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Dr Tony Bannan, Chief Executive Officer of Precision Technologies Group (PTG), has been appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2016.

The OBE has been given in recognition of Dr Bannan’s services to the UK economy, international trade and inward investment.

A car consists of elements and components that have been sourced from right across the globe. The metal that forms the panels will have been quarried as an ore in one place, been through a foundry in another before being pressed into shape somewhere else. It will then be fitted with an engine that has been through a similar process, glass which has been formed, electronics that have been sourced the world over and a software package with hundreds of authors.

James Selka CEO Manufacturing Technologies Association comments on the release of the latest GDP figures.

"Today's Manufacturing GDP figures shouldn't be taken as a sign that the whole of the sector is languishing in the doldrums. Much of the high value advanced manufacturing that is being driven by the latest technology - sectors like aerospace and automotive - continues to thrive and invest. We see a healthy demand for new technologies and an acceleration in manufacturing innovation." 

The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) are pleased to announce that visitor numbers for MACH 2016 were well up on the previous edition of the show.

As MACH 2016 entered its final stages, many exhibitors, having had a great exhibition this year, were already beginning to plan for MACH 2018. Last week saw the launch of the next edition of the UK’s premier manufacturing technology exhibition and for the first time ever exhibitors were able to book their stands for the next show two years in advance, at MACH 2016. The exhibition will be the first to be held in the NEC’s newer ‘atrium’ Halls. 

The largest manufacturing and engineering exhibition in the UK MACH 2016 is set to open next Monday (11th April) at the NEC in Birmingham. This five day celebration of UK manufacturing will be officially opened by British Olympic cycling hero Sir Chris Hoy MBE. The opening ceremony will take place at 10:30am in Hall 5 of the NEC complex.

With just over a week to go before the UK’s premier manufacturing technologies showcase kicks off, the MACH 2016 team have announced their full plans for Learning and Development Zone.

The financial crisis is often said to have started with the collapse of US Investment Bank Bear Stearns on March 17th 2008. To be in a position, one day short of eight years later, to be able to deliver one of the least momentous budgets of living memory may rank as a definite achievement. There were no crisis to deal with and few eye catching measures. When a tax on sugary drinks is commanding the headlines you know there hasn’t been much that needed to be washed down with something stronger.

February saw the Brexit phoney war finally come to an end as the Prime Minister set a date for a referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU. Business opinion is set to play a role in a decision in which economic factors are central.

In order to be able to express a view on this vitally important issue the MTA consulted members at the end of last year. The results were crystal clear - 89% of MTA members, when thinking about their companies, believed that it was in the UK’s interests to Remain in the EU.

The 28th of January saw the Manufacturing Technologies Association’s (MTA) Annual Dinner, held for the first time at the Vox on the NEC site, Birmingham. Over 400 guests enjoyed a great night with friends, colleagues and contacts from across the industry.