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Newsletter Listing intro for week 11

Welcome to the Friday Brief for 14 March 2014.

The news this week is led by the announcement that MTA Director General, Graham Dewhurst, is to retire this summer. Graham has been at the helm of the MTA for the past seven years, which have seen significant changes. We have a full account in this week’s Friday Brief.
Exhibitors to MACH 2014 are reminded that we urgently need all ‘space only stands’ to submit their stand plans to operations@adfield.co.uk The deadline for plan submissions has now passed and there are still a few submissions outstanding. Don’t forget that all shell scheme exhibitors also need to submit a full risk assessment and machinery foot print  for their stands to the same email address.
We have more details of the Seminar Programme for MACH 2014 this week. The strong line-up features some of the leading OEMs in the aerospace sector and we have news of the themes that they will be exploring. Other topics represented in the five day programme include the latest developments in 3D and additive manufacturing, developing engineering skills, promoting supply chain innovation, the prospects for civil aerospace growth and exporting to emerging markets.
There is a reminder to MTA members and MACH exhibitors of the Partnering with Czech Companies networking event to be held on 7 April during MACH 2014. The event has attracted Czech manufacturing technologies companies looking to explore inward investment into the UK and partnering deals. Don’t miss this opportunity to explore new avenues, register your place now.
On the economic data front this week we see that the ONS UK Manufacturing output figures increased in January. This follows the broad trend established in 2013, albeit with slightly disappointing months for aerospace in January 2014 and for automotive output in December 2013.
An important half-day seminar on Forging and Forming takes place later this month and we have details of the leading companies that will be sending speakers together with application links.
Members attention is drawn to a new funding scheme aimed at small and medium enterprise research and development. The present focus of the EU SME R&D funding programme is to support companies operating in the advanced manufacturing technology sector. The scheme is designed to assist SME companies rather than just projects and has a 250 million Euro fund to distribute over the next two years. We have full details in the Brief.

Have a good weekend.
 

TRAC to become TORUS

TRAC to become TORUS

Members attention is drawn to TRAC Measurement Systems Ltd changing its name to TORUS Measurement Systems Ltd from 31 March  2014. Additionally, TRAC Americas Inc will become TORUS Americas Inc.

The new TORUS brand will replace the previous TRAC brand across the company’s measurements businesses and furthermore its website will change to www.torus-group.com at the same time.

Direct SME funding

Direct SME funding

 The EU SME Instrument for Research & Development & Innovation financing offers opportunities for small and medium-sized machine tool companies. The next phase of the programme is aimed at advanced manufacturing.

Available under Horizon 2020, the European Union's funding programme for research and innovation for 2014-2020, the scheme will provide direct funding to SMEs through the new SME Instrument which is a company not project-centred programme.

Forging & forming seminar

Forging & forming seminar

A half day seminar organised by NAMTEC on Advances in Forging and Forming will be held on 20 March. This event will bring together some of the leading exponents in the field to discuss the latest techniques and advances in this arena. 
Presenters will include the Advanced Forming Research centre (AFRC), part of the TSB funded High Value Manufacturing Catapult, who are able to offer regional companies access to industry scale R&D facilities.
Other presenters confirmed include; Rolls-Royce, Aubert and Duval, Sheffield Forgemasters, Siemens and Wilde Analysis.

Economic update

Economic update

UK Manufacturing Output, January 2014:  Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that manufacturing output was +0.4% higher than in December 2013 and +3.3% up on a year earlier in January 2013.  However, we prefer to look at the rolling 3-month average as this smooths some of the spikes in month-on-month data.  On this basis, manufacturing output in the latest 3 months (November and December 2013 and January 2014) is +0.7% higher than in the previous 3 months (August, September and October 2013) and +2.2% up on the same period a year ago (November and Decemb

OEMs lead MACH 2014 Seminar Programme

OEMs lead MACH 2014 Seminar Programme

The MACH 2014 Seminar Programme has attracted some of the engineering based manufacturing sector’s leading speakers. The schedule of exciting seminar topics covers the five days of the MACH 2014 Exhibition and includes leading OEMs like Rolls-Royce, Airbus and Messier-Bugatti-Dowty.
On Tuesday 8 April Colin Sirett, Head of R&T, Airbus will talk on the prospects for growth in the civil aerospace sector. Other presentations will feature Chris Wilson, Managing Director of Messier-Bugatti-Dowty and Dr. Mike Percival of Rolls-Royce.

Partner with Czech companies

Partner with Czech companies

A reminder to all MTA members and MACH exhibitors that on 7 April, at MACH 2014 in the NEC Birmingham, the MTA is organising a networking event to explore opportunities for Czech manufacturing technologies companies looking to pursue inward investment and manufacturing joint ventures in the UK.

Members and exhibitors interested in attending should register straight away with Alice Smith at the MTA:  asmith@mta.org.uk

Graham Dewhurst to retire

Graham Dewhurst to retire

Graham Dewhurst, Director General of the Manufacturing Technologies Association, has announced his decision to retire, effective from the summer of 2014.

At the MTA since 2007, he has focused on providing value to members; standing up for their interests and helping them grow their businesses. During his tenure the number of members has grown by 33% and the range of industries and type of company in membership has increased dramatically – a strategy now firmly embedded in the MTA’s plans for the future.