleled set of challenges and opportunities in the years ahead: Brexit, digitalisation, automation, artificial intelligence and the emergence of new markets.
As British manufacturing transforms, modernises and adapts to this new environment it was time for us to also adopt a modern name designed to reflect the world class innovation undertaken by our member companies across the whole of the country. Our sector is changing, so are we.
Britain makes amazing things, in vast quantities and of the very best quality. UK manufacturing is back on the global map, due to the brilliance of our companies which have made such a success of supply chains and the modern marvel of just-in-time logistics. And, after talking extensively over many months to our members, we know that Make UK reflects this new modern manufacturing world.
We are delighted to be announcing this change as hundreds of companies will join us in London to celebrate the dynamism and ingenuity that has helped propel Britain back into the global top ten manufacturing nations.
Stephen Phipson, CEO of Make UK commented: “We are immensely proud of the heritage that EEF has built up over the century plus, during which time it has fought for the rights and futures of British manufacturers around the whole of the UK, and now working with our sister organisation across the EU. Building on the old local federations, EEF has grown to a point where it represents 20,000 manufacturers around the country.
“But with the massive inroads of modern technology currently being injected into our sector, we felt that our name should be clear and say what we do.
“To ensure our members’ voices are best heard, we have introduced an exciting new way to get to issues which matter to our companies through the creation of Make UK’s new National Membership Board which will inform our future direction by considering the organisation’s policy priorities, member services and of course specialist support around key national problems such as skills and Brexit.”
The Prime Minister, Rt Hon Theresa May, said: “The UK has a proud manufacturing heritage, and the industry remains one of our biggest employers – driving productivity across the country.
“I look forward to working with Make UK to build the best business conditions for British manufacturers to allow them to continue to thrive in the future.”