Prince Andrew, Duke of York, officially opens MACH, the UK’s premier manufacturing technologies event, at the NEC Birmingham. After ‘cutting’ a laser beam by hand, HRH walked the halls of the biennial show, which is open till Friday 11 June.
As well as its Royal Opening Ceremony MACH 2010 was the subject of a rare joint Ministerial visit. Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Vince Cable MP, was joined by his Deputy, Mark Prisk MP for tours and a roundtable discussion.
Results from the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) monthly members survey for April shows a drop in orders, inquiries and subsequently, confidence, compared to the March 2010 results. Following a spike in orders reported in March, the April fall has not affected the overall trend for orders – which remains positive.
Bob Hunt, MTA President, visited Scarborough’s first ever Engineering Week this week. The event, hailed as a huge success, attracted budding engineers of all ages to experience a variety of exciting and innovative engineering activities in action throughout the UK today.
During the General Assembly that took place in Leipzig on 18th May, CECIMO’s Economic Committee confirmed: o The upturn in machine tool orders since the fourth quarter of 2009. Orders in the first quarter of 2010 are expected to confirm the upward trend o A recovery led by the emerging markets in Asia. CECIMO pleads for better market access to these economies, especially the removal of non-tariff barriers o Its full support to the EU key enabling technologies initiatives and the Free Trade Agreement with South Korea
So we have a coalition Government. David Cameron is Prime Minister and the Conservatives are in control in the Treasury, the Foreign Office and the Home Office. They will dominate the parliamentary make up of the Government benches and have carte blanche to make the cuts in public expenditure that they fought the election on, starting this year.