The British Fluid Power Association incorporating the British Fluid Power Distributors Association
“Working for hydraulics, pneumatics and motion control”
Formed in 1959 as the Association of Hydraulic Equipment Manufacturers (AHEM) and later re-branded as the British Fluid Power Association, BFPA has since enjoyed an unbroken record of sustained growth both in stature and in the membership services that it offers. Now firmly established as one of the UK’s leading trade associations in the Engineering sector, and based at its wholly owned premises in Oxfordshire, it offers a comprehensive suite of services to its members, all of which are designed to either directly or indirectly, improve the business of UK companies in the Fluid Power sector.
(The term ‘fluid power’ is broad and is often misunderstood. At its simplest it means power derived from ‘pushing’ either a liquid (Hydraulics) or a gas (Pneumatics), i.e. anything except a solid; through a closed system! The most obvious and familiar example would be the hydraulic breaking system in a domestic vehicle. Less well recognised applications are in any application requiring the movement of very high payloads such as the Thames barrier or crain jibs in the construction sector.)
The BFPA currently serves approximately 250 UK companies (as of 2015). Members come from both the manufacturing and distributor community. The latter enjoys its own brand within the BFPA called the British Fluid Power Distributors Association (BFPDA) although both are run by the same Executive team.
BFPA members operate in almost every industrial sector from Construction through Off-shore, Agriculture, Mining, Power Generation, Food, and any industry that seeks to invoke some form of ‘motion control.’ To this extent, the Association has also established a new organisation called the Motion Control Alliance UKMCA and has partnered with the British Compressed Air Society; (BCAS), in doing so. This is a relatively recent initiative (February 2015), and seeks to engage other trade associations as it develops and encompasses the newer emerging forms of motion control technology such as electro-mechanical drives, mechatronics and wider automation. Collectively the new alliance now represents the interests of over 400 UK companies.
The BFPA is run and managed on a day to day basis by a Director & CEO and the Executive team of six staff supported by a wide selection of technical consultants and committee members from the membership.
Strategic oversight is fulfilled by a Board of twenty three Directors (comprising member company representatives and two BFPA Executive Directors) plus two co-opted guests to the Board Meetings – specifically the Chair of the Education & Training Committee and the Chair of the Technical Committees. The Board is led by a President supported by the Vice President, the Immediate Past President, the Director & CEO of the Association, the BFPDA Council Chairman and the Company Secretary. The latter officers also make up the Finance Committee which oversees the financial health of the Association.