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Newsletter Listing intro for week 14

Welcome to the Friday Brief for 4 April 2014.

With the MACH 2014 Exhibition nearly upon us the MTA’s focus this week has been on the physical build-up to the show at the NEC Birmingham. Pre-registration figures continue to be well ahead of previous years and the anticipation from all quarters is mounting. Remember to visit the MACH Exhibition website to download all the MACH Bulletins and the free MACH 2014 App. This guide will provide you with an interactive listing of exhibitors, stand locations and floor plans; seminar and speakers’ details.
There is news this week of the Future Manufacturing Forum Seminar to be held at the MTC on 30 April 2014. The event is free to attend and will demonstrate how companies could benefit from creating 3D digital catalogues and becoming ‘3D Searchable' on the web.
We have a reminder that the UKTI is hosting a trade mission for advanced engineering companies to Central Europe to coincide with the Hungarian Grand Prix, 21-24 July. The mission is aimed at companies operating in the automotive and aerospace supply chains, including companies at tiers 3 and 4. The organisers are particularly keen to include companies with expertise in Rapid Prototyping, Composite Manufacture and Engineering Services.
Economic news this week shows that the UK PMI is down from the very high levels seen recently, but at 55.3 it is still well into positive territory and it is one of those times when it is more important to look at the level rather than the trend. There is also a request for responses to the latest MTA Business Survey.
Finally, we have notification of the Cleaning and Degreasing Forum being held on Tuesday April 29th in coordination with the HSE, SEA and Safechem. It has been arranged in response to Trichloroethylene and N-Propyl Bromide (NPB) being put on the SVHC list for the implementation of REACH.
Have a good weekend.

Cleaning and Degreasing Forum

Cleaning and Degreasing Forum

An event in coordination with the HSE, SEA and Safechem has been arranged in response to Trichloroethylene and N-Propyl Bromide (NPB) being put on the SVHC list for the implementation of REACH. The forum will be held on Tuesday April 29th at RAF Cosford, UK.  

In terms of Trichloroethylene there is an immediate situation as the sunset date has been set for April 2016 which leaves 2 years to make the necessary changes.

Economic update

Economic update

PMI, UK and Euro-zone, March 2014:  The Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for the UK fell a little again in March to 55.3 (compared to 56.2 in February);  however, this is one of those times when it is important to look at the levels as well as the trends as this is the 12th consecutive month in positive territory and anything above 55 should be seen as a very strong number and the index is well above its long-run average of 51.4.  Output has been rising, underpinned by rising levels of new orders, although the pace of this growth has slowed, mainly in the investment goods se

Trade Mission to Central Europe

Trade Mission to Central Europe

UKTI are hosting a trade mission for advanced engineering companies to Central Europe to coincide with the Hungarian Grand Prix, 21-24 July.
With UK engineering so heavily involved in Formula 1 the event is an obvious place to showcase what we have to offer to what is the fastest growing part of Europe. Based in Budapest the event will target participants from Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Austria and Romania as well as Hungary.

Final countdown to MACH 2014

Final countdown to MACH 2014

Final preparations for MACH 2014 are underway with exhibitors and contractors working hard to complete the final arrangements at the NEC-Birmingham. The pre-registration figures are comfortably ahead of expectations and many of the Seminar presentations are already sold out.
Richard Noble OBE, the former land speed record holder and Director of the Bloodhound Supersonic Car Project, will formally open the Exhibition at 1100 am on Monday 7 April at the entrance to Hall 5. He will then tour the exhibition and later in the day give a presentation as part of the Seminar Programme.