UK manufacturing has a positive future despite the threat of outsourcing to China, the new vice chairman of the Metalforming Machinery Makers Association has claimed.
Ian Kimberley was elected to the trade association following a council meeting in Birmingham.
Mr Kimberley is also the managing director of Davis Decade, a designer and manufacturer of process control systems, hardware and software for power press automation and monitoring.
He said: "We know there has been a decline in manufacturing, especially where high volume production has been transferred to lower labour cost countries such as China.
"My role is to support the chairman, Mike Hall, and to encourage metalforming machinery suppliers that there is a positive future in UK manufacturing."
The MMMA acts as the central organisation promoting the common interests of its members involved in the manufacture and sale of metalforming machinery and ancillary products.