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Newsletter Listing intro for week 16

Welcome to what feels like the first Friday Brief of spring, which appears to have finally sprung. Back in the depths of winter, well it was only four weeks ago but it felt like it, we staged the first of the MTA’s new style Members’ Quarterly Meetings at Trumpf in Luton. The more interactive format was a great success and the next event on managing large contracts and dealing with OEMs  is now scheduled for the 19th June. We’ve fuller details below.

Another sign of spring is that the Spring Update to the Forecast produced by Oxford Economics is now available for download. In the event the Machine Tool market ended 2012 a little more strongly than we had foreseen in the Autumn, which has had a consequent knock on for 2013’s predictions. The market is now at levels last reached in 2007 and around about the previous peak in 2000, reflecting the fact that the Capital/Investment Goods sector has been the outstanding growth performer in the UK economy.

There’s news on the Trade Show front from CECIMO who are launching a European Machine Tools Exhibition, in Shanghai 14-17 July 2014. The show, called EMTE, which will be collocated with the established EASTPO, will be a great opportunity to showcase European manufacturing technology in a high quality setting in a non-CIMT year. Please get in contact with James Fudge at jfudge@mta.org.uk if you’d like to find out more.

And speaking of China, if you’re one of the dozens of MTA members on their way out to Beijing this weekend for CIMT be sure to visit the MTA’s UK Pavilion in Hall W3. Adrian Sell, Gordon King and James Fudge will be happy to welcome you.

This week there is an appeal for members to get involved with a subgroup on the development of New Apprenticeship Pathways which the MTA is looking to set up with the AMRC. If you’d like to take a leading role in making sure that the Technical Sales apprentices of the future are learning the things you need in your business get in touch.

Any members either doing business in Indonesia or looking to enter that market should try to make it to London on the 7th of May when HE the Indonesian Ambassador and a raft of trade officials from that country will be speaking and networking at a special event – full details and contacts below.

Have  good weekend.

European and Chinese combined exhibition

European and Chinese combined exhibition

The inaugural EMTE-EASTPO Machine Tool Exhibition will be held 14-17 July 2014 at the Shanghai New International ExpoCentre, China. The event sees the European Machine Tool Exhibition collaborate with the Shanghai International Machine Tool Fair to put on a show targeted at the burgeoning Asian market.
The EMTE-EASTPO Machine Tool Exhibition will offer 50,000 net m2, expects 1,200 exhibitors and over 50,000 visitors. China is the top importer and producer of machine tools. In 2011 sales revenue was over RMB 400 billion and increasing at 28% a year.

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

European Industrial Production, February 2013:  The latest data from Eurostat shows that total industrial production grew by +0.4% compared to January in both the euro-zone and the EU27 as a whole.  Compared to a year ago, industrial production is -3.1% lower in the euro-zone and has fallen by -2.5% in the EU27.

Output of capital goods increased by +0.9% in the euro-zone and by +0.6% in the EU27 for the month-on-month comparison;  compared to February 2012, capital goods output fell by -3.5% in the euro-zone and by -2.8% in the euro-zone.

Blue Competence at EMO

Blue Competence at EMO

During the EMO Hannover 2013 exhibition the Blue Competence initiative will be on show in the form of a collective stand publicising its member’s success stories. 
Blue Competence, the sustainability initiative of the machine and plant manufacturing industry, has moved into more than 27 industrial sectors. Over 350 companies are engaged as Alliance Members in the Blue Competence initiative.
Thanks to CECIMO and the participant national associations, including the MTA, the machine tools section of the initiative has gained a European dimension.

Opportunities in Indonesia

Opportunities in Indonesia

The UK-ASEAN Business Council (UKABC) is hosting a briefing with the Indonesian Ambassador on Tuesday 7th May at the Westminster Conference Centre, 1 Victoria Street, London, SW1H 0ET.

Delegates will have the opportunity to meet Indonesian Embassy diplomats with a good knowledge of the opportunities in Indonesia. They will be able to discuss the business and political environment in the Indonesian market and what support they are able to offer to help you start doing business in Indonesia.

Please click here to register.

The programme for the event is as follows:

MTA FORECAST UPDATE - SPRING 2013

MTA FORECAST UPDATE - SPRING 2013

As usual at this time of year, we have commissioned Oxford Economics to review the forecasts that were made for the UK machine tool market last Autumn in the light of events over the past 6 months.  Our Machine Tool Forecast Update document is now available to download - you will need your members login to access this document - and copies are being sent by e-mail to those who attended the Forecast Seminar in November or who have requested the documents from that event.