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Welcome to the Friday Brief for week-ending 8 November.

Entries for the MTA’s 2014 Manufacturing Industry Awards are now open. Entering the Awards represents an outstanding opportunity to showcase your company’s achievements and/or the potential of one of your young engineers. Adjudication will be by an expert panel convened by the MTA and the Awards will be presented during the MTA’s Annual Dinner at the ICC Birmingham. Demand for places at the dinner is very strong so shortlisted entrants will be assured valuable publicity in front of a large audience drawn from across UK manufacturing.

Entry to the Manufacturing Industry Awards is not limited to MTA members but businesses are alerted to the deadline of 29 November for submitting entries. A link to the entry details is included in this week’s Friday Brief story. Categories include: Best Supplier Partnership, Best Training Scheme and Young Engineer of the Year. Applications for the AMTRI scholarship are also welcomed.

An important milestone has been passed this week. The MTA is pleased to announce that the MACH 2014 Exhibition has signed up the 400th exhibitor. With five months to go to the opening of the UK’s premier exhibition for manufacturing technologies passing this milestone is evidence of the confidence in the sector.

Another Friday Brief story highlights the announcement of a new £36 million training academy to be based at the Manufacturing Technology Centre, Ansty Park, Coventry. The investment of £18 million from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills will be matched by a further £18m of industry support. One of the MTC’s aims for the academy is to assist small and medium sized businesses with the costs of training apprentices. The centre wants to provide a significant contribution towards solving skills shortages. Apprentices will learn the latest technology in areas such as intelligent automation, additive layer manufacture, laser machining and welding.
A note for your diaries: the 4th of December will see the MTA’s AGM held at Gaydon Heritage Motor Centre. We’re delighted that this year we will be joined by 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. See this week’s story for registration details.
It’s been a positive week on the economic front with the latest data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) confirming the generally positive outlook for the UK which has been evident from the Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) in recent months. Moreover, the output of the capital goods industries, of particular interest to suppliers of manufacturing technologies, increased by +1.8% compared to the previous quarter making it the fastest growing of the major sub-groups within manufacturing.

PMI figures for the Euro-Zone released this week while not as buoyant as for the UK are still in positive territory. Interestingly, the overall reading for the Euro-Zone was 51.3, marginally above the September number, and the fourth consecutive reading above the crucial 50 level. More details on figures for the UK and Euro-Zone are in this week’s Friday Brief story.

Have a good weekend.

EMO confirmed to 2027

EMO confirmed to 2027

An agreement has been signed this week for the EMO metal working fair to be held every two years up to 2027.  The European Association of the Machine Tool Industry (CECIMO), owner of the brand EMO, has signed an agreement with the German machine tool builders' association (VDW) and Fondazione UCIMU, the operating structure of UCIMU-Sistemi per produrre, the association of Italian manufacturers of machine tools, robots, and automation systems, to secure the organization of the next six EMO trade shows.

MTA Business Survey reminder

MTA Business Survey reminder

Just a quick reminder that the October 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-oct13;  We thank those companies who have already replied and hope that others will join them over the next few days - please try to respond by Monday 11th November.  This month’s survey also include a couple of extra questions about access to finance which we are running in conjunction with our colleagues in EAMA that should, we hope, provide an overview of the c

New £36m Training Centre

New £36m Training Centre

The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) has unveiled plans for a £36 million training centre to be built at its Ansty Park, Coventry site to help develop the country’s next generation of engineers. The training centre is part of a £90m expansion plan for the MTC.
The new centre will be a flagship facility for an advanced apprenticeship programme. MTC chief executive Clive Hickman said, “The new elite training centre will create vital skills, developing the next generation of manufacturing engineers and technicians.

EU should "continue to work towards trade deals"

EU should "continue to work towards trade deals"

Group Rhodes CEO and President of the MTA Mark Ridgway OBE believes we "sometimes forget...that the benefits that accrue from EU membership are not all related to how we view our own relationship with Europe, but rather how others view the same equation.”
Commenting on the CBI report that states the importance of the UK remaining in a European Union that accepts key reforms Mark Ridgway says,

MACH passes 400 milestone

MACH passes 400 milestone

This week saw MACH 2014 sign up its 400th exhibitor. That company was Fortron UK who have taken a 75m2 stand in Hall 5 of the NEC Birmingham. Fortron Director Peter Willoughby says: “We’re really looking forward to exhibiting at MACH 2014 and showing our Huron range of machines.”