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Last week MTA President and Director of Yamazaki Mazak Europe Marcus Burton was honoured by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) at their 2019 Achievement Awards. Marcus was presented with the Mensforth Gold Medal for Manufacturing.

The IET Achievement Awards exist to recognise individuals from all over the world who have made exceptional contributions to the advancement of engineering, technology and science in any sector. This can be through research and development in their respective technical fields or through their leadership of an enterprise.

Europe’s biggest industrial trade show EMO took place from 16th – 21st September in Hannover, Germany. Around 117,000 production specialists from 150 countries convened at the world’s leading tradeshow for the metal-working industry.

The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) is pleased to announce that Andrew Hodgson, Strategic Lead – Digitalisation, at Siemens has been appointed as Vice President of the Association.

Andrew has been a member of the MTA Board for a number of years and also chairs the Association’s Technical Committee, which looks at activities in advanced manufacturing technologies, such as additive manufacturing, automation and industry Standards.

The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) is delighted to announce that Future Engineering Ireland (FEI) will once again be part of the National Supply Chain and Manufacturing Conference & Exhibition in Dublin in January 2020.

Following the success of the event in January of this year, the organisers have extended the exhibition to cover two-days. The 2020 edition of FEI will take place on 29-30th January at CItyWest, Dublin.

The final of the Manufacturing Technologies Association’s (MTA) flagship school’s competition, the Technology, Design and Innovation (TDI) Challenge took place this week at the European headquarters of Yamazaki Mazak in Worcester.

More than 50% of engineering firms in the UK have taken on an apprentice in the last two years a new survey by the Manufacturing Technologies Association and Close Brothers Asset Finance, has found.

The survey looked across a range of sectors, including Food and Drink, Retail, Recruitment and Services, finding that the only other sector employing apprentices at a similar rate to Engineering firms was Construction.

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.

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