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This year’s MTA Annual General Meeting was held at the Gaydon Heritage Motor Centre, Warwickshire on 4th December. Mark Ridgway OBE, the MTA President, paid tribute to the strong sales performance to date for MACH 2014 and added that, “The delivery of a great MACH in April will be a cornerstone of the Association’s year.”

The mainstay of Germany’s economy, the Mittelstand is the biggest group of privately owned, manufacturing and technology focused companies in the world. We often refer to them but how did they grow to be so successful?

How do they work with the education system to supply the pipeline of skilled people they need? How do they develop products quickly, using universities and other intermediaries? What are their export strategies?

Sir David McMurtry, Chairman and Chief Executive of Renishaw plc a MTA member company, has received The Daily Telegraph Award for a Decade of Excellence in Business at the 2013 National Business Awards.
This prestigious Award recognises the winner's sustained achievements within their business sector in the UK. Furthermore, it honours a business personality who is acknowledged for their achievements during a long and distinguished career. Previous winners of this award include Lord Wolfson, CEO, Next and Terry Leahy, CEO, Tesco.

Group Rhodes CEO and President of the MTA Mark Ridgway OBE believes we "sometimes forget...that the benefits that accrue from EU membership are not all related to how we view our own relationship with Europe, but rather how others view the same equation.”
Commenting on the CBI report that states the importance of the UK remaining in a European Union that accepts key reforms Mark Ridgway says,

The MTA’s Annual Forecast Seminar was held at the European Headquarters of Yamazaki Mazak in Worcester on 22 October.

The MTA’s Members Quarterly Meeting (MQM) on 9th October was themed around  “Growing our Future Engineers”  and reflected on the challenges of recruiting, training and retaining young engineers to the manufacturing technologies sector. As with previous MQM’s, the session took the form of a seminar with members given the opportunity to interact via electronic polling and through questions.

The MTA's commitment to supporting innovative apprenticeships in the manufacturing technologies sector and to promoting education & training at MACH 2014 has been featured in The Guardian's 'Manufacturing the Future' Supplement, 5th September  2013.  The article includes an interview with Graham Dewhurst, MTA Director General, describing the MTA's work to highlight the skills shortages in engineering based manufacturing and the MTA's practical work to develop innovative apprenticeship schemes. The MTA's encouragement of young people to visit MA

Data released by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and analysed by MTA show an increase in exports of +2.7% compared to the 1st half of 2012; the total value of exports is £250.2 million, the highest level for the 1st half of any year since 2001.  On the same basis, imports of machine tool fell by -16.8% to £279.3 million, although this mainly reflects a strong start to 2012 which was also distorted by the arrival of a large “one-off” shipment - this is illustrated by the fact that, apart from last year, the 2013 figure is also the highest since 2001.

Over thirty members came together at DMG/Mori Seiki’s Technology Centre on 19 June for the second MTA Members’ Quarterly Meeting (MQM). The theme of the morning was “Managing Large Contracts”, and the well attended event saw various presentations focusing on key aspects of dealing with OEM businesses, both as a supplier, and as a customer.

The MTA stand at the Metalloobrabotka industrial technology and machine tool exhibition in Moscow had a very busy week. Visitors were keen to make contact and network with exhibiting members, keeping MTA staff Adrian Sell and Dr Igor Bazhenov in demand.

This year’s event, from 27-31 May, saw a 30% increase from the previous year in the number of exhibitors. Over 40 countries were represented at the Exhibition through the 1400 companies exhibiting. Exhibition space covered 38,000 square metres.