Industry comes out in force for MTA Annual Dinner and Awards

Posted on 13 Mar 2015 by Jonny Williamson

The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) Annual Dinner and Awards took place last night at the ICC in Birmingham, an event which also saw the inauguration of a new MTA President.

Incoming President Guy Mollart and outgoing President Mark Ridgway.
Incoming President Guy Mollart and outgoing President Mark Ridgway.

The dinner was attended in force by MTA member companies, who were welcomed to the evening by outgoing MTA President Mark Ridgway OBE DL.

Ridgway used his address to highlight the momentum that UK manufacturing has gained since the recession and called for more sustained support from Government.

Overseen by BBC 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.”

Following a varied line up of entertainment, attention then turned to the prestigious and hotly contested 2015 Manufacturing Industry Awards.

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 its offer and entry.

Best Training Scheme was won by Yamazaki Mazak UK, who the judges felt were an exemplar within the industry, due to its commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) work and high level of engagement with schools.

Scott Gullick of PP Electrical Systems scooped the Young Engineer of the Year Award, who impressed the judges with his aptitude, self-starting attitude and ability to show initiative.

MTA CEO, James Selka said of the evening “The MTA is all about its members and it’s 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.”