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MACH 2016 has hit a key mile stone. This week the space allocated for exhibitors at the exhibition, to be held at the NEC in Birmingham between 11th – 15th April, has exceeded the that allocated for the Double Award Winning 2014 edition of the exhibition.

Total commercial space allocated has now tipped over the 22,247 square metres mark achieved in 2014. There is a huge interest in being part of the UK’s premier industrial trade show and exhibiting is a must for the UK’s manufacturing technology sector.

The latest edition of the CECIMO magazine is out now. We have a link below which will take you to a PDF version of the publication for your reading pleasure. In this edition the focus is on Additive Manufacturing and EU policy applicable to it, as well as plenty of other manufacturing titbits.

Leading 3D Printing Company Stratasys to Exhibit

The wide spread adoption of 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing has been one of the biggest revolutions in modern manufacturing technologies in the past decade, streamlining how prototypes are made and small batch manufacturing is carried out. 

With this in mind MACH 2016 is pleased to announce that next year’s exhibition will feature a dedicated 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing Zone, showcasing all the latest advances in this technology.

For over a decade the Manufacturing Technologies Association’s (MTA) annual Technology, Design and Innovation (TDI) Challenge, has been shining a light on young designers and engineers. The nationwide competition for schools aims to encourage teenagers to recognise the opportunities of a career in engineering and further develop their practical knowledge of modern manufacturing. 

MACH wins Exhibition of the Year at Trade Association Forum Best Practice Awards 2015

The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) is pleased to announce that the MACH 2014 Exhibition is now a double award winning show. Following on from the success of winning Best Exhibition at The Association Excellence Awards back in February, MACH once again picked up the top prize, this time at the Trade Association Forum Best Practice Awards 2015.   

Speaking after the Budget, Manufacturing Technologies Association CEO James Selka, said: “We welcome the fact that the Chancellor has recognised that the Annual Investment Allowance could not fall back to £25,000 - £200,000 represents a decent, if not game changing, level. But it has to sit within a wider revision of the tax treatment of capital expenditure. We need to look at the writing down rate, exceptions for the most rapidly depreciating hard and software and the treatment of industrial buildings. Only then can we unlock the investment potential that exists and grow productivity.”

Speaking following the appointment of Sajid Javid as Business Secretary MTA Chief Executive James Selka said: “We would like to welcome Mr Javid to his pivotal role. Business needs to be at the heart of our national life and we are sure that he will be a strong voice for business in Government and beyond.

Three MTA members have this week received the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise. Holroyd Precision, Renishaw PLC and Unison were amongst more than 100 British businesses to have received a Queen’s Award to recognise their contribution to enterprise.

All of this year’s winners are UK businesses leading the way in international trade, innovation and sustainable development. The Queen’s Awards scheme is regarded as the most prestigious business awards in the country and 2015 marks its 50th anniversary.

Close Brothers Group plc, the leading merchant banking group, today announces the launch of a pioneering programme to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) secure the skills they need for future growth. 

Through the “Close Brothers SME Apprentice Programme”, Close Brothers will contribute to the cost of apprentices for 20 SMEs who might otherwise be unable to afford to take on a new apprentice.

Outgoing MTA President C. Mark Ridgway OBE, DL address the annual dinner and awards at the Birmingham ICC on 12th March 2015.

Honoured Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Thank you for that welcome

Some of you, particularly those that enjoy their food, may be pleased to hear that this is my last President’s speech…

For me I am honoured that it has been an extended three strikes and you’re out, rather than the normal two.

Later this evening I will be ‘pitching’ the Presidency over to Guy Mollart and taking my place in the proverbial MTA dug-out….