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Newsletter Listing intro for week 46

This week's Friday Brief has landed, anchoring harpoons have fired and we have plenty of sunlight for our solar panels...

Following last week's news that an Employment Appeal Tribunal has ruled that overtime should be included in holiday pay; we have a factsheet on what this could mean for you. You can also find details of our Business Support Helpline in case you would like any additional information.

We also have details of a project by The National Physical Laboratory and the Universities of Huddersfield and Bath, who are seeking precision manufacturing suppliers to join the Rapid Machine Tool Calibration and Verification (RMTCV) project. This exciting, four year project, beginning in spring 2015 sets out to enable companies to optimise machine tool performance and achieve significant improvements to productivity, quality, cost and delivery.

If you've never been to the Houses of Parliament in London, the upcoming MTA House of Commons Reception is an opportunity to visit that should not be missed. As well as visiting one of the grandest buildings in the UK and the home of UK Politics, it is an excellent opportunity to meet MPs, Ministers and Government influencers to discuss your needs and the needs of the industry - details are below and there are only a handful of places left.

This week we have TWO open houses to invite you to. Yamazaki Mazak's Open House will run from 18th-21st November at Mazak's European Technology Centre and manufacturing plant in Worcester.  It will feature 20 state-of-the-art machine tools. XYZ are also having an Open House on the 19th and 20th November at XYZ Nuneaton. This is their 30th year and you will find great savings on the entire stock of the Nuneaton Showroom.

In this bumper edition of the Friday Brief we also have two business opportunities to share. Kovosvit a Machine Tool Builder from the Czech Republic are seeking a UK Distributor and we have been approached by a manufacturer of grinding and finishing machines who are looking for an agent in the UK (and other European countries).

In economic news the GDP numbers show that growth in Europe is best described as modest, but there is at least growth in most countries;  France had its best quarter this year, but only registered growth of +0.3% and perhaps the main concern is the Germany only managed +0.1% (having seen a decline of -0.1% in the 2nd quarter) and, on these figures at least, is threatening to stagnate – this would not be good for the European economy as a whole as Germany is a driver of growth in many other countries.

Enjoy the weekend, and feel free to send any news you would like to share with MTA members to olawson@mta.org.uk

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

European Industrial Production, September 2014:  Data from Eurostat shows that overall industrial production increased by +0.6% compare to August for both the euro-zone and the EU28 as a whole;  compared to September 2013, output also increased by +0.6% for both areas.

Drilling into the data a little further, it is clear that the fastest growing sector is that of Capital Goods;  in the euro-zone, output was +2.9% ahead of August and +2.0% above the level of a year earlier, while for the EU28 the growth rates were +2.4% and +2.1% respectively.

SPOTLIGHT ON – Outstanding London Meeting Rooms are free of charge to members:

SPOTLIGHT ON – Outstanding London Meeting Rooms are free of charge to members:

The excellent meeting facilities at MTA Head Office at 62 Bayswater Road are now free for our members.  Why not take advantage now and book a meeting room in the heart of London, and seize the opportunity to visit your Association?  We have a choice of rooms available and can accommodate up to 20 people for a meeting. 

The team at the MTA would be delighted to host your meeting, providing refreshment and excellent IT facilities for whatever the occasion, whether it be a large meeting or on a much smaller scale.

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY

We have been approached by a manufacturer of grinding and finishing machines who are looking for an agent in the UK (and other European countries).  The company concerned has factories in the USA, the UK, Germany and China and has a wide range of products including burnishing, lapping, polishing, thru-feed grinding, double-face grinding and creep feed grinding technologies.

If you are interested in finding out more about this opportunity, please contact Geoff Noon at MTA (e-mail gnoon@mta.org.uk).

Czech Republic Machine Tool builder looking for a UK Distributor

Czech Republic Machine Tool builder looking for a UK Distributor

Kovosvit MAS is a Machine Tool Builder with a good range of Milling & Turning machines
They are very popular in Central Europe, offering renowned Czech Quality and a good price-performance ratio. They are seeking a UK Distributor.

http://www.kovosvit.cz/en

For more information please contact:

Petr Schornik, Export Manager
schornik@kovosvit.cz
Tel          +420 381 632 552
Mob      +420 775 856 612

UKTI: advanced engineering /automotive event

UKTI: advanced engineering /automotive event

On behalf of the UKTI CEN Advanced Engineering Team, please find below the invitation for the forthcoming advanced engineering /automotive event taking place in London on Wednesday, 26 November.

The format of the event is a panel discussion with relevant speakers from countries in Central and Eastern Europe, such as Hungary, Czech Republic and Romania. We believe that UK companies interested in learning more about opportunities in the CEE region will benefit from attending the event.

XYZ OPEN DAY:

XYZ OPEN DAY:

On Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th November at XYZ will be holding an Open House at their Nuneaton Show Room - Liberty Way, Attleborough Fields Ind Est, Nuneaton, Warwickshire. CV11 6RZ from 8am to 4pm.

MAZAK OPEN HOUSE EVENT

MAZAK OPEN HOUSE EVENT

Yamazaki Mazak will be holding an Open House in November.

The Open House will run from 18th–21st November at Mazak’s European Technology Centre and manufacturing plant in Worcester, and will feature 20 state-of-the-art machine tools, including the latest INTEGREX, VTC 800 Series and laser processing machines.

MTA AGM and House of Commons Reception on TUESDAY 2nd December

MTA AGM and House of Commons Reception on TUESDAY 2nd December

A quick reminder to get signed up for the MTA AGM and House of Commons Reception, on Tuesday 2nd Decemeber before it is too late.

The AGM is your opportunity to have your say in the running of the MTA and what we do for you and should not be missed.

This is followed by the AGM Lunch, which includes our great guest speaker Chris Wilson, Managing Director of Messier Dowty. Chris's talk will be 'What's driving us forward? – Landing gear, past, present and future'.

Invitation for partners - Rapid machine tool calibration and verification project

Invitation for partners - Rapid machine tool calibration and verification project

Summary
The National Physical Laboratory and the Universities of Huddersfield and Bath are seeking precision manufacturing suppliers to join the Rapid Machine Tool Calibration and Verification (RMTCV) project, a four year project beginning in Spring 2015 to enable companies to optimise machine tool performance and achieve significant improvements to productivity, quality, cost and delivery.

Holiday Pay Calculation Factsheet

Holiday Pay Calculation Factsheet

You all will have heard about the recent Employment Appeal Tribunal ruling in Bear Scotland v Fulton that will significantly change the way holiday pay is calculated for many employees. As a result, no doubt some of you will have been left pondering the true cost of annual leave.
Where it was once accepted that overtime did not need to be included in the calculation of holiday pay (for workers who work standard and consistent core hours) this week’s decision has turned the calculation of annual leave on its head.