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Newsletter Listing intro for week 11

There has been encouragement to increase UK exporting over the past two weeks, starting with the Prime Minister delivering a key note speech on economic policy on the factory floor of MTA member, Cinetic Landis Ltd, on 7 March. The address was used in national news broadcasts throughout the day and focused on the need to encourage British firms to export more.

The drive to increase exports has continued this week, against a backdrop of slightly disappointing figures for British manufacturing output over the last three months,  with news of two nationwide Exports Weeks organised this year by the UKTI. The first in May will focus on high growth markets and the Department is inviting businesses to work with them to promote their activities during the week. Early involvement will offer the biggest opportunities to publicise your company’s expertise and product/service offerings  so do contact the event co-ordinator listed in this week’s Friday Brief story.

There is also news of a UKTI sponsored British trade mission to Chelyabinsk, Russia in early June this year. The Chelyabinsk region has considerable mineral wealth and opportunities in metal manufacturing. Be advised that the deadline for applications to be part of the mission is Friday, 19 April.

Attention is also drawn to the Members’ Quarterly Meeting on Wednesday 20 March at Trumpf in Luton. Entitled Staying Ahead of the Technology Curve this is the first event in a series of free interactive meetings open to members to share experience and network more widely. Spaces are limited so book now by contacting: Randa Orgill on 020 7298 6425 or at rorgill@mta.org.uk

We have received notification that to mark the 50th Anniversary of MTA member Prosaw Ltd the company is holding an Open House Exhibition for everyone during the week 18-28 March 2013 at its Kettering, Northants. headquarters. Further details are in the relevant Friday Brief story.

Have a good weekend.

Light Metals Technology Workshop

Light Metals Technology Workshop

A workshop tackling industry issues and challenges relating to aluminium and magnesium will be held on 11 April, 2013 at Brunel University. The workshop will highlight the latest developments from LiME and LATEST2, two leading UK research centres. Top presenters will provide unique perspectives on current and future industry requirements, including speakers from Airbus and Jaguar Land Rover.

Prosaw Open House

Prosaw Open House

To mark the 50th Anniversary of Prosaw Ltd the company is holding an Open House Exhibition for everyone during the week 18-28 March 2013 at its Kettering, Northants. headquarters.

The exhibition will demonstrate the very latest sawing and fabrication machines, together with high performance bandsaws, circular saws and machining centres from of the world’s major manufacturers.

High Growth Market Export Week

High Growth Market Export Week

The UKTI will holding an Export Week, 13th to 17th May, focusing on doing business in High Growth Markets. The UKTI is focusing particularly on markets where there are strong opportunities for UK companies namely: Brazil, China, India, Turkey, Colombia, Egypt, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and the UAE.

Engineering and manufacturing gain most from Apprenticeships

Engineering and manufacturing gain most from Apprenticeships

A new report from the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) says that productivity gains from former apprentices show the greatest gains in the engineering and manufacturing sectors. The report released this week also indicates that apprenticeship completions over the next decade are forecast to contribute £3.4 billion a year to the economy through productivity gains by 2022.

British trade mission to Chelyabinsk, Russia.

British trade mission to Chelyabinsk, Russia.

UK Trade & Investment is organising a British trade mission to Chelyabinsk, Russia – on 4 June 2013. The mission will help British companies to explore business opportunities in the Chelyabinsk region, through business-focused events meeting key decision-makers, government officials and local enterprises. The mission will be led by a senior diplomat from the British Embassy in Moscow.

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

UK Manufacturing Output, January 2013: There were some distinctly negative headlines this week when the Office for National Statistics (ONS) issued the detailed output data for the manufacturing sector;  it showed a fall of -1.5% in total manufacturing output for the month compared to December 2012.  While it is important to consider such short-term changes, it can be unhelpful to focus too much on single month trends;  looking at the index figures, the December 2012 number looks suspiciously high and the numbers for January 2013 are the same as in November 2012.

Prime Minister visits MTA member

Prime Minister visits MTA member

Prime Minister David Cameron visited MTA member Cinetic Landis’s Cross Hills, Keighley, West Yorkshire factory  on 7 March to deliver a key economic policy address. The speech was given on the factory floor and broadcast on national media throughout the day.

Roger Coverdale, Managing Director of Cinetic Landis Ltd, says: “We were honoured by his presence for just over two hours. He made a factory tour and met with a number of our employees before making his keynote speech.”

New MTA event experience

New MTA event experience

The MTA is launching a new series of events in the MTA Calendar, the Members’ Quarterly Meeting. The first event in the series is entitled Staying Ahead of the Technology Curve and will be held on Wednesday 20 March. Save this and the other series dates in your calendar now, as these events are sure to be hugely popular. The following Members’ Quarterly Meetings will be held on 19 June 2013, 25 September and in conjunction with the AGM on 4 December.