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Newsletter Listing intro for week 15

MACH 2014 the UK’s largest manufacturing technologies event has reached the ‘one year to go milestone’. Journalists attending the media launch this week were given the latest news and a briefing on what is planned for MACH 2014.

Now that the ballot process for exhibition space has been concluded the latest figures announced at the Launch show that stand sales are 25% ahead of the same point before MACH 2012. This is an impressive start for MACH 2014 and underlines the confidence in the sector going forward. The media were also briefed about the initiative to attract original equipment manufacturers to the UK Manufacturing Zone, including news that Airbus has been first to sign up.

The positive news for MACH 2014 is supported in the figures for Capital Goods sales over the past three months from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The data in this week’s economic analysis shows that Capital Goods is seeing an expansion of output of 0.8% compared to the previous 3 months and by 3.2% on the level for the same period a year ago. 

The MTA’s next event will be for businesses interested in exploring additive manufacturing or expanding their existing work in this area. This half day seminar “Physical to Digital” organised with the Warwick Manufacturing Group will be held at the University of Warwick on 23 April. High profile presentations will include: Automotive Responses to 3D Printing by James Buchanan of Jaguar Land Rover. The seminar will include opportunities for networking, demonstrations by WMG and a buffet lunch. Places will be limited so register your interest online now.

Finally, a thank you to those members who have responded to the March edition of the MTA Business Survey. However, we are aiming to close this early next week, so if you have not yet replied, the survey is still open and your input is appreciated.

Have a good weekend.

Toolkit to address fraud

Toolkit to address fraud

Last year fraud losses to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) were estimated at £18.9 billion and affected 1 in 4 small businesses.  Despite the level of the problem, SMEs have not been getting the advice and support they need to better protect themselves from fraud.

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

PMI, UK and Euro-zone, March 2013:  The Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for the UK continues to point to a fall in activity, although the index edged higher to reach 48.3, compared to February’s 4 month low figure of 47.9 - it remains below the neutral point of 50.  Manufacturers reported the sharpest fall in output since October 2012, but the rate of contraction for orders slowed compared to February.

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.

MACH 2014 Media Launch

MACH 2014 Media Launch

Yesterday marked a big milestone in the preparations for MACH 2014. The day was both exactly a year before the Exhibition will end and the occasion of the MACH 2014 Media Launch, which this year was held at HMS Belfast, the floating museum moored on the Thames.

There were two big stories for the assembled journalists to get their teeth into. Firstly the great news that so far the space taken is running some 25% ahead of the figures in advance of MACH 2012; and secondly that Airbus has announced that it is going to be exhibiting for the first time.