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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.

Not only is MACH 2020 the UK’s national manufacturing exhibition, with the largest range of technology on show under one roof, it is also playing host to an extensive seminar programme. You will be able to hear from some of the leading minds in the fields of manufacturing and advanced engineering. The full listing of the seminars and registration to attend them, can be found over at  The Main Seminar Theatre is located in Hall 6-871 at the NEC.

The High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult is the go-to place for manufacturing technologies in the UK, supporting organisations of all sizes in their success. MACH 2020 is pleased to announce that the HVM Catapult will be exhibiting at the UK’s national manufacturing showcase this April.

Thursday night (6th February) saw the Manufacturing Technologies Association’s (MTA) Annual Dinner take place at the at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London. Always a popular event for manufacturing technology providers, over 400 guests got together to discuss the future and celebrate success. 

MTA President and Director of Yamazaki Mazak, Marcus Burton MBE, used his keynote speech to address some of the hot topics affecting the UK manufacturing sector: Brexit and future trade, climate change, how MTA members are ‘champions of productivity’ and of course MACH 2020.

MACH 2020 is pleased to announce that the Made Smarter programme will be exhibiting at the UK’s national manufacturing showcase. Their stand at the exhibition will look to help SMEs start their digital journey.

The Made Smarter North West pilot is already working with SMEs to help them introduce digital tools and technologies to boost productivity and growth.

So far 300 North Western small and medium sized manufacturers have secured support, including specialised advice and £1.6M of funding, in the first year of the programme.

The UK’s National Manufacturing and Engineering showcase MACH 2020 will take place between 20th to 24th April 2020 at the NEC in Birmingham. The exhibition is the largest dedicated industrial show in the UK with the most live working machinery and the highest numbers of visitors.

MACH has a reputation for being the go-to place for companies looking for manufacturing technology equipment and, in 2018, boasted over 25,000 visitors, with £250 million of business attributed to it.

Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) President Marcus Burton has been awarded an MBE for services to export and inward investment in the New Year Honours list.

Mr Burton, who serves as Non-Executive Director for Yamazaki Mazak UK Ltd, whose European headquarters and manufacturing plant are based in Worcester, was previously European Group Managing Director for seven years from 2010 to 2017.