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Newsletter Listing intro for week 36

Good afternoon and welcome to the first Friday Brief of September. For most of the country, having turned up late, summer seems to be intent on staying a little longer but for many this was the first week of ‘business-as-usual’ after the holiday period.

It was definitely back to work in Whitehall as David Cameron reshuffled his pack - we’ve Paul O’Donnell’s take on it below.

We had our own new beginning in Bayswater Road as Eric Beech joined us as PR Manager. Eric brings a wealth of experience from a range of roles, most recently at ADS the Aerospace, Defence and Security trade association and the Federation of Small Businesses.

Peter Marsh, the Financial Times Manufacturing Editor, is consistently worth reading on the subject. Over the summer he has published a book which covers a new perspective on global manufacturing.

We’ve got MTA stands coming up at the NDI Advanced Engineering Meet the Buyer event at the Ricoh Arena on the 12th of September and at the PPMA/TCT Show at the NEC on September 25th – 27th – so if you’re going to be there, look out for us.

A couple of weeks ago we sent out an email about the Annual Dinner. You’ll remember that this was to gauge attendees, so that we can book a larger hall at the same venue, the ICC, with confidence. Thanks to the members who have already completed the simple response, if you haven’t yet you can by clicking here www.mta.org.uk/annual-dinner-2013/poll.

There’s a great opportunity for networking sooner than that though at the 2012 MTA Golf Day. There are still a few spaces left, more details below.

On the technical side, there’s a call for abstracts to present at the 10th Lamdamap Annual Conference, more below.

The economic news this week is, for a change, mostly good. The PMI numbers were better than expected and there was confirmation of the strong growth in much of the advanced engineering sector that members have been reporting with the Machinery sector seeing output grow by +3.7% compared to the previous 3 months and +2.6% compared to a year ago: In Motor Vehicles and Aerospace, output expanded by +5.3% and +13.6% respectively.

Leaving on that cheery note, have a good weekend.

Economic News this Week

Economic News this Week

PMI, UK and Euro-zone, August 2012:  The latest Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for  the UK showed a rise to 49.5 (from a revised 45.2 in July);  although this is still just below the 50 mark (an index above 50 implies expansion of the sector, below 50 points to contraction), it is a welcome change and points to a levelling off in the sector last month.  Output, as measured by this data, fell for the 2nd successive month in August, but much less severely than in July, although there is a note of caution in that this reduction was led by the investment goods sector.  On the

MTA Annual Dinner

MTA Annual Dinner

All members will have received an email a few weeks ago from Graham Dewhurst regarding the MTA Annual Dinner.

This event is a standout event in the Association’s calendar and an unrivalled networking opportunity. We are keen to reach an even greater cross section of our membership than we do at the moment and enable even more of you to take part.

PPMA Show

PPMA Show

The PPMA Show will run from 25-27th September at the NEC and is aimed at those involved in the buying, financing or maintaining of machinery. Covering industries including food, pharmaceuticals or chemicals processing equipment, packaging or filling equipment or other components there are hundreds of exhibitors to see. The show is co-located at the NEC with TCT Live.

The MTA will be present at the event on stand D58. Further information can be found on the show website, www.ppmashow.co.uk

NDI Advanced Engineering Meet the Buyers 2012

NDI Advanced Engineering Meet the Buyers 2012

A remind to members that the MTA will be at the NDI Advanced Engineering Meet the Buyers 2012 on Wednesday 12th September at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry.

There are a number of Buyers including TatTa Motors, Alstom, Bombardier, The MoD, Pattonair, Calsonic Kansei, Caterham F1 confirmed as well as other influential and useful buyers within the Aerospace, Automotive, Motorsport, Rail and General Manufacturing industries.

The New Industrial Revolution

The New Industrial Revolution

Over the summer Peter Marsh, the Financial Times Manufacturing Editor, has brought out a new book entitled The New Industrial Revolution: Consumers, Globalization and the End of Mass Production.  Marsh has drawn on considerable research over many years to support the analysis in his new book, namely that there is a new potential manufacturing landscape where many new  developing countries could potentially benefit.

Welcome to Eric Beech

Welcome to Eric Beech

A warm welcome is extended to Eric Beech who joined the MTA this week as PR and Communications Manager. Eric has a background as a business journalist at Flight International and as an Editor at DMG Business Media.  He subsequently moved into corporate communications with Det Norske Veritas in London and as Media Relations Manager at WS Atkins plc.

Cabinet Reshuffle

Cabinet Reshuffle

Reshuffles usually don’t matter all that much. Some people that few people recognise get sacked and replaced by some other people that few people recognise. This is not the first time that David Cameron has had to change his ministerial team. There have been three resignations from the Cabinet over the last two and a half years but it is the first time that he has undertaken a full shake up with substantial changes in almost every department.

MTA Annual Golf Day

MTA Annual Golf Day

As mentioned last week, there are still a few places left for the MTA's Annual Golf Day to be held this year on Thursday 20th September at The Leicestershire Golf Club.

As well as the golf the day will include a three course meal and convivial company.