9 May, as part of its membership of EURIS (European Union Relationship and Industrial Strategy) the BPMA attended the organisation’s first summit on Brexit.
Representing industrial product supply sectors, which collectively account for over 25% of the UK’s total goods imports and exports, the event saw industry associations from across Europe come together to discuss and agree a joint UK-EU industry working plan to ensure a successful Brexit for product manufacturers.
Held in London, the gathering involved contributions from government advisers and CEOs of trade bodies from across Europe, including Germany, Portugal and Sweden, as well as contributions from the UK product supply sector.
Presented in a spirit of ‘openness and cooperation’, a representative of the BPMA said the meeting helped to identify and cement a common ground. It also paved the way for the creation of a EURIS European Network to help deliver an optimal Brexit outcome for the industrial product supply sector across the Single Market.
This newly created European ‘industrial product supply’ Network will be an advisory body on the potential impacts of the changing relationship between the UK and EU. The network will talk with governments, manufacturers and the media and will be offering solutions to the challenges presented by Brexit for the sector as well as ideas on how to maximise opportunities.
EURIS chair Dr Howard Porter, commenting on the EURIS European Network said, “The industrial product supply sector has come together in a constructive manner to establish a working party to deliver the best Brexit for our industry. This is an important time for our sector and we look forward to announcing the outputs of our network in the coming months”.
The BPMA was represented at the event by its president, Duncan Lewis (managing director of Xylem Water Solutions), its previous president, Peter Reynolds (managing director of Grundfos Pumps) and its CEO, Steve Schofield.
Established in 1941, and incorporated as a company limited by guarantee in 2009, the British Pump Manufacturers Association (BPMA) is a not-for-profit trade association representing the interests of UK and Irish manufacturers and suppliers of liquid pumps and other pump related equipment.