INDUSTRY NEWS Amada Miyachi Europe on the move Amada Miyachi Europe announces UK operations to to larger offices in Mildenhall, Suffolk A

mada Miyachi Europe announces it will be centralising its United Kingdom offices,

moving from its current Derby location to Mildenhall, in Suffolk, England, effective 31 March 2017. The new and larger facility is located at the existing home of Macgregor Welding Systems, which Amada Miyachi Europe acquired in 2016. The consolidated facility

includes sales, engineering, development, application support services, production, and shipping. UK operations will continue to provide design, development and sales of resistance welding and micro arc welding products, as well as custom manufacturing systems incorporating welding products. Consolidating UK operations

in a larger facility will increase efficiency and improve customer support through the integration

of MacGregor and Amada Miyachi Europe sales channels. Customers in the Northern Europe region will benefit from a larger sales team, as well as increased engineering and application support resources, including a larger application laboratory. In addition to strengthening UK operations, bringing the teams together will promote cross selling of the MacGregor brand with the four strong existing Amada Miyachi Europe brands – Miyachi, Miyachi UNITEK, Miyachi PECO and Miyachi EAPRO. “Combining the professional Amada Miyachi Europe sales team with the international scope and superior engineering capabilities of MacGregor results in synergies that will increase efficiency and enable us to provide even better customer service,” said Jörg Kundrat, Chief Operations Officer for Amada Miyachi Europe.

About Amada Miyachi Europe

Amada Miyachi Europe is a leading manufacturer of equipment and systems for Laser Welding, Laser Marking, Laser Cutting, Resistance Welding, Micro Arc Welding, Hermetic Sealing and Hot Bar Reflow Soldering & Bonding. We customize our products around specific micro-joining applications for all our customers around the globe. Amada Miyachi Europe product markets include medical devices, battery, automotive, solar industry, electronic components and aerospace. We are an ISO9001 certified company. Contact Amada Miyachi Europe at Find out more about the company’s products and services at

2017 UK budget reaction from MTA

Reacting to today’s budget MTA CEO James Selka commented “We are pleased to see some of the announcements in today’s Budget reflecting some of the positive measures outlined in the Industrial Strategy Green Paper. Manufacturers will welcome the commitment of £740m to fund digital infrastructure. This investment will play an integral part in switching them on to Industry 4.0 based technologies and further automating their businesses. We need fast reliable connectivity throughout the UK

to power this revolution and to encourage investment in new technologies.

It is encouraging to see the Government thinking about the skills gap in technology led sectors, with funding being made available for mid-career upskilling but more

needs to be done to address the massive challenges that companies face in helping their workforces to master technological change. The £40m announced for Lifelong learning pilots to look at how to do that is therefore welcome. We welcome the recognition in

the Chancellor’s speech that the R&D Tax Credit system could be an even more important driver for companies, particularly SMEs, to invest. We will continue to press Government to make the scheme as easy as possible for SMEs to access.”

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