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All 12 finalists in the Manufacturing Technology Association’s (MTA) annual Technology, Design and Innovation (TDI) Challenge impressed the judges with their engineering talent.
Open to all Technology and Design students, the nation-wide competition is split into two age groups: 14-16 years old and 17-19 years old. The 12 finalists were chosen by the MTA’s Education and Training committee and the final judging and award ceremony took place on 9 July at the Yamazaki Mazak European Headquarters in Worcester.

Addressing the Advances in Machining conference Mark Ridgway OBE, President of the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA), focused on the role that innovation can play in stabilising a business in volatile markets. He emphasised the importance of innovation in manufacturing but stressed the take up of this message has been surprisingly slow, quoting regional and national figures on the relatively poor innovation performance of SMEs.

£177 million of new business has been attributed to MACH 2014, an increase of over 20% on MACH 2012. The figure has emerged from an analysis of exhibitors’ feedback following Britain’s biggest manufacturing technologies event.

James Selka, Chief Executive Officer of the Manufacturing Technologies Association (the owners and organisers of MACH) says:

The Advances in Machining conference will form a focal point of the Global Manufacturing Festival in Sheffield between 24 - 25 June. The Conference on 24 June will feature presentations on the latest sector technology by industry leaders. Live demonstrations will include the latest tooling, toolholders and toolpart cutting strategies, prediction of machining dynamics and 3D tool wear measuring.

The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) has appointed a new Chief Executive Officer to lead the organisation.

James Selka has joined the MTA following over 25 years of manufacturing experience, including thirteen years as Managing Director of a specialist high precision, internationally trading, supplier of turnkey instrument sub-systems.

The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) has refocused its China Office to offer improved services to members. Craig Chen has been appointed as the new General Manager of the MTA Office and he will be the lead on market intelligence, marketing support, exhibition participation, translation and contract services.

The MACH 2014 Exhibition was by any measure an outstanding success and reaffirmed MACH’s position as Britain’s biggest manufacturing technologies event. Over 23,000 visitors attended and a record 612 exhibitors took space in Halls 4 and 5 of the NEC Birmingham. The quality of enquiries and the orders placed were both very encouraging.

Business Secretary Vince Cable MP today visited MACH 2014 Britain’s biggest manufacturing Trade Show at the NEC Birmingham.

MACH is the place to get to grips with all the latest technology available to manufacturers and the place where manufactures get to together to get business done.

Donations by diners at the Manufacturing Technologies Association’s Annual Dinner on 6 February raised a total of £5,570 for Fallen Fusiliers - the Fusilier Aid Society, the MTA President’s charity.

Celebration and challenge were themes very much to the fore at the Manufacturing Technologies Association’s (MTA’s) 2014 Annual Dinner & Awards held on 6th February at the ICC in Birmingham.

The Keynote of the evening was the speech given by MTA President Mark Ridgway OBE. Mr Ridgway set out the new horizons that are emerging in engineering based manufacturing and challenged his audience to explore them. He said:

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