A North East manufacturers’ body is changing its name to reflect its growing influence around the region.
South Tyneside Manufacturing Forum (STMF), the largest of its kind in Tyne and Wear and Northumberland, has become the Advanced Manufacturing Forum (AMF).
STMF was established in 2006 but bosses recognise it has outgrown its original mandate of operating for the benefit of firms solely in South Tyneside.
The AMF, which has around 60 full and associate members, will continue to provide a knowledge-sharing and best practice platform aimed at creating business growth, success and opportunities.
Manager Jack Hanwell said: “Our members now come from across the region and it is important that the forum’s ever-greater role is reflected in its name, as well as in its ambition.
“Image is not everything, and the very high quality of our members is the real proof of the forum’s worth, but it is right that the landscape in which the forum operates is properly promoted.
“We enjoyed great success as the South Tyneside Manufacturing Forum and the work it did over eight years has been very beneficial to the regional manufacturing sector. However, its role has grown and it is time for change.
“Manufacturing is recovering after the recession and with such a diverse mix within the sector, provides great opportunities for us to gain new members.”