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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:

As excitement mounts for MACH 2014 the latest news is that World land speed record holder and Project Director for the Bloodhound Supersonic Car (SSC) Richard Noble OBE will be on the start line to open the Exhibition.

Bloodhound has long been on the floor plan but the announcement that Richard will be opening the event is great news. Many MACH Exhibitors are involved with the Bloodhound SSC project and MACH 2014 is the third time that the team themselves will be at the Show.

2014 is shaping up to be a great year for Manufacturing Technologies in the UK as MACH 2014, the key industry bellwether, is set to deliver a great return for the industry.

The Exhibition will be held 7-11 April at the NEC Birmingham and is open to all (over the age of 14). MACH 2012 played host to 21,500 visitors and hopes are high that MACH 2014 will eclipse that number.

Hall 5 at the NEC, Britain’s largest exhibition space, is completely sold out and the NEC’s next biggest, Hall 4 is nearly full too.

Statistics out today from the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) show that confidence in the sector, the key suppliers of tools and equipment to engineering based manufacturing, is at a two year high. The level of confidence about the future is at the highest since mid-2011 and a large majority of companies are predicting improvements in their businesses over the next twelve months.