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The MTA provided support to 13 members exhibiting at the recent CIMT exhibition in China 22-27 April through a dedicated 477 m2 pavilion. The event went well for Association exhibitors and previous exhibitors stated that pavilion position, design and the overall outcome was vastly improved on 2011. The organisers stated that there had been 130,000 visitors by the lunchtime of the third day.

Congratulations to MTA Member Company Renishaw which has been awarded a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovations category. The award is for the design and manufacture of the REVO® 5-axis multi-sensor probing system for coordinate measuring machines (CMMs).

The MTA’s Statistician, Geoff Noon, received a special award for his long service to the Association at the Annual Dinner from MTA President Mark Ridgway OBE.

Geoff was recruited into the MTTA (as the MTA was then) nearly three decades ago and he has played a major role in shaping it ever since.  His role contributes a huge part to the value that so many MTA members derive from membership of the Association.

MTA President, Mark Ridgway OBE, delivered a stirring speech at the Annual Dinner of the Association on 27 March. One of the key messages was a call to action, that British engineering should be world class as standard. The full text of the President’s speech is reproduced below:

Good evening ladies and gentlemen and honoured guests.

Thank you for your warm reception and a special thank you to Lloyds TSB for its generous sponsorship of tonight’s event.

Thank you too,
Charlotte for your kind introduction.

There was bit of something for everyone in the Budget as the Chancellor tried to give the impression that he was making a little money go a long way. It was a rowdy session and Lindsay Hoyle MP, the Deputy Speaker, who traditionally presides over the Budget Debate, became an instant hit on twitter with a string of sarcastic put downs of hecklers.

The MTA President Mark Ridgway OBE is accompanying the Prime Minster on his trip to India, flying the flag for the UK in his role as Managing Director of Group Rhodes and President of the MTA.

The Deputy Prime Minister, The Rt. Hon. Nick Clegg MP, has praised the planned New Apprenticeship Pathways designed by the University of Sheffield AMRC with the support of the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA). Addressing the Future Aerospace Manufacturing Seminar on 8 February in Sheffield Nick Clegg said he was absolutely delighted that this initiative with the cooperation of the Manufacturing Technologies Association would create a tailor-made programme for 250 new apprentices each year.

The House of Commons Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee report on Apprenticeships has made reference to parts of the MTA’s submission.

Released on 25 January the Report mentions that the driving out of poor apprenticeship training providers might be assisted by greater transparency. The Report goes on to say that: “The Manufacturing Technologies Association told us that placing more power with the employers would tackle poor provision and argued that if employers controlled funding, it
would prevent funds going to poor providers.”

The Manufacturing Technologies Association/Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre Future Aerospace Manufacturing Seminar and launch of New Apprenticeship Pathways will be held at the AMRC, Sheffield on Friday 8th February 2013.

The MTA is delighted to announce that, once again, the Manufacturing Industry Awards will be presented during the Annual Gala Dinner, to be held on 27th March 2013 at the ICC Birmingham.

The awards are open to companies from across manufacturing with recognition available for training schemes, supplier partnerships, outstanding apprentices and the most dynamic subcontractor.