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Newsletter Listing intro for week 24

Welcome to the latest Friday Brief of our, not very summery, summer.

First up we have further details, including of confirmed speakers, of the Bloodhound Seminar the MTA is hosting on the 26th of this month in Coventry – so if you want to get involved in this incredible British engineering achievement get in touch.

There’s an export and international theme to this edition. The MTA was in Westminster for the launch of the UK’s leading trade survey, which reported that companies are experiencing difficulties accessing the right sort of trade finance for them. While this will come as no surprise to many MTA members it was heartening to hear UKTI and UK Export Finance, as well as the Banks, honestly discussing the problem and pledging to work on solutions.

UKTI are keen to get more British companies exhibiting at Engine Expo in North America. If it’s a market you’re keen to grow in, follow up on the details below.

We’ve brief news from the Metalloobrabotka trade show in Moscow where the MTA was able to help several member companies enhance their presence. There is more detailed coverage of another key market in the monthly report from MTA’s China Representative Gordon King. 

If you’re a keen golfer and would like an opportunity to network in a friendly and enjoyable setting then there is our Annual Golf Day coming up. More info below or contact David Smith.

Finally Geoff Noon’s economic round-up looks at some of the details behind some of the disappointing data published this week. As usual the picture is more mixed than the headlines would have you believe.

Have a good weekend.

Export Finance

Export Finance

The MTA was in Parliament on Wednesday as the Institute of Export & Trade and Export Finance Ltd launched the findings of their International Trade Survey.

The survey, believed to be the biggest of its kind, spoke to 1,800 companies about their experiences of export and the barriers to it that they found. You may have spoken to the evidence collecting team at MACH 2012 where the MTA was pleased to host them on our stand.

MTA China Report

MTA China Report

Gordon King presents his latest update from the Chinese Market.

Automotive sales in china are a little flat at present but are expected to rise 8 percent over 2012; investment within this industry is still booming with VW, Nissan, and Bosch all announcing major investments involving capital plant acquisitions over the next 4 years.

Elsewhere in manufacturing Chinese companies are designing and producing world leading electrical goods for the booming middle class.

You can find the full report attached below.

Engine Expo returns to North America in 2012, co-located with Testing Expo, and including an Electric and Hybrid Pavillion.

Engine Expo returns to North America in 2012, co-located with Testing Expo, and including an Electric and Hybrid Pavillion.

The UKTI is organising a mission to the Engine Expo, taking place in Novi, Michigan, from 23-25th October 2012. 

Metalloobrabotka-2012, Moscow - Report

Metalloobrabotka-2012, Moscow - Report

The Moscow Show, Metalloobrabotka, is a key metal cutting exhibition which is visited by representatives of manufacturing enterprises and engineering companies from all industrial regions of Russia. This year's event ran from 27th May to 2nd June. The MTA were based within National Associations Pavilion showcasing the MTA's work as well as member's products and services.

This year's show saw 880 exhibitors including 550 Russian companies and 330 from 35 countries all over the world taking part.

MTA Golf Day- Book Online Now

MTA Golf Day- Book Online Now

There are still spaces left for the MTA Annual Golf Day for members and their guests on Thursday 20th September at The Leicestershire Golf Club.

The day costs £240 for a team of four players and only 22 teams can take part.

Format for the day:

  • Shot Gun start at 1pm. Stableford format – ¾ handicap
  • Longest drive and nearest the pin prizes
  • Light lunch, evening dinner, team and individual prizes

The course will be available in the morning if participants wish to play 9 holes before lunch.

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

UK Manufacturing Output, April 2012:  The latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows a small fall in total manufacturing output in April (compared to March);  however, monthly data can be volatile, even after seasonal adjustment, so we prefer to focus on 3-month moving trends, although even this can be misleading when, as wen so far in 2012, there is an alternation between relatively “good” and “bad” months.  In the latest 3 months (February, March and April 2012), manufacturing output is -0.6% lower than in the previous period (November and December 20