The Confederation of Paper Industries has been a member of the All Party Parliamentary Manufacturing Group for some years. We find it invaluable for two main reasons. Firstly, the Group acts as a focal point for those within Parliament with an interest in manufacturing issues, and as a manufacturing association it eases our communications and dialogue with those Members. Secondly, we are able to meet fellow associations within the APMG and join forces on issues of mutual concern, which in turn makes our collective communications more effective. As the UK develops its industrial strategy, it is more than ever important that the interests of the UK’s manufacturing industries are top of the Parliamentary agenda. The APMG plays a pivotal role in presenting the manufacturing case to Parliament and we look forward to contributing to its work in future.