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The final of this year’s national Technology, Design and Innovation (TDI) Challenge took place on Wednesday 5th July at Yamakazi Mazak’s headquarters in Worcester.

The finalists for this year’s Technology, Design and Innovation (TDI) Challenge have been announced.

The prestigious competition enables talented young people to showcase their work and helps them to understand the sophistication and dynamism of advanced manufacturing.

Manufacturing Technologies Association CEO James Selka used his speech at the Stuttgart Moulding Expo to deliver an upbeat message to European counterparts on Brexit and doing business in the UK.

Mr Selka emphasised that “the UK are open for business” and explain the background as to why the UK made this historic decision last June.

The speech was delivered at the European Tooling Platform seminar, which was located at the ISTMA Lounge at the Moulding Expo on 31st May 2017.

MTA CEO James Selka used his key note speech at the National Manufacturing Debate (NMB) hosted by Cranfield University to highlight the importance of Industry collaboration in tackling the skills gap.

The NMB is an annual event hosted by Cranfield University and took place on 24th May. The event brings together manufacturing professionals from a range of sectors to discuss and debate current challenges in the industry as well as encourage networking and collaboration across manufacturing to enable continued and long-term growth.

Manufacturing Technologies Association CEO James Selka will be speaking at the Stuttgart Moulding Expo which takes place from 30th May to 2nd June.  Mr Selka will address the European Tooling Platform seminar, which will be located at the ISTMA Lounge in Hall 4 – C30. The seminar will take place on Wednesday May 31st at 14:30 (CET) and the theme of the talk will be Brexit and Manufacturing in UK.

Sales for MACH 2018 are being described as “a very encouraging sign for the industry’” by MTA CEO James Selka. Over 75% of the exhibition’s space has already been sold, with just under a year to go before the show opens.

Engineering and manufacturing companies are being urged exploit the untapped value in their intellectual property to avoid losing money on lost designs, systems and patents, and create new revenues, says the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA).

Each year millions of pounds in IPR – intellectual property rights – are being neglected by the UK’s engineering sector, because companies do not understand these rights and the IP wrapped up in their designs and processes, the leading manufacturing technology business group says.

The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) has announced that Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking is to be, once again, the headline sponsor of the largest event of its kind in the UK – MACH 2018 – which brings together all the best innovation and technology for a wide range of manufacturing sectors under one roof.

This is the fourth time Lloyds Bank has sponsored MACH, further strengthening a long term relationship between the bank and the MTA, the organisers of the event. MACH takes place every two years and in 2016 attracted over 25,000 visitors.

Submissions for the 2017 edition of the Technology Design and Innovation (TDI) Challenge, the Manufacturing Technologies Association’s (MTA) flagship schools competition for young engineers, are now open.

Last year, in January 2016, when we gathered for our annual dinner in Birmingham who would have thought, or even imagined, that our world was about to be turned upside down and look so different. We now face a range of risks from the global rise of protectionism.

We are faced with an emboldened Russia, an assertive China, an introverted America and an uncertain Europe. And here we are in the UK with an unexpected outcome. A new Prime Minister with a completely different focus who has a new team with different objectives – which gives us eye opening opportunities.