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Good morning and welcome to this week’s Friday brief, your one stop shop for MTA and UK manufacturing news.

First up, we’re a mere two weeks away from our annual dinner. At this year’s event we will be running an auction to raise money for a charity associated with Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME). REME employs the soldiers working as technicians, mechanics and fabricators that inspect, repair, modify and maintain the large array of equipment that the British Army operates.

Full details of the charity and the prizes can be found at http://mtaauction.org.uk.

In MACH 2016 news we have an exciting new marketing opportunity to help exhibitors keep track of the clients that they have invited to attend the exhibition. Find out full details in the story below.

UKTI is running a workshop and presentations to understand better the current situation in India, the event takes place in Liverpool on 26th January.

Just a quick final reminder that the MTA Business Survey for December is still open for your replies; we will be looking to close this early next week.  You can access the on-line form at http://www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-dec15   

MTA’S Technical Manager Ian Skeels is delighted to contribute to his first in a series of reports for the Friday Brief.  Many members will be familiar with the futuristic buzzphrases gaining attention such as Industry 4.0, Factories of the Future, Internet of Things etcetera.  Whilst these all proffer a colourful future vision of manufacturing, boosted by a host of connectivity-enhanced benefits covering productivity, efficiencies and lower costs; in this article Ian outlines some of the prospective challenges and opportunities that focus on the behemoth-in-the-room:  Manufacturing Informatics Security.    

The main economic news this week was the figures for industrial and manufacturing output in the UK for November; the headlines seemed to focus mainly in the fall in output compared to a year earlier where total industrial output was affected by lower output of electricity and gas as a result of the warmer weather, but among our key customer industries we are seeing the divergence in activity continue.  The Automotive and Aerospace industries continue to pressure the top of the charts, while the Machinery industry (which covers a wide range of divergent product groups that have in the past been considered as part of Mechanical Engineering) is in negative territory, with the Metal Goods industry bumping along in between these extremes.  November was not a good month for industrial production in Europe, but that follows a good October, so it may just be a correction that could well arise from the seasonal adjustment process.  This view is supported by the European Commission’s Economic Sentiment Index which showed an improvement in December, with industry confidence rising on the back of more optimistic expectations for production levels.

We'll be back next Friday with more news, until then enjoy your weekend, from everyone at the MTA.

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

ECONOMIC DATA THIS WEEK

UK Index of Production, November 2014:  Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed a fall in both manufacturing output and total industrial production compared to October.  One significant factor in the data for industrial production was the mild weather at the end of last year - output of electricity and gas is included in industrial output and the warmer weather means that this is not increasing as it did at the same time last year.

MTA BUSINESS SURVEY

MTA BUSINESS SURVEY

Just a quick final reminder that the MTA Business Survey for December is still open for your replies;  we will be looking to close this early next week.  You can access the on-line form at http://www.mta.org.uk/mta-business-survey-dec15;  this is one of our slightly longer quarterly surveys, but this does mean it has a couple of qualitative questions which are pertinent at the moment - we hope this does not put you off replying!

Unlock Business Opportunities in India

Unlock Business Opportunities in India

Workshop and presentations to understand better the current situation in India. This Workshop and presentations to understand better the current situation in India. This event is restricted to companies interested in exporting to India. If you are a service provider or intermediary there will be other events organised in future that you will be able to attend.

The Challenges of Creating an Intelligent, Integrated and Diverse Internet of Things for Industrial Manufacturing

The Challenges of Creating an Intelligent, Integrated and Diverse Internet of Things for Industrial Manufacturing

By Ian Skeels - Manufacturing Technologies Association (Technical Manager)

Friday, 8 January 2016

Background and Context – Moving from Connectivity-Limited to a Totally Interconnected Paradigm

MTA Annual Dinner Auction

MTA Annual Dinner Auction

With just under two weeks to go until the MTA Annual Dinner we are excited to launch the charity auction website.

The site will allow those unable to attend the evening a chance to bid on our fantastic prizes. Alternatively, if you are attending the event you can secure your bid early.

The site will close at 14.00 on Thursday 28th January and bids moved over to the live system which will be running throughout the night.