EU referendum 'remain' position underlined by the Manufacturing Technologies Association

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The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) has reiterated its EU referendum ‘remain’ position in a letter to its members.

The MTA organises the MACH series of exhibitions and draws its membership from companies that supply or make manufacturing technology, including machine tools, tooling, workholding, metrology and CADCAM; it also has a subcontractor membership element.

The organisation’s letter reads:

Dear Sir,

We are writing to express the support of the Manufacturing Technologies Association and of ourselves and our companies for the UK’s remaining within the European Union. The manufacturing technology sector, which provides the machinery, instrumentation and software that makes manufacturing happen, is a global one. Over 80% of the output of the UK manufacturing technology sector is exported, with the countries of the EU accounting for nearly half of that. The ability to access that market cheaply and efficiently is essential to our continued competitiveness.

As a truly globalised sector, many of our companies are multinationals, including companies from outside the EU, in particular the USA and Japan, who have established European Headquarters in the UK. This provides a multiplier effect bringing with it economic activity, and consequent employment in a diverse range of business functions such as applications engineering, marketing, management and finance – not just a UK sales team. This is about more than market access, it is about the UK being a fully participatory member of the EU, able to influence the political and economic climate.

As the largest economic bloc in the world, we believe that the EU is better placed to negotiate International Trade Agreements than the UK would be alone. This argument is borne out by our experience of the creation of international standards where the MTA represents a strong UK voice in concert with our European partners.

Your sincerely,

Guy Mollart

President MTA and president Mollart Engineering

James Selka

Chief executive officer MTA

Paul Crawford

Managing director Europe, Allied Machine and Engineering

Paul Dixon

Director, Baker Blower

Mark Ridgway

Managing Director, Group Rhodes

Mike Diskin

Managing director, Halifax Numerical Controls

Matthias Meyer

Managing director, Heller UK

Peter Graves

Managing director, Industrial Tooling Corporation

Ernst Wagner

Managing director, Kasto ltd

Paul Bexon

Metrology and Quality Service

Tim Allen

Managing director, MJ Allen Group

Tony Bannan

Chief executive officer, Precision Technologies Group (including Holroyd Precision)

Ben Taylor

Assistant chief executive, Renishaw

Steve Totty

Managing director, Star GB

Marcus Burton

European group managing director, Yamazaki Mazak

MTA Member’s views

MTA members were consulted in late 2015. When asked the question “Thinking about the consequences for your business, should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union?YES/NO” 89% of respondents answered “yes” and “10%” answered “no”. 1% indicated that they were “unsure”.

Read Machinery's article resulting from a roundtable discussion of MTA members here.

A good information source on the referendum is to be found at Open Europe.