Welcome to the Friday Brief for the 11th May 2012.
We’re well into spring now, not that you’d know it from the weather, but this week’s Friday Brief has a beginning of year feel to it.
Paul O’Donnell rounds up the Queen’s Speech which will set the tone for much of the political year and Geoff Noon looks at the data from the crucial first quarter of 2012: when the country technically slipped back into recession but Manufacturing continued to do relatively well. Paul also links to the MTA’s Report into Advanced Manufacturing, prepared in advance of our meeting with Vince Cable MP at MACH 2012.
There’s a new beginning in the MTA’s accounts department too, as we welcome a new financial controller to the team.
Elsewhere we have information about upcoming events that the MTA will be attending; a ‘meet the buyer’ opportunity in Coventry in the Autumn and next month’s CIMES Machine Tool Show in Beijing.
We’ve an appeal for data to attempt to forestall some potentially ill thought out extensions to the REACH rules on chemicals used in metalworking.
As well as the main economic news we’ve also a reminder that Basic Facts, which gives the numbers for the sector for 2011 and is once again combined with our Key Messages document, is available for download if you weren’t able to pick you copy up at MACH 2012.
Have a good weekend.