Skip to main content

Friday Brief Archive

2020

Week 28

Week 27

Week 26

Week 25

Week 24

Week 23

Week 22

Week 21

Week 20

Week 19

Week 18

Week 17

Week 16

Week 15

Week 14

Week 13

Week 12

Week 11

Week 10

Week 09

Week 08

Week 07

Week 06

Week 05

Week 04

Week 03

Week 02

Week 01

2019

Week 51

Week 50

Week 49

Week 48

Week 47

Week 46

Week 45

Week 44

Week 43

Week 42

Week 41

Week 40

Week 39

Week 38

Week 37

Week 36

Week 35

Week 34

Week 33

Week 32

Week 31

Week 30

Week 29

Week 28

Week 27

Week 26

Week 25

Week 24

Week 23

Week 22

Week 21

Week 20

Week 19

Week 18

Week 17

Week 16

Week 15

Week 13

Week 12

Week 11

Week 10

Week 09

Week 08

Week 07

Week 06

Week 05

Week 04

Week 07

Week 03

Week 02

Week 01

2018

Week 51

Week 50

Week 49

Week 48

Week 47

Week 46

Week 45

Week 44

Week 43

Week 42

Week 41

Week 40

Week 39

Week 37

Week 36

Week 35

Week 34

Week 33

Week 32

Week 31

Week 30

Week 29

Week 28

Week 27

Week 26

Week 25

Week 24

Week 23

Week 22

Week 21

Week 20

Week 19

Week 18

Week 17

Week 16

Week 14

Week 13

Week 12

Week 11

Week 10

Week 09

Week 08

Week 07

Week 06

Week 05

Week 04

Week 03

Week 02

Week 01

2017

Week 51

Week 50

Week 49

Week 48

Week 47

Week 46

Week 45

Week 44

Week 43

Week 42

Week 41

Week 40

Week 39

Week 38

Week 37

Week 36

Week 35

Week 32

Week 31

Week 30

Week 29

Week 28

Week 27

Week 26

Week 25

Week 24

Week 23

Week 22

Week 21

Week 20

Week 19

Week 18

Week 17

Week 16

Week 15

Week 14

Week 13

Week 12

Week 11

Week 10

Week 09

Week 08

Week 07

Week 06

Week 05

Week 04

Week 03

Week 02

Week 01

2016

Week 50

Week 49

Week 48

Week 47

Week 46

Week 45

Week 44

Week 43

Week 42

Week 41

Week 40

Week 39

Week 38

Week 37

Week 36

Week 35

Week 34

Week 33

Week 32

Week 31

Week 30

Week 29

Week 28

Week 27

Week 26

Week 25

Week 24

Week 23

Week 22

Week 21

Week 20

Week 19

Week 18

Week 17

Week 16

Week 14

Week 13

Week 12

Week 11

Week 10

Week 09

Week 08

Week 07

Week 06

Week 05

Week 04

Week 03

Week 02

Week 01

2015

Week 51

Week 50

Week 49

Week 48

Week 47

Week 46

Week 45

Week 44

Week 43

Week 42

Week 41

Week 40

Week 39

Week 38

Week 37

Week 36

Week 35

Week 33

Week 32

Week 31

Week 30

Week 29

Week 28

Week 27

Week 26

Week 25

Week 24

Week 23

Week 22

Week 21

Week 20

Week 19

Week 18

Week 17

Week 16

Week 15

Week 14

Week 13

Week 12

Week 11

Week 10

Week 09

Week 08

Week 07

Week 06

Week 05

Week 04

Week 03

Week 02

2014

Week 51

Week 50

Week 49

Week 48

Week 47

Week 46

Week 45

Week 44

Week 43

Week 42

Week 41

Week 40

Week 39

Week 38

Week 37

Week 36

Week 33

Week 32

Week 31

Week 30

Week 29

Week 28

Week 27

Week 26

Week 25

Week 24

Week 23

Week 22

Week 21

Week 20

Week 19

Week 18

Week 17

Week 16

Week 14

Week 13

Week 12

Week 11

Week 10

Week 09

Week 08

Week 07

Week 06

Week 05

Week 04

Week 03

Week 02

2013

Week 51

Week 50

Week 49

Week 48

Week 47

Week 46

Week 45

Week 44

Week 43

Week 42

Week 41

Week 40

Week 39

Week 38

Week 37

Week 36

Week 35

Week 34

Week 32

Week 31

Week 30

Week 29

Week 28

Week 27

Week 26

Week 25

Week 24

Week 23

Week 22

Week 21

Week 20

Week 19

Week 18

Week 17

Week 16

Week 15

Week 14

Week 13

Week 12

Week 11

Week 10

Week 09

Week 08

Week 07

Week 06

Week 05

Week 04

Week 02

Week 01

2012

Week 51

Week 50

Week 49

Week 48

Week 47

Week 46

Week 45

Week 44

Week 43

Week 42

Week 41

Week 40

Week 39

Week 38

Week 37

Week 36

Week 35

Week 33

Week 32

Week 31

Week 30

Week 29

Week 28

Week 27

Week 26

Week 25

Week 24

Week 23

Week 22

Week 21

Week 20

Week 19

Week 18

Week 15

Week 10

Week 09

Week 08

Week 07

Week 06

Week 05

Week 04

Newsletter Listing intro for week 28

Welcome to the Friday Brief for 11 July 2014.

