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Construction Equipment Showcase gets the thumbs up from Business MinisteConstruction Equipment Showcase gets the thumbs up from Business Minister

Business Minister Mark Prisk (below) took a tour of the showcase at the Department of Business and Innovation Skills (BIS) at One Victoria Street London meeting with business leaders and saw for himself some of the advanced construction equipment technology manufactured in the UK - standing testament to why this country remains one of the world’s leading manufacturing nations.

Companies and representatives present to meet with the Minister were Rob Oliver, Chief Executive CEA (Construction Equipment Association), who also represented Datatag, Faiz Ahmad, Vice President Terex and Jacqueline Anderson, Central Marketing Director Terex, Andrew Barker, Managing Director Taylor Construction Plant, Junaid Makda Marketing Executive Nylacast Ltd, Nigel Basely Director Perkins Engines and Philip Bouverat Director, JCB.

Business Minister Mark Prisk   Each company had time with the Minister to discuss their products and their concerns in the industryincluding the skill shortage in the construction sector and how more encouragement and incentives from the Government was needed for UK manufacturers to export.

The Minister said, “The construction equipment industry is one of the UK’s most dynamic sectors, and contributes £8.5 billion to our economy each year. Most people don’t realise that the UK is the second largest net exporter of construction equipment in the world. Over 75 per cent of products manufactured in the UK are exported to 150 countries world-wide. That is an impressive figure.

“This showcase is just one of the steps this Government is taking to demonstrate just how innovative and world-leading our manufacturing base is here in the UK, and change perceptions that as a country we don’t make anything anymore.

“We’ve launched the Make it in Great Britain campaign which is hunting for fresh pre-market ideas and concepts, culminating in an exhibition during the Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer. So too, businesses up and down the country will be opening their factories to visitors next month as part of our See Inside Manufacturing campaign.
“Image is important, but we also need to ensure that businesses get the support they need to grow. This is why we have rolled out initiatives such as the £125 million Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative and recently re-launched the Manufacturing Advisory Service.”

Rob Oliver, (right) Chief Executive of the CEARob Oliver, (right) Chief Executive of the CEA, said, “We were delighted when BIS approached the CEA to stage the first ever construction equipment industry showcase at its headquarters.

“There is a growing awareness that Britain’s construction equipment sector is a major force in manufacturing and worth billions to the UK economy; this showcase is the perfect platform to shout about just how ‘great’ Britain is.

“The ‘Constructing the Future’ showcase is also all about encouraging new blood into the industry. Engineers, skilled operators – there are huge opportunities in the UK construction equipment sector which currently employs more than 55,000 people.” [cwmags]

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