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Friday Brief 5 July 2013

Welcome to the Friday Brief for the 5th of July. Astonishingly we are now only nine months away from MACH 2014. That date milestone has coincided with an exhibitor milestone, as we welcomed the 300th Exhibitor to sign up to join us. You can read more about the firm, W.H. Tildesley, below. This week has also seen the Exhibitor Zone on the MACH 2014 Website www.machexhibition.com go live. Use it to upload your logs, products, brochures, videos and other material to make your part of the MACH 2014 website your own.

Already on the Floorplan is the Bloodhound SSC, the UK attempt to build a car that will do a cool 1000mph. Many MTA members are involved in the project, with Castle Precision, who will manufacture the wheels, the latest. Bloodhound will sit in the Education and Training Zone at MACH 2014 because inspiring and educating the next generation of world beating engineers is one of the central goals of the project; one which got a big boost this week as Government committed a further £1m to the outreach programme.

Another great feature coming up for the Education and Training Zone is the inclusion of the Midlands heats of the Worldskills competition. There was a reminder of the goal those young people have set themselves this week as Worldskills 2013 kicked-off in Leipzig. You can find out more about the UK’s entrants in this week’s Friday Brief.

It’s been a rollercoaster week on the foreign exchanges and equity markets as the new Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, has lost no time in stamping his views on Monetary Policy. He confirmed that we can expect historically low interest rates for some years to come. The last couple of weeks have seen the publication of a raft of surveys, most of which have pointed to a stronger economy in the pipeline – you can read Geoff Noon’s summaries below. Also a reminder: the MTA’s own Business Survey for June is now in the field, if you’d like to contribute to helping build a better picture of our industry get in contact with Geoff at gnoon@mta.org.uk .

Another area where the MTA needs to make sure its voice heard is in Brussels. We are working with CECIMO, our European umbrella group, to make sure the changes to the market surveillance regime make sense for industry, full details below.

Finally we have news of a two day manufacturing conference being held at the University of Cambridge, and a discounted participant rate for MTA members.

Have a Good Weekend.

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More Support for Bloodhounds Education Mission

More Support for Bloodhounds Education Mission

 There was exciting news from Supersonic Car and MACH 2014 Exhibitor, Bloodhound SSC this week. Minister for Science David Willets opened their new state of the art assembly facility at Avonmouth near Bristol, and announced a further £1million of grant funding for Bloodhound’s education and outreach work.

 Educational materials based on the project are already in over 5,000 schools around the country and interest and excitement are bound to pick up as the time for the 1000mph record attempt draws ever closer.

Worldskills 2013 Underway

Worldskills 2013 Underway

 More than a 1,000 finalists representing 54 nations have gathered in Leipzig to show which nations are producing the most skilled young work force. It’s the first Worldskills since London 2011 and the competition is sure to be fierce. Next year, in an exciting new initiative, MACH 2014 will host the Midlands Finals for the some of the engineering based manufacturing Competitions.

The Team UK is made up of talented young engineers who have been intensively training for the last two years to ensure that they are in tip top condition.

300th MACH Exhibitor!

300th MACH Exhibitor!

300th MACH Exhibitor!

With just over nine months to go until MACH 2014 opens its door on the 7th of April the exhibition has signed up its 300th Exhibitor.

Willenhall based forging company W.H. Tildesley signed up this week for a stand in the UK Manufacturing Zone. The company is a one stop shop for fully machined forged components in the full range of materials for manufacturers in all industries.

Economic News

Economic News

 The June edition of the MTA Business Survey is one of our slightly longer editions and comes at an opportune time as survey data points to an improvement in the sector, at least in the UK.  We would like to thank those of you who have already replied and invite those who haven’t to take part in this survey so that we get a good picture of the current situation in the manufacturing technology sector.  You can access the on-line form at http://www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-june13;  even if you can’t (or would rather not) ans

European Parliament report on Market Surveillance

European Parliament report on Market Surveillance

This follows our Friday Brief announcement in February of the European Commission’s proposed new Regulation on Market Surveillance. MTA members will recall the EC’s stated objective of creating a level playing field for businesses by streamlining the enforcement of existing EU legislation for the safety of all non-food products.  In response, CECIMO and industry support platform partners issued a 5-point position paper. This was within the framework of their market surveillance advocacy campaign manifesto of Nov 2011.

Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium

Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium

 The Annual Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium is the chance to hear from world-leading business figures and thinkers on the challenges facing modern manufacturing.

The Symposium is a two day conference hosted by the Institute for Manufacturing at the University of Cambridge on the 19th and 20th of September.

The Symposium is a unique event that brings together senior industrialists and leading academics to share approaches and experiences in this strategic domain. The event this year covers the following key themes: