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

The MTA is pleased to announce that a new Members’ Forum will be held on Wednesday 23rd September at the AMRC Knowledge Transfer Centre outside Sheffield. The networking event will also feature a key note speaker Adrian Allen OBE, Commercial Director, AMRC. Please register your free space at www.mta.org.uk/members-forum-23rd-september-2015.

The latest edition of the CECIMO magazine is out now we have a PDF version of the magazine available for your reading pleasure here - www.cecimo.eu/site/fileadmin/Magazine/CECIMO_magazine_AM_edition_2015.pdf.

As Iran begins to open up its economy to the rest of the world after sanctions have been lifted, UKTI have asked our members to fill out a questionnaire. The focus of this is research aims to gauge opinion on the latest export opportunities which are opening up there.

The Association has received an agency enquiry from Shenyang Yihua Hengda Machinery Equipment Co. Ltd in China to supply machine lighting and other products for the machine tool industry. Please contact Richard Griffiths, Technical Manager:  Tel 0207 298 6400 or Email: rgriffiths@mta.org.uk for more details.

The Design & Technology Association (DATA) are planning the launch of a high profile campaign this September to highlight the critical shortage of qualified secondary and well trained primary D&T teachers. DATA will be asking for quotes from companies and/or other high profile work colleagues about the importance of D&T education. If you would like to support this important initiative get in contact with James Fudge via jfudge@mta.org.uk.

MTA Member's Hexagon Metrology has been supporting a program to help Inspire tomorrow’s engineers, find out how they are going about it in the story below. The Manufacturing Technology Centre at Ansty Park near Coventry is launching a major drive to recruit more than 100 highly-skilled engineers and trainee engineers.

MTA Associate Members Moore Stephens’ have some important information for members about R&D tax relief. More details can be found within the Brief.

There was some good news for the economy this week with an acceleration in growth, but within the total, manufacturing output fell slightly in the 2nd quarter, so we will have to wait for next week for the detailed figures to discover where within the sector this has come from.  This was also contradicted slightly by the latest results from the CBI Trends Survey which pointed to manufacturing output expanding - and expected to continue to do so in the next quarter - but they are very different sources which covers the different views.  The CBI survey also reported a small improvement in investment intentions, but a fall in capacity utilisation, although both trends are above long-run average levels.

Have a good weekend.

DESIGNED AND MADE IN BRITAIN…? D&T In schools is critical to UK’s future success. ACT NOW

DESIGNED AND MADE IN BRITAIN…? D&T In schools is critical to UK’s future success. ACT NOW

The Design & Technology Association (DATA) is planning the launch of a high profile campaign this September to highlight the critical shortage of qualified secondary and well trained primary D&T teachers. The need for a modern D&T curriculum and workforce and to highlight the effect that the accountability measures and league tables will have on schools and their teaching. The campaign is to preserve the subject and the UK’s world lead, for the benefit of future generations of young people.

The summary leaflet below gives an outline of the overall campaign messages.

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

UK GDP, 2nd Quarter 2015:  The first estimate from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that the UK economy expanded by +0.7% compared to the 1st period of the year, an acceleration from the growth of +0.4% that was seen in the previous period.  Compared to a year ago, the economy expanded by +2.6%, a figure that is just about the long-term trend level for the UK.

MTC to create 100 new high-skill jobs

MTC to create 100 new high-skill jobs

The Manufacturing Technology Centre at Ansty Park near Coventry is launching a major drive to recruit more than 100 highly-skilled engineers and trainee engineers.

The MTC is recruiting senior research engineers, technology managers, chief engineers and technology specialists to boost its ground-breaking programmes in advanced high-value manufacturing systems and to join its acclaimed training schemes.

INSPIRING TOMORROW’S ENGINEERS

INSPIRING TOMORROW’S ENGINEERS

A group of budding young scientists had a timely reminder about pursuing a career in engineering thanks to an initiative supported by Hexagon Metrology UK.

The Year 7 students from Walton High School in Milton Keynes turned their hand to building watches as part of an educational outreach programme developed by Cranfield University.

The Association has received an agency enquiry from Shenyang Yihua Hengda Machinery Equipment Co. Ltd in China:

The Association has received an agency enquiry from Shenyang Yihua Hengda Machinery Equipment Co. Ltd in China:

A partnership is sought in the UK for machine lighting and other products for the machine tool industry. Yihua Lighting manufactures lighting equipment and is agent for other machine tool components.

TRADE OPPORTUNITIES IN IRAN: BUSINESS SURVEY

TRADE OPPORTUNITIES IN IRAN: BUSINESS SURVEY

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) routinely monitors changes in the global political landscape to ensure that we are ready to support UK businesses in newly-opened markets across the world. As part of this, UKTI is keen to understand the extent of UK business interest in the Iranian market and what kind of support companies might require in order for them to begin to operate in the market.

Save the Date: MTA Members Forum 23rd September

Save the Date: MTA Members Forum 23rd September

The MTA is pleased to announce a new Members’ Forum to be held on Wednesday 23rd September at the AMRC Knowledge Transfer Centre outside Sheffield.

The event itself will be spilt into two halves, the first half of the day aimed at MTA Council Members – those who are members of the Business and Events Committee and the External Affairs Committee – will run from 9:30am to 12pm. The MTA’s Head of Facilities and Secretariat Randa Orgill will be contacting each Council Member to formally invite them to this event.