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Wednesday 29th October saw the MTA's Members’ Quarterly Meeting, the latest in a series of meetings aimed to inform, debate and discuss the key issues of the day. MTA Members filled the conference room at hosts Delcam to talk over the day’s theme - “Manufacturing Automation Technology in the Real World”.

The MTA’s Head of External Affairs Paul O’Donnell was in Glasgow earlier this week to speak at Fringe Event organised by the New Statesman magazine. The event, which was supported by the EEF, saw Vince Cable MP, EEF CEO Terry Scuoler and Paul debate what the Liberal Democrats could offer to manufacturing with a packed audience.

MTA Members, including Group Rhodes, Renishaw and Delcam, are currently in India with the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg as part of a delegation focused on the aerospace sector.  The three-day visit to India, with a 40-strong trade delegation, will take advantage of the opportunities presented by the new Indian government’s focus on economic growth. The delegation will be joined by Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change. It is the first high-level trade mission to India since Prime Minister Narendra Modi was elected in May.

Some of the MACH 2014 highlights have been compiled on a short video. Press the play button below to see the story.

Leaving aside the pageantry and flummery of the occasion the Queen’s speech is still an opportunity for a Government to set the tone for the forthcoming year.

This year’s was relatively short with only 11 new Bills proposed (although there are several substantial ones, including the mammoth HS2 Bill, to be carried over from the last session) and the Opposition seized on an opportunity to portray the Coalition Government as having run out of steam. So was that fair?

Two MTA members have won Queen’s Awards for Enterprise in the 2014 listing. Renishaw Plc has received a Queen's Award in the Innovations category, while Vero Software Limited received a Queen's Award in the International Trade category.

 MTA President, Mark Ridgway OBE, said:

“The Chancellor’s move to increase the Annual Investment Allowance, which the MTA urged, to £500,000 is very welcome. But it has only been extended in duration for one year. The next step must be to make the rate permanent in order to give businesses the certainty they need to invest".

The Director General of the Manufacturing Technologies Association, Graham Dewhurst, has announced his decision to retire, effective from the summer of 2014.

At the MTA since 2007, he has focused on providing value to members; standing up for their interests and helping them grow their businesses. During his tenure the number of members has grown by 33% and the range of industries and type of company in membership has increased dramatically – a strategy now firmly embedded in the MTA’s plans for the future.

The MACH 2014 Seminar Programme has now been launched. The schedule of exciting seminar topics covers the five days of the MACH 2014 Exhibition and has attracted some of the engineering based manufacturing sector’s leading speakers.
Presentations on the first day will include an inspiring update on the Bloodhound Supersonic Car project from Project Director Richard Noble OBE.

Cutting tool and tooling systems specialist Sandvik Coromant has re-inforced its commitment to student engineers by announcing that it will be the principal sponsor of the MACH 2014 Exhibition’s Education and Training Zone.