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Newsletter Listing intro for week 37

Hello and welcome to this week’s Friday Brief.

This week has seen the sudden launch by the Government of a National Industrial Strategy.  Paul O’Donnell offers his analysis of what is in the strategy, and what isn’t, below.

Not to be outdone the Associate Parliamentary Manufacturing Group held a seminar focusing on industrial policy and disruptive technologies, we’ve a report on the discussions.

Geoff Noon, who has been at IMTS in Chicago working on the Global Forecast (Seminar to be held 8th November at Warwick Manufacturing Group, look out for the invitations next week), provides his usual weekly economic analysis.

A reminder too that there are still a few spots left for the MTA’s Annual Golf Day on Thursday 20th September at the Leicestershire Golf Club, it promises to be an enjoyable day and a great networking opportunity.

We also have news of a grant based system for supporting investment in Scotland.

Members who saw the Bloodhound supersonic car at MACH 2012 may be interested to learn about the test firing, in October, of the hybrid rocket that will power it past 1000mph - its set to be the biggest such firing in the UK for 20 years. 

If you’re looking for opportunities to export to fast growing Asian Markets there’s news of UKTI events in Liverpool and London that could help – there’s a discount too.

And finally don’t get caught out by a letter from a Mexican claiming to be about the MACH Directory – yes the scamsters are underway already.

Have a good weekend.

Economic News this week

Economic News this week

International Data Exchange:  During IMTS this week, there was an exchange of data for the machine tool sector around the world, with an outlook for 2012.  Starting with the general economy, most countries are expecting some growth in GDP during 2012, although there are exceptions including Italy, Spain and the UK;  there is a similar pattern for industrial output, although the list of negative figures is rather longer with France, Germany and Taiwan added to those whose economies are expected to contract.

Bloodhound Engine Test Firing

Bloodhound Engine Test Firing

The hybrid rocket being developed for the Bloodhound Super Sonic Car will be test fired at Newquay, Cornwall on 3 October and will represent the biggest rocket firing in Britain in the past 20 years.

The Bloodhound team hope that  this firing of the hybrid rocket, composed of a mix of solid and liquid propellants, will produce the equivalent of 20,000-30,000 bhp, just under half of what it should produce in the record breaking configuration.