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BFPA’s Brexit poll

10 June, 2016

In April BFPA and BFPDA members were asked for their company’s view on whether the UK should remain a member of the EU or leave. In this poll, 43 per cent reported that their company wished to remain a member of the EU and 12 per cent stated their company wished to leave the EU. However a very high proportion, 45 per cent, reported they did not know what their company’s position was.

BFPA board matters

10 June, 2016

On 6 May 2016, Steve Bangs of SMC Pneumatics UK Ltd. was presented with a plaque in recognition of his 15 years’ service on the BFPA Board. Steve was president between 2005 and 2007, and made a significant contribution throughout the 15 years he was a board member. BFPA’s thanks and best wishes for the future go to Steve on his retirement from the board this year.

BFPA statistics overview

10 June, 2016

The BFPA’s new ‘Statistics’ overview summarises the statistical work offered by the Association to its members. Sarah Gardner, BFPA’s market and statistics manager is responsible for carrying out a wide range of surveys of throughout the year covering hydraulics, pneumatics and fluid power distribution, and increasingly other industry-related motion control products.


29 April, 2016

Aventics UK has announced the appointment of Brian Hurley as general manager, and the company’s relocation to a new facility in Milton Keynes. Brian has held a number of senior leadership positions for more than 14 years in the fluid power industry. The new address for Aventics UK is: Unit C6, Sunningdale House, Caldecotte Lake Business Park, Milton Keynes, Bucks MK7 8LF.

EU In/Out debate at this year’s BFPA Annual General Meeting

29 April, 2016

This years’ BFPA Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 11 May will be followed by a debate allowing members and guests the chance to put questions to a panel of experts from both sides of the debate including the CBI, the Institute of Directors, the Vote Leave Campaign (Business for Britain) and Chatham House – the Royal Institute of International Affairs. The event will take place on Wednesday 11 May 2016 at the National Football Centre in Burton-upon-Trent and will include lunch and an optional tour of the football centre. Please call the BFPA on 01608 647900 or Email Janet Dixon janet@bfpa.co.uk to reserve your place.

Successful Industry Awards Dinner

29 April, 2016

At the inaugural Motion Control Awards Dinner held on 12 April during FP&S in Birmingham, several of the winners were members of BFPA and BFPDA. BFPDA member Brammer UK Ltd. won Distributor of the Year, the award for Contribution to Skills and Training went to The JCB Academy and Parker Hannifin Ltd., and BFPDA member Derek Lane and Company Ltd.’s William Broome won Young Motion Control Engineer of the year. A special lifetime contribution award was also presented to John Savage of the NFPC Ltd. the BFPA would like to congratulate these and all the other winners on the night, the other finalists and sponsors who all contributed to an extremely successful and enjoyable evening. The Association hopes this will become an annual event for the industry.

New BFPA overviews

29 April, 2016

Following the release of our latest brochure, we are now pleased to announce the completion of a series of eight more detailed overviews on the core services offered by the BFPA. The overviews will be available as downloads from our website and aim to summarise the work of the BFPA.

BFPA News - New Members - Diary Dates

01 April, 2016

Bachy Soletanche Ltd. has become BFPA’s latest Education and Training member. Bachy Soletanche specialises in modern geotechnics and foundation engineering; including LDA piling (large diameter bored), CFA piling (continuous flight auger), restricted access mini-piling, diaphragm walls, tunnelling and grouting, as well as engineering that safeguards the environment.

BFPA – A source of technical expertise and expert witnesses

01 April, 2016

Among the many every day devices where hydraulic and pneumatic systems are used are bin lorries, lifts in shopping centres, road sweeping machines, vehicles and fork lift trucks. As in any other industry, the failure or misuse of machinery which use fluid power systems can have potentially severe safety and legal implications for those companies involved.

New BFPA brochure

01 April, 2016

The BFPA’s new brochure has now been printed, and a PDF version can be downloaded from the Association’s website: www.bfpa.co.uk. If you would like to receive a printed copy, please contact the BFPA at the BFPA or pick one up from the Association when you visit its stand at the forthcoming Fluid Power & Systems Show at the NEC in Hall 3A, Stand AF430 from 12 to 14 April 2016.

Trade exhibitions: ‘People still buy from people’

25 February, 2016

BFPA’s CEO Chris Buxton highlights the importance of visiting or showing at trade exhibitions in the modern business environment.

The offshore crisis is beginning to bite

01 December, 2015

By Chris Buxton, director and CEO, the BFPA.

Make sure your company has its say….…and get involved with the BFPA technical committees

30 October, 2015

The growing influence of the British Fluid Power Association (BFPA) is now internationally acknowledged. Here in the UK the BFPA runs a number of important committees to which many members individually give their time freely. There in valuable experience and knowledge is used to help frame national legislation that is designed to harmonise and raise standards, safety and professionalism within the industry.

Are you ready for the next ‘big noise’ in UK Manufacturing?

25 September, 2015

BFPA CEO, Chris Buxton comments upon the inexorable rise of Industry 4.0 across all sectors of manufacturing.

New chairman for the Trade Association Forum

21 August, 2015

The Trade Association Forum has announced that Chris Buxton, the BFPA’s director and CEO, has now taken over as chairman of the Trade Association Forum Ltd. The change comes after Isabel Martinson recently stepped down as chief executive of The Giftware Association. The Forum announced the new appointment at its inaugural AGM on Thursday, 9 July at Glaziers Hall in London.

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