Welcome to the latest Friday Brief, for Friday 12th September. This week, we have a couple of summaries from some recent events – namely IMTS in Chicago, which found the US manufacturing sector in a buoyant mood and the All-Party Parliamentary Manufacturing Group, whose recent meeting was hosted at the Manufacturing Technology Centre at Ansty near Coventry.
This week we have been pleased to hear that CECIMO is continuing its important 3D Printing project, aiming to position themselves as the European point of reference in the area of metallic based 3D Printing. Meanwhile we are less than pleased with the Board of HSE who has decided to continue with Fees for Intervention.
In the Economic news this week we got the continued expansion of the Automotive sector which seems to have taken over from Aerospace as the star among the UK manufacturing industries, although the latter looks to be affected by some issues with the sample review in January. In general, most of the sub-sectors within manufacturing had a dip between April and May that was then recovered in June, which points to an issue with seasonal adjustment, making it hard to draw firm conclusions about what is happening in the sector, but it seems safe to say that most elements are “steady at a high or good level”.
We would like to remind you (for the last time) about the MTA Business Survey – please do fill it in if you have not had a chance yet, and a date for the diary as UK Trade and Investment are holding an energy summit in Prague from 22nd to 23rd of October. And finally we’ve had an enquiry from a Canadian company looking to purchase Snap Gauges and Go/no-Go gauges.
Enjoy the weekend.