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MTA The MTA celebrates 100 years of representing UK manufacturing technology suppliers

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The MTA is looking back on 100 years of its associations with a celebration and the publication of a special book.

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The book is also a great record of how much technology has changed over the past 100 years; some of the manufacturing techniques of then would be unrecognisable today.
The book is also a great record of how much technology has changed over the past 100 years; some of the manufacturing techniques of then would be unrecognisable today.
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15 April holds a special place in the history of the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA), as it was on this date in 1919 that the Association was founded and the first meeting of its members held.

To mark the centenary, members past and present have been contributing to a book ‘At the Heart of Manufacturing’, which charts the history of the Association from inception to the present day. Originally the Machine Tool Trade Association (MTTA), machine tool manufacturers from across the UK had come together to respond to the proliferation of trade shows featuring machine tools that were making demands on their time and resources.

A lot has changed in those 100 years, notably the name, the Machine Tools Trade Association would later become the Manufacturing Technologies Association. The change of the name is a vital part of the association’s history and speaks as to why so many companies from the manufacturing technology sector feel at home with the MTA.

James Selka DL, MTA CEO, said “Throughout its history, technologies have changed, the companies have changed, the nature of the UK machine tool sector has changed and even the name of the Association has changed, but one thing has remained constant. The Association’s determination to represent its members best interests and help them do more business.”

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