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Advanced Manufacturing is a dynamic, globalised, sector which is constantly evolving. Much of that evolution is as a consequence of technological change which is happening at a faster rate than ever before. Manufacturing Technology that change right across sectors and in companies of all sizes. The MTA exists to help its members transform the manufacturing world.

The UK Government’s 2015 manifesto committed to make ‘the Midlands an engine of growth’. The Midlands Engine is the long-term economic plan to achieve greater economic growth and productivity across the whole of the Midlands. The Department for International Trade (DIT) fully supports this aspiration and is funding this International Trade Summit to help businesses gain an understanding of how the Midlands Engine can support your international business growth.

The Knowledge Transfer Network

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 from 08:30 to 14:30 (GMT)

Sheffield, United Kingdom

UK Manufacturing Output, December 2016:  With the release of the December data by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) we get, of course, both the 4th quarter and the annual data for the UK manufacturing sector and its key industries.  The headline is that, overall, manufacturing output in the 4th quarter of 2016 was +1.2% higher than in the 3rd quarter, while for 2016 as a whole, it grew by +0.7%.

The January edition of the MTA Business Survey will close early next week and although we have had a good response, more is always better!  If you have not yet sent us your figures, or if you have never responded but would like to, you can find the on-line form at (you won’t need to login to access this form).  We value the input of MTA members to what is a very useful and timely indicator o

The meeting point for the European Cutting Tool Industry is back again.  Organized by ECTA (European Cutting Tool Association) and hosted by AFM (the Machine Tool, Components and Cutting Tools Association of Spain), the ECTA Conference aims to bring you the most relevant topics for our sector.

The new Made Here Now website has now gone live and is full of stunning new videos, case studies and useful resources aimed at inspiring the next generation of engineers.

Luxury, high-performance sports car manufacturer McLaren Automotive has launched a pioneering partnership with the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre.

The company is creating a new composites centre where the advanced carbon fibre chassis for its super cars will be built.

The AMRC will use its expertise to develop advanced manufacturing processes that will allow McLaren Automotive to produce the chassis for its future sports cars.

PMI, UK and Euro-zone, January 2017:  The Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for the UK manufacturing sector edged down compared to the 2½ year record level that we saw in December, but it remains at a high level and it would be very harsh to treat the reading of 55.9 as anything other than positive.  Indeed, the report from IHS Markit (who compile this data) notes that output growth was at a 32-month high in January, although they also note that input price inflation was at its

Only 11% of manufacturers think the UK manufacturing sector is geared up to take advantage of 4IR.

Our webinars are designed to give you greater understanding of the challenges and benefits 4IR will bring, as well as insight from our experts to help you prepare and be business ready.

Dormer Pramet has thrown its support behind the training of the UK’s next generation of engineers.

The global cutting tool manufacturer has become a patron of the Manufacturing Technology Centre’s state-of-the-art training centre - the Lloyds Bank Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre (AMTC).