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Newsletter Listing intro for week 13

Welcome to one of our ‘collector’s item’ Thursday Briefs. The approach of the long weekend means that we’re a day early this week.

The weather outside was still freezing in Birmingham last night but indoors at the ICC was a different story as MTA members and their guests enjoyed good food and company along with a spectacular show by fire performers Flame Oz. You can read about the well-received speech from MTA President Mark Ridgway and the winners of the Manufacturing Industry Awards below.

Additive Layer Manufacturing is a subject that can create more heat than light (perhaps appropriately given the nature of the technology…) and the next MTA date for your diary will cover what is probably the hottest topic in manufacturing right now. The half day seminar at Warwick Manufacturing Group on the 23rd April will seek to demonstrate how SMEs can, and increasingly are, getting involved in it – full details including speakers below.

In Brussels this week CECIMO, the European Umbrella body of which MTA is a member, published a piece of work examining the drivers for growth of the European Machine Tool industry. Top of the list is Globalisation; but the Innovation, Skills, Marketing, Supply Chain Relations and Sustainability also feature.

Elsewhere we’ve news of events of events to encourage MTA Members companies to enter the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative. If you’re part of a supply chain that could do with Government funding to give it a boost let Paul O’Donnell at the MTA  (podonnell@mta.org.uk) know and discuss whether this could be for you.

In Economic News this week there are a series of mixed pictures from surveys including those from the ONS and the CBI with analysis from Geoff Noon. Last but by no means least, congratulations are due to Geoff who was awarded the Association’s Commemorative Pin last night in recognition of nearly thirty years service at the MTA.

CECIMO presents ‘DRIVERS OF GROWTH’

CECIMO presents ‘DRIVERS OF GROWTH’

CECIMO has published a leaflet DRIVERS OF GROWTH IN THE EUROPEAN MACHINE TOOL INDUSTRY in which it presents six drivers of growth for the industry: globalisation, innovation, marketing, skills, supply chain relations and sustainability. The leaflet builds on the discussions held between Europe’s leading machine tool builders during recent CECIMO meetings.

AMSCI Regional Events

AMSCI Regional Events

Following the launch of the AMSCI funding competition designed to improve the global competitiveness of UK advanced manufacturing supply chains, details of upcoming regional events have been released. Under the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative funding is available to support research and development, skills training and capital investment to help UK supply chains achieve world-class standards and encourage major new suppliers to locate in the UK.

Additive automotive manufacturing

Additive automotive manufacturing

Registration is now live for the MTA’s half day seminar reviewing how SME’s with expertise in 3D printing can contribute to the automotive manufacturing supply chain. The event is being organised by the MTA together with the Warwick Manufacturing Group. Entitled “Physical to Digital” the seminar will be held on 23rd April at Warwick University and will feature a presentation by Mark Barrington, Head of Rapid Prototyping, Jaguar Land Rover.

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

UK National Accounts, 4th Quarter 2012:  With the publication of the detailed National Accounts for the final period of 2012, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have left unchanged their estimate that the economy shrank by -0.3% compared to the previous quarter.  There have however been some revisions to earlier data which means that in 2012, the economy is now estimated to have grown by +0.3% (up from +0.2% in the previous release of data);  the growth rate for 2011 has also been revised up, in this case to +1.0% (from +0.9%).

Annual Gala Dinner

Annual Gala Dinner

Last night saw the MTA’s Annual Gala Dinner, a real highpoint in the manufacturing calendar. Guests from within the MTA’s membership, the companies they supply and a host of well-known faces from across Manufacturing came together to celebrate success meet old acquaintances and new friends. Once again the ICC in Birmingham as the venue and once again the night was a roaring success.