Tzvika Oren captured 75 percent of the vote, Sunday, to become the new head of the Israel Manufacturers' Association, replacing outgoing Shraga Brosh. The founder of the Negev area's Amit Industries has been a member of the Manufacturers' Association board for the last few years, heading its small and medium-size business committee and heading the working committee. He said the year ahead will not be easy but with a united effort the association would get by and even move forward and the economy would grow and develop.
Brosh expressed confidence in his successor, noting that the many challenges of the year ahead include rising costs, the social protest movement which is not a thing of the past, and the shortcomings of the Trachtenberg Committee on socio-economic change. He said the manufacturers have to be relevant to the public dialog and maintain their influence.