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    'Gaining a competitive advantage'
Photos from GTMA suppliers (l to r): Mahr UK, Kemet International and Quickgrind.
New for this year is a 'Meet the Manufacturer' element, put together to enable manufacturers to meet with potential suppliers and explore
opportunities together.
As Brexit continues to throw doubt on future stability it is initiatives like this which raise fresh possibilities for manufacturers to help overcome whatever comes along.
As such it dovetails with the objectives of Manufacturing Solutions itself – to be a shop window for excellence and a method of help- ing suppliers win new business and buyers to add extra strength to their supply chains.
I welcome you all to the event and wish you a prosperous year ahead.
Julia Moore CEO, GTMA
                                 For the third successive year Manufacturing Solutions Ireland is being held at the Limerick Institute of Technology, Moylish Camps and it promises to sur- pass the huge success of previ- ous years.
With extra exhibition spaces sold out to companies from all over the UK and Ireland the event has grown to become one of the most significant dates in the calendar for the most advanced providers of metrology, inspection, machine tools, work holding, cut- ting tools, and Cad/Cam/PLM manufacturing software and ancillary products and services providers on both sides of the Irish Sea.
The importance of this year’s event to both Ireland and the UK is further highlighted by the attendance of the UK Ambassador to Ireland, His Excellency Robin Barnett.
The enthusiastic response we have received from the engineering and technology busi-
nesses based in the UK and Ireland, that constitute the exhibitors and visitors alike, highlights the value of this quickly estab- lished key event in the industrial calendar.
Manufacturing Solutions Ireland has earned a strong reputation for bringing together all the leading technology suppliers from Ireland, the UK and indeed Europe.
Through this event the GTMA and LIT are pro- viding an ideal conduit for the transfer of tech- nology from the specialist suppliers to the practical industrial landscape, where its take- up and practical application can be used to gain a competitive business advantage.
The PTMA (Precision Turned Parts Manufacturers Association), Ireland is a trade organisation established over 25 years ago to represent the precision man- ufacturing industry on a national and international level.
PTMA’s mission is to further the growth and development of the Precision Turned & Machined Parts industry in Ireland.
It is an active association which runs quar- terly meetings addressing various aspects of the members business such as Quality Standards, Safety, Marketing, Technical R & D and Training & Development of staff and it provides a vital networking opportunity for its membership.
PTMA is affiliated to the International organi- sation called S.I.D Syndicat International du Decolletage ( In 2018, PTMA hosted the bi-yearly SID Congress in Ireland in the Limerick region and over 100 international delegates attended from the UK, USA, China, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, USA and Canada,
The PTMA works in close liaison with Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) which supports the growth of the industry by running Level 6, 7 and 8 Precision Engineering courses and other training courses to meet the needs of the industry.
A Level 8 Bachelor of Engineering in Precision Engineering degree will be
offered to first year college students in September 2019.
PTMA is delighted to be associated with the Manufacturing Solutions 2019 exhibition organ- ised by LIT and GTMA and the collaboration with UK and Irish suppliers is greatly welcomed.
We are delighted to have a PTMA zone where our members have a chance to dis- play their capabilities, products and services as a collective body. Manufacturing Solutions offers a chance for networking, collaboration and opportunities to evaluate the latest technology and solutions. We look forward to meeting you all on June 12th.
Charles T. Coughlan Chairman PTMA Ireland
'A chance for networking...'

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