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The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) Annual Dinner and Awards took place last night at the ICC in Birmingham.

The dinner was attended in force by MTA member companies, who were welcomed to the evening by outgoing MTA President C. Mark Ridgway OBE DL. Mr Ridgway used his address to highlight the momentum that UK manufacturing has gained since the recession and called for more sustained support from Government.

The MTA has long had connections with Britain’s armed forces. Whether it’s supplying equipment and technology to them, employing former service personnel and reservists or through fundraising for service charities, the relationship has always been strong.

That’s why the Association was delighted to be asked to sign up to the armed forces corporate covenant.

The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded Best Association Exhibition 2015 for its show, MACH 2014 at this year’s Association Excellence Awards.
The Award ceremony took place in London at the QEII Centre on Friday 27th February and the event brought together representatives from associations of every sector. The awards recognise individuals, teams and new initiatives, highlighting excellence in the operation of associations and how such bodies serve their members.

The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) has announced that Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking is to be the headline sponsor of the largest event of its kind in the UK – MACH 2016.

The event features exhibitions that bring together the best innovations and latest developments to come from manufacturing, all under one roof.

The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) and Cranfield University teamed up to host a conference on UK Industrial Surface Engineering Present and Future.

The event took place at Cranfield University’s Vincent building on 17th February 2015. Over 120 delegates joined twelve UK based surface engineering firms who exhibited at the event.

The industrial conference was chaired by Professor Jose L. Endrino, (Cranfield University) and attracted international engineers and other professionals from the supply-chain and end-users.

MACH 2016 is taking shape with over 17,000 square metres of space already allocated, some 15% up on the equivalent stage before MACH 2014.

Following a ballot for space at the Exhibition, which is set for the 11-15 April 2016 at the NEC, over 200 companies are on the floor plans with more coming in every day.

James Selka, the MTA’s Chief Executive, said: “It’s fantastic to have so many companies on board as far ahead as sixteen months before MACH 2016. It’s a great opportunity to build on success and really broaden the exhibition’s reach and scope.”

Scarborough Engineering Week took place this week and saw over 2000 young people attend. The event, aimed at young people aged from 4-19 years, is a showcase of some of the most prominent local and regional business’ who rely on engineering to be successful. It is all about empowering young people to take control of their future in an ever changing world. The show was a great opportunity to inspire, and promote careers available in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. There were lots of examples and ‘have a go’ features to show how exciting technology can be.

This week has seen Turkey’s largest Manufacturing Technologies Exhibition, MAKTEK Eurasia, underway in Istanbul. The event occupies the whole of the 120,000 sqm Tuyap complex and has something like 1000 exhibitors from Machine Tool Manufacturers and Tooling companies through to companies applying the technology in Turkey and beyond.

It may be just over eighteen months away but planning for MACH 2016 is already well under way, with companies large and small already securing their spaces for the Exhibition. The MTA, which owns and runs the Exhibition, has brought forward the process of allocating the space on the floor. That will give companies from industrial sectors which have not traditionally been brought into the exhibition more time to get involved in Britain’s biggest industrial event.

The MTA’s Annual Golf Day started ominously with a torrential downpour, however by the time the teams arrived the sun had come out and 8 teams took up the Challenge of Hellidon Lakes course near Daventry, Northants.

Teams joined us from CMZ, Sharmic, Jemtech, ETG Group (Current Champs), BPE Solicitors, The Manufacturer, MA Ford and SolidCam. The course proved a real challenge as it’s very hilly and has greens which proved very unpredictable.