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Newsletter Listing intro for week 39

Hello and welcome to this week’s Friday Brief.

This week saw the launch of our new look Members’ Forums which will allow Members to have their say in their association. We are grateful to all who attended and look forward to publishing the results of the day soon.

We’ve also got information about the MTA’s next key event- the Annual Forecasting Seminar. The 2015 event will be hosted at the Technology Centre on Wolverhampton University’s Science Park. Further details about this popular event, and booking information can be seen below.

There is a chance to submit abstracts for the Micro/Nano Manufacturing Workshop to be held at the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington on 24th - 26th November 2015, but you only have until the 30th September to get them in.

For those travelling to EMO this year we’d like to remind you that CELIMO will be holding their international meeting during the event, further details below.

You may have heard recently about legal changes to the regulations governing working hours for those who don’t have a fixed place of work – like many sales and service personnel. Find out how this could affect your business in the story below.

MTA Member’s ABB Robotics are running a seminar to explain why it could pay to invest in robots. Find out more about this automation event below.

As usual at the end of the month, it is a quiet week for economic news, but there were some weak results from the CBI Industrial Trends Survey which, while reflecting broadly what we are seeing in our own surveys, points to a relatively weak summer for manufacturing; the outlook is positive, but not stunningly so, so we will need to keep a close watch on the data that emerges over the next few weeks.  This will begin with the PMI numbers next week and the early estimate for the Euro-zone (they don’t do this for the UK) does point to a pick-up in activity there.  There was some good news with growth being reported in exports from some of the industries in the UK who are key users of manufacturing technology and the prospects for machine tool orders at a pan-European level also appear to have improved and following a period of running on a flat trend for the next 9-12 months, we should see some growth in the second half of 2016.

Have a good weekend.

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

CBI Industrial Trends Survey, September 2015:  Overall, output volumes in manufacturing were flat in the 3 months to September, bringing to an end a run of growth that goes back to February 2013;  in particular, there were some sizeable declines reported for Metal Products and Electronic Engineering.  Despite this, 11 of the 18 sub-sectors did report some growth and further expansion is anticipated over the coming 3 months, albeit at the weakest rate since October 2013.

SEMINAR EXPLAINS WHY IT COULD PAY TO INVEST IN ROBOTS IN 2015

SEMINAR EXPLAINS WHY IT COULD PAY TO INVEST IN ROBOTS IN 2015

Seminar and workshop from MTA Member ABB Robotics provides you with the right tools to transform your profitability through robotic automation.

ABB Robotics will be running the latest in its popular ‘Switch to Robots’ seminar and workshop events (bit.ly/s2rOctober), explaining the benefits that robotic automation can bring for SME companies and how to find, implement and run the best robotic solution.
Taking place at ABB Milton Keynes site on Tuesday 20th October, the event will provide a simple step-by-step guide to introducing robot automation to the factory floor.

CELIMO INTERNATIONAL MEETING DURING EMO

CELIMO INTERNATIONAL MEETING DURING EMO

A reminder that CELIMO (the European group for associations that represent importers and distributors of machine tools, tooling and related technologies) is holding is hosting its biennial International Meeting on Wednesday 7th October, during the EMO exhibition in Milan.  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.

MICRO/NANO MANUFACTURING WORKSHOP- CALL FOR ABSTRACTS FOR PRESENTATIONS

MICRO/NANO MANUFACTURING WORKSHOP- CALL FOR ABSTRACTS FOR PRESENTATIONS

National Physical Laboratory, Teddington, UK
24th - 26th November 2015
Deadline date to receive short abstracts (~200 words): 30th September 2015

Building on the success of previous workshops, we are pleased to announce the next meeting in our series of Special Interest Group meetings for Micro/Nano Manufacturing.

FORECASTING SEMINAR 2015

FORECASTING SEMINAR 2015

The MTA's Annual Forecasting Seminar will be held on 3rd November 2015 at the Technology Centre, Wolverhampton Science Park. The seminar is one of highlights of the MTA’s calendar and is always well attended with places available to MTA members on a first come-first served basis. As well as the MTA’s very own Geoff Noon, participants in the Seminar will hear from Oxford Economics’ Jeremy Leonard on the prospects for the wider UK economy and the always very popular Andrea Boltho will talk about the state of the world economy.

MEMBERS’ FORUM A SUCCESS

MEMBERS’ FORUM A SUCCESS

The MTA held the first of its new look Members’ Forums this Wednesday at the AMRC in Sheffield. The morning was kicked off by Adrian Allen of the AMRC and saw individuals representing new and long-standing Members present to get updates on the latest from the association and feedback with services they would like to see from the MTA.

James Selka, MTA CEO, said at the event: “We are defined by our Members and always welcome their feedback to the team. I was delighted to see such a good discussion between Members and was encouraged to hear what they value from their membership”.