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Newsletter Listing intro for week 46

Welcome to the Friday Brief for week-ending 15 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.

Many congratulations go to Sir David McMurtry, Chairman and Chief Executive of Renishaw plc who this week received The Daily Telegraph Award for a Decade of Excellence in Business at the 2013 National Business Awards. Sir David created the first ever touch-trigger probe, which led to him starting his own business Renishaw, with co-founder John Deer. He has now been at the helm of Renishaw for 40 years, with the company now employing 3,300 people and reaching the FTSE 250.

Another Friday Brief story highlights the announcement of an opportunity for young engineers to take part in one of the sessions at The Manufacturer Directors Conference 3-4 December at the ICC, Birmingham. This would be a good chance for young engineers to interact with some of the current debates in manufacturing. Places are limited so please see the Friday Brief story.
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 and one of our sector’s most interesting thinkers, who will share his thoughts on the challenges manufacturing faces in the 21st Century. See this week’s story for registration details.

Have a good weekend.

Timely rewards for jig grinding trio

Timely rewards for jig grinding trio

Three operators with over 70 years’ experience of working on Hauser jig grinding machines have been presented with wrist watches and long service certificates by the Swiss manufacturer in recognition for their loyalty and skills development.

Suresh Patel, Ashley Beadling and John Meggison have been working the jig grinders in one of Western Europe’s largest jig grinding cells at the Kegworth, Derby factory of Slack & Parr Limited, manufacturers of precision gear metering pumps used for polymer extrusion and metering generally in the man-made fibre industry.

Exporting is Great

Exporting is Great

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) is launching a new marketing campaign this month to encourage small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to grow internationally.
This is part of the Government’s commitment to improve its communications about the support available for SMEs who wish to grow their business in the recovering economy.

The MTA understand the importance of exporting to member companies and we have a number of overseas exhibiting opportunities for members; both in terms of UK pavilions and funding opportunities.

MTA Business Survey

MTA Business Survey

Just a quick reminder that the October edition of the MTA Business Survey is now open and you can access the on-line form from the MTA website. 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 current situation in this market.

Economic news this week

Economic news this week

UK Machine Tool Exports/Imports, 3rd Quarter 2013:  Initial analysis of the data released by HM Revenue & Customs this week shows that UK exports of machine tools were worth £128.1 million, +6.0% higher than in the previous quarter, but -2.6% lower than in the 3rd quarter of 2012;  the running total for 2013 is £378.3 million, +0.9% higher than for the first nine months of 2012.  The top 3 exports markets in the 3rd quarter of 2013 were China (£22.9 mil), the USA (£22.1 mil) and Germany (£15.8 mil), although care is needed in interpreting the data for individual countri

CECIMO General Assembly

CECIMO General Assembly

The Autumn General Assembly of CECIMO, the European Association of Machine Tool Manufacturers, was held in Vienna last weekend. The event recorded the highest attendance ever and covered two key areas affecting our industry now and in the future, namely the skills shortage and the European implementation measures on Energy Efficiency (Eco-Design) legislation.
A full report of the event will be in next week’s Friday Brief.
Following the event, CECIMO published two press releases which can be downloaded below.
 

21st Century Manufacturing Challenges

21st Century Manufacturing Challenges

Professor Sir Mike Gregory, Head of the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) at Cambridge University will speak on the challenges manufacturing faces in the 21st Century at the MTA’s AGM to be held at the Gaydon Heritage Motor Centre on 4th December.
Mike Gregory started his career as a machine tool industry manager and is now a leading voice in manufacturing engineering. He founded the Institute for Manufacturing at Cambridge University and is widely acknowledged as one of the most respected thinkers on the future of manufacturing.

Sir David's Award for a Decade of Excellence

Sir David's Award for a Decade of Excellence

Sir David McMurtry, Chairman and Chief Executive of Renishaw plc a MTA member company, has received The Daily Telegraph Award for a Decade of Excellence in Business at the 2013 National Business Awards.
This prestigious Award recognises the winner's sustained achievements within their business sector in the UK. Furthermore, it honours a business personality who is acknowledged for their achievements during a long and distinguished career. Previous winners of this award include Lord Wolfson, CEO, Next and Terry Leahy, CEO, Tesco.

Young engineers invitation

Young engineers invitation

Calling all young engineers in the MTA membership - The Manufacturer Director’s Conference is organising a session focused on the next generation of manufacturers, and is looking to get input from young engineers operating in engineering based manufacturing.