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The BGA and MTTA adopt new identities
Published:  01 November, 2002

The BGA and MTTA adopt new identities

Two of the engineering sector`s best-known trade bodies, the British Gear Association (BGA) and the Machine Tool Technologies Association (MTTA), have decided to change their names

From January 1, the BGA will be known as the British Mechanical Power Transmission Association (BMPTA), although the BGA will continue to be the registered company. The new name "better reflects the scope of our members," says chief executive Tom Lynch.

The new identity will also give the association an opportunity to increase its representation of sectors such as chains, belts, sprockets, bearings seals and clutches.

"This will allow an extended range of topics for seminars, training courses and research projects," says Lynch. "Where there are existing trade bodies covering aspects of these additional sectors, it is intended to collaborate closely with them to provide joint events."

Meanwhile, the members of the MTTA have voted "overwhelmingly" to change the name of their body to the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA). The association says that the new name reflects the diversity of its membership more accurately, and is part of a strategic move to bring it in line with current trends in the sector.

"We see the new identity as a positive development and the logo, along with the name, has been developed to reflect a more modern and dynamic — rather than a static — association," says director general Simon Brown.

"The Association has to evolve and change its name to reflect accurately the activities of its member companies," Brown adds. "At present, the name suggests that the membership only consists of machine tool companies and this is not the case." Current members include suppliers of CADCAM, tooling, metrology and other equipment.

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