Skip to main content

Friday Brief Archive

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 40

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Friday Brief, for 3rd October 2014

Firstly we have have been experiencing  a serious technical problem with our BT connection  here at the MTA Head Office and have been without reliable access to our emails for most of this week. Hopefully we are now back on line, where we hope to stay, but if in doubt about things getting through, please give us a call.

Through old school letters, and the odd fax, news has found its way to us that Finance Birmingham has launched a new national tooling funding programme with the purpose to fund the design, development and manufacture of tools or expanding tooling capacity. We also heard through smoke signals that Renishaw’s Lucy Aukland has been shortlisted in the IET’s Young Women Engineer of the Year Award – so good luck to her from us all!

The MTA Annual dinner has been confirmed for the 12th March 2015 – so get it in your diary and don’t forget to register for our MQM and AGM (29th Oct and 2nd December respectively).

In other dates for your diary, Tornos & Matsuura will be joined by Fanuc Robotics, Nikken, Edgecam & Delcam for the  Event Think: Production – on the 14th, 15th and 16th of October 2014. Registration is also open for Euspen’s Structured and Freeform Surfaces meeting taking place on the 19th and 20th November 2014. Finally the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Ultra Precision is holding a one day meeting at The OpTIC Centre, St Asaph, North Wales on Wednesday 19th November 2014.

If you’re going to JIMTOF in Tokyo at the end of the month then please let us know. The MTA will have a stand in the area between the East and West Halls at the Big Sight Exhibition Centre. UKTI are also hosting a mission to the Exhibition and there may be opportunities for you and your company to take part in some, what could be very useful, networking events.

In Economic News, there are a couple of significant headlines.  The Purchasing Managers Index numbers are definitely pointing to a slowdown in activity around the world, although at risk of sounding like Corporal Jones, we must be clear that this is not a panic.  What we are seeing generally is a slowing or levelling off in growth and not, in most cases, a decline. 

The 2nd highlight comes from the UK National Accounts; the publication of this data by the ONS was accompanied by significant changes in methodology that have somewhat changed history as well as an upward revision in the latest numbers.  This does suggest that the UK economy is still in a reasonably healthy position with the annualised rate now at +3.2%, but with some signs of weakness from the other indicators in recent months - perhaps more in our major export markets rather than at home - the timing of the MTA Forecasting Seminar which is being held on 23rd October is very appropriate as it will take a comprehensive look at the prospects for the UK and global economy.

If you have any news you would like to share with MTA members  please email Ollie on olawson@mta.com or give us a ring on 020 7298 6400. Have a good weekend.

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

PMI, UK and Euro-zone, August 2014:  The UK manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) fell again in September, to a 17-month low of 51.6; this is attributed mainly to an end to growth in new orders from both home and export markets and weaker growth in production.  However, it is important to remember that the early part of this year saw very strong growth in both orders and output and all this latest indicator has done is to suggest that the growth may have ended - it is not signalling a fall in activity and the earlier growth suggests that we are “flat at a high level

Registration opens for EUSPEN event

Registration opens for EUSPEN event

Registration is now open for Euspen’s Structured and Freeform Surfaces meeting taking place on the 19th and 20th November 2014.

This two day event at Palazzo Santo Stefano in Padova, Italy will bring together leading global expertise in an open forum for focused presentations and discussions on the manufacture, measurement and function of structured and freeform surfaces. 

Think: Production Event:

Think: Production Event:

TORNOS & MATSUURA will be joined by FANUC ROBOTICS, NIKKEN, EDGECAM & DELCAM for this special event – now in its third year, on the 14th, 15th and 16th of October 2014. In addition a number of other partner suppliers will be exhibiting their products, covering segments such as tooling, work holding, cutting lubricants, cleaning, finance and swarf management.

Don’t forget to register for the Member’s Quarterly Meeting and MTA AGM!

Don’t forget to register for the Member’s Quarterly Meeting and MTA AGM!

Just a quick reminder to get registered for the two upcoming MTA events – the Member’s Quarterly Meeting on the 29th October, and the MTA AGM on the 2nd December 2014.

The next Members’ Quarterly Meeting (MQM) entitled “Manufacturing Automation Technology in the Real World” will be held at Delcam PLC, in Birmingham on Wednesday 29 October 2014 at 10.30am. Seppo Lehtonen, from Fastem will deliver a presentation titled “Best Practice – Manufacturing Automation for the Real World”.

Let us know if you're going to Jimtof:

Let us know if you're going to Jimtof:

The MTA are delighted to announce that UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) is hosting a forthcoming market visit to Japan, for companies looking for opportunities to trade within this lucrative market.

The visit will coincide with the Japan International Machine Tool Fair (JIMTOF) 2014 and you can join this exclusive and hosted market visit package, organised and run by UKTI Shropshire (West Midlands) in conjunction with UKTI Tokyo.

Renishaw engineer shortlisted in the Young Woman Engineer of the Year Award

Renishaw engineer shortlisted in the Young Woman Engineer of the Year Award

A female engineer who joined Renishaw as an apprentice aged just 16 has been shortlisted for a prestigious engineering industry award, which aims to banish outdated engineering stereotypes and help change the perception that engineering is only a career for men.
 
Lucy Ackland (26), a Project Manager in Renishaw’s Additive Manufacturing Products Division working on the company’s next generation of metal 3D printing machines, has been shortlisted for the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Young Woman of the Year Awards. 

Save the Date! MTA Annual Dinner 2015 - Entertain and Network in Style

Save the Date! MTA Annual Dinner 2015 - Entertain and Network in Style

The 2015 Annual Dinner has been confirmed for 12th March 2015, at the ICC in Birmingham.
The Manufacturing Technologies Association Annual Dinner is a high point of the manufacturing calendar. The biggest annual event of its type, each year it sees hundreds of senior people in engineering based manufacturing come together to celebrate the success of the industry in a friendly, convivial, environment.

Finance and Tooling fund

Finance and Tooling fund

Finance Birmingham has launched a new national tooling funding programme. The programme is aimed at toolmakers and component manufacturers with the purpose to fund the design, development and manufacture of tools or expansion of tooling capacity.

The £24m revolving fund offers a loan facility from £50k to £1m with a commercial rate of interest (indicatively 7.5% above the prevailing Base Rate) and arrangement Fee of 1%.