Welcome to the Friday Brief for 20 June 2014.
The MTA’s Russia Office was celebrating its latest success at the Metalloobrabotka Exhibition in Moscow this week. MTA Russia Office member MA Ford Europe signed a $500,000 contract at the show to supply a range of manufacturing companies of South Federal District of Russia with solid cordite cutting tools. The deal has been facilitated by MTA Russia Office Director Dr. Igor Bazhenov and is the biggest order to date for MA Ford Europe in Russia. The Company’s previous record was a $250,000 contract. The signing on the MTA stand took place between Nick Trott, Technical Director MA Ford Europe and Vladimir Tishin, Director General of South Centre of Industrial Technologies, the city of Rostov-on-Don. We have full details in the Friday Brief.
The MTA’s new Chief Executive Officer, James Selka, made a presentation at the ‘Smarter Factories’ conference this week in Birmingham. James’s presentation was entitled, ‘How are you going to make the future?’ and was well received by the business leaders from across the manufacturing sector who attended the high profile conference.
We have just received details from UKTI that it is facilitating an inward visit of Indian companies interested in 3D printing technologies. Members wishing to attend need to register by 23 June and should contact James Fudge at the MTA on 020 7298 6420 in the first instance.
We also have news of a master class for improving your international supply chain being organised by UKTI. The one day event will be held in Central London in July. We have also received details of a webinar in July exploring ways of protecting your company’s intellectual property in India.
The economic news this week shows the continued slow, but steady improvement in industrial output in Europe, with the capital sector running just ahead of the total figures, especially for the EU28 as a whole. For the UK the Bank of England Agents’ latest report is still painting a pretty healthy picture for manufacturing, although there is perhaps a slight concern about the lowering of investment intentions.
There is a reminder to members who have registered for the Advances in Machining event on 24 June. Your badges can be collected from the reception of the AMRC Training Centre from 0900. Car parking is limited at the AMRC Training Centre so the organisers have requested delegates to car share or use public transport where ever possible. The Advances in Machining event is part of the Global Manufacturing Festival taking place 24th-25th June in Sheffield.
We have more details in this week’s Friday Brief about the Inter-Association Golf Day on 16 July. So start getting your teams together.
Have a good weekend.