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Newsletter Listing intro for week 10

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

We’ve had a great week here at the MTA, which started off with the team winning recognition at the Association Excellence Awards, which took place in London last Friday (27th February).  We were delighted to receive the Best Association Exhibition Award for MACH 2014. It is a great recognition of the events success and a huge tribute to all of our exhibitors too. So thank you.

The MTA are pleased to announce the date for our first clay pigeon shoot. This event will be held at Doveridge Clay Sports in Ashbourne, Derbyshire on Thursday 21st May. To register your interest please fill in the online booking form http://www.mta.org.uk/mta-clay-pigeon-shoot-booking-form  Or contact Taylor Mander in the MTA office on tmander@mta.org.uk.

University of Birmingham's Machining Research Group is hosting a free seminar on Advanced Manufacturing Process Technologies for High Value Components. The event takes place on Thursday 19th March and is hosted by Mazak at its European HQ and manufacturing plant at Worcester.

This year, MTA is organising the Annual Conference of the European Cutting Tool Association (ECTA).  This prestigious event will take place on 29th May at the DoubleTree by Hilton, London Westminster Hotel and will feature a full day conference and a Gala Dinner in the House of Commons, with a full supporting programme.  Email gnoon@mta.org.uk for more details.

The MTA has long had connections with Britain’s armed forces and we are delighted to be asked to sign up to the armed forces corporate covenant. The armed forces covenant sets out the moral obligation of society towards members of the armed forces community. The corporate covenant is designed to allow businesses and charitable organisations to express their support, and commit to ways in which they can provide that support.

National Apprenticeship Week kicks off next week - running from 9th to 13th March this year, celebrating the amazing work that employers, apprentices and trainees are doing around the country and encouraging more businesses and young people to join them.

The Economic News is generally good with the UK PMI moving in the right direction, although there is a note of caution in that this is domestically driven and export orders are faltering.  In part this is reflected in the euro-zone figures, although with the main exception of France which seems to be taking over the mantle of the “sick-man of Europe”, the news there was not too bad with Ireland especially strong and the rest of the world is a mixture of modest gains and relatively minor weakness, with a handful of countries (Czech Republic, USA and Poland) growing strongly.  Moving back to the UK economy, the revised GDP numbers were broadly the same as in the initial estimate and the main news this month was the small fall in business investment at the end of 2014 which was attributed mainly to a fall in spending in the oil & gas sector and on transport equipment – the latter is probably due to some changes in emissions regulations last September which may well have drawn forward spending on commercial vehicles, to earlier in the year.

And that is all for this week, have a great weekend and we hope to see many of you at our Annual Dinner and Awards at the ICC in Birmingham next Thursday.

Save the Date – MTA

Save the Date – MTA

The MTA are pleased to announce the date for our first clay pigeon shoot.

This will be held at Doveridge Clay Sports in Ashbourne, Derbyshire on Thursday 21st May.

Doveridge Clay Sports is one of the very few Premier Plus Shooting Grounds in the country which offers a wide variety of all clay shooting disciplines. Doveridge host in depth clay lessons will ensure you have all the skills to develop into a confident shooter.

National Apprenticeship Week

National Apprenticeship Week

It’s now just a few days to go until National Apprenticeship Week kicks off – running from 9th to 13th  March this year, celebrating the amazing work that employers, apprentices and trainees are doing around the country and encouraging more businesses and young people to join them.

Ahead of the week, we wanted to encourage you to:

MTA Signs Up

MTA Signs Up

The MTA has long had connections with Britain’s armed forces. Whether it’s supplying equipment and technology to them, employing former service personnel and reservists or through fundraising for service charities, the relationship has always been strong.

That’s why the Association was delighted to be asked to sign up to the armed forces corporate covenant.

ECTA Conference 2015

ECTA Conference 2015

This year, MTA is organising the Annual Conference of the European Cutting Tool Association (ECTA). 

This prestigious event will take place on 29th May at the DoubleTree by Hilton, London Westminster Hotel and will feature a full day conference and a Gala Dinner in the House of Commons, with a full supporting programme.  MTA members in the Cutting Tool sector have already been sent some information about this event and more details will follow soon.

MACH 2014 Scoops Top Prize at Prestigious Industry Awards

MACH 2014 Scoops Top Prize at Prestigious Industry Awards

The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded Best Association Exhibition 2015 for its show, MACH 2014 at this year’s Association Excellence Awards.

The Award ceremony took place in London at the QEII Centre on Friday 27th February and the event brought together representatives from associations of every sector. The awards recognise individuals, teams and new initiatives, highlighting excellence in the operation of associations and how such bodies serve their members.

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

PMI, UK and Euro-zone, January 2015:  The Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for the UK increased again in February to stand at 54.1, compared to 53.1 in January and it is now at its highest level for 7 months.  The improvement was driven by an increase in domestic orders and an acceleration in the output growth rate, although there was a fall in export orders reflecting subdued conditions in key export markets and the strength of sterling.  There was also an increase in manufacturing employment and input prices have fallen on the back of lower energy costs and imported goods