Leading manufacturers ensure successful MACH 2022 preview

James Selka
James Selka

The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA), which owns and organises the MACH exhibition, has continued its hard work to ensure that even in these unprecedented times, the needs of the advanced manufacturing and engineering community continue to be promoted and discussions on the important issues facing the industry can still take place, albeit virtually.

In this vein, to kick off preparations for MACH 2022, the MTA organised a series of online seminars featuring top speakers from some of the manufacturing sector’s leading companies and organisations. Drawn from across the industry, the speakers provided high-level, exclusive content solely for MACH 2022 preview week.

James Selka DL, CEO, MTA said: “Having a strong digital platform in support of MACH, it made sense to utilise this to best effect. The virtual MACH 2022 preview was organised to offer valuable insight into some of the important work being carried out by manufacturers, many of which have been the unsung heroes of this pandemic, helping carry out invaluable work through initiatives like the Ventilator Challenge.”

The virtual MACH event was organised to offer visitors and exhibitors the opportunity to watch and interact with some of the manufacturing technology industry’s best speakers, and to ensure that despite lockdown, companies can continue doing business, continue being inspired and driven to develop innovative solutions to some of the biggest challenges we now face.

“One of the MTA’s aim was to provide the UK’s manufacturing community with the latest insight into productivity improvements. The MTA is constantly communicating with the top tiers of the UK manufacturing community and this will prove beneficial as we continue to build towards MACH 2022,” said Mr Selka.

“The great content we were able to secure was testament to the ability of the speakers to engage and inspire their audience, albeit remotely. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who spoke at the event, as well as all those who registered to take part in the preview week. Their our support was greatly appreciated.”

Watch the seminar programme here

Kicking off the seminar series was David Holmes OBE, director of operations and technology for air at BAE Systems. He offered valuable insight into the manufacturing technology his company is using in the development of its Tempest UAV programme.

The guidance offered by Rhys Herbert, a senior economist in the Research Department of Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking proved invaluable for firms looking to plan ahead. He was able to provide some important context for manufacturers into the current state of the economy, derived from his role analysing and forecasting trends in the UK and other major economies.

Made Smarter is undoubtedly one of the most influential reports for the manufacturing industry in recent years. The MTA was therefore delighted to welcome its architect, Professor Juergen Maier, former chief executive of Siemens UK, to speak about developments since the report’s publication.

Elsewhere, Rab Scott and James Lindsay, both of the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), provided an important update on Project ELLI (Electrification and Lightweighting in Industry 4.0). They explained how the centre is leading mid-TRL research across multiple sectors and capabilities, with the aim of increasing productivity for the project’s partners and UK manufacturing in general.

Another key aspect of Industry 4.0 is automation, but many firms are unsure if the process is for them. Mike Wilson, who leads the Manufacturing Technology Centre’s drive to increase the adoption of automation throughout UK manufacturing, was able to offer advice on some of the simple steps SMEs can take to successful automation.

The massive potential offered to UK manufacturing by the HS2 high speed rail project was outlined by Howard Mitchell, head of innovation for HS2. Already, more than £20 billion has been contracted into the supply chain and each contract awarded results in jobs and investment for the UK.

Helping to shed light on the massive potential offered by decarbonisation was Steven Jeffers, head of EPS projects at Siemens UK. Having spent close to 20 years helping businesses and organisations reduce their energy costs and carbon emissions, he was the ideal person to offer insight. His broad range of expertise in low carbon solutions, ranging from project development, financing, project execution and more latterly net zero pathways was invaluable.

MTA www.mta.org.uk MACH-2022




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