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Newsletter Listing intro for week 19

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.

Economic Data the Week

Economic Data the Week

UK Manufacturing Output, 1st Quarter 2012:  The  Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published the output data by industry for March and, therefore the 1st quarter of 2012;  overall, manufacturing output stabilised with the index at the same level as in the 4th quarter of 2011, but it was -0.8% lower than 3 months ago.  We also saw a dip in output for the Capital Goods sector which was down by -0.5% on the previous quarter, but despite this, output in this sector remains at a high level and was still +1.2% higher than in the 1st period of 2011.

MTA Basic Facts

MTA Basic Facts

The 2012 edition of Basic Facts, the MTA’s booklet which outlines the manufacturing technology sector, has now been published.  As in the past couple of years, this has been combined with our Key Messages in an integrated, but handy pocket-sized document which is designed to be of use to those within the industry, but also of interest to your contacts who are outside of our sector.

MTA in at CIMES

MTA in at CIMES

Gordon King, the MTA’s China Representative will be attending the CIMES and for the first time the MTA will have a stand at the event. CIMES is the biggest Machine Tool Show in China this year and will be taking place 12/06/12 – 16/06/12 at the New China International Exhibition Centre in Beijing. 55,000 visitors are expected to see over 1,300 exhibitors at the show.

Contact Gordon at gking@mta.org.uk if you’d like him to gauge interest in your product at the show or represent you there in networking opportunities.

Advance Notice of “Advanced Engineering Meet the Buyers 2012”

Advance Notice of “Advanced Engineering Meet the Buyers 2012”

There’s been a lot of attention recently on companies looking to shorten their supply chains and bring back work from the far east to the UK. If your company is looking for opportunities to sell into UK Advanced Engineering supply chains this may be a valuable event for you. The event’s organisers have secured upwards of thirty companies looking to source products and services here in the UK. MTA will have a stand at the event.

Welcome to Cristina McKeraghan

Welcome to Cristina McKeraghan

This week we have welcomed Cristina McKeraghan to the MTA as our new Financial Controller. Cristina will be looking after the finances and much of the administration of the Association and as such will be an important point of contact for finance and admin staff in member companies.

Cristina comes to us from the gemstone industry and before that worked in publishing.

MTA Policy Paper

MTA Policy Paper

One of the highlights at MACH was the visit of Vince Cable MP. As well as touring the Halls the Secretary of State also found time to sit down with the senior MTA figures to discuss some of the key issues in manufacturing. We were keen to talk to him first and foremost about Skills. He’d seen for himself, and been impressed by, the Education and Training Zone, so our messages about the need for high quality apprenticeships were well backed up.

The Queen’s Speech

The Queen’s Speech

The Queen’s Speech is both a ceremonial and a highly political occasion. The speech itself is little more than a dry list of Bills to be enacted over the coming session with a few lines of justification for each. What matters is what the programme that Her Majesty announces contains and whether it adds up to more than the sum of its parts. By common consent although there were some useful, and perhaps controversial Bills, in the 2012 Speech there wasn’t an overarching narrative or theme to it. That should come as no surprise.