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The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) is pleased to announce that for the fifth consecutive show Lloyds Bank will be the headline sponsors of MACH 2020.

MACH 2020 is scheduled to take place from 20th-24th April at the NEC, Birmingham. The exhibition will showcase the latest in manufacturing technologies, with Lloyds Bank's involvement being a pivotal part of the event.

The Technology, Design and Innovation (TDI) Challenge is back for 2019. The Manufacturing Technologies Association’s (MTA) flagship school’s competition is now open for entries.

The national competition encourages students to submit their existing coursework projects, which would go towards either their GCSE, A-Level or BTEC qualifications.

Good evening and welcome to this extra special occasion - The Manufacturing Technologies Association’s Centenary Dinner.

We are delighted to be generously supported once again by Close Brothers Asset Finance who have such a great history of supporting our sector.

I started in this industry 40 years ago, and as a 20 year old production engineer trying to improve machine tool productivity, I could not have possibly imagined that I would be making this speech tonight. I am extremely proud to be your president in the 100th year of our association.

Thursday night (28th February 2019) saw the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) Annual Dinner at the Park Plaza Hotel in Westminster, London. The event had special significance this year with the added jubilation of marking the Association’s 100th anniversary of representing the UK’s manufacturing technology suppliers. The event was attended by over 500 guests from across the MTA’s membership, the wider manufacturing community and beyond. 

As time passes and we are still without an agreement on a Brexit Deal between the UK and the EU, the risk of the UK leaving without a Deal in place, which almost no one says they want, is growing. The MTA strongly believes that a Deal would be advantageous not least in that it would offer a transition period for Businesses to adapt while the final status is hammered out. We will continue to argue for one, but, it is important to be as prepared as possible for the eventuality of a No Deal scenario.

The full shortlist has been announced for the13th edition of the EN Awards, which takes place on 22 March at Battersea Evolution. MACH 2018 has been shortlisted for two awards at the event for Best Trade Show and Best Feature Area for MACH’s collaboration with the AMRC on the Factory 2050 area. 

James Fudge Head of Events for the MTA said “in is a real honour being nominated for these two awards, MACH 2018 was a great success and being recognised and shortlisted by our peers is a fantastic achievement in itself, we hope to be successful on awards night.   

Speaking about the risk of a ‘No Deal’ Brexit, Manufacturing Technologies Association CEO James Selka said “The manufacturing technologies sector is highly internationalised. All of our members have either international suppliers or international customers, frequently both, and they need the confidence that they will be able to work with them on a secure basis in the future.

Tuesday 4 December saw members of the Manufacturing Technologies Association gather in Westminster for the 2018 Annual General Meeting, the inauguration of new President Marcus Burton and a meeting in Parliament with Business Minister Richard Harrington MP and his Shadow Chi Onwurah MP.

Tuesday 4 December saw MTA members gather in Westminster for the 2018 AGM, inauguration of new President Marcus Burton and a meeting in Parliament with Business Minister Richard Harrington MP and his Shadow Chi Onwurah MP. Given the historic events in Parliament that day, inevitably Brexit was the main topic of conversation both at the House of Commons and before when Professor Anand Menon spoke to members and managed to inject some clarity into a political situation with so many moving parts. 

Since the referendum the MTA has consistently favoured an outcome to the process that enables our members to have as full access to the single market as possible. This entails no tariffs, frictionless movement of goods and people with the EU and regulatory alignment so as to minimise non‐tariff barriers. We have also been clear that a ‘No Deal’ cliff edge would be a serious problem with the resulting uncertainty likely to cause both a reduction of investment and a crisis of economic confidence.