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Newsletter Listing intro for week 41

Welcome to the Friday Brief for week-ending 11 October.

This week saw the latest MTA Members Quarterly Meeting. The interactive half day event was held at SECO’s UK Headquarters in Alcester and entitled Growing our Future Engineers. There was 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. As well as those themed presentations, members also heard from Steve Gee of Close Asset Finance on the funds they have available from the Regional Growth Fund.

While world financial markets have been nervous this week pending a resolution of the stand-off between US President Barack Obama and the Republican leadership in Congress, some press outlets in the UK have taken an interest in manufacturing output figures just released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) for August. While the figures show a reduction in activity compared with July, comparing the three months of June, July and August with the previous three months (March, April and May 2013) there is an increase of +1.2%. It was ever thus, the media’s temptation to steal a quick headline at the expense of writing about the wider trends!

If you’re looking to make sense of the economy, especially as it relates to manufacturing technologies, then happily help is at hand with the MTA’s Forecast Seminar on the 22nd of October at Yamazaki Mazak in Worcester. Full details below.

Still on the economic picture here’s a timely reminder to send in your return to the MTA’s Business Survey for September as the more members who participate the more representative the result. Please see this week’s Friday Brief entry for a reminder of submission details. Similarly, we have details of business enquiries that emerged from the recent EMO trade show in Hannover. There may be a relevant lead for your business among them.

The MTA has just been sent the outline of a British trade mission to the Arkhangelsk region of Russia between 6 - 7 November 2013. Interested companies can influence the programme and suggest enterprises that they would like to visit. However, an urgent response is needed as the deadline for registration is Friday 18th October.
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. Headline entertainment will include comedian Alistair McGowan. The last Annual Dinner was oversubscribed, and places are going fast this year, so be sure to apply for your tickets early!
Members considering entering the MTA’s Manufacturing Industry Awards, which will be presented during the Annual Dinner, 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.
A final note for your diaries: the 4th of December will see the MTA AGM at Gaydon Heritage Motor Centre. We’re delighted that this year we will be joined the Professor Sir Mike Gregory, Director of the Institute for Manufacturing at Cambridge University, who will share his thoughts on the challenges manufacturing faces in the 21st Century.

Have a good weekend.
 

 

Dugard Open House

Dugard Open House

The Dugard head office in Hove will be hosting an Open House event between Tuesday 15 and Thursday 17 October.
On show will be the Samsung machines straight from EMO as well as brand new machines: the Dugard 760E and Dugard 1000E low cost VMCs; Dugard X5 five axis VMC with Nikken table; Dugard 65TTSY multi-axis CNC lathe; and the Dugard Academy 446 multi-function teach lathe.
The Company also has stock of all the key machines from the Dugard range, ready for immediate delivery.

Industry Awards

Industry Awards

With a 15 November deadline you should now be seriously considering entries for the MTA’s Annual Manufacturing Industry Awards. This is an outstanding opportunity to showcase your company’s achievements and/or the potential of one of your engineers. Categories include Best Supplier Partnership, Best Training Scheme and Young Engineer of the Year. The AMTRI scholarship will be awarded by an expert panel convened by the MTA.

MTA Annual Dinner

MTA Annual Dinner

The MTA is delighted to announce the Annual Dinner 2014 will be held on 6 February 2014.
The Annual Dinner is a high point of the manufacturing calendar and sees hundreds of senior people in engineering based manufacturing come together to celebrate the success of the industry in a friendly, convivial, environment. The event will be held at the International Convention Centre in the middle of Birmingham and always proves very popular with outstanding entertainment and a chance to catch up with old friends and make new contacts.

MTA Forecast Seminar

MTA Forecast Seminar

The MTA Annual Forecast Seminar will be held on 22 October 2013 at Yamazaki Mazak’s European Headquarters at Worcester.
The Forecast Seminar will highlight economic and industry trends across all the key sectors for manufacturing technologies and will include a special focus on the aerospace industry. The second part of the session will include the announcement of the Oxford Economics/MTA forecast for the manufacturing technology market in both the UK and in 22 other markets around the world.

MTA Business Survey

MTA Business Survey

This is just a reminder that there is still time to participate in the September edition of the MTA Business Survey is now open; the on-line form is at www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-sept13.  This is one of our slightly longer quarterly surveys, but we hope this won’t put you off from responding and even if you cannot (or would rather not) answer all of the questions, some information is better than none and we would still value your input.  The survey will be closing early next week so, if you have not already done so (and

Business enquiries

Business enquiries

During EMO we had contacts with manufacturers who are looking for distribution partners in the UK.  If any of these are of interest, please contact Geoff Noon (e-mail gnoon@mta.org.uk) for further details:
• Hannsa Precision, a Taiwanese manufacturer of machining centres and CNC lathes, is looking for a distributor in the UK market.
• An Indian manufacturer of CNC lathes, CNC milling machines and machining centres for a wide range of applications is looking for distribution partners across Europe and particularly in the UK.

Members Quarterly Meeting

Members Quarterly Meeting

The MTA’s Members Quarterly Meeting (MQM) on 9th October was themed around  “Growing our Future Engineers”  and reflected on the challenges of recruiting, training and retaining young engineers to the manufacturing technologies sector. As has been the case for all this year’s MQM’s, the session took the form of a seminar with members given the opportunity to interact via electronic polling and through questions.

Urgent Opportunity

Urgent Opportunity

The British Consulate-General in Saint Petersburg, Russia is arranging an inward delegation of UK companies to Arkhangelsk between 6 - 7 November 2013. The aim of this visit is to explore business opportunities in the region through meetings with key decision-makers at Arkhangelsk Administration and local enterprises.

Economic news

Economic news

UK Industrial Output, August 2013:  The headlines around the data on manufacturing output released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) focussed on a reduction in activity during August (compared to July).  While this seems to have been a trend that was generally shared by most of the major industrial groupings - intermediate goods looks to be the only one to have bucked this trend - it is always dangerous to put too much emphasis on the figures for just one month and we prefer to look at the rolling 3-month trends.