Welcome to the Friday Brief for week-ending 4 October.
Congratulations are in order for Joseph Rhodes, part of Group Rhodes, on being officially presented this week with the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade. We have a full story about the presentation from Dr Ingrid Roscoe, Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, during a special Group Rhodes Open Day held at The Hepworth, Wakefield.
Members are reminded about the MTA’s next Members Quarterly Meeting on 9th October. The half day event will be held at SECO’s UK Headquarters in Alcester and is entitled Growing our Future Engineers. There will be a presentation by Lee Kilgour, Principal at Aston University Engineering Academy (AUEA), on developing engineering talent followed by a presentation on ensuring apprenticeship retention delivered by Geoff Lloyd, Managing Director, Heller Machine Tools Ltd. See the Friday Brief story for booking details.
The week saw confirmed booked space for MACH 2014 has now exceeded 18,000m2. This is a significant milestone and reflects the interest that is being shown in exhibiting at MACH 2014.
We have details in this week’s Friday Brief of a request for expressions of interest by British companies in contributing to Indonesia’s Low Cost Green Cars programme. This promises to be a large initiative and members could benefit from early engagement with this development. On a related theme, the UKTI has launched details of its regionally based Export Week in November.
News has reached us of Huddersfield University’s involvement with a European Union funded research programme into prolonging the life of machine tools.
The September 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-sept13; remember to try to contribute by Tuesday 8th October if possible.
Members are also reminded that bookings are now being taken for the MTA’s Annual Dinner which will take place at the ICC Birmingham on 6 February 2014. The last Annual Dinner was oversubscribed so be sure to apply for your tickets early! Members considering entering the MTA’s annual Manufacturing Industry Awards are alerted to the deadline of 15 November for submitting entries. This is an outstanding opportunity to showcase your company’s achievements and/or the potential of one of your young engineers. Categories include Best Supplier Partnership, Best Training Scheme and Young Engineer of the Year. Applications for the AMTRI scholarship are also welcomed.
Finally, don’t forget the MTA’s Annual Forecast Seminar will take place on 22 October, the venue for which will be Mazak’s European Headquarters in Worcester.
Have a good weekend.