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Newsletter Listing intro for week 37

Welcome to the Friday Brief for week-ending 13 September.

There has been a focus on looking ahead to key exhibitions this week. EMO 2013, of course, starts in Hannover on Monday and thirty-five British companies will be exhibiting at this major exhibition. The MTA will be supporting British exhibitors at the event and has played a leading role with the UKTI in organising the British Visitors Lounge. MTA members attending EMO are reminded of the invitation to our networking reception on Tuesday 17 September 2013 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm where representatives from German and British companies will exchange opinions on current trends and new business opportunities. On Thursday of this week the MTA hosted a briefing for members of the manufacturing trade press at our Bayswater offices. This was a well-attended event designed to keep editors and specialist journalists informed of the MTA’s latest initiatives and to give an update on the latest developments concerning MACH 2014.

If you have not already registered for the forthcoming AILU workshop on the role of lasers in composite manufacturing then do bear in mind that the use of composites has grown greatly over the past decade. Moreover, lasers in providing non-contact processing with the capability for 'cold' machining offer unique solutions to the challenge or cutting and drilling these materials. We have details in this week’s Friday Brief.
We also have news of a UKTI trade mission to China in October designed to open the market for members with expertise in promoting sustainability in manufacturing.  The Factory Equipment, Infrastructure and Service Providers Clean & Energy Efficient Production (CEEP) Mission to China will provide companies with the opportunity to explore what is a fast growing market.

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. Members considering an application to the Fund are welcome to contact the MTA for advice and support.

Don’t forget the MTA Golf Day on 26 September. This event has been well supported and promises to be an excellent networking occasion.  The next Members Quarterly Meeting will be on 9 October and will be held at SECO’s UK Headquarters in Alcester. Later in the month the MTA’s Annual Forecast Seminar will take place 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.

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

European Industrial Output, July 2013:          Data from Eurostat shows a fall in industrial production in the euro-zone of -1.5% compared to June 2013 and a reduction of -1.0% for the EU28.  Looking back 12 months, the euro-zone has seen a fall of -2.1% in industrial production, with a decline of -1.7% for the EU28.

CEEP mission to China in October

CEEP mission to China in October

Members with expertise in promoting sustainability in manufacturing may be interested in a UKTI Organised Trade Mission to three major Chinese cities in October. The Factory Equipment, Infrastructure and Service Providers Clean & Energy Efficient Production (CEEP) Mission to China will provide companies with the opportunity to explore what is a fast growing market.

Citizen opens its doors

Citizen opens its doors

The latest Citizen Cincom CNC sliding head and Miyano fixed head lathes and turning centres will be in action at Citizen’s Open House between 8-10 October.

Citizen will have experts on hand who can help you with any projects or technical issues so feel free to bring component drawings or examples for discussion or just take the opportunity to network with other visitors and supplier partners.

Regional Growth Fund bids open

Regional Growth Fund bids open

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.

Europe – The West Midlands Biggest Market

Europe – The West Midlands Biggest Market

Businesses in the West Midlands looking to export to Europe, increase current sales on the Continent or further afield should consider attending the briefing and discussions on 19 September.
The event is organised jointly by Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Our Biggest Market and aimed at providing an overview of the commercial opportunities offered by the EU’s Single Market and the 37 Free Trade Agreements [FTAs]. The event will be held between 0900 and 1400 on 19 September at the Jury’s Inn Hotel, Birmingham.

British Networking event at EMO 2013

British Networking event at EMO 2013

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.