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Support The Year of engineering

With MACH 2018 just around the corner and the fact that the government has declared next year as the ‘Year of Engineering’, we would like to gain the support of all our members and exhibitors by championing this project.

We would like to ask you to sign the below letter on behalf of your company to pledge your commitment to promoting engineering as a career.

MACH 2018 is the UK’s largest showcase of advanced engineering and manufacturing technologies, it is the perfect chance to champion our industry as a collective.

If you could read the below statement and email your company logo to add to the letter to say you are happy to sign and support this event.

We will be sending this letter to the UK Government in early January to coincide with launch of the ‘Year of the Engineering’ project.

We would need all submissions back to us by 19th December in preparation for January, so I hope we can count on you all for your support.


Dear Prime Minister,

Technological change is the moving spirit of our age. Whether it is the development of AI pusing our understanding of consciousness, 3D Printing altering how we can make things or digital technology transforming how businesses interact with consumers, we are seeing the future hurtle towards us.

In the United Kingdom over 2,600,000 people are directly employed in manufacturing with many more in other sectors indirectly reliant on it too. Manufacturing accounts for 70% of UK R&D and advanced engineering in particular is the sort of high value, high wage, highly exportable industry we increasingly need.

The MTA represents the companies who make and supply the technology that manufacturers deploy to create and deliver the world around us. We therefore welcome the decision to declare 2018 the Year of Engineering.

The UK has a world-wide reputation for engineering ingenuity and is at the forefront of technological break throughs that are shaping the world we live in. It is our responsibility to champion engineering’s present and future.

We’re looking forward to events up and down the country over the next twelve months not least the largest exhibition of manufacturing technology in the country this year, MACH 2018. MACH will see over 30,000 people from the world of engineering come together, at the NEC between the 9-13 April, to find out about the latest developments and best innovations. MACH caters for manufacturers of all sizes and sectors and is the place to showcase the industry, get business done and attract new talent.

As part of the Year of Engineering we are committed to using the event as an opportunity to promote the industry and the profession here in the UK.

Yours sincerely,

MTA and Members.