The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) today announces that The Engineering Industries Association (EIA) has been brought on board as part of the MTA family and will now sit as an independent identity under the MTA umbrella brand.

Commenting on the developments, CEO of the MTA James Selka said; “This is an exciting opportunity for both associations and I am very pleased to be able to welcome the EIA into the MTA family. Now in its 80th year, the EIA has a proud history of working hard to represent and support its members. On-boarding into the MTA family will help ensure the EIA’s longer-term sustainability and by bringing key elements of the engineering and manufacturing community closer together, also ensure member businesses receive enhanced support and enjoy a stronger, more influential voice into Government.”

As part of the independent identity, Karen Finegold has been appointed as EIA’s Head of the Association and she said; “I’m delighted that we have been able to join with the MTA as part of their family and I believe EIA members will experience a huge benefit with this development. The services offered by the EIA will be enhanced by joining an allied association and the close links with the MTA have made this a natural progression.”

She continued; “As we announce this development today, I would like to pay tribute to the fine work of Sir Ronald Halstead in leading the EIA in supporting and representing its members for over 25 years and to wish him the very best in his well-deserved retirement.”

Summing up, James Selka said; “Now is the perfect time for us to make these changes. There are many new opportunities for both MTA and EIA members as technology develops and it makes sense that the two organisations work together to build a community of manufacturing and engineering excellence for our sector.”

About The Manufacturing Technologies Association
The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) is a not-for-profit organisation representing the UK’s engineering-based manufacturing technology suppliers (both manufacturers and importers).  These include machine tools, specialist software, metrology, additive manufacturing, surface engineering, and robotics to name but a few of the technologies. Our members are key to competitiveness and sustainability of UK manufacturing.

The Engineering Industries Association is an organisation with over 80 years’ experience in promoting trade and representing the interests and aspirations of the UK engineering manufacturing sector, particularly SME’s. Now sitting as part of the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) family, their offering to members has been strengthened and as technology develops, working together, we will build a community of manufacturing and engineering excellence for the sector.

The Associations plays a vital role in creating an environment in which its members can succeed. In addition to gathering and sharing focused market intelligence, which is shared with amongst others, the Bank of England, we provide financial assistance to help smaller members upskill their workforce and recruit apprentices.

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