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Newsletter Listing intro for week 22

Hello and Happy Jubilee Weekend from all here at the MTA!

In this week’s Friday Brief we have news of a series of supply chain Seminars the MTA is planning over the next few months. The first one is being held in partnership with Bloodhound SSC, the Supersonic Car Challenge and will take place on the 26th of June – so if you want to get involved in this amazing project follow the link below.

In keeping with this week’s Royal theme HRH the Duke of York opened the Nuclear AMRC in Sheffield this week. The Centre will build on the work of the AMRC to leverage British manufacturing’s contribution to the new generation of Nuclear infrastructure planned in the UK and around the world.

This week the MTA formally signed up to Europe’s bluECOmpetence movement which means that MTA members can now participate in this major continent-wide drive to project  sustainable manufacturing. The first UK company set to join is already well advanced and it is widely anticipated that bluECOmpetence will become a really strong differentiator for European products.

EAMA, the engineering industry umbrella group of which MTA is a key member, has published the latest edition of its ‘Handbook’. This is packed with useful information and tips for running manufacturing SMEs, especially on the topics of finance and exporting. There’s a link to a soft copy below.

Sadly we have two recent deaths to announce. Last week saw the passing of Mr Pat Gailey who served as President of the Association in the 1970's. In addition to his services to the Association Mr Gailey was Managing Director of Giddings & Lewis Machine Tools. Many members will also know of the sad death of Imagineering’s Secretary, Dr Alastair Graham Bryce. Imagineering are holding celebration of his life, full details below.

Croner, who provide advice services to MTA members through the Business Support Helpline, are involved in the National Business Awards this year. So if you think your business deserves recognition read on.

Finally we have the week’s economic news. Today saw a range of disappointing figures for manufacturing PMI published across the world and the UK proved no exception as the Euro crisis hit confidence in some key markets. There’s better news though about the level of demand for capital goods seen in the first quarter of 2012.

Whatever your plans for the long weekend, we hope you enjoy them.

Royal opening for research facility

Royal opening for research facility

The Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC) was officially opened this week by The Duke of York.

His Royal Highness met with Nuclear AMRC staff and apprentices, and representatives from a wide range of manufacturing businesses, to find out how the Nuclear AMRC is helping them become more competitive.

MTA Seminar Series

MTA Seminar Series

Learning from the sharpest in the business is essential if you want your company to thrive and that’s why the MTA are launching a season of seminars. Featuring insight from industry leaders, the events taking place around the country will allow members to hear from Honda, Jaguar Land Rover, Bloodhound SSC as well as other key figures in engineering based manufacturing. Each session will be an opportunity to learn, network and share best practice.

EAMA launch handbook

EAMA launch handbook

This week sees the publication of the latest EAMA Handbook, a practical guide consisting of hints and information to help manufacturing SMEs. The Handbook is produced by EAMA, the Engineering and Machinery Alliance, an industry umbrella group of which MTA is a Member and is generously sponsored by Close Brothers Asset Finance.  The Handbook has key sections on Finance and Export as well as a useful collection of sources of advice on issues from up-skilling your workforce, to de-carbonising your business.

Imagineering Foundation to hold family open day to celebrate the life of Dr Alastair Graham Bryce

Imagineering Foundation to hold family open day to celebrate the life of Dr Alastair Graham Bryce

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Dr Alastair Graham Bryce, Hon Secretary and Trustee of the Imagineering Foundation.  He passed away in March after a brave battle with cancer.  He was 76. Dr Bryce was one of the founders of Imagineering and a key person in its development, in particular the Imagineering Clubs, created to introduce young people aged  8-16 years to engineering, science and technology through hands-on activities. 

Economic Data this Week

Economic Data this Week

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

UK PMI, May 2012:  The Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for the UK makes somewhat gloomy reading with the index falling to 45.9 (from 50.2 in April).  New orders have fallen at their fastest pace since March 2009 with both domestic and export markets affected, while output was also down, despite a significant reduction in order backlogs.  Manufacturers indicated that market conditions were especially tough in Europe and this is reflected in the euro-zone PMI which was even lower at 45.1, its lowest level since mid-2009.

BluECOmpetence

BluECOmpetence

Further to last week’s FB article on BluECOmpetence, now that MTA has joined the scheme with CECIMO, we can start enrolling member companies. Our MTA contact person for Members’ enquiries and applications is the MTA’s Technical Manager, Richard Griffiths. rgriffiths@mta.org.uk 0207 298 64 22