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Welcome to the Friday Brief for 7 February 2014.
The MTA’s Annual Dinner & Awards took place at the ICC – Birmingham last night and was an outstanding success. In this week’s Friday Brief we list the winning entries in the Manufacturing Industry Awards and link to MTA President Mark Ridgway’s speech. It was a truly memorable evening and we offer congratulations to all the winners.
There was more good news this week with the announcement that Richard Noble OBE the World land speed record holder and Project Director for the Bloodhound Supersonic Car (SSC) project will open the MACH Exhibition. Many MACH Exhibitors are involved with the Bloodhound SSC project and MACH 2014 is the third time that the team itself will be at the Show.

This week’s economic data is led by January’s Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for the UK and supports the growth trend in activity in the manufacturing sector.  Also, the latest quarterly edition of the CBI Industrial Trends Survey shows the strongest growth in manufacturing orders since April 2011, with domestic orders leading the way. 
Your participation in the MTA Business Survey is once again requested. Your contribution helps make this survey a valuable and timely indicator of the trends for the manufacturing technology sector in the UK.  We have details of how you can access the on-line form but please remember to try to respond by Thursday 13th February.
We also have details about the EPSRC Centre in Ultra Precision’s one day plastic electronics themed meeting in Sedgefield on Wednesday 19 February.  The meeting aims to bring together key members from industry and academia with research interests in plastic electronics fabrication technologies.
Finally, remembering MACH 2014 will shortly be upon us, in this week’s brief we draw MACH exhibitors’ attention to the Exhibitor & Training Day which will be held at the NEC on 18 February. This is a valuable opportunity for exhibitors to learn how best to maximise their presence at the Exhibition and how to gain coverage in the trade press attending the event.
Have a good weekend.

Plastic Electronics Fabrication

Plastic Electronics Fabrication

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.

The Speakers will include: Professor Paul Shore, Director of EPSRC Centre in Ultra Precision at Cranfield University and Dr Jon Helliwell, Business Unit Director, Printable Electronics Centre for Process Innovation Limited.

Economic data this week

Economic data this week

PMI, UK and Euro-zone, January 2014:  The Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for the UK stood at 56.7 in January; although this is its lowest level for 3 months, it is important to emphasise that this is still indicating strong growth in activity in the manufacturing sector.  Rates of expansion in both output and new orders remain well above their long-run average levels and this has supported an increase in employment.  The on-going improvement in global market conditions meant that the rate of increase in new export business was near to a three year record level.

MACH Exhibitor & Training Day

MACH Exhibitor & Training Day

All MACH exhibitors are reminded that there is an Exhibitor Training Day scheduled for 18 February at the NEC – Birmingham.
The aim of the Day is to assist exhibitors make the most of their attendance at MACH and a number of speakers will be on hand to offer useful advice. The Day will start with registration at 0930 and the morning session will focus on media and PR opportunities. After lunch the afternoon session will be led by guest speaker Simon Naudi who will concentrate on how to get the most out of MACH.
Exhibitors wishing to attend should register by e-mailing:

Roaring into MACH

Roaring into MACH

As excitement mounts for MACH 2014 the latest news is that World land speed record holder and Project Director for the Bloodhound Supersonic Car (SSC) Richard Noble OBE will be on the start line to open the Exhibition.

Bloodhound has long been on the floor plan but the announcement that Richard will be opening the event is great news. Many MACH Exhibitors are involved with the Bloodhound SSC project and MACH 2014 is the third time that the team themselves will be at the Show.

MTA Annual Dinner & Awards

MTA Annual Dinner & Awards

Celebration and challenge were to the fore at the MTA’s 2014 Annual Dinner and Awards held at the ICC – Birmingham on Thursday night.

The Keynote of the evening was the speech given by MTA President Mark Ridgway OBE. Mr Ridgway set out the new horizons that are emerging in engineering based manufacturing and challenged his audience to explore them.