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The Manufacturing Technologies Association’s (MTA) flagship Technology, Design and Innovation (TDI) Challenge competition for young secondary school entrepreneurial STEM students went ahead utilising the latest digital technologies. What a fantastic tribute to the indomitable spirit of both the young engineers and indeed the staff and industry expert judges in the MTA’s Membership.

Following the announcement from the Prime Minister on Saturday, that from Thursday 5th November as we enter a second national lockdown, the manufacturing sector has specifically been told can continue to go to work. Whilst we know a number of members continue to work from home, there are key sectors which need supporting and members facilities which will remain open. We have advice on our website from past stories on operating a safe workplace at

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The MTA, which owns and runs the MACH exhibition on behalf of the industry, has taken the decision to reschedule MACH from January 2021 to April 2022.

The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA), the body that represents the UK’s engineering-based manufacturing technology suppliers, has urged the Chancellor of the Exchequer to use his Autumn Budget to bolster the manufacturing sector as it looks to make a speedy recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A new report, published by the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA), has found that, if the UK moves towards Green manufacturing, we could see between £8 - 20 Billion added to the UK’s GDP and 400,000 to 1 million jobs created.

Climate change is having a huge impact on the world we live in and the calls to tackle it are growing louder every day.

Earlier this week the events industry, endorsed by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport issued new guidelines - the ‘All Secure Standard’ - to ensure that shows and exhibitions can go ahead in the coming months. UK manufactures will already have 25-28 January, the dates for MACH 2021, inked into their calendars – these guidelines will enable them to plan their attendance at the MACH in detail with certainty.

The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) have launched the 2020 edition of the Technology, Design and Innovation (TDI) Challenge.

The flagship schools’ competition, which has been running for 17 years, will return in 2020 with a twist. Due to the current Coronavirus situation in the UK, a new format for 2020 edition of TDI is being launched online.

A consortium of significant UK industrial, technology and engineering businesses from across the aerospace, automotive and medical sectors, has come together to produce medical ventilators for the UK. 

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The Covid 19 Lockdown is not being lifted but it is changing. Sunday saw a statement from the Prime Minister setting out a conditional timetable for restrictions to be eased. Yesterday saw the publication of a plan which puts some flesh on those bones and, later the publication of the Guidance for employers to enable more of the workforce to return to work. 

The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA), which owns and runs the MACH exhibition on behalf of the industry, has taken the decision to reschedule MACH from April 2020 to January 2021.

Given the spread of the Coronavirus, the MTA has decided that, in order to minimise the risks to visitors and exhibitors and to provide the best possible platform for both exhibitors and visitors, the event will now take place 25-28 January 2021. The event will still be held, in the same Halls, at the NEC.