Welcome to the Friday Brief for 16 May 2014.
This week we remind all members to make sure that their contacts in schools and colleges are aware of the MTA’s 2014 Technology Design & Innovation (TDI) Challenge as the closing date for submitting entries is Friday 23 May. Students are not required to do any additional work as they only need to submit the project work that they will already have worked on over the past year for their public examinations. Shortlisted students will be invited along with their teachers and parents to an assessment at Yamazaki Mazak’s European Manufacturing Headquarters in Worcester later in the summer. As part of the day the students will have a tour of the state of the art facility and be given lunch. This really is a superb opportunity for the engineers and designers of the future to showcase their talents. Links to enter are in the Friday Brief story.
A major announcement this week is that the MTA will be hosting an advanced machining event on 24 June as part of the Global Manufacturing Festival taking place 24th-25th June, at the AMRC in Sheffield. Internationally recognised leaders will discuss the future of machining and the range of different technologies available to address those challenges. Visitors will be able to view live demonstrations including the latest tooling, toolholders and toolpart cutting technology.
The economic news this week shows that industrial output in Europe was broadly flat in March. Compared to March 2013, total industrial production fell by -0.1% in the Euro-zone, but increased by +0.5% for the EU28. Analysing this 12 month period it can be seen that Capital Goods has been ahead of total industrial output; with Euro-zone output of this sector increasing by +2.6% and growth in the EU28 as a whole at +3.0%.
We have news of a headline conference in June looking at the future of manufacturing. Entitled ‘How new technologies can improve the performance and competitiveness of UK manufacturing’ the conference is designed to inform and inspire engineers on the disruptive technologies that are transforming production environments. Amongst the speakers will be Dr Emma Rushforth, Warwick Manufacturing Group; Professor Steve Burnage, University of Surrey/Lockheed Martin; Dr Helen Meese, IMechE; Ben Morgan, Sheffield AMRC and Graham Dewhurst, the Director General of the MTA.
Also in this week’s Brief is a reminder to MACH exhibitors to complete their survey returns. These questionnaires provide valuable feedback on the exhibition and will help make MACH 2016 even better.
Have a good weekend.