Craig McKay, who was has been installed as the new Master Cutler, has said “manufacturing is still this region’s future” and called for government support for the industry.
Speaking at his installation, McKay, who at 40 is one of the youngest Masters, said he will spend the coming 12 months promoting manufacturing and the Company of Cutlers’, in equal measure.
At the installation ceremony, attended by several hundred Freeman and Friends of the Company, he said: “Like every Master Cutler that has gone before me, I am passionate about manufacturing – my livelihood depends on it – and I am passionate about this city.
“Sheffield City Region is the best and still the place for expertise in metals and manufacturing. I am passionate about this Company. It is a unifying force and one of the most relevant business organizations for manufacturers and makers in this region.”
The message of the Immediate Past Master, David Grey, that government should create an industrial strategy which priorities manufacturing was one the new Master will continue to promote.
“We need government to recognise the potential of our manufacturing base, and not trip us up by undermining our ability to compete through inadequate infrastructure, ill-considered regulation and uncompetitive energy prices,” he said.
“Manufacturing is still this region’s future. The government needs to deliver the balanced economy that we deserve by focusing on value streams that require our integrity, expertise, knowledge, engineering excellence and by continuing to innovate and develop new processes and product lines that outperform the competition.”
Source: Insider Media