At a roundtable luncheon discussion organised by the MTA (Manufacturing Teachnologies Association), exhibitors representing a cross section of the industry were able to present key industry concerns which they wished the new government to address. Issues included skills shortages, support for exporters, capital investment to drive competitiveness, and the streamlining of bureaucracy to make Government initiatives more accessible for small and medium sized businesses.
Renishaw's Chairman and Chief Executive, Sir David McMurtry spoke about the need to encourage UK companies to undertake the type of research and development activities that would generate high value products to compete on the world stage, and manufacturing processes that would enable the cost-effective manufacture of such products.
Bob Hunt, president of the MTA said, "Its unbelievable that we've got two senior ministers come up from London to listen to what we've got top say about the future of manufacturing. We've got so much knowledge, so much information - and they've listened. The encouragement is fantastic"
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