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The MTA are delighted to introduce the Lloyds Bank International Trade Portal, a new online platform designed to give you all the information you need to explore and expand into overseas markets.

Lloyds Bank are offering all MTA Member the opportunity to register for free, and you can keep using the system even after your 30 days trial period has expired.

The MTA have partnered up with the North East Automotive Alliance to bring you this one day seminar focusing on the supply chain and automation within the UK automotive sector.

The event will take place at Nissan Sport and Leisure in Sunderland.

The event is free to attend for MTA and NEAA Members. £95+VAT for non-members.

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PMI, UK and Euro-zone, February 2017:  The Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for the UK manufacturing sector edged downwards again in February, but at 54.6 it is still strongly positive and well above the average level that we saw through 2016.  Both output and orders eased a little, but remain above long-run levels and the inflows of business came from both domestic and export markets.  Employment increased again, but there was also a further sharp rise in input prices - the f

The MTA are pleased to inform members of two shows in 2017 organised by the team who brings you AMB Stuttgart.

The first is the sister show being held in Iran. AMB Iran ( with be held 23-26 May 2017 in Teheran. Following the relaxing of some trade sanctions and a successful show in 2016 the organisers are returning to a new venue.

The MTA and Cranfield University are teaming up again in 2017 to host the annual Surface Engineering and Applied Nanotechnology Conference. The conference will discuss a range of important technology related issues, including future strategies and opportunities in development and collaboration, for the surface engineering industry and nanotechnology companies in the UK.

The MTA Business Survey provides a valuable indicator of the health (or otherwise) of the manufacturing technology sector, but this does rely on input from our members.  The survey covering January is now open - you can access the on-line form at - and this message is both a prompt to our regular participants to let us have your figures and an encouragement to those who have not taken part b

Last week MTA CEO James Selka was out in India at IMTEX 2017 representing the association and the UK . IMTEX is the largest exhibition of metal-cutting machine tools and manufacturing solutions in South and South-East Asia. IMTEX 2017 showcased the exhaustive range of innovations and technological refinements in the complete product segment of metal-cutting machine tools.

We will be closing the December edition of the MTA Business Survey early next week and although we have had a good response, there is always room for more, so if you have not yet sent us your figures, you can find the on-line form at  We value the input of MTA members to what is a very useful and timely indicator of the trends for the manufacturing technology sector in the UK.

In the economic news items, we report on what seems to have been a very strong end to 2016 for manufacturing in most countries, but we know that for some parts of our sector, the short month means that is often one of the weakest parts of the year.

The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) and Cranfield University are teaming up again in 2017 to host an open conference to discuss the future of the surface engineering industry and nanotechnology companies in the UK. This event aims to discuss the related future strategies and opportunities in development and collaboration in this important field.