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C o n f e d e r a t i o n o f B r i t i s h M e t a l f o r m i n g
FASTENERSChina fastener imports to UK downpage 9
FORGINGIncreasing the life expectancy of forgingspage 15
SHEET METALCarlton Laser invests inadvanced CNC PressBrakes from LVDpage 18
STEELMarket moves closer to balance, whilst demand remains weakpage 26
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Director GeneralJohn Houseman BSc, FCMIjohn.firstname.lastname@example.org
Company SecretaryGeraldine Bolton MCMI, Dip.OCR, MAAT, M.IIM.email@example.com
Forging Sector SpecialistDr Ken Campbell F.Inst.F.Tken.firstname.lastname@example.org
Fastener Sector SpecialistDr John Newnhamjohn.email@example.com
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Cuts, austerity, pensions, getting more from less the pressheadlines are constantly telling us how the public sectormust bear the bulk of the cuts. This comes as no surpriseto the metalforming sector; to survive in todays commercialworld we had to do all the right things for twenty years just tosurvive!
Transfer of pensions from final salary to money purchase schemeshas been ongoing for many years now, only 11% of employeesin the private sector enjoy final salary schemes compared to94% in the public service (sadly 50% of people in the privatesector still have no pension provision whatsoever). Accordingto the Office of National Statistics (ONS) we have increasedproductivity in manufacturing 48 % from 1997 to 2007, so doingmore with less has become a way of life for our sector. Thepressure from the automotive OEMs and the cost down culturehas been embedded into the psychology of the whole supplychain, costs go up and selling prices still have to come down.Absenteeism has also been tightly controlled and managed toensure the maximum output from the leaner and time criticalprocesses, days lost in our sector through sickies are almosthalf those in local government. If absenteeism nationally wascontrolled to that in the private sector this would save theequivalent of over 30,000 teachers or 1p off income tax!!! Atthe same time people in the public sector statistically work nineyears less than their counterparts in the private sector.
During this long period of innovation and productivity improve-ments for real engineering the public sector has created overhalf a million new jobs, many at inflated salaries and unsustainableemployment benefits, whilst their productivity has deterioratedby 2% ! It is not before time this bloated overindulgent sectoris to be pruned back severely; closing the huge gap betweenprivate and public sectors must be the priority for the CoalitionGovernment.
Moreover the imminent cuts must reflect the true economicsof our times, perhaps then we can welcome them back into theharsh reality of the real world.
John Houseman,CBM Director General
METAL MATTERS ISSUE 18 ONLINE NOW!www.britishmetalforming.com for the latest news, events & features
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ENERGY Saving the planet
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ENERGY Building a nuclear future CBMs Climate Change
FASTENERS China fastener
imports to UK down
FASTENERS Tariffs on European
fastener exports into China
EVENTS CBM fastener
FORGING The development of
Ti-alloyed high strengthmicroalloy steel
FORGING Engineering firm
announces key appointment
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FORGING Increasing the life expectancy
FORGING Company Profile:
The Barrett Engineering Steel Division
Company Profile:Shakespeares successstory owes much to El Forge links
SHEET METAL Carlton Laser invests in
advanced CNC Press Brakes from LVD
SHEET METAL Stadco works with Jaguar
Land Rover to secure jobs and production in the UK
Company Profile: Wrekin Sheetmetals future is bright
COLD ROLLED Development of new
3D roll forming applications
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Confederation of British MetalformingNational Metalforming Centre, 47 Birmingham Road, West Bromwich, West Midlands B70 6PY.
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