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Newsletter Listing intro for week 37

The MTA is pleased to announce that we have partnered with The Manufacturer magazine to bring you the National Skills Conference with the MTC and will help you do just that by bringing together manufactures, unions, policy makers and educators all in one place. The conference takes place on 15th and 16th October, full details on how to book can be found below.

On Wednesday 23rd September at the AMRC Knowledge Transfer Centre, Sheffield the MTA will be hosting our Members Forum. This is an opportunity for our members to feed in their ideas of how they would like to see the association run. The event is free and we would like to see as many of you there as possible please head over to our website to book your space here http://www.mta.org.uk/members-forum-23rd-september-2015

The MTA’s Head of External Affairs Paul O’Donnell attended a Triple Win Manufacturing Group meeting at Parliament. Read the report of this meeting below.

And in MACH 2016 news The Metalforming Machinery Makers' Association (MMMA) zone is now sold out, find out who is exhibiting in the story.

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has recently launched their 2015 Employment Trends Survey.  The survey can be completed at https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=144015515410  and is open until the end of September.

UKTI have a couple of things that they would like us to draw your attention to. Firstly, UKTI is arranging an Advanced Engineering Day in St. Petersburg on the 29th of October 2015. The aim of the event is to showcase of British capability and excellence in new manufacturing and engineering technologies and a platform for dialogue between UK companies and Russian engineering majors and their key partners, such as service companies and equipment suppliers.

Secondly, UKTI is launching a new website called The GreatBritishStore.com. This new service is offered to UK companies as part of the First Time Exporter package and will be an option as part of the Exporting is Great campaign launched the Autumn. More details can be found below.

The main item of economic news this week is the rather disappointing data on UK manufacturing output which seems to have been weak in July and especially in some of the key sectors for our industry; we normally try to avoid focussing on one month alone, but it is worth noting that the sharp fall in the Automotive industry was expected following announcements from SMMT of data on car and engine output which were low in July because of a different pattern of holiday and upgrade shutdowns.  This may also have affected the Metal Products industry (this includes general machining activity) which also saw a sharp fall in output, but it is less clear why the Machinery sector slowed sharply again, although the Oil & Gas sector will have something to do with this (equipment such as pumps and valves are part of the Machinery industry.

This week also saw the publication of Oil & Gas UK’s annual economic report and we report on its almost inevitably negative conclusions in this week’s economic news - suffice to say here that low oil prices do nothing to engender much optimism in this sector.  The news on European GDP was a little brighter, although given the Sterling/Euro exchange rate, this does not necessarily help us either.

Thank you for reading we’ll be back at the end of the week with more industry news.

From everyone at the MTA have a great week.

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

UK Manufacturing Output, July 2015:  The latest monthly data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) makes somewhat pessimistic reading with total manufacturing output in the latest 3 months (May, June and July 2015) falling by -0.9% compared to the previous 3 months (February, March and April), although it was still +0.3% higher than a year earlier (May, June and July 2014).  This was mainly because of weak month in July which seems to have been concentrated in the capital goods industries.

CELIMO INTERNATIONAL MEETING DURING EMO

CELIMO INTERNATIONAL MEETING DURING EMO

CELIMO is the European group for associations that represent importers and distributors of machine tools, tooling and related technologies.  On Wednesday 7th October, during the EMO exhibition in Milan, CELIMO is hosting its biennial International Meeting;  this will feature short presentations by associations from Europe, the USA, China, Japan and India, but its main focus is to provide an opportunity to meet with other companies, to share experiences and to build networks.  We aim to keep the presentations informative but short to encourage this interaction.

MTA BUSINESS SURVEY

MTA BUSINESS SURVEY

We will be closing the August edition of the MTA Business Survey early next week, but there is still time for you to respond (with thanks to those who have done so already);  the on-line form is available at http://www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-aug15 and, if you have not done so already, we would encourage you to take part in this  valuable and timely indicator of the trends for the manufacturing technology sector in the UK.

UKTI Trade Challenge Partners Update - Dates for Diary and Great British Store

UKTI Trade Challenge Partners Update - Dates for Diary and Great British Store

The GreatBritishStore.com is a new service we are offering to UK companies as part of the First Time Exporter package and will be a customer journey option as part of the Exporting is Great campaign launched the Autumn. It sits alongside other private sector digital interventions like Export Savvy (Export Training) and Open to Export.  I would be grateful for your help in introducing this new service to your member companies, both buyers and sellers. A flyer is attached for ease and could usefully be shared with your members.

What is the Great British Store?

Triple Win Remanufacturing

Triple Win Remanufacturing

Tuesday saw the MTA represented at a meeting of the Triple Win Manufacturing Group meeting in Parliament. The Group, composed of the Associate Parliamentary Committees on Sustainability and Manufacturing (of which the MTA is a member), met to discuss the follow up to its report, published in the winter, on remanufacturing.

ADVANCED ENGINEERING DAY IN THE BRITISH CONSULATE-GENERAL IN SAINT PETERSBURG 29 OCTOBER 2015

ADVANCED ENGINEERING DAY IN THE BRITISH CONSULATE-GENERAL IN SAINT PETERSBURG 29 OCTOBER 2015

UK Trade & Investment is arranging an Advanced Engineering Day in St. Petersburg on the 29th of October 2015.

Advanced Engineering Day is the showcase of British capability and excellence in new manufacturing and engineering technologies and a platform for dialogue between UK companies and Russian engineering majors and their key partners, such as service companies and equipment suppliers.

CBI EMPLOYMENT TRENDS SURVEY

CBI EMPLOYMENT TRENDS SURVEY

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has recently launched their 2015 Employment Trends Survey.  The survey gathers the business view on a range of issues including recruitment, pay and employment relations.  To expand the basis of the results, the CBI has invited Trade Associations who are among its members to encourage their own members to complete the survey. 

The Manufacturer - National Skills Conference

The Manufacturer - National Skills Conference

15-16 October 2015, Ansty Park

How do you tackle the needs of the 21st-century workforce? By addressing the skills gap and key issues including workforce flexibility, motivation and the manufacturing stigma.

The MTA are pleased to announce that we have partnered with The Manufacturer magazine to bring you the National Skills Conference in partnership with the MTC will help you do just that by bringing together manufactures, unions, policy makers and educators all in one place.

MACH 2016: ZONE SOLD OUT

MACH 2016: ZONE SOLD OUT

The Metalforming Machinery Makers' Association (MMMA)

There was great news this week as the Metalforming Machinery Makers' Association (MMMA) zone has now sold out for the MACH 2016.

The MMMA are the trade body who are solely dedicated to representing the sheet metal forming industry are pleased with the overwhelming demand for space in their zone which has led to this sell-out.