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Speech by C. Mark Ridgway OBE, President of the MTA

MTA Annual Dinner 2013
27th March, ICC Birmingham

Good evening ladies and gentlemen and honoured guests.

Thank you for your warm reception and a special thank you to Lloyds TSB for its generous sponsorship of tonight’s event.

Thank you too,
Charlotte for your kind introduction.

It is often said that the person who introduces a speaker has a tough job, for it is her task to let you know that the entertaining part of the evening is now over! 

22 January 2013


Future Aerospace Manufacturing Seminar and
New Apprenticeship Pathways launch

The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) and the University of Sheffield AMRC are organising a Future Aerospace Manufacturing Seminar and the launch of New Apprenticeship Pathways on 8 February in Sheffield. The key note address will be given by a senior government minister.

13 February 2013


Deputy Prime Minister addresses Future Aerospace Manufacturing Seminar and welcomes New Apprenticeship Pathways launch

The Deputy Prime Minister, The Rt. Hon. Nick Clegg MP, has praised the planned New Apprenticeship Pathways designed by the University of Sheffield AMRC with the support of the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA). Addressing the Future Aerospace Manufacturing Seminar on 8 February in Sheffield Nick Clegg said:

2 April 2013

Manufacturing Success Stories

The 27th March saw the announcement of the winners of the prestigious Manufacturing Industry Awards for 2013. The awards ceremony together with a stirring President’s speech calling for world class to come as standard in the sector were the highlights of the Manufacturing Technologies Association’s Annual Dinner held at the ICC in Birmingham.

Mark Ridgway OBE, Managing Director of Group Rhodes, (left of photo) has been elected President of the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA). Mr Ridgway received his badge of office from retiring President Simon Pollard at the MTA’s Annual General Meeting on 5 December. At a packed AGM, Mr Pollard paid tribute to Association members and staff who had assisted him during his two years as President and offered Mark best wishes for his term as President.

By all measures MACH 2012 was bigger and better than MACH 2010. The Exhibition was a showcase for innovation and enterprise, a fitting tribute to celebrate the event’s centenary. 

Over the five days (April 16-20), well over 21,624 people visited the show at the NEC, a 15% increase on MACH 2010. Organised by the MTA, MACH is the UK’s biggest exhibition dedicated to advanced and precision manufacturing technologies and takes place every two years. MACH 2012 also featured some 5,000 tonnes of working machinery, a unique demonstration of innovation in manufacturing technologies.

The MTA is forecasting an uncertain environment for the UK machine tool sector over the next year. At the MTA’s annual Forecast Seminar, held at the University of Warwick’s International Digital Laboratory, it was anticipated that 2012 will be a stronger year than 2011, but that the outlook for 2013 was uncertain.

The MACH Exhibition has come a long way since its origins as the International Engineering & Machinery Exhibition, held at Olympia in 1912. Over the past 100 years the event, organised by the MTA and its forerunners, has been an outstanding showcase for advances in manufacturing technology and so it is fitting that the centenary of the first show should be celebrated.

Natalie Seymour from Coundon School in Coventry and Uddhav Vaghela from Yarm School in Stockton-on-Tees , were announced as the winners of the Manufacturing Technology Association’s (MTA) Technology, Design and Innovation (TDI) Challenge 2012 at the judging ceremony that took place on Wednesday July 11.

With the last visitor leaving the NEC Birmingham on Friday evening, MACH 2012 is now officially over and what an exhibition it was.