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Newsletter Listing intro for week 50

Welcome to the Friday Brief for week-ending 13 December.

Thoughts are now firmly focused on the MACH 2014 Exhibition and the MTA is delighted to announce that, with four months still to go until the exhibition opens its doors, this week saw the total space sold pass the 20,000m2 mark - the total space sold for the last MACH in 2012.

An important key feature of the MACH Exhibition is the chance for students and young people to be taken on conducted tours, visiting stands where exhibitors are able to show them exciting technology on display. This helps raise young people’s interest in a career in engineering based manufacturing and is a great showcase for the manufacturing technologies sector. In this week’s Friday Brief we have details of how your company can contribute to the tours.

The economic news this week saw the latest data for manufacturing output in the UK confirm the good news that we have seen in recent PMI data with output overall growing and - significantly for the manufacturing technologies sector - capital goods continuing to lead the way with growth rates that are stronger than the headline data for manufacturing as a whole would suggest. 

We have a story this week highlighting the recent HSE Report on machine interlocks. The MTA’s Technical Committee is formulating a response to this Report and would appreciate your company’s input. Please see the Friday Brief story for more details.

The MTA’s Annual General Meeting was held on 4 December at the Gaydon Motor Heritage Centre, Warwickshire. During the AGM it was announced that Tony Bowkett, Managing Director of Nikken Kosakusho Europe Ltd had been nominated by the Board as the successor to Mark Ridgway’s Presidency. The guest speaker was Professor Sir Mike Gregory who spoke on the challenges facing manufacturing in the 21 Century.

Finally, if you have not already done so remember to book your places for the MTA’s Annual Dinner and Awards on 6th February 2014. Last year this event was completely sold out, so don’t miss what promises to be a fantastic evening.

Have a good weekend.

AGM Looks to the future

AGM Looks to the future

This year’s MTA Annual General Meeting was held at the Gaydon Heritage Motor Centre, Warwickshire on 4th December. Mark Ridgway OBE, the MTA President, paid tribute to the strong sales performance to date for MACH 2014 and added that, “The delivery of a great MACH in April will be a cornerstone of the Association’s year.”

Annual Dinner booking up fast

Annual Dinner booking up fast

The MTA’s Annual Dinner & Awards 2014 is one of the most eagerly anticipated events in the manufacturing calendar.  So far over 500 members have registered for the Dinner & Awards which will be held on 6 February 2014  at the International Convention Centre, Birmingham. There will be excellent entertainment, superb food, the chance to network with old friends and meet new contacts. In 2013 tables sold out weeks before the event so be sure to get make your reservation in time. 

Guard Interlocks - Feedback Needed

Guard Interlocks - Feedback Needed

The HSE Health & Safety Laboratory’s recent study on defeating guard interlocks could have repercussions for future machine design and possible retrospective action in order to prevent misuses. The MTA’s Technical Committee is requesting members to send in their comments so that it can formulate a detailed response for discussion with HSE.

A full study and a shortened version can be downloaded below.
Members should address their comments to the MTA’s Technical Manager, Richard Griffiths :    rgriffiths@mta.org.uk

International Conference - Call for papers

International Conference - Call for papers

Southampton Solent University is inviting
participation in the 12th International
Conference on Manufacturing Research (ICMR)
from 9–11 September 2014.The conference to be held at Southampton Solent University, Southampton, will include keynote presentations by internationally renowned researchers and industrialists, as well as papers from academia and industry, exploring all core areas of manufacturing engineering.

Student Tours at MACH 2014

Student Tours at MACH 2014

The MTA is once again running tours for students at MACH 2014. We believe that it is essential that young people get to experience the best that modern manufacturing has to offer and a structured tour is the best way to ensure that they appreciate the range of technology out there. These tours will be conducted in relatively small groups.

Not only will the tours help the young people get the most out of their visit, but they should also ensure the time spent by stand personnel talking to these groups is managed and contained.

Economic News

Economic News

UK Manufacturing Output, October 2013:  Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show an increase in total manufacturing output in October compared to both September 2013 and to October 2012.  However, monthly data can be volatile, even when seasonally adjusted and we focus on the moving 3-month average trend as this smooth’s out some of the blips.