It was winners all round at the MTA’s Annual Gala Dinner held on Wednesday 1st February at the ICC in Birmingham. As well as the President’s Speech and great entertainment, the event saw the MTA present the Manufacturing Industry Awards an opportunity to celebrate success and congratulate some outstanding individuals and companies.
With less than 90 days to go before the opening day of MACH 2012, the exhibition is shaping up to be an Olympian event. With hundreds of exhibitors confirmed and as much as 5000 tonnes of working machinery already booked in, MACH will the one event to attend in 2012 for everyone involved in British manufacturing.
With Hall 5 almost sold out and stand bookings for Hall 4 coming in thick and fast, four months before MACH 2012 opens on April 16th, exhibition space sales are already 23% higher than they were for MACH 2010.
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.