EEF, is taking over the ownership and day-to-day management of NDI, the trade body representing companies involved in the defence sector, from BE Group, following a transaction for an undisclosed sum.
The move combines the complementary strengths of both organisations. NDI will continue to be a separate membership organisation, focusing on supply chain sourcing and development, and representing the interests of businesses in the defence, aerospace, space and security sectors.
Its members will now also be part of the largest and most influential force backing UK manufacturing and engineering.
As well as providing a greater national platform for NDI members, the news is further evidence of EEF’s commitment to the North East, Yorkshire & Humber regions, which are NDI-membership strongholds.
Terry Scuoler, CEO of EEF, said: “This is excellent news for member companies and for our sector. This union between two well-established and highly-respected organisations will see support for industry further bolstered.
“It is an exciting development and we look forward to welcoming NDI members on board and further supporting their ambitions for growth.”
Dave Townsley, executive director at NDI, said: “This move is about joining forces and ensuring our members can enjoy even greater clout.
“It comes at a critical time with manufacturing playing a vital role in the economy, both nationally and regionally.
“This makes it even more important for our member companies to be supported and for their voice to be heard.”