TMAT to see if export lessons can be learnt from German Manufacturers at major conference

TMAT will be among the major British manufacturers attending an important manufacturing conference at the headquarters of digger giants JCB in Rocester, Staffordshire on Wednesday, January 22.

‘Meet The Mittelstand’ will showcase the enviable growth and development of a powerful band of often privately-owned, medium-sized German companies that have taken success in their own country on to the world stage.

The group has been credited by historians and economists for a large percentage of Germany’s economic growth and now business leaders are keen for UK businesses to learn some potentially valuable lessons.

‘Meet The Mittelstand’ will also help build links between companies in the UK and Germany and there will be specialists on hand to provide expert advice on exporting to Europe.

TMAT MD Jason Lippitt said: “German manufacturers are renowned for their success in exporting their products, services and skills, so there are clearly lessons British counterparts can learn from them.

“That said, the event might also prove to show just how much we’re doing right in our own approach.

“The list of businesses attending Meet The Mittelstand is very impressive, so the event should be a great networking and potentially new business opportunity as well.”

The conference will be chaired by BBC news correspondent Nick Higham and will provide an overview of five key characteristics of the model created by Mittelstand, which also contains companies from Austria and Switzerland.

It will focus on technology access, education and professional development, corporate structure and the stakeholder model, export strategy and stewardship.

Business leaders from Germany speaking at the event include Helmut Heinson – joint managing director of Arburg GmbH, a leading manufacturer of injection moulding and and robotic systems and Professor Engelbert Westkämper – an expert in Manufacturing Technologies and Management.

Dr Bernd Atenstaedt, the chief executive of German Industry UK (GIUK) and UK director of the Federation of German Industries, will also be at the conference to advise British companies looking for tie-ups with German counterparts.

‘Meet The Mittelstand’ will also include keynote speeches from Government Minister for Trade and Investment Lord Livingston, and former Director-General of the Confederation of British Industry Lord Digby Jones, who is now a Corporate Ambassador for JCB.

TMAT Ltd is a multi-national manufacturer of acoustic components for tractors and excavators, whose customers include Case, New Holland Tractors, JCB, and Volvo.

TMAT designs and engineers innovative solutions to Noise, Vibration and Harshness for ACE (agricultural, construction, earthmoving) markets that it knows are the best in the industry.