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As time passes and we are still without an agreement on a Brexit Deal between the UK and the EU, the risk of the UK leaving without a Deal in place, which almost no one says they want, is growing. The MTA strongly believes that a Deal would be advantageous not least in that it would offer a transition period for Businesses to adapt while the final status is hammered out. We will continue to argue for one, but, it is important to be as prepared as possible for the eventuality of a No Deal scenario.

The full shortlist has been announced for the13th edition of the EN Awards, which takes place on 22 March at Battersea Evolution. MACH 2018 has been shortlisted for two awards at the event for Best Trade Show and Best Feature Area for MACH’s collaboration with the AMRC on the Factory 2050 area. 

James Fudge Head of Events for the MTA said “in is a real honour being nominated for these two awards, MACH 2018 was a great success and being recognised and shortlisted by our peers is a fantastic achievement in itself, we hope to be successful on awards night.   

Speaking about the risk of a ‘No Deal’ Brexit, Manufacturing Technologies Association CEO James Selka said “The manufacturing technologies sector is highly internationalised. All of our members have either international suppliers or international customers, frequently both, and they need the confidence that they will be able to work with them on a secure basis in the future.

Tuesday 4 December saw members of the Manufacturing Technologies Association gather in Westminster for the 2018 Annual General Meeting, the inauguration of new President Marcus Burton and a meeting in Parliament with Business Minister Richard Harrington MP and his Shadow Chi Onwurah MP.

Tuesday 4 December saw MTA members gather in Westminster for the 2018 AGM, inauguration of new President Marcus Burton and a meeting in Parliament with Business Minister Richard Harrington MP and his Shadow Chi Onwurah MP. Given the historic events in Parliament that day, inevitably Brexit was the main topic of conversation both at the House of Commons and before when Professor Anand Menon spoke to members and managed to inject some clarity into a political situation with so many moving parts. 

Since the referendum the MTA has consistently favoured an outcome to the process that enables our members to have as full access to the single market as possible. This entails no tariffs, frictionless movement of goods and people with the EU and regulatory alignment so as to minimise non‐tariff barriers. We have also been clear that a ‘No Deal’ cliff edge would be a serious problem with the resulting uncertainty likely to cause both a reduction of investment and a crisis of economic confidence.

MACH 2020 is being described as “the unmissable event for manufacturing technology suppliers”.

Following on from the huge success of MACH 2018, which has already had upwards of £200 million worth of business attributed to it, the next edition of the show is looking to build on that success.

The Manufacturing Technologies Association is pleased to announce that it has won the 2018 British Standards Institution (BSI) Organizational Leadership Award. The award recognizes exceptional support for standards-making by a trade association, professional body or an individual company. The recipient will have demonstrated how they have supported and enabled committee members to actively participate in standards-making, as well as how, as an organization, they have constructively engaged in standards-making and supported the benefits of using standards.

Reacting to yesterday’s budget James Selka, CEO of the Manufacturing Technologies Association which represents suppliers of machine tools, specialist and enterprise software, metrology, industrial 3D printing, automation and other technologies said:

Professor Anand is the Director of the UK in a Changing Europe Centre at King’s College London.

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