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Newsletter Listing intro for week 51

Good morning and welcome to the final Friday Brief of 2015 - this year really has flown by.

There’s an export focus to the FB this week.  The MTA was at the House of Commons on Tuesday for the re-launch of the All- Party Group on Trade and Investment, with whom we’ll be working in the New Year to highlight manufacturing technology. We were also represented at the UKTI Trade Challenge Partners Conference in London on Wednesday and we have a short report on the current state of play at UKTI.

Staying on the subject of exports, the CBI have published a new report giving six steps to delivering world-beating export support.

The China-Britain Business Council recently released the ‘China Business Handbook 2016’, a new 140-page resource for all UK companies interested in doing business with China. This handbook covers everything from exporting, taxation and marketing to employment, intellectual property, E-commerce and much more.

MTA members Sponmech Safety Systems' guarding has been spotted on the TV again! You can see their guarding on the edition of the BBC's 'Countryfile' first shown 6th December 2015.

We have the final quarterly Economic Report from Geoff Noon of 2015, which features a discussion of the annual forecast data, available for download as well this week’s latest numbers – including the most recent (Q3) European industry numbers from CECIMO.

The latest data on Industrial Production in Europe is generally positive, with Capital Goods continuing to run ahead of total output.  While this is good news, the latest report from the Bank of England’s Agents notes that UK manufacturers are losing competitiveness in and against European producers as a result of the strength of Sterling (in reality it is the weakness of the Euro, but the impact is the same), so are not able to take full advantage of the improvement in what is still our most important export market.

And that is all for this year, all that is left is for us to wish you all the best for the festive season and a very prosperous new year. The Friday Brief will be back in the first week of January. We look forward to working hard for all our members in 2016 and we can’t wait to see many of you at MACH 2016.

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

European Industrial Production, October 2015:  Eurostat’s latest announcement shows that total industrial production in the Euro-zone was +0.6% higher than in September, taking the level to +1.9% above where it was a year ago;  for the EU28 as a whole, the monthly trend rate was +0.5% and the annualised figure was +2.4%.

MTA ECONOMIC REPORT

MTA ECONOMIC REPORT

A new edition of our quarterly round-up of economic news and data for the UK economy, industries and the manufacturing technology sector is now available for MTA members to download from the web-site at http://www.mta.org.uk/members-area/mta-economic-report-december-2015.  As well as the usual data round-up, this edition also features a more in-depth look at our recently published forecasts for the UK machine tool and cutting tool markets, as well as the global machine tool forecast.

Sponmech spotted on the TV...again!

Sponmech spotted on the TV...again!

MTA Member, Sponmech Safety Systems' guarding has been spotted on the TV again! You can see their guarding on BBC's 'Countryfile' first shown 6th December 2015.

Following the appearance of their perimeter guarding systems on BBC's 'Inside the Factory' for their work at Nestlé last year, the company was happy to have their guarding systems broadcasted on national television once more.

China Business Handbook 2016

China Business Handbook 2016

The China-Britain Business Council recently released the ‘China Business Handbook 2016’, a new 140-page resource for all UK companies interested in doing business with China. This handbook covers everything from exporting, taxation and marketing to employment, intellectual property, E-commerce and much more.

There is no charge to download, it is meant as an open resource to support UK companies. The report can be found at www.cbbc.org/handbook

BEST IN CLASS: SIX STEPS TO DELIVER WORLD-BEATING EXPORT SUPPORT NEW REPORT CBI

BEST IN CLASS: SIX STEPS TO DELIVER WORLD-BEATING EXPORT SUPPORT NEW REPORT CBI

The UK’s export performance has been the chink in the armour of our economic recovery, with export volumes flat since 2011 and net trade often negatively impacting GDP.

While the CBI has welcomed the government’s ambitious targets to double UK exports to £1 trillion by 2020 and get 100,000 more businesses exporting, it forecast that the UK will short of this target at current rates of progress.