The Advanced Manufacturing Forum (AMF) has appointed a new forum manager to strengthen its foothold in the North East manufacturing community and drive future growth.

Arthur Hodgson has been appointed as forum manager of the AMF and will work with the board and strategic partners to support the needs of its members, as well as shape the ongoing strategy and development of the forum.

Established by the private sector to offer a single voice on behalf of North East manufacturers, the AMF engages with members and the wider business community to exchange ideas and knowledge to create business growth within the manufacturing industry.

Arthur has firsthand experience of the manufacturing sector, having previously worked for leading North East organisations including Nissan and Arriva Ford.  Furthermore, he is also skilled in relationship management, working in the past as commercial director for The Mussel Club and relationship manager for The North East England Chamber of Commerce, Arthur’s responsibilities include generating business opportunities, encouraging member collaborations, and promoting, where possible, the use of the local supply chain.

Speaking of his appointment, Arthur said: “The North East has a rich manufacturing heritage, and the AMF is dedicated to strengthening and securing its future. The forum has gone from strength-to-strength this year, growing its membership base and preferred supplier network, as well as launching new specialist forums. I am delighted to be joining at such an exciting time.

“Our members include award winning and innovative companies, who are at the forefront of the region’s manufacturing community in terms of employment, research and design. I am looking forward to working closely with them to ensure that the AMF continues to deliver initiatives which benefit member companies, as it is through their passion for advancing the North East manufacturing sector that the AMF has and will continue to thrive.”

Ian Fawdon, chairman of the AMF, said: “I am delighted to welcome Arthur to the AMF. I am confident that his wealth of customer relationship experience, combined with his knowledge of the manufacturing sector, will help to further grow the AMF’s presence across the region and enable us to better understand our members’ needs to ensure that the AMF maintains its reputation as a guiding force for the North East manufacturing community.”

Arthur’s appointment comes at a time of growth for the AMF, as it has recently appointed Paul Wilson, managing director of electrical discharge machining specialist EDM Zone, to its strategic board. As a board member he will contribute to policies and strategies and be involved in decisions over the allocation of funding and budgetary spend.

AMF membership is open to all North East based manufacturing organisations, and associate and educational memberships are also available.

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