There are many great trade associations that provide a vast amount of support for companies in their sectors; Composites UK is one of them. Composites UK is the accredited trade association for the UK composites industry, we have been a member for 4 years and have found their support invaluable and I know many other companies in the industry have found this also. So, why are they so important in the industry?
Driving the industry and the economy
With the economy recovering slowly, it's important to highlight the major role UK manufacturing has played in dragging Britain out of recession. Manufacturing currently makes up 11% of UK GVA and 54% of UK exports, contributing £140 bn to the UK's economy and directly employing 2.6 million people. It's trade associations like Composites UK that bring companies in the industry together, creating partnerships, providing support and creating a unified voice that is driving the industry forward and stimulating the UK economy.
Knowledge is power, as the old adage goes, and without key knowledge provided by Composites UK, many companies in the industry would be left in the dark. Composites UK provide members with a lot of health and safety information, legal and human resource assistance as well as presentations from all Composites UK events, all on their website. Not only this but members receive regular bulletins and newsletters keeping members informed of key industry issues and funding opportunities. Members are also invited to an annual conference where key updates and statistics about the UK composites industry are delivered. All this information and research is invaluable to companies like MPM that try to stay ahead of the curve.
Whatever company, whatever industry you are in its important to have support in place. Composites UK provide this much-valued support in a number of ways:
- Providing a helpdesk that signposts enquiries to their database of member companies throughout the UK.
- Holding Supply chain meetings where experts are brought together to network and educate designers, specifiers and end-users on the benefits of using composite materials in more applications.
- Allowing members access to continually updated statistics.
We're all seeking growth right? Personally and professionally we all want to be the best person, team, company, industry we can be, it's what drives us forward and keeps us from reflecting on the negative. Composites UK work with companies to address skills issues and are currently developing the composites Assured Practitioner scheme (CAP) to ensure standardised training provision. Composites UK also hold a formal black-tie awards dinner, which we believe is vital, as it recognises the achievements of companies within the industries, celebrating teams and individuals who have continually produced outstanding work.
Promoting best practice
Composites UK actively work to promote best practice within the industry, establishing a health and safety culture through the support of the SIMPLC (Safety in Manufacturing Plastics and Composites) strategy. The strategy is targeted at the plastics industry with an aim to reduce accidents, ill health, lost time and improve the industry's safety performance.
We are proud to be members of the Composites UK trade association, they're work within the industry is invaluable and we think it's vital that there is a hub that we can all feel confident of in the UK composites sector.