Welcome to the Friday Brief for 6 June 2014.
This week saw James Selka join the MTA as Chief Executive Officer. James is replacing Director General Graham Dewhurst who announced his retirement earlier this year. James brings over 25 years manufacturing experience to his new position together with expertise in supply chain development, logistics and corporate finance. James says he’s looking forward to finding out more about the dynamic companies that make up the MTA, delivering value for our members and standing up for our sector. The full story is in the Brief.
There is growing excitement about the Advances in Machining event on 24 June that the MTA is organising as part of the Global Manufacturing Festival taking place 24th-25th June in Sheffield. The event features a major conference focusing on the future of machining and emerging technologies with leading speakers from across the manufacturing technologies sector. Visitors will be able to view live demonstrations including the latest tooling, toolholders and toolpart cutting technology. The event will also include the Manufacturing Dinner on 24 June, a networking opportunity not to miss. We have full details of registering for the event and booking places for the Dinner in the Friday Brief.
We have news of UKTI promoting opportunities in the energy sectors of Europe’s emerging economies with a specific webinar on 12 June. UKTI has also just informed us that it is sponsoring networking events in Brazil later this month to coincide with the Football World Cup. The Brazilian Government is committed to spend £280bn on energy and infrastructure projects in the years ahead. The networking events are aimed at introducing UK suppliers to this lucrative market.
The economic news this week shows strong figures for the UK Purchasing Managers Index (PMI). The positive news seems to be broadly based with new orders picking up in investment goods following some slower months for this sector of manufacturing. The GDP figures from Europe are also encouraging although there are some disappointing numbers in certain countries.
There is a reminder to members to complete their MTA Business Survey returns. Your co-operation will help make the Survey more representative of the sector we represent.
Also in this week’s Brief is an announcement about the Open House at Kasto Ltd between 18-20 June. The company will be laying on demonstrations and presentations at its Milton Keynes base.
Have a good weekend.