Renishaw senior manager, Stewart Lane, was appointed to the CECIMO board in 2015.
Renishaw senior manager, Stewart Lane, was appointed to the CECIMO board in 2015.

Renishaw says that it is contributing its additive manufacturing (AM) specialist knowledge to European machine tool trade association, CECIMO. The trade body represents national associations of machine tool builders across 15 European countries and Renishaw senior manager, Stewart Lane, was appointed to the CECIMO board in 2015.

As part of this role, Lane represents UK industry's interests at European level and has attended seminars addressing the challenges in the AM industry to help form European industrial policy. Further to this, Lane has attended a EU parliament's debating sessions to help discuss and form industrial policy and strategy.

Renishaw has also contributed to CECIMO's digitalisation campaign, which promotes the opportunities, benefits and challenges of digitalisation and how it can impact the future of the machine tool industry.

Maintain competitiveness

‘Renishaw is looking at how it can further support CECIMO and the good work it does,’ said Lane. ‘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.

‘Additive manufacturing is extremely important to the EU industrialisation agenda,’ he continued. ‘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.’

‘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,’ said Filip Geerts, director general of CECIMO. ‘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.’

This story uses material from Renishaw, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.