MTA Press Releases
· Nearly three fifths of manufacturers are worried about a lack of productivity in the UK economy, but only around a quarter believe it is an issue for their own business
· Two thirds of manufacturers already have a plan in place to boost their productivity
· But six in ten say a skills shortage is the main barrier to faster productivity growth
· And half say they need to do more to innovate
The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) is delighted to launch the 2017 edition their flagship schools competition for young engineers, the Technology Design and Innovation (TDI) Challenge.
For over a decade the TDI Challenge has been shining a light on Design and Technology students aged 14-19. The national competition encourages students to submit their existing coursework projects, which would go towards either their GCSE, A-Level or BTEC qualifications.
With the dust settled on a successful MACH 2016, we are pleased to announce that the new machexhibition.com website has launched and the ballot process for MACH 2018 is now open.
The new MACH website now has responsive design to make it even easier to navigate, update and enjoy on mobile devices. The site contains all the latest MACH 2018 news and provides full details on the exhibition moving home for the first time in over 40 years.
Speaking after the publication of today’s manufacturing PMI figures, which showed a sharp rebound in activity, MTA CEO James Selka said: “The August rebound is really welcome news. Clearly the current exchange rate is having a positive effect on exports, MTA members have told us that it has made their products more competitive in global markets. That is good news in the short term, but in order to build on it the industry has to invest in new technology to be more productive and stay ahead of the competition. We’re confident that they will do that.
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.
Speaking on Friday morning after the Referendum result came through, Manufacturing Technologies Association CEO James Selka said:
“Like the rest of country MTA members will have been engrossed in the referendum over the last few weeks. The MTA took a position, based on the views of our members, of supporting the UK’s remaining within the EU. But now that the decision has been reached, we have to work hard to protect the future of the UK’s manufacturing technologies sector.
Dr Tony Bannan, Chief Executive Officer of Precision Technologies Group (PTG), has been appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2016.
The OBE has been given in recognition of Dr Bannan’s services to the UK economy, international trade and inward investment.
A car consists of elements and components that have been sourced from right across the globe. The metal that forms the panels will have been quarried as an ore in one place, been through a foundry in another before being pressed into shape somewhere else. It will then be fitted with an engine that has been through a similar process, glass which has been formed, electronics that have been sourced the world over and a software package with hundreds of authors.
James Selka CEO Manufacturing Technologies Association comments on the release of the latest GDP figures.
"Today's Manufacturing GDP figures shouldn't be taken as a sign that the whole of the sector is languishing in the doldrums. Much of the high value advanced manufacturing that is being driven by the latest technology - sectors like aerospace and automotive - continues to thrive and invest. We see a healthy demand for new technologies and an acceleration in manufacturing innovation."
The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) are pleased to announce that visitor numbers for MACH 2016 were well up on the previous edition of the show.