Belfast Telegraph

UK and US manufacturing groups team up to promote trade

The EEF manufacturers' organisation has signed a partnership agreement with its US counterpart aimed at promoting trade between the two countries.

The agreement, signed by EEF chief executive Terry Scuoler and National Association for Manufacturers president Jay Timmons, will last for an initial period of three years.

The move is intended to share data and policy work, and arrange visits and economic delegations.

Mr Scuoler said: "The ties between the United Kingdom and the United States go back a long way and we have significant political, economic and trade connections.

"The US is a vital market for UK industry and is likely to assume even more importance in the wake of Brexit with the opportunity to widen our trade links across the globe."

Mr Timmons said: "As the UK gears up for Brexit negotiations with the EU, and the United States and UK lay the groundwork for a potential bilateral free trade agreement, close ties between manufacturers in our two countries are important to ensure we can seize the many opportunities before us."