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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.