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Newsletter Listing intro for week 32

Good afternoon and welcome to the Friday Brief for 10th August 2012.

We start with special congratulations to Mike Dempsey whose son Nick won a silver medal in the Olympic Windsurfing competition this week. Mike is well remembered as an active member of the Exhibition Committee and Managing Director of MTA Member SMW Autoblok.

As Team GB are third in the medal table at a global sporting level, we've got three stories of international level for you. UKTI are hosting an International Business Exchange at a Low Carbon Vehicle Event (LCV), with some great advice on exporting in this fast growing sector. We also begin the run up to IMTS, held in Chicago and urge all UK based manufacturers planning a presence to get in touch to make sure they feature in the MTA's IMTS Brochure. We conclude our trio with a round up of the Chinese market from the MTA's own Gordon King.

If you prefer your sport closer to home we have our Annual Golf Day on 20th September. Places are filling up so remember to book your space soon, either by downloading a booking form or using our online form.

All member companies will be emailed by Graham Dewhurst over the next few days with an update on two great networking events, the MTA Annual Dinner and MACH's Birthday Party set for the 10th October. On the Dinner, we are keen to gauge numbers so that we can go ahead with booking an even larger room for March 2013. This is because we sold out last year and we don't want anybody to be disappointed - so if you've not been before, or have missed a year or two, and would like to join us, get in touch.

Finally we have our weekly round up of Statistics and Economics from Geoff Noon.

Enjoy the Olympic finale, and have a good weekend.

IMTS 2012

IMTS 2012

The MTA will be taking a stand at IMTS in Chicago 10-15th September.

As with previous international exhibitions, we will be putting together a directory of all UK based exhbitors at the show, and we are offering a company profile to all MTA Members.

If you are a Member Company and will be at IMTS, either directly or through an agent, please contact James Fudge at jfudge@mta.org.uk or via 202 7298 6408, to make sure your entry is correct.

Economic Data this week

Economic Data this week

UK Manufacturing Output, June and 2nd Quarter 2012:  With publication of the June figures by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), we now have data for the 2nd quarter to place alongside the GDP figures which came out a couple of weeks ago.  On the face of it, the numbers are not good news, with total manufacturing output falling by -0.9% compared to the 1st quarter of 2012 and by -2.8% on the level of a year ago (2nd quarter of 2011).  This change is a little less than anticipated when the GDP numbers were released, so this sector at least should contribute to a small

July Report from China

July Report from China

H1 2012 saw records sales for the automotive industry in China and the announcement of a new plant for Dongfeng Nissan hoping to capitalize on an industry still growing at over 12 percent in June. The Chinese government have also announced major investment through grants in the core technology for electric and hybrid vehicles.

Full report below.