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The House of Lords European Union Committee has this week published its report into Brexit: trade in goods.  This report follows an Inquiry by the EU External Affairs Sub-Committee, to which the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) gave evidence in the autumn of 2016.

James Selka, MTA CEO, appeared in person before the Committee and the MTA submitted written evidence too. Much of the Association’s evidence has been taken on board.

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Reacting to today’s budget MTA CEO James Selka commented “We are pleased to see some of the announcements in today’s Budget reflecting some of the positive measures outlined in the Industrial Strategy Green Paper.

Manufacturers will welcome the commitment of £740m to fund digital infrastructure. This investment will play an integral part in switching them on to Industry 4.0 based technologies and further automating their businesses. We need fast reliable connectivity throughout the UK to power this revolution and to encourage investment in new technologies.

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Speaking after the publication of the Government's industrial strategy Green Paper, James Selka, the CEO of the Manufacturing Technologies Association, said: "We welcome the priority the Prime Minister has placed on Industrial Strategy. It could be an important contributor to creating an environment that promotes the long term investment that we need to deliver a step change in productivity through technology and skills.

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Speaking after the Prime Minister’s speech on her approach to Brexit negotiations, James Selka, the CEO of the Manufacturing Technologies Association said: “While it is useful to have some clarity as to the future, we urgently need more details as to what our trading relationship with the EU might look like. We welcome the recognition that we need a comprehensive customs agreement and that trade should be as frictionless as possible.

The MTA held its Annual General Meeting in London on Tuesday 6th December 2016 at One Whitehall Place, Westminster.

The meeting, which was proceeded by an MTA Members’ Forum, saw over 50 members come together to discuss the MTA’s future with potential new events and the Association’s response to Brexit at the forefront of the debate.

The AGM saw the MTA Presidency pass from Guy Mollart to Geoffrey Bryant, Managing Director of Citizen Machinery UK.

The MACH exhibition, is set to return to the NEC in Birmingham in April 2018 with a new a look and new location.

After a hugely successful 2016 edition of the Exhibition, which boasted sold-out exhibitor space, a 10% increase in visitors on 2014 and over £150 million worth of business attributed to the show, the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA), who organise the exhibition on behalf of the industry, are pleased to officially launch the 2018 edition of the UK’s premier manufacturing technologies showcase.

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·         Nearly three fifths of manufacturers are worried about a lack of productivity in the UK economy, but only around a quarter believe it is an issue for their own business

·         Two thirds of manufacturers already have a plan in place to boost their productivity

·         But six in ten say a skills shortage is the main barrier to faster productivity growth

·         And half say they need to do more to innovate

The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) is delighted to launch the 2017 edition their flagship schools competition for young engineers, the Technology Design and Innovation (TDI) Challenge.

For over a decade the TDI Challenge has been shining a light on Design and Technology students aged 14-19. The national competition encourages students to submit their existing coursework projects, which would go towards either their GCSE, A-Level or BTEC qualifications.

With the dust settled on a successful MACH 2016, we are pleased to announce that the new machexhibition.com website has launched and the ballot process for MACH 2018 is now open.

The new MACH website now has responsive design to make it even easier to navigate, update and enjoy on mobile devices. The site contains all the latest MACH 2018 news and provides full details on the exhibition moving home for the first time in over 40 years.

Speaking after the publication of today’s manufacturing PMI figures, which showed a sharp rebound in activity, MTA CEO James Selka said: “The August rebound is really welcome news. Clearly the current exchange rate is having a positive effect on exports, MTA members have told us that it has made their products more competitive in global markets. That is good news in the short term, but in order to build on it the industry has to invest in new technology to be more productive and stay ahead of the competition. We’re confident that they will do that.

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