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.