Despite the recent weakening performance of the UK economy as a whole, 2011 has been an excellent year for engineering based manufacturing with orders across the sector running around 66% higher than during 2010 for the first nine months of the year, according to survey data released by the Manufacturing Technologies Association. 
Wednesday 13 July saw the Manufacturing Technology Association’s annual TDI Challenge final take place at Yamazaki Mazak in Worcester. The prestigious prize is open to students of Engineering and Design & Technology in two age groups; 14 to 16 and 17 to 19, with a special third age group in 2011 for under 14 year olds.
MACH 2012 is gearing up apace, with more tooling companies, more machines and more space taken by exhibitors. There are now only 10 months to go before the doors open to the UK’s premier manufacturing technologies show, to be staged at the NEC from 16 to 20 April 2012. With British manufacturing leading the UK’s economic recovery, MACH 2012 is taking place at a pivotal time for all those associated with the manufacturing technologies sector. Space is selling fast, and a bumper show is forecast for 2012.
Imagineering, the MTA backed scheme designed to introduce 8-16 year olds to the fascinating world of engineering and technology through fun, hands-on activities, has won a Gold Award for Best Feature in Show at the Royal Bath & West Show in Somerset. In excess of 25,000 visitors came through the Imagineering Fair over the 4-day show which marked the first of a series of summer events for the Imagineering team.
Figures from MTA’s monthly survey of members for March indicate that business confidence has remained high over the first quarter of 2011. The results from the MTA’s new, more detailed, monthly survey also show that growth in UK sales has outweighed export sales; however a strong improvement in export business is expected in the second quarter of the year with respondents expecting overseas business to outperform domestic orders.
The Manufacturing Technologies Association is pleased to launch the 2011 Technology Design and Innovation (TDI) Challenge. The TDI Challenge offers school and college students a unique opportunity to showcase their project work to an industry that relies upon the creativity and innovation of its designers and engineers. With top prizes on offer, the competition provides students and their schools with valuable insight and access into the thriving manufacturing sector in the UK.
The latest results from the MTA’s monthly survey of members show a positive swing in the number of manufacturing technology companies taking on new staff, with nearly a quarter of respondents reporting an increase in employment compared to last month. In addition, order intake grew by over 12%, taking the orders measure to the highest level since the survey began.
UK manufacturing industry came together at Birmingham’s ICC this week to celebrate success in engineering based manufacturing at the inaugural Manufacturing Industry Awards. The event was part of the Manufacturing Technologies Association’s Annual Gala Dinner at which MTA President, Simon Pollard, gave a rousing speech about the future of manufacturing in Britain. BBC Presenter, Louise Minchin compered the event, and guests were entertained with operatic singing ‘technicians’ plus comedian Aaron James. In addition, over £3,600 was raised for the President’s Charity – the Fusiliers Aid Society.
Voting for the Manufacturing Industry Awards is now open! Visit the website – www.mtaawards.com – to vote for your chosen entrant on the shortlist! Voting is open to the manufacturing public until Friday 25 February 2011, and the winners will be announced at the Gala Presentation Dinner on 9 March 2011 at the ICC, Birmingham.