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Newsletter Listing intro for week 36

Welcome to the Friday Brief for week-ending 6 September.

There has been cheering news this week from  positive figures relating to the UK manufacturing, covering particularly the automotive and aerospace sectors. The Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for the UK also reached a two and half year high in August with both output and new orders rising at their fastest rates since 1994. 

We have news that the UK Manufacturing Zone at MACH 2014 has welcomed its latest exhibitor, namely Rolls-Royce the aero engine manufacturer. Rolls-Royce now joins other leading OEMs in the Zone including Airbus and Messier-Bugatti-Dowty. The Exhibition is certainly expanding its networking opportunities and providing the starting point for building stronger supply chains.

The MTA’s commitment to developing innovative apprenticeship opportunities and supporting education and training more widely was highlighted in this week’s Manufacturing Supplement in The Guardian newspaper. The MTA’s Director General, Graham Dewhurst, was interviewed for the Supplement, which also provided favourable publicity for MACH 2014.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has released details of the application process for the latest round of bids through the Regional Growth Fund. We have further details including Lord Heseltine’s top tips for successful bids.

The August edition of the MTA Business Survey is now open and you can access the on-line form at http://www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-august13;  even if you can’t (or would rather not) answer all the questions, you can still contribute towards the overall picture of the sector - please try to do this by Monday 9th September.

Dates for your diary include the MTA Golf Day on 26 September, the next Members Quarterly Meeting on 9 October which will be held at SECO’s  UK Headquarters in Alcester and the Annual Forecast Seminar on 22 October, the venue for which will be Mazak’s European Headquarters in Worcester. Finally, the MTA’s Annual Dinner will take place at the ICC Birmingham on 6 February 2014.

Have a good weekend.

MTA features in The Guardian

MTA features in The Guardian

The MTA's commitment to supporting innovative apprenticeships in the manufacturing technologies sector and to promoting education & training at MACH 2014 was featured this week in The Guardian's 'Manufacturing the Future' Supplement.  The article included an interview with Graham Dewhurst, MTA Director General, describing the MTA's work to highlight the skills shortages in engineering based manufacturing and the MTA's practical work to develop innovative apprenticeship schemes.

Economic data this week

Economic data this week

PMI, UK and Euro-zone, August 2013:  The Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for the UK reached a 2½ year high in August at 57.2 as both output and new orders were rising at their fastest rates since 1994; the overall index was, however, held back by higher costs with raw material prices rising.  Output grew significantly in all sectors, but was led by intermediate goods; the record rate of orders growth, at its highest since August 1994, was mainly in the domestic market, although there was also a solid increase in overseas demand from a wide range of countries/regions.

Networking at EMO

Networking at EMO

For those members attending EMO 2013, the MTA and Daniel Rutstein, Director of UK Trade & Investment in Germany, would like to extend an invitation to our networking reception on Tuesday 17 September 2013 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Join us for our reception and benefit from this opportunity to network with German and British companies and to exchange opinions on current trends and new business opportunities. We will highlight the strengths of the UK machine tool industry and what UK Trade & Investment can offer.

New Regional Growth Fund Bids

New Regional Growth Fund Bids

Businesses across England have been urged to prepare applications for funding from the next round of the Regional Growth Fund by the Deputy Prime Minister. This Round 5 funding will formally open in October and will be focused entirely on private enterprise proposals, for high quality projects that can generate significant private sector investment and create sustainable jobs.