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Celebration and challenge at MTA Annual Dinner and Awards 2014
Celebration and challenge at MTA Annual Dinner and Awards 2014

Celebration and challenge at MTA Annual Dinner and Awards 2014

Added to MTDCNC by MTDCNC on 08 February 2014

Celebration and challenge were themes very much to the fore at the Manufacturing Technologies Association's (MTA's) 2014 Annual Dinner & Awards held on 6th February at the ICC in Birmingham.

The Keynote of the evening was the speech given by MTA President Mark Ridgway OBE. Mr Ridgway set out the new horizons that are emerging in engineering based manufacturing and challenged his audience to explore them. He said:

'If we can anticipate changes in customer needs, and in the shape of our industry, and if we can learn to manage the new complexities that these changes will present, then UK engineering really will be evolving. I believe that the future for British manufacturing is really exciting.'

After dinner guests were entertained by comedian Alistair McGowan and participated in a raffle for the services charity the Fusilier Aid Society.

Attention then turned to the 2014 Manufacturing Industry Awards. These prestigious and hotly contested awards saw companies and individuals rewarded for their outstanding achievement.

The Best Training Scheme award was won by Craftsman Tools of Otley West Yorkshire and Best Supplier Partnership was swept up by Bowers and Sylvac.

The future of the industry was recognised with the award of best young engineer to Phil Baker of CT Machine Tools and the coveted AMTRI Scholarship, which helps fund the professional development of a young design engineer, went to Adam Hazeldine of Holroyd Precision.

Also, MTA Director General, Graham Dewhurst, received a special award for his long service to the Association, both as Honorary Treasurer and later in his current position.
 


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