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Newsletter Listing intro for week 08

Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of the Friday Brief.

Firstly we have the pleasure of announcing two new members of the MTA this week. PP Electrical Systems based in Walsall and Cannon Shelley who are based in Cambridgeshire. Join us in extending a warm MTA welcome to them both.

Earlier this week the MTA and Cranfield University teamed up to host a conference on UK Industrial Surface Engineering Present and Future. The event took place on Tuesday at Cranfield University’s Vincent Building. Over 120 delegates joined twelve UK based surface engineering firms who exhibited at the event.

Did your company enter the Manufacturing Industry Awards? You can see the shortlists below. The winners will be announced at the MTA’s Annual Dinner which will take place at the ICC in Birmingham on 12th March 2015.

Jesus College, Cambridge are hosting a three day Technology and Innovation Management course Tuesday 24 to Thursday 26 March 2015. Earlybird tickets are available until Tuesday 24th February, full details of the conference programme can be found in the Friday Brief.

We would like to offer our congratulations to MTA President and MD of Group Rhodes Mark Ridgway OBE DL who won the regional Manufacturing Champion Award at EEF/Aldermore Future Manufacturing Awards. Also in the news, the MTA features in this week’s edition of the New Statesman supplement which has an interview with MTA CEO James Selka.

Developers behind the £1bn Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon have confirmed the majority of the largest turbine components will be made in Britain. This announcement should be worth around £300m to British manufacturing.

And finally, in economic news the main headlines come from the relatively good news about the gradual improvement in GDP growth in Europe and, in particular, the strong end to 2014 in Germany.  There are clearly many hurdles yet to cross but let’s hope that this ends up being a turning point in the economic recovery in the euro-zone.  The news from the Bank of England’s Agents’ is a little mixed, but on the whole I think we can score it as “positive” and the CBI seem to share this view as they have just upgraded their forecast for the UK economy in 2015 and are quite bullish about investment as well, despite the issues in the North Sea from lower oil prices.

That’s it for this week, until next Friday enjoy your weekend from everyone at the MTA.

Economic Data this week

Economic Data this week

European GDP, 4th Quarter 2014:  The flash estimate from Eurostat shows that GDP grew by +0.3% in the euro-zone compared to the 3rd period of the year, with the EU28 growing by +0.4%.  For 2014 as a whole, GDP in the euro-zone grew by +0.9%, with the EU28, helped by the UK’s strong growth, expanding by +1.4%.

New Members Join the MTA

New Members Join the MTA

We have the pleasure of announcing two new members of the MTA this week. PP Electrical Systems based in Walsall and Cannon Shelley who are based in Cambridgeshire. Join us in extending a warm MTA welcome to them both.

PP Electrical Systems

PP Electrical Systems is an acknowledged world leader in the provision of high added value control and automation solutions to machinery manufacturers. Our customers are global leaders and span a range of industry sectors, including machine tool, food processing, packaging, medical, printing and electronics.

MTA Awards Shortlist announced

MTA Awards Shortlist announced

The short list for the MTA awards has been finalised this week leaving the judges a tricky task. The MTA Awards winners will be announced during our Annual dinner which is held at The ICC in Birmingham on 12th March 2015.  For further details about all of the entrants please follow link to the MTA website.  

For more detailed breakdown of all the nominees please follow this link http://www.mta.org.uk/awards/manufacturing-industry-awards-2015-shortlist

The MTA and Cranfield University team up for UK Surface Engineering Conference

The MTA and Cranfield University team up for UK Surface Engineering Conference

120 delegates join a host of top exhibitors 

The MTA and Cranfield University teamed up to host a conference on UK Industrial Surface Engineering Present and Future.

The event took place at Cranfield University’s Vincent building on 17th February 2015. Over 120 delegates joined twelve UK based surface engineering firms who exhibited at the event.
The industrial conference was chaired by Professor Jose L. Endrino, (Cranfield University) and attracted international engineers and other professionals from the supply-chain and end-users.

Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon developers make £300m commitment to British manufacturing

Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon developers make £300m commitment to British manufacturing

Developers behind the £1bn Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon have confirmed the majority of the largest turbine components will be made in Britain.

General Electric and Andritz Hydro have been appointed as preferred bidders to the project.

Both firms have committed to a dockside turbine assembly plant in Wales that will employ an initial 100 skilled workers.

The two companies, bidding together for the £300m contract to supply sixteen bidirectional turbines to the world's first tidal lagoon power plant, have committed to a majority of British large turbine components.

MTA contribute to New Statesman Engineering supplement

MTA contribute to New Statesman Engineering supplement

Political magazine New Statesman has run an engineering supplement in this week’s edition. The 16-page pull out entitled “Engineering our Future - The skills gap that urgently needs to be address if the UK is to succeed on the world stage”, is on newsstands around the country from today.

The pull-out also features an interview with MTA CEO James Selka, a PDF version of the supplement can be found by following this link

MTA President Win’s prestigious regional business award

MTA President Win’s prestigious regional business award

Mark Ridgway OBE, DL the Managing Director of Group Rhodes the Wakefield headquartered capital equipment manufacturer and MTA President, has won a prestigious regional award in the EEF/Aldermore Future Manufacturing Awards.

Mark won the Manufacturing Champion Award, sponsored by Aldermore. The award celebrates the achievements of individuals who, through vision, dedication, hard work and tireless involvement, have made a significant contribution to UK manufacturing.