BFPA is pleased to announce the launch of its new website for 2017 at the existing web address www.bfpa.co.uk which has a fresh look and compliments our new literature and house style. Packed with a wealth of information from understanding fluid power technology through to details of upcoming events and industry training courses, the site has something for everyone, and members can benefit from additional features in the Member Onlyarea (all Login details remain the same as for the previous website).
This year’s BFPA and BFPDA AGMs will be held on 16 May 2017 and followed by a networking dinner in the evening. Our venue is the Ardencote, a 4-star hotel and conference centre set in the peaceful Warwickshire countryside. Accommodation will be available on site, and those unable to stay for the dinner will be able to book separately for the AGMs. Booking will be open soon on our website but please contact Janet Dixon for more information on firstname.lastname@example.org
BFPA is pleased to announce the publication of its 2017 Yearbook and Members Directory. As always, the directory is much more than just an all-important listing of the UK’s leading fluid power companies. It also contains a wealth of useful information relating to training, technical standards, market intelligence and other information on the key industry issues as we go into what is sure to be another highly eventful year.
2016 was another busy year for BFPA’s technical work, with 23 standards being published across many of our fluid power technical committees. The majority of the 2016 publications were revisions to existing standards, but four new standards were published in 2016: two under TC6 Contamination Control related to filters and particulate contamination and two under TC9 Systems and Installation related to symbols and fluid power reference dictionary.
Following the UK’s decision to leave the EU many questions have been raised. As a trade association with a very high profile reputation within the technical standards arena, BFPA is especially concerned that any future Government policy should support the UK’s ongoing involvement in the setting of those technical standards, because it is against these agreed criteria that most of our trade is conducted. If the UK was excluded from the discussions that determine these standards, the UK fluid power industry could find itself in the position of having to meet standards over which it has had no influence. This issue was high on the agenda at a recent BFPA seminar at which Dr. Scott Steedman, Director of Standards at BSI, was the keynote speaker.
Skills shortfalls have been a challenge for the fluid power sector for what is now at least ten years. Indeed, regular surveys show that the shortage of suitably qualified staff with a good work ethic has been one of the biggest obstacles to business growth since 2006. It is also apparent that the ever more stringent emphasis upon health and safety has been equally pervasive and both topics should, of necessity, be core to the business strategy of both manufacturers and distributors alike.
The BFPA invites all members to join us for a networking dinner on Wednesday, 23rd November 2016, at Heythrop Park in Enstone, Oxfordshire. Nick Stanforth, an international management consultant will be the pre-dinner speaker and Declan Curry will make the after-dinner speech. Declan has been a writer and broadcaster for more than twenty years, specialising in business and the economy, and was the business presenter on One's Breakfast TV for almost a decade. Declan will also take questions from dinner guests on any economic or political topic. Although this is a members-only event, members are welcome to bring along guests and places are filling up fast. Please Email Janet Dixon email@example.com for more details or visit our website to register or download a booking form.
One of the main aims of BFPA is to create, raise and maintain standards in the fluid power industry and our technical committees play a key role in framing worldwide best practice through the development of national, European and international standards. Our 10 technical and standards development committees drive standards in the industry forward. These committees are made up of BFPA members who are experts in their particular field who work voluntarily – on behalf of all of our members, using their expertise and experience to benefit the industry. In fact, BFPA holds the external secretariat (expertly managed by the BFPA’s Standards Project Manager Yvonne Pearman) on behalf of the BSI for 500 of the BSI’s 7000 standards, and currently around 100 committees are structured to mirror that of the International Standards Organisation (ISO).
At the BFPA we want to encourage more technical experts to join our technical committees. To this end we are holding a Technical Seminar on 1st November 2016 at the IMechE Engineering Training Centre in Sheffield. Speakers will include Jerry Hughes, BFPA Technical & Standards Policy Committee Chairman. Jerry will discuss the various BFPA committees and explain how to get involved. Dr Scott Steedman of the BSI will review the importance of technical standards and the possible impact of Brexit, and Paul Billinger of the Health & Safety Executive, Manufacturing Sector will discuss current and future priorities at the HSE. Both members and non-members are welcome at this event – please Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details or visit our website to register or download a booking form
Karen Gordon-Brander joined the BFPA team in Chipping Norton in June as Administration Executive and will be supporting our work in membership, training and the Approved Hose Assemblies Scheme. Karen’s background is in Further Education and her many years as a college lecturer and departmental leader gives her and us a wealth of experience to call uponin administration, meeting people and familiarity with the world of training. You will find her a friendly, welcoming voice on the phone and a relaxed, confident and approachable contact to deal with in person. Karen is looking forward to building a successful and productive working relationship with all our members and she can be contacted at the BFPA via Email email@example.com or phone on 01608 647900.
Hannover Messe 2017
24 April, 2017, 9:00 - 28 April, 2018, 18:00
Messegelände, D-30521 Hannover
Seawork International 2017
13 - 15 June, 2017
Mayflower Park, Southampton
SPE Offshore Europe 2017
05 September, 2017, 9:30 - 08 September, 2017, 14:00
Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre
10 April, 2018, 9:30 - 12 April, 2018, 16:30
Hall 9, NEC, Birmingham, UK