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The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), in partnership with the Design Council, have begun the process of creating the torches for the 2012 Olympic  and Paralympic Torch Relays. They have invited top product and industrial design, engineering and manufacturing talent to register interest in creating what will become two of the key visual icons of the London Games.

Thanks to the Trade Association Forum, of which the MTA is a member, SME’s are invited to join Our Team 2012, a programme designed exclusively for small and medium-sized businesses. It is your chance to get involved in the excitement of the build up to the London Games and help our athletes reach their full potential, while receiving a host of business benefits.

The high numbers may be due in part to orders placed at the sectors biennial trade show MACH2010 which took place between the 7th and 11th of June; but even some companies not at MACH also reported positive news.

Confidence and the level of inquiries also rose as business appears to be picking up from a period of doubt.

Engineering the winner at the MTA’s Annual TDI Awards From nearly 60 entries submitted from across the UK,  ten outstanding young engineers and their projects were selected to take part in a competitive showcase final event at Yamazaki Mazak in Worcester.

The students were required to demonstrate their product and present their ideas to the panel of judges assembled by the MTA. Not only were the judges were looking for great innovative engineering, but also the ability to think commercially about their idea, and the skills to present clearly and logically to an industry panel.

If your business is interested in exhibiting or visiting shows in the UK and abroad, please click here to download a leaflet providing details about where the MTA will be exhibiting for the remaining year and in 2011, and the services available to MTA members.

With 446 exhibitors displaying their products and services to the 20,171 visitors who came through the doors, MACH covered over 18,300m2 of space through Hhalls 4 and 5 at the NEC.

“The organising team were delighted with MACH2010 – the exhibitors put a lot great deal of effort into their stands, and the halls looked great. To pass the 20,000 visitor mark after such a tough two-years was terrific; we were elated,” said Graham Shearsmith, MACH Exhibition Manager for the MTA.

At the roundtable, the Ministers were hosted by members of the MTA Board and other prominent figures from within the industry; including Sir David McMurtry, Adrian Allen of the AMRC and Sir Ronald Halstead. Topics covered included; the future of Capital Allowances, support for SMEs to export, the Government’s plans to increase the number of apprenticeships, the future of R&D Tax Credit and the urgent need to reduce the bureaucracy that SMEs face in their dealings with Government.

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