Good morning and welcome to this week’s Friday Brief.
MACH 2016 is only 7 weeks away and more details about the exhibition are being announced every week. We would like to draw your attention to the Learning & Development Zone at the Exhibition, which is once again sponsored by Sandvik Coromant. Find out all about the exciting features of the Zone below.
This week saw the date for the in/out referendum on Britain’s place in the EU announced. The MTA has always favoured full engagement with our partners across the channel, a view reinforced by our recent membership consultation. You can read the fuller policy below.
The Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre Forum is holding a series of networking seminars featuring presentations from industry experts. Additional speakers have been confirmed for their next event which will be held from 9:30 to 13:00 on Tuesday 8th March 2016 at the AMRC Knowledge Transfer Centre in Rotherham.
ZOLLER UK are hosting a Technology Showcase Event, in Foston, Derbyshire on the 15th and 16th March. The event will allow you to access the benefits of presetting, for details on how to register for the event can be found within the Brief.
Also, this week we have a commercial opportunity for MTA members involved in producing gluing equipment, for further details follow this link https://www.exportingisgreat.gov.uk/opportunities/russian-manufacturer-looks-for-suppliers-of-gluing-equipment/.
The economic headlines this week come with the updated GDP figures for the 4th quarter of 2015; there were no revisions to the trends in this period, with the UK economy growing at a below trend rate of +2.2% in 2015, although the ONS have made some adjustments to the quarterly profile through the year. The latest edition of the CBI Industrial Trends Survey shows a broadly neutral result, but once again highlights the divergence in activity that we are seeing between the Automotive and Machinery industries. This week, there is also a brief note on some interesting productivity data from the ONS that showed that although the UK is a little behind its international competitors in the manufacturing sector, it is private non-financial services that has the most catching up to do.
That’s all for this week we’ll be back next Friday with more industry news, until then have a great weekend from everyone at the MTA.Only enter text, no images or links