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Newsletter Listing intro for week 37

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.

MTA at IMTS Chicago

MTA at IMTS Chicago

The exhibition halls of McCormick Place, Chicago have been ringing with business being done at IMTS all week.  This is a vibrant show with a strong attendance - we will bring you news of the final attendance as soon as we get it as the exhibition is open until Saturday afternoon.  Almost every corner of the halls seems to have been filled with stands and despite some heavy rain on Wednesday, the gangways were teeming with people for most of the day.

Growing UK Manufacturing

Growing UK Manufacturing

The All-Party Parliamentary Manufacturing Group, of which the MTA is an Associate Member, hosted a meeting on Friday of last week at the Manufacturing Technology Centre at Ansty near Coventry. It was the second visit that the Group - which is jointly chaired by Barry Sheerman MP and Chris White MP - has made to one of the centres of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult (HVMC) this summer, having visited the AMRC as part of Sheffield’s Global Manufacturing Festival in June.

Business Survey Reminder

Business Survey Reminder

With thanks to those who have already replied, this is just a reminder that there is still time to get your return back to us for the August edition of the MTA Business Survey; you can access the on-line form here: http://www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-aug14.  If you have not participated in this survey before, can we please encourage you to do so, so that we get as full a picture of the manufacturing technology sector in th

Great Energy Summit - Prague

Great Energy Summit - Prague

UK Trade and Investment is holding an energy summit in Prague in October.

The ongoing modernisation of the energy sector across Central & Eastern Europe (CEE) continues to create major opportunities for British businesses – indeed, it is the largest high value opportunity of any sector in the region. 

Fees for Intervention to continue

Fees for Intervention to continue

The MTA was disappointed to learn that the HSE’s Fee for Intervention policy was given a clean bill of health by a review panel. In line with a recommendation of the Triennial Review, an independent panel led by Professor Alan Harding of Liverpool University was commissioned to review FFI.

Economic News

Economic News

UK Index of Production, July 2014:  The latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that total manufacturing output in the latest 3 months (May, June and July 2014) was -0.7% lower than in the previous 3 months (February, March and April 2014), but was +2.6% higher than a year earlier (May, June and July 2013).  The shorter-term trend is affected by a dip in output between April and May which is widely spread across the various elements of manufacturing and may turn out to be an issue with sea