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MTA CEO James Selka looks ahead to 2015

The festive break and 2014 are now well and truly behind us and it’s time to look at what 2015 has in store for our members and industry.

Current trends are pointing towards a continuation of the buoyant market in the UK and further strong growth, promising a good year for advanced manufacturing with opportunities for great business across the country.

As 2015 is an election year we’re going to be working hard to ensure our sector gets continued support from our Government – whoever that is after the general election. It is currently impossible to call what colour that party (or, most likely, parties) will be and it could go any one of (at least!) 6 different ways, but rest assured, we will be pushing whoever is in charge to continue to deliver our, and your, agenda.

I also hope to see more focus on new technologies in 2015. I want to see what is on the drawing board today progress into production tomorrow with increased automation and new processes and materials and making a major difference to advanced manufacturing. Conferences like the one we’re holding on the 17th February at Cranfield University (full details elsewhere in the Friday Brief) can help us do that.

As for the MTA, I want see more interest and more new exhibitors building up to MACH 2016. I want to see more new members helping to strengthen our reach and sway with the government, and I want to see us put on more and better networking events for the benefit of all of our members.

I’ve hugely enjoyed my first six months as MTA CEO, I’ve met many of our members and visited a wide range of companies with a warm welcome wherever I’ve been. I’m looking forward to meeting even more of you in 2015.