Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Brief on the 21st November 2014, only 33 days before Christmas…
This week we have news of the National Physical Laboratory’s launch of a range of e-learning courses on metrology. The training programme places decades of expertise at your disposal to help improve measurement behaviours and support good measurement practice. All at a time and place suitable and convenient to you.
The Manufacturing Industry Awards 2015 are now open for entries. These prestigious awards acknowledge the very best in the manufacturing technologies sector and always attract a strong field of entries. Entry is free and the closing date Friday 30 January 2015. The Award ceremony takes place at the MTA Annual Dinner on the 12th March 2015 in Birmingham – it’s already looking like a great night, so book your place today.
We have two invitations for you to join trade delegations to India. One from the ILBF and British Chamber of Commerce to attend as VIP guests the Engineering Sourcing Show in Mumbai, India on the 16th and 18th December 2014. The event is recognised as the key sourcing event in India, and showcases the latest technologies and is an excellent place to meet and network with global buyers of engineering technologies. We have also received an invitation from the Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers Association to host a delegation of select machine tools and accessories dealers/distributors from Europe at IMTEX 2015 in January 2015, to explore mutual business opportunities between Indian machine tool manufacturers and the machine tool dealers/distributors in Europe.
In addition we have information on the Additive Manufacturing for Defence and Aerospace conference on the 17th - 19th February in London. And this week’s “Spot Light on...” takes a look at our Members’ Quarterly Meetings.
In economic news this week, one interesting point is that the four key industries that we track occupy 2nd to 5th places in the size of the sub-sectors within manufacturing in the UK - food production is, by quite a long way, the top of this list, but it is followed by metal products, automotive, machinery and other transport equipment (which is dominated by aerospace); together, these four sub-sectors accounted for 32% of both turnover and capital expenditure for manufacturing in 2013. There is also mention of the latest quarterly Inflation Report from the Bank of England and the monthly Agents’ report, plus some data on R&D expenditure both in the UK and Europe for 2013.
Enjoy the weekend, and feel free to send any news you would like to share with MTA members to firstname.lastname@example.org