The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) Annual Dinner and Awards took place last night at the ICC in Birmingham.
The dinner was attended in force by MTA member companies, who were welcomed to the evening by outgoing MTA President C. Mark Ridgway OBE DL. Mr Ridgway used his address to highlight the momentum that UK manufacturing has gained since the recession and called for more sustained support from Government.
Proceedings were overseen by award winning business broadcaster, Steph McGovern. The evening saw the MTA Presidency handed over to Guy Mollart who said “I am honoured to serve as MTA President and return something to the industry that my company, Mollart Engineering has so much been a part of over the past 80 years.”
After dinner guests were entertained by comedian Mark Watson and Royal Regiment of Fusiliers who performed by kind permission of Lieutenant Colonel J Butterfill MC Commanding officer. The Fusilier Aid Society was the MTA President’s chosen charity for the awards and money was raised from the evening’s raffle will be donated to support the excellent work they do with bereaved families and wounded servicemen from past and current conflicts.
Further musical entertainment was provided by soprano Lauren Joyanne Morris. Highlights from her set included a moving rendition of Habanera, which delighted the attendees.
Attention then turned to the 2015 Manufacturing Industry Awards. These prestigious and hotly contested awards saw companies and individuals recognised for their outstanding achievements.
The Best Supplier Partnership category was awarded to metrology software products Ltd and Renishaw Plc. The expert panel of judges felt that a large innovative company choosing a small partner gave huge credibility to their offer and entry.
Best Training Scheme was won by Yamazaki Mazak UK the judges felt they were an exemplar within the industry, due to their commitment to of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) work they carry out and their high level of engagement with schools.
Scott Gullick, PP Electrical Systems scooped the Young Engineer of the Year Award. Scott impressed the judges with his aptitude, self-starting attitude and his ability to show initiative.
MTA CEO James Selka said of the evening “The MTA is all about its members and it is a real privilege to have so many of them with us to share this evening. I would like to take this opportunity to thank outgoing President Mark Ridgway for his continued dedication to the MTA and I’d also like to welcome incoming President Guy Mollart, who I look forward to working closely with in the coming years.”