Congratulations this week must go to all the finalists in the MTA’s annual Technology, Design and Innovation (TDI) Challenge. The two overall winners were: Ben Murray from Balcarras School – Cheltenham, in the 14-16 years category with his design for a hand held stabiliser for filming on a mobile phone and Charlie Smith from Sedbergh School – Cumbria, in the 17-19 years category for his innovative ‘SOLA’, a water heating stove for outdoor expeditions. The TDI Finals Day was held at Yamazaki Mazak’s European Headquarters in Worcester and all the finalists, their teachers and parents were given a conducted tour of the facility during the day. Thanks are extended to Yamazaki Mazak for its hospitality and to the time given up by the members of the MTA’s Education and Training Committee judging panel.
On the economic news front this week data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that manufacturing output fell in May, compared to April.  Looking at monthly data can often be misleading especially as in this case news reporting had ignored the fact that manufacturing output had seen a spurt in March and April. Our statistician points out that the May figure could well turn out to be nothing more than a correction of this trend. The MTA’s preferred measure of looking at the 3-month rolling trend, shows that total manufacturing output in the latest 3 months (March, April and May) was +1.1% higher than in the previous 3 months (December 2013, January and February 2014) and +3.8% above the level in the same period a year ago (March, April and May 2013).
We have news this week of a 20% discount available to MTA members who wish to attend the TRAM conference which is being held in Chicago 10-11 September, during IMTS. TRAM is an international aerospace conference focused on transferring advanced manufacturing technologies to the business leaders, managers and engineers who lead or play a key role in a facility that serves the aerospace sector - so well worth a look if you’re going to be at IMTS or even a special visit.
We also have a report about last week’s launch of the Technology Strategy Board’s new Robotics and Autonomous Systems Strategy. The event brought together representatives from academia and people from the world of robotic vehicles but engagement with manufacturers was perhaps a little disappointing.
We have a reminder about the pavilion the MTA is organising at MAKTEK Eurasia 2014 in Turkey, between 14-19 October. The event aims to be the largest exhibition for the machinery industry in Eurasia. There is also news of the Precision Engineering Industrial Short Course being held at Cranfield University between 15-19 September.
Finally, there is a story from 600 Group about their participation in the first National Women in Engineering Day. To mark the event Joanne Zalesinski, 600 UK’s Educational Sales Representative, visited female apprentices at Training 2000 based in Blackburn, one of 600 Group’s many engineering education partners. Joanne shared her experiences of working at 600 UK with them.

Have a good weekend.
 

National Women in Engineering Day

National Women in Engineering Day

In recognition of the first National Women in Engineering Day, 600 UK participated by visiting one of its many engineering education partners, Training 2000 based in Blackburn, Lancashire.
 
Training 2000 is a charitable trust set up by a consortium of Lancashire businesses and is now one of the largest group of training associations in England, with over 40 years' experience of delivering high quality, work-based learning and training programmes.  Training 2000 boasts a significant proportion of female engineering students, who are all trained on Colchester lathes.

Precision Engineering Short Course

Precision Engineering Short Course

The EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Ultra Precision will be delivering the Precision Engineering Industrial Short Course at Cranfield University between 15-19 September 2014.
This is a highly practical, results orientated five day intensive short course covering the basic principles and state-of-the-art concepts to increase the precision, accuracy and reliability of machine tools and products.

The course is aimed at engineers working in the machine tool, automotive, aerospace, optics and semiconductor industries. Participants will:

UK Pavilion at MAKTEK

UK Pavilion at MAKTEK

The MTA, along with some of its members, will be taking space in the UK Pavilion at MAKTEK Eurasia 2014 in Turkey.  The Exhibition will take place between 14-19 October at the TÜYAP Fair and Congress Centre in Istanbul.

The event is being organised as a result of first-time co-operation between the Machine Tools Industrialists and Businessmen’s Association (TIAD) and the Association of Machinery Manufacturers (MIB) and aims to be the largest exhibition for the machinery industry in Eurasia.

Economic news

Economic news

UK Manufacturing Output, May 2014:  The data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) this week generated some unfortunate headlines as it showed that manufacturing output fell in May, compared to April.  Looking at monthly data, even when it has been seasonally adjusted, can be misleading, especially in this case, because the headline writers ignored the fact that manufacturing output had seen a spurt in March and April and the May figure could well turn out to be nothing more than a correction of this trend.  It is also worth pointing out that March and April

Young talent impresses MTA judges

Young talent impresses MTA judges

The final judging for the MTA’s annual Technology, Design and Innovation (TDI) Challenge took place this week at Yamazaki Mazak’s European Headquarters in Worcester. Judges from the MTA’s Education and Training Committee were very  impressed with the engineering talent shown by all 12 finalists.