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Newsletter Listing intro for week 35

As the last of what little summer sunshine we’ve had this year fades, the Friday Brief is back from its break.

We’ve got lots of news this week with events in the offing and a new face at the MTA.

There are four events in the line up. First and foremost we have full details for the MACH Centenary Celebrations. This will be held on the 10th October and, to provide a counterpoint to the History of the Exhibition, we will be at the Manufacturing Technology Centre, part of the Government’s flagship Manufacturing Catapult.

The date for the MTA’s Forecast Seminar has been announced, it’s going to be held November 8th at Warwick University, more about it below.

Closer on the calendar, there are still a few places left for the MTA Golf Day, a great opportunity to meet people from the industry in a relaxed setting. There are no places left though at the Seminar at Messier Dowty which is fully booked - but there is a waitlist open if it is an opportunity you really don’t want to miss.

The new face is Phil Robbins, the MTA’s new Northern Area Manager. If you’re in the North of England, Scotland or the Midlands Phil will be in touch soon.

There’s plenty of economics this week with a fully updated Economic Report. This includes the latest indicators such as GDP and Inflation, data on the picture in key end user markets as well as a round-up of surveys from across the sector and the latest figures on UK Production and Imports & Exports. More briefly we also carry the regular weekly bulletin; mixed news this week, softening survey data being offset by positive figures on investment.

Finally we welcome Kingston Smith LLP into MTA Associate membership – you can read about their offer to manufacturers, which goes well beyond accountancy.

Have a good weekend.

2012 Forecast Seminar planned for 8th November

2012 Forecast Seminar planned for 8th November

The MTA’s Annual Forecast Seminar will take place this year on the 8th of November at Warwick Manufacturing Group’s International Digital Laboratory on the University of Warwick’s Campus, just outside Coventry. Once again the world renowned consultancy Oxford Economics will be producing the forecast, an unrivalled resource for business planning. Look out for details and information on further speakers in the next few weeks. If you’d like to book your place now you can use our online booking form.

Messier Dowty FULLY BOOKED

Messier Dowty FULLY BOOKED

Messier Dowty and the MTA are partnering to deliver an unmissable opportunity to visit their plant at Gloucester and hear direct from them what they need as they look to bring more of their supply chain work into the UK market. Gloucester is a Centre of Excellence in landing gear development. It includes extensive test capability for strength, fatigue, drop endurance, environmental testing and system integration.

MTA Economic Report

MTA Economic Report

A new edition of the MTA Economic Report is available for members to download below. This report focuses on the UK economy with coverage of macro-economic indicators such as GDP and inflation, as well as the latest trends in key industries; there is also a summary of the latest data on our sector and there is an article covering the latest data on UK output, exports and imports.

100 Years of MACH

100 Years of MACH

We would like to invite you to join us in celebrating 100 years ofMACH – the UK’s Premier Manufacturing Exhibtion.

2012 marks the Exhibition’s 100th anniversary. To commemorate this landmark – MTA Members and MACH exhibitors and friends are invited to join us for a celebratory FREE reception at the Manufacturing Technology Centre at Ansty Park, Coventry. Guests will have an opportunity to enjoy a tour of the new centre, be entertained by our guest speaker and learn something of the
history of the MACH event.

MTA Welcomes New Northern Area Manager

MTA Welcomes New Northern Area Manager

Phil Robbins has joined the MTA as Northern Area Manager, replacing David Smith, who has taken early retirement. Phil's main role is the account management of existing MTA Members and promoting the services of the association to new members. He is also actively involved in selling the association's flagship event MACH.

Some members may already know Phil from his previous role with The Engineer magazine.

Welcome to our newest Associate Member – Kingston Smith LLP

Welcome to our newest Associate Member – Kingston Smith LLP

Kingston Smith is one of the UK’s top 20 accountancy firms. Their manufacturing team have over 150 years of experience between them in supporting owner-managed businesses within the sector. Over time they have developed a deep understanding of the issues and challenges manufacturers and their suppliers face, which enables them to offer practical, realistic advice and share areas of best practice.

Areas where Kingston Smith may be able to help are:

Economic Data This Week

Economic Data This Week

UK GDP, 2nd Quarter 2012:  The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released its second estimate of the UK economy and has revised the trend upwards to show a reduction of -0.5% (from -0.7%) compared to the 1st quarter;  this makes the UK economy -0.5% smaller than it was a year ago.  The revision was equally split between the production and construction sectors of the economy, with both of these contracting by less than had been estimated in the preliminary figures which were released a month ago.  This estimation process was made more difficult by the impact of the ba