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Newsletter Listing intro for week 14

Following the success of the MTA’s Annual Dinner last week we are delighted to announce that the final figure for contributions made on the evening to the President’s Charity, The Fusilier Aid Society, came to £5,000.  This is a fantastic achievement and the Society has expressed its thanks to everyone who contributed at the Dinner.

The Fusiliers Aid Society provides much needed support to serving and retired Fusiliers who have been wounded on operations in Afghanistan and elsewhere, and to the families of those Fusiliers who paid the ultimate sacrifice by giving their lives for their country. It also supports those Fusiliers who have fallen on hard times, many of whom are suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

The next MTA Event to note is aimed at businesses with an interest in exploring additive manufacturing or expanding their existing work in this area. This MTA’s half day seminar “Physical to Digital” at the Warwick Manufacturing Group, University of Warwick will be on 23 April. We have details this week of how you can apply online for one of the limited places at this free event.

Following the reform of the national curriculum last year, and the response from MTA members with regard to lobbying local MPs, The D&T Association (DATA) is again asking for support from companies. The Association says that the proposals are not a foregone conclusion and that there is still time to convince the Government that they need to replace the proposals with a challenging, world class curriculum - by responding to the consultation by the deadline of 16 April 2013.The link for response is included in this week’s Friday Brief stories.

Have a good weekend.

Geoff Noon receives recognition

Geoff Noon receives recognition

The MTA’s Statistician, Geoff Noon, received a special award for his long service to the Association at the Annual Dinner from MTA President Mark Ridgway OBE.

Geoff was recruited into the MTTA (as the MTA was then) nearly three decades ago and he has played a major role in shaping it ever since.  His role contributes a huge part to the value that so many MTA members derive from membership of the Association.

China’s manufacturing expands

China’s manufacturing expands

Figures from China’s official Purchasing Managers’ Index show an increase in factory output in March. The increase represents the fastest rate of expansion for over a year.

The China PMI survey showed a bigger increase in the manufacture of cars, machinery and electronics than activity increase in petrol refineries and steel mills.
Nevertheless, commentators have indicated that the rate of expansion was less than many economists had predicted, so the Chinese economy may be taking longer to recover than was hoped.
 

Chinese Intellectual Property update

Chinese Intellectual Property update

The Advanced Manufacturing Strategic Trade Group of UK Trade & Investment is promoting a newsletter informing UK stakeholders of recent developments in the Chinese Intellectual Property (IP) environment.

The content is collected from publicly available sources, where information is often available in Chinese only. You can subscribe to the newsletter by contacting Shi.Hui@fco.gov.uk

Reproduced below is one report from the latest newsletter:

Influence design & technology curriculum strategy

Influence design & technology curriculum strategy

The Design and Technology Association says the Government's proposed draft Design and Technology programme of study would be a huge backward step for a subject that develops vital skills that young people need for the future.

Following the reform of the national curriculum last year, and the response from MTA members with regard to lobbying local MPs, The D&T Association (DATA) is asking for support from companies.

Don’t miss out on additive manufacturing

Don’t miss out on additive manufacturing

Businesses with an interest in exploring additive manufacturing or expanding their existing work in this area should attend the MTA’s half day seminar “Physical to Digital” at the Warwick Manufacturing Group, University of Warwick on 23 April.

High profile presentations will include: Automotive Responses to 3D Printing by James Buchanan of Jaguar Land Rover and Current & Future 3D Printing Applications by Dr Greg Gibbons of the Warwick Manufacturing Group.