Renishaw, one of the world’s leading engineering and scientific technology company from UK, is sharing its expert knowledge in additive manufacturing with the European association of the machine tool industries (CECIMO). Renishaw and CECIMO share a strong bond and over the years Renishaw has supported the trade body by sharing expertise and attending events.
Since 2015, when senior manager Stewart Lane was appointed to the CECIMO board, Renishaw has contributed to sharing its expert additive manufacturing knowledge. Renishaw also contributed to the digitalisation campaign of CECIMO which promoted opportunities, benefits and challenges of digitalisation and its repercussions on the future of the machine tool industry.
The trade body which represents the common interest of 15 countries from the EU and plays a significant role in EU’s industrial policy formation. Lane is also appointed on the board of the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA), a UK based trade association.
Stewart Lane has been actively representing UK’s interests at EU level by attending seminars and addressing the challenges faced by additive manufacturing industry. This effort has helped in shaping the European industrial policy. Lane also attended the debate sessions in the EU parliament to discuss and form the policy and strategy.
Stewart Lane explained, “Renishaw is looking at how it can further support CECIMO and the good work it does. It is important for UK industry to have close ties and representation in Europe, in a time when relationships are changing. This means Renishaw’s relationship with CECIMO is more important than ever before.”
Lane continued, “Additive manufacturing is extremely important to the EU industrialisation agenda. Europe is looking to new ways to improve its productivity and maintain its competitiveness compared with leading counterparts – finding new and innovative ways of manufacturing is key to this. Additive manufacturing and its associated technologies are therefore crucial to European strategy. Renishaw is committed to sharing its expertise as an AM manufacturer and user to benefit CECIMO and the formation of European policy.”
Marc Saunders, Director of Global Solutions Centres at Renishaw while speaking at the additive manufactring conference at Hannover accentuated the importance of AM in consumer electronics. He mentioned the benefits of additive manufacturing operations in hat management and even highlighted how the measurement technology is helping the industrialisation of additive manufacturing.
Speaking about the contribution by Renishaw, James Selka CEO of Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) said, “We’re really pleased to have someone as dynamic as Stewart, with his knowledge and skill representing UK industry within CECIMO. The work Renishaw has been doing on metal-based AM and digitalisation adds a vital voice to this conversation.”
Director General of CECIMO, Filip Geerts says, “The European strategy for AM should go beyond research funding and encompass a wide range of policy and regulatory areas to accelerate the market uptake of AM. These include the development of standards, the improvement of access to finance conditions especially for SMEs, promotion of awareness-raising campaigns, skills development initiatives, intellectual property protection as well as focus on qualification and certification procedures. In order to make it happen, we are very pleased to count on the inspiring advocacy skills of Steward Lane.”