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Technology Promotion

The MTA look to promote and support the adoption of our members technology within the UK and internationally. We also aim to understand the current market requirements and future technology demands so that our members are developing the required next generation of technology, which will enable them to do more business. For further information on the MTA's Technology Promotion work please contact the MTA's Technology Manager, Joshua Dugdale on

Industry and Academia Engagement

The MTA look to engage with both Industry and Academia and looks to help foster networking opportunities with our members. This is to aid our members in ascertaining the technology requirements being fed down by industry on to the manufacturing equipment they sell, and to inform our members of the latest manufacturing technology research being undertaken around the UK which they can look to exploit and commercialise.

Technology Events

To promote our members technology, we run a few small events around the UK providing opportunity for the UK manufacturing community to engage with our members and to learn about how to adopt the latest in manufacturing technology. The topics for these events are member lead, and are defined as requested by our Technical Committee and our Additive and Digital Committee.

To see our list of current events please do to the MTA's Events page:

Industry Initiatives and Support

To help industry engage with our members we participate in several industry initiatives as well as supporting a few key technology events. These are listed below, along with a short explanation. If you wish to find out any further information on any of these initiatives please contact either the MTA’s Technology Manager, Joshua Dugdale or the MTA’s Technology Executive, Sandra Ortiz

  • Additive International

Additive International is the premier summit for academic and industrial leaders in Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing. Since 2006, it has showcased next-generation technology and the latest thinking, providing a forum for practitioners to build their networks and drive innovation. The MTA is the conference dinner sponsor for this event. To find out more please visit the event website:

  • UMATI is no better connection than that of a common language – which is also true for machine tools. The easier they exchange and share information, the more efficient they are.

    In a joint effort, 17 partners and VDW have created umati (universal machine tool interface). It enables machine tools and peripherals to connect to customer-specific IT ecosystems – in an easy, secure, and seamless fashion. Umati is an open standard for machine tool users throughout the world and it serves to exploit new potentials for manufacturing of the future

    If you wish to find out more about umati and how you can get involved, please visit the following website:

  • Surface Engineering Leadership Forum (SELF)

    SELF has been set up to promote the surface engineering sector, and to ensure that it continues to grow and achieve a competitive advantage whilst improving profits. Its aim is to support the UK materials and manufacturing industries on their journey to become world beating in the application of Industry 4.0 principles and tools.

    SELF was founded following an in-depth report produced by a Special Interest Group (SIG) looking at the future needs of the SEAC (Surface Engineering and Advanced Coatings) community. SIG reported to government and industry bodies in 2014 and concluded that, if SEAC technology in the UK is to be viewed as a future high value manufacturing technology and thrive in increasingly competitive global markets, the sector must develop its capabilities to provide the service and confidence that customers are seeking.

    It wishes to encourage research and development, increased manufacturing capability levels and development of partnerships with the research base, supply chain and end users.

    If you wish to find out more about the SELF initiative then please contact the Surface Engineering Association (SEA) on

  • Safety and Health Engineering Partnership (SHEP)

    The SHEP initiative is a forum to allow the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) engage with industry and inform it of its current priorities and inspection campaigns and allow industry to obtain advice, guidance and support where necessary. It also allows for Trade associations and their member companies to exchange health and safety information, knowledge, experience and good practices.

    Further information on the SHEP initiative can be found on the SHEP website and the attached flyer below. If you require any other information and want to see how you can get involved then please get in contact with the MTA’s Technology Manager, Joshua Dugdale

  • Through-Life Engineering Services (TES)

    TES is a set of tools and techniques, business thinking and network behaviour that, enables reliable and predictable improvement of value and reduction of cost for in-use long-life engineering assets. The MTA sit on the TES council and aiding the promotion of the initiative to the wider engineering community.

    A Publicly Available Specification (PAS) has been put together by the TES community and is aviable for free download from the Brisitsh Standards Institute Website:

    For any further information on the TES initiative please contact the MTA’s Technology Manager, Joshua Dugdale

  • Digital Manufacturing Conference 2019

    Over the last four years the Digitalising Manufacturing Conference has grown to become one of the key dates in the manufacturing calendar, with the emphasis evolving from technology through collaboration to people and the concept that digitalisation is not an end goal but a journey.

    Join us on the 4th & 5th November 2019 for our fifth annual conference and gain the know-how you need from worldwide leading experts.

    This year we're making digital a reality. We're partnered with Made Smarter to bring you a two-day conference that will address international collaboration opportunities, national policy as well as practical knowledge to drive industrial digitalisation from within UK value chains. Day one will focus on policy, international, national and industry perspectives, while on day two we'll look at moving forwards and putting plans into action - addressing the 'why?', 'what?' and 'how?' questions surrounding digital manufacturing.

    The MTA is a sponsor for this event – this enables MTA members to get tickets at a reduced rate. To find out more please contact the MTA’s Technology Manager, Joshua Dugdale or visit the event website

  • Digital Manufacturing on a Shoestring

How can low-cost, off-the-shelf digital solutions be adapted to meet SME business needs? Digital Manufacturing on a Shoestring is a collaborative project across manufacturing SMEs and researchers, harnessing low-cost technology solutions to support growth and productivity.

The project is investigating how existing and readily available digital technologies can be implemented on a low-cost basis to support growth and productivity in SMEs, and how the unique business challenges of an individual company can be identified, and then appropriate digital solutions be implemented to deliver value.

If you wish to find out more about the Digital Manufacturing on a Shoestring project, please visit the following website: