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“MTA’s Forecast Seminar created a huge interest amongst members, attracting more than 100 attendees. Manufacturing Technologies showed strong growth in 2011, and 2012 will consolidate those levels, confirming what our members see on the ground”
Graham Dewhurst, MTA Director General.

Globally manufacturing output is expected to see a growth rate of around 4% in 2012. 

The forecast for manufacturing output in the UK is more modest, but still predicts positive growth with the investment goods sector expected to be the strongest element.

Graph: data from July 2009 to February 2011 is from the MTA Flash Survey [2]

Although the outlook for the UK and global economy is uncertain, there are good reasons to believe that demand for manufacturing technology equipment in the UK will continue to be strong in 2012. 

This year, a record breaking 97 entries were submitted from across the UK detailing innovative engineering projects ranging from an electric ukulele, a green energy bike light and a rotational moulding machine.   
Graham Dewhurst, Director General at the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) which owns and runs the show, says,    “There is a real buzz about the show already, and exhibitors are looking forward to the ‘bounce’ in sales that MACH delivers, particularly as the UK’s economic situation improves and we see more capital investment. We’ve got some big names signed up and they’ve committed to bringing more machines and new hardware in 2012 - which is great news for our visitors.”  
Youngsters enjoyed scores of engineering and technology activities specially developed by leading UK manufacturers and engineering organisations.  The record line-up included; Airbus, AgustaWestland, EDF Energy, GE Aviation and GE Oil & Gas, Thales, BMT Defence Services, Army, Royal Navy, IET, IMechE, IMarEST and a number of colleges and universities.  
March marks the first publication of the new MTA Business Survey which continues trends of the previous Monthly Flash Survey and Quarterly Trends Survey.    The new Business Survey reported a very slight reduction of new orders for March compared to February’s high level; however a strong improvement in order intake was expected by respondents in the second quarter of the year.   
Britain's engineering and technology industries face an increasingly difficult task to ensure that the sector attracts the talent it needs to survive and thrive. With its skilled workforce aging, and fierce competition for the best young graduates a fact of business life, the issue is becoming more pressing as the UK becomes more reliant on industry for economic recovery and growth.   
Results of the MTA’s monthly survey for February show that the trend for jobs in the sector continues to strengthen with almost 25% of respondents reporting an increase in the number of people employed, and the strongest balance for this question since the survey started nearly two years ago. In fact MTA member, Renishaw, has recently reported that they have nearly 250 vacancies in the Group – just one illustration of what the surveys are telling us about an improving employment situation in the manufacturing technologies sector. 
There were four Manufacturing Industry Awards presented during the evening, plus an additional prize fund – The AMTRI Scholarship – awarded to one young engineer: The Best Training Scheme award, sponsored by the GTMA, went to David Brown Gear Systems Ltd whose ‘Gear Academy’ trains employees, suppliers, customers and academia in over 300 skills associated with the technology of gears and gearboxes.
The shortlisted entries are; Young Engineer of the Year: · Unison Ltd – Tom Adams · Unison Ltd - Paul Allsopp  · Unison Ltd – James Harrison · AgustaWestland - Brendan Burr · AgustaWestland - Christopher Sandhurst · AgustaWestland – Sarah Parsons