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To help you all over the January Blues here is Friday Brief for the 16th January.

This week we’re launching 2015’s TDI Challenge. Open to 14-19 year olds, it is a great way to raise awareness of subjects that help young people into engineering careers. If you have any links with schools or colleges, do get them involved!

There are only a few weeks left to get your entry into the Manufacturing Industry Awards – the deadline is 30th January so don’t delay.

For our Members in the North of England, we have information on a £20m fund ready for investment in exciting SMEs. Seneca Partners has funds available for immediate investment this year and is ready to invest between £1m and £3m into the right opportunity.

In our event round up this week we have more information on UKTI’s GREAT CEE Mega Mission 2015 to Romania and Bulgaria, as well information on the IfM’s annual open evening, Inside IFM, which is taking place on Thursday 29th January 2015. We also have a quick round-up of our own events, including the upcoming UK Surface Engineering Industry – Present and Future seminar at Cranfield University on the 17th February.

We are also pleased to announce that we have another new Member as the Association has been joined by Pryor Marking Technology.

We’ve got quite a bit of economic news this week, with a mixture of messages.  The UK manufacturing sector overall seems to have rebounded from the weak October, although there is, as the saying goes, good and bad news in the detailed figures;  Automotive and Aerospace output continue to grow, but there is some weakness suggested in the data for both the Machinery and Metal Products industries.  In Europe, industrial output is continuing its trend of gradual improvement from the low point in August and there are more countries where output is up than who are reporting a decline compared to a year ago. Although it is perhaps a concern that France, Italy, Sweden, Netherlands and Germany (only just) are all in the “down” camp.  Meanwhile, US orders for manufacturing technology equipment are running at a little above the 2013 levels and sales of cutting tools are broadly similar to last year - both trends reflect a good position, although there is always room for improvement.

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK:

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK:

UK Index of Production, November 2014:  The latest set of figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show a bounce back in manufacturing output in November following a dip in October.  All this really does is to highlight just how volatile the monthly series can be, even after making seasonal adjustments.

More new Members!

More new Members!

2015’s continuing to be a good year for new members. This week we have PRYOR MARKING TECHNOLOGY joining the Association.

Pryor Marking Technology is a world leader in the manufacture and design of innovative marking, identification and traceability solutions. Not only is Pryor a world leader in cutting-edge technology, but Pryor’s innovative solutions are also integral to a wide range of markets.

2015 MTA events:

2015 MTA events:

UK Surface Engineering Industry– Present & Future

Following their 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 17 February 2015 at Cranfield University, Bedfordshire.

GREAT CEE Mega Mission 2015 (Romania and Bulgaria) - 9 – 12 March 2015

GREAT CEE Mega Mission 2015 (Romania and Bulgaria) - 9 – 12 March 2015

UK Trade & Investment are organising the CEE GREAT Mega Mission 2015, a trade delegation of UK companies to Romania and Bulgaria led by UK Business Ambassador the Rt Hon. Brian Wilson.

This is your opportunity to find out more and to meet potential business partners in both countries. Whether your expertise is in mass transport, water environment, nuclear or oil & gas, don’t miss your chance to explore the potential that exists in this exciting region.

OIL & GAS AND NUCLEAR POWER OPPORTUNITIES

Seneca Partners £20m investment in the North’s brightest SMEs

Seneca Partners £20m investment in the North’s brightest SMEs

INVESTMENT manager Seneca Partners has earmarked £20m to invest in exciting small businesses this year.

The group - which invests on behalf of its high net worth clients using the tax-efficient Enterprise Investment Scheme - expects demand to be high as many small firms are still struggling to access finance from traditional sources.

Seneca Partners, part of the wider Seneca stable which has more than £400m of assets under management, is based in the North West and also has offices in Leeds.

Get your entries in for the 2015 Manufacturing Industry Awards!

Get your entries in for the 2015 Manufacturing Industry Awards!

The Manufacturing Industry Awards 2015 are open for entries and the deadline is only a few weeks away!

These prestigious awards acknowledge the very best in the manufacturing technologies sector and always attract a strong field of entries.

Entry to the Manufacturing Industry Awards is free and the application process is straight forward.

Entries must be received by the closing date Friday 30 January 2015

TDI Challenge 2015 Launch

TDI Challenge 2015 Launch

The MTA are excited to announce the launch of the TDI Challenge 2015.

The MTA's TDI Challenge exists to help teachers and lecturers to promote the great work of their D&T and Engineering students and to celebrate the creativity and innovation taking place inside the curriculum. In turn, the competition helps our industry to better understand the challenges that education is facing and how we might be able to assist through collaboration.

Inside IfM - Thursday 29 January 2015

Inside IfM - Thursday 29 January 2015

The IfM's annual open evening, Inside IfM, will take place on Thursday 29 January 2015.

The evening provides the opportunity to find out more about what goes on at the IfM, with presentations, demonstrations and drop in sessions, as well as networking with academics, researchers, and collaborators from government and industry.

The event begins at 17.30, and presentations will take place from 18.00. The event will draw to a close at 20.00.