Asia’s foremost precision engineering event, MTA, is gearing up to return with a loud bang. The 19thedition of MTA, to be held from 9 to 12 April next year, will see trade professionals hailing from all facets of Asia’s diverse manufacturing sectors converging on one platform. These professionals have a firm goal – to peruse an expansive range of high end manufacturing capabilities spread across the exhibition show floor at the Singapore Expo. Despite the economic uncertainties faced in 2012, Malaysia is on track towards its goal of being a developed nation with strong domestic economic activities boosted with high domestic income by 2020. This can be attributed to the growing Malaysian manufacturing industry. According to the Department of Statistics Malaysia, the manufacturing sector has seen a growth of 6.5% (RM 22.1 billion) from RM341 to RM363.1 billion in the first half of 2012. Productivity has also increased by 5.9%. The Malaysian economy is expected to strengthen further in 2013 with a projected growth of between 4.5% and 5.5% while the value-added manufacturing sector is expected to grow by 4.9%. Malaysian manufacturers are aiding the growth by investing in new technologies and concentrating on product development in the bid to move up the manufacturing value chain. Companies are also looking towards attending or participating in high-value precision engineering events to gain the latest updates on machine capabilities and technological know-hows. Hans Laser Sdn Bhd, NCT Technologies and Sirius Technology Sdn Bhd are among a growing list of Malaysian companies from the region’s diverse manufacturing sectors who will be converging on Asia’s foremost precision engineering event, MTA2013. MTA2013 will be focusing on four core vertical sectors – Aerospace, Complex Equipment, Medical Technology, and Oil & Gas. With the rising need for state-of-the-art equipment and tech capabilities for highly demanding manufacturing environments, MTA2013 will offer industry buyers a wide selection of products and solutions specifically fashioned for these sectors.