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Newsletter Listing intro for week 34

Welcome to the Friday Brief for week ending 23 August.

This morning The Office for National Statistics (ONS) released the second estimate of growth for the UK economy for the 2nd Quarter.  The quarter-on-quarter growth rate has been revised up to +0.7% (from +0.6% in the initial estimate) making the economy +1.5% larger than a year ago. This positive news complements the improving figures from Europe, also included in this week’s economic report.

The MTA’s China Office Manager has sent booking details for next February’s CCMT Exhibition in Shanghai, China. The MTA plans to have a UK Pavilion similar to the one at this year’s CIMT Exhibition.  If you might be interested in exhibiting do look at this week’s Friday Brief entry as applications need to be made by 13 September. There is also another exciting opportunity next year, with the first CECIMO backed EMTE/Eastpo exhibition in July, and we will be gauging support for that very soon.

The Warwick Manufacturing Group’s SME team based at the International Institute for Product and Service Innovation is laying on a breakfast meeting on 26th September from 7.30am. The event will highlight the Group’s world class manufacturing technologies expertise and the support it can offer to SMEs looking to innovate and expand. We have contact details for interested companies.
This week we also have news of a five day short course at Cranfield University in November aimed at updating your skills and knowledge in state of the art machine tool technology.
An entry for your diaries is 6th February 2014 which will be the date of the MTA Annual Dinner. In the meantime, remember to practice your swing in preparation for the MTA Golf Day in September. There are still a few places left so see today’s Friday Brief for entry details.
Have a good bank holiday weekend !
 

Engineering short course

Engineering short course

The EPSRC Centre in Ultra Precision will be delivering a practical five day intensive short course covering the basic principles and state-of-the-art concepts to increase the precision, accuracy and reliability of machine tools and products, will take place at Cranfield University, 25-29 November 2013.
The course is aimed at engineers working in the machine tool, automotive, aerospace, optics and semiconductor industries:
• Gain knowledge to increase the precision, accuracy and reliability of your machines and products

The MTA's AGM

The MTA's AGM

The MTA’s Annual General Meeting will be held on 4 December 2013 at the Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon, Warwickshire. Save the date in your diary now for what promises to be an interesting venue for the AGM. Full details will be released as soon as they are available.

Calling West Midlands SME innovators

Calling West Midlands SME innovators

The WMG SME Team is kick-starting their programme of support for West Midlands SMEs over a breakfast event on 26th September from 7.30am. The team based at the International Institute for Product and Service Innovation, an ERDF funded building,  provides small and medium sized businesses with a range of assistance including workshops, customised company projects, support with funding applications and access to skills.

CCMT 2014

CCMT 2014

We finally have the details of the MTA UK Pavilion at next year’s CCMT in Shanghai 24 – 28 February inclusive and are inviting companies to officially apply for space.

The gross area of the exhibition at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre  is 100,000m2, with only 20-30,000m2 being available for international companies making it more domestic than CIMT, but we believe this is a positive point as exhibiting companies are there to meet potential Chinese customers.

Economic Data this week

Economic Data this week

UK GDP, 2nd Quarter 2013:  The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released the 2nd estimate of growth for the UK economy;  they have revised the quarter-on-quarter growth rate up to +0.7% (from +0.6% in the initial estimate), mainly because of small upwards revisions across a number of sectors in the economy.  This makes the economy +1.5% larger than a year ago.