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Newsletter Listing intro for week 19

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

I’m sure there will be a few tired eye’s out there this morning after the excitement of the ongoing General Election results. We’re on course for a new Government, but there have been a lot of changes right across the board. We’ll have a more detailed look at the implications for our sector in next week’s brief.

Firstly, can I draw your attention to our seminar on Bridging The Skills Gap, which takes place at the MTC in Coventry on Tuesday 12th May. If you would like to sign-up for the event please head over to this link to register you interest http://www.mta.org.uk/bridging-skills-gap-12-may-2015.
The latest MTA business survey is up online too, so if you have a spare five minutes please can you fill it in as it is a vital resource for all of the membership http://www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-apr15.

UK Trade & Investment will be holding its 7th Export Week during the week of 18 - 22 May. Across the week there will be a varied series of events all over the UK, aimed at businesses to either start their export journey or increase their international business.

Lloyds Bank have kindly produced a PDF for us with guidance on how to tackle fraud. Head over to the story to download the full feature.

Just a reminder that the CECIMO Additive Manufacturing European Conference takes place in Brussels on 23 June 2015, the event is free to attend and full details on how to register can be found here.

MTA CEO James Selka attended the Stuttgart Moulding Expo this week, you can read a report of the event below.

And finally for the Economic News, the euro-zone PMI readings were steady and generally positive, although we continue to have some concerns about France which has been in negative territory now for nearly a year.  Elsewhere in the world, the PMI data is mixed with some weakness emerging in parts of Asia, but with strong positive numbers for countries as diverse as the USA and Poland.  This week, we also have a summary of the latest European Commission Economic Indicator which is broadly neutral, but also comes with the good news that capacity utilisation in manufacturing across Europe continues to edge up and that their bi-annual investment survey has seen expectations about an increase in capital spending in the European manufacturing sector revised up from the level reported last Autumn.

Thanks for reading, we’ll be back next week with more news. Until then have a great weekend from every one at the MTA.

Fraud Guidance

Fraud Guidance

With over 40% of all businesses in the UK experiencing fraud last year, Lloyds Bank has published a new guide on the issue and is urging Manufacturers to be especially careful.

Dave Atkinson, Lloyds Bank’s Head of Manufacturing, says the growing problem of fraud needs more support in helping Manufacturers tackle the issue.

“We hope this new guide will now go some way to raising awareness of the issue and how to prevent it,”

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

PMI, Euro-zone, April 2015:  We had details of the UK PMI figures last week, but because of holidays and the timing of the release, there was little information from other countries.  The euro-zone PMI for April came out at 52.0, only fractionally lower than the 52.2 that was registered in March and very slightly higher than the UK reading of 51.9 - it has now been positive (i.e.

Stuttgart Moulding Expo

Stuttgart Moulding Expo

The first Moulding Expo Trade Fair took place in Stuttgart in Germany this week. The event has been hailed as a success by organisers, as the exhibition area was fully booked for the event.
The Moulding Expo sought to core companies from the area of tool, pattern and mould making.

CECIMO Additive Manufacturing European Conference - 23 June 2015 –– Brussels

CECIMO Additive Manufacturing European Conference - 23 June 2015 –– Brussels

Please find attached the last update of the program of the “Additive Manufacturing European Conference” – which will be held at the European Parliament  on 23 June 2015 –– Brussels (Belgium), where top AM corporations, representatives from EU institutions, think tanks and the Machine Tools sector will discuss the opportunities, perspectives and issues related to the Additive Manufacturing landscape.

UKTI Export Week

UKTI Export Week

UK Trade & Investment will be holding its 7th Export Week during the week of 18 - 22 May. Across the week there will be a varied series of events all over the UK, aimed at businesses to either start their export journey or increase their international business.

Previous Export Weeks have seen over 17,000 companies in the UK attend exporting focused events.

We hope that the expertise and advice available will help your business, whatever the size of your company, to fast track exporting success.