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The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) and Cranfield University teamed up to host a conference on UK Industrial Surface Engineering Present and Future.

The event took place at Cranfield University’s Vincent building on 17th February 2015. Over 120 delegates joined twelve UK based surface engineering firms who exhibited at the event.

The industrial conference was chaired by Professor Jose L. Endrino, (Cranfield University) and attracted international engineers and other professionals from the supply-chain and end-users.

MACH 2016 is taking shape with over 17,000 square metres of space already allocated, some 15% up on the equivalent stage before MACH 2014.

Following a ballot for space at the Exhibition, which is set for the 11-15 April 2016 at the NEC, over 200 companies are on the floor plans with more coming in every day.

James Selka, the MTA’s Chief Executive, said: “It’s fantastic to have so many companies on board as far ahead as sixteen months before MACH 2016. It’s a great opportunity to build on success and really broaden the exhibition’s reach and scope.”

Scarborough Engineering Week took place this week and saw over 2000 young people attend. The event, aimed at young people aged from 4-19 years, is a showcase of some of the most prominent local and regional business’ who rely on engineering to be successful. It is all about empowering young people to take control of their future in an ever changing world. The show was a great opportunity to inspire, and promote careers available in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. There were lots of examples and ‘have a go’ features to show how exciting technology can be.

This week has seen Turkey’s largest Manufacturing Technologies Exhibition, MAKTEK Eurasia, underway in Istanbul. The event occupies the whole of the 120,000 sqm Tuyap complex and has something like 1000 exhibitors from Machine Tool Manufacturers and Tooling companies through to companies applying the technology in Turkey and beyond.

It may be just over eighteen months away but planning for MACH 2016 is already well under way, with companies large and small already securing their spaces for the Exhibition. The MTA, which owns and runs the Exhibition, has brought forward the process of allocating the space on the floor. That will give companies from industrial sectors which have not traditionally been brought into the exhibition more time to get involved in Britain’s biggest industrial event.

The MTA’s Annual Golf Day started ominously with a torrential downpour, however by the time the teams arrived the sun had come out and 8 teams took up the Challenge of Hellidon Lakes course near Daventry, Northants.

Teams joined us from CMZ, Sharmic, Jemtech, ETG Group (Current Champs), BPE Solicitors, The Manufacturer, MA Ford and SolidCam. The course proved a real challenge as it’s very hilly and has greens which proved very unpredictable.

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.

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