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In the last issue of Newsline we reported that BIS had withdrawn its support of the Industry Forum, which was an opportunity for industry and HSE to discuss issues and influence the UK position prior to each meeting of the Commission's Machinery Working Group (MWG). The CEA has since canvassed opinion from the other relevant UK associations, including BITA and IPAF and received 100 per cent support for our campaign to retain the Forum. Understanding the constraints on BIS due to cutbacks, we suggested that industry could organise and host the meetings, and even source and distribute the necessary papers prior to each meeting. This has now been

Industry forum total support for CEA campaign

agreed by BIS, along with a commitment to send a representative to the meetings, thus allowing UK industry a proper say in some important issues that affect business. The first meeting under the new arrangements will be held on 18 November in preparation for the MWG meeting the following week. The CEA has prepared several papers for discussion at the meeting in consultation with CECE partners. These cover such issues as whether warning devices are 'safety components' or merely assistance to the operator and whether telescopic lifting boom attachments for wheel loaders are within the scope of the harmonised standard EN 474-3.

Keith Dolbear, Managing Director of TriMark Europe Ltd and CEA Management Council member, was delighted to welcome Andrew Bridgen, MP of North West Leicestershire, to the company’s Bardon Hill centre earlier this year. After touring the TriMark facility and meeting with employees, Mr Bridgen was eager to learn more about the firm and how it fits into the supply chain of off-highway vehicles. He said, “I am interested in the growth opportunities for TriMark and other nearby manufacturers, such as Caterpillar and JCB, and would like to know more about the industry in

TriMark Europe Ltd visit from local MP

general.” He continued, “I was delighted to visit TriMark and see first-hand the work and employment it provides for the constituency in its important role in the construction sector.”

The CEA is currently working to increase the awareness of politicians in the UK about the importance to the economy of off-highway vehicle manufacture. Keith thanked Andrew for his interest in both TriMark and the rest of the construction equipment industry and looked forward to working with him to promote the sector. www.trimarkcorp.com

l-r: Andrew Bridgen MP and Keith Dolbear.

Lobbying

The CEA is committed to lobbying in the UK and Europe and working with the network of other trade associations, agencies and government departments to promote the interests of the UK construction equipment sector.

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