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Welcome to the Friday Brief for 27 June 2014.

The Global Manufacturing Festival took place in Sheffield this week with many members attending. The MTA partnered with the University of Sheffield AMRC to put on the Advances in Machining event on 24 June. An audience of nearly 200 heard leading speakers from the manufacturing technologies sector and were able to discuss the latest advances with companies exhibiting at the event. The Festival attracted senior figures from across manufacturing, a networking highlight being the dinner at Ponds Forge in the centre of Sheffield.   The Business Secretary Dr Vince Cable MP also spoke at the Festival. He used the occasion to announce the formation of new national colleges, one of which is expected to be focused on advanced manufacturing.
This week the Technology Strategy Board launched competitions totalling £6 million for collaborative R&D funding and feasibility studies finance. The programmes are designed to encourage the development of new proof of concepts or production processes. Partnerships of two or more companies can apply for the collaborative R&D funding scheme while individual companies or groupings can put bids in for the feasibility studies programme.
An announcement of other funding opportunities this week came from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) with the launch of Round 6 of the Regional Growth Fund (RGF). In Round 6 is worth up to £200 million in total and the support is being made available to private organisations. We have more details in the Brief.

The long awaited report by The Labour Party into issues holding back advanced manufacturing in the UK has just been released. The report has been headed by Mike Wright, Jaguar Land Rover’s Executive Director, and we have first news of the contents in this week’s Friday Brief.

This week also saw the publication of the Business Finance Guide, published jointly by the British Business Bank and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales. The guide claims to be relevant to all sorts of businesses although it will be particularly appropriate to start-ups.

We have a reminder in this week’s Friday Brief about the Inter-Association Golf Day on 16 July. An event not to be missed with trophies at stake !
Have a good weekend.
 

BUSINESS ENQUIRY

BUSINESS ENQUIRY

We have been approached by our colleagues at AFM (the Spanish machine tool and tooling manufacturers association) to ask if anyone is interested in acting as the UK agent for a company manufacturing special solutions for turning, milling, grinding, rolling and welding for automotive parts, especially those related to the CV joint.  The company is looking for an agency type agreement rather than a distributor.  If you are interested to find out more about this opportunity, in the first instance, please contact Geoff Noon at MTA (gnoon@mta.org.uk) and we

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

CBI Industrial Trends Survey, June 2014:  The latest results from the monthly CBI Trends Survey shows that demand for UK manufacturing strengthened further during June;  total order books were at their highest since last December’s 18-year high and output growth over the past 3 months has remained firm, while expectation for the next 3 months are constant at high levels.

BIS launches RGF Round 6

BIS launches RGF Round 6

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) launched Round 6 of the Regional Growth Fund (RGF) this week
In Round 6 at least £200 million of RGF support is being made available to private organisations, such as limited companies and universities. For this round bidders have until midday on 30 September 2014 to submit their applications to the Fund. Bids that are selected for support will have until March 2017 to drawn down the RGF funding.

TSB’s collaborative R&D funding

TSB’s collaborative R&D funding

The Technology Strategy Board (TSB) is inviting applications for £5 million of funding for collaborative research and development projects and a further £1 million for feasibility studies.
The schemes are part of the TSB’s Mechanical Conversion Manufacturing Processes initiative which aims to encourage the development of novel proof of concept or production processes in for example: machining; casting; forging; moulding and joining.

MTA supports the Sheffield Global Manufacturing Festival

MTA supports the Sheffield Global Manufacturing Festival

The UK’s leading industrialists attended the Global Manufacturing Festival in Sheffield this week. The three day event was centred on the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) and included the Advances in Machining conference organised in partnership with the MTA. Presentations included contributions from Airbus, GE and JLR.