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Newsletter Listing intro for week 16

Welcome to the Thursday Brief for 17 April 2014.

MACH 2014 by all measures was an outstanding success. During the five days of the Exhibition over 23,000 visitors attended the show; this is an increase of over 10% on MACH 2012. The final number of exhibitors was a record 612.
The atmosphere on the Exhibition floor was very encouraging. Exhibitors reported that visitors were genuinely interested in the products on display and keen to purchase. This is further evidence of the upturn in the UK’s engineering-based manufacturing sector.
Now that the MACH 2014 is over we reflect in this week’s Brief on the visit to the Exhibition by the Business Secretary Vince Cable. After receiving a briefing from leading companies in the sector the Business Secretary toured the Exhibition before delivering a speech to a large audience in the Seminar Theatre.
Released at MACH 2014 was the latest issue of Basic Facts/Key Messages. This annual publication will be posted out to members in the next few days but can also be downloaded from this week’s story.
We also have news of a special event during MACH 2014 when three generations of the Hurley family met on the PDJ Vibro stand. The business was formed 30 years ago by John Hurley.
Other news this week includes an announcement of a UKTI webinar coming up in May on winning business from government departments. There is also a request from a German machine tool manufacturer for a British distributor.
Economic news this week shows that UK manufacturing output grew by +0.8% in the latest 3 months ending February 2014 compared to the previous 3 months and by +2.7% compared to the same period a year earlier.
Finally, we have the latest manufacturing report on China. This is available to download from the Brief and includes details of recent developments in amongst other sectors the Chinese aerospace and automotive industries.

Have a good weekend.
 

UK distributor wanted

UK distributor wanted

German manufacturer of machine tools, Monforts, is looking for a UK distributor. The company is a specialist in the development and manufacture of turning, milling and drilling machines.

Interested members should contact: Jens Hendricks, Area Sales Manager,
A. Monforts Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH,
Schwalmstr. 301, D-41238 Mönchengladbach
Tel.: +49 2161 9461-450
Mobile: +49-175 2987217

e-mail: hendricks@monforts-wzm.de
www.monforts-wzm.de

China manufacturing report

China manufacturing report

The latest report on manufacturing trends in China has just been received. The report gives an overview of developments in the Chinese automotive and aerospace manufacturing sectors. There is also news of Chinese shipbuilding and marine engineering developments.
The report contains other useful information including factors effecting economic performance around the Chinese Spring Festival. There will also be direct charter flights from Birmingham to Beijing from July this year.
Download the report below:
 

PDJ Vibro celebrates 30 years.

PDJ Vibro celebrates 30 years.

MTA member PDJ Vibro not only celebrated 30 years in business at MACH 2014 but had its best MACH ever. In the month to date PDJ Vibro has sold 19 machines, and on average was selling a machine a day at the MACH exhibition.
PDJ Vibro was founded by John Hurley. On the final day of the show three generations of the Hurley family were present on the Company stand. Pictured left to right in the photograph are Graham Dewhurst - MTA Director General, David Hurley Managing Director, David’s son Thomas Hurley and John Hurley.
 

NEW BASIC FACTS & KEY MESSAGES PUBLISHED

NEW BASIC FACTS & KEY MESSAGES PUBLISHED

At MACH 2014, we launched the new edition of our combined Basic Facts & Key Messages booklet.  Basic Facts provides a summary of published statistics for the machine tools, cutting tools and tool/work-holding elements of the manufacturing technology sector;  other areas such as software and metrology are not well defined, so we do not have detailed figures, but we do include these in our summary for the sector as a whole.  Key Messages expresses the main areas of our lobbying activity with a focus on 6 issues on which MTA has a unique contribution to make.

ECONOMIC DATA

ECONOMIC DATA

UK Manufacturing Output, February 2014:  Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that UK manufacturing output grew by +0.8% in the latest 3 months (December 2013, January and February 2014) compared to the previous 3 months (September, October and November 2013) and by +2.7% compared to the same period a year earlier (December 2012, January and February 2013).  Manufacturing output is now at its highest level since January 2012.

Win new Government business

Win new Government business

Government procurement isn't the complicated process you may have thought it to be. And it isn't just something big companies can benefit from.

Attend the UKTI’s FREE webinar and representatives from a UK company that won Government business will explain how they did it. You'll also hear from the UK's Crown Commercial Service and have the chance to ask both parties questions.

MACH 2014 Review

MACH 2014 Review

Last week saw over 23,000 people visit MACH 2014. This is an increase of over 10% on MACH 2012. The final number of exhibitors was a record 612.
As well as figures from across the industry the Exhibition, which was opened by Richard Noble OBE, was visited by Business Secretary Dr Vince Cable MP who toured the Exhibition and delivered a speech to a packed Seminar Theatre.