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Hello and welcome to the Friday Brief for the 17th of January 2014.

As the festive season recedes into the distance the New Year is really picking up the pace. That means that the MTA’s Annual Gala Dinner, and the unrivalled opportunity it presents for networking, is almost upon us. If you’ve been putting off booking your places until now, don’t delay so you won’t miss out.

Also picking up the pace is the High Value Manufacturing Catapult which links centres of excellence around the country such as the AMRC and the MTC. Chancellor George Osborne visited the latter yesterday and the MTA was there to hear what he had to say…

The New Year also sees the publication of datasets relating to the old with, mostly good-ish, stats coming out of Europe for the latter part of 2013. There is growth too to be seen in the recently published 2012 figures for UK Machine Tool production. You can find out all the detail in the story.

Coming up in February is the CCMT Trade exhibition in China. Quite a few MTA members are exhibiting either directly or through agents; if you are one, then be sure to get your details to us in time to be included in our guide to UK companies, full details below.

We finish the Friday Brief this week with a couple of short articles about new technologies. Firstly we have news of an opportunity to learn more about plastic electronics fabrication technologies at a one day conference being run by the EPSRC Centre for Ultra Precision, which features a fascinating line up of experts from industry and academia. Secondly we have news of the latest frontier being broached by the 3D Printing industry - Chocolate. Seriously.

Have a good weekend.

Economic Data this week

Economic Data this week

European Manufacturing Output, November 2013:  Data from Eurostat shows that total industrial output (which comprises manufacturing, extraction, energy production and utilities) in the euro-zone was +1.8% higher than in October, with growth of +1.5% for the EU28 as a whole.  Compared to November 2012, the growth rate was +3.0% for both the euro-zone and the EU28.

MTA Annual Dinner

MTA Annual Dinner

Time is running out to reserve your place at the MTA’s Annual Gala Dinner!

Set for the 6th February and held at Birmingham’s ICC, the event, which incorporates the Manufacturing Industry Awards, promises to be a truly memorable evening and includes dinner, fine wines and outstanding entertainment.

Networking can be vital part of building the relationships that business depends on and events like the MTA Dinner are a great opportunity to meet new people and companies as well as cement ties you’ve already built.

Chancellor visits the MTC

Chancellor visits the MTC

As he seeks to make political weather Chancellor George Osborne was in the Midlands this week to visit the Manufacturing Technology Centre at Ansty Park. The MTA was there too, to take part in the High Value Manufacturing Catapult Summit. The event was attended by over one hundred invited guests, comprised of Catapult partner companies and sponsors, together with other stakeholders.

Plastic Electronics Fabrication Technologies

Plastic Electronics Fabrication Technologies

Plastic Electronics Fabrication Technologies
Centre for Process Innovation Limited, Sedgefield, Co. Durham

Wednesday 19 February 2014
10.00 am (registration from 09.30 am)

The EPSRC Centre in Ultra Precision is holding a one day plastic electronics themed meeting at the Centre for Process Innovation Limited, Sedgefield on Wednesday 19 February 2014.  The meeting aims to bring together key members from industry and academia with research interests in plastic electronics fabrication technologies.

Speakers:

Calling all CCMT Exhibitors

Calling all CCMT Exhibitors

This is a quick reminder to those companies exhibiting at CCMT in February. The MTA will be producing a ‘quick guide’ to UK Exhibitors at the show to be distributed from our stand.

If you are exhibiting at the show please could you send the following information to the MTA’s China Representative, Gordon King (gking@mta.org.uk):

Company name
Exhibiting on (agents name) if applicable
Booth Number
Specific products being shown

3D Chocolate

3D Chocolate

Are we far enough removed from Christmas to talk about chocolate yet?

If the answer to that question is yes then you might be interested in the latest from the world of 3D Printing. 3D System’s newest venture is into the world of confectionary as they have teamed up with US chocolate manufacturer Hershey. According to Chuck Hall, 3D Systems Chief Technology Officer their mission is to “…expand the 3D printing experience into delectable edibles”.