Tuesday, February 4, 2014

News: Nikken MD nominated as next president of The MTA

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Tony Bowkett, group managing director of Nikken Kosakusho Europe Ltd in Rotherham, has been nominated to take up the Presidency of the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) in 2015.

The MTA is a trade association for companies working in the engineering-based manufacturing sector. Many of its members are involved in the construction and supply of manufacturing technology; items such as machine tools, cutting tools, metrology (measuring) equipment and CAD/CAM software. Other members deploy these technologies, and some are involved in providing services to the industry.

With headquarters on the Barbot Hall Industrial Estate and a technical office and demonstration / testing facility at The Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Rotherham, Nikken enjoys a global dominance of the rotary table technology market and supply manufacturers operating in the aerospace, defence, motorsport, automotive and medical sectors.

Speaking about his nomination as the next President of the MTA Tony said: "I am very grateful to be nominated to this role for such a prestigious organisation. New processes and techniques developed by MTA member companies are providing continuous improvements in productivity, flexibility and quality. This is allowing UK manufacturers to maintain and improve their competitiveness in ever more complex and challenging international markets.

"Manufacturing technology is more than just machine tools; it delivers innovative leading edge customised solutions, often turnkey, incorporating the pinnacle of UK engineering knowledge and expertise that is implemented by UK engineers.

"As the incumbent President for 2015 / 2016, I believe that in the near future the MTA's membership ranks should include iconic British and International Manufacturing Engineering Technology Companies who are headquartered here or who have a major manufacturing presence in the United Kingdom. These organisations should play an integral part in the activities of the MTA allowing our existing members to further develop the necessary skills required to compete and win in the global field in which they operate."

Nikken will be represented at the MTA's MACH exhibition in Birmingham later this year. Taking place on April 7-11 2014, MACH is the outstanding showcase for advances in the manufacturing industry. It is a biannual exhibition which brings together all the best innovations and latest developments to come from the manufacturing technologies sectors.

Bowkett will replace Mark Ridgway OBE, the current MTA President, who recently paid tribute to the strong sales performance to date for MACH 2014 at the recent MTA AGM. He said:: "The delivery of a great MACH in April will be a cornerstone of the Association's year."

The President reminded members of the MTA's co-operation with the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) in Rotherham, now part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, over the introduction of a commercial engineering apprenticeship pathway.

Nikken Kosakusho Europe website

Images: The MTA

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