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Newsletter Listing intro for week 28

Helping to creating tomorrow’s world is one of the MTA’s objectives, and to do this requires inspiring and harnessing the talents of today’s young people. That’s why we are so delighted to share with you the triumphs and inventions of some 12 students who made it through to the final of the MTA TDI Challenge this week. Particular congratulations go to Natalie Seymour from Coundon School in Coventry and Uddhav Vaghela from Yarm School in Stockton-On-Tees who scooped first prize in their respected categories. You can read more about their winning designs later in this week’s brief.

Also this week we would like to make members aware of grants available should you be interested in automating your manufacturing processes further and a seminar being given by the Royal Academy of Engineers on sports engineering, exceptionally relevant as the Olympics kicks off in just under two weeks.

Also of note is a story reported on by Reuters this week that the Chinese State-owned Shenyang Machine Tool (SMTCL) has confirmed it is in talks to acquire Germany’s Goeppingen-based MAG.

In other news from Europe we are keen to alert members to CECIMO’s draft position paper on the upcoming European Commission Communication which follows up the EU Study on the competitiveness of the EU mechanical engineering industry. We would also like members to comment on the RoHS 2 FAQ consultation draft which has been published by the European Commission and to send comments through to the MTA’s Richard Griffiths.

And as always we finish with an overview of Economic data from MTA statistician Geoff Noon.

Have a great weekend

Winners of the MTA’s Technology Design and Innovation Challenge 2012 Announced

Winners of the MTA’s Technology Design and Innovation Challenge 2012 Announced

Natalie Seymour from Coundon School in Coventry and Uddhav Vaghela from Yarm School in Stockton-on-Tees , were announced as the winners of the Manufacturing Technology Association’s (MTA) Technology, Design and Innovation (TDI) Challenge 2012 at the judging ceremony that took place on Wednesday July 11.

Chinese eye German machine tool group MAG-sources

Chinese eye German machine tool group MAG-sources

Reuters reported on Monday this week that several Chinese companies are considering buying German machine tool group MAG.

State-owned Shenyang Machine Tool (SMTCL) confirmed it is in talks to acquire Goeppingen-based MAG, while two sources close to the situation said rivals such as Dalian (DMTG), Quier Machine Tools and YierMT Group are also looking at the asset.

Have you used your Government grant yet?

Have you used your Government grant yet?

The MTA would like to bring to your attention a government grant that may be of interest. Anyone with a manufacturing operation  is being encouraged to consider automation. The government will pay for an independent consultant to visit and write a full report on where automation can improve their productivity. Companies should make use of this while funds last.

To apply simply complete the 3 minute application form on the home page of  http://www.automatingmanufacturing.co.uk/

Royal Academy of Engineering conference on Sports Engineering

Royal Academy of Engineering conference on Sports Engineering

We are delighted to be able to invite members to a prestigious sports engineering conference at The Royal Academy of Engineering on Tuesday 4th September.

The conference will bring together global experts from academia and industry to examine the role of sports, particularly disability sports, as a driver for engineering innovation.

Confirmed chairs and speakers so far include Dr David James of Sheffield Hallam University; Professor Mike Caine of Loughborough University; Dr Amit Goffer of Argo Medical Technologies, and Dr Saeed Zahedi of Blatchford.

Restriction of Hazardous substances Directive: RoHS 2 Scope - Public consultation - Draft EC guidance on frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Restriction of Hazardous substances Directive: RoHS 2 Scope - Public consultation - Draft EC guidance on frequently asked questions (FAQs)

The Association is today advised by BIS that the RoHS 2 FAQ consultation draft has been published by the European Commission for stakeholder comments at http://ec.europa.eu/environment/waste/rohs_eee/events_rohs3_en.htm, as referred to in the letter below  from DG Environment. The consultation draft can also be obtained at the link below.  Comments are invited to be sent to  ENV-ROHS@ec.europa.eu by 14 September.

CECIMO drafts position paper on the upcoming European Commission Communication on the sector’s competitiveness

CECIMO drafts position paper on the upcoming European Commission Communication on the sector’s competitiveness

Following the CECIMO survey on the priorities for the EU industrial policy conducted prior to the Ghent General Assembly and based on the fruitful workshops we had, CECIMO has drafted a position paper on the upcoming European Commission Communication which follows up the EU Study on the competitiveness of the EU mechanical engineering industry.

Economic Data this Week

Economic Data this Week

UK Manufacturing Output, May 2012:  The latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed a month-on-month increase in manufacturing output;  however, we prefer to focus on moving blocks of 3 months as this takes some of the volatility out of the data - over the next few months, because the change in the number of working days in May and June (because the Bank Holiday was moved) will not be adjusted for in the seasonal adjustment of the data, additional care will be needed in interpreting monthly data.