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Newsletter Listing intro for week 41

Welcome to Friday Brief for the 10th October.

First to Glasgow, where MTA’s Paul O’Donnell shared a platform with Vince Cable and EEF CEO Terry Scuoler to debate what the Liberal Democrats could offer to manufacturing.

You can help to inspire future generations of engineers and enjoy a fun family day out as The Imagineering Fair will be returning to the Jaguar Exhibition Hall at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, thanks to sponsors Jaguar Land Rover. Taking place on the 8th and 9th of November, it will be packed full with fantastic fun hands-on engineering and technology activities – including the MTA’s paper plane challenge - for all ages.

Details of 2015’s UK Space Conference have been released, with sponsorship and exhibition packages available for the event in Liverpool on 14th – 15th July 2015.

We also have a notice to exporters as the ECO is withdrawing paper Open General Export Licences – on the cards for several years but now a fact – and a couple of reminders that the MTA Forecasting Seminar is approaching and filling up fast – so secure your place today - and to fill in October’s Business Survey.

In our economic roundup this week we’ve got the UK manufacturing output figures.  We’ve got a pretty much steady set of numbers, with the overall picture complicated by the recent re-basing and by the problems that seem to have occurred with the sample in January 2014 which has affected the annualised trend for aerospace; we don’t really believe that it is down, but even if it is, it is still at a good level.  The figures relate to August which may have affected the Automotive numbers with the shutdown period – we really need another month to see if the growth has levelled off or even, perhaps fallen back slightly, but this industry also remains at or close to record levels of output.

As ever, 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 lovely weekend.

Economic Data this week:

Economic Data this week:

UK Index of Production, August 2014:  The latest data on manufacturing output from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) is the first set of detailed data we have had since the adoption of the new methodology for economic data on the UK; although this is not affected as much as some of the historical data on GDP, there is an impact in that the base year for the volume data has been moved to 2011.  Total manufacturing output in the latest 3 months (June, July and August 2014) was +0.1% higher than in the previous 3 months (March, April and May 2014) and +3.3% higher than

Business Survey - a reminder

Business Survey - a 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 September edition of the MTA Business Survey; you can access the on-line form at http://www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-sept2014

If you have not participated in this survey before, can we encourage you to do so, so that we get a picture of the manufacturing technology sector in the UK as possible - we look forward to hearing from you.

Notice to Exporters 2014/26: ECO withdraws paper Open General Export Licences

Notice to Exporters 2014/26: ECO withdraws paper Open General Export Licences

As of 1 February 2015 the Export Control Organisation (ECO) is ‘withdrawing’ the ability to use ‘paper’ Open General Export Licences (OGELs).  ‘Paper’ OGELs are defined as those licences with a reference number usually starting ‘UKGL’ and not registered on SPIRE, the ECO’s online export licensing service.

Forecasting Seminar:

Forecasting Seminar:

The MTA’s Annual Forecast Seminar is being held on 23rd October 2014 at Iscar Tools in Birmingham. The Forecast Seminar will highlight economic and industry trends across all the key sectors for manufacturing technologies and will include for the first time a forecast for the tooling market – useful not only, obviously, to tooling companies but to anyone wishing get an overview of activity and consumption.

UK Space Conference 2015 – Sponsorship and Exhibition Opportunities

UK Space Conference 2015 – Sponsorship and Exhibition Opportunities

The UK Space Conference 2015 is going to take place over two days in July at the Arena & Convention Centre in Liverpool, with a networking reception on the eve of the event. Held every two years, the UK Space Conference brings together the space community to focus on positioning the UK as a leading economy in this fast-developing sector. This event is unique in bringing together science, industry and policy makers in one forum.

Midlands Imagineering Fair 2014 at Jaguar Exhibition Hall, Ricoh Arena

Midlands Imagineering Fair 2014 at Jaguar Exhibition Hall, Ricoh Arena

Plans are well under way for this fabulous fun day out for all the family: The Imagineering Fair will be returning to the Jaguar Exhibition Hall at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, thanks to sponsors Jaguar Land Rover.

It will be packed full with fantastic fun hands-on engineering and technology activities for all ages laid on by some of the region’s well-known manufacturers, utilities and engineering organisations – Jaguar Land Rover, National Grid, Severn Trent, MADMuseum, Manufacturing Technology Centre, Warwick University and Coventry University – to name just a handful.

MTA’s Paul O’Donnell speaks at New Statesmen Event

MTA’s Paul O’Donnell speaks at New Statesmen Event

The MTA’s Head of External Affairs Paul O’Donnell was in Glasgow earlier this week to speak at the Liberal Democrat Conference fringe event organised by the New Statesman magazine. The event, which was supported by the EEF, saw Vince Cable MP, EEF CEO Terry Scuoler and Paul debate what the Liberal Democrats could offer to manufacturing with a packed audience.