A springboard to global growth
Andrew Cahn, UK Trade & Investment

Innovation: the business of shaping our world
David Golding, Technology Strategy Board

Going global
Jonathan Kestenbaum, NESTA

Diversity is good for innovation
Annette Williams, UKRC for Women in SET

Promoting physics supporting physicists
Institute of Physics

The cost-saving CEO
Taylor Wessing

The BIC network
UK Trade & Investment

Innovation inspires R&D tax relief



Addressing cross sectoral issues
Integrated Products Manufacturing KTN

Research Councils

Meeting the global challenge
Research Councils

The UK?s National Science and Innovation Campuses
Science & Technology Facilities Council

Aerospace & Defence

Enabling technology through innovative approaches
Aerospace & Defence KTN

Defence technologies for civilian applications
Ploughshare Innovations


Securing the future
Intellect Association for Biometrics


Supporting life sciences in the capital
London First

Tackling the threat of electronic crime
Cyber Security KTN


From invention to innovation
Electronics KTN

Grid Computing Now! KTN


A global fusion
UK Atomic Energy Authority

Design for a one planet economy
Giraffe Innovation

Managing carbon in the corporate and public sectors
Greenstone Carbon Management

Towards an energy efficient future
British Electrotechnical and Allied

Manufacturers Association (BEAMA) Home help
Energy Institute


Connecting people and technology
Health Technologies KTN

A centre of excellence for innovative translational research
University of Birmingham

Feeling your way to design success
NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement

University-industry collaborations
Imperial College London

Lost in translation
Pearson Matthews Innovation Consultants

Location and Timing

Location and Timing KTN
Intelligent Transport Systems

Mapping the route to intelligent transport systems deployment
Innovits KTN

Drive down fleet costs and reduce carbon emissions?
Energy Saving Trust

DRIVENet and sustainable vehicle engineering
Oxford Brookes University


Breaking the mould
Manufacturing Technologies Association

University of Nottingham

An innovative history
Scott Bader

Innovation for tomorrow?s built environment
Modern Built Environment KTN


Innovations in materials deliver value for money
Materials KTN


Nanotechnology in the UK
Nano KTN

Linking technology push with market pull

Running the risks
European Nanotechnology Trade Alliance

Nanofabrication solutions
Kelvin Nanotechnology

Innovative science for global applications
Oxford Instruments

Leading positive change for global industry
The Centre for Process Innovation


Making light work for industry
Photonics KTN


Unlocking the potential of the UK?s sensing community
Sensors & Instruments KTN


Investing in the future
Invest Northern Ireland

Ulster innovation delivering business success
University of Ulster

Focus: Northern Ireland

Belfast ? a city of creativity and innovation
Belfast City Council

A natural centre for innovation
London Development Agency

England?s East Midlands ? an innovative region
East Midlands Development Agency

Making it in Leeds
The City of Leeds

Collaboration in wireless technologies
Wireless Centre of Industrial Collaboration

Industrial Collaboration at the University of Leeds
Engineering Design CIC

One North East

Focus: North West of England

Connectivity, Catchment, Cost
St. Helens

Focus: South West of England

Be part of the equation
West of England Partnership

All change for Hastings
Innovation Centre Hastings

ITI Scotland


Raising the standards
UK Science Park Association

Special focus: collaboration
Edinburgh Science Triangle

Innovation: the key to economic growth
County Durham Development Company

Solutions across boundaries
Norwich Research Park

Partnership provides innovation success
Wolverhampton Science Park


The outsourcing advantage
Business Services Association

Fast start UK
Tenon Outsourcing

Inward investment trends

Divine intervention
British Business Angels Association

Know your rights
Intellectual Property Office

A perfect patent
Beresford & Co

Putting IP at the centre of business strategy
Cambridge Intellectual Property


Science lessons
GovNet Communications

Useful addresses



Breaking the mould

The Manufacturing Technologies Association is at the core of engineering-based manufacturing, with its activities supporting and nurturing innovation in the UK

Manufacturing technologies breed innovation, and such technology is the core of engineeringbased manufacturing. In short, manufacturing technologies are the means to manufacture ? they are the machines necessary to form and cut metal and they produce everything from metal moulds for plastic products through to components for Formula One cars.

MACH is a showcase of innovation

The UK manufacturing technologies sector employs almost 8,000 people and contributes several hundred million to the UK economy every year. It?s a global industry and there is strong competition from all corners of the world ? the UK competes incredibly well in the most part due to its reputation as a creator of high-precision innovative technology. The UK machine tool market reported stronger-than-expected growth of 7.2% during 2007 and currently sits in 13th place in the world league table for production of machine tools and is the ninth biggest exporter.

The UK industry is supported by the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA). The trade association uniquely represents engineering-based manufacturing and is focused on supporting the advanced engineering sector. Our 250 members receive assistance through a number of channels to support their innovation.

Starting at grassroots level, the key to innovation in the UK sits in our education system, the next generation of talented young engineers will come through our schools, colleges and universities. The MTA welcomes government plans to raise the bar for education in the workplace via the skills pledge and we also applaud the new commitment to apprenticeships and the introduction of engineering diplomas. While the government has also announced its ambition to achieve Level 2 NVQ for about five million people, we would like to see a bit more; in engineering what we need is a minimum of Level 3 NVQ before entering the industry. We need improved skills at the top end.

The MTA has launched its own initiatives to assist the education of our future engineers and to foster innovation early on. Our longest-running project is the TDi Challenge, run in partnership with the Technology Enhancement Programme (TEP). The TDi Challenge rewards the design innovation of Britain?s secondary school students, who submit their coursework into the competition to find the most innovative projects. The Challenge not only rewards innovation, it can also help promote our industry as an attractive career prospect ? which in the long run will benefit our members.

The MTA?s educational work also supports apprenticeships. Our recently set up Growing Talent Scheme provides funding for member companies with an annual turnover of less than £5m to take on new apprentices. The scheme provides funding in the form of grants and loans and this year the Association expects to release £100,000 in funds to support apprenticeships at member companies. We?re also looking at projects targeting universities and colleges, and our members currently benefit from funding towards industry-related courses. All our educational efforts will hopefully nurture a steady stream of talent into the industry.

Aside from the educational work of the MTA, our other major contribution to assisting innovation is through trade activities. Our most obvious contribution is the MACH exhibition. MACH is the UK?s premier manufacturing technologies event. Held every two years at the NEC in Birmingham, the event attracts in excess of 500 exhibitors and at the last exhibition earlier this year, over 27,000 visitors.

MACH is the place to see what?s new in manufacturing technologies

MACH is a showcase of innovation and prides itself as being the place to see what?s new in manufacturing technologies. The show generates millions of pounds of sales for exhibiting companies ? well over £100m at the 2008 show. Alongside a UK audience, the show attracts overseas buyers keen to acquire the high-precision products that UK and European companies are becoming renowned for. To attract overseas visits, the MTA works with UKTI, which has proved a great help assisting with inward missions of international delegates who can sometimes as a whole spend in excess of £100m in new technologies at the show.

The international spend at MACH is an indicator of the importance of exports to many member companies. In machine tools alone, the UK exported over £470m worth of technology in 2007. The MTA has recognised the importance of exports and provides assistance to members looking to enter new markets.

Again working closely with UKTI, the MTA runs a series of inward and outward missions with the sole intention of increasing the international trade prospects for our members. The missions provide a valuable opportunity for members to network with potential buyers from global markets. The MTA is constantly working to ensure that our industry is properly represented and that our members are presented with opportunities to widen their trade activities and the skills of their employees.

As a whole, these all contribute to innovation, providing support for the generation of new cuttingedge ideas that the UK is renowned for.

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