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Newsletter Listing intro for week 51

As the year draws to a close we head our last weekly brief for 2012 with a reminder to consider entries for the MTA’s Annual Manufacturing Industry Awards. Entries must be received by 11 January 2013 so download the entry details and consider applying. You have nothing to lose and potentially a lot to gain!

Early in the New Year the MTA and the AMRC will be organising a seminar to highlight opportunities through technical sales apprenticeships. A number of key industry figures will be speaking at the event that will be hosted at the AMRC in Sheffield.

We have news of revised guidelines surrounding the EC’s Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive which will be implemented from 1 January 2013.  Also, an offer of free initial consultation on protecting intellectual property rights is passed on to members.

As usual Geoff Noon, the MTA Statistician, has the regular weekly round-up of economic data concerning the sector.

All at the MTA wish you and your colleagues a peaceful Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
 

Protecting your intellectual property

Protecting your intellectual property

In today’s business where everything happens very quickly making sure that you secure your brand equity by registering your Trade Mark is a good first step, even before you register domain names and protect your technology through patents says Basck ltd.

The Company is offering a free 15 minute telephone consultation on IP protection and can be contacted through: Christian Bunke, 07784 052079 christian@basck.com
Or Paul Stanley 07768 123464  paul@basck.com
 

Latest on Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive

Latest on Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive

The European RoHS2 Directive 2011/65/EU will be implemented from 1 January 2013.

It has been confirmed by the European Commission that most machine tools remain outside the scope of the directive as they are classed as large-scale stationary industrial tools (LSSIT).  A lower size/weight limit has not been defined although “bench-top” tools are not generally regarded as LSSIT and may be considered within RoHS 2 scope in some EU member states.

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

International Quarterly Exchange of Orders, 3rd Quarter 2012:  This is an exchange between twelve major machine tool manufacturing nations; eight of these are in Europe (Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, France and the UK), plus Japan, USA, Taiwan and South Korea.  The indices reflect orders placed with the machine tool manufacturers in those countries rather than the demand in those countries and the chart shows the aggregate trends for the European countries and the world (all twelve countries), using seasonally adjusted data.  We are waiting for the data from S