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BGA Annual Report 2017.

The full report is available for download here – Annual Report 2018.

A message from BGA Chairman Graham Penning

” 2017 was very positive year for the BGA where the first complete year of operation at Newcastle marked a renaissance for our organisation. It therefore gives me more pleasure than ever to write the annual review.

During the year we have seen revival of commercial and networking activities demonstrated by the very successful Spring Event held at the Imperial war Museum, the adopting of all social media platforms, a refreshed website and last, but not least the issue of up to date Industry Statistics for the exclusive use of our members.

These revived activities have been accomplished without impacting the other work of the BGA with the Knowledge Transfer Programme again being very successful. These training courses uniquely enable the Continuing Professional Development of engineers throughout the UK to the great benefit of both individuals and our industry as a whole. Very notably our knowledge transfer program took a major step forward in 2017 when it was extended to reach school children where, in conjunction with the University of Northumbria, the BGA has funded and developed Gear Teaching Packs for use in primary schools. As part of the STEM initiative, this training material is aimed at encouraging young children to embrace Science Technology Engineering and Maths and keep open all associated career opportunities for them. We are very proud of this initiative.

Our Technology activities concluded with Gears 2017 being held at the Advanced Forming Research Centre at the University of Strathclyde where both the papers presented and the advanced facilities at the university show the massive opportunities and the exciting future that the gear industry has in front of it.

The outcome of all of the above good work has resulted in growing membership and another successful financial year that not only gives us a solid financial platform to support future activities but once again allows to keep subscription levels unchanged for another year.

For all of the above we thank the enthusiasm and efforts of Kirsty and Lindsay, our administrative staff and the support of all the members who give up their time and effort to support our commercial and technical activities. Additionally, we recognise the support given by the Design Unit and the University of Newcastle upon Tyne during our transition, not least the dynamic and vibrant location it provides for our organisation.

In conclusion, I must thank all our members for their continuing support for our organisation and look forward to a bright future together.

Graham Penning

Chairman of the Executive Council of the BGA “