BFPA and BCAS join to form UKMCA

The British Compressed Air Society (BCAS) and the British Fluid Power Association (BFPA), which incorporates the British Fluid Power Distributors Association (BFPDA), have formed the UK Motion Control Alliance (UKMCA) to provide members with a stronger voice in the respective industries.

The Alliance has been introduced to provide greater strength and significant benefits for members of both organisations, including cross fertilisation of training initiatives, more influence over inappropriate regulation, broader technical support and enhanced business networking opportunities. The term 'motion control' represents both the current member activities, core synergies and major and commercial trends in the market, such as drives and controls, mechatronics, sensors, automation and robotics.

The UKMCA is open to other trade bodies or institutes that exhibit sufficient synergy with the existing members. It is hoped that the Alliance will evolve with future market trends.

Chris Buxton, director and CEO, BFPA, said: "Both the BFPA and BCAS are successful organisations in their own right, with a collective membership well in excess of 400 companies. Together we can offer our members, and the wider industry, more added-value services and a stronger, more coherent voice amongst the regulatory community.

"The name UK Motion Control Alliance recognises both the core synergies between our respective organisations and the major commercial and technological trends in the market, particularly towards general motion control."

Chris Dee, executive director, BCAS, agreed: "For some time it has been felt that synergies between BCAS and BFPA have been sufficient to merit exploration of a closer working relationship in delivering what are highly synchronous services to our respective members.

"Inevitably, aligning two successful, high profile organisations is not without its challenges… the Memorandum of Understanding upon which the Alliance . . . ensures that both organisations retain their own individual identity and structure. We are confident that as the relationship develops, more opportunities to act in tandem for the 'common good' will emerge and the benefits for our respective members will continue to evolve and grow."

Caroline Hayes

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