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Newsletter Listing intro for week 24

Welcome to the MTA Friday Brief for the 14th of June.

With some brave economists calling ‘green shoots’, we’ve data to suggest that the automotive and aerospace sectors continue to lead the way. That is true at least for the UK; much of the rest of Europe continues to contract. However, the latest International Trade Survey, suggests that British businesses are pretty bullish about their export potential. Three in five companies thought they would grow their markets overseas. The same survey also highlighted some areas where companies felt ill equipped to capitalise on export opportunities. These included access to trade finance and specific experience and know-how.

Trade associations like the MTA can help here. We can signpost you to some of the right finance packages available through UK Export Finance and can help you with your export plans, particularly if you’re targeting China or Russia where we have offices and staff in place. Dr Igor Bazhenov, Director MTA Russia, will be in the UK during the week commencing 22nd July. If you’d like to set up a meeting contact Adrian Sell at asell@mta.org.uk .

Thinking not quite so far afield, don’t forget that you can also take advantage of the MTA’s Offices in London to host meetings in a friendly, elegant (and cost effective!) environment. Click through for all the details of what’s available.

The MTA Inter Association Golf Day on the 17th of July will certainly be friendly (some of the swings may even be elegant…) and there are still a few places left for this really enjoyable sporting, social and networking event.

Looking further ahead, October will see the 2013 International Metrology Congress in Paris (7-10 October) we’ve details of how to sign up below.

MTA member Renishaw hosted a media open day this week at their new facility at Miskin outside Cardiff and the MTA was invited along. You can read a taster of what to look out for from the company below.

The Technology Strategy Board channels funds into industry to help innovation. Their voucher scheme is a simple starting point and the latest competition for them closes on the 24th July.

Finally MTA member Unison is celebrating both 40 years in business and the opening of a new factory next week with an open house; happy birthday and congratulations to them!

Have a good weekend.

International Metrology Congress

International Metrology Congress

The 2013 International Congress of Metrology will draw together all the major players in the world of measurement including industrial users, technical experts, associations, academics, manufacturers and service providers. The Congress will be staged in Paris, France between 7-10 October and will showcase the added value of measurement as a tool for process improvement and risk management.

Inter-Association Golf Day

Inter-Association Golf Day

The annual Inter-Association Golf Day will be held on 17 July at the Leicestershire Golf Club. Two trophies are at stake so the MTA is looking for a good turn out from members. The day will start with tea/coffee and bacon sandwiches, with the first ‘T’ at 0930. The event will finish with a three course evening meal and prize giving.
Please confirm your participation and current handicap to Alice Smith on 020 7 298 6416 or email asmith@mta.org.uk
For further details see:

TBAT promotes Innovation Vouchers

TBAT promotes Innovation Vouchers

Innovation Vouchers is a scheme operated by the Government’s Technology Strategy Board. It provides funding to allow SME businesses to obtain external expertise to gain new knowledge and allow them to innovate, develop and grow. The TBAT Innovation consultancy is keen to promote the scheme and the expertise it can offer businesses taking part in the scheme.
The key features of the Innovation vouchers scheme are:
• Innovation vouchers are available to new start, micro and SME companies anywhere in the UK
• Vouchers are available up to £5,000 and are 100% funded

Renishaw’s Miskin first phase operating

Renishaw’s Miskin first phase operating

Renishaw hosted a trade press briefing at its Miskin, South Wales factory this week to demonstrate the operation of the first phase of the factory refurbishment programme. In this first phase 68,500 ft2 has so far been refurbished with three flexible manufacturing lines set up. A further 66,000 ft2  has also been refurbished in preparation for further manufacturing development.

The total Miskin factory occupies 461,000 ft2 and was purchased from Bosch for £7.7 million in 2011. Bosch originally set up the plant to produce vehicle alternators.

Unison celebrates with Open House

Unison celebrates with Open House

Unison is celebrating 40 years of delivering world class technology with the unveiling of its new factory during its Open House week 17 to 21 June.

Together with Unison’s strategic partners the Company will be giving a number of machine presentations at its Scarborough facility. Leading the presentations will be the new Unison 80mm FAST Multistack machine and its new 3D simulator.

The Open House will take place each day between 0900 and 1700. Further details can be obtained from stuartm@unisonltd.com tel: 01723 581051
 

Survey highlights export potential

Survey highlights export potential

Results from the 2013 International Trade Survey, undertaken by Trade & Export Finance Limited and supported by The Institute of Export, shows that three out of five companies surveyed expect their exports to increase over the next five years.

However, respondents particularly small and medium sized businesses also reported that their lack of experience in exporting was the single most constraining factor in entering overseas markets. The Survey contacted 20,000 companies and received 1600 responses.

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

UK Industrial Output, March 2013:  Data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that manufacturing output was lower in April than it was in both March 2013 and a year earlier in April 2012.  However, we prefer to focus on the 3-mnth moving average as this smooths out some of the inevitable lumps in the monthly data.  On this basis, manufacturing output in the last 3 months (February, March and April) was +0.5% higher than in the previous 3 months (November and December 2012 and January 2013), but was -1.2% lower than a year earlier (February, March and Ap