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Worcestershire and the West Midlands is building its digital capability fast: 5G, superfast broadband, Wi-Fi 6 trials and “digital factories”. Now there is help with training, as the West Midlands Combined Authority launches “Beat the Bots”, a £5 million fund to help SMEs with digital training to upgrade workers’ skills.

Our Head of Events and Member Services, James Fudge has been in Moscow this week at Metalloobrabotka. The MTA once again hosted the UK pavilion at the Russian show manned by James and our Russian Representative Igor Bazhenov. 

The event was supported by the Department of International Trade and saw Trevor Lewis,

Counsellor and Director DIT Russia, attend the event and brief UK companies.

Companies present on the pavilion were CGTech, Lapmaster, Matrix Machine Tools, Nonwoven and PTG Holroyd.

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A new survey, by the Manufacturing Technologies Association and Close Brothers Asset Finance, has found that many manufacturing and engineering firms are not planning to take advantage of the increase of the Annual Investment Allowance (AIA).

From 1st January 2019 to 31st December 2020 a temporary increase in the AIA has been introduced by the government. This is to enable faster tax relief for plant and machinery investments between £200,000 and £1 million, with the aim to help businesses to invest and grow.

At the MTA, we are always looking for ways to provide you with useful information to help you do business. Therefore, we have created a booklet around Standards currently under development. They are documents which contain technical specifications or other precise criteria, which are designed to be used consistently as a rule, guideline or definition. Essentially, standards are an agreed way of doing something, and therefore ensure the quality and consistency of products and services and allow consumers to have confidence that their products are safe, reliable and of a good quality.

Metalworking innovation platform attracts industry insiders and investors from all over the world The megatopic of networking is changing industrial production

The 15th April holds a special place in the history of the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA), as it was on this date in 1919 that the Association was founded and the first meeting of its members held.

The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) is pleased to announce that for the fifth consecutive show Lloyds Bank will be the headline sponsors of MACH 2020.

MACH 2020 is scheduled to take place from 20th-24th April at the NEC, Birmingham. The exhibition will showcase the latest in manufacturing technologies, with Lloyds Bank's involvement being a pivotal part of the event.

The Technology, Design and Innovation (TDI) Challenge is back for 2019. The Manufacturing Technologies Association’s (MTA) flagship school’s competition is now open for entries.

The national competition encourages students to submit their existing coursework projects, which would go towards either their GCSE, A-Level or BTEC qualifications.

Good evening and welcome to this extra special occasion - The Manufacturing Technologies Association’s Centenary Dinner.

We are delighted to be generously supported once again by Close Brothers Asset Finance who have such a great history of supporting our sector.

I started in this industry 40 years ago, and as a 20 year old production engineer trying to improve machine tool productivity, I could not have possibly imagined that I would be making this speech tonight. I am extremely proud to be your president in the 100th year of our association.

Thursday night (28th February 2019) saw the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) Annual Dinner at the Park Plaza Hotel in Westminster, London. The event had special significance this year with the added jubilation of marking the Association’s 100th anniversary of representing the UK’s manufacturing technology suppliers. The event was attended by over 500 guests from across the MTA’s membership, the wider manufacturing community and beyond. 

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