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Newsletter Listing intro for week 26

Good afternoon and welcome to this week's Friday Brief,

Every year for the last few years we have been astounded by the quality of the entries for the TDI Challenge and this year is no exception. Students from all over the country have submitted a wide and varied range of projects, which will both impress and surprise you. So if you would like to see what the designers of tomorrow are plotting, then we’d like to invite you to attend the award ceremony on July 11 at Mazak. For more details drop James Fudge a line at jfudge@mta.org.uk .

We have several other events designed to help members grow their business abroad that we would like to draw your attention to: The FT’s Doing Business in Canada seminar and a Burma Trade and Investment seminar held in association with UKTI.  The MTA will also be taking a stand at the Farnborough Airshow and if you are also attending please do pay us a visit.

Our work with CELIMO continues to go from strength to strength and we are delighted to announce that Bob Hunt, Managing Director of Star Micronics GB Ltd, has been elected president of CELIMO. We also have copies of the EAMA handbook available for members who would like their teams to pick up some of the hints, tips and successful practices that this guide to making it in manufacturing is peppered with.

And finally Geoff Noon provides an overview of economic data for this week.

Have a good weekend.

TDI Challenge Awards Ceremony

TDI Challenge Awards Ceremony

With all the entries now in and judging completed, the MTA is now looking forward to announcing the winner of this year’s Technology, Design and Innovation Challenge.

We received a record number of entries, which made selecting the finalists tough, but after four hours the top six entries in each age group shone through, with a strong and varied range of 12 projects making it to the final.  

EAMA handbook: copies available

EAMA handbook: copies available

Practical tips, checklists and info to help manufacturers

It can sometimes be as hard to get the financial solution right for your customers as the technical solution. There are a lot of schemes out there from the National Loan Guarantee Fund to Bond Support for export finance. It can be hard to keep all those in your head, particularly if you’re a salesman out on the road.

Happily help can be near to hand, or at least in your briefcase…

CELIMO elects new President

CELIMO elects new President

At its annual Council meeting held recently, CELIMO, the Europe wide umbrella group for machine tool distributors, elected Mr Bob Hunt (Managing Director of MTA member Star Micronics GB Ltd) as its new President to succeed Mr Massimo Lunghi. Bob of course is well known to MTA members as our immediate past-President and Chairman of the Education and Training Committee.

He will serve a two year term as President of CELIMO and as a result the 2013 annual Council meeting will be held in London.

Farnborough Airshow

Farnborough Airshow

The MTA is gearing up for Farnborough Airshow next week and if you are attending too, please visit us on the MTA stand B9 in Hall 1.

Over the course of the week MTA staff from the events, sales and external affairs teams will all be attending and will be on hand to discuss MTA membership services and the marketing and financial support, networking opportunities, professional advice and representation that members can benefit from.

See you there!

The New Burma Investment and Trade Summit: A Practical Guide for UK Companies

The New Burma Investment and Trade Summit: A Practical Guide for UK Companies

Following the historic visit by Aung San Suu Kyi to the UK and Europe, the suspension of sanctions by the EU and the easing of sanctions in the US there are clear signs that Burma is re-entering the international business community. For British companies, this represents a real opportunity.

Economic Data this Week

Economic Data this Week

UK National Accounts, 1st Quarter 2012:  The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published the detailed analysis of the UK economy for the first three months of the year and although the growth rate of -0.3% (compared to the previous quarter) was unchanged from the 2nd estimate which was published last month, the growth rate for the 4th quarter of 2011 has been revised down to -0.4% (from -0.3%).  The UK economy is now -0.2% smaller than it was a year earlier at the end of the 1st quarter of 2011.