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Newsletter Listing intro for week 51

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.

ECTA Conference 2014

ECTA Conference 2014

The European Cutting Tool Conference 2014, will be held from the 15th to 17th May, in Montreux, at the beautiful lake of Geneva in Switzerland. It is billed by ECTA, the European Cutting Tool Association (of which MTA/BHECTA is a member), as an opportunity to share interesting moments with peers, listen to inspirational speeches and expand your international network.

Lord Livingston I presume...

Lord Livingston I presume...

It's been all change at the top of UKTI this week. The change at Ministerial level, with ex-BT Chief Executive Lord Ian Livingston replacing Lord Green had long been signalled but the departure of Nick Baird as Chief Executive (he takes up a post at Centrica) was less widely anticipated.

MTA joins Design and Technology Association

MTA joins Design and Technology Association

The MTA have now joined the Design and Technology Association (DATA) as a corporate member. DATA are the UK’s most established, trusted and influential D&T organisation.
The MTA has always had good links with the association and been a staunch supporter of their campaigns, such as the ‘Believe in D&T’ campaign run last year.

We believe our membership will enable us to canvass a wider scope of views as well as push our educational initiatives forward.

Economic data this week

Economic data this week

UK National Accounts, 3rd Quarter 2013:  Publication of the UK national accounts by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that the estimate of GDP growth compared to the 2nd quarter of 2013 is +0.8%, unrevised from previous estimates;  however, as a result of changes to data back as far as the start of 2012, GDP in volume terms is now estimated to have grown by +1.9% (revised up from +1.5%) compared to the 3rd quarter of 2012.  The data for the UK economy in 2012 has also been revised, mainly in the measuring of household final consumption and growth last year is n