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Newsletter Listing intro for week 40

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.

New IET President's Speech

New IET President's Speech

Barry Brooks, the IET’s new President, will be giving his inaugural speech on British innovation, engineering and invention at the Royal Institution on Thursday 3rd October from 18:45.  The new President will be stressing the need for more to be done to make sure the UK engineering sector prospers in the face of growing demand for talent and increased competition from other countries such as Germany.

UKTI Export Week

UKTI Export Week

Following the success of Export Week in May, which focused on High Growth Markets, UK Trade & Investment will run a series of regional events during the week of November 11-15. Each region will hold at least one event per day aimed at getting your business to either start exporting or expand your export activity. Joining us will be the three devolved administrations plus a large number of partners and associations.

New research

New research

Huddersfield University has joined a €6.2m project aimed at doubling the life of machine tools. The project is funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) and includes 14 partners, including universities, research institutes and engineering companies. Huddersfield University - home to the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Advanced Metrology - is the sole representative from the UK.

Indonesian opportunity

Indonesian opportunity

The Indonesia Government has launched an incentive scheme for manufacturers of Low Cost Green Cars. The government’s aim is to make Indonesia the ASEAN production hub for LCGC’s ahead of the start of the ASEAN Economic Community in 2015. Production has been forecast to reach 1.5 million units by 2014 and 2 million units by 2016.

Economic news

Economic news

PMI, UK and Euro-zone, September 2013:  The Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for the UK remained at close to the August level and at 56.7 (August was revised to 57.1) it is at a level not seen since the end of 2010.  Manufacturing output expanded for the 6th successive month and was at close to August’s 19-year high pace;  new orders were also at a similar level to that achieved in August, with the domestic market the main source of new contracts.  Other good news from the UK series is that job creation climbed to a 28-month peak.

MTA Business Survey

MTA Business Survey

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 this is one of our slightly longer quarterly surveys, but we hope that this will not put you off responding – remember, if there is a question or two that you can’t (or would rather not) answer, don’t worry as you can still contribute towards the overall picture of the sector - please try to do this by Tuesday 8th October.

Tornos Open House

Tornos Open House

A joint event entitled “Think Manufacturing, Think Profit” is being held at the Tornos and Matsuura technical facilities centre at Coalville, Leicestershire between October 15th to 17th.

The other main headline partners will be Fanuc, Delcam, Zoller and SYS making up 23 metal cutting and related exhibitor companies. A total of 17 metal cutting machines will be demonstrated and product specialists will be on hand to assist you.
Follow the link to register:  http://www.tornos.com/en/content/news-and-events-1

Queens Award

Queens Award

Joseph Rhodes, part of Group Rhodes, was presented on 2 October with the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade by Dr Ingrid Roscoe, Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire. The presentation was made during a special Group Rhodes Open Day held at The Hepworth, Wakefield.