Welcome to the first 2015 edition of the MTA’s Friday’s Brief.
We're chock-a-block this week, beginning with a quick look ahead at 2015 from MTA CEO James Selka.
We have news that the National Product Verification Programme (NPVP), has published A Roadmap for UK Manufacturing - outlining ten ambitious programme ideas that have the potential to significantly enhance best-in-class quality, productivity and competitiveness in UK high value manufacturing. All the details are below, and we would like to encourage you to have your say and let's all make this the best it can be.
We also welcome two new members to the MTA, Blum-Novotest and Rainford Precision.
In our event round-up this week, we bring information from Factory 2050 – which aims to understand what the factory of 2050 will look and feel like. And we highlight how our partnership with the UKTI can help our members when exporting.
We have two Notice to Exporters to share: The Export Control Organisation has amended the Open General Export Licence (UK Government Defence Contracts). An MOD Form 680 is no longer required, among other changes, and there have been some recent amendments to EU sanctions against Syria and the Crimea and Sevastopol.
It’s also your last chance to have your say on the MTA through our Members Survey (and you could win an iPad!!!) and the last few days for you to share your December information in the latest Business Survey.
In Economic News, we have new PMI data that showed the UK slowed a little in December - it is important to emphasise that it is still well above 50 and, therefore, still showing expansion for the sector, just not quite as quickly as in the previous month. The euro-zone data is more mixed; there is good news in Germany's return to growth, but Italy and France (the latter the weakest of all in December) remain in negative territory. Elsewhere in the world, there is overall growth with Russia the only country that is clearly negative.
Have a good weekend.