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Newsletter Listing intro for week 28

This week saw the MTA’s annual TDI Awards Finals Day. Twelve young people competed to wow the judges with their innovative and imaginative Design and Technology projects. The standard this year was very high and some outstanding projects missed out on the prizes. You can find out more about some very special winners in the article below.

It was great to be reminded of the fantastic work that is happening in classrooms and workshops up and down the country; not least because we’ve had to report too often in the Friday Brief over the last couple of years about problems with the D&T Curriculum and the difficulties the subject is facing in schools and colleges. So it is pleasing to be able to report some definite progress, with the new Programmes of Study published this week representing a big step forward for the subject.

This morning the Business Secretary was at Goodwood for the Festival of Speed. While it is an open secret that Dr Cable is a bit of a petrol head, he had some important business to conduct; namely the launch of the Government’s Automotive Strategy. This is the latest of the Sector Strategies that are being rolled out and contains substantial investment commitments on the part of both Government and the Industry, more below.

It is essential that Strategies like the one launched today do not forget the importance of the supply chain. That’s a theme that the MTA is determined to bring through at MACH 2014 too and we’re pleased to report that the UK Manufacturing Zone, which gives British supply chain SMEs the chance to exhibit next to their blue chip customers, is proving very popular with potential exhibitors.

Staying with exhibitions we’ve also got news of a major manufacturing technologies exhibition in fast growing Mexico.

Even further afield we have the latest Market Report from the MTA’s China Representative Gordon King. The picture is mixed, with sentiment unsure about some indicators but investment in areas like automotive and infrastructure continues apace.

On the subject of indicators - a reminder that the June Business Survey is in the field now. The numbers across the UK economy, and indeed UK manufacturing, are not giving a clear steer at the moment, so it is even more important to secure reliable data about how our sector is faring.

Last but by no means least, a reminder about a couple of events happening next week. The ‘Access OEM’ seminar at JCB on the 16th July is completely sold out, and numbers are also strong for the Inter-Association Golf Day on the 17th, although we could squeeze one or two more in. If you’re booked on for the JCB event but can’t make it let us know so we can offer your place to another member.

Have a good weekend.

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 09.30. The event will finish with a three course evening meal and prize giving.

Please confirm your participation and current handicap to Alice Smith on 0207 298 6416.

Automotive Sector Strategy Launched

Automotive Sector Strategy Launched

The latest plank of the Government’s Industrial Strategy, aimed at the automotive sector, was unveiled today at the Goodwood Festival of Speed by Business Secretary Vince Cable and Richard Parry-Jones who chairs the Automotive Council.

The headline is a £1billion package of investment – half each from Government and the industry - into an Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) to research, develop and commercialise technologies for the vehicles of the future.

Other features of the document “Driving success” include:

Economic Data this week

Economic Data this week

UK Industrial Output, May 2013:  Data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows a sharp fall in output compared to May 2012, but despite seasonal adjustment of the data, this is complicated by the fact that the bank holiday was moved to June in 2012;  this is a theme that runs through the data this month when we are looking at comparisons with last year, even taking 3-month blocks to get round some of the month-to-month volatility.  Another complication is that the ONS have re-based the data to 2010 which makes direct comparison with the previous figures di

Expo Manufactura, Mexico

Expo Manufactura, Mexico

Mexico is one of the most attractive places to do business in the world with emerging market demographics and access to the huge and growing American economy to its north. March 2014 will see the Expo Manufactura, the country’s biggest manufacturing  technologies exhibition staged in Monterrey.

You can find out more about it on the Expo Manufactura Website.

TDI Challenge 2013 Final

TDI Challenge 2013 Final

Wednesday saw this year’s TDI Challenge Finals Day.  TDI is an annual competition, organised by the MTA, which rewards the very best engineering projects produced by Britain’s 14-19 year olds. The awards put the emphasis on taking the coursework out of the classroom and into the business world.

The Final was held once again at Yamazaki Mazak in Worcester and saw twelve young people drawn from across the UK, including from as far afield as Scotland, exhibit and present their projects to a panel of experienced MTA Education & Training Committee members.

Standards Raised for D&T in Schools

Standards Raised for D&T in Schools

Following a successful week with the MTA’s TDI Challenge, there was yet more good news for Design & Technology.

Monday saw the publication of the Government’s revised Design and Technology (D&T) programmes of study for KS1 to 3. The new programmes build on existing good practice and more accurately reflect the distinctive nature of the subject. There is a welcome new emphasis on up-to-date design and manufacturing processes including 3D Printing and Robotics which have been added to the subject.

MACH 2014 UK Manufacturing Zone - Filling Up Quickly

MACH 2014 UK Manufacturing Zone - Filling Up Quickly

The UK Manufacturing Zone for MACH 2014 continues to grow and is being expanded to accommodate the unprecedented demand for space from British manufacturers.

The Zone will see the very best of UK based supply chain manufacturers alongside blue chip OEM’s and Tier 1’s from the aerospace, nuclear, power generation, medical, oil and gas sectors, highlighting the strength of the UK’s manufacturing base.

The Zone will be supported by a dynamic seminar programme and networking events throughout the week.