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Newsletter Listing intro for week 19

The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on manufacturing for the first quarter show the Capital Goods sector was 1.9% ahead of the level it reached at the end of the first quarter of 2012. The output figures, analysed in this week’s Friday Brief, confirm the trend identified in the recent MTA Business Survey which showed Britain’s engineering based manufacturing companies investing in machine tools and related equipment at a faster pace than for most of 2012.

Industries like automotive and aerospace within the Capital Goods sector make up the majority of the customers for manufacturing technologies and these have continued to prosper over the past year. The ONS output figures released yesterday, however, indicate that manufacturing output as a whole which includes non-engineering based production was 2.1% down on a year ago. The summer of 2012 in particular saw a fall in orders being placed as the crisis in the Eurozone unfolded.  While it is far too early to say that the crisis is over it is clear that engineering based manufacturing investment is starting to pick up pace.

The MTA’s analysis of manufacturing investment trends is greatly enhanced by as many members as possible contributing to the quarterly MTA Business Survey. The latest returns are being requested and can be sent via the link in this week’s Business Survey story in the Friday Brief.

A timely reminder too for entries to the MTA’s TDI Challenge. Do remind any schools or colleges that you are in contact with of the 24 May deadline. Students only have to submit a copy of their examination coursework for a chance to win prizes, publicity and a visit to a world class manufacturing facility.

Other news this week focuses on the rescheduled MTA Additive Manufacturing Seminar on 13 June. The event in association with Warwick Manufacturing Group will explain the new technologies, and highlight opportunities in the automotive sector. The latest Members’ Quarterly Meeting on 19 June will place the spotlight on ‘Managing Large Contracts’. This dynamic event will feature guest speakers and maximise contributions from attendees. All members are very welcome.

Finally, as detailed in previous Friday Briefs next week is UKTI’s Export Week and just in case you missed the notices they have been included again this week.
Have a good weekend.

UKTI promotes business development

UKTI promotes business development

UK Trade & Industry have a number of opportunities coming up including Export Week – High Growth Markets 13-17 May 2013 that can help you to access new markets or develop your international trade potential.
If you are interested in finding out more about any of these events and market visits, click on the link and register your interest directly.  Export Week - 13-17 May 2013

MTA at CIMT, China

MTA at CIMT, China

The MTA provided support to 13 members exhibiting at the recent CIMT exhibition in China 22-27 April through a dedicated 477 m2 pavilion. The event went well for Association exhibitors and previous exhibitors stated that pavilion position, design and the overall outcome was vastly improved on 2011. The organisers stated that there had been 130, 000 visitors by the lunchtime of the third day.

Access OEM

Access OEM

The MTA has teamed up with Finlay Media to put on a series of joint events to meet Original Equipment Manufacturers. Known as Access OEM events the first will take place at JCB’s Rocester, Staffordshire headquarters on 16 July 2013. MTA members will be entitled to a discount on attendance at the event.

Managing Large Contracts

Managing Large Contracts

The next Members’ Quarterly Meeting (MQM) on 19 June “Managing Large Contracts” is designed to address key issues faced by our members. Increasingly, working with Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM’s) is preceded by difficult negotiations around issues such as onerous Non-Disclosure Agreements. How to deal with these NDAs and the pitfalls to avoid will be discussed.

Future manufacturing MTA seminar

Future manufacturing MTA seminar

SME’s with expertise in 3D printing or an interest in developing additive manufacturing should attend the MTA’s half day seminar on Thursday 13 June at Warwick University.

The seminar will have a particular automotive manufacturing supply chain focus and will feature a presentation by James Buchanan, Product Development Engineer at Jaguar Land Rover. The event will also be useful for other businesses thinking of entering additive manufacturing in other fields.

Don’t miss TDI Challenge

Don’t miss TDI Challenge

The Manufacturing Technologies Association has launched the 2013 Technology, Design and Innovation (TDI) Challenge and entries are coming in fast to meet 24 May deadline.

The TDI Challenge offers school and college students a unique opportunity to showcase their project work to an industry that relies upon the creativity and innovation of its designers and engineers.
In previous years the calibre of entries for this competition has been particularly high and this has generated significant press coverage. 
Prizes will include ipads and digital cameras.

MTA BUSINESS SURVEY

MTA BUSINESS SURVEY

Thank you to those members who have responded to the April edition of the MTA Business Survey.

We are aiming to close this early next week, so if you have not yet replied, the survey is still open at http://www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-apr13 - you do not need to login to respond. 

If you can’t (or would rather not) answer all the questions, you can still contribute towards the overall picture of the sector - please try to do this by Tuesday 14th May.

Meet the Ambassadors

Meet the Ambassadors

Meet the Ambassadors and access high value opportunities as part of UKTI's Export Week. The event will be on Thursday 16th May 2013, 13.30 - 16.30 (followed by networking drinks reception) at the Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park, London, SW1X 7LA.

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

UK Industrial Output, March 2013:  With the release of the March figures by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) we now have data for the 1st quarter of 2013 that shows that total manufacturing output was -0.3% lower than in the 4th period of 2012 and -2.1% down on a year earlier.  As always the real interest lies in the detail rather than the headlines and in this context, we have seen the first quarter-on-quarter reduction in the Capital Goods sector for a year with output -0.3% lower than the previous quarter, although it was still +1.9% higher than in the 1st quarte