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Newsletter Listing intro for week 02

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.

MTA CEO James Selka looks ahead to 2015

MTA CEO James Selka looks ahead to 2015

The festive break and 2014 are now well and truly behind us and it’s time to look at what 2015 has in store for our members and industry.

Current trends are pointing towards a continuation of the buoyant market in the UK and further strong growth, promising a good year for advanced manufacturing with opportunities for great business across the country.

MTA MEMBERSHIP SURVEY: LAST CHANCE TO HAVE YOUR SAY!

MTA MEMBERSHIP SURVEY: LAST CHANCE TO HAVE YOUR SAY!

Have your 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.

New Members of the Association

New Members of the Association

As we kick off a new year the MTA are delighted to welcome new members to the association.

Blum-Novotest

Blum-Novotest supply in-process metrology equipment designed to assist machine tool users in improving productivity and accuracy whilst reducing scrap and re-work rates.
Products from workpiece spindle probes to ease part setup and reduce setup times to in-process tool monitoring systems allowing machines to run unmanned.

Helping Members with Exporting

Helping Members with Exporting

As we enter 2015 there are a number of overseas trade shows which the MTA will be hosting a pavilion, but there are a number of other options for helping Members with exporting.

UK Trade & Investment have a large number of advice channels which MTA Member have access to. As a Trade Challenge Partner the MTA has setup a dedicated website for members, which can be found at http://www.mta.org.uk/uk-trade-investment.

MTA Busniess Surey

MTA Busniess Surey

Before we get too far into 2015, we need to round-of 2014, so the December edition of the MTA Business Survey is open for your response.  We would like to thank those who have already replied and encourage those who have not done so to let us have your input to what is a valuable and timely indicator of the trends for the manufacturing technology sector in the UK.  You can access the on-line form at http://www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-dec2014; please try to respond by Tuesday 13th January.

Thank you.

Economic Data this week

Economic Data this week

PMI, UK and Euro-zone, December 2014:  The Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for the UK edged down to a 3-month low of 52.5 in December but, at the risk of sounding like a stuck record, we need to highlight again that this is still pointing to a reasonable rate of growth for the sector.  The growth rates for both production and new orders both slowed, but the unbroken run of positive figures was extended to 22 months for both of these sub-series.  The growth was fairly evenly spread across the sub-sectors of investment, intermediate and consumer goods.  New orders growth rema