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Newsletter Listing intro for week 50

Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Brief, which is full of tinsel, mince pies and festive cheer.

Firstly this week a reminder to take a few minutes and fill in the MTA Membership Survey to be in with the chance of winning an IPAD! We would really like to hear from you. The MTA November Business Survey closes on Monday too, so put down the box of Quality Street and help us to understand what’s happening in the sector.

This week saw the announcement that the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing’s award-winning, advanced apprentice training centre had secured National College status. This means that the AMRC Training Centre will become a key part of the UK’s new National College for Advanced Manufacturing, which will be based at several hubs around the country and will aim to identify the needs of industry and develop training provision to meet those needs.

The MTA and Cranfield University have once again teamed up and are hosting a conference on the UK Surface Engineering Industry – Present and Future. This free, full day conference is being held on 17th February 2015 at Cranfield University in Bedfordshire. There are also a few exhibiting spaces left, with great prices for MTA Members, so get in touch if of interest.

In other news the next tour in the ‘Mittelstand series’ goes to four different German manufacturing companies over February 4th - 5th. The companies are Balluff, Heller, Komet (tools) and MAHLE. And BIS has published some amendments to the Notice for Exporters on Sanctions on Russia.

This week’s Spotlight on… series looks at our e-shot service, and we’ve also updated our website to make it easier for visitors to find members and products quickly.

In economic news the headlines from the UK Manufacturing Output numbers really revolve around the detail; the headline is that manufacturing output fell in October on a month-to-month basis, but this seems mainly to have been in industries which don’t have much importance for most suppliers of manufacturing technology, with pharmaceuticals and chemicals featuring in the ONS report.  Taking a 3-month moving average, which smooth’s out some of the monthly variability, only Aerospace of the key industries which we track was growing in the most recent period, although in the case of the Automotive and Machinery industries, this was because of a weak month in August, so we would expect this to change round when we get the November figures.

Have a great week and enjoy the build-up to the festive break (and if you do get a spare minute, please have a go at the Membership Survey!)

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK:

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK:

UK Index of Production, October 2014:  As well as publishing the data for October, the latest set of figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) includes revisions to the data series back to the start of 2013 and an updated version of their seasonal adjustment software which has changed some of the recent history.  The headline numbers show that manufacturing output in October was -0.7% lower than in September, with electronics, pharmaceuticals and chemicals the main contributors to the overall decline.

MTA BUSINESS SURVEY

MTA BUSINESS SURVEY

There is just time to get your return back to us for the November edition of the MTA Business Survey which will be closed on Monday;  you can access the on-line form at http://www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-nov14. 

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.

Spotlight on…. E-SHOTS

Spotlight on…. E-SHOTS

The MTA offers online marketing support and will create, send and track professional company branded email campaigns for your business. This cost effective and measurable marketing tool can form an important part of a communications strategy – suitable for newsletters, invitations, product information updates, press releases, and more.

MTA members can take advantage of this service for creating emails free of charge and are able to send one e-shot per year to a targeted selection of our database.

MTA Website- New feature- Update your profile now!

MTA Website- New feature- Update your profile now!

The MTA has updated its website to help visitors find the Members and products they need quicker.

The Members directory on the MTA website gets nearly 55,000 page views per year. We have added a product drop down category to the search function meaning Members can be filtered by their products.

To update your profile simply login and select one or more of the 15 main categories. Multiple choices can be selected by holding down the ‘CTRL’ button.

Notice to Exporters 2014/30: Amendments to EU sanctions against Russia

Notice to Exporters 2014/30: Amendments to EU sanctions against Russia

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has published an updated Notice to Exporters – amendments to EU Sanctions against Russia.

On 4 December 2014  the EU adopted Council Decision 2014/842/CFSP and Council Regulation (EU) No 1290/2014 amending the sanctions against Russia.
Read more about the sanctions

Notice to Exporters 2014/30: Amendments to EU sanctions against Russia

Read more Notices to Exporters

Meet the Mittelstand – How Germany’s mid-sized companies went global:

Meet the Mittelstand – How Germany’s mid-sized companies went global:

The next tour in the ‘Mittelstand series’ goes to four different German manufacturing companies over February 4-5 (leaving Feb 3). The companies are Balluff, Heller, Komet (tools) and MAHLE. There is a networking dinner on the second night with all the host sites and members of Baden Wuerttemberg’s technology & business sector inc the IHK Stuttgart and Fraunhofer Institute.

More details of the visit here: http://mittelstand-uk.com.

MTA and Cranfield University - UK SURFACE ENGINEERING INDUSTRY– PRESENT & FUTURE

MTA and Cranfield University - UK SURFACE ENGINEERING INDUSTRY– PRESENT & FUTURE

Following the successful seminar at MACH 2014, Cranfield University and the MTA have once again teamed up to bring Members a special conference on UK Industrial Surface Engineering. This free full day conference will be held on 17th February 2015 at Cranfield University, Bedfordshire.

MTA MEMBERSHIP SURVEY: HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE MTA!

MTA MEMBERSHIP SURVEY: HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE MTA!

Have you say on the future of the membership services at the Manufacturing Technologies Association and win an IPAD!

At the MTA we are always keen to hear the views of our members, and we would really appreciate your input on the services we currently offer to members. Take part and help the shape of our future.

Follow the link below to take the survey and you will be entered in a draw to win an IPAD. The survey should not take more than 5 minutes to complete.

AMRC’s award winning training centre secures vote of confidence from Government

AMRC’s award winning training centre secures vote of confidence from Government

Business Secretary Dr Vince Cable has announced the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing’s award-winning, advanced apprentice training centre had secured National College status

The announcement means the AMRC Training Centre will become a key part of the UK’s new National College for Advanced Manufacturing, which will be based at several hubs around the country and will aim to identify the needs of industry and develop training provision to meet those needs.