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Newsletter Listing intro for week 38

Welcome to the Friday Brief for week-ending 20 September.

First feedback from those attending the EMO Exhibition in Hannover this week has been favourable with the exhibition halls being particularly busy on Wednesday and Thursday. The MTA supported British exhibitors at the event and played a leading role with the UKTI in organising the British Visitors Lounge where German and British companies could discuss current trends and new business opportunities. We will have a full story of the event in next week’s Friday Brief.

Looking ahead to future exhibitions we have news this week of the EMTE – EASTPO Exhibition in Shanghai 14-17 July 2014, this event is endorsed by CECIMO. Also, the first of six new business centres opened in India this week. We have a link to the opening ceremony and further details of how British businesses could benefit from these new centres.

The importance given to establishing apprenticeships is never far from members attention and we have heartening news of local support in Yorkshire for an apprenticeship offered at 600 UK in Heckmondwike. However, there is a timely reminder from MTA service supplier Croner about the legal implications of taking on an apprentice.

Don’t forget 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.

Expo Guide warning

Expo Guide warning

The Mexico based ‘exhibition directory’  Expo Guide  is targeting exhibitors to MACH 2014. Do not reply to emails inviting you to register in their directory. The approach is a scam to trick you into a financial commitment so do advise your staff.
Expo Guide is not an official publication and has no connection with MACH 2014.
 

EMTE-EASTPO in Shanghai

EMTE-EASTPO in Shanghai

The European Machine Tool Exhibition in collaboration with the Shanghai International Machine Tool Fair will be held between 14 - 17 July 2014 at the  Shanghai New International Expo Centre, China. The event is being jointly organised by CECIMO (European Association of the Machine Tool Industries) Associations and exhibition organisers EASTPO.

The organisers are expecting 1,200 exhibitors and 50,000 visitors to the Exhibition which will occupy 50,000 m2  floor space. Martin Kapp, President of CECIMO and Chairman of VDW (German Machine Tool Builders Association) says:

Bowers Open Days

Bowers Open Days

Bowers is organising two open days in October at its new sales office and demonstration suite in Camberley, Surrey see: Sales Office and Demonstration Suite in Camberley, Surrey.

IMECHE launches Awards

IMECHE launches Awards

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers has launched a new-look Manufacturing Excellence Awards incorporating a new online tool that will offer companies free, immediate and targeted business advice.
Philippa Oldham, Head of Manufacturing at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers says:
“This new, streamlined business improvement programme is being offered free to all UK manufacturing businesses – whatever their size.

Apprentices and the law

Apprentices and the law

The recent rise in apprenticeship starts is a very welcome trend. However, as companies, including MTA Members, consider moving to take them on (perhaps for the first time in several years) concerns are being expressed. The key area which is causing concern is the arena of Employment Law.

EMO first feedback

EMO first feedback

On Saturday, for the first time in a week, the exhibition halls of Hannover will fall silent as EMO draws to a close for another two years. As is always the case the numbers behind the show are impressive, 2,100 exhibitors present, 47,000 tons of machinery on display and 50,000 litres of beer consumed. The final number of visitors to the Exhibition should be known next week but it’s certain to be well into six figures.

British business centres open in India

British business centres open in India

Yesterday saw the launch of a new British Business Centre in India. The Centre run by the UK India Business Council with the support of UKTI, in Gurgaon near New Delhi, is the first of six planned in the country. The aim is to make it easier for British firms to do business in that country.
The Centres will offer Launchpad Services, Office Space, Hotdesking, Meetings Facilities and dedicated Events Space to UK companies looking to take advantage of one of the world’s biggest markets.

600 UK supports apprenticeship

600 UK supports apprenticeship

Luis Lowe, from Morley, has been awarded a year-long funded manufacturing apprenticeship at Heckmondwike-based 600 UK through an initiative by the Huddersfield Town Foundation. Speaking to the Yorkshire Post, Luis said, “It’s a good opportunity because it’s a really big company.”
Luis was selected from more than 50 applicants to be offered the apprenticeship at the machine tool manufacturer and distributor. The apprenticeship will be funded by the Town Foundation using proceeds from the Manufactured Yorkshire 13 exhibition held in May this year.