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Industrial strategy for machinery

The MTA has been working with some our partners in the Engineering and Machinery Alliance and the Institute for Manufacturing at Cambridge University to develop a National Strategy for the Machinery and Component Supply Chain sector.  It’s a collaborative programme, focused on innovation, growth and productivity and we will be holding two events next month which will be great opportunity to get involved:

 16.00 – 19.00 Thursday 2 July at IMechE in London
 16.00 -- 19.00 Tuesday 7 July at Delcam, Small Heath Business Park, Birmingham

We’ve already identified some key priorities including:
• Actions required to ensure the sector is well able to exploit present and future innovations for both growth and efficiency (e.g. additive layer manufacturing, Internet of Things, Industry 4.0, automation and motion control)
• Technical and business skills development
• Development of a small number of competency/technology based innovation centres focused on SMEs and linked to the Catapults
• Developing the fiscal and taxation environment
• Building local opportunities to strengthen supply chain economics (e.g. with the LEPs)
• IP protection services

This is your opportunity to influence these areas and include other topics so that the work programme:
• Provides you with a fully informed view of all the opportunities that may exist to improve productivity and competitiveness through R&D and innovation, and training
• Opens access to national and international innovation funding
• Influences government processes and policies regarding industrial innovation and investment specific to your companies needs

If you’d like to come to one of the sessions or find out more about the study then please get in touch with the MTA’s head of External Affairs Paul O’Donnell at or on 07779 150286