Chairman Rowan Crozier made the “rallying cry” after all of its nine member firms reported strong order books as they started to make plans for 2019.
Collectively the eight sub-contract manufacturers and an engineering design agency have added £8m of new sales to their combined turnover and have invested more than £5m in new technology, capital equipment and the recruitment of 60 new staff.
Crozier said: “Manufacturers are not a greedy bunch and we’re not looking for handouts, quite the opposite. Most of us just want a level playing field that we can trade on and an end to the uncertainty that Brexit is creating. Let us focus on what we do best and compete on quality, price and competitiveness.”
“The one thing we can’t do is let the sector experts and economists talk us into a downturn, that’s not going to help anyone. We need to focus on what has been happening and take measures to offset any issues that may arise if the deal isn’t exactly what we wanted.”
He added: “The overwhelming feeling at our last meeting was one of positivity and planning ahead. There was no talk of holding back on investment or stopping expansion – if anything purse strings are being relaxed so that we don’t miss out on opportunities.”
MAN is an eight-strong group of sub-contract manufacturers and an engineering design agency.