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Good morning and welcome to another jam packed week of Friday Brief news.

Firstly, a warning, the MTA has become aware that fraudulent invoices relating to MACH 2016 are being circulated to past and present exhibitors. If you have any doubts as to the validity of the documentation please call 020 7298 6400 and check with us.

With the general election coming up in a few short months the electioneering process has started. Here at the MTA we have details of all the candidates so far declared, whether sitting MPs or prospective challengers. If you’d like help attracting them to visit your business, or advice on how to handle a meeting, please contact the MTA’s Head of External Affairs, Paul O’Donnell at podonnell@mta.org.uk.

Does your company do business in Kazakhstan or do you have plans for expansion there? If so we’d like to hear from you as soon as possible to enable you take advantage of a UKTI sponsored trade event later this month. Again, please contact the MTA’s Head of External Affairs, Paul O’Donnell at podonnell@mta.org.uk.

There are some fantastic conferences coming up across the UK in the coming months. On 25th March the MTA is holding a Seminar on Industry 4.0 (otherwise known as the Internet of Things)at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), full details below. In other MTC news they plan to recruit a further 40 advanced engineering apprentices to take part in its advanced manufacturing training programme.

The AMRC will be hosting a 2 day conference on Factory 2050 between 25th and 26th March and will showcase the world’s first totally reconfigurable factory. The AMRC also announced this week that it will lead new £6m project to develop lightweight alloy for the aerospace industry.

The University of Birmingham has put together a seminar on ‘Advanced Manufacturing Process Technologies for High Value Components’. The event will be hosted by Mazak at their European Technology Centre, Worcester, UK and is supported by the MTA. The event takes place Thursday, 19 March 2015 and has some fascinating speakers, notably on cryogenic machining.

The EU is engaged in its most ambitious programme of trade negotiations in history, worth over £20billion to the UK economy.  The UK Government is committed to ensuring that UK priorities for all free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations fully reflect the views of the UK business community so we have been asked to carry consultation questions this week, see below.

We’d like to extend our congratulations to 600 Group who have won prestigious regional business award in the EEF/Aldermore Future Manufacturing Awards.

In Economic News, there is quite a bit of interest this week.  The UK manufacturing figures were a bit mixed; overall, 2014 was not a bad year with modest growth in output, but for manufacturing as a whole, this was concentrated in the early part of the year, with definite signs of a levelling off at the end of 2014.  However, the picture is not the same for Capital Goods (the main customer area for manufacturing technology) where, although the overall output figure was similar to that for manufacturing, the end of year numbers were more positive.  We see something similar in the European picture and in the US the market for both machine tools and cutting tools is reported to have seen a modest increase in activity in 2014, with a generally positive view for something similar in 2015 – their industry is at a relatively high level, so we would not expect to see massive growth rates.

And finally we have some sad news to report, Les Marsh, the former Managing Director of SOAG and a longstanding MTA and CELIMO member passed away peacefully last Tuesday. Details of the funeral, to be held on the 23rd February, are below.

That is all for this week, we’d like to wish everyone a great weekend and we’ll back next Friday with more of the latest industry news.

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

UK Index of Production, December 2014:  With the release of the December figures by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) we also have both the 4th quarter and the calendar year of 2014 to report; there are some contrasting trends, depending on the comparison used.

EU FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS: MEXICO / JAPAN / MERCOSUR / CANADA / ANDEAN - UK BUSINESS CONSULTATION

EU FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS: MEXICO / JAPAN / MERCOSUR / CANADA / ANDEAN - UK BUSINESS CONSULTATION

The EU is engaged in its most ambitious programme of trade negotiations in history, worth over £20billion to the UK economy.  The UK Government is committed to ensuring that UK priorities for all free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations fully reflect the views of the UK business community in order to maximise the UK plc benefits in these agreements.

Factory 2050

Factory 2050

With just under 6 weeks to go before the Factory 2050 conference we’d like to take this opportunity to remind our members about this fantastic event.

The conference is taking place between 25th and 26th March and will showcase the world’s first totally reconfigurable factory. The event will be held at the Knowledge Transfer Centre, AMRC with Boeing, Rotherham, UK.

MTC to recruit a further 40 apprentices

MTC to recruit a further 40 apprentices

The Manufacturing Technology Centre at Ansty Park near Coventry is to recruit a further 40 advanced engineering apprentices to take part in its advanced manufacturing training programme.

The intake will join the 36 apprentices who are currently completing their first year training at college and will shortly be moving into the new £36m Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre (AMTC).

The AMTC is looking to recruit 40 new apprentices to start in September. The new apprentices will be employed on the centre’s innovative Level 3 Advanced Engineering Apprenticeship programme.

AMRC announce it will lead new £6m project to develop lightweight alloy for the aerospace industry

AMRC announce it will lead new £6m project to develop lightweight alloy for the aerospace industry

The Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC ) at the University of Sheffield has announced it is to lead a new £6m European-funded project to develop an advanced lightweight alloy for the aerospace industry.

The MMTech project involves manufacturers and research institutions from across Europe, including two small companies from the Sheffield city region’s advanced manufacturing cluster, aiming to develop new ways of working with an advanced material called gamma titanium aluminide.

Save the Date: Industry 4.0 Seminar

Save the Date: Industry 4.0 Seminar

On 25th March at the Manufacturing Technology Centre near Coventry will host a seminar about Industry 4.0. The event will focus on the factory of the future concept and system integration between cyber-physical systems. The seminar will also cover the latest and new technologies.

The full day conference will feature speakers from industry and academia giving insight into this fascinating subject, as well as a tour of the facility including the VR Cave.

Election Participation

Election Participation

May 7th 2015 will see the next UK General Election and the campaigning is already well under way. It’s easy to be cynical about politicians at election time, easy and more or less right. But in between petting babies and drinking pints in a ‘local’ they haven’t seen for five years, there can be opportunities to find out a little bit more about them and to tell them a little bit more about the businesses in their constituencies. You don’t have to endorse them and it can give you a valuable piece of local PR.

Does your company do business in Kazakhstan or is it on your radar for expansion?

Does your company do business in Kazakhstan or is it on your radar for expansion?

If so we’d like to hear from you as soon as possible. A very senior Minister from the country is scheduled visit the UK later this month and an opportunity has been identified through UKTI for the manufacturing technologies sector. If you’d like to find out more and perhaps be involved in meetings with Kazakh companies please contact Paul O’Donnell at the MTA at podonnell@mta.org.uk

Seminar on ‘Advanced Manufacturing Process Technologies for High Value Components’

Seminar on ‘Advanced Manufacturing Process Technologies for High Value Components’

The University of Birmingham has put together a seminar on ‘Advanced Manufacturing Process Technologies for High Value Components’. The event will be hosted by Mazak at their European Technology Centre, Worcester, and is supported by the MTA. The event takes place Thursday, 19 March 2015 and has some fascinating speakers.

Les Marsh

Les Marsh

Former MD of Soag Machinery Les Marsh has passed away peacefully last Tuesday, 10th February after a long fight with cancer. Many of you will know him through his work with the MTA and CELIMO. We at the MTA would like to pass on our sincere condolences to Les’ family and friends.

The funeral will be on Monday, 23rd February at 1.00pm at Elmsthorpe Church, Elmsthorpe, Leicestershire, LE9 7PT and friends and colleagues are welcome to attend what will be a celebration of Les' life.