01 February 2011
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CBM welcomes the Gauge and Toolmakers Association to its Black Country HQ

Britain's biggest trade association for the metals industry, the Confederation of British Metalforming (CBM), has welcomed another manufacturing organisation to its Black Country HQ.

The Gauge and Toolmakers Association (GTMA) represents 280 companies, mainly in the tool and die, precision engineering and tool-making sectors and will now operate from the CBM's National Metalforming Centre (NMC) on the outskirts of West Bromwich.

CBM president, Alan Shaw, said the GTMA would benefit from his organisation's back office and administration structure, and have access to its manufacturing resource centre, and other membership facilities. "We're delighted to welcome them," said Shaw. "There are obvious synergies to having them here, and I'm sure their members will benefit significantly from the move."

GTMA is the eighth industrial association to relocate to the CBM site, since it took a strategic decision to invest in the creation of the NMC ten years ago. "We recognised that to offer a 21st century service to our members, we needed a purpose-built headquarters, which could house our specialist officers, offer space for training, conferences and outside events, and be a focal point for British industry," Shaw commented.

GTMA president, Alan Pearce, claims the move from Princes Risborough in Buckinghamshire will place the association at the centre of the country's manufacturing heartland.

Paul Gay


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