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Good morning and happy New Year, welcome to the first Friday Brief of 2016.

We’re heading straight in to a busy MACH year, but before we get to the NEC in April we have the other big event in the MTA calendar to enjoy first. The MTA Annual Dinner is just 3 weeks away and there is still chance to get your table booked email events@mta.org.uk for details. See the below story for information on dress code, accommodation, transport, timings and location.

Ian Skeels joined the MTA in late December 2015 as Technical Manager, initially to work alongside Richard Griffiths in the run up to Richard’s retirement later this year. Ensuring continuity in this vital position and the maintenance of the high standards or technical support for members that Richard has provided is a major priority for the Association.

Strengthening the UK’s manufacturing supply chains is recognised as being key to the country’s economic vitality and a really important part of the opportunity that we have to drive manufacturing growth in the UK. Therefore we are very excited to be able to invite MTA member companies to participate in a new initiative aimed at boosting supply chain capability.

UKTI are organising a trade mission to three countries in Central and Eastern Europe on 7-11 March. As one of the strands is “advanced manufacturing” in Poland and Hungary, it will be of interest to MTA members. The other country being taken in on this trip is the Czech Republic, to register your interest please email megamission2016@ukti-events.co.uk.

A new initiative METALS - Machine Tool Alliance for Skills is being set in motion by CECIMO, the European Association of the Machine Tool Industries. METALS aims at providing machine tool builders with the sought-after applied skills they need in line with disruptive technologies in the advanced manufacturing sector. More details on this initiative can be found within the Brief.

The EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Ultra Precision has announced details of the events that they have planned for 2016 and details of how to book.

Our latest Business Survey has added significance, so we would encourage all members to participate in the survey.  You can access the on-line form at http://www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-dec15.

Although there was some significant UK economic news just before the Christmas break, the main thread this week is the manufacturing PMI numbers from the start of the week.  Some more poor numbers in China appears to have spooked their stock market but, generally, the other news is not too bad.  The Euro-zone has seen an acceleration in activity and, apart from China, the Asian numbers were better than for some time (with the other exception of India which was weather affected).  The UK saw a slight fall in its’ PMI reading, but the remained in positive territory for the 33rd consecutive month and above its long-run average level.

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

PMI, UK and Euro-zone, December 2015:  The Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for the UK edged down to 51.9 in December (52.5 in November) but it is still pointing to growth in the sector (the index is above 50), it is above the long-run average level (51.5) and it reflects the fact that manufacturing production increased for the 33rd consecutive month.  The sustained upturn in both output and orders encouraged manufacturers to increase employment in December.  New export orders rose for the 4th consecutive month, driven by demand from, among other places

MTA BUSINESS SURVEY

MTA BUSINESS SURVEY

The value of surveys is the consistent time series that they generate, but they have a special value in periods of uncertainty.  This is one of those times where we have mixed signals about the UK economy;  on one hand we have booming automotive and aerospace industries, low inflation, low interest rates and a favourable exchange rate against the US$, but at the same time we have the Chancellor giving a speech which seems to focus on the risks facing the UK economy.

2016 Ultra Precision Events

2016 Ultra Precision Events

The EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Ultra Precision would like to thank everyone who attended their outreach events throughout 2015 and they hope that participants found the meetings useful and informative.

Dates have now been set for our 2016 outreach events:

+             Tool and Work Piece Fixturing

Wednesday 17 February 2016 at Yamazaki Mazak UK Ltd, Worcestershire

+             Optical Materials Day

Thursday 14 April 2016 at Cranfield University

METALS – the Machine Tool Alliance for Skills, A new initiative by CECIMO

METALS – the Machine Tool Alliance for Skills, A new initiative by CECIMO

The new initiative METALS - Machine Tool Alliance for Skills is being set in motion by CECIMO, the European Association of the Machine Tool Industries. METALS aims at providing machine tool builders with the sought-after applied skills they need in line with disruptive technologies in the advanced manufacturing sector. METALS is a three-year project inaugurated under the EU’s Erasmus+ Sector Skills Alliance initiative, designed to promote education-industry partnerships at European-level within a specific sector of the economy. 

New Technical Manager Ian Skeels Joins the MTA

New Technical Manager Ian Skeels Joins the MTA

Ian Skeels joined the MTA in late December 2015 as Technical Manager, initially to work alongside Richard Griffiths in the run up to Richard’s retirement later this year. Ensuring continuity in this vital position and the maintenance of the high standards or technical support for members that Richard has provided is a major priority for the Association.

MTA ANNUAL DINNER 2016 - EVENT DETAILS | 28 JANUARY | THE VOX

MTA ANNUAL DINNER 2016 - EVENT DETAILS | 28 JANUARY | THE VOX

We look forward to seeing you on 28 January for the MTA Annual Dinner 2016. In preparation, we want to make sure you have all of the necessary information for the evening.

If you have any further queries that aren’t covered in the list below, please do not hesitate to contact us at events@mta.org.uk

DRESS CODE

·         Gentlemen: Black tie (if a dinner is unobtainable, a dark suit and tie and white shirt is sufficient)

·         Ladies: Evening gown or cocktail dress, knee or floor length

Strengthening the UK’s manufacturing supply chains

Strengthening the UK’s manufacturing supply chains

Strengthening the UK’s manufacturing supply chains is recognised as being key to the country’s economic vitality and a really important part of the opportunity that we have to drive manufacturing growth in the UK. Therefore we are very excited to be able to invite MTA member companies to participate in a new initiative aimed at boosting supply chain capability.