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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.

Speaking after the launch of the Government’s Export Strategy, James Selka the Chief Executive of the Manufacturing Technologies Association, said: “This Strategy to raise the UK’s export performance, is welcome. We are pleased that it reflects the important the role that Trade Associations can play in helping to foster a supportive environment for companies to export. We welcome the increased focus on integrating UK Export Finance into the support network too – this is an area in which we have lagged behind our competitors.

MACH 2018 has triumphed at the prestigious Trade Association Forum (TAF) Best Practice Awards and Dinner 2018.

Shortlisted in the category of Exhibition of the Year, MACH 2018 took the top prize. Now in its sixteenth year the Trade Association Forum (TAF) Best Practice Awards recognise, rewards and promotes best practice amongst Trade Associations in the UK. The annual event formally supported by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

The TDI Challenge final took place on Wednesday 4th July at Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) member company, Yamakazi Mazak’s European headquarters in Worcester.

This year saw an increased number of entries from across the UK, with the finalist invited to Mazak to contest the final. Hundreds of students from across the UK submitted either their GCSE, A-Level or BTEC Design and Technology Course Work Projects to be judged by a panel of experts drawn from Industry.

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