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Newsletter Listing intro for week 13

Good morning and welcome to this week’s Friday Brief

The MTA are delighted to announce that we have been reaccredited as a UKTI Trade Challenge Partner. As well as offering TAP funding for members looking to attend overseas shows, at a number of which the MTA will be hosting a pavilion, there are a number of other options for helping Members with exporting.

TAP subsidies are available for FEIMAFE, the International Machine Tools and Integrated Manufacturing Systems Trade Fair which will take place between 18 - 23 May 2015 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. If you want to be part of the event contact the MTA by Tuesday 31st March as the cut off is upon us. For further details please contact kfinegold@mta.org.uk.

This week saw the launch of the MTA’s biennial survey of service engineers charges. Most relevant companies will have received the forms by email already and the response so far has been brisk 
and we would encourage everyone to take part in the survey. Email gnoon@mta.org.uk for more information.

The MTA and the MTC will be presenting a seminar on 'Bridging the Skills Gap' on 12th May, for more information email events@mta.org.uk or visit the online booking page http://www.mta.org.uk/bridging-skills-gap-12-may-2015. The MTC has become a member of the influential All-Party Parliamentary Manufacturing Group, of which the MTA was a founder member. The Ansty Park based facility will now play a key role in helping to shape manufacturing policy for the UK.

The Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership will be hosting an investment event on 28th April highlighting why businesses should invest in Worcestershire. Former Governor of the Bank of England, Mervyn King, will be the guest speaker at the event and will be delivering a presentation about the economic benefits that local regeneration can provide to the national economy. Find out more in the story below.

600 UK have been working on a new, high specification lathe and workholding products that will be unveiled at a 3 day Open house event from 2 to 4 June 2015.

Fronius UK are to hold open house event 15th April 2015, they will open the doors to their Technology Centre in Milton Keynes on 15th April 2015. To register your interest in the event email info-uk@fronius.com.

On the Economic News front, it is pretty quiet this week with the most telling comment from the Bank of England’s Agents is “steady as she goes” as far as manufacturing is concerned;  there are some small pluses and minuses, but overall the picture is one of modest growth in the sector as a whole that is likely to continue through this year, with a mixed picture sectorally where oil and gas is a negative, but automotive and aerospace continue to be positive.

Thanks for reading and make sure you check your inboxes next Thursday as we’ll be sending the Brief out a day early due to Easter. Enjoy your weekend.

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

Bank of England Agents Summary of Business Conditions, March 2015:  The latest report from the Bank of England’s Agents suggest that manufacturing output for the domestic market edged lower, but remained positive in the past month.  The strongest growth was in construction products, but automotive and civil aerospace supply chains had also seen steady growth in output.  Falling food prices had reduced demand for tractors and machinery and there were signs that the deferring of oil and gas exploration projects was feeding through to supply chains, although many firms reporte

MTA SURVEY OF SERVICE ENGINEERS CHARGES

MTA SURVEY OF SERVICE ENGINEERS CHARGES

This week saw the launch of the MTA’s biennial survey of service engineers charges. Most relevant companies will have received the forms by email already and the response so far has been brisk
and we would encourage everyone to take part in the survey. In editing the mailing list to take out companies to whom this survey does not apply, we may, inadvertently left someone out who would like to take part - if you have not received a form and think you should have, please contact Geoff Noon (e-mail:  gnoon@mta.org.uk) for a copy.

World Class Worcestershire Investment Event 28th April 2015

World Class Worcestershire Investment Event 28th April 2015

The Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership will be hosting an investment event on 28th April highlighting why businesses should invest in Worcestershire.

The event has been designed for the target audience of employers, developers and investors and will focus on the infrastructure, development sites and the trained staff available in Worcestershire to help businesses to succeed.

WMG secures £14.5m funding for advanced steel research

WMG secures £14.5m funding for advanced steel research

The University of Warwick has been awarded £14,500,000 for WMG to bring together researchers to work with industry in an Advanced Steel Research Hub.

WMG at the University of Warwick will work with Tata Steel to take forward this crucial national collaboration which will help transform UK steel production, and includes research into emerging and breakthrough technologies.

MTC to help shape UK's manufacturing policy

MTC to help shape UK's manufacturing policy

Coventry's Manufacturing Technology Centre will now play a key role in helping to shape manufacturing policy for the UK.

The Ansty Park based facility has become a member of the influential All-Party Parliamentary Manufacturing Group.

The group is a cross-party coalition of parliamentarians and manufacturing industry organisations.

Manufacturing Technology Centre chief executive Clive Hickman, who will represent the MTC on the all-party group said he was delighted to get the opportunity to promote manufacturing on such an influential group.

Helping Members with Exporting

Helping Members with Exporting

The MTA are delighted to announce we have been reaccredited as a UKTI Trade Challenge Partner. As well as offering TAP funding for members looking to attend overseas shows, a number of which the MTA will be hosting a pavilion, there are a number of other options for helping Members with exporting.

International Machine Tools and Integrated Manufacturing Systems Trade Fair

International Machine Tools and Integrated Manufacturing Systems Trade Fair

We are almost at cut off for FEIMAFE the International Machine Tools and Integrated Manufacturing Systems Trade Fair which will take place between 18 - 23 May 2015 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The MTA are pleased to advise that UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) have agreed to subsidise UK companies choosing to exhibit at Feimafe. For further information on the UK pavilion package at the exhibition please contact: kfinegold@mta.org.uk.  Please also advise if your company is already attending with a distributor/agent.

The MTA and the MTC will be presenting a seminar on 'Bridging the Skills Gap'

The MTA and the MTC will be presenting a seminar on 'Bridging the Skills Gap'

The MTA and the MTC will be presenting a seminar on 'Bridging the Skills Gap' on 12th May.

The manufacturing technologies sector, like the engineering industry as a whole, recognises that there is a skills gap which requires a new generation to fill it. It is vital that the industry acts to bring in the talent that it needs. This seminar will be looking at way in which this can be addressed as well as the types of training available for those new to the industry and existing employees.