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The MTA offers a wide range of services to our members: Marketing, Grants for Training and Apprenticeships, Representation, Networking and Information. You can find out more about what we and our members have achieved together.

The Apprentice Panel Survey 2022 from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IFATE) is now open.  You may wish to invite your apprentices to complete it.

Despite the huge challenges that the manufacturing sector has had to navigate in 2021, the next 12 months offer opportunities for growth and recovery.

According to the Cebr, the economic consultancy which supports our UK Powerhouse campaign, manufacturing is forecasted to grow by 3.5% in 2022. This follows a 6.9% growth in 2021.

The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA)  is pleased to launch the 2022 edition of the Technology Design and Innovation (TDI) Challenge. The TDI Challenge is the MTA’s flagship school’s competition, providing students with an opportunity to directly engage with our industry.

According to a recent study, nearly a quarter (23%) of employees reported feeling burned out during work very often or always, while an additional 44% reported feeling burned out sometimes*. With the ongoing uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, this is hardly surprising.

To help you keep your employees productive and motivated in 2022, the HR & Employment Law experts of MTA partner, Citation, have provided their top tips for preventing employee burnout in this handy checklist.

We are very excited to announce two new MTA members who have joined this week!

Founded in 1958, Vision Engineering is a global, lead edge designer and manufacturer of patented ergonomic stereo microscopes, digital inspection microscope, digital 3D visualisation systems, CMM and non-contact measuring systems.  

As you know stress and mental health is becoming a real issue in the building and engineering services industry and other industries are reporting the same.

As member of SHEP – “Safety and Health Engineering Partnership”, we would like to promote the attached HSE Working Minds Toolkit which gives employers an overview of how their organisation can raise the profile of the impact of work-related stress and how they can support good mental health.

Please be advised that a New Work Item Proposal has been loaded to the BSI Standards Development Portal for comment. We hope this will assist in increasing awareness of the Standards Development Portfolio.

Any comments received will be submitted to IST/033/01 Information Security Management Systems, for consideration when deciding the UK response to CEN.

The Global Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for manufacturing produced by J P Morgan using the data from IHS Markit was unchanged from the November reading at 54.2.  As we will see, most of the countries covered had positive PMI readings (that is, they are above 50) although there is an almost even split of those where the expansion in activity was faster and slower than in the previous month.  One notable point in the global report is that output growth at investment goods producers...

Welcome to the MTA! Our 2 new members; IRWIN MITCHELL LLP and MIDLAND ENG LIMITED joined our membership this week.


Wednesday (8th December) saw the MTA’s AGM and House of Commons reception take place.

Dave Burley has been appointed President and takes over from Andy Hodgson as per our press release in last week’s Friday Brief .

The House of Commons reception was hosted by Barry Sheerman MP who talked about the importance of manufacturing to the UK.