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MEET THE TOOLMAKERS
MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY CENTRE BRIDGES THE GAP
 For the second time, the Meet the Toolmakers event is being held at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) at Ansty Park, Coventry.
The MTC was established in 2010 as an inde- pendent Research & Technology Organisation (RTO) with the objective of bridging the gap between academia and industry – often referred to as ‘the valley of death.'
It was one of the largest public sector investments in UK manufacturing and, after four years of planning and a 16 month build, the facility opened at the end of 2011.
Since then, the MTC’s rapid growth has seen the expansion of its campus with the construction of three more facilities, includ- ing the opening of the Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre and the National Centre for Additive Manufacturing.
Its role has also increased to cover not only
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optimisation of the whole manufacturing system.
“What matters most,” she said, “is how we react to these new challenges in a UK, European and global context. GTMA suppli- ers have constantly shown they have the appetite to respond to challenge.”
The Meet the Toolmaker event at the MTC in Coventry is an exclusive event bringing together UK moulders and tool making spe- cialists searching for tooling solutions and moulded component suppliers.
It brings UK plastics moulders face-to-face with tool making specialists in a day designed to help these co-dependent busi- nesses connect.
The last event attracted over 250 attendees from Aerospace, Automotive, Medical, and Rail, far exceeding numbers from previous years and the number of toolmakers exhibit- ing has also increased.
The quality of visitors attending Meet The Toolmaker shows that the OEM and Tier 1s and 2s see the event as a focal point for tool- making technologies and engineering solutions.
R&D but also Training, Advanced Manufacturing Management and Factory Design. It now has over 700 employees.
It has helped hundreds of companies across a range of industries and over 100 of them have become members of the MTC.
The MTC is part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult (HVMC), which is supported by Innovate UK.
The HVMC is the catalyst for the future
Meanwhile, GTMA continues its membership of ISTMA (the International Special Tooling and Machining Association). Its membership puts GTMA, and its suppliers, at the centre of the European Tooling Forum, which has developed a Tooling Technology Roadmap 2020-2030.
The tooling industry supply chain, academic and research bodies and governments were involved. They identified and prioritised the technologies needed to support strategic R&D, marketing and investment decisions.
The Roadmap foresees the major challenge areas for the tooling industry, in the short, medium and long term. Among areas identi- fied are: Micro moulding, forming, assembly and manufacture, in-mould technology, coatings and surface technologies, additive
growth and success of advanced manufac- turing in the UK. It consists of seven tech- nology and innovation centres across the UK and its vision is to work with companies of all sizes to bridge the gap from concept to commercialisation.
All the centres offer access to leading edge equipment, expertise and an environment for industry collaboration. Click on the website below to find out more information..
www.the-mtc.org
Networking and information at the last show.
manufacturing, small batch production, advanced automation, remote control and production cells.
Advanced technologies for micro tools, new functional materials, innovative materials (bio-materials, eco-materials), nano tech- nologies, production of structural composite parts, environmentally friendly fabrication processes, simulation methods and tools for knowledge services.
www.meetthetoolmaker.com http://toolingplatform.manufuturenet.eu/ index.php/tooling-
technology-roadmap
To book a stand contact: david@gtma.co.uk Register for VIP ticket at: www.meetthetoolmaker.com
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