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Thursday saw the 2018 Annual Dinner of the Manufacturing Technologies Association held at the Park Plaza Hotel in Westminster.

The event, which is always a highlight of the manufacturing calendar, was attended by 500 guests from across the MTA’s membership, the wider manufacturing community and beyond. 

MTA President Geoff Bryant gave the keynote speech with a call that highlighted how the MTA can make a difference to for its members in areas like; exporting, policy and education. 

The largest manufacturing and engineering exhibition in the UK, MACH 2018, is set to open in April at the NEC in Birmingham. This five-day celebration of UK manufacturing will be officially opened (on 9th April) by the most successful sailor in Olympic history, Sir Ben Ainslie. Sir Ben won medals at five consecutive Olympics from 1996 onwards, including gold at the four Games held between 2000 and 2012.

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The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) have thrown their support behind The Year of Engineering.

The Year of Engineering is a Government campaign, which launched this week to celebrate the world and wonder of UK engineering in 2018.

The MTA represents the companies who make and supply the technology that manufacturers deploy to create and make the world around us. 

Responding to the publication today of the Government’s Industrial Strategy White Paper, MTA CEO James Selka said:

With just a few months to go before the doors open to MACH 2018 at the NEC in Birmingham, the team behind the exhibition are delighted to announce that visitor registration is now live.

The Manufacturing Technologies Association and the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), have partnered to put together a unique feature to demonstrate cost effective adaption of Industry 4.0 Technologies at MACH 2018.

MACH 2018 is the place to discover new technologies that shape the world we live in. The AMRC’s Factory 2050 is the UK’s first state of the art factory entirely dedicated to conducting collaborative research into digital assembly and flexible component manufacturing.

Reacting to today’s budget James Selka, CEO of the Manufacturing Technologies Association said:

“We welcome the funding that is being made available for Research and Development in connection with the Industrial Strategy and look forward to the imminent White Paper. We also welcome the increase in the R&D Expenditure Credit for large companies from 11% to 12%. The current pace of technological change means that we have a once in a generation opportunity to re-industrialise the UK’s economy.

This week saw the long awaited release of the Government’s Industrial Digitalisation Review - Made Smarter - which was chaired by Professor Juergen Maier, CEO of Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) member Siemens UK.

The review outlines proposals to boost the economy using advanced digital technologies including robotics, 3D printing, augmented and virtual reality, as well as artificial intelligence.

The UK’s premier manufacturing technologies exhibition 90% of exhibitor space allocated New look and new location for 2018 Easily accessible for International visitors

The UK’s premier manufacturing technologies exhibition, MACH 2018, is set to return to the NEC in Birmingham, England, from 9th to 13th April 2018 with a new a look and new location. The biennial exhibition has over 100 years of heritage and a reputation for being at the forefront of the latest advances in engineering.

Sandvik Coromant Supports the E&D Zone for the Fourth Time

As well as being the UK’s premier manufacturing technologies showcase, MACH 2018 plays host to an Education & Development (E&D) Zone specifically designed for students aged 11-19. The E&D Zone will bring together some the leading advanced engineering companies and educational institutions from across the UK, with the aim to shine a light on the vocational education and training that is imperative to closing the skills gap around the world.

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