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A 3D colour printed structure using Additive Manufacture, one of the increasingly important disciplines at the heart of GTMA's Technology Focus launched for 2020. The AM market is fore- cast to grow at around 35% a year and the UK has the potential to be one of the world leaders.
Strategies for success in manufacturing supply chains
GTMA has launched 2020 with two key strategies for success for its supply chain companies.
The initiatives are already under way and will be on-going. They concentrate efforts on a new Technology Focus and on a Digital Marketing Programme.
GTMA CEO Julia Moore said: “I see these as our USPs and on a regular basis we will be updating our members on what's new in technology and at the same time make them aware of what we are providing in social media – all to support the supply chain.”
She said that the coronavirus impact on supply chains, cancelled events and on the manufacturing landscape add to the impor- tance of a strong 2020 digital marketing pol- icy (also see page 9).
On Technology, she said that over the last few years GTMA has been involved in pro- viding a route for sourcing engineering com- panies for manufacturing supply chains.
"Building on this ground work achieved through our website we can now reach over 17,000 identified manufacturing companies who have visited our website. This number will grow substantially as we move forward."
The 17,000 are only about 15% of total visi- tors but it provides "an ongoing connection" with manufacturers and sectors GTMA sup- pliers are involved in.
“it is a very powerful tool and puts us in the driving seat to set up Cluster Groups to strengthen the Supply Chain and identify the 'lost engineering skills' not visible to SMEs.”
The year began with the appointment of Alan Arthur as Chief Technical Officer of the GTMA.
Alan is a highly qualified and experienced Engineering Manager with over 35 years experience in supply chain management and project planning. His commercial and inter- national experience embraces a large range
of technical disciplines and best practice in manufacturing.
Innovation is a key focus for GTMA and its technology strategy is to focus on the devel- opment of:
• Micro Manufacturing
• Coatings and Surface Technologies
• Production of Structural Composite Parts • Additive Manufacturing
• Advanced Automation.
Alan completed his post graduate degree in the study of Additive Manufacturing and his previous experience also covered eight years in trade association work at a senior level, including representation at government level and technical member engagement.
Julia Moore said: “Alan will be a considerable asset for us as we move forward to provide technical strength to support the engineering sector.
“It highlights the importance the association

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