Originally named the Machine Tool Trade Association (MTTA), machine tool manufacturers from across the UK had come together to respond to the proliferation of trade shows featuring machine tools that were making demands on their time and resources.

A lot has changed in those 100 years, notably the name; the MTTA would later become the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA). James Selka DL, MTA CEO, says: “Throughout its history, technologies have changed, the companies have changed, the nature of the UK machine tool sector has changed and even the name of the association has changed. One thing, however, has remained constant: the association’s determination to represent its members’ best interests and help them do more business.”

As well as a fitting memento, the newly published book is also a record of how much technology has changed over the past 100 years; some of the manufacturing techniques of then would be unrecognisable today.

Every member of the MTA has received a copy of the publication, which was launched at the MTA’s centenary dinner in February.