Welcome to the final Friday Brief of 2013.
2013 proved to be a strong year for most of our sector and 2014 looks set to be even better. The latest CECIMO stats toolkit has a 10% growth forecast for the industry – more below.
Still looking ahead to 2014 we have report of a meeting with the new Trade Minister Lord Livingston who set out some of his priorities, which accord with MTA thinking, in taking over as head of UKTI.
Switzerland in May (17-19) will be the venue for 2014’s European Cutting Tool Association Conference, we have more about it including the topics to be covered and how to register below.
A message that comes through again and again at member’s meetings, most recently the Autumn MQM held in October, is the need for the school curriculum to adequately prepare young people for careers in engineering. To this end the MTA has joined the Design and Technology Association which represents that subject in schools.
The next Friday Brief will be published on the 10th of January. May all of us here at Bayswater Road take the opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.