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Newsletter Listing intro for week 22

The feedback from the annual Metalloobrabotka International Exhibition in Moscow this week highlights positive trends for the wider manufacturing technology sector. As one of the BRIC nations, increasing trade with Russia should be a high priority for the UK’s engineering exporters. The encouraging number of visitors to the MTA stand at the Show agues well but how can this interest be taken forward?

The MTA can play a key role in helping members make business introductions and evaluate market opportunities in Russia. For many years the Association has maintained a Russian office in Ekaterinburg headed by a knowledgeable Director, Dr Igor Bazhenov. The Association, in contrast to many other trade bodies, is well placed to assist members explore export and trade options in this expanding market. The signs from this year’s Metalloobrabotka are that Russia is open for business.

Putting aside recent difficulties in the realm of foreign affairs, Anglo-Russian trade relations remain positive. Indeed the links between the two countries run deep. This month the 70th anniversary commemorations of the Arctic Convoys paid tribute to the courage of British sailors in supplying Russia during the darkest days of World War Two. English has been widely taught in Russian schools so that today most industrialists will have a reasonable command of the language. Russians enjoy visiting the UK and appreciate our culture and heritage.

The President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation in welcoming participants to Metalloobrabotka paid tribute to the growth of the Exhibition, showcasing the products of leading manufacturers from all over the world. He drew attention to the Chamber’s continuous focus on the mechanical engineering industry, and in particular the machine-tool building sector.

Wider export opportunities will be discussed at the UK Trade & Export Finance Conference on 11 June in Birmingham. The event, supported by the MTA, will bring British companies of all sizes (multinationals, mid-cap and SMEs) together to discuss how best to increase UK exports. MTA members are entitled to a 15% discount on delegate fees.

We also have news this week of a free workshop at the University of Sheffield AMRC on 10 June entitled Apprenticeships: Legalities and Mentoring. The workshop provides an overview of the critical legal requirements of an employer when employing apprentices together with an insight into an effective mentoring process operated within an apprenticeship programme.

As we close for distribution we have just received news that unfortunately the Warwick Manufacturing Group has cancelled the Additive Manufacturing Seminar on 13 June.

Have a good weekend.

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

CBI Industrial Trends Survey, May 2013:  The latest edition of the CBI survey shows that output was broadly flat over the 3 months to May, but that firms continue to predict a robust acceleration over the coming 3 months, although at a slightly slower pace than in the April survey.  Twelve of the sixteen sectors in the CBI analysis anticipate a pick-up in growth over the coming 3 months, with the Mechanical Engineering (Machinery) sector among the strongest areas.

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.

Star Micronics GB Open House

Star Micronics GB Open House

Sliding head lathe specialists Star GB will be holding an Open House event at their Melbourne, Derbyshire headquarters from 18th to 20th June.

Engineers will be on hand to demonstrate the capabilities of some of the company’s most popular sliding head lathes and how they can benefit your company’s productivity and efficiency.
Star executives will also be on hand to give advice on financing future machine purchases including capital allowances, fixed cost deals and low start options.

Missouri inward mission

Missouri inward mission

The Governor of the State of Missouri will be leading a business mission to Europe in June and will be hosting an evening reception on Wednesday 19th June at the Institute of Directors in London.

If an MTA member with business links to Missouri would like to attend please contact Paul O’Donnell at the MTA.
 

Trade & Export Finance Conference

Trade & Export Finance Conference

The UK Trade & Export Finance Conference, supported by the MTA, will bring British companies of all sizes (multinationals, mid-cap and SMEs) together to discuss how best to increase UK exports. Presentations will focus on the  economic challenges faced by UK companies, the ongoing problems in the Eurozone and the wider opportunities in the emerging markets.

The event is hosted with support from the Institute of Export, Trade & Export Finance Ltd and The British Exporters Association.

Apprenticeships: Legalities and Mentoring

Apprenticeships: Legalities and Mentoring

The University of Sheffield AMRC is organising a free workshop on 10 June entitled Apprenticeships: Legalities and Mentoring. The workshop provides an overview of the critical legal requirements of an employer when employing apprentices together with an insight into an effective mentoring process operated within an apprenticeship programme.

This workshop is aimed at individuals who have responsibility for employing and training apprentices i.e. HR Managers, Operational Managers, Apprentice Mentors, Supervisors, and Team Leaders.

Metalloobrabotka, Russian show expands

Metalloobrabotka, Russian show expands

This past week at the Expocentre, Moscow the annual Metalloobrabotka industrial technology and machine tool exhibition has attracted considerable interest.  The photograph shows the busy MTA stand at the Exhibition and initial feedback from exhibitors has been positive.

This year’s event saw a 30% increase from the previous year in the number of exhibitors. Over 40 countries were represented at the Exhibition through the 1400 companies exhibiting. Exhibition space covered 38,000 square metres